Today's Birthday (08/13/14). Passion and luck abound this year. You're exceptionally charming and charismatic... balance ego with spiritual practice. Prioritize family and water your roots. Participate in community and your status rises (especially around October's eclipses). Renovate your space before 12/23, when you're inspired to have fun and play. Springtime eclipses impact family resources and communications. Focus the conversation towards 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 -- Watch out, world! Assert your wishes now. You're strong and exceedingly creative for the next few days. Pay back a favor. Accept encouragement from a wise coach. Use their feedback to deliver the goods.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Quell distractions and get lost in thought today and tomorrow. Philosophical and spiritual quests bear fruit. Take it slow, caring for your own health and that of those around you. You're exceptionally persuasive.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Your friends really come through for you over the next couple of days. You have more than you need. Take a trip together or share an adventure. Collaboration thrives. Talk about what you love.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Focus on your career today and tomorrow. You gain a material advantage. Interesting opportunities spring up, and there was already plenty of work. Manage a change in plans. Friends teach and learn from you.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Investigate possibilities over the next two days. Make time for an outing. Optimism + effort = cash. Consider attending a business seminar or class. New skills can be put to practical action immediately. Your confidence rises.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Do financial planning today and tomorrow. You're better off than you realized. Get practical and handle the paperwork. You end up with more. Discover hidden resources. Organize, sort and calculate. File documents.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Delegate more to others over the next two days. Time at home pays big dividends. Support your partner, and get the assistance you need. Friends pull together to empower team efforts. Share appreciation.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Work and make money today and tomorrow. With luck and determination, your professional status rises. Provide excellent service, on budget and on time. Smile and say "thank you". Take time for yourself, too.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Plan on two day's worth of creativity and passion. New status brings new rewards. Things fall together. Romance heats up. Focus on fun, hobbies, sports and games... enjoy pursuing and finding happiness.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Family comes first today and tomorrow. Handle home chores and renovations. Ask the crew to pitch in, and reward everyone with their favorite foods. Savor the satisfaction of a job well done.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- Communications can soar today and tomorrow. Your influence grows. Update skills, study and practice. Help your team succeed. You can learn whatever you need to know. Look back to discover the best road forward.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- You've got the golden touch today and tomorrow. Grab money-making opportunities before they fade. If you don't have time for the work, pass it on to a skilled colleague. What goes around comes around.

(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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