Horoscopes: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There may be legitimate reasons for futile pursuits. As impossible as the standard of perfection may be, there are near-perfect findings along the way to make such a quest worthwhile.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Not every appetite is an indulgence. More often than not, what you crave will point you to what your body and soul know will nourish you. Follow an interest into deeper, more nourishing levels.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Of course you stand for something - a lot of things, in fact. That being the case, there's no need to go out of your way to find new things to stand for. This is a day to relax and just be who you are.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). If the boss is away, inept, or nonexistent, someone has to lead. You'll be good at it. You'll call some key shots in a manner that is necessary and beneficial to you and all involved.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You refuse to give a mood too much sway over your schedule. Moods come and go. You prefer to make decisions based on your overall vision, not the moment-to-moment minutiae of feelings.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Repetition makes for ease - until it makes for weariness and exhaustion. Practice until you get good - but then know when to quit. Recognize the point of diminishing returns.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Competition isn't always coming from an opposing side. Often, it's your nearest and dearest who are most competitive - which adds to complications.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You want something that scares you. Having what you want is even more frightening than the possibility of never having it. Be brave. Go for it anyway.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're a hard worker today, with deeper wells of self-discipline than usual. Take advantage of these focusing powers while they last. Also, look for ways to apply more of your talents to the task.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It will be important to separate your identity from your opinions. Your opinions - even your beliefs - may change as you come to understand more about the world. Who you are is much deeper than one worldview.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). People connect in the soft parts of their hearts - the vulnerable parts. You cannot make that connection without leaving yourself vulnerable. On some level, you have to agree to get hurt.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If relationships were emotional weather, some would be a gentle wind through the mind and others would put you on tornado watch. Be a storm chaser. It's one way to fight the ennui.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 13). If this year were a musical score, it would have the soaring melodies of a John Williams action/adventure piece. You'll make friends who up your game. The financial infusion next month will be well-invested in education or travel. The end of the year will bring a merging of families. May is the most romantic month. Pisces and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 36, 2, 28, and 31.