For Friday, Oct. 18, 2002. Those with birthdays today: Use this year to expand your professional options. Your ingenuity draws surprising results and can be erratic. If you are single, by this time next year, you will have met someone quite special. If you are attached, your relationship needs time, nurturing and attention. Learn to work out disagreements. Aries plays devil’s advocate.

The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

Aries (March 21-April 19)

  • Unexpected developments could toss the ball in your court. Mull over decisions and statements. Take your time, not being intimidated by someone’s temper. You know what you want. Tonight: Step on out.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

  • Respond to others’ overtures. Please don’t sit back on surprising developments, even this morning. A money matter could become increasingly uncomfortable. Tonight: Take a night off.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

  • Sometimes you might have a difficult time making an important decision. Taking your time can and will make all the difference in the end result. Tonight: Find your friends.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

  • You’re ready to hop on out of the office. You might be much more uptight than you’re willing to acknowledge. A problem pops up out of the blue. Tonight: A must appearance.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

  • You might not be absolutely sure what is the best and most effective thing to do. Step back and allow others to make their own decisions. Make a long-distance call later in the day. Tonight: Flex, and you’ll be happy.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

  • Work encourages a more dynamic approach or procedure. Understand what someone else wants by asking more questions. Remember that dead silence speaks as well. Tonight: Accept an invitation.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

  • Tie up loose ends at work. Information might frustrate you. Others often test your stamina and follow-through. Take your time with an explanation. Tonight: Say “yes.”

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

  • Use your imagination and creative force to come up with answers. You could be put out by someone else’s financial ideas. You need to work within established limits right now. Tonight: Do for yourself.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

  • If you can stay at home, do so. You will accomplish much more in your own environment. Smile at unexpected news; work with it. Use the information you receive as an opening. Tonight: Play the weekend in.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

  • Speak your mind. A money matter could test your sense of what is appropriate. A boss steps up, deciding his or her limits. Be careful not to rock your foundations through overwork. Tonight: Head home.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

  • Expenses rock the status quo, yet because of how you view the situation, you turn it around. A relative or in-law could throw a tantrum. Distance yourself and decide what to do. Tonight: Out and about.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

  • An option appears out of the blue. You might wonder why you didn’t see this before. A partner or friend illuminates possibilities, which surprises you. Tonight: Treat yourself, OK?