Today's Birthday (12/26/13). Follow your heart this year to grow your health, finances and spirit. Natural discipline boosts your wallet and energy. Social play remains key; romance is in the air from late May to July. Renew your career after 6/20. Home and family provide a stable base for exploration and study. Help others prosper after August, and grow stronger physically and financially.

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 6 -- Use your creativity to tackle challenges or setbacks. Close to home is nice. Make lists. Mercury sextile Neptune: Tell it to them straight. Accept applause graciously. Share your dreams; friends help realize them. Secrets get revealed.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Financial conflicts could be worrisome. You can turn things around. Don't rely too heavily on an unproven commodity. Finish an old job. You're gaining respect. Your credit rating's going up. Provide facts. Identify the risk factors. Accept an elder's suggestion.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is an 8 -- You're ready to go. Assess how you've been playing the game, and tweak things were needed. Persuade others by example. You may be lucky in love, but it's not a good time to gamble. Someone comes up with a great idea.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 5 -- Increasing efficiency is part of the equation, but some of your procedures will have to be changed. Have fun thinking of imaginative solutions, and push to complete a project ahead of schedule. Work interferes with travel. Rest.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Revenge can wait. Get the facts, and then check them. Don't try a new trick. Set your ideas in motion. Imagination leads to a strong partnership. Articulate your position. Take care of business before buying toys.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Communication difficulties arise at home. Someone has a brilliant idea. Don't celebrate quite yet. Use imagination to fix a household mess. Keep the budget balanced. Be patient. Go outside for a walk. A magical illusion inspires.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Uncover an error. Provide facts. Something you try doesn't work. Mercury sextile Neptune: Talk it over and renew your dream. Don't rely on assumptions. An older person is impressed. Let their inspiration charge your batteries.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 6 --Avoid buyer's remorse. Don't worry about change. Buy a special treat for the family. Accept stern coaching. Hold out for the best deal. Strengthen your infrastructure.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Stand your ground. Confirm reservations. You're out of the spotlight by now. Maintain the highest principles. You don't have to spend that much to realize a dream. Invite friends over. Walk your feelings off. Love deeply.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Distractions cause accidents. Call in a debt you're owed. Stand up for a principle or commitment. Gossip doesn't pay, so don't. Clean up your own messes first. Your beliefs get challenged. Listen to dreams. Imagine them fulfilled.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Review your wins and losses. Others ask your advice. The truth can be confrontational. Provide compassion. Correct misconceptions. Apply honey, not vinegar. Find inexpensive entertainment. A movie's nice. Get inspired by the talents of another.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Anticipate controversy. Postpone a celebration until after an inspection, test, or conference call. Some meetings can be virtual. Shop another day. Mercury sextile Neptune: Honest communications can bring your dreams to life.

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