Horoscope for January 18, 2014

Today’s Birthday (01/18/14). Discover new passions this year, sharing cultural, spiritual and philosophical studies. Group projects lead to a career boost (after 2/19). Romance warms up between May and July. Business challenges around the 6/20 eclipse inspire personal reinvention. Indulge healthy diet and exercise practices. Build your financial growth as you help a partner. Do it for love.

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 — Have faith in your abilities and dreams. Keep costs down, and take time to clean up at home. Love what you do and you can’t fail. No goofing off.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today is a 7 — Hold yourself to high standards. Review the reading, and practice. Annoying regulations could prove to be expensive. The old way doesn’t work.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today is a 6 — A penny saved is a penny earned. More work equals more pay. Proceed with caution. Emphasize important responsibilities and delegate others. Don’t bend the rules.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) 

Today is a 6 — Put your energy into household repair. Compare prices before buying. Handle urgent responsibilities. Clean up one mess before starting another.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today is a 7 — New information disrupts old assumptions. Negotiate privately. Your energy makes the difference. Wait for the tide to turn. Clean up the back yard and share the sunset.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today is a 6 — Do the homework, even though it may take intense concentration. Don’t travel or contribute funds to groups yet. You’re gaining respect. Don’t spend money on partying, but put it to good use.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today is a 7 — Make a choice and act on it. Discuss findings as you go along. Someone who thinks differently could frustrate and slow things down. Don’t get intimidated. Count to 10 and repeat a shared goal.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today is a 6 — Increase efficiency. A senior associate has solutions. Use time-tested techniques. Hold yourself to high standards. A rise in status is possible. Put a practical penny-pincher in charge of household expenses.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is a 7 — Keeping your word is empowering. Tackle responsibilities one at a time. Get your homework done before playing. You get further than you expected. It’s not a good time to travel, gamble or spend.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is a 6 — Make a decision you can live with. There’s a push toward success… go for it, but don’t run anyone over in the process. Call upon energetic friends. Consult a teacher. Take actions to support your joint finances.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) 

Today is a 7 —  Obstacles make you even more determined. Notice your limitations. Listen to an older associate and avoid a pitfall. A glitch in the routine works out.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today is a 7 — Exercise your talents. Empty promises don’t work now; action is required. Success is assured. There are practical advantages available. You’re learning fast. Accept sage advice and encouragement. If it works, don’t fix it.