Today's Birthday (10/22/13). It's a year of artistic exploration. Romance and creativity blossom this autumn and next spring. Work could involve music, photography, art or writing. Exhibit and launch. There may be travel included, especially next summer. Partnerships personal and professional thrive (the April 29 eclipse sparks a new level). Career flowers next summer and autumn. Express your love.

To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 5 -- Partnerships and alliances are crucial. Handle home upgrades together with exceptional patience. Use what you learn, and soak in new flavors. Make sure everybody knows what they're doing. Don't shop, yet. Travel conditions improve.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Clean up your workspace. Start now and discover something hidden that you'd lost. Review your data, and get everything organized. Attention to detail is key and could be profitable.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Communication comes naturally. There could be breakdowns in the transmission or with transportation. Make sure your message gets received as intended. Track all packages. Have a well-thought-out plan. Creative expression satisfies.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Consider your personal philosophy or that of someone admired. Take on qualities and characteristics that they model. Schedule extra time for the unexpected. Retreat into peacefulness for a bit. Take things slowly and thoroughly. Relax into it.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Go ahead and get cerebral. Embrace your inner brainiac. Plot and scheme and get it all down on paper. Group involvement provides satisfaction and mutual benefit. Budget extra time for traffic or unforeseen delay. Buy tickets early.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Uncage your creativity for a rise in status. Use it to benefit a social cause dear to you. Allow extra travel and delivery time. Double-check reservations over the next three weeks. Keep it organized, yet free.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Allow plenty of travel time, and keep mechanical equipment in repair. You feel strongly about ethics and philosophy. Take leadership with a group cause. Stay flexible and bend with the wind. Keep standing for truth, justice and beauty.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Don't get frustrated by miscommunications. Just allow extra time and deliver important messages twice. Enjoy frequent conversations with key partners for mutual benefit. Balance busy time at work with restful meals and moonlight.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Communication is the key for successful travel together. Stay patient, and wait to clarify misunderstandings. Make no assumptions or snap judgments. Messages get lost in translation. Maintain a sense of humor.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Discipline and service allow greater freedoms. There's satisfaction in impacting a cause. Sidestep or go around any roadblocks. Pad the schedule around deliveries, transportation and electronic equipment. Contribute to correct an injustice.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 6 -- Stay flexible and easy-going. Fun with interesting people tempts you to play hooky. Handle the basics, and ask your crew for support. Maybe you can work something out for mutual benefit.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Express your creativity at home. Balance your color scheme, furniture layout and style. Handle household repairs. Plan extra time for deliveries, for unexpected visitors or delays. Review invoices and statements. Watch for overcharges. Relax into silences.

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