TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 9). Your success secret this year is simple enough: You’ll make promises that others find useful, and you’ll keep them. You know your value, and you’ll set standards that reflect it. Your efforts to learn new skills, develop your talents and become a better friend will open the way for joy like you’ve never known. Libra and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 3, 22, 28 and 49.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There’s harmony in your relationships now — a happy but fragile condition worthy of your protection. You intuitively understand that good times are too precious to take for granted.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You can be spontaneous when you feel like it, but the opportunities don’t always arise. They will today, though, and it will be lucky to say “yes” to unexpected invitations.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It’s easy to tell who the poor listeners are. They may turn their heads toward a speaker, but their bodies are inclined away, seemingly blocking the message. Trust your instincts.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). In regard to your special project, you’ll need just a little more faith to accomplish a desired result. Go forward as if you already had the funding in place. What happens after that will surprise and delight you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll be a sort of teacher today, and you would do well to make it a policy to grade on a curve, holding others to standards relative to the current situation instead of standards of some ideal beyond the realm.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). A financial win is in store. This has little to do with math skills; rather, it’s your high emotional intelligence to credit. Your top-rate social skills are such that people with money want to buy into whatever you’re selling.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Don’t worry about what to say. If you’re fully there, you won’t even need words. Your presence will say everything. A focus on being increasingly aware of your surroundings will bring profound knowledge.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Avoid bribing people. Don’t pay for what should be given to you naturally. Payment has a way of supplanting people’s intrinsic motivation — and even their sense of decency.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re all about providing real help, workable solutions and genuine care for those around you. You have no interest in getting people to buy into what they don’t need. Herein lies the secret to today’s success.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Those overly concerned with their correctness will miss the point that you understand perfectly. Some things are never going to be all that great, but you still grow from the experience of dealing with them.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Even though you’re smart to assess what’s in it for you or what’s in it for others, don’t assume you’ll figure it out. Some things are just worth it, even if nobody really knows why.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Sacred things have a different resonance but are no better or worse than regular things. So while you honor sacred things, you love ordinary things, too, seeing them as worthy of your attention and care.