Today’s Birthday (08/02/18). Your family and home bloom this year. Update fitness routines. Professional changes reveal new doors. Summer spiritual or philosophical breakthroughs allow you to navigate partnership changes leading to personal strength and self-esteem. Your work and health flower this winter. Invite love to your house.

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 — Enjoy personal projects and enthusiasms. Don’t worry about the past or future; focus on short-term objectives. Keep communications simple. Pamper yourself, and savor your favorite flavors.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 6 — Peace and quiet soothe your spirit. Keep your patience in chaotic moments. A transition or shift requires your attention. Take a philosophical view.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — Clarify misunderstandings among friends as soon as they occur (or risk a mess). You can work things out. Remind people about practical priorities.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Career opportunities require elbow grease. Avoid risky business. Study a secret system to learn tricks of the trade. Keep your wits, and gather facts.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Plan your itinerary in detail before setting off. Allow extra time for connections and transfers. Don’t worry about the future. Focus on now.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Keep your patience with your partner and numbers. Think things over before making a big change. Review the budget. Limit expenses to practical necessities.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 7 — Focus on immediate objectives with your partner. What needs to be done? Work out who will do what. Follow through on what you said.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Stay in action. Focus on here and now. Your work is gaining respect. Keep fulfilling your promises and providing excellent service. You’re building muscle.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 6 — Relax and have fun with people you love. Get rejuvenated by another’s enthusiasm. Take a refreshing pause. Enjoy a meaningful conversation with someone interesting.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — Domestic matters have your attention. Make a repair or improvement to handle a current urgency. Invest in the longest lasting quality you can afford.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — Edit and save your work carefully to avoid costly do-overs. You don’t need to communicate everything. A little mystery is OK. Read poetry for inspiration.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Money matters could seem confusing. Don’t spend it before you get it. Stay respectful. Keep your agreements. Put your talent to work.

Celebrity birthdays: Actor Nehemiah Persoff is 99. Former Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-Nev., is 96. Rock musician Garth Hudson (The Band) is 81. Singer Kathy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 75. Actor Max Wright is 75. Actress Joanna Cassidy is 73. Actress Kathryn Harrold is 68. Actor Butch Patrick (TV: “The Munsters”) is 65. Rock music producer/drummer Butch Vig (Garbage) is 63. Singer Mojo Nixon is 61. Actress Victoria Jackson is 59. Actress Apollonia is 59. Actress Cynthia Stevenson is 56. Actress Mary-Louise Parker is 54. Rock musician John Stanier is 50. Writer-actor-director Kevin Smith is 48. Actress Jacinda Barrett is 46. Actor Sam Worthington is 42. Figure skater Michael Weiss is 42. Actor Edward Furlong is 41. Rock musician Devon Glenn is 38. TV meteorologist Dylan Dreyer (TV: “Today”) is 37. Actress Marci Miller is 33. Singer Charli XCX is 26. Actress Hallie Eisenberg is 26.

Thought for Today: “Ideas are powerful things, requiring not a studious contemplation but an action, even if it is only an inner action.” — Midge Decter, American writer

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