Today’s Birthday (07/31/19). Family, fun and romance highlight your year. Steady practice builds health, fitness and strength. Resolving a physical breakdown this summer leads to a winter energy boost, before a restful phase to consider what’s next. New love surprises you next summer. Savor sweet moments 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 9 — Fall in love all over again. Enjoy blissful moments with someone sweet. Make a delightful discovery, and count your blessings. Express your gratitude freely.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Fill your home with love and creature comforts. Beautify your space and garden. Share something delicious with the ones you love.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 9 — Make lists of what you want. It’s easier to create with a clear vision. Review considerations, and choose. Sign on the dotted line.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 9 — Stash away something of value. Cash flow velocity increases, both in and out. Monitor results for a positive balance. You’re especially persuasive.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 9 — You’re getting stronger and more confident. Do what you love. Share your talents with people who appreciate them. Smile for the camera.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Consider where you’ve been and what’s ahead. Listen to others, and make your own choices. Face the truth squarely. All’s well that ends well.

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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Develop and refine your team strategy. Give and receive support. Tap into your community, and participate for the common good for love and satisfaction.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 9 — New professional doors beckon. The prizes behind them tantalize, but there’s a test. Practice and hone your skills. Accolades and a rise in status are possible.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Education broadens your horizons. Visit somewhere new, in person or through another’s experience. Evolve your ideas through exploration. Discovery rare beauty.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Make sure the numbers balance before purchasing. You can work out a financial issue. Collaborate for common gain. Your ideas could get lucrative.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — You and a partner can take things to a new level. Collaboration flowers with creative ideas and possibilities. Romance is a distinct possibility.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — You’re especially energized. Make a beautiful transformation. Physical actions get satisfying results. Practice your favorite moves. Savor time outside in nature.

Thought for Today: “The art of life is to show your hand. There is no diplomacy like candor. You may lose by it now and then, but it will be a loss well gained if you do. Nothing is so boring as having to keep up a deception.” — E.V. Lucas, English author and critic (1868-1938)

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