ARIES (March 21-April 19). Soon, you'll go from stealing the show to having your own show. But you're not quite ready for either one yet. Quiet observation and careful listening are the skills you most need to employ.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). People have unspoken demands of one another, and the agreement to those demands is often never discussed. But when it's time to change the deal, as it is now, the way to do it is with words.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You need to express yourself. The added pressure you put on yourself about whether that expression is good enough is really unnecessary and could actually be quite harmful if you let it stop you.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). If you can't figure out the business side of a problem, it's perhaps because the other sides are murky. The good news is, as you sort through, organize, and get clear, all sides improve at once.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The stumbles and heartache and sacrifices weren't for nothing. You'll solve the problem, win the project, save the day. At least you'll have a better idea than you would have come up with last month.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'd like to believe that people always get what they give, but it doesn't always happen. Even if it's only true some of the time, it's still worth putting into practice. Your life is richer for it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The ego gets smaller the same way the body does. Don't feed it as much. Don't give it everything it wants. The ego will serve you best when it's strong but lean.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When you're the one in charge, it's easier to say yes. That's why effective leaders aren't afraid of being unpopular, but who can decline constituents ideas.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). A slow, gradual approach will be favorable for this leg of the journey. You'll be stronger and more certain by the time you get there, and you'll be received with confidence and trust.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). To regret wasting your time is further waste of your time. Instead, take action. You'll plug a leak, break a chain, or erase the board and start all over.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It will be difficult to get anything personal done if you involve too many people. When it comes to working alone, motivation is the hardest part, but after you get motivated, you can work faster than you would with a group.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A large gesture creates a big impression. That it's the right impression is more important than size, though. Think about what you're trying to accomplish, and make a plan instead of rushing forward with the first idea.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 17). Because you know minutes go by regardless of what you've put inside them, you are ever vigilant to fill your time with what has meaning and value to you. You have never been so in touch with what moves you, and new inspiration and motivation comes each and every month of your next solar return. Aquarius and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 11, 40, 2, and 9.