Horoscopes for December 18, 2014

(MCT) Today’s Birthday (12/18/14). What would you love to learn this year? A new two-year phase in confidence, creativity and power begins on 12/23. Communication profits. Home and family takes priority after 3/20, and 4/4 brings a new game with friends. Travels, research and performance keep you moving until 8/11, when a career rise boosts your status. Fun and romance flourish when least expected. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging

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Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today is a 7 — Make an important social connection. Work through an mediator. Friends offer support. Work interferes with playtime. See if you can mix business with pleasure. Keep it practical, and monitor the numbers. Meet a deadline, and then focus on your next gig.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today is an 8 — Imagination sparks your career. You’re gaining authority. Stop scratching and start asking for more. Have faith in your own abilities. Practice in private before you share. Work out details with your partner. Prepare a home-cooked meal as an offering of appreciation.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today is an 8 — A good fantasy seems achievable now. Everything seems possible. It’s also extra easy to get distracted. Write down the steps you see to take, and focus on one at a time. Write a report or pitch. Get your partner involved.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today is a 7 — There’s work to be done but an obstacle slows the action. Get sucked into a fun game. Fantasy and romance distract. You can find a way to increase your treasure. Don’t fall for a unclear scheme. Do the homework. Do what worked before. Discover jewels.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today is a 6 — Breakdowns could plague a home project. Exceptional patience is required. Imagine the job complete. Take slow steps. If it gets too expensive, slow down and research alternative ideas. Solicit recommendations. Let people know what you want. Show compassion for what they’re dealing with.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today is a 7 — New assignments come in. You provide some of the muscle. Creativity is required. Don’t try a new trick now. Figure out what needs to be done. Write and take notes. Study to determine the value. Accept a challenge if it pays well.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today is an 8 — It’s easier to make money today and tomorrow. Pursue career dreams. Follow your inner vision. Sing a happy tune. Show ideas to your partner. Increase your meditation. Express your love. Tempers could get short, temporarily. A spiritual awareness reveals hidden joy.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today is an 8 — Put your energy where your mouth is. Strengthen your infrastructure. Postpone chores. Allow yourself some personal time. Add a simple touch of glamour to your presentation. Share love and compassion with family. Don’t worry about practicalities. Talk about dreams and visions.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is a 6 — Silence and self-examination restore peace and health. Study and make long-term plans. Learn from the past, and invent the future you want. Ask for help. Articulate and share your passion. Be respectful with a critic. Friends teach you a new trick.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is a 7 — Enjoy a party phase. Talk about your dreams and ask others about theirs. Invest on new sources of income. Your friends are really there for you. Get promises in writing. Apply energy to a specific goal. Play your part well. Cheer everybody up.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today is a 7 — Your fame is on the rise. Someone greets you with enthusiasm. Figure out what you really want. Follow a hunch. Create the schedule and budget. Ask others what they would do to get where you want to go. Take a survey. Play with it.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today is an 8 — Get into a philosophical inquiry. Unleash your imagination. Go explore your subject first hand. Note potential dangers along the trail. The problem areas are obvious. Pack light and ramble. Give away stuff you don’t need anymore. Hunt for magic and mystery.