Today's Birthday (08/21/14). Your personal power expands this year, with Jupiter, Mercury, Venus and the Sun in your sign. Shake ups at work this October reveal new options. Direct your talents at home and with family until 12/23, then an intriguing game tempts you to play... it could get romantic. Springtime could see changes around family money and communications. Nurture compassion.

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 -- Words travel farther with wider impact today. Take notes, record, and issue media releases. Home duties call today and tomorrow. Discipline is required, and experience useful. Invest time and love into a family project.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- With discipline, your message travels farther than you imagined. You're especially persuasive. Convince your partner first. You have extra resources for a household project. Important people speak well of you. Listen to family advice.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 9 -- A careful work-related investment may be necessary. Networking unveils connections that prove profitable in the long run. Have conversations for what you want to make happen, and solutions abound. Keep your word.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Accept a challenge if it pays well. Send information to those who need it. Set up a meeting with colleagues, and find ways to work smarter. Replace something before it breaks. Your influence expands.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Keep practicing a game you know well. Someone older offers a partnership. Don't go into debt in a moment of passion. Spend responsibly. Consider long-term plans. Call home if you'll be late.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- New responsibilities lead to changes at home. Discover new respect for your ancestors. Compare bids and explore your options before making household purchases. Talk over your big picture strategy with dear friends.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Communications go the distance today. Issue statements and data. Marketing and business promotions boost your clout. Friends offer good advice. Use your self-discipline. Set priorities. Sort through the pile yourself, and clear clutter.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Talk to long-distance connections. Plan an adventure, and include interesting companions. Don't take cash flow for granted. Craft a project that benefits others. Friends provide the information you need. Think about all the angles.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Rest up for the coming challenge. Get answers in private. Identify the major barrier. You have the innate power to do this. Take new territory. It's easier than it looks. Be flexible, without capitulation.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Persuade partners with facts and confidence. Keep good records. Make sure you know what's required. Send in applications and sign contracts. Your words go farther than expected; say something positive. Listen for the gold.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- Your intention could get thwarted. Share all feedback with your partners. Relax with cool drinks and release frustration. Friends offer good advice. Look for what was missing and provide it. Get back on the horse.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Listen to all considerations before choosing your next actions. Practice creative talents. Talk it over. Get rid of stuff you don't need. Strengthen your infrastructure. Align your deeds and purchases with your ethics.

(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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