by Jill Goodman

TODAY: The main thing standing between you and a potential misstep is your capacity to discern a realistic concept from an unrealistic one. So measure twice, confer with your brain trust, read the fine print, or check behind the curtain before signing off. The idea is to facilitate your latest greatest scheme - rather than an arrangement approximately as au courant as a hoop skirt.

YOUR BIRTHDAY: It's true! Your latest plan for transforming a personal, financial or professional situation or arrangement could be the best one you've come up with yet. That said, before dropping everything (everything being defined as structures with which you've been working for some time), you're encouraged to conduct a bit o' research to verify that all is as potentially profitable and appealing as it looks.

Aries Thursday, October 30, 2014
Devise a way to cleverly, stealthily extricate yourself from a well-intentioned but ill-advised short term commitment, i.e "Sorry I can't do this project right now, but Mr/Miss X might be a good replacement." Either that, or cleverly, stealthily design a strategy that permits your program to function in your absence.
Taurus Thursday, October 30, 2014
Quick question: Are you juggling too many flaming torches while riding your unicycle back and forth on a high wire? Just curious, because if even one of those suckers drops, you could have an unintentional but fully-fledged predicament on your hands. And hey: this can be totally avoided by offloading or delegating a few of your more pressing obligations.
Gemini Thursday, October 30, 2014
Apparently people are going to do what they're going to do with or without your approval or permission. So, stand safely over here on the sidelines, observe their ridiculous cavorting and carrying on...and don't for one moment tell yourself that they must be having a better time than you because they're cavorting and carrying on, and you're not.
Cancer Thursday, October 30, 2014
If, back in the day when your schedule was as big (and open) as the Montana sky, you agreed to work for a pittance - but you're now totally booked with full-rate clients calling every 15 minutes and the moment has come to deliver on your earlier pledge: Attention must be paid and ingenuity must be employed.
Leo Thursday, October 30, 2014
Without being overly assertive, or tenacious (who, you?): Let those involved know which of the prevailing terms or conditions you find acceptable, and which don't make the grade. Humor helps, and should you convey this intelligence in an open, friendly, affable, straightforward manner, you'll get further faster than if you opt to go the more impatient route.
Virgo Thursday, October 30, 2014
If you're conversant with the parameters of an ongoing professional or social situation, you can easily design an intelligent strategy. However, if colleagues or partners are not in the mood to cooperate, your ability to negotiate and horse-trade may be somewhat impaired. After all, you may have your act together, but what about the other guy(s)?
Libra Thursday, October 30, 2014
Since nobody particularly wants to disappoint anybody by bailing at the last minute, it would be fair to say there's a distinctive need for some eleventh-hour negotiations. So, in the grand tradition of "where there's a will there's a way" or "we can work it out": See if you can author an acceptable compromise.
Scorpio Thursday, October 30, 2014
The potential for unintentional exaggeration exceeds the USDA daily recommended levels, which could impair both judgment and credibility. This is the chief argument for leaving yourself some face-saving wiggle room, and the reason why, much as you might like to say "Yes, yes, a thousand times yes" or "No way no how," you should stick with "Well...maybe."
Sagittarius Thursday, October 30, 2014
Friendly suggestion: Slow your roll a tad, or you could inadvertently find yourself an unwilling participant in your very own fairytale about the little child who wishes for a pot that never stops cooking porridge, and subsequently brings on a flood of hot cereal that consumes the village.
Capricorn Thursday, October 30, 2014
Would you like a little incentive? Here goes: If you do the necessary labor based on the info that has recently come to light, there isn't a reason in the world why you shouldn't start fantasizing about planning your restaurant opening, mega-merger, honeymoon, book launch, baby shower, Academy Award/Tony/Emmy/Obie acceptance speech, [reward for your toilage here].
Aquarius Thursday, October 30, 2014
You certainly are due credit for thinking large, living large and wanting a bigger piece of the pie. However, when contemplating your work-related prospects and options, bear in mind that in practice, the large fish in the small pond frequently makes a more impressive splash than the small fish in the large one.
Pisces Thursday, October 30, 2014
Looks like a potential attack of "anywhere but here" could be coming down the pike. While there is certainly nothing wrong with getting out of Dodge or abandoning your routine for a spell, you should nevertheless do your best to keep it somewhere in the back of your mind that upon your return you'll have to deal with whatever you're putting on the back burner now.