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Today’s Birthday (10/13/18). Gather in abundance this year. Dedication with home and family reaps satisfying rewards. Find a golden treasure. Domestic joys abound this winter before social transitions open new doors. Enjoy rising professional status this summer before supporting family through changing circumstances. Fill your home with 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 9 — Good news comes from far away. Travels and studies illuminate distant lands. Others give you a boost. Love finds a way to work things out.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is an 8 — Profit from your quick action. Stick to practical objectives, and put your back into it. Contribute to shared projects. Intellect and intuition agree.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 — Collaboration ignites. You inspire each other. Get into action on practical details. Don’t worry about abstractions or hypotheticals. Take one simple step after another.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Put your talent to work. Accuracy matters. Practice your moves. Obstacles and barriers seem to melt away. Stick to basics; distractions abound.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Link arms with someone you admire and respect. Together, you get farther; plus it’s more fun. Relax and play a game you both enjoy.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 7 — Invest time and energy into your home and family. Ignore distractions, and take concrete steps to realize a domestic project. Find cost-effective solutions.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Follow a fascinating thread. Sort, organize and summarize data. Generate satisfying results with a creative project. Add illustrations and visuals. Write, broadcast or publish.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 9 — Avoid nebulous ideas to prioritize solid profit potential. Keep a low profile, and get the job done. Collect the benefits you’ve earned.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 9 — Take decisive action to advance a personal ambition. Stick to basics. Less interference is better. Distractions vie for your attention. Strengthen and build your vision.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — Meditative movement like yoga or walking in nature soothes your spirit. Wait for your view to clear; you don’t have the full picture. Recharge.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — A group project takes flight. Together, your reach and accomplishments blossom. Find efficiencies in collaborative efforts. Ease up on imaginative suggestions; keep it simple.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 9 — Your professional prospects expand and grow. Prioritize tasks, and get into action. Avoid ephemeral ideas, and stick with low-risk, high-benefit deals. Advance your career agenda.

Celebrity birthdays: Gospel singer Shirley Caesar is 81. Actress Melinda Dillon is 79. Singer-musician Paul Simon is 77. Country singer Lacy J. Dalton is 72. Actor Demond Wilson is 72. Singer-musician Sammy Hagar is 71. Producer-writer Chris Carter is 62. Actor Reggie Theus is 61. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is 60. Singer Marie Osmond is 59. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer is 58. NBA coach Doc Rivers is 57. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is 56. Actress Kelly Preston is 56. Country singer John Wiggins is 56. Actor Christopher Judge is 54. Actor Matt Walsh is 54. Actor Reginald Ballard is 53. Actress Kate Walsh is 51. Olympic silver medal figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is 49. Country singer Rhett Akins is 49. Classical crossover singer Paul Potts is 48. TV personality Billy Bush is 47. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen is 47.Rhythm-and-blues singers Brandon and Brian Casey (Jagged Edge) are 43. Actress Kiele Sanchez is 42. Former NBA All-Star Paul Pierce is 41. DJ Vice is 40. Singer Ashanti is 38. Actor Caleb McLaughlin (TV: “Stranger Things”) is 17.

Thought for Today: “Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.” — Pete Seeger, American folk singer and activist (1919-2014)

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