Today's Birthday (07/26/13). Your inner circle inspires you this year, with new friendships, romance and memorable family time. Expand horizons and learn new skills. Creative efforts bear fruit. Dreams come true with persistent action. Embrace change in a partnership. Don't overwork yourself, even with great assignments. Balance for long-term health with fun, exercise, relaxation and peace.

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 8 -- All is not as it appears, and that may play to your advantage. Get outside assistance. Do what you love long enough, and you'll profit. Mold it to a market niche. Take local action.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 8 -- So many things require your attention. Think it over, plan and prioritize actions. Family comes first. Avoid distractions and take quiet time to listen to your intuition. A female provides an opportunity.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Trust old love and information ... an antique gains value. Get out socially. Listen to conflicting points of view, and figure it out with help from friends. Don't get fooled by an imitation.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 8 -- Postpone shopping. Plan for two days in the spotlight. But don't get blinded. Stand by your principles. And definitely don't spend money to get love. Attention to detail is key.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Plan a vacation, or get out there and go. Surprises make for great stories. Your partner demonstrates compassion. Make peace with your past. Exploration, discovery and adventure call you. Keep a journal.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- There could be complications on the job. Be a strategist, and avoid impulsive actions now. Clear up confusion before proceeding. Give up control, let go of the old way and create new possibilities.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 8 -- Results may not fit expectations. A partner's a big help. Romance may be involved. Let a strong leader take charge. Review instructions again. Your team is key for prosperity this month.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 8 -- The workload increases. A friend helps you make a long-distance connection. Balance family and social activities carefully, work and play. Pad the schedule to adapt for surprises. Buy locally.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Prioritize. Set long-term goals with your partner. A loved one encourages you to take on a challenge. Romance and passion occupy your thoughts. The perfect solution appears. Keep to practical actions.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 8 -- Avoid distractions and extra costs or frills. Get into a domestic phase. Focus on home and family. Ask for more and get it. Use your charm. Love keeps you on your highest path.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- Consult an expert. Set a price you can live with after discussion and consensus. Good news comes from far away. Catch up on reading. Study, research and inquiry go quickly.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 8 -- Your dream needs a little revision. Give it two days to let things cook. Learn well from a strict teacher. Add a personal touch to your office. Follow the money.