Horoscope for January 18, 2012

Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services(MCT)

Today’s Birthday (01/18/12).

Take some birthday time to think over your next year: where to travel? What to learn? Who to study with? What projects to develop? Choose partners and playmates for skills and fun. What difference would you love to make? 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 — Greatness is yours, but your strong urge to wander may be acting up. Some dream from the past could come calling, and what was stuck before now flows easily.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today is an 8 — A congratulation note arrives. Add it to the positive testimonials on your life. Go over the financials, too. Paint a persuasive picture of your goals.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Today is a 7 — Lively discussions happen. Seemingly closed doors now open. Hold off on travel for now. A caring soul is there to help with a big decision.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Today is an 8 — Dig into a big job, and get lost in creative effort. Put together the budget, and your skills will be appreciated. A new method saves time.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today is a 7 — Are there any jobs that need to be done first? Mop up messes before you play. A loved one encourages you to take on a challenge that inspires but it could cost extra.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today is an 8 — Get into a homey phase for the next few days. Start a project, clean closets or just laze around. Follow another’s suggestion for a pleasant surprise.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today is an 8– All of a sudden, things start making sense. There’s plenty of work, and more coming. Extra effort makes a difference. A surprise boosts self-esteem.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today is a 9 — There’s more money to be made, if you’re willing to work. Stick to the budget, and it’ll be easier to make household changes soon. A loved one has a brilliant idea.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is a 7 — Enjoy the next two days in the limelight. Use your extra self-confidence to accomplish things that stopped you before. The outcome’s fantastic.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is an 8 — Don’t sweat the small stuff; there are plenty of big dreams to focus on. Keep your eye on the ball; be the ball; do whatever it takes to get past limitations.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today is an 8– Others are paying attention to your moves. Don’t be afraid to serve as an inspiration. There’s much to learn, but also much to teach. Build on solid ground.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today is an 8 — Service to others brings your personal growth to the next level. Avoid distractions that keep you from completing your tasks. It’s satisfying. Embrace change.