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Today’s Birthday (10/20/18). Generate rising income this year. Steady domestic attention pays fine dividends. Reap unexpected family benefits. Winter fun at home leads to a new team season. Summer brings rising career status and influence before a domestic project changes directions. Nurture the ones you love.

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 5 — Ponder the possibilities. A dream is within reach. You can see steps to take. Take notes, and schedule actions. Get specific in your planning.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Set team goals high. Work out who will do what. Lead by example. Someone you care about is paying attention. Collaborate in a meaningful conversation.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — Pushing beyond your comfort zone may be required for a career leap. A rise in status is available. Monitor your own scorecard. Keep improving your performance.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Follow a dream. You can figure out how to pay for it. Travels, studies and explorations reveal fascinating encounters. Discover a secret system.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Share an interesting suggestion with your partner. Talk about future dreams and visions. Listen for ways to support each other. Contribute to shared accounts.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 9 — Together, your opportunities widen. Energize your collaboration and partnership. Share your thoughts and dreams. Rely on someone you trust. Make promises and agreements.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Provide excellent service. Keep practicing for a dream. Balance physical action with refreshing rest and foods. Indulge a fantasy in a lovely moment.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Share your heart with the ones you love. Have fun together. Talk about dreams, visions, crazy fantasies and wild ideas. Support each other.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Realize a domestic dream with simple steps. Nurture your family with home-cooked goodness. Make household changes to solve something stuck. Have a meaningful conversation.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Share encouraging words and ideas. Inspire others to succeed. Consult a friend with useful expertise. Participate in a growing conversation. Network for great solutions.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 9 — Pursue a lucrative possibility. Talk about your dreams and visions. Find ways to incorporate your ideas into profitable solutions. Ask for the necessary resources.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 9 — Write down a personal dream. Accept divine inspiration or spiritual insight. Put your talent to work to develop the idea you’ve been pondering.

Celebrity birthdays: Japan’s Empress Michiko is 84. Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson is 81. Former actress Rev. Mother Dolores Hart is 80. Actor William “Rusty” Russ is 68. Actress Melanie Mayron is 66. Retired MLB All-Star Keith Hernandez is 65. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is 63. Movie director Danny Boyle is 62. Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is 61. Actor Viggo Mortensen is 60. Rock musician Jim Sonefeld (Hootie & The Blowfish) is 54. Rock musician David Ryan is 54. Rock musician Doug Eldridge (Oleander) is 51. Political commentator and blogger Michelle Malkin is 48. Actor Kenneth Choi is 47. Rapper Snoop Dogg is 47. Singer Jimi Westbrook (country group Little Big Town) is 47. Country musician Jeff Loberg is 42. Rock musician Jon Natchez (The War on Drugs) is 42. Actor Sam Witwer is 41. Actor John Krasinski is 39. Rock musician Daniel Tichenor (Cage the Elephant) is 39. Actress Katie Featherston is 36.

Thought for Today: “Next to ingratitude, the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.” — Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (1813-1887)

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