Horoscope for January 5, 2014

Today’s Birthday (01/05/14). Gatherings and social activities brighten your horizons this year. This has you wanting to look especially good; expect great results around diet, health and exercise. Romance bubbles just below the surface, heating to a boil in spring and summertime. Your career and finances become rock steady with disciplined action. Share spirituality and philosophy with someone special. Pay it forward.

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 — Others are saying nice things about you. Go ahead and acknowledge your accomplishments. Delete items from your schedule that you know you’re never going to do. This provides mental freedom to tackle the rest.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today is a 6 — Propel yourself forward. You know what’s needed. Work steadily at your own pace. Toss one ball to a teammate. Respond to long-distance communications. This is an excellent time for romance.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today is a 7 — Things are getting easier. Consult an expert. Sidestep hidden agendas. Make sure you’ve got the whole story. It’s a good time to contact a loved one. Accept gentle coaching.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today is a 6 — Your friends are on your side, as you draw attention. You have what’s wanted (or you can find it). Provide well for family. Outside obligations could interfere with private time. Delegate, re-schedule and get support.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today is a 7 — Good news comes from far away. Discover hidden gold and optimism rises. Avoid provoking jealousies, by keeping a “wait-and-see” attitude. Expand your resources. Entertain suggestions. Offer encouragement. Take a wise person’s words to heart.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today is a 7 — Look to your career’s future. You see your creative path clearly. Accept a nice benefit. Schedule carefully. Love from far away beckons. Limit yourself to small household improvements. Gather up more than you spend.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today is a 7 — Finance your own efforts. You’re still in the planning phase. Meditate on it. Simplify your routine. Get something for your home, the minimum for the job. No frills required. You have the resources you need.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today is a 6 — Put in the extra energy and there’s more money coming in. Anticipate disagreement and produce results anyway. Use your influence. Get what you need for home safety. Remember what friends do that works. Let your thoughts settle.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is a 6 — You’re growing, and making a good impression. You’re extra attractive, too. Read the manual. Use your connections to find the right advisor. Need an advance? Ask early. It’s easier to clean house now.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is a 6 — Your knowledge impresses. Venture into new territory, although it’s still not time to start a new project yet. Repay a debt; protect your reputation. Play loose and with imagination. Consider horseback riding or other opportunities to get outside.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today is a 7 — You’re making a good impression, and earning points you can redeem later. Re-arrange furniture to increase the sense of space. Try something new. Work behind closed doors for efficiency. Give in to peaceful productivity.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today is a 6 — Get something you’ve always wanted; you can afford it now. It’s a good time to ask for money, so send out invoices. Keep work flowing. Listen to both sides of a controversy. Wait to see what develops.