Today's Birthday (08/04/13). Social life, new friendships and memorable times with young people are themes this year. Home maintains a magnetic draw, and family holds your attention. Your career keeps you busy. Expand your leadership, and explore new territory. Invest for your heart (after considering factual logic). Romance flowers.

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 -- Face an old fear with new capacities. What was once difficult is now easy. Forgive someone. Plan carefully. Intuition shows a successful road. Push your own boundaries for an amazing discovery.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Don't spend on entertainment or the latest fad. Close an old account. A deck of cards with friends delights. Help a favorite group get practical. Keep judgments and criticism to yourself. Let your partner take the lead.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is an 8 -- There's a change at the top. Work faster and earn more. Let your subconscious chip away at a work-related issue. Don't get distracted by a heckler. Urgency is to be expected. Others have valuable suggestions.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Write down what you imagine might happen. Match the message to your current situation. Distant contacts come through for you. It's easy to spend now. Curtail travel until later. It's nice at home. Together, anything is possible.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Passion arrives on the same train of thought as acceptance. Build up your reserves. Stop to rest when tired. Think it over a while longer. Store up great memories with someone beloved.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Avoid provoking jealousy, and the temptation to spend too much. Check out an interesting suggestion. Proceed with caution. Get your partner involved. Intuition points to the right target. Meditate before taking action. Schedule carefully.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Find a need and fill it. Push to get ahead. You have plenty of creative energy. Jump-start your next project. Your research is paying off. Upgrade workplace technology. Listen to your own passions first.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- A slight detour captures your imagination. This may take time from family. Don't get distracted, or spend your budget in one place. Fix what you broke with what you have. Study for a discovery.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Gather information with efficiency and organization. Innovation rules. Note items that still need correction, and schedule changes. Passions could flare momentarily. Stir up an important controversy. What are you really committed to?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Take action on a brilliant idea. Address an uncomfortable situation. Errors are part of the creative process. Some of your ideas won't work. A lively discussion erupts. Investigate. Explore. Schedule who does what.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- There's less money than expected. Consider an option previously rejected. Accept encouragement. There's plenty of creative work, and it pays well. Don't waste money on nonessentials. Sell stuff to make more room.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Use your imagination and play. Innovation doesn't require a revolution. Resourceful effort pays dividends. Pay off more bills. You can find the money. Look at yourself in a new light. Explore intuitive insights.