Horoscope for August 16, 2012

Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services (MCT)

Today’s Birthday

(08/16/12). Invite the world to your party. This year’s fortune flows through your friends, so go ahead and indulge your social life. Step into leadership. Expand your education. Keep your body moving and your heart full.

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 — If anybody can solve the puzzle, it’s you. Take advantage of an unexpected opportunity. Friends want to follow your guidance, but remember to listen.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) —

Today is a 7 — You see how the whole thing works now. Confide in somebody you love. They’re saying nice things about you, if you pay attention. Reach for the stars.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) —

Today is a 6 — Don’t let the missing data stop you. Listen to your intuition, and make a good impression. Teach a charming loved one. Provide excellent service.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) —

Today is a 5 — Everything seems possible, especially around finances. Get the family or a partner to help. Focus on long-range goals while working on the immediate details. Resist temptation to splurge.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) —

Today is a 7 — Associates help out in unusual ways, and the conclusion is delightful. You’re best in a secure setting. Abundance is yours. Store away provisions for the future.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) —

Today is a 5 — You have better communication skills than you give yourself credit for. Use them to pull yourself out of a funk. Friends help you make the connection. When in doubt, add love.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) —

Today is a 6 — Your creative problem-solving ability is valuable to others, and appreciated by your community. Engage in the next step. Gain the advantage by listening. Accept a challenge.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) —

Today is a 6 — A brilliant idea is available; don’t let it fly away. Do a thorough job of it, and enjoy the rewards. Your popularity increases. Save some for tomorrow. Relax.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) —

Today is a 6 — Explore farther than last time. All sorts of beautiful problems wait for you to solve them. Stop and smell the roses. Friends are behind you 100 percent.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) —

Today is a 5 — Dress for success. Take the philosophical high road, and set an example. Discover a secret source of energy. Adapt to new circumstances. There’s a surprising development.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) —

Today is a 6 — Your words are inspiring, and your charisma is appreciated by your co-workers. Discuss far-ranging plans. Cash flows in your direction.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) —

Today is a 5 — You’re very attractive now. A partner brings a pleasant surprise. Bring a dream into reality, if not for you, at least for someone you care about. Take care of your health.