Today's Birthday (08/24/13). Career and networking social fun keep you dancing this year. Step into community leadership, and grow a dream. Continue to save nuts for winter. A program of study could pay off in 2014. Romance sings to you. Inspire and get inspired. Persuade powerfully and with 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 an 8 -- Now you really have it. Brilliant ideas occur left and right. You see a new beginning after a poignant ending. Write down your dreams. Consider all options. Travel now can be an emotional experience.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 5 -- Complete the job you most want to finish that will make the biggest difference. It includes writing. Someone else gives the orders, most likely a female. Be glad you're not in charge and follow.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 6 -- A surprise project comes your way, bringing some chaos. React with laughter, and keep a happier perspective. Your friends help you understand a puzzle and encourage your creativity. Return the favor.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 6 -- The destination isn't as you'd imagined. Avoid expensive promises. Work interferes with playtime. Others ask your advice. Consider all possibilities. Get a contract, and be sure to read it. Friends are there for you.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Nurture creativity for yourself and the team. Invent an exciting opportunity. Craft the perfect pitch. Resist another temptation to splurge. Take extra precautions to safeguard financial info and valuables. Learn by exploring.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Controversy arises. Learn about your partner's desires. Admire each other before leaving the house. Don't try a new trick, yet. You're gaining wisdom. Consult a technical expert. You can't do everything. That's okay.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- The next two days include a challenge or test. Fix something that's broken or missing. Get creative. Be patient. Don't take things personally, especially regarding a misunderstanding or mistake. Bring your optimism home with you.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Find a new use for something that's been taking up space. Make sure you understand what's required. Don't pay for everyone. There's an unexpected development. Think it over before acting. It works out well.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Upgrade your technology. Avoid distractions. Something you try doesn't work. Talk it over with an expert. Good documentation saves time and worry later. Re-assess your situation. Stick to practical solutions. Play with it.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 6 -- Passion tops the charts. Don't throw your money away on stuff you don't really need. A little skepticism serves you. Switch brands for better quality. Get into a project at home. Clean, organize and restore.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 6 -- Stay in the flow. Romantic relationships undergo some strain. Negotiate with a sexy angle. Let it wait. Find just the clue you've been seeking. There's more or less than you thought. Give up righteousness for love.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Be patient with those who are confused. Respectfully write new work instructions, including your vision. Don't broadcast plans beyond the team. Try something different for an interesting development. Add something exotic to your look. An old friend resurfaces.