Today's Birthday (08/12/14). Your personal power soars this year (with Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in your sign). Remodel, restore or renovate. Family needs take precedence. October's eclipses inspire new phases in professional status and at home. Make announcements after signing contracts this spring. Balance growing business with fun, relaxation and adventure. Dreams come true with practical actions. Talk about what you love with people you admire.

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 -- You're especially lucky in love and other amusements with Venus in Leo this month. Artistry moves you. Beauty catches your breath. Today and tomorrow invite thinking and planning. Your curiosity makes you attractive.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Friends are helpful today and tomorrow. Being polite's a useful virtue. You're more domestic over the next month, with Venus in Leo. Satisfy a passion privately. Your home can become your love nest.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Focus on career today and tomorrow. Study and craft your message. Articulate what you're up to. Get the word out this month, with Venus in Leo. Motivate and inspire your team. Trust your heart.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- There's more money coming in for the next month, with Venus in Leo. Your assets increase in value. Venture forth today and tomorrow, and explore a new destination. Cross it off your list.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- You'll feel especially loved for the next four and a half weeks, with Venus in your sign. You're charming and irresistible. Invest in a new look or style. Organize your closet. Notice beauty.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Share encouragement with your partner. Fantasies abound over the next month, with Venus in Leo. Get inspired to take action. Allow yourself more quiet time, in between. Travel beckons, but take care. Work your magic.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Work has your attention today and tomorrow. Replenish depleted reserves. Social activities benefit your career over the next month, with Venus in Leo. You're especially popular. Savor time with your wonderful friends.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Today and tomorrow get fun. Friends provide motivation. It's easier to advance your agenda this month, with Venus in Leo. Take on more responsibility. Accept coaching from a teammate. You're gaining respect.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Home projects today and tomorrow prepare for what's next. Travel looks great over the next four and a half weeks, with Venus in Leo. Explore a compassionate solution. Rest before you fly.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- You're especially clever today and tomorrow. It's easier to save this month, with Venus in Leo. Increase your assets. Be careful not to overspend. Find a sweet deal. Do your homework.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- Throw yourself into your work. Form and strengthen partnerships for the next four and a half weeks, with Venus in Leo. Share your inner thoughts and feelings. Compromise comes easier. Repay a social favor.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- For four and half weeks with Venus in Leo, your work is more fun. Organization is key. Infuse your efforts with your passion and talents. Look for hidden beauty. Craft and polish.

(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 and