Today's Birthday (10/27/13). Romance and creativity blossom and flower this year. Springtime builds to a fever pitch. Work opportunities could carry you to exotic lands next summer. Share your work with special communication power. Get a big break around July. Nurture health and family while following your heart.

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 an 8 -- There are plenty of circumstances now that could hold your attention, but nothing is more important than nurturing the one who holds your heart. Being playful helps diffuse short tempers. Find the humor.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Stay close to home for a few days. Play by the rules you've set, even if tempted to break or change them. Write with conviction, and choose words carefully. Talk about a passion. Settle into your castle.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is an 8 -- There's so much to learn and so little time. You can be extra productive, with a little early planning and assistance from others. Ask questions to someone who can see everything from an outside perspective.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Patience is key today. It may take more than one try to make sure the numbers add up, but you figure it out eventually to your profit. An older person may not be interested in understanding. Try out new procedures cautiously.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- You may feel emotionally confronted and even assaulted. Don't worry. You have the winning hand. Take it one step at a time, and don't forget your toothbrush. Spending is not important. A romantic moment arises to sweep you away.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Find refuge in books and meditation. Distance yourself from worries and despairs that way. Speak softly and gently, especially around sensitive friends. Don't deplete your resources or follow a new prophet blindly. Your comfort lies within.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Don't just go along with the crowd. Consider the thoughts of your friends, and listen as if you were paying for the advice. Further discussion may be necessary before making a change. Tempers could be short. Take a breather.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- It's not necessarily a good time to hide, as you have so much to contribute. Don't get arrogant about it, either. Listen to what others have to say. Bring opportunities to the table. Postpone a shopping trip.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Agreeing on what to do next is a challenge. You'd rather go play. It may be a good idea to let the negotiations rest for a while and come back to them later, when conditions are more favorable. Consider all possibilities and let them simmer.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Continue to pay special attention to the details, and it gets easier to advance. Friends offer good advice. Keep your options confidential, and your expenses to a minimum for now. Avoid shopping. Some rest would be nice. Let your partner drive.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- Notice the limitations under which you've been laboring. Listen to all the considerations. But don't sweat the small stuff. You're up to bigger and better things once you clear a particular barrier. Invite a partner to fly with you.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Balance travel with work, or do both at the same time. Avoid getting into an argument, especially about money. Definitely postpone a financial discussion. Resistance causes persistence. Take a break.

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