Linda C. Black Horoscopes for January 4, 2012

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Today's Birthday (01/04/12). Sometimes, if you adjust your expectations, you discover that the gift you received is far better than the one you thought you wanted. Fall in love with a fixer-upper. Give tender loving care, and watch the blossoming.

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 -- You're learning quickly. Don't throw your money around, or give advice unless asked. Invest in efficiency, and plug a leak to stay in the race. This could be fun.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 9 -- Friends are glad to lend a hand and a strong back or two, if needed. You would do the same. There's unity in community; the quest is unimportant.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Move quickly to take advantage of an opportunity for profit. It's a good time to apply for a raise. Show the value you can provide. Gather it all up.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Someone far away, even a character from a story, inspires you to a journey or adventure. You can go farther than expected. Reach out and touch someone.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- The money's available once you agree on the action. Follow a hunch, and put this into a plan that excites everyone. Pay down a debt. Celebrate with friends and treats.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Be prepared, so you can move quickly when necessary. A friend's help is appreciated, and gatherings tempt. Your new social connections open doors.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Do what's required with some alacrity, and the rewards are great. Tap into abundance. There's more work coming, so keep the pedal to the metal.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Just because you failed before doesn't mean that it's not worth trying again. Revise your measurements, and get the team fired up. Use a different angle.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- You're a powerhouse when it comes to getting things done. Work may be getting more intense, but you're earning brownie points. Rest after the big game.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is an 8 -- New ideas come to fruition with the help of a partner. The love you take is equal to the love you give. Don't be afraid to express your feelings.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- A little bit of extra effort goes a long way. A lot takes you farther. Your family holds the answer. Solve difficult problems now. Keep your eyes on the future.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Begin a marketing campaign that brings long-term rewards. New opportunities are there, if you look. There's time for romance. Go ahead and indulge.


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