Horoscope for August 25, 2012

Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services (MCT)

Today’s Birthday (08/25/12).

You’re clear on what’s important, so let go of what’s not. This year has potential to be one of the best for your career. Go straight for the gold. Set long-term goals. Relationships open doors, especially this winter.

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 6 — The adventure continues. You could fail, but you won’t know unless you try. Clarify any confusing points easily. Friends help you make the right connections.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) —

Today is a 5 — You encounter resistance. Stand up for yourself, and also allow others to protect you. Conversations help the work flow. There’s a happy ending to this story.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) —

Today is an 8 — You may want to rebel. Dream big: Take on a worthy adversary. Increase efficiency in partnerships to increase benefits. Keep the team objective in mind. Add just a touch of glamour.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) —

Today is a 5 — It’s not all about you, even if it seems so now. You have the power to communicate effectively; see how you can use it for the benefit of your community. Devise a plan.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) —

Today is a 7 — Surround yourself with people who support your creativity and individuality. If you waste it, you won’t have abundance for long. Consider an outrageous possibility.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) —

Today is an 8 — Spend time at home surrounded by familiar faces. A disagreement looms … be considerate of neighbors (and yourselves). Keep the volume low. Money is burning a hole in your pocket.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) —

Today is a 6 — Write your novel. Guard against false illusions and the duplication of efforts. Talk about your ideals. Expand the usable space, and allow compassion to grow.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) —

Today is a 5 — There’s more going on behind the scenes. Dare to explore. Finishing paperwork increases profits, but don’t let greed get in the way of your values. Consider distant locations.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) —

Today is an 8 — You’re the boss. Take one step at a time and advance to the next level. Luck plays a role in your relationship now. Let romance sneak into the picture. Consult an expert.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) —

Today is a 5 — You are your own harshest critic. Take it easy on yourself. Maintain objectivity in a controversy, even it seems difficult. You may have a conflict of interests. Update communications.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) —

Today is an 8 — Every suggestion won’t work, but keep trying and have fun. Add some glamour to the situation. Your friends are impressed. Think long term.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) —

Today is a 6 — Invest in efficiency. It’s a good time to ask for money, but don’t spend what you don’t have. Life could be life-threatening, so don’t let fear stop you from your dreams.