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Generally, people become envious about the things that they themselves are deeply craving. So if you see someone in action and what is supposed to make you smile bothers you instead, note the particulars and take it as a sign. It's useful information, maybe even a key to your happiness under this Pisces moon.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Everyone knows when it's not working, but few have the guts to call it out. You, on the other hand, have many options and very little time to waste on one that's clearly not going to work.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll show up early, stay late and do whatever it takes to make a project great. Is there a point in which the extra work actually makes things worse instead of better? Yes. Stay aware and you'll see it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The writing will be on the wall, for anyone who has those special sort of glasses that can see such things. Most people will walk right by. Much depends on how much you want to know.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Bounce the conversational ball. You want to know more about a person, but you also want this person to know you, and you'll make sure things are balanced. All in all, great exchanges are in store.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Here's a friendship test: If it's important to you, it's important to your friend. It's not a foolproof test. But generally speaking, if they don't take your side today, it will raise questions. If they do, it will raise grateful joy.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There's a saying about throwing out the first pancake of the batch, but life doesn't always follow this rule. Today, your first try will turn out astoundingly beautiful results — the equivalent of a pancake covergirl.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). To some extent time will be elastic to you, and you'll be strong enough to bend and play with it, slow it with your mind, cling to it as it passes and hold on tight to the very best moments.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Don't sell it if it's already sold. Not only does it do no good, it could harm the deal. You know this and live this and you'll teach the less experienced through your example.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Sometimes the star of the evening is invisible — the cook in the back of the restaurant, the one who made the room gleam before everyone got there, the originator of the playlist. You'll enjoy a key, quiet role tonight.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You're almost, but not quite, ready to give something up. As legendary comedy writer Robert Orben suggested, "Most people would like to be delivered by temptation but would like it to keep in touch."

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You may know what makes you happy. You may also be wrong. Experiment with an open mind and you'll find out surprising things about yourself and this elusive thing called happiness.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The best thing you can do for your future is to commit an anonymous, selfless act of generosity now. Your powers of observation are all the way turned up. You'll hatch the perfect plan.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 20). This solar return, your heart will be satisfied. It will also yearn, sparkle, pound from marathon-esque exertion, and skip beats gleefully at the surprises of your life this year. Other highlights include: a family development worthy of documentation, an adorable love story and a competitive prize. Scorpio and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 11, 14, 33 and 28.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I'm melancholy. From the outside looking in, I'm set: I look young and have a great job, great friends and a great family. I'm single, but I really don't dwell on that... or do I? Maybe it's just a funky time. What do the stars say? I was born Sept. 17, 1964, 4:06 a.m."

Under the current omens, you're feeling threatened by things that you do not perceive to be under your control — things as big as the passing of time or as small as a cavity in your tooth. These disruptions may bring to mind the question, "What exactly is under my control?" The happy news here is the answer: most of it, including love! Get clear about the kind of partner you'd like to have. The start of the new year will be an ideal time to maximize the Leo in your natal chart (which claims your Venus, Mars and rising sign) and turn on your considerable charm to the aim of attracting this person. As for the weeks leading up to the end of this year, let them be all about you and finding the new things that make you happy. A lot has changed. Spend some time to get reacquainted with yourself so you can shake off this melancholy.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: John Krasinski married actress Emily Blunt in an Italian summer wedding, and then both went back to work as two of Hollywood's busiest A-list talents, now known as the internet's favorite couple. Sun and moon in Libra indicate that Krasinski is a romantic who operates at his best while in a supportive relationship. Mercury, Venus and Uranus in Scorpio signals passion and intuition.

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