Aries (March 21-April 19): Things that are pretty but don't function well will not interest you in the least.
Taurus (April 20-May 20): You'll perform best when you understand your role. Find out precisely what is expected of you.
Gemini (May 21-June 21): Your friend likes to tell everyone an entire personal history, but you prefer to maintain an air of mystery.
Cancer (June 22-July 22): You don't want anyone else to suffer the pitfalls you've had to endure, especially since you know a simple way to get around them.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): You're comfortable in new environments and at ease among strangers. However, home is where you shine the most now.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Like most people, you usually prefer the known to the unknown. But today you're feeling unlike most people.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): By hurling yourself headlong into the very thing that causes you anxiety, you'll prove to yourself that there is nothing you can't do.
Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Your work may have popular appeal, but you'll know this only after you've made it accessible to the public.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Precarious politics abound. Be careful not to position yourself above anyone else.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You've had a feeling about someone for a long time. You'll get the evidence to confirm your suspicions.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Even though you are usually pleased with your social interactions, you like to think about how they could have gone better.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Events involving many people take ages to plan, require a huge effort to pull off and are over in the span of a few short hours.
Today's birthday (Oct. 1): The world is ready for your imaginative works. You'll rise above sensitivities and accomplish emotionally challenging feats. You'll win money in December because you follow your instincts and read the signs. Scorpio and Pisces people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 4, 38, 20 and 14.
Holiday Mathis writes her column for Creators Syndicate Inc. The horoscope should be read for entertainment. Previous forecasts are at latimes.com/horoscope