Horoscopes: Thursday, January 4, 2018

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Someone out of touch with his or her own business will be overly involved with yours. This is beneficial to no one. Life will work better when all take responsibility for what is rightly theirs.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Honor the unsung helpers in your life. Anyone who makes you look good deserves praise and maybe a treat, too. Bonus: Your self-esteem gets a boost.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Though you're in a driven mood, you'll stay the course even if you know you will never achieve the goal. The true reward is in who you become for having dared to dream. The prize is but a bonus.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You love to be around creative people like you, but sometimes they say and do the wrong thing. You'll offer a measure of leeway because they give so much.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It's not that you want people to go out of their way to serve you, but a little well-deserved special care would be nice. The human touch is a kindness you appreciate in whatever form it takes.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There's something you could do better if you had formal instruction in it. The training will not be as difficult, time-consuming or costly as you think it will be.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Because you're so alive to the possibilities of life, staying on course will be a challenge. Your interactions may feel unfocused, yet there's a whimsy in your mood that will add an interesting creative element to your work.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Different places grow different plants. Try to see the entire context of the issue. Maybe the people involved in a problem are not the ones who are to blame. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Chances are, "I've tried everything," really means, "I've tried a few things." Failing is hard, but it gets easier as you keep going. If nothing has worked, that doesn't mean nothing will.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). We all have holes in our education. These missed lessons are like potholes that can cause an accidental trip-up, but at least that will help you to identify where you need to fill in the blanks.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). To remember well is a gift. To forget well is also a gift. If neither is within your grasp today, then it's only because your brain is busy with a third talent - to project well. You'll recognize potential and imagine the best of what's possible.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Ralph Waldo Emerson said that common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. You'll have such an outfit of genius on today as you solve complex problems with practical finesse.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 4). Your moral fiber gets stronger even as it gets more flexible. Your philosophy will shift - a sign of maturity and a function of the adjustments you employ to make your life work better. New relationships blossom. April brings a big deal. Improved finances will have to do with this shift of mind and lifestyle. Scorpio and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 2, 44, 47, 12 and 6.