Horoscopes: Friday, January 5, 2018

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Observation is your cosmic gift of the day. No one will accuse you of missing the forest for the trees. You'll see the trees, the forest, the continent.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). How far should you take an idea? Should you put your money behind it? Test the concept. If it's good, you'll get a sign.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). All subtlety will be lost, and you're not in that kind of mood anyway. Use your loud, clear voice; write in big letters. You'll be dealing with people who can take anything you have to give.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Like an athlete building toward being a contender, you'll dedicate yourself to consistent, daily work. You'll sweat through the discomfort, through the inconvenience. This is what it takes.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). When facts come to light or memories resurface, there's a reason. Don't discount anything. If you don't know the purpose, make a note of what happened. It might help you later.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You love your people, but you don't always want to talk to them. You need time to yourself. If you don't get enough alone time you'll feel resentful.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Extroverted introverts are proactively outgoing to avoid being rude though they prefer plenty of time to themselves to recharge and enjoy the hours however they please. Can you relate?

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The pile of paperwork needs your attention. Same with a pile of emotions. There's nothing too awful in either pile, so reach in and deal with it one item at a time. In a few concentrated hours you'll be free.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When you know it's for you, you really know. You dive right in. You commit yourself without an ounce of regret or reservation. Your confidence will attract friends and followers.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Oddly enough, knowing what needs doing is more important than doing it today. You're wise not to start on anything without a plan. It may take several hours to plot out the journey ahead, and this will be time well spent.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Empathy has no words. It's receptive. It holds open an emotional catcher's mitt. It receives with eyes of kindness, an encouraging face and open body language.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You've been the frequent recipient of spontaneous kindness, and now you'll be paying it forward. It feels good to be the mastermind of someone else's kismet. You might even prefer to do this anonymously.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 5). The big, beautiful life that's unfolding is something you couldn't have predicted or controlled. Your interests will multiply, which will have a similar impact on your social life. In February, your trust and friendship change a life. Your work will be immersive and fascinating in April beginning a financially bountiful trend. Scorpio and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 27, 9, 33 and 40.