Today's Birthday (08/08/14). Let your artistic passion soar this year. Enjoy the spotlight. Nostalgic retrospection enriches the flavor. Home duties occupy you until 12/23, when a fun, romantic game entices. New opportunities at work and home develop this autumn. Hammer out a deal and announce it to the world over spring. Next autumn, cash flows and adventure calls. Follow 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 an 8 -- Begin a new writing project. Take action to forward your long-term vision. Communications could get intense. Collaborate for imaginative ideas and delegate tasks. Invest in efficiency. Take advantage of passion and enthusiasm. Get started.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Get on the boss's good side by doing a good job. Completion fosters creativity. Stay in communication with friends and family about a new idea. Accept invitations. Transform your appearance with a new style.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 7 -- You're onto something good. Let others know what you want. A friend of a friend can open doors for you. Don't pour money down a rat hole. Take actions on a long-term plan.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Your partner can get farther now. Support their efforts. Inspiration comes from far away. Increase efficiency, and focus on logic. Get promises in writing. Strengthen your health with exercise, simple food and rest.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Open communication with your partner unveils a solution. Work out a deal. Stay on budget. Study alternative financial options. Accept gains or losses. Maintain mental agility (or deal with a rude awakening). Order out.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Get expert technical assistance, to raise profits. A partner shoves you in the right direction. Make changes for the better. You're attracted to someone who's making good sense. Friends help you make a meaningful connection.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Accept am interesting challenge that pays well. Your work's earning attention. Dig and uncover surprises. Watch the numbers. It pays to advertise. Find ways to increase efficiency and work smarter. Upgrade technology, if needed.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Apply physical energy to a problem. Entertain suggestions. A breakdown gets frustrating. Make recommended changes, and present again. Communicate the vision clearly, and get others excited about it. Take on leadership, and delegate tasks.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Your story inspires someone. Take action to support a career dream. Tap into your own passion. Imagine getting paid well to do what you love. Confer with family... you can solve a puzzle.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Dress the part for the role you want. Listen to a wise counselor. Investigate a friend's wild suggestions. Test theories and try out new ideas. Your team supports you by seeing your blind spots.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Record the dreams you remember. Inspire your friends with your insights. They can do more than they thought. Reinforce your infrastructure to get the information you need. Boost your electronic capability, maybe. Get connected.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Sort out facts you need from white noise. The more you learn, the more creative you get, and ideas flow. Show your true colors. Invite friends to participate. Together, you get the job done.

(Astrologer Nancy Black continues her mother Linda Black's legacy horoscopes column. She welcomes comments and questions on Twitter, @lindablack. For more astrological interpretations visit http://www.lindablack.com and http://www.nancyblack.com)

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