Today's Birthday (08/14/14). You're in the limelight this year. Take advantage to promote your favorite causes. Talk about money, and bring it in. October eclipses shake up the status quo. Invest attention at home. Lavish your creative talents on family projects, especially before 12/23, when an exciting opportunity arises. Work out budgets and issue communications over springtime. Linger for romance.

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 9 -- Surprising and possibly intense events keep things interesting. Confusion reigns. An amazing development is possible. Establish and hold your position. Confirm all travel arrangements. Pay attention to your fantasies. Revise plans as needed.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Don't dip into your savings. Insights emerge from silence. A friend has a brilliant idea. Think it all over. Give it time. Fireworks could surprise you. Don't take risks (except for love).

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 7 -- What seems sudden has actually been planned. Study the news. Talk it over with your partner. Changes the next level up can affect you positively. There's confusion at the top. Avoid being overly pushy.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Gentle persuasion works best now. Be prepared to surrender to love. It's making you stronger. Follow through on a brilliant idea. Go out on a limb. List all the reasons it won't work, and then begin.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Surprises could pop up along the trail. Record them in your journal. Discover a new view that illuminates the situation. New twists and intrigue could color the adventure. Keep to the high road.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Big changes seem afoot, especially with family finances. Something you try doesn't work. Exceptional patience is required. Plug a hole, and staunch the outflow. Use your imagination, and enlist help from those at home.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Stick to priorities without making assumptions. Ask partners for their view. In an explosive moment, step back. Get help if needed. Creativity and teamwork resolve an urgency. Discover an error and research solutions.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Don't worry about money now. A startling discovery changes the situation. Things are starting to get a little crazy. Keep in action, and handle pressing priorities. Take regular fun breaks. Get outside.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Confusion seems rampant... clear it up before proceeding. Stand your ground in a disagreement about priorities. Keep expenses low. Watch and listen for new ideas. If in doubt, choose the most fun option.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 6 -- Expect the unexpected at home today. Be willing to abandon a project. It could get awkward. Keep digging and find the truth. Include everyone in a decision that affects them. Watch for detours.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Don't show your cards yet. Powerful friends come to your assistance. Stay in the flow. Secrets get revealed. Abrupt change can demand new actions (and frugality). Guard resources, and stay tuned to the game.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 9 -- A little financial volatility could wake you up. Jump into action on a profitable idea. Follow through at work, and provide great value. Do it all for love. The money's not bad, either.

(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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