Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Small misunderstandings with a significant other can be overcome, and apologies will be accepted. Your mind is a fertile garden, so plant good humor and an upbeat philosophy. Unplanned expenses might put you in a dither.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Try a red rinse on your hair, or do something otherwise outrageous but harmless. Your friendliness attracts people from outside your circle, but maybe there is a reason they were out there to begin with.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Your loved one could find something more important to do with a friend and leave you home alone. Singles might find chance meetings tantalizing, but unlikely to last.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today, opposites attract. You can get along with people from all walks of life, but when you head home to roost, find a partner with similar values.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You may wish to set a schedule for everyone around you. When there is work to be done, you make a good organizer.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You glow with cheerfulness, but don't mistake a spark of friendship for the glowing embers of love. Hold off on purchases, as baubles that grab your attention today could prove tasteless tomorrow.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

There is a spirit of cooperation in the air that makes joint efforts a breeze. Correct misconceptions and nip trouble in the bud. Ask for favors from those close.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Others close may be restless for something new, so shift your gears or be left behind. Surprises could be in store where a significant other is concerned. Singles may find brief encounters fascinating but impermanent.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Something ultramodern or a quaint antique might tempt you. However, you could regret the expenditure because it does not fit with your other belongings. New attractions could be like that, as well.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Someone close could prove worthy of your trust. The sparkle in the air makes this a perfect time for social gatherings with neighbors or friends.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Ponder long-range plans and write down ideas for the future. Talking things over with a close companion could bring surprises. Open your mind to alternative solutions for handling everyday problems.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Those close could have contrary ideas of what is fun, and put your plans into a tailspin. Mingle with others who have a different approach to life, and look for opportunities.

IF SEPT. 19 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You have some golden opportunities that have recently come your way, so you should be enjoying some rewards from the universe and basking in the peace that security brings. Enjoy your blessings now, because from late October through November, and again next June, you will be expected to work extra hard to maintain the good life. Don't be concerned, as the inspiration that buoys your spirits now will add enthusiasm to your plans. Anything worth having is worth working to get.

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