Horoscopes: Thursday, October 5, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Wisdom isn't among the glamorous traits: Foolishness, shallowness, and impulse are more celebrated. But you can't progress without growing wise. Acknowledge the wise part of you and watch it grow.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Many people say "I love you" easily and with no follow-up. Love is a verb. You'll enjoy finding ways to help, please, nurture, comfort, understand, support, applaud, celebrate those you love.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Theoretically, you could retreat to the fantasy of your mind for a free getaway. In actuality, environment matters. It's easier to find the new you in a new place.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You have formal training in some areas, and plenty of things you taught yourself. Now you'll get the chance to fill in the gaps. There's an exciting opportunity on the other side of this.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your productivity ebbs and flows according to what's going on around you. You'd like to have more control over this, and you can when you take charge of your environment. This is best done by changing it - or leaving it.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Someone has asked too much of you. You didn't think the request was too much at the time, so you said yes. Now you see you misspoke. Don't worry, the decision should, can, and will be reversed.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Some things you shouldn't be too careful about. As Bertrand Russell said: "Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness."

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You don't really see being happy as your duty, but what if it is? What if, on some spiritual level, your unhappiness dims the light of humanity? Act as if this is the case and you'll see magic today.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you find yourself avoiding people, it might be a sign that you have unfinished business or something to reconcile in yourself. Then again, you could be wisely economizing your energy.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). What does "authenticity" mean? Most assume it has to do with acting on some grand agenda. Authentic living may be best expressed by eating a sandwich or doing what everyone else is doing.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Surrender is the greatest stress-reliever. The best part is that you can choose which direction to take it. There are many things to surrender to: laughter, touch, dance, love, taste, sleep, etc.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Arguments will be best among friends, preferably bright ones with diverse, even outlandish opinions. You'll hash out topics for the sake of sporting debate and come to a universal truth.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 5). Heart connections will be made stronger this solar return as you communicate openly and thoroughly. Exceptional progress at work will happen over the next five weeks. November starts the process of clearing the old for a January rebuild. Interest in others will carry you into new worlds in 2018. Gemini and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 11, 5, 20, 41, and 16.