Horoscope for January 4, 2015

Today's Birthday (01/04/15). Get down to business this year. With determined efforts, your professional status rises. A communications boost after 3/20 propels a creative project. Review and plan a collaboration now to launch after 4/8. Build your dream team. New educational exploration begins after 10/13, and 10/27 begins a home and family phase. Grow what you love.

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Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today is an 8 — Get into beauty today. Clean, repair and pretty up things at home. Strengthen foundation and infrastructure. Keep on budget. Love your work and play by the rules to achieve your dreams. Others admire your efforts. You’re extra persuasive.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today is an 8 — Self-discipline mixed with generosity grows your success. Practice kindness. Pets are good for that. Invest in home, family and real estate. Try on another’s suggestion and learn something new. Communications, transportation and travels get a green light.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today is a 7 — Bring in money today and tomorrow. Pinching pennies pays off. Indulge in a small luxury. Refurbish an antique. Financial planning produces profit. Trust old love and old information. An interesting development arises. Exercise discipline. An older female provides answers.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today is a 7 — Personal matters demand attention today and tomorrow. Rely on your experience. Keep confident and calm. Practicality wins. Keep putting your money into home and family. True love isn’t after your loot. Stand by your principles. Create peace.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today is an 8 — Conserve resources, without worrying about money. Recycle or sell old stuff you no longer want. Release clutter. Organize, sort and file. Get into reading. Rest, relax and meditate. Remain sensitive to a loved one’s wishes. Make peace with your past.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today is a 7 — Plan and dream for an inspiring future together. Participate in group endeavors. Teamwork wins today and tomorrow. Friends share valuable connections, ideas and information. Give up control. Set long-term goals. Rely on what worked before while experimenting with new solutions.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today is an 8 — Don’t encourage rowdy behavior when you all should be quiet and respectful. An older person is impressed. Your clout rises today and tomorrow. Focus for the test. Make sure you know what’s required. Ask friends for advice. Work smarter.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today is an 8 — Enter a two-day adventurous phase. Balance duty with pleasure. An outing could be good for you and your partner. Friends help with connections. Make long-term plans. Pay back a debt. Understand the history. Weigh beauty against responsibility.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is a 7 — Focus on family finances today and tomorrow. Pay into savings. Doing the work increases your profits. Spend carefully. Make a private arrangement. It’s easier to advance together. Beautify by paring down to simple details of line, form and color.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is an 8 — Work together to manage changes today and tomorrow. Partnership holds the key. Love helps you stay on the right path. Watch for angels. Ask them to send what you need. Take the high ground. Do a good job.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today is a 7 — Keep your objective in mind. Over the next two days, get your ideas into action. Focus on details at work. Heed a loved one’s advice. Get help building your dream. Good news comes from far away. Money isn’t everything.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today is an 8 — Romance and games take priority for the next two days. You’re gaining skills and confidence. Play by the rules. Get help from family. Recycling works again. Make an intimate connection. Put your actions where your heart is.