Today’s Birthday (Sept. 23)

Go on and promote yourself. It will pay off in unexpected ways.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) You gain your own respect when you follow through on the project that’s been on your mind. Your chances of finishing before the end of the month are strong, as long as you do it before you start anything else.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) In regards to the current project, chances are you just don’t have time to learn the hard way. Flatten out that learning curve with key tips and tricks from someone who knows the ropes.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) There was a time in the evolution of the tribes of humanity when strangers were more likely to be killed than welcomed. Approaching strangers is still scary today, but relax: You’ll be warmly received.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) The cosmic call is for quick reflexes. It will help if you stay aware as you walk through your life. As the saying goes, if you stay ready then you won’t have to get ready.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) If you’re wondering whether you might have some latent talents that could be put to use, it’s pretty much guaranteed. If you’re wondering if their applications might also be lucrative for you, the answer is yes — if you put in the time.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Because our world is round, we can never arrive at the horizon. We declare and travel toward a distant landmark, but once we come to the marker the horizon will be farther still, unreachable. There’s a strange peace in this today.

Aries (March 21-April 19) One solid person who is on your side is better than a dozen wishy-washy ones. Character matters more than numbers. Do not underestimate the difference that one person can make, especially if that person is you.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) If you define yourself by your ability to cope with the thorny bits of life, you are likely to feel personally defeated when things go unresolved for too long. It’s just a situation. If you can’t unravel it, eventually it will work itself out.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) You’re friendly, and so people let their guards down around you. For this reason, you’ll learn more than you want to know. But some of this will be useful later.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) People think that they’d like a wider range of choices, but in fact more options will suck the joy out of decision-making today. To go easy on your audience, present them with between three and five options.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) You will fear boredom more than usual today, which is why you are loath to do certain very mundane tasks without something good to listen to or someone interesting to join you.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Logically you know that you don’t need to impress anyone, and yet there are some people who, as soon as you get around them, seem to make you act in ways you weren’t counting on. Weird — but human.