Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The desire to keep personal problems a secret or the need to maintain confidentiality for others can create a temporary conflict; being basically honest and aboveboard will score the most points. You will be able to tackle ethical conundrums with ease.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Truth and sincerity should be your guiding lights today. If you make a pledge you will certainly honor it and can trust others to do the same. A few secrets could bubble to the surface today and require action.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You would be wise to make steadfast resolutions now while the stars are favorable for any matters that require honesty and sincerity. Strive to develop fair standards to apply to present situations in case unfair temptations come your way in a few weeks.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

The next few days are perfect for making trustworthy friends, but don't mistake friendship for love. Romantic connections pursued now may prove to be too self-reliant for stability over the long term. Existing romances, however, will grow closer.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You may find yourself in perfect mental sync with a significant other. If you get the urge to call someone or initiate discussions, be assured that the other person feels the same way. It is a good time to soothe troubled waters.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You may be able to get away with being overly forward or pushy, as people are in a forgiving mood. It is best to burn off excess energy with physical exertion or some long, quiet walks. Sincere apologies will be accepted.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Wisdom is in the air, so make important decisions now or carefully examine plans of action. Be aware of the ambitions of others and take them into account. Where matters of your reputation are concerned, it is a good idea to make amends.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Add imagination to sincerity and you have the winning combination to make headway with others. Small temperamental flare-ups can be tamed with a few gentle words. Apply understanding to touchy situations to resolve them permanently.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

The intensity in the air may be perfect for thoroughly cleaning out the closets or attacking long-dreaded tasks that have lingered on the back burner. But take some time to lay out schemes for future financial tactics since wise choices are likely.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Promises made today are likely to be kept. People are more cooperative than usual and you can charm your way into someone's good graces even if past hard feelings must be overcome.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Perfect communication between you and a significant other can transcend the spoken word. Make agreements or promises now if you want a successful future. Permanent improvements in finances and partnerships are likely if you act now.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Generous friends can provide the necessary information you need to make at least one small dream come true. Your closest companions could be a trifle touchy, but a short cycle of disclosures and apologies can restore harmony.

IF OCT. 24 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: The early months of 2004 may have contained surprises that shifted your perspective and sent you down a new path. Right now you can make solid plans without worry or concern that your apple cart will be upset any further. Looming uncertainties will fade away by late November, so go ahead and put your dreams into motion with complete confidence of success. If you need to put a little muscle behind your ideas, your initiative and enthusiasm will be in full blossom early next May.

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