Today's Birthday (08/11/14). Grow a vision into reality this year. Focus on home base first, firming foundations. October eclipses illuminate new directions around status and home. After 12/23, a fun game attracts. Practice and play to win. Sign papers, issue statements, and send releases (especially after springtime eclipses). Persistently build family fortunes. Consider what you love, and talk about it.

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 -- The pressure is increasing for the next two days. Fantasize about success, and watch out for surprises. Get your dreams down in writing. Take time for private meditation, as much as possible.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Friends offer comfort and advice. Confer with allies today and tomorrow. Fantasies abound. Aim high. You can intuit what you need to know. Listen beyond words. Ignore imaginary limits from the past.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Don't encourage wildness when the mood's quiet and respectful. Take on more responsibility over the next two days. Make long-range plans. Begin an initial testing phase. Explore new territory. Find another route. Give thanks.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is an 8 -- The next two days could get adventurous. Each new advance presents new challenges. Try not to be unrealistic. Conditions are better for travel. Go after what you want. Dreams seem suddenly possible.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Changes necessitate budget revisions. Resolve illusive details, and define your objectives. For the next two days, make big changes, but without spending money. Believe you can do it. Partnership makes it all possible.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Be more willing to share the load for the next two days. Partnership could seem illusive. Get expert coaching. Share results and resume negotiations. Be clear about what's required. Remind someone of his or her dream.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Focus on your work today and tomorrow. Pay close attention to detail. Timing is everything. Collaborate with talented friends to realize a dream. Make plans, with backup options. Articulate the vision.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Life's seems easier for the next few days, and more fun. Romance is a growing possibility. A vision comes to life. Edit your own dream to include your favorite people, sounds and flavors.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Domestic projects are more fun over the next two days. Have the party at your house. Use your imagination to serve up inventive delights. Friends help you solve great philosophical problems. Reinforce a connection.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 9 -- For the next two days, get into a writing and research project. You're sharp as a tack, and words come easily. Describe the situation of your dreams. A long shot could pay off.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- Make money today and tomorrow. What comes goes out just as fast. Stash a little. Move a dream forward with practical steps. Control strong feelings. Erase doubt by proving it can be done.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- You're extra confident today and tomorrow. You're stronger, but the inspection continues. The next two days seem good for travel. Meditate for clarity. Consider big questions, without necessarily finding answers. Savor beauty.

(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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