Your Daily Horoscope for Monday, October 1

Aries

March 21- April 19

You truly believed in art for art's sake. So you know that it doesn't happen on its own, and conditions have to be just right. Creative tension is a delicate balance. Don't be stingy with your energy or careless with your words today. You're too good a person to walk away from a disaster you created. It needn't come to that, you know.

Illustration by Rocco Fazzari

Illustration by Rocco Fazzari

Taurus

April 20-May 20

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you. So don't let the critics and cynics get to you. Let charm and compassion be your ultimate defense, turning your safety zone into an oasis. Your common sense and optimism make you untouchable. When you feel this good about yourself, it's easy to find the comfort you love. Enjoy it!

Gemini

May 21-June 21

There's something new and exciting in your life — maybe a new sweetie, or a creative project that has you jumping with energy? Whatever's going on, something has you over the moon, and you want to shout out from the rooftops. But wait a couple of days before you go announcing anything. The situation could shift, including your own feelings about it. For now, reflect on how you'll approach this new source of fun in your life. In a few more days you can let everyone know why you're so happy.

Cancer

June 22-July 22

What did you just step into? It might look like a calm little mud puddle, but you can already feel the deep currents pulling you every which way. As long as you're not drowning in this, you can call it whatever you want. The situation will demand controlled creativity. Luckily, you have plenty of that. Your single-minded approach will turn this sprawling mystery into a tidy little map by day's end. Everyone loves you when you have the answers. So get to work finding them.

Leo

July 23-August 22

You want to save everything, because you're creative enough to see the potential in everything. What looks unimpressive in the moment could be a useful tool later, or could provide inspiration for some grand scheme. At the moment, though, most things have more potential than worth. Focus on saving up ideas for later. Maybe you'll encourage thriftiness in other people, and they'll pick up some of your good habits.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

Suddenly you're all about true grit and salt of the earth. Sounds kind of messy, doesn't it? The good news is that you're squeaky clean, too. Yes, your current mission seems to be renewing the old ways and celebrating traditional values. Relish what's naturally occurring and standard issue. Who needs the add-ons, anyway? It's not as if you have to fill any holes in your collection or try to impress someone. Live how you were meant to live today. If you like how it feels, keep it going.

Libra

September 23-October 22

Emotions might overwhelm you today, and that's okay. You've had worse. Don't worry if you're too timid to do anything about these big feelings. Lucky for you, you're experiencing a pretty common feature of the human condition. Popular culture covers this ground with movies, books and music. Let someone else's scene play out your inner state this time.

Scorpio

October 23 – November 22

Anything other people are seeking today — whether a strong ally, an intimate companion, even a fearsome opponent — you're ready to oblige. You're looking for an intense way to engage with other people, and whatever your lover, friends or coworkers offer, you're happy to respond in kind. Emotionally, your range is wide. You can summon anger almost as readily as love, and either will be satisfying to vent. Move toward love and other positive connections, though. Soon you'll be glad you did.

Sagittarius

November 23-December 20

For once, you're actually feeling a little shy. Too much explicit talk has made you uncomfortable, and you want nothing more than to crawl into your shell. Spend some time at home today, Sagittarius, or holed up in your office or workshop. There's no need to take part if you don't feel like it. Maybe there's someone who knows how to connect by more subtle means? Just don't expect to resolve any uncomfortable situations today.

Capricorn

December 21-January 19

Focus on your loved ones' feelings and needs, and your own. Don't assume you already know everyone's needs — instead, check in with them. See if they're satisfied in terms of intimacy, affection, and attention. Next, check in with yourself. Do you feel well-loved and supported? Are you showing your devotion as much as you could? Focus on these questions, and life will start making a lot more sense.

Aquarius

January 20-February 18

Today you're feeling oppressed by cheer leading and partisan politics. Why is no one as flexible as you are? The rigid postures of others are making you tense. Maybe you can share a bit of your wisdom. Be aware, though, that your communication skills aren't in top shape. Don't try to shove your views down anyone's throat — use a subtle approach instead.

Pisces

February 19-March 20

You're inspired today. Your eyes are as wide open as your heart, and you're receiving celestial guidance and encouragement. Your soul is in tune with the universe at large, and you'll find that life seems to go your way. In fact, some of your best ideas now could end up turning a profit. If so, be honorable — make sure to credit your allies and sources. No one can go it alone in this life, and today you'll naturally draw supportive friends to your side.

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