Horoscope for October 4, 2014

Today’s Birthday (10/04/14). Family and friends take priority this year. Share love together. Social life turns out well. Discipline at work profits. After 12/23, shift attention to communications. Creativity and artistry flow. This month’s eclipses (10/8, 10/23) spark impulsiveness in partnerships and lucrative new opportunities. Balance work and play over springtime for new personal power. Your heart remains at home.

Nancy Black , Reporter (Tribune Content Agency)

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 9 — Enjoy local adventures with friends. Mercury goes retrograde in Sagittarius today, for three weeks. Plan travels, research and investigations for next month. You can get whatever you need. Work through the pile on your desk. Don’t speculate.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

 Today is a 7 — Provide your partner support. Avoid spending your savings over the next three weeks, with Mercury retrograde. Slow down and clarify to avoid miscommunications, especially about money. Upgrade financial plans and file papers. Someone seeks your advice.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today is an 8 — You’re in charge of the moment. Something you try doesn’t work. Watch out for confusion in a partnership over the next three weeks, with Mercury retrograde. Anticipate disagreement, and swerve attention. Slow down to move faster.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today is a 7— There’s danger of breakage now. Slow down. Watch out for hidden agendas. For about three weeks, pad your schedule to allow for unexpected breakdowns at work. Figure out how to get what you need for less.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

 Today is a 7—  It’s not a good time to gamble. Your education begins. Practice makes perfect over the next three weeks with Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius. Be determined, not dissuaded. Anticipate resistance, and allow extra time. Plan your game.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

 Today is a 7 — Plan the changes you’d like to make at home over the next three weeks, for action after Mercury goes direct. Get your ducks in a row. Replenish your reserves. Minimize risks. Step back from career pressures.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

 Today is an 8 — Mull it over. It could get chaotic. Plan your communications strategy over the next three weeks, and prepare your materials. Consult an expert. New methods disrupt an old routine. Make sure you have enough in reserve.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today is an 8 — Teach as you learn. Work behind the scenes. For about three weeks, revise and refine your financial strategy. Obtain recycled materials and save money. Don’t count chickens you don’t have yet. Join a good team.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is an 8 — Don’t tell everything you know or suspect yet. Avoid triggering jealousies. Repeat orders back over the next three weeks, and clarify communications with Mercury retrograde in your sign. Watch out for a case of mistaken identity.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is an 8 — Think it over, plan and confer with family. Some value remains hidden. Find it by digging. Reaffirm old bonds through the end of the month, with Mercury retrograde. Resist temptation to react spontaneously. Make reservations.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today is an 8 — Get your group to economize over the next three weeks with Mercury retrograde. Collaborate and plan with friends. Follow a hunch. Build strength through meditation. Others seek your help. Add some sunlight. Go play together.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

 Today is an 8 — Disagreements spark easier over the next three weeks (especially at work), so take time to clarify. Stick to the truth and basic facts. An older person needs your help. Be gracious. Slow down and relax.