BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Jeremy Davies was born in Saugus, Calif.,., on this date in 1969. This birthday guy is known to TV fans as Daniel Faraday from the hit series "Lost." He currently appears on the series "Justified" and he played Charles Manson in the 2004 TV movie "Helter Skelter." Davies' film work includes roles in "Solaris," "Secretary" and "Saving Private Ryan."
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Dreams are great, but reality pays the bills. You can reach any goal you set for yourself, just as long as those goals are realistic. You're better off listening to your head rather than your heart today.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Make them prove it. Don't accept pretty words at face value. Unless there is action to back them up, they are just words. You need not concern yourself with someone's idle boasts or casual assurances.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don't give in too easily. Take everything with a grain of salt until you're absolutely sure it's true. Don't be afraid to embrace the cynic inside you and use to it to keep you from making foolish mistakes.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Shine as an example of success. When others see your ethics at work, it makes you a hot commodity. You shouldn't be shy about showing others the way. Put extra energy to good use and get organized.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Plans don't always go smoothly, so you would do well to wait and see before claiming victory. You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a good time.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You can't have everything. Don't worry so much about keeping up appearances, as the only person really concerned about the façade is you. What has worked for you in the past may not work so well now.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Gambles aren't worth the risk. The rewards could be great, but if you lose it could be devastating. Play it safe and leave things just as they are for now. Focus your attention on fun with friends and family.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): No shortcut compares to common sense. You may be too dazzled by a lucrative offer to see the potential pitfalls. Don't start anything before weighing your options carefully and doing your homework.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Walk the walk. You may know that you are the best one for the job, but unless you actually put your talents on display, it's just so much talk. Don't start anything that you aren't prepared to finish.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Nothing exceeds like excess. You shouldn't waste time or resources trying to improve something that it already operating at maximum efficiency. Trying to be too productive can make the machine break down.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You can't spend what you don't have. Make sure that outgoing cash isn't more than what is coming in. Certain necessary items may require you to stretch the budget. Don't let it get out of hand.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Find a common denominator. Don't try to compete with a new acquaintance, but instead find common interests to build a lasting friendship. Get away from the old routine and pile into the car for an adventure.
IF OCTOBER 8 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Remain organized and obey the rules and you will get through this month easily even if on a few days you feel overwhelmed. New acquaintances can affect your life favorably between now and the end of the year, but don't mistake friendship for love. You benefit from a small flurry of career activity in January when your business expertise is right on target. This might bring you some recognition within your work environment or even a little extra money, but it fades quickly. Don't be overconfident in February when your street smarts seem to dumb down. If a relationship needs to be repaired, or if you must make a crucial commitment, wait until early April when the wisest decisions can be made.
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