HOROSCOPE

BY NANCY BLACK
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY
 
 Family and home fill your heart this year. Professional surprises could get profitable. Dedicated attention to health and fitness pays outsized dividends, especially this winter. Envision perfection this summer before you and your partner surmount obstacles for a personal accomplishment. Water your garden with love.
 
THURSDAY, AUG. 16
 
 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 — Focus on finances today and tomorrow. Hold your temper. Impulsive actions can backfire. Ignore rumors and gossip. Plot to realize a dream.
 
 Taurus (April 20-May
 
20) — Today is a 7 — Keep extra patience with a partner. Listen to intuition with unexpected plot twists. Wait to see what develops. Clarify miscommunications immediately.
 
 Gemini (May 21-June
 
20) — Today is a 7 — Schedule carefully, as demand for your energy rises. Slow to clarify miscommunications or adapt to surprising news. Anticipate resistance. The perfect solution appears.
 
 Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is an 8 — Love blossoms as you avoid irritations and silly arguments. Adapt to surprises. Silence can speak volumes. Relax and keep your sense of humor.
 
 Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Today is a 6 — Prioritize working out misunderstandings at home. Resolve a conflict before it happens. Household projects take unplanned detours. Expect changes and chaotic moments. Take a gentle approach.
 
 Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is an 8 — You’re especially brilliant over the next few days. Passions may be in high gear, but look before leaping. Avoid controversy and stomping on someone’s sensitivities.
 
 Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — Today is an 8 — Keep generating money through tomorrow. Resist the temptation to overspend. Get what you need and no more. Financial arguments sprout easily. Silence can be golden.
 
 Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov.
 
21) — Today is a 9 — Pamper yourself. Try a new look or style. Avoid procrastination, and dive into a personal project. Edit your words carefully. You’re creating a buzz.
 
 Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 6 — Enjoy peace for thinking and planning. Words can get twisted; private meditation leads to useful solutions. Stay sensitive to what others want and need.
 
 Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.
 
19) — Today is a 7 — Keep your cool and word to manage your part of a team effort. Communication breakdowns could cause delays. Patience and diplomacy gets the job done.
 
 Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.
 
18) — Today is a 7 — Adjust to professional changes. Stay respectful, even when others don’t. A challenge leads to higher levels. Ignore gossip. Avoid risky propositions. Return calls and correspondence.
 
 Pisces (Feb. 19-March
 
20) — Today is a 6 — Find a nice spot to rest and enjoy the scenery. Expect delays or surprises with traffic and transportation. Get lost in your studies.