Born today, you are not necessarily the brightest bulb in the pack, but you know how to get the job done -- and how well you perform usually depends in large part upon the job you are asked to do. If it is a job to which you feel suited, then you can surely shine very brightly doing the kinds of things other people might not even consider, much less succeed at. On the other hand, while you will often agree to tackle jobs to which you are not well-suited, the fact is that you might consider leaving them to others who may do them better than you.
Also born on this date are: Auguste Lumiere, co-inventor of the movie camera and projector; Roger Cross, actor; John le Carre, spy novelist; Evander Holyfield, boxer; Marilyn Bell, distance swimmer; Jack Anderson, syndicated columnist; Peter Max, artist; John Lithgow, actor.
You don't come off as unusually emotional, though often there is much going on beneath the surface that you conceal -- either as a matter of habit or choice.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You're eager to see things return to normal, surely, but today you must continue trying new things in order to deliver what you've promised.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You have only so much time in which to get things done today -- and you mustn't neglect those small tasks that ultimately make all the difference.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You may be pressed by someone who is eager to know the truth. It may be time for you to let someone else do the talking -- at least for now.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- That which was closed will be opened, and that which was off limits may well be available to you by day's end. Be ready to field questions.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You may have no choice today but to disavow yourself from what a friend or loved one is doing or saying. This seeming "rift" is likely to be temporary.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You're facing a challenge that is bigger than you had expected. Take the time today to assess your progress and decide where to go next.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You may find yourself at odds with someone who is trying to restore an outdated way of doing things. Make your case; people will listen.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Now is not the time to turn things around -- or upside down. Maintain a clear, straightforward tone as you do what is required.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- What was broken earlier is likely to be fixed today -- by day's end, at the latest. This will allow you to consider a new project.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You needn't worry about the inner workings of a project that you are supporting. Those in charge accept your expectations as requirements.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You will want to keep close tabs on developments all around you today, even though you may not be directly involved in any of them.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- The numbers don't lie, and you must be willing to accept the reports of those who are on the frontlines. Avoid deception at all costs.