Horoscopes: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018

ARIES (March 21-April 19). New ventures always come with a bit of bedlam. The confusion and chaos only add to the fun. So take a breath and head in, expecting that it won't be perfect but it will be an experience.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Obstacles are necessary. Catapult over them and you'll build up your strength. Push against them and you'll build stamina. Rub them out and you'll wind up polishing your work.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are those who reach adulthood unwounded; they are the exception. Time usually makes its marks. You'll connect with someone over the scars that show what you've survived.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Avoid people and situations that test your knowledge. It's better to gravitate toward those who like how you think. To know is to close your mind to learning. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It's risky to talk to strangers, but you're fearless today, so you'll reach out and expand your circle with an introduction or two. You're a magnet for the interesting.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You embrace life's lopsided nature. You'll be intrigued by people, ideas and places that seem a little off. Also, you crave novelty, so if it doesn't look like anything you've experienced, sign up.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Magicians know children can often figure out tricks that adults don't. Why? They make fewer assumptions. They're more open to randomness. They notice more details. Today you'll be like a child no one can trick.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). We operate on what we've seen to be true. But sometimes what we've seen is only part of the truth or is more of an anomaly. Leave room for doubt. Being wrong happens. Defending wrong - now that's just wrong!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Go mingle in a new place. At the very least, you'll have a fresh experience and story to report. But you're even likelier to find love, friendship, adventure, work or all of the above.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Anyone can give others the benefit of the doubt, but you'll take it into radically generous territory, giving total trust without hesitation. If they have ill intent, they'll go elsewhere.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your attention makes the other person fascinating. The person was interesting to begin with, but his or her story becomes great with your curiosity.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You dislike social situations in which you're expected to network, schmooze and sell. You see life as a creative process, not as a series of trophies. Don't worry; many will find your approach appealing. Show up and just be you.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 20). The objective still seems far off, and you're not even sure how you're going to get there, but that's all part of what makes this year magical. You sweat and toil for some successes, and others happen by sheer miracle. With a ripple of kindness and effectiveness, you'll make a difference in many lives. Gemini and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 20, 44, 19 and 3.