Horoscope for August 31, 2012

Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services (MCT)

Today’s Birthday (08/31/12).

Once in a Blue Moon, you’re allowed to make extraordinary requests of the universe. Ask for your highest priorities, and let go of trivialities. Your career takes off this year, propelled by your amazing network. Shower them with affection.

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 5 — Don’t worry about the end result; focus on the process right now. Your work is more interesting for the next several weeks. Compromise is required.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) —

Today is a 7 — You’re naturally attractive and inspiring. Don’t get involved in a controversy that you can’t resolve right now. Work takes on a spiritual nature. Accept encouragement. Fantasies abound.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) —

Today is a 7 — Let passion come into full bloom. Your partner has the answer. Balance new work with old responsibilities. Use the energy for your own good. There’s no time for gossip.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) —

Today is a 7 — Your creativity feeds your soul. Inject a good dose of imagination, and the result will speak for itself. Revel in the feeling. Notice the small details that you missed before.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) —

Today is a 6 — You’re reaching a turning point in your education. Add a touch of your own personality to the project to increase its worth. Take a walk in nature for inspiration.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) —

Today is a 7 — Turn outdated and broken junk into art, or sell it. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You can do what you set out to accomplish. Get help as needed.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) —

Today is a 7 — You can see from a new perspective. Make big changes. Follow your dream. Provide leadership. Conditions are really in your favor, but don’t take them for granted. Remember your manners.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) —

Today is an 8 — Money is available now. Traveling on foot or riding a bicycle helps you make new friends while getting exercise. There’s no need to go crazy while shopping. Access patience.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) —

Today is an 8 — Time to reinvent yourself and be surprised by the results. Investigate the improbable, and document your decisions well, but act from the heart. Invest in your business.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) —

Today is a 7 — Find the perfect balance between work and play today. There are new opportunities for income, but don’t count your chickens yet. Your partner appreciates your effort. All ends well.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) —

Today is a 6 — Don’t let doubts get in the way. Go the extra mile, with help from your friends. Fantasies abound (for better or worse). Invest cautiously, not impulsively.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) —

Today is an 8 — Take action towards an achievable goal. Don’t trust the latest gossip. Settle on a positive attitude and score extra points. You’re very persuasive now.