Horoscope for May 1, 2014

Today’s Birthday (05/01/14). Study your passion this year. Strengthen partnerships by dedicating exclusive time together. Discuss what you’re learning. Communication, education and travel flow through mid-July. After that, domestic and other arts engage. Creative, musical and dramatic talents thrive. Introspection in Oct. leads to budding romance and winter sparks. Kindle your 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 — Plans need revision. Pay household bills and get organized. Stash away any surplus. Don’t get goofed up on the deadlines. A conflict about money could waste valuable time. Follow through on what you said you’d do. Keep your sense of humor.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

— Today is a 6 — Avoid someone who’s all talk. A lucky break propels your actions farther. Let your imagination run wild. Dress up; you never know whom you’ll run into. Make plans with friends. Motivate them about a dream you share, and figure out who does what.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

— Today is an 8 — You’re energized. Cultivate inner peace. Imagine your future. Make a commitment you’ve been considering, to take advantage of an opportunity. Provide information with a marketing spin. A public meeting holds a surprise. Take critics seriously. Wear appropriate shoes when you go out, and watch your step.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

— Today is an 8 — Don’t spend your savings on a whim. Choose priorities carefully, and review details, especially at work. Ask probing questions to get the full picture. A friend connects you with the perfect person. Creativity and brilliant collaborations energize your actions. Vivid, complex dreams inform your psyche.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

— Today is an 8 — Listen to your conscience before committing to a fantasy. Only buy what you need. A surprise announcement could catch you off guard. Reassure a skeptic. Emotions could flare in the romance department. Talk to your friends. You’re gaining confidence. Ask for what you want.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

— Today is a 7 — Nebulous dreams could tempt you to distraction, but required chores interfere. Get everyone in on the action… many hands make light work. Invest in efficiency. Demand explanations. Start imagining life outside your rut. Don’t leave anything hanging. Use what you’ve kept hidden. Provide quick service.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

— Today is a 7 — Don’t buy toys or goof off today. Do what you promised before indulging in treats. Make plans, confirm reservations and pay bills. Upgrade work technology. You get a bright idea, but don’t over-extend. Schedule it for action later, as surprises today could distract.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

— Today is a 7 — Controversy arises. Don’t fall for a trick. Explain your secret weapon to your team. Others help out, in an amazing development. There’s no need to rush. Expect a response, and prepare for differing scenarios. Clean up any mess. Dream a little dream of love.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

— Today is a 7 — You spot an antique you want. Give up something you don’t need. Collect any money you’re owed. In some cases, study is required. Share information, and review what you’re learning with a partner. New skills are put to the test. Be sure to listen carefully.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

— Today is a 7 — Be careful about spending money you don’t have yet. Let a big decision sit overnight. Talk it over, and consider your health and work commitments. Don’t get singed. Money comes in from an unexpected source. Costs vary widely. You get a bright idea. Sparks fly.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

— Today is a 7 — Envision sharing fun with family and friends, and getting something done at the same time. Generate the funds. Choose a new paint color. Listen to your intuition. Get the family to help. Imagine fantastic results. Re-affirm a commitment with a partner.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

— Today is an 8 — Power past old fears. Use your secret resource to upgrade your home. You’re gaining skills… reveal what you’ve learned. It could get confusing. If so, wait and try later. You’re admired for your clever imagination. Don’t press a controversial point, though. Think about different options and views.