Horoscopes: Monday, January 9, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You don't assume you know a person inside and out. You're experiencing only what this individual wants to show you. Yet your intuition is deep. You're getting more insight than others would guess.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There's a danger in being microfocused today. Your efforts are better spent on big-picture fixes. What are some ways you can reduce your overall stress level?

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You can't preserve the peace by publicly shaming people who disturb it. Try a light touch, empathy, humor. It may not work, but you won't regret trying it.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're tougher than the challenge at hand, but that's not a good reason to take it on. You have nothing to prove and no one to prove it to. Make sure there's something good in it for you before you play.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Give positive focus proactively, and a certain needy someone may back off and give you space. If this doesn't work, consider reacting to this person's attention-getting antics with no reaction.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It seems they want a piece of you, but not a piece of your mind. Don't give anything you don't want to give. There are people around you who will ask for more than is healthy for either of you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Greatness requires that you push past the part of you that doesn't feel like making an extra effort. This is the time to work harder, be kinder, and extend more generosity than you feel.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Respect isn't something you give because the other person has good character; it's something you give because you have good character. Is respect deserved? That's beside the point, in your book.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It's a pretty good show you're putting on today, and your audience will eat it up. This has to do with a role you're still growing into. Keep it up, and it will be more comfortable in the future.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There's so much to be excited about. You're experiencing something you dreamed of long ago, which is evidence of the likelihood that you'll build the thing you're dreaming of now.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your full focus is needed to execute the next step. Get rid of distractions. Maybe it's time to wipe the slate clean, because it's not worth it to give much attention to the debt that's owed to you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You wouldn't expect a valiant effort from one who has never behaved nobly before, yet you wouldn't rule it out, either. You'll leave your mind open so that if people change, you're ready to catch, acknowledge, and build on it.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 9). Love is fanciful and whimsical and will take you new places. When it comes to business, you're not messing around. The world gets the picture, moves over, and makes room for what you offer. In March, old conflicts will be resolved, new dreams will be born. An April investment opportunity will require a quick response. Cancer and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 4, 28, 5, and 16.