Horoscope for July 9, 2012

Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services (MCT)

Today’s Birthday (07/09/12).

Big changes at home have held your focus for the last few years. Family still comes first, but stability provides some freedom. A new development this autumn leads to fun and creativity. Expand your network as you grow your skills.

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 — You’re more assertive lately. This could be profitable. Find out what the other side wants, and hone your pitch. Stay focused at home.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) —

Today is a 6 — A benefactor appears on the scene. Exceptional patience could be required, so sit back and watch the show. Focus on your other deadlines, and let it play out.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) —

Today is a 6 — You’re feeling some pressure. There’s fun ahead, so blow off steam sensibly. Your partner loves extravagant gestures about now. Powerful negotiations persuade others. Watch out for strange requests.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) —

Today is a 6 — Travel looks adventuresome. Advise a friend to stifle outrage for now. Your work pays off (if you avoid angry words) with a financial surprise.

Leo (July 23-August 22) —

Today is a 5 — Don’t fall for a con game. Stay home and set long-range goals today and tomorrow. Rather than take risks, plot future actions and schedule them. Plan and create.

Virgo (August 23-September 22) —

Today is a 6 — It’s a good time for financial planning (which could involve some damage control). Try not to be too critical. Encourage creativity. Do your new thing.

Libra (September 23-October 22) —

Today is a 7 — Tell friends you’ll see them later … more study is required. Discover a talent. Set priorities, and keep your eye on the prize. This could be your big break.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21) —

Today is a 6 — Assume leadership in a project, and focus on work today and tomorrow for an amazing discovery. There’s the possibility of loss here, so take care. Wise actions speak for themselves.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) —

Today is a 6 — Humor and physical action helps you through a tough spot. Schedule recreational time today and tomorrow. Go farther to find what you need. You see yourself anew.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19) —

Today is a 6 — There’s money coming in. Home and family take priority today and tomorrow. They’re saying nice things about you. Double-check the data for a startling revelation.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) —

Today is a 7 — Your passions are riled up, and you’re ready for action. Make a commitment, and go for it. It’s a great learning experience. Find the perfect team. Move quickly.

Pisces (February 19-March 20) —

Today is a 7 — Turn on the money spigot for the next few days. The competition’s fierce, but your team’s hot. Add new group member(s), and take a leap of faith.