By Linda C. BlackTribune Media Services
Today’s Birthday (Oct. 10). As you’re exploring and learning this year, and falling in love (which will be effortless), remember the rules. That will become more difficult, but it’s all part of this year’s life lesson. The mental and physical impulse is to run wild and free. The instructions are to stay on the course that’s been mapped. Do the latter, and the rewards will multiply exponentially.
To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
Aries (March 21-April 19) – Today is a 6 – A co-worker’s hint is beneficial, and it could help you get a raise. However, someone you know and love could make a silly mistake, so don’t trust blindly or fail to listen out of prejudice. Your best advisor could be a lowly servant.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) – Today is an 8 – Don’t believe everything you hear. People are mixing up messages, forwarding false gossip and making all kinds of mistakes. You always choose your words carefully, and that gives you an advantage. If you don’t hold people to promises they make now, they’ll love you even more.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) – Today is a 6 – You’re a good talker. Now, prove you can be a good listener, too. Somebody you love needs to vent. Save your advice until it’s requested. What’s really needed is your ear, and maybe your shoulder to cry on.
Cancer (June 22-July 22) – Today is a 7 – You’re a little more confident, a little more bold. Has somebody been trying to talk you into something you don’t want to do? Have you been tactfully changing the subject? Why? Subtlety is lost on some people. Come right out and say it.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) – Today is a 6 – Misunderstandings, miscommunications and typographical errors are plentiful. Check everything at least twice – incoming and outgoing. Don’t take it for granted that people understand what you’re talking about. Quiz them.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Today is a 6 – You’d like to help. That’s your nature. You’re always eager to serve. But tough love is what’s needed now. Don’t bail out a friend who needs to bail out herself. That’ll be better for her, and for you.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct 22) – Today is a 7 – The direct approach is not advised. Not that you need to be sneaky, just be diplomatic. When somebody tells you they don’t want to talk about something, they mean it. Don’t insist. You’ll hear about it soon enough.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) – Today is a 7 – Continue to dream about distant shores while you fulfill your obligations closer to home. You may have to let friends go on ahead. You may have trouble getting through on long-distance communications until later tonight. Stay cool.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) – Today is a 6 – Don’t spread a rumor you hear from a friend. The odds are good that it contains more speculation than fact. Messages have a tendency to get garbled now, especially if they involve emotional topics.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – Today is a 6 – A few disagreements that were floating just beneath the surface may pop up. This is good, because it means they can be dealt with rather than ignored. Your work will go more smoothly as a result. Help clear up a misunderstanding.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) – Today is a 6 – Others are asking for your help. Trouble is, some of these questions are on topics outside your area of expertise. Luckily, you know how to learn.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) – Today is a 7 – Again, love conquers all. That, and your infinite ability to listen. You may wonder how long it will take for a dear friend to finish venting. Don’t try to solve the problem. Your friend will do that – eventually. — (c) 2001, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES INC. Distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.