Today's Birthday (05/17/14). Self-discovery and growth in partnerships recurs as a theme this year. Use your communication superpowers to propel your educational adventures before summer. After July 16, your attention returns homeward, to family matters. October eclipses inspire retrospection and self-discovery (Oct. 8), and a new phase in partnership (Oct. 23). Let go of outmoded habits, possessions and views. True your path to your heart's compass.
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 -- Enter a two-day responsibility phase. You can raise a dream one level closer to reality. Confer with allies, and tackle obligations with gusto. Have fun with it. Avoid raising your voice in anger, and sidestep breakdowns. Hope springs anew. Friends inspire with their courage, loyalty and partnership.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Each new advance presents new challenges. Don't talk about what you've acquired. Hastiness could result in errors and mistakes. Your luck's shifting for the better again. A shrewd investment now increases your status. Consider all options, and then place your bets.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Don't let a windfall slip through your fingers. Organize your finances today and tomorrow. Accept assistance. You and a partner can realize a dream. Control your temper. To avoid a potential problem, play the game exactly by the book. Imagine possible outcomes. Walk outdoors.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Consult with experts over the next few days regarding the realization of a vision. Take the recommended steps. Negotiate with partners delicately, considering their view. Friends help you see what's ahead. Anticipate resistance, or a change to your assignment. It's good to have a surplus.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Action-packed activities fill your calendar. Don't take on more impulsively. Focus on making money, and stick to your objectives. Get your crew to help out. Provide excellent service with a smile. Get a physical workout. You're building strength and endurance.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Inject glamour into your work. Incorporate a fantasy theme. Work you do from home can give your team the advantage. Others look to you for practical advice and common sense. Say how you want it to be. Invest in your business. The odds are in your favor.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Review and test what you've recently learned. Move carefully, to avoid accidents. Avoid a confrontation. Investigate an improbable theory. Let your partner do the talking. Home's the best place for you tonight. Fantasies abound. Share your dreams with a loved one.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Dig deeper into a favorite subject. Consider the symbolic meaning. Don't try a new trick yet. You're entering a learning phase. Ask questions. Consider applying new skills to a professional project today and tomorrow. Proceed with caution. Take passion behind closed doors.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Control costs before they spiral. Discuss your visions for the future, but don't take action yet. Postpone travel. Profitable opportunities abound today and tomorrow. Add simple elegance to a project without expense. Use your imagination, as you create and invent.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Take charge. You're extra powerful today and tomorrow. Let the family help. Work smarter by delegating. Travel and transportation could see delays. Take care, and don't rush (or risk accidents). Review a recent lesson. Plans change. Someone at home wants your attention. Listen to their dream.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Find inspiration in the strangest places today and tomorrow. Read between the lines. Wade through hype or controversy to find the truth. Don't worry ineffectively. Leave your money where it is. Focus on keeping old commitments and agreements, and plan what's next. Reassess priorities.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Friends are very helpful for the next two days. Get gregarious, and associates come through with the data you need. Play with your community on a project for mutual benefit. Make sure what you build is solid. Take it slow. Make it a party.
(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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