Today’s Birthday (07/24/19). Prioritize family, fun and romance this year. Persistent action grows your stamina and skills. A summer fitness challenge or test comes to a satisfying conclusion by next winter, when new circumstances require adaptation. Energy and romantic collaboration surge again next summer. Play together.
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 — Financial challenges could seem daunting. Handle home repairs or other unexpected expenses. Your outlook improves later. Clean, sort and organize. Nurture yourself and family.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — You don’t always feel beautiful, strong or witty. Keep doing what you know works, and confidence builds. Express your feelings, and then get back in action.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — Consider options and choices. Wait for better conditions to make big decisions. Sort through emotions before acting. Nurture yourself with peace and quiet.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Don’t stir up jealousies. Practice humility with your team. Emotions could seem close to the surface. Share support and compassion with someone who needs it.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Focus on a professional objective. Keep your patience when confronting what doesn’t work. You may need to make a mess to create something beautiful.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Abandon preconceptions about your studies or travels. Avoid risk or hassle and observe what’s going on around you. Don’t set unrealistic expectations. Discover hidden treasure.
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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Evaluate shared financial options and opportunities. You may need to spend money to make more. Invest in your enterprise. Cut where you can. Plant seeds.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — An obstacle in your relationship could become apparent. Have patience with your partner. Think before you speak. This too shall pass. Support each other.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Restraint serves you well. Push your body too far, and pay the price. Notice your own physical limitations and boundaries. You’re growing stronger.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — Get cozy and comfortable. Be gentle, especially with children and animals. Short tempers could make a mess seem worse. Walk outside, and breathe deeply.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — Patiently unravel a challenging situation at home. Listen more than you speak. Abandon a preconception or assumption that no longer serves. Prioritize family harmony.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Postpone important communications. Don’t offer suggestions yet. Poetry offers another perspective. Notice the underlying symbolism. Consider words carefully to overcome a creative obstacle.
Thought for Today: “People who jump to conclusions rarely alight on them.” — Philip Guedalla, British writer (1889-1944)
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