Happy birthday (Oct. 2): Life is an exciting gamble this year with interesting stakes, psychological maneuvering and other elements akin to a game of poker. You'll develop reliable and winning strategies. Sometimes you'll feel like you're bluffing, but this is normal for anyone taking risks. You'll soon grow into the roles you take on.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Clutter is a representation of disordered thought processes and misaligned systems. Clearing up a cluttered environment will be an act of magic that causes your next round of good fortune indirectly.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): What you want is going to take time to cultivate or build. The plan is going to come from you and will only unfold because you stick to the agenda. Since your time is among your most precious assets, you'll use it deliberately.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21): Every tool, talent and technology is neutral. Results depend on how it is used. You'll think creatively, noticing the versatility in a resource. You will have luck using things in a different manner than is commonly employed.
CANCER (June 22-July 22): If you were just as likely to succeed in a small matter as you were in a big one, what problem would you tackle then? Forget about scale for a minute, as it won't be as relevant as logic seems to suggest.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The others may get jealous when one relationship stands out from the rest today. It's either because someone needs special attention or because they entertain you so, your attention naturally and gladly flows to them.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Intuition can speak from the thick of the drama, but it's more likely to come to you while doing something relaxed and easy like showering, walking or driving. If no intuition comes, no action is necessary. Move when compelled.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): Your need to understand how things work and why they are the way they are will intensify. Some mysteries can never be solved, but you'll be enriched by your your soulful searching.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): While there are times when the knee-jerk reaction is unavoidable, your next successful move is not going to be reactive or impulsive. This is the plan of 20 small actions that will ultimately build a catapult to the next level.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): It's not enough to be good at only one thing. Look into learning other skills. Figure out what more you can contribute. As for the dicey situation between friends: Of everything exchanged, money is the least significant.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Just because you can enjoy a comfortable silence with someone you're close to doesn't always mean you should. Even though mixing it up can feel awkward, it's better than letting interactions become predictable.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Right now, financial matters have the odds of a coin toss. There's a potential to blow your money and an equal chance of striking a heroic deal. However, research changes everything. Ask friends and family for insight.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A complex problem does not always require a complex solution. For instance, the decision not to take a problem on at all is rather straightforward and doesn't solve the entire problem but wraps up your part of it.
ROWING PAST THE RETROGRADE
Mercury goes direct and progress becomes a matter of applying yourself in a straightforward way. How can you move yourself to a better position while simultaneously helping everyone else in the same boat? Row, row, row. If only one person rows, everyone will get there. But more than likely, anyone capable will join in.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: One can never tell where television personality Kelly Ripa will turn up next. Whether she’s playing a hilariously heightened version of herself on the comedy “Broad City” or joining the fantasy world of “Riverdale,” her never-ending Libra enthusiasm and sparkling sense of humor shine through. Ripa has natal sun and Uranus in breezy, balanced Libra and four luminaries in scintillating Scorpio.