WEEK OF OCTOBER 7, 2012

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll gain emotional intelligence. Your feelings cannot be left out of a scenario, and you may want to have more control over what you feel. This, however, is not possible. So instead, strive to be more aware and accepting of your emotions, whatever they may be. This will allow you to finesse your reactions to your feelings.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The "what ifs" come calling, but they sing a different song from the one they used to sing: "What if I get the job I really want?" "What if he agrees to my plan?" "What if my dreams come true?" You'll revel in these possibilities and invite more imaginative options to introduce themselves in the weeks to come.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll gain layers of social savvy by observing what works and what doesn't work in your relationships this week. When you share part of yourself and people respond to you, think about whether their response helps or hurts your mood. You'll copy what works and adapt it to your own style.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It may feel as though you are having many of the same thoughts as last week, and that your mind is stuck in a "repeat" pattern. Just remember that you are not your thoughts. Some of what's drifting through your mental screen doesn't even belong to you, so don't bother claiming it.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Once you accept someone, this person no longer has to prove much to you. It's only natural to be inclusive, kinder and more generous to someone you feel you know and trust. Just be sure to screen people well upfront. Those who share your morals, ethics and values will bring happiness to your life.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You don't expect anything in return when you help others, and yet you start to feel resentful if you get the feeling that your help is taken for granted. You want to make sure that you are giving of yourself to those who really do need what you have to offer, and not to those who are simply greedy.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Others can't dictate how you feel. They might provide a trigger that sets you off in a certain emotional direction, but you could also go off in a very different direction if you were so inclined. You'll receive the same cue multiple times, and your experimental mood may prompt you to react differently in each instance.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It may feel as though everything is coming down to a moment, but it's not. Hopefully, knowing that your victory is not predicated on one gallant act will take the pressure off. Your victory will be based on a body of work and a number of deeds. Having an objective and working in steps toward that purpose will get you there.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Beauty is not your goal, but you will continue to work until what occurs is something so masterful that it is undeniably gorgeous. The in-between stages you go through this week are perhaps not nearly as lovely to behold. Have faith and keep going, though, because you deserve that breathtaking result.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Head toward your goal and respond to feedback, and you eventually will get where you want to be. Straying off course is a natural and helpful phenomenon if you have someone to tell you when it's occurring. If you are aware that you have deviated, you can correct your path. In the end, the prize will be yours.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Part of the happenings this week will feel like an elaborate heist with many working parts and a prize for the taking. Of course, assembling the right team will be crucial. While working with people you admire, you'll pull off an impressive feat that turns out to be entirely legal.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You'll play a game, and you'll play to win. Be aware that the moment of victory is when many people make mistakes by becoming overly confident and therefore vulnerable to the pitfalls of greed and arrogance. Be mindful not to let success go to your head. When you achieve your goal, stop and consider your next step.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Everyone seems to need you at once. Since you can't clone yourself, you'll have to say "no" often this month. A relationship takes center stage in November. Friends keep you laughing and loving through the holidays. Your willpower is incredibly strong in the new year, and you'll keep your top resolution. In February, you'll use your powers of enchantment to set up a happy arrangement. This is something you've been trying to achieve for years, and it finally will be a reality.

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