Horoscope: Oct. 18

Your daily horoscope.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll be in a position to show what makes you different from the others. That's why you'll avoid the kind of environment that everyone else would choose.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Social decisions will affect the outcome of your day. You prefer to be around mild-mannered types, though you can't deny a strange fascination with people who walk the line of social acceptability.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If you're not careful, disorganized efforts will needlessly complicate your life. It's the work you do to prepare for an event that will make it a success.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). A restriction will be lifted. This is what you've been waiting for: the green light telling you to turn your ideas into action. Your true friends will cheer you on.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Simple communication is better. You're drawn to those who can tell you what they are about in a sentence or two, and you'll do the same.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You could still win, but you have to put on your game face and be strategic. Just don't let them know quite yet where the holes in your knowledge might be.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When your eloquent manner doesn't quite get the point across, you may resort to being uncharacteristically bold or blunt. Be more concerned with being effective than with being perfect.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your casual mind-set doesn't go with another person's formal plans. Your suggestions will be better, and you'll sell them by being modestly amenable to anything.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Today feels like a release from the intense energy that's been building up over the course of the week. You'll be in the mood to get a little wild, but not too crazy.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A practical mood prevails. Avoid jumping to conclusions or accepting new ideas as true before they have been proved to you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You don't realize just how mesmerizing your spontaneity is to people who are used to operating in a highly controlled environment.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). This day will refresh your sense of wonder. The last thing you think will happen is the first thing that does. This is just what you need to get your creative juices flowing again.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 18). There's little you can do to dissuade good fortune from smiling on you in the next 10 weeks. Use your increased power and presence to forward an agenda that will benefit you and your family. You'll sign a deal in November. December brings a natural close to old business and an opportunity for change. Leo and Cancer people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 44, 32, 19 and 50.


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