Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Partners or companions may be stirred to try out creative avenues. You should be ready to follow where others lead -- even if it means getting your fingers dirty. It is a day for getting things done, not sitting around looking pretty.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Think through problems and head them off at the pass. The next few days could test your resolve. Make sure you give no one reason to criticize and be careful not to say negative things about others that could get back to them.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

It is a great day to follow through on whimsical urges and take a soothing short trip or visit with friends. Tensions may develop if you pool your funds with others, so hold off on financial ventures.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Misunderstandings can occur -- especially in the love department -- so do everything you can to prevent conflict. Although you may consider the acquisition of some attractive new items, it is best to pass up expensive purchases.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Mental clarity will help you stay abreast of shifting emotional currents as you touch base with friends or co-workers. For the next few days it is wise to avoid conflict with conventional types who may disapprove of your lifestyle.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Constructive criticism from others may help you be more perfect, but don't let it eat away at your self-confidence. The mood is perfect for outdoor activities or working side by side with friends for a good cause.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

If inspirations have filled you with fresh passions, pause and spend time examining hard, cold facts. Hold off on attempts to enlist others in any important new venture. This is a poor day to appeal to the generosity of others or forge helpful partnerships.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

If worries about work or career matters have you down in the dumps, seek the neutral opinions of friends or peruse the Internet for vital information. You might luck upon some helpful hints to solve financial woes.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Fact-finding expeditions can be exciting today. Get on the phone or plug in the computer. Developing an understanding of scientific methods or learning something new could possibly be useful in other areas of your life.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Spend quality time working on artistic or creative work -- or use your critical eye for detail to create a pleasant effect in your surroundings. Put some muscle behind your imagination today. Careful organization is the key to happiness.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Negative thinking can block success. Remember that thoughts are things. Being picky about minor details can mean the difference between winning and losing, but it will take a great deal of finesse to avoid casting a cloud of pessimism over others.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You are the great thinker, but like Atlas you may be carrying the world on your shoulders. Balance a respect for tradition with a flair for technology. Your critical faculties and organizational skills are perfect for managing the checkbook or laying out crucial strategies.

IF OCT. 17 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: A little extra discipline and strict attention to the rules will make your life run more smoothly this year. Get organized and accept your limitations gracefully as you prepare for a big push toward success in 2005. By March you will find that you are consumed by ambition and focused on making headway on important career objectives. Those who have the willingness to burn the midnight oil will find it is entirely possible to make dreams a reality this year.

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