Horoscopes: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

ARIES (March 21-April 19). What happens in the world will influence you; however, it won't control you unless you let it. Maintaining power over your experience will require determination to see it your way, not their way.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There are good things about every state of being, even the ones you don't prefer. "It could be worse" isn't as powerful an approach as actually seeing what's good about it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Sometimes you feel like you're a figment of your own imagination. You have, after all, taken an active part in creating this personality. Today, you'll imagine a different version to grow toward.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The same lake is defined as "joyous," "ominous," "raging," and "quiet." A lake can be all of those things, so it should come as no surprise that people are as capable or more of such mood shifts.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). An exchange of energy, ideas, and feelings makes this day run on an exhilarating mood that will benefit and strengthen each individual, group and, indeed, the spirit of goodness at large.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There will be a focus on your potential as surmised by yourself and others, none of whom are qualified to make a guess, let alone a decision about it. And that includes you. So, to see what you can do, you'll have to just do it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Part of you aspires to new heights of spiritual achievement and self-discovery. Another part of you wants to sit on the couch and watch a reality show. The two may not be mutually exclusive.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The wolves circle. Matters of integrity and ethics are ignored by greedy people. You'll be in a position to heroically interrupt this. You may begin alone, but you won't end alone. You have allies.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Some days don't require you to think too far into the problem, and you're better off for approaching without too much mental gusto. But today isn't one of those days. You'll need to be sharp. Prepare for that.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It is very rare that one gets to be the person of the hour. But what's not so rare, at least not for you, is to be quietly admired and respected behind your back. That's today's dynamic.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Solitude will fortify your spirit, clarify your mind, and be more fun than hanging around with usual suspects. You need this. You'll be your own best company.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The concept of "potential" can be tricky, and today it may be a source of frustration. Forget about potential. What's happening now? Accept that.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 13). All these years on the planet and you really have little idea of all you can do with this magnificent set of powers and abilities you've been given. Optimism, mischief, play, experimentation, boldness . . . all qualities that will be employed during this solar return to surprising and pleasing results. Leo and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 12, 33, 28 and 17.