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Today’s Birthday (02/12/18) Guide your career to unprecedented levels this year. Careful preparation allows for high performance. Personal power and confidence rise to a crescendo this spring. Your physical fitness and health practices energize and build strength this summer before romance sparks a partnership. Share your passion.

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 an 8 — Forge ahead for professional gain. Your prize has long-term benefits. The stakes are high, and you have what you need. Consider pitfalls in advance.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Travel sounds nice, but wait for traffic to clear. Can you attend a meeting or conference virtually? Studies have your focus. Learn from an expert.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — Anticipate financial changes, and put backup plans in place. New expenses may require adaptation. Discipline and consideration now pay off later.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is an 8 — A romantic partnership blossoms naturally. Everything seems possible. Brainstorm to narrow the options and choose your course of action. Together, you’re a powerful team.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is an 8 — Profit from meticulous service. Take advantage of a lucky break. Balance work with pleasure, sedentary pursuits with physical action. Grow your heart stronger.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Relax, and take advantage of the fine conditions for love. Enjoy family and friends. Play games, music and sports together. Pay someone special attention.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 6 — Consider long-term plans before beginning a home renovation. Discuss ideas with family. Study color and style schemes and test before committing.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — An answer you’ve been seeking is hiding in plain sight. Practice your creative arts and discover unexpected beauty. Write, paint, craft, pluck or strum.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 9 — Your morale gets a boost as your wallet grows fatter. Disciplined efforts pay off. Pay bills and reduce debt. Create your own lucrative opportunity.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 7 — Make a personal change. Practice optimism and self-care. Put aside judgments and complaints for a while, especially those directed at yourself.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 5 — Stretch and rest in peaceful privacy. Sit or walk somewhere with a lovely view, soothing music or fragrance. Nurture your health and well-being.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 — Crowdsource a solution between your community. Organize and provide infrastructural support. You can accomplish great things with a team of talented friends.

Today’s Birthdays: Movie director Franco Zeffirelli is 95. Movie director Costa-Gavras is 85. Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell is 84. Actor Joe Don Baker is 82. Author Judy Blume is 80. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is 76. Country singer Moe Bandy is 74. Actress Maud Adams is 73. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 72. Actor Michael Ironside is 68. Rock musician Steve Hackett is 68. Rock singer Michael McDonald is 66. Actress Joanna Kerns is 65. Actor-talk show host Arsenio Hall is 62. Actor John Michael Higgins is 55. Actor Raphael Sbarge is 54. Actress Christine Elise is 53. Actor Josh Brolin is 50. Singer Chynna Phillips is 50. Rock musician Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) is 48. Rhythm-and-blues musician Keri Lewis is 47. Actor Jesse Spencer is 39. Rapper Gucci Mane is 38. Actress Sarah Lancaster is 38. Actress Christina Ricci is 38. NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III is 28. Actress Jennifer Stone is 25. Actresses Baylie and Rylie Cregut (TV: “Raising Hope”) are eight.

Thought for Today: “Human beings are the only creatures who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason.” — Ashley Montagu, English anthropologist (1905-1999).


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