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Today’s Birthday (05/17/18). You and a partner motivate each other this year. Carefully plot your educational exploration. Connect, share and network this summer as shifting professional tides energize your family for home renewal. Embark on an educational journey this winter. Discover the hidden beauty of someone long beloved.

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 — Domestic projects provide satisfying results. Visualize perfection. Solve a puzzle. Teamwork pays off. Build on strong foundations. Create a work of beauty.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 9 — Study and practice today and tomorrow. Set long-range goals. You can learn what you need to know. Brief your team on a brilliant idea.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 9 — Get into a two-day financial phase. Close a deal or sign papers. Invest in success. Follow an elder’s advice.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 9 — You’re especially irresistible. And you’re gaining authority today and tomorrow. Friends help you advance. Take charge, and go for it. Celebrate good news together.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Share the load with friends and teammates over the next few days. Slow to sidestep obstacles or surprises. Together, you can win the next level.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — You’re attracting the attention of someone influential. Make technical upgrades. Prepare your presentation, and ask for help if needed. Set realistic goals, and keep them.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — An adventure has your focus. Expand your territory. Technology can make things easier. Keep your objective in mind, and forge onward.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is an 8 — Generate funding with your team to pay financial obligations. Handle paperwork, contracts and invoices. Track budgets and timelines. Take advantage of a windfall opportunity.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Recommit to getting your affairs into order over the next couple of days. And enjoy your changes. Get very clear on your objectives, especially the financial ones. Relax.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 9 — Your partner is a big help over the next two days. Adjust to changes in plans. Carve out private time together to work out the details.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — Pick up the pace, and focus to juggle a busy schedule with time for yourself. Exercise energizes you. Relaxation and good food restores.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — Make time for love over the next few days. Discover beauty, romance and harmony. Unexpected circumstances require adaptation.

Celebrity birthdays: Actor Peter Gerety is 78. Singer Taj Mahal is 76. Rock musician Bill Bruford is 69. Singer-musician George Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) is 65. TV personality Kathleen Sullivan is 65. Boxing Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard is 62. Actor-comedian Bob Saget is 62. Sports announcer Jim Nantz is 59. Producer Simon Fuller (TV: “American Idol”) is 58. Singer Enya is 57. Actor-comedian Craig Ferguson is 56. Actor David Eigenberg is 54. Singer-musician Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) is 53. Actress Paige Turco is 53. Singer Jordan Knight is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Darnell Van Rensalier (Shai) is 48. Actress Sasha Alexander is 45. Rock singer-musician Josh Homme is 45. Rock singer Andrea Corr (The Corrs) is 44. Actor Sendhil Ramamurthy is 44. Actress Rochelle Aytes is 42. Singer Kandi Burruss is 42. Actress Kat Foster is 40. Actress Ayda Field is 39. Actress Ginger Gonzaga is 35. Folk-rock singer/songwriter Passenger is 34. Dancer-choreographer Derek Hough is 33. Actor Tahj Mowry is 32. Actress Nikki Reed is 30. Singer Kree Harrison (TV: “American Idol”) is 28. Actress Leven Rambin is 28. Actress Samantha Browne-Walters is 27. Actor Justin Martin is 24.

Thought for Today: “A burning purpose attracts others who are drawn along with it and help fulfill it.” — Margaret Bourke-White, American photojournalist (1904-1971)

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