Aries (March 21-April 19)

A bit of social savvy goes a long way toward promoting personal interests. What appears casual is the result of careful calculation. Realizing this, you're inspired to put more effort into your own "casual" response.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Your impulse for excess is always straining against the boundaries of financial wisdom. Luckily, today you are interested in items that will, if you hold on to them long enough, eventually be quite valuable.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

You're introspective, as though you're psyching yourself up for a big game. Next week will throw challenges into your professional path. Today's rest will allow you to be in fine form to handle those challenges.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

The stars are rooting for you to complete an entire list of tasks. As for the overall feeling of this day, it's completely up to you. Choose to put on a happy face, and you'll genuinely laugh your way through.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

All the character development you've been doing lately, the self-help reading, nurturing your talent, etc., will pay off. Your work is performed in an instant -- the instant you walk into a room and make an impression.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

So even if you're doing nothing but cleaning your home now, you're still using your creativity to do it. Fill your eyes with fresh imagery, your ears with music and your heart with poetry.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)

Your sign is known for having a quick eye, and you'll use it to decide what you want. You know the moment it crosses your path. Move just as quickly to secure your prize.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21)

You successfully reconcile your personality with that of your most difficult family member -- what a feat. For this, you will be commended -- probably not now, but when the holidays come . . . wow!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You're not tired, and you're not bored. But you may be profoundly listless. This quality makes others assume you're simply above being bothered by the little stuff, and maybe it's true.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The stars focus on vanity or at least feeling more attractive. You can save yourself a bundle by realizing one important fact. Your appeal is more about attitude than it is about styling yourself any certain way.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

When you're in the sunlight, a close friend walks with you. But you want someone who would walk you through the dark times, too. Make sure the people around you now are not the fair-weather types.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

When you want to be, you're a master at manipulating others into sharing your beliefs. But don't use this superpower just because you can! It's far more interesting to hang out with people who challenge you.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY OCT. 9: Your responsibilities increase this year, but so do your self-confidence and social prestige. You're trading in idle time for a heavy workload, and that's why you earn the special rewards you get. A prize comes to you at the end of November. In December, love with someone fantastic requires you to be brave and bold. Gemini and Aries are favored.

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