Horoscopes: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 19). What if you believed that there was nothing wrong with you, that you didn't need to improve a single thing? Then all efforts are optional, a fun experiment. Any benefits are a stroke of felicity.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The game is on, with an unconventional, imaginary prize at stake. This bit of whimsy is more motivating to you than money or validation. For reasons you can't explain, you need to win.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are a lot of questions you could ask yourself to spur the situation in a better general direction. The very best question today just might be: "How can I have the most fun with this?"

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're safe - safer than most of humanity. The biggest threat is in how you interpret what's going on. Is it stressful? Sure. But not too stressful. It's doable. You can handle it, and you will prevail.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It really doesn't matter where the blame properly belongs. Step up, assess the situation, and begin repairs. If the broken thing is a relationship, you'll be especially speedy and adept at fixing this.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your contentment generates joy in others. Your smile melts hearts. Who knew it was possible to make such a difference just by being genuinely happy?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Today, the passion you feel for a cause or a kind of work is more energizing than romantic fervor. One thing leads to the next. Soon you're swept into momentum.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Even the most ordinary, worn-in topic can be made riveting by a skilled speaker, a phenomenon you'll experience today when someone speaks the plainest, most sparkling words to you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). One source of encouragement is not enough, especially if it's one that's very familiar to you. You need more support, which you'll get it when you tell new people what you're up to.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Everyone feels fragile sometimes. When it's them, you have compassion, telling them to take it easy. Do the same when it's you. Sure, you're tougher than most, but you are also every bit as deserving of compassion.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). How can you feel more at ease in a situation? Just get to know people better. It takes time. When you're comfortable, the charisma kicks in. You get 'em laughing and loving you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In the case of public praise, it's good to know you're appreciated. On the other hand, acknowledgment can kindle unexpected feelings, such as embarrassment. For this reason, you're driven to do low-key or anonymous work.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 17). Your best strategy is to come up with one single goal for the year. Commit yourself, and tell everyone. The more public pressure the better. Next month brings a wealth of helpful people. In June, you will be called by the energy of a place. Opportunities await. Your family will grow in the late summer. Libra and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 14, 29, 47, and 8.