TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 7): Your specialty this year will be the complex kind of work that yields the sort of things money can't buy -- love, respect, style and more. As for the things money can buy, they'll be more accessible after January, which marks the final payment of a debt. You won't have to travel for the adventure you'll go on this spring. Taurus and Virgo adore you.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Scientists agree that humans need to be touched, though the full significance of touch can't be put into words or reduced to scientific data. To give and get tactile affection is more necessary than we can comprehend.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Love will follow the same 80/20 rule that people talk about in business. Twenty percent of your efforts will bring 80 percent of the results. So what are the actions that make your loved ones smile?
GEMINI (May 21-June 21): You get the feeling you were meant for something different, but this way of looking at it isn't the most empowering. You get to choose your destiny and move toward it. This is truer than the other way around.
CANCER (June 22-July 22): The opportunity won't arise because you're ready for it. Life is on its own schedule, and you'll jump in and be a part of that program. Ultimately, fitting in will have little to do with how prepared you feel. You won't be sorry.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Snap judgments get made, likely based in misunderstanding. It's important to pause every once in a while (now!) and review all assumptions. A good question to ask yourself today is, "Compared to what?"
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Whatever this day brings can be enhanced with a focus on using what you have to work with (instead of what you don't have) and steering the pieces that are within your control.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): The people who have time for you, who make time for you, who reach out and include you -- those are the ones to hold close and to model. They give you love enough to pay forward.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Instead of counting your money, focus on making your money count. Living simply will give you more resources to apply to the things you really want to do.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Whatever your state of mind, for better or worse, it will pass. So enjoy this mood, and make the most of it. Every emotional color brings beauty to your inner landscape, some by way of contrast.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It wasn't conscious. You accidentally taught a person how to treat you, and now that teaching needs a few tweaks. Consider what's working and what's not working for you, and make a plan.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The mistakes, quite simply, weren't mistakes. You're learning the lessons, building yourself in a different way than you would have, so there's really no need to regret a choice. Keep moving forward.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Yes, life is about the journey, but there wouldn't be a journey without the destination. The destination could be dead wrong, as has been the case with many a fruitful mission, but there needs to be one to keep this motor running.
PLANETARY HECKLERS AND PROVOCATEURS
It would be easy to get rattled as Mercury and Uranus polarize to heckle and provoke. Keep your cool. Trusting the process of life isn't about taking your hands off the wheel. It's more a matter of holding onto the wheel and just the wheel — controlling what you can and letting the rest soften and blur in the side window as you pass.
WEREWOLVES: This Halloween costume classic dates back much older than the actual Halloween holiday. The lupine beast is referenced as far back as the Epic of Gilgamesh circa 1800 B.C. Werewolves pop up again in ancient Greek mythology's legend of Lycaon in which King Lycaon kills his own son and serves him to Zeus to find out if Zeus is really all-knowing. Seems he was because he brought the son back to life and then turned Lycaon and his whole family into wolf creatures.
Centuries later, the werewolves who made the news were mostly heinous serial killers who claimed to have wolf-morphing abilities and to have eaten their victims, including children. Some of the killers claimed to transform after drinking a tincture. Others got their power with a magic belt. Most were ultimately set on fire for their crimes, as burning was thought to be the best way to kill a werewolf.
More recent additions to werewolf lore have been decidedly less vicious than historical depictions. From the likes of Teen Werewolf to Twilight it could be surmised that werewolves have gone soft, and that's a good thing. If werewolves represent the wild dog of human nature that exists inside us all, I'd like to believe that it's a wild dog capable of being tamed.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Known for his pointed criticism as talent judge, Simon Cowell has a natal chart that defies his television persona. Born when the sun, Mercury and Mars were all in Libra, Cowell is guided by a refined aesthetic, a love of art and a desire for honesty and justice. An outspoken Sagittarius moon spurs him to say what others might think but wouldn't dare to say.
Style on 10/07/2019