Horoscope for August 18, 2013

Today’s Birthday (08/18/13). Special satisfaction comes this year from renovations, organization, gardening and fixing up your place. Enjoy home and family, with special love for elders and kids. Follow your heart at work, and research the bottom line before making a move. Balance intense work with exercise, hobbies and friends. Explore travel or study after autumn.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 — Now is a good time to look at career possibilities and plan the next step in your education. Recharge and gather energy for your next project. Fear and excitement feel the same; let them fuel you.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) —

Today is a 7 — Wait to see what develops. Avoid reckless spending. Offer a practical alternative to a friend’s impulsive suggestion. Don’t be implusive or get distracted. Check work orders for changes. Proceed with caution, slow and steady.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) —

Today is a 6 — Emotions charge up the atmosphere. Move quickly. Monitor spending closely. Focus on making money, and the task at hand. Don’t show a critic unfinished work. Double-check data for changes.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) —

Today is a 7 — Don’t provoke jealousy with thoughtlessness. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure everyone is heard. Don’t let feelings lower the effectiveness of the message. Others go for your attention. Don’t be hasty. Avoid reckless investments.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) –

Today is an 8 — Slow down; the instructions have changed. Address difficult problems. Do something special for your partner. Some resistance pops up, so move slowly. A lively controversy comes up, handle it to hold onto what you’ve got.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) —

Today is a 6 — There may be a disagreement about priorities. Meetings could conflict with family time. The possibility of error is high. Put aside business action and have some fun. Others want to play, too.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) —

Today is a 5 — Manage finances, including estimates, invoices and paying bills. Check orders for changes and errors. Figure out what the other guy wants. Gather up what is due. Do this somewhere comfortable with cool lemonade. It provides peace.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) —

Today is a 6 — Let somebody else lecture a troublemaker. Consider the consequences. Comfort a jealous loved one. Hold firm under fire. Friends compete for your attention. Make up an outline to minimize confusion. Don’t be hasty or nasty.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) —

Today is an 8 — It could get tense. Set a spending cap. Check for changes. Make sure you have all the facts. Be nice to everyone to avoid jealousies. Postpone a decision. Slow and easy gets you there faster.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) —

Today is an 8 — Don’t try to run away from a controversy. Don’t be hasty or waste money, either. Keep your wits about you. Internalized feelings bottle up energy you need for your work. Re-assess priorities. You can handle it.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) —

Today is a 5 — Take your ideas public. Anticipate disagreement. Things don’t go according to plan. Pay what you must. Have a backup plan. Home ties pull on you. Find the right handyman, and fix what was missing.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) —

Today is 6 — Add some enthusiasm into the system. Guard against technical glitches. Costs are higher than expected. Stay in rather than going out. Invite friends over. Make extra trips up and down stairs, and strengthen your heart.