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Today’s Birthday (07/13/18). This year favors fun, romance and happiness. Weave schedules and plans with your partner. A community effort shifts focus. Strengthen foundational bonds and relationships. Personal summer projects expand before a financial twist alters family plans, providing powerful profit motive. Expand your partnership this winter. 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 a 7 — Unexpected distractions could interrupt your fun. Slow down, and take care of responsibilities. Avoid power struggles. Relax, and consider what’s best for your heart.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Stay in rather than going out. Save money by fixing treats at home. Domestic chaos could erupt. Avoid impetuosity. Research household upgrades for best value.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is an 8 — You’re clever with data and information over the next few days. A truth gets revealed. Consider your words carefully. Don’t react without thinking.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 9 — Estimate the funding necessary and update the budget. Confirm intuition with data. Insights arise in unexpected places. Guard against impulsive spending. Take future appreciation into account.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 9 — You’re on a roll through tomorrow. Don’t get stopped by failure. Avoid silly arguments and keep your humility. Develop your talents, capacities and skills.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 — Look back for insight on the road ahead. Indulge nostalgia with old photos and memories. Lay low and make plans for a few days.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Develop strategies with teammates through tomorrow. Meetings and gatherings produce satisfying results. Stay sensitive to what others want and need. Give and take.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 — Prepare for a test or challenge. Career matters take precedence. Study your options, and keep cool. There may be fierce competition. Find what’s needed nearby.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is an 8 — Dream of exotic sights, sounds and flavors. Your wanderlust is getting worse. Stay flexible, and anticipate changes. Pad the schedule. Handle domestic matters first.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Profitable deals are available. Keep your patience. Resolve details with your partner. Take time to clarify plans. Handle financial paperwork, and get terms in writing.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 — Partnership matters today and tomorrow. You don’t need to do everything. Share resources, work and expenses. Keep your tone supportive. Take what you get.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Prepare for a physical challenge. Keep practicing. Slow around sharp objects. Admit impracticalities. Avoid technical glitches. If annoyed, talk a walk outside. Make backup plans.

Celebrity birthdays: Game show announcer Johnny Gilbert (TV: “Jeopardy!”) is 94. Actor Patrick Stewart is 78. Actor Robert Forster is 77. Actor Harrison Ford is 76. Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) is 76. Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 72.

Thought for Today: “If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.” — Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855)

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