Horoscopes: Thursday, January 5, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Some people see commitment as the loss of options, and certainly that's part of it. But sacrificing endless options for something concentrated will, oddly, make your life and options larger.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Walking, running, flying - they're mostly the same principle. To move forward requires strength, balance, and adjustment. Be honest, feel where the weakness is, and adjust to correct yourself.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). What's important is sometimes quite dull. You already know every cobble of the road you're on today, but there is a magnificent reason for traversing it over and over. In a way, this is heroism.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Don't hesitate, vacillate, agonize, or dwell. Make quick work of it and get on with something decadent, like treating yourself to something sweet or delightful or intoxicating. Do it without guilt.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You are fanciful and imaginative. You can paint a vivid picture with your words and the way you say them. Use this to your advantage. The right subject matter is key.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Alas, childhood's limitless possibility must come to an end at some point. Yet today, a youthful opportunity you thought was closed to you forever will open up once more.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You're not trying to juggle three or four balls in the air at once. That's for amateurs. You have 10 to 20 that need to stay airborne. If a few drop, don't even give it a second thought. Just keep moving.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You'll be a kind of champion today, although a quiet one. The fact that you don't want to be noticed and lauded for your efforts makes them all the more valiant.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There are times you want to be your most attractive self, but not always. Invisibility has its benefits. You need time to yourself. Play it low-key and you'll slip away for a spell of solitude.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The insecure and impressionable people around you need someone to mentor and protect them. You're the natural fit. With what you know and who you are, you will teach and inspire.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your joy won't be found in the world of glamour and thrills today. The less conventionally exciting a labor seems to be, the greater its potential for doing meaningful, fulfilling work.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're ready to speak, but are they ready to listen? Prime them for it first: Grab their attention, then give them a moment to settle into the reality that you're about to say something important. Finally, deliver from the heart.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 5). Given the choice between being somebody and doing something, you'll choose the latter. Accolades are nice, but they feel hollow in comparison to the high you get from mastering the task, killing the mission, being in the flow. You'll deepen your commitment to your life's work and loves for your most successful year yet. Leo and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 20, 5, 14, and 18.

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