Horoscope for December 16, 2014

Today’s Birthday (12/16/14). Prepare for the big time this year. Mercury enters Capricorn today (along with Venus), for profitable communications and exchanges. After 12/23, begin a new power phase (until 12/19/17). Home affairs pull you in after 3/20. After 4/4 a community effort takes focus. Educational exploration grows your skills before 8/11, when new career doors open. Give thanks and praises.

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 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 — Imagine the possibilities. Things aren’t entirely as they appear. Sit still and listen to intuition. You can resolve breakdowns with flexibility and open-mindedness. Consider the big picture before making decisions. Your partner provides invaluable support. Share delicious treats by candlelight.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

 Today is a 9 — A flash of insight illuminates the best direction for your work. Stick to the budget. Creativity flows like wine. The outcome may be different than expected… maybe better. Follow intuition but not blindly. The end result goes public. Concentrate on serving others.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today is an 8 — Fun, creativity and play rule the day. It might be the opposite of what you wanted. Be cautious with sharp objects: breakage or breakdown could be possible. Turn down a new assignment, for now. Adjust for reality. Focus on family departure. Delight someone with thoughtfulness.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today is a 7 — Home is where the action is. Find what you need nearby. Resolve a difficulty with schedule or work. Clean up a mess, and make new ones. It’s not a good time to travel far. Handle an unexpected repair. Prepare the place.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

 Today is an 8 — It’s easy to spend too much now. Don’t blow your winnings or deplete savings. Keep it simple. Express yourself in words, music or artwork. Practice hobbies and skills. Share traditions with family and loved ones. Record sweet thoughts and share them.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

 Today is an 8 — The competition’s fierce, but you’re getting good at work. Present your argument cautiousfully. Don’t go against your core values, no matter what. Take a partner’s concerns into consideration. Focus on short-term goals. It could get beneficial. Slow down for obstacles. Share your light.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

 Today is an 8 — Remember your objective. Do the homework. Review the data. Something you’re learning conflicts with what you knew before. Re-evaluate your routine. A technical glitch slows the action. Strengthen your base. Upgrade your style and presentation.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

 Today is a 7 — Unexpected news interrupts the peace. Don’t react automatically. Take time to think over repercussions and side effects. Get into short-term preparations, and prioritize for immediate concerns. Quiet time soothes and restores. A lavender bubble bath by candlelight wouldn’t hurt. Meditate on it.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is an 8 — Surprise! Plans go awry. Adapt to changes gracefully. Reschedule around a temporary setback. If it gets awkward, just tell the truth. Friends are willing to help out. Get social, and your network has your solution. Prepare for a gathering. Celebrate darkness and light.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

 Today is an 8 — Your professional influence is on the rise. reflection yields fruitful ideas. With careful shopping you save a lot. A possible spill or breakage could complicate things. You can figure out a way around it. Make recipe substitutions with  imagination. Forge a new trail.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today is an 8 — Travels could provoke extra expenses. Research backup methods, in case your first choice pans out. Move fast to plug a financial leak. Don’t let others spend your money, or invest more than you can lose. Allow extra time for traffic and delays.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

 Today is an 8 — Listen to a critic. They reveal a weakness, and it’s good to know about it. Increase organization and infrastructure. Handle administrative paperwork, and file carefully. Shipping could see delays. Someone new enters the picture. It could get chaotic. Allow extra time to finish.