Horoscopes: Thursday, October 19, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have expressed your affinity through giving gifts, and it's about time to do that again. With new relationships, be careful not to set up a precedent that will be difficult to uphold later.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It starts with a pang of envy, a glance at a brochure, or a response to the lure of an image or idea - suddenly you're in the early stages of planning an adventure.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There's a trade - your energy for a feeling of acceptance, love, or validation. Know that the feeling won't last. It will have to be earned again and again. Make sure your energy expenditure is worth it.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The cycle is so subtle, yet it's spoiling your plans. It goes something like this: You have to do what you'd rather not; then the thing you do to calm and comfort yourself works against the larger goal.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Just like the plants, you get energy from your ruling luminary, the sun - whose value should not be underestimated these days. Feeling sunshine on your skin will help your mood and your soul.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It's not a one-size-fits-all situation, and you won't find a fix that pleases everyone. Try anyway. Efforts that don't land on anything will lead to something.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Talk is cheap, and some will say anything to be in the relationships with you and/or your money. Be careful. Check references. Ask for proof that people can do what they say they can do.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You'll be overcome with a desire to make things spotless and orderly. It's a sign that you're about to change again. This is a way of taking stock, of honoring and appreciating what you have.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have a special charismatic energy with those in proximity. When possible, go where you can lock eyes. You'll be even more effective when you can see and read the situation in person.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When you've lost some control of your internal situation, it will help to take power over your external situation. Your emotional changes are quickly reflected in the world. It doesn't surprise you when life defies the notions of cause and effect or space and time.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're a quick study, and you only have to do a job once to know if it is or isn't for you. Same goes for other interests, studies, hobbies, dates, and locations.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The moral of today's story is that real life isn't a fable. You don't have to come up with a moral and probably shouldn't try, because everyone is going to take something different from it anyway. Live without judgment for a while.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 19). A relationship flourishes, and love inspires you. The way you express yourself is developing in magical and most effective ways. Amateur attempts will be very lucky for you at the start of 2018. The less you know, the more you'll do with pure intent and open mind. You'll get places that pros can't. Scorpio and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 14, 3, 38, 22, and 19.