Horoscope for April 18, 2012

Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services (MCT)

 Today’s Birthday (04/18/12)

Your career has been growing this year. Income may increase after June 10. As Mars travels through Libra, your passionate side gets a boost. Make room for love. Themes this year include relationships, health, wellness, education and spirituality.

 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 — Power increases, and you’re on top of the world. Stay on top of your deadlines. Listening is the key to communication. Someone else’s crazy idea inspires a solution.

 Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today is an 8 — A hidea could be quite profitable, and the game is on! For the next two days, you’re in the spotlight (and you like it just fine). Deliver your lines with passion.

 Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Today is a 7 — The party is just getting fun. Your friends showed up, and there’s good music and food. Choose your words well, and new doors open. Encourage another’s creativity.

 Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Today is an 8 — Expand a little at a time. Consider new opportunities, and step into leadership, even (especially) if it makes you nervous. You can do it. You’re a quick learner.

 Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today is an 8 — Conditions look good for travel and romance. You’d rather play than work. Imagine your next adventure. Check finances and craft a plan. You could be pleasantly surprised.

 Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today is an 8 — Discuss shared finances. The details hold the key, and careful planning sets you up to win. Discover that more is possible than you thought. A brilliant idea arises.

 Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today is an 8 — Consult with experts and partners. Work out the strategy. Write down a brilliant insight. You’re very creative and can solve the puzzle. Fix whatever is broken.

 Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today is a 9 — Being as busy as a bee can be very productive. Think about all those projects that you want to complete, and find a way to make them bloom. You may need help.

 Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is a 7 — You’re exceptionally creative (and romantic) for the next couple of days. You have a lot to say. Let it out. Listening is part of the communication equation.

 Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is a 6 — Write a letter to your future self. Put in extra effort and you can solve a puzzle. The next two days are good for making changes at home.

 Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today is a 7 — You’re more valuable than you think. Put your resources to good use, and don’t throw your money away. Think outside the box, and recycle it.

 Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today is a 9 — Your imagination empowers as you enter a productive phase. Catch up on finances and invoicing. Get outside the box that’s limiting your creativity. Play with the box.