Horoscope for December 17, 2014

Nancy Black, Tribune Content Agency (MCT)

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 — Others understand you better with Mercury in Capricorn. Influential people are more willing to talk for the next three weeks. Career opportunities multiply. You’re earning respect. Consider the big picture. Discuss passion. Expand your network. It could get intensely creative.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today is a 9 — Travel, research and education flourish for about three weeks. Enter an expansion phase with Mercury in Capricorn. Broaden your horizons. Today and tomorrow are good for compromise, negotiation and partnership. Learn from a child. Go explore and play.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today is an 8 — Get down to the practical work. Learn economics, hands-on, over the next three weeks. Budget for growth. Get advice from your partner. Each solutions reveals the next problem.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today is a 7 — Fall in love all over again. A three-week partnership phase begins, with Mercury in Capricorn. Let your partner do the talking. Solve problems through logic. Collaborate on solutions. A barrier is dissolving, or becoming unimportant.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today is an 8 — Begin a three-week intense work phase with Mercury in Capricorn. Work smarter and faster. Respond to each and every query. You learn fast. Spend time outdoors.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today is a 9 — For three weeks with Mercury in Capricorn, it’s easy to find the right words to express your feelings and affection. Creativity comes easily, so apply it to share your passion. You’re extra persuasive. Write, produce and record. Learn voraciously today and tomorrow.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today is an 8 — Enjoy a domestic phase for three weeks with Mercury in Capricorn. Share memories and traditions, and invent new family games.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today is a 7 — Your popularity increases. Look forward to two days in the spotlight. Ask for what you want. Begin a three-week study phase, with Mercury in Capricorn. It’s easier to express yourself. Practice and learn voraciously. Communications are wide open. Re-affirm a commitment.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is an 8 — Finish up tasks today and tomorrow. Begin a potentially profitable three-week period, with Mercury in Capricorn. Pay more attention to finances for three weeks. You see the reason to serve.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is an 8 — Re-connect with an old friend. Collaborations flow well today and tomorrow. Begin a three-week intellectual phase, with Mercury in Capricorn. Discuss ways to support growth. You’re even smarter than usual. Express your views. Draw inspiration from afar. Team projects go well. Enjoy epic dreams.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today is a 9 — Your level of influence is on the rise today and tomorrow. Begin a three-week pensive phase, with Mercury in Capricorn. Finish old projects, and review progress made. Take time for introspection and meditation. Dreams seem prophetic. Give thanks with soothing ritual.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today is an 8 — Travel and study hold your interest today and tomorrow. Enter a three-week phase of team support, with Mercury in Capricorn. It’s easier to speak to groups. Meetings go well. Use logical solutions. Work together and get farther, faster. Everything you need is in your network.