Horoscope

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 4). Your energy will build over the next seven weeks, and you’ll be ready to take on an enormous project in December. Love will have you doing activities you wouldn’t have guessed you’d be doing. Take on short-term commitments in January, and don’t sign long-term contracts. Travel is lucky in February. Aries and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 33, 28, 41 and 25.

Mercury Retrograde. The last Mercury retrograde of the year calls focus to relationships. Mercury will back through passionate Scorpio first and then reverse through Libra. The day-to-day interactions that have brought us closer to loved ones can just as easily drive us apart. Respect and tenderness will keep familiarity from breeding contempt.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re not bored, though you may be under-challenged. Get creative. Put a sporting spin on today’s events. A time limit or reward will bring out your best.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Most conflict can be avoided by paying attention the entire time you’re interacting with someone. If you’re vigilant and you take corrective action when you can, everyone will get along just fine.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Impatience breeds mistakes. The mature way is not to get frustrated or move in haste. Momentary discomfort will pass, and you’ll arrive where you need to be. Remain powerfully calm.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You can’t know more than you’ve experienced or learned, so you never need to be ashamed of the holes in your knowledge. Ask questions, or sit back and watch awhile. This day will be extremely informative.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It’s easier to think something through than it is to carry it out in practice. Before you make your plan, take action. That way you’ll find out how long things really take, and your plan will be more realistic.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Do not let one person monopolize you. It’s flattering when someone wants you all to himself or herself, but that is not the most balanced approach. Diversify. Collect many friends and influences.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Spend time with children of all ages. You need the silliness and laughter to counteract the stresses of the earlier week and to keep you healthy for the challenges ahead.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your idea of the glamorous life is unique to your own style, and you wouldn’t dream of imposing it on people with different interests and tastes. You’ll enjoy a bit of glamour tonight.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You shouldn’t have to mute your light all the time so that another person can shine. However, you do sense when it’s not your turn. Being a team player will produce better results than being a solo act.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll bring energy and excitement to your surroundings, perhaps just by dressing well. You might be cast as the attractive stranger who gets people buzzing or be singled out for a special role.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Make your list. You may not cross anything off of it today, but if you don’t have one at all, you’re likely to veer off purpose in the near future. Today’s organization will lead to tomorrow’s action.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You have the winning answer, and yet you’ll still benefit from asking friends for their thoughts and input, if only because it will teach you how unique your own perspective really is.