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Today’s Birthday (09/12/18). Express and connect in conversation this year. Disciplined efforts get farther. Learn valuable skills through exploration. Friends triumph this summer before physical breakdowns lead into a peaceful, reflective planning phase. Discover new love this winter. Share and collaborate for a collective cause.

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 — Collaborate for shared gain. New income is possible. Contribute for your family. Invest for the long term. Count your blessings and visualize perfection.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 7 — Breakdowns or obstacles could cause delays with a partner. Work out irritation with physical activity. Consider consequences before acting. Sort out the best solution.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is an 8 — Focus on a rhythm that you can maintain. Slow to avoid accidents during moments of greater chaos. Stick to basics to guard your health and wellness.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Love can blossom over the next few days. Avoid impatience or anxiety. Stick to practical games and reliable methods. Gain insight from afar. Speak responsibly.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 7 — Use gentle pressure rather than force at home and with family. Make infrastructure repairs. Strengthen and build support. Your discipline wins satisfying results.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — Study new developments, and share your views. Passions may be high; look before leaping. Avoid arguments by keeping your peace. Present your case tactfully.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is a 9 — Keep producing valuable work. Resist the temptation to throw your money around. Compute expenses. Avoid financial arguments. Provide useful services and earn your silver.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 9 — Wear your confidence like a power cloak. Stay objective in a tense situation. Don’t let a surprise dampen your enthusiasm. Enjoy a personal moment.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 5 — Find a private hideaway for planning and review. Peace and quiet soothes sensitive emotions. Do the laundry. Wait for developments. Lay low.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is an 8 — Your friends are your inspiration. Meetings, gatherings and public events produce valuable connections. Stay flexible with the schedule. Prioritize beauty, creative collaboration and love.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is an 8 — A professional opportunity merits attention. Compete for more responsibilities and benefits. A rise in status is possible. Keep your cool with surprises. Consider consequences.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is an 8 — Conditions look better for travel and exploration. Do your detective work. Research and sift through data. Adapt gracefully to shifting circumstances. Entirely new possibilities can arise.

Celebrity birthdays: Actor Freddie Jones is 91. Actor Ian Holm is 87. Former U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is 79. Actress Linda Gray is 78. Singer Maria Muldaur is 76. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 67. Singer-musician Gerry Beckley (America) is 66. Original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood is 66. Rock musician Neil Peart (Rush) is 66. Actor Peter Scolari is 63. Former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is 62. Actress Rachel Ward is 61. Actress Amy Yasbeck is 56. Rock musician Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) is 53. Actor Darren E. Burrows is 52. Rock singer-musician Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) is 52. Actor-comedian Louis C.K. is 51. Rock musician Larry LaLonde (Primus) is 50. Golfer Angel Cabrera is 49. Actor-singer Will Chase is 48. Actor Josh Hopkins is 48. Country singer Jennifer Nettles is 44. Actress Lauren Stamile is 42. Rapper 2 Chainz is 41. Actor Ben McKenzie is 40. Singer Ruben Studdard is 40. Basketball Hall of Fame player Yao Ming is 38. Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is 37. Actor Alfie Allen is 32. Actress Emmy Rossum is 32. Country singer Kelsea Ballerini is 25. Actor Colin Ford is 22.

Thought for Today: “We must be willing to pay a price for freedom, for no price that is ever asked for it is half the cost of doing without it.” — H.L. Mencken, American author and journalist (1880-1956)

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