ARIES (March 21-April 19)

People think they know you well, but there are still parts of you you'd like to keep secret. Tonight, you could even go by your alias. What? You don't have an alias? Well, it's about time you made one up!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

It's a slow start, but some healthy competition is just the thing you need to get motivated. Impulsive purchases can be avoided when you realize how painful it is to pay off items you don't even remember purchasing or using.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21)

A loved one controls you like a puppet on a string -- or so you would have this person believe! It's just easier to get your way when others think something is their idea. You clever Gemini!

CANCER (June 22-July 22)

You have a dream. Remember? So many have told you it couldn't be done that you may have forgotten what it was. What are those (strictly average or mediocre in terms of accomplishment) folks up to now?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

You don't have to try to be important to make something special happen. You already are important, and you become even more so when you realize what is special: small, significant, real moments with loved ones.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Outwardly, you're modest. But your soul is an exhibitionist, skinny-dipping in the sunshine. You're happy, as uncool as that may be, and you don't care who knows it!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)

You're startled by the pinch of unexpected financial happenings. To reverse a negative trend, put a large bill in your wallet and walk around feeling rich. Associating with a Taurus also helps.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21)

You have focus, ambition and energy to burn. But do you have the right outfit? Probably not. It's high time you bought your power suit, and there's a sale to boot!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

In your rush to get to the next stop, you could forget to pack a few essential things, like your A-game accoutrements: ears that listen up, eyes that spot lies and a wit that cuts to the quick.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You overreact to your situation but somehow wind up on top. How is it that someone else could do the same thing and end up arrested? Because it's not what you do, but who you are that counts.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Good old Saint Aquarius, you're so busy tending to others that you can't remember your own agenda. As a result, items on the list self-resolve or "die" of neglect. Good riddance. Feeling needed fulfills you most.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Regarding the problem in your love life: Either you've given it too much thought or not enough. Focus on something else, like developing your talent, and as if by magic, the dilemma disappears.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY OCT. 2: The effort and love you put into a project is apparent to others. There's no question about what you deserve. This year, you get it. Younger people cause you to change your approach to work this month, and you'll be paid handsomely for the adjustment in November. Your heart is made joyous by your relationships with Pisces and Cancer.

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