SUNDAY, OCT. 18
By HOLIDAY MATHIS
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 18). While it doesn’t appeal to you celebrate your birthday in pomp and splendor, this solar return does bring unexpected attention and luxuries your way. Don’t turn them down! Your excellent stewardship of these cosmic gifts leads to sweet and loving ties, satisfying intellectual challenge, and meaningful work. Taurus and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 22, 4, 48, 17 and 39.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). As for the smart, generous, insightful people at the core of your inner circle, some you know, some you haven’t met yet. Dedicate more time to following your interests and you’ll find them.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). So it goes, in art and in life, that some boundaries are drawn in ink and others are drawn in emptiness. Without space, there is no form. Without silence, there is no sound. No answer is an answer.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It has taken a while, but you’re starting to see that what you choose to do, and the way you do it, is not easily duplicated and actually sort of amazing. Self-props are called for.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). People who bore and annoy you needn’t be avoided today and should be studied instead. What are they doing that repels you so? Do you perhaps, to some small degree, share any of their unfortunate peculiarities?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The habit to lose now isn’t a terribly big one; it’s a small, weird, repetitive action that just isn’t adding anything to your life. Nix that one to make room for the zephyrs of good fortune to blow through.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You feel a great deal of enthusiasm for a subject and yet will be reticent to show it if you see there’s a chance of overwhelming others or making yourself stand out too much. Temperance is social grace.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The natural remedy will call to you. This isn’t about an essential oil or flower essence; it’s about responding to a problem-solving sense that heralds from a deep and primal place inside you.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Much will depend on focusing on the right conversational topic or theme interactions or projects. You might not find it right away. Be like a prospector, digging here and there until you strike gold.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Shoes in the house or no? Like so many of life’s choices, neither is more correct, though one may be more preferred. For the sake of social ease, follow the customs of ones you are with.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). As the truly beautiful dancers know, it’s not about looking good; it’s about feeling good. Movement is personal expression, and you’ll be playful in this regard, enjoying what it is to be a physical creature.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You don’t take things on because you know how to do them. You take things on because you (SET ITAL)don’t(END ITAL) know how to do them, and the way to find out is to take things on.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Why the exuberance? It seems to come for no reason, but indeed, part of you understands that these small acts are the seeds of greatness. Share your joy, and it will compound and have lasting effects.
MONDAY, OCT. 19
By HOLIDAY MATHIS
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 19). Staying in the bubble is too safe for the likes of you this year. You’ll pop it and venture out. Because you dare to meet different people and try new approaches and be the foreigner in unknown environments, you’ll grow to trust yourself. You’re admired and seen for your enormous capabilities. Libra and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 30, 14, 38 and 49.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Nothing brings out your best like a situation that demands it. This is why you don’t mind problems. They are a chance to show up and work out parts of you that wouldn’t otherwise be known.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Resist the hurry to the end. As soon as you cross the finish line, you’ll be back at the beginning of uncharted territory. Savor these moments in this part of the cycle. You’ll look back on them fondly.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll see the challenge and it won’t look fun, but fun is not the point. This is your chance to be better. It’s not about what you have to do; it’s about what you get to do.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). When you can help someone get past a hurdle, make an improvement, or think of a problem differently, this is no small win. Some people go to school for years to learn how to do this and still come up short. Take the victory.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You are too far inside of the problem to see it from a useful perspective. You might even too far inside to see it as a problem. This is why intelligent friends with insight are an invaluable source. Tap it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ve been known to handle yourself very well in a crisis. It’s because of this that you are not thrown by the small stuff that the people around you are griping about. You’ll float on over it.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It’s as though your words are magic. Something you say will come true. Something you write will materialize. If you really want to get powerfully intentional, write it and then say it often.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There’s something you wanted to do. Now you’re not entirely sure you can handle the logistics. Get it all down on paper. If the puzzle still isn’t coming together, enlist the help of an earth sign.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You respond to the moment in a way that others would not. Of course! You’re an original! If it doesn’t work out, they’ll call you impulsive. And if it does, they’ll call you spontaneous, or maybe even genius.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It’s important to keep the momentum and so you march on, whether or not there’s anything to march toward. The point is the movement — one foot in front of the other.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You like to play out a game until the conclusion. Hopefully, it’s your victory, but if it’s not headed that way, then you’ll still abide by the rules of good sportsmanship and stay in it until the very last play.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It’s not like you to do an about-face in the middle of a journey. Nonetheless, when you know you’re going the wrong way, sometimes the only turn to make is a U-turn.