ARIES (March 21-April 19). Innovation is not everyone's first inclination. A lot of people would rather try small improvements first. It will benefit you to stay open-minded about all paths.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You've a good plan, but life will throw a wrench in it anyway. Consider that a gift. Because what could be duller than a plan that goes off without a hitch?

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your usual effervescence may be temporarily muted by a few borrowed troubles. No worries. All you have to do is return those troubles like a library book, and don't check them out again.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Advertising is a part of life. You're selling you. You compose the "ad" in the way you dress, talk and position yourself. Have fun with this today.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Many will vie for your attention. Some genuinely need you. Even so, cater to your own needs first. This will put you in the position to deliver the best you can.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You alter environments just by being in them. Your presence is a responsibility, because wherever you go, you want it to be better because you were there.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). With all the changes going on in your part of the sky, you may be uncharacteristically sensitive. So protect yourself. Put up a layer of emotional padding, or, at the very least, emotional sunscreen.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When you can make someone laugh, it makes you feel smart, even if you're playing the fool while you're doing it. It's good to know you can reach people in that very nuanced and sophisticated human place call humor.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You don't have to point out everything that's false - not to them, not to yourself, either. As your sign mate Mark Twain said, "Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live."

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You have good intentions and no plan. That's fine for today. It's one of those rare times when your purpose is your plan. You're here to improve things, and that's exactly what you'll do.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's fun to be the new person in the group, and you'll make an impression by being there, even if you never go back and become part of it. Your presence will add a certain vigor to the proceedings.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). As ethereal as you are, you're still pretty grounded, in the sense that you cannot imagine believing in your own superiority to the other people of the world. Unfortunately, you'll have to tolerate those who really do think they're better.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 24). You do want something that's hard to get. Few have it. The path will be difficult. You'll have to recommit over and over. So what? You have the grit! You can make it if you keep going. Your polished work will get you noticed. You'll be paid well, but you have to ask for it first. People believe in you and root for you. Cancer and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 15, 1, 4, 9 and 13.