ARIES (March 21-April 19). The warrior knows that battling is one way to victory, but not the only way. Some of the best victories are handed over. Negotiation will serve you well today.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). To keep the peace, you may have to let a few things slide. Don't be difficult. There are so many benefits to playing well with others. Success will be as simple as finding and sharing some fun.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're excellent at paying attention to others in a casual, low-key way that ends up making them feel special. Consider dialing up the effort - turning the gesture into a memorable experience.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Fitting opportunities will be the cosmic boon of the day. You'll find out where to get training to improve an area of life in which you've been ailing or ignorant. This is the start of something good.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You could be feeling uncharacteristically reserved. Counteract this shyness with a friendly action. Start up a conversation. One connection will lead to another.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're not searching for tenderness and friendship in this harsh and competitive world, but when you stumble on it, you'll see how much you needed it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). What starts as a workable plan quickly turns into something that creates change in many areas of your life. Small improvements add up to big differences.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Certain rituals make you feel in control. For instance, making your bed. Nothing bad happens if you leave it unmade. But you make it anyway because it reminds you that you're a person who cares about order and beauty.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll hit a pocket of interesting chaos. Observe, but but don't get sucked into the vortex of this strange distraction - it won't be easy to find a way out.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You have an uncanny sense of timing. You pick up on the pulse of things around you and can ride and participate without missing a beat. This talent will serve you well in matters of finance, poetry, comedy, music, and flirtation.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Things happened in one order, but you may choose to relay them in a different order, which changes things. That's the thing about stories: They belong to the person telling them, including accompanying liberties.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Don't ask if they know what you mean. The ones who do know will find the question superfluous, and the ones who don't are a lost cause. If you know what you mean, that's enough. Go forward in confidence.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 26). You reach out. You give. You build. You're mostly just following your heart in all this, though you never can tell whence your next string of good luck will begin. Business flows to you with the surge of December popularity. A competition is featured in April; the preparation is its own benefit. Capricorn and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 49, 33, 12, and 28.