Horoscrope for October 17, 2013

Today’s Birthday (10/17/13). It’s a highly educational year. Study, research, take classes, and participate in conferences. Experience cultural differences first hand. Nurture your financial garden, and with regular care savings grow. Next spring and summer profits will bloom. Cultivate networks through social fun. Change arises in your inner circle. Adapt gracefully, and embrace new partnerships. Follow your heart.

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 — Being cautious doesn’t mean to stop trying new things. There’s no need to avoid the unknown now. Keep your eyes open. You’re especially awesome today and tomorrow, so make the most of it. Maintain a secret surprise.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today is a 7 — You’re entering a planning phase. Follow through on details today and tomorrow. Encourage creative thinking. Let the crew pay their own way. Don’t spend what you don’t have. Enjoy a moment of bliss. Notice the sunset.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today is a 7 — Being polite is a practical virtue. Use information, not emotions, to persuade others. New challenges equal new risks. Move quickly. Spend time with friends. Love and kindness soothe like comforting balm. Spread it around.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today is an 8 — You’re entering a two-day, profitable responsibility phase. Don’t let loved ones dip into the piggy bank. Delegate to a perfectionist. Explore outside your safe zone. Adapt, as necessary. Build clear structures for a new level of understanding.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today is a 7 — Research thrives today and tomorrow. Wait for a better time to shop. A possible financial surprise could arise. New opportunities present themselves. Accept new team members. Select harmonious surroundings. A little paint goes a long way. Stay patient.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today is a 7 — There’s a choice to make. Be prepared. A penny saved is one earned. Play to win! Ask for help. Accept stern coaching. Opposites attract even more now. Get something you’ve longed for. Do yourself proud.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today is an 8 — A brilliant insight propels your studies. You’re on a roll with a fascinating thread. Relax and enjoy it. Your partner or mate may want to be more directive for the next few days. Clean up messes. Be receptive.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today is an 8 — It’s a high productivity day. Keep costs low. It’s not a good time to discuss finances. A surprise will pop up from a loved one or child, including a happy ending. If at first it comes out wrong, try again.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is a 7 — Time out for recreation! You’ve been doing a good job, so celebrate. Make life easier. Schedule time to relax. Be respectful of possibly unstable conditions. There’s more money coming in. Keep a backup plan. A surprise could arise.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is a 7 — Play with long-range plans. Don’t try out a new idea now. More practice is required. Do what it takes to finish a job on time. Postpone travel. Household issues demand attention now. Pursue an unusual interest.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today is a 7 — Turn your attention to practical matters. Investigate a fascinating possibility. Figure out what you need to learn, today and tomorrow. Steer clear of arguments. Don’t waste your money. Your time’s valuable , spend it expressing your love.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today is an 8 — The pace will slow down for a few days. Be sensitive in a potential conflict. Negotiate terms. Follow through on what you said earlier. Take notes on ideas, and draw what you’ve seen in your mind. Estimate how much money you’ll need.