ARIES (March 21-April 19). The hand you were dealt is but one of many factors that are influencing the game, some of which you can control, most of which you can't. Dive into all that's within your control and play daringly.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There are reasons to root for the underdog, choose the road less traveled or quest for impossible outcomes. Take on the battle you know you can win.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If you don't feel like making an effort to reach out, fit in, deliver the goods, etc., well, that's telling you something, too. This situation is no longer for you.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You don't have to be merciless about getting your way. But if you're going to be relentless at anything, be relentlessly charming. Why force anyone's hand when you can cast a spell instead?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). That kindly baby sitter called time, which is supposed to keep everything from happening all at once, does not seem to be doing her job. It's a free-for-all.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). As is usually the case, much can be accomplished through hard work and continuous improvement. It does take a long time, but it's the best way.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There's always a way to look at life that is cause for alarm. And there's always another way of finding the sweetness and charm in it. You do the latter, and you're so attractive because of this.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You were uncertain, and now you're an expert. You were new in the group, now you're a leader. You were filled with nervous anticipation, now it's old hat.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There are those who will go out of the way to tell you what you didn't ask to know. They're not to be believed, and in fact the truth is probably the opposite of what they say.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Question traditional gender roles and other aspects of life in which you could be automatically playing out the script. There's a danger in slavishly following the way it has always been done.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Pay attention to what the others don't understand and subsequently ignore or cast off. With your creativity you can easily make something glorious out of the things others can't value.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You keep putting your feelers into the situation and coming out with the same information: You're here because it worked once. But explore other situations that could work even better.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 21). You're onto something totally inspired. Just remember that "almost there" isn't "there." Keep going until you reach the goal, even if it takes the entire solar return. Your loved ones will build their lives on your steadfast care and attention. Because people trust you, you'll be promoted and well-paid. Capricorn and Aquarius adore you. Lucky numbers: 27, 31, 28, 50, 11.