Horoscope for August 19, 2013

Today’s Birthday (08/19/13). Social life, new friendships, romance, fun with children and expanding horizons recur as themes this year. Home and family keep you comfortably rooted. It’s busy at work, so keep calm and maintain momentum. Home renovation projects excel, but don’t go into debt for them. Listen, read, study, research and learn.

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 — It’s hard to sit still now. Use your energy to move your project forward. A group contributes ideas and probably even funding. But definitely do not gamble.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) —

Today is a 7 — Your plan advances. Face a challenge squarely. Assume more responsibility, even leadership. Help a friend stay calm in a confrontation. With calm flexibility and persistence, bridge a river.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) —

Today is an 8 — Plan a getaway to relax. Get extra thoughtful and consider your options. Venture farther than before, and get imaginative. List priorities, and keep to the plan.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) —

Today is a 7 — To avoid a potential problem, play the game exactly by the book. Show your discipline. Your influence is expanding. Count money and pay bills. Toast your success.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) —

Today is an 8 — Accept a promise without breaking your own rules. Don’t spend your money (or anyone else’s either). Today and tomorrow seem extra romantic. Do what worked before.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) —

Today is a 9 — Fulfill promises you’ve made. The pace is picking up, and it’s getting intense. Handle one detail at a time. Support friends. Schedule meetings for later. Use your imagination. Ask for help from a technical wizard.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) —

Today is a 7 — You’re gaining support. Be sensitive to one who’s sensitive. Suddenly, the game changes at work. Notice those around you who hold you to your highest ideals. Listen to them. Gather the info you need. Aim for fun.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) —

Today is a 6 — Catch up on the latest news from friends for a brilliant suggestion. Take a practical approach to fine-tuning your place. Love finds a way.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) —

Today is a 7 — You’ll learn quickly, so pay attention. Travel later. Apply new thoughts to a family problem. Someone is feeling rebellious. Discover new communication tools. Love is the foundation. Ask questions. Mostly listen.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) —

Today is a 9 — Don’t let a newfound treasure slip through your fingers. It’s definitely not a good time to gamble. Start computing expenses. Postpone serious shopping. Listen to all considerations.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) —

Today is a 9 — Assertiveness works well now. Keep heart; you’re gaining a distinct advantage. Use your imagination. This is a confident phase. Insights pour in. Gain more than expected. Write and record them. Postpone travel.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) —

Today is a 6 — Finish your end of the deal now. You have the facts to back up your theory. Finish your work in private. Postpone buying treats.