Born today, you aren't the kind to expect things to come to you easily. You never feel entitled and instead are more than willing to work for your rewards. You don't believe in shortcuts; you will do things the hard way whenever necessary, most often without any kind of complaint. When you are faced with a choice -- the long way or the short way -- you will often choose the long way because you feel it will be a more effective way to proceed. The short way, you fear, may lead to disappointment because it isn't always conducive to getting everything done as carefully and thoroughly as possible.
Despite your considerable capabilities, your personal vision, and your willingness to work hard, you may not always reach your goals -- but isn't that true of anyone? What sets you apart is your ability to weather disappointment -- and to turn it, through your own personal alchemy, into lessons that serve you well.
To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide.
FRIDAY, APRIL 18
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You're likely to come up with certain advancements that can put you ahead of the field if you transform them from fantasy into reality.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You'll have the chance to show just how careful you can be when another's emotions are on the line.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Knowledge is power, but it's not what puts you ahead of others. You get ahead by knowing how to use your knowledge to your advantage.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You'll be working harder than expected -- and winning the results that such hard work can yield. Even your critics are impressed.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You're going to have to put more on the line than you had originally anticipated, but you have good reason to do so, and you're inspired.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You may not agree with another's assessment of your work, but you'll have to acknowledge that you're both after the same things.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You may not feel like you're being supported in the way that you have come to expect. Today, you are your own best friend.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You may not want to show others what you're up to just yet. When you have a little more completed, you'll be ready to share this project.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You may not have to complete everything as expected, but why pull up short when you have the time and the energy to finish?
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You may not be seeing things objectively because certain developments have pushed you into an emotional place.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Concentrate on the tasks you've been assigned, but don't entirely neglect your own personal goals. They can go together well.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You're likely to hear, through the grapevine and perhaps unintentionally, what someone else thinks about you. This can be a good thing.