Born today, you are never far from the center of the storm, meaning that wherever there is conflict, wherever there are people striving to better their lives, wherever anyone is working to promote equity and fairness in his or her life as well as the lives of others, you can be found struggling away, putting yourself through all manner of stress and strain to secure a win for your side. You are quite tenacious and possess a great deal of staying power; you can stick with something through thick and thin, confident of victory even when facing obstacles and challenges.
You are sometimes drawn toward things that others would go out of their way to avoid, and this willingness to explore the unusual, unconventional and controversial will certainly win you both praise and criticism. You tend not to pay much attention to what others say about who you are or what you do, but you enjoy praise as much as anyone.
Also born on this date are: Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop and activist; Yo-Yo Ma, cellist; John Cougar Mellencamp, rocker; Helen MacInnes, novelist; June Allyson, actress; James Whitcomb Riley, poet.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- It's time for you to recognize that what you're doing and what you need to do are very different -- and a quick adjustment is required.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You don't have to do things the way anyone else does them -- or when they are usually done, either! Play fast and loose with routine today.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- There are those who know what you're going to do, and those who will be surprised no matter what you do. Which should you play to today?
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Your attachment to someone who is going through a tough time will be highlighted today. You can do much to ease his or her pain.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- When in doubt, seek help from someone who has been in your position. There is no shame in getting information from one who has it to give!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Your reliance on old-fashioned tactics may backfire on you today. You should be able to adjust your approach quickly and effectively.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- As soon as you say "always" or "never," you'll come up against a situation that exposes the falsehood of what you've said. Be more realistic.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Your willingness to bend, adjust and maintain your equilibrium when things are changing all around you will give you the edge today.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Nothing is absolute today, so be ready to make adjustments as you travel from point to point today. Someone offers a challenge.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- The difference of opinion that arises today is almost certain to be more than a matter of taste. Certain key facts will be in play.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Names, dates, times and places may not want to stay squarely lodged in your head today -- so you must be sure to write down details!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- The same old same old may have you doubting your ability to rise to a new occasion today -- but your friends give you a boost.