[STANDFIRST] These are the horoscopes for w/c September 30. By Cassandra Nye.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) A more light-hearted approach this week finally clears the air. Misunderstanding happen from time to time, despite our best efforts. It is a bit easier to concentrate now that you have less to think about. Keeping an eye on finances probably means saying 'no' to a few luxury items. Of course, if someone else wants to buy them for you, that is another matter! Allow others to show their support.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Still working your way through that to-do list? Well, keep going. Feel the sense of satisfaction when you finish it! If a task seems too much at the moment, do let others be generous with their time. Working together can mean finding simpler ways to reach your goals. It is said that two heads are better than one! Finding it hard to concentrate? Now where is that list again?

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Someone who you worked with on a project last week is still proving their worth. Encourage talent where you see it. The fact that you are true to your word brings admiration. It could even prompt someone to make a romantic gesture! Are you able to help someone who is facing a problem that you have been through yourself? It shows that your knowledge is in demand.

CANCER (June 22 - July 22) The emphasis on your social life turns more to your work this week. There is still the chance to combine the two at the weekend if you wish. Continue to keep life simple, especially financially, although it may seem like a rather boring period. Did someone share a worry or secret with you last week? Consider coming back to them to get an update. Just an encouraging word sometimes is enough.

LEO (July 23 - August 23) In what is still a very busy week, you may have to make lists of your lists! Still, every effort is worth the startling progress that is possible. Avoid, midweek, letting sentimentality push you in the wrong direction. Be sure that anything that you offer is deliverable and desirable. Again, the more organised you are, the louder success bangs on your door. Fancy some peace and quiet?

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Are you thinking of making changes at work? Do you see how open the possibilities are for you? Although you have to consider finances, splitting your time could be as good as making a gigantic decision. This is the time to make the most of your charm and show your value in different areas. You won't realise how experienced you are until you set it down on paper.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Being well on the way to putting something right, you can afford to feel a little satisfaction. Keep a sharp eye open for anyone or anything that tries to sidetrack your purpose. Yes, it sounds like a pretty intense week, doesn't it? There are short, bright and even sparkling moments, though. Energy may not be high and any health problems need dealing with promptly.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Moving on from a rather dry and even boring week, the progress that you made is clear to see. Of course, you want life to be more exciting! Start by planning something for the festive season that is unusual. The days right after are ripe to get people out and about. Chivvy them along on their New Year resolutions. Too early to plan that? I don't think so, especially if it is something special!

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) The thought of a late holiday or a weekend away is tempting. If there is nothing to stop you, then do think about it seriously. Others, both socially and in business, are wanting to meet you. Are you ready to show your true self and even boast of your talents? Please do. It is unlikely they would be impressed with a 'church mouse' even if you have a sweet squeak!

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) This is a good time of the year to decide which friends you really want to spend time with. As you become busier, it would be silly to waste time with tedious people. It can also lead to you neglecting those who really matter. Family becomes important with the news of a new addition. A seismic shift in your emotions is not unexpected. Even so, it comes as a surprise to you.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) Recent questions have given you many answers. Feel free to talk again if something changes or is not clear. There may have been a few guilty feelings over the last week. Maybe your progress seems unfair when compared to others. No, you deserve luck and that is what it mostly is. Although you can certainly influence things, yours is not the last word.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) So much energy! Others may become tired out trying to keep up with you. Pay special attention to someone who is trying to make light of an illness. They may not want to make a fuss. However, that does not stop you from making a fuss over them! The chances are that you both need a quiet and gentle love right now. There may be healing to do and amends to make.

Monday's Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Libra, fed up with things going awry? Does someone seem to be throwing marbles at your toes? Really you could do with a bit of luck. Make this yourself by going much more for what you want and need.

Tuesday's Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Working hard making you a bit techy? Aim to slot in a few things that you feel are luxuries. Hiccups in business are annoying. Before reacting, consider if they are really important, Libra.

Wednesday's Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Libra, taking up too much time working and getting little back? Please, it is essential that you have playtimes. Get away for an hour, a day, a week? Take someone with you only if you can be honest about wanting them there.

Thursday's Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Playtime is more important to your wellbeing than work right now. Of course you want life's luxuries, Libra. Even so, aren't your free time and free will worth so much more than money and success? Write your answer down on chocolate. Will you swallow it?

Friday's Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Libra, the queen of fun and love is being let out to enjoy life. Not all the time, of course, but more often. Finally you are realising what is important to you. Much as you may want that big-ticket item, wouldn't a massage make you feel so much better?

Saturday's Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Still, despite a few knock-backs, Libra, you are optimistic. Love, luxury, languid afternoons, all are essential. Yes? Well, maybe not as much as they used to be. Something is pulling you in a different but maybe more balanced direction. Go with it.

Sunday's Birthday Luck: Happy Birthday! Going with the flow, Libra, is where the most success can be found in the months ahead. There is less chance to influence events anyway as both energy and circumstances prove unhelpful. Make the most of any quiet (and maybe boring) times by learning.