Happy birthday: for Friday, Oct. 7. This year you open up to new solutions for old problems. You will try to express yourself in a more authentic way. You seem to be able to buck authority and still land well. Understand that your personal triggers could prevent a lot of problems in your relationships. If you are single, several special people could enter your life. Knowing what you want will help you decide whom to choose. If you are attached, the two of you often seem to speak different languages. Slow down, and verify that you are on the same page. CAPRICORN annoys you with his or her need for exactness. Aries (March 21-April 19): ★★★ You might feel pressured by a person who you feels assumes too much. You can’t sit on your distain any more than the other party can sit on his or hers. If there is a run-in, it could be bad. Try to be more open-minded. Only then will options appear. Tonight: Till the wee hours. Taurus (April 20-May 20): ★★★★ Use your ability to empathize and understand how others feel. You might be at the point of frustration that could cause you to lose your temper. Try to be more distant. Remember, what works for one person might not work for another. Tonight: Rethink plans if need be. Gemini (May 21-June 20): ★★★★ One-on-one relating could be more volatile than you had anticipated. In fact, a fight could ensue, and you could be shocked by what you hear. Give up being as fussy and touchy as you have been. Your ingenuity works its way through any problem. Tonight: Forget problems. Cancer (June 21-July 22): ★★★★ Others play a more dominant role than in the recent past. You could be surprised by what comes up for you. Allow your sense of humor to define a difficult situation. Recognize that an associate is changing in front of your eyes. Tonight: Go along with someone else’s plans. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): ★★★ Focus on your work and what is needed to complete a certain project. Try to be present in a discussion, even though your thoughts are elsewhere. A situation might be transforming right in front of you. Conversations could add to the present confusion. Tonight: Do only what you want. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): ★★★★★ You might want to keep things light and humorous, but many people won’t share that same mood. Accept this fact rather than annoy others by trying to make them smile and laugh. Your emotional nature will benefit from a sudden change of plans. Tonight: Paint the town red. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): ★★★ You naturally feel tense, no matter what is happening around you. Some unexpected actions might hold a surprise or two for you. You have changed your perspective about a personal matter, which is affecting how you feel. Tonight: Don’t let a difficult situation color your night. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): ★★★★ You will want to express your feelings in a new way. The problem could be that you aren’t getting confirmation that others are really hearing your message. Confusion seems to surround you. Try to sort out the different messages. Tonight: Meet up with a pal and/or a loved one. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): ★★★ Be aware of the limits that you have imposed upon yourself. A child or loved one might react in a surprising way, which is likely to set you back. Use caution with all financial matters at this point. You could run into a problem without even realizing it. Tonight: Make it your treat. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): ★★★★★ You feel more energetic and upbeat than you have in a considerable amount of time. Take your time accepting a new responsibility. You might be carrying too much on your shoulders. Ask yourself what you really need to do here. Tonight: Out on the town.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): ★★★ You could feel out of sorts and might not know why. On a subconscious level, you are processing a change that is affecting your life in various ways. A discussion with a partner might only aggravate you more. Tonight: Make sure you have time to relax. Schedule a massage. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): ★★★★ Take the opportunity to stand up for what you want. This type of experience could occur at home and/or at work. Maintain a sense of humor, and you will bypass a problem. A partner or loved one comes through for you in a big way. Tonight: Where the crowds are. Born today: Musician John Mellencamp (1951), singer/ songwriter Toni Braxton (1967), entrepreneur Simon Cowell (1959)