Born today, you are both doer and dreamer. You're the kind to experience the highest highs and the lowest lows as you strive to balance two conflicting poles of your personality: that which deals in day-to-day practicalities in order to succeed where others have failed, and that which compels you to build castles in the air only to see them dashed to pieces far too often. Once you get used to the fact that both your successes and failures will come in fits and starts, and that you will never enjoy long periods of consistency, you will learn how to make the best of this otherwise perplexing reality. You know how to say what you mean and do what you say. At the same time, you may not be meaning, saying or doing that which is possible in the real world. Yet you never let that get you down, and you will strive toward the realization of even your most far-fetched notions.
Like all Libra natives, you can be quite insecure. Still, you derive great strength and confidence from what others do around you, and it is always essential that you maintain close contact with those in your life who really matter. Sever ties, and you are likely to wander aimlessly, without the slimmest hope for success.
Also born on this date are: Pam Dawber, actress; Melina Mercouri, actress; Jean-Claude Van Damme, actor and martial artist; George C. Scott, actor; Jesse Helms, U.S. senator; Chuck Berry, rocker; Peter Boyle, actor.
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.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- More is up to you today than you might have expected, but you are ready to take on that responsibility. Young people look up to you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You have what it takes to carry the day -- even though a rival is determined to stand in your way. He or she cannot match your "secret weapon."
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Making a good impression is the secret to a successful day -- on more than one occasion. How you package yourself is of the utmost importance.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Others may not understand your unique approach to a certain key situation, but they'll certainly appreciate the results you get!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Take care that you don't let your mood stand in the way of enjoyment today, for there is much to savor if you will only liberate yourself.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You and a friend may not see eye-to-eye today, but that's not necessary to overall success. Continue doing what you know best how to do.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You can expect something new to surprise you today, and compel you to change course in a way that no one expects. Take a friend along!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You have much to do, but you needn't approach anything in an overly emotional fashion. You can stay on an even keel all day long.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- A deadline approaches, but you may be able to arrange for some extra time -- especially if your negotiation skills are primed and ready.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You'll want to keep the lines of communication open all day long -- and you can encourage others to be more frank and honest than usual.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You risk having a lot of people angry with you -- or at least resentful -- if you continue along your current course. Consider a change.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You'll want to be appropriate in your dealings with those you do not know very well; you can't afford any misinterpretations today.