Today's Birthday (08/09/14). Let your light shine this year, with power, satisfaction and happiness. Balance ego with a spiritual view. Creative muses sing to you. Household responsibilities hold you until late December, when a new game gets especially fun. Autumn brings a new level in status and home comfort. Springtime negotiations flower golden. Do it all for home and family. Grow 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 7 -- Today and tomorrow are especially good for planning. Clean out closets and get your junk appraised. Imagine the space renewed. You can get what you need. Chores are more fun with friends.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Keep things simple. A job could seem frustrating and chaotic. Take it slow, and explain directions with extra clarity. Play and get social. Follow the rules of the game, with creativity.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Plan upcoming adventures today and tomorrow. Unpredictable, disorderly communications could slow things. Let your subconscious chip away at a work-related issue. Play by the book. Keep track of expenditures. Relax with a good story.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Unexpected circumstances could disrupt the status quo. Another household investment calls for your attention. Figure out what's really necessary. Plan your strategy, and work together to avoid upset. Let your creative imagination run wild.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Allow extra nurturing and compassion for a partnership over the next few days. A conflict of interests could arise, or miscommunications. Schedule for the unexpected. Remember your core commitments. Remind someone, if needed.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Recharge batteries and get your ducks in a row before taking off on a trip. Circumstances could interfere with the best plans. Heed a frugal friend. Interruptions in service require flexibility and adaptation.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Accept a creative challenge. Love and fun are the priorities today and tomorrow. Listen to your friend's ideas carefully. Choose a new look. Get into games and make messes. Unstructured play inspires discovery.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Creative talents come to the fore. Apply them to a home project, and allow for some disorganization and chaos. It could get messy. A career-related surprise requires thought. Mull it over in the garden.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Communications could seem wacky. Keep track of the numbers. Review shipping details. An intellectual investigation gets disrupted with interesting distractions. Travel could be fraught with delays and re-routings... research and explore online.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- A controversy arises, and it could get expensive. Put family first. Confirm intuition with facts. Confusion and irritation could erupt spontaneously... soothe ruffled feathers with cool drinks and relaxation. Let stress wash away.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- The Moon's in your sign, and you feel good about recent insights. You're unearthing valuable secrets. Don't believe everything you hear, though. Research the facts. Be especially forgiving with a partner's surprises.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Postpone travels or productive goals to release stress. Peaceful meditations restore energy and vitality. Indulge your curiosity and play. Make lists and drawings. Reaffirm a familiar bond. You're an inspiration to others.

(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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