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The sun/Pluto square suggests that fateful encounters have gravity enough to be noticed as the significant destiny markers they are, and yet it will still be impossible to tell what they mean. So don't stress or worry; just keep your eyes open and know that all of this matters. Then commit to doing the best you can with what you have to work with.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 12). Your work ethic has never been stronger and you'll devote yourself to a serious effort that also just happens to delight you. More highlights this solar return: a speech that persuades people toward your wonderful idea, the closing of a gap in your education and an opportunity that opens a different social world. Sagittarius and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 14, 5, 30, 21 and 48.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Some keep themselves ignorant on purpose. They don't want to know anything that might negate what they already believe. This is unwise, and very different from learning what there is to know and then choosing to focus elsewhere.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll recover what another left behind. They took it as far as they were capable and wrung out as much reward as they were going to get from it. But there's still something very valuable (and different) that was left for you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When appealing words fall on ears that want them to be true, the deal will be made. Do note, that doesn't mean it's a good deal. The pleasantness of words has nothing to do with their truth.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). A significant part of you exists without words, thoughts or mental images. That part of you is doing something mysterious and yet absolutely crucial to the existence of you and yours. Honor it. Give it space.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You may look for beauty and yet see the flaws. So, your powers of discernment are strong. Some would call that "taste." Don't be hard on yourself for your critical eye. It's part of how your mind works to protect you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Don't be blindsided by fearful falsehoods, the sort that make a person feel life is on the brink of disaster when it fact a slightly different perspective is all it takes to see that this couldn't be further from the truth.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Intent is the single biggest component of success today. Set your intention, and your priorities will fall right into place. You'll know what to focus on first, second and third. Tonight you'll look back with satisfaction.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). To help others, they must trust you enough to follow you. If they feel somehow trapped by your expectation of them, they'll rebel. Today calls for a careful observance of the line between helping people and controlling them.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You want their happiness, and you want your own. Unfortunately, just seeing the other person being happy won't be enough to accomplish the second aim. But fortunately, you've other means of getting happy.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Sometimes even well-intentioned help can be an imposition. Don't accept help you don't need. It may seem like a harmless enough way to get through the moment, but it devolves into awkwardness.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). People may feel defensive, like their beliefs are being threatened. In the matters that don't really matter (most of them today) silence will be the best opinion.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). As a water sign, you find it easy to accept that everything changes and, like water, you flow with it. Today, it will be more like floating on he water, because the change is that things are finally as still and clear as a placid lake.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: With the Libra sun glowing off the face of the Sagittarius moon, these two set out to see the world together. Sagittarius is just what Libra loves in an adventure partner -- sophistication and a fearlessness about meeting people and getting into totally new situations. Libra brings curiosity and friendliness, through a more reserved, refined approach. The Sagittarian wildness is tempered by Libra in the best sense.

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