ARIES (March 21-April 19). You do well because you work hard and because how much work you put in is something you have complete control over. Your motivation grows with every small win, and with every small loss, so you really can’t lose.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). People who are comfortable in themselves are easy to be around. You’ll have talks with friends where nothing of note gets said and yet so much gets shared.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Wherever possible, handle things up close and in person. It’s the close range where misunderstandings get cleared up, facial expressions can be accurately read and intentions can be felt.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s OK to expect a certain tone from people and distance yourself from lesser behavior, especially if the moodiness could be part of some pattern of emotional manipulation. You’re right to protect yourself.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Welcome the unknown. Make friends with fear. Ideally, a comfort zone is ever-expanding. This way, you can be comfortable in many different situations. Life becomes more varied and exciting.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Life is a little like grammar today. You don’t have to know why a thing is technically wrong to know that it sounds wrong, doesn’t read well and that you probably shouldn’t use it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Improvements aren’t always done with action. Sometimes what helps things along is more of an understanding. Better listening is part of this, and so is taking your ego out of the equation so you can be impartial.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You don’t want to disrupt others, upset the status quo or risk the decline that could happen after a shake-up. The reasons to call things “good enough” are valid, though you’d do well to revisit the matter next week.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The bigger the group, the more anonymous people feel, the more likely some will be to heed baser instincts. Things happen in big cities and on the internet that wouldn’t readily occur in a small community.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Not every relationship has to be a love story. People connect in different ways. Trying to force the connection into a category may reduce it to something less beautiful and interesting.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When should you do what you don’t want to do? This question will keep coming up. Gently encouraging yourself to do the bigger thing is better in the long run than letting yourself stay small.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You ask more of yourself than you ask of others and also more of yourself than others ask of themselves. Are you being too hard? What would you ask of a best friend? That should define the limits of your demands.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 15). An early theme of this solar journey centers around peace, knowing what it means to you and creating more of it. A state of tranquility allows you to do something productive with all the learning and circumstances caused by past trials. Peace helps you maximize the many opportunities coming your way. Taurus and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 33, 25, 17 and 4.