Today's Birthday (09/17/11). Adventurous dreams are stirring, and whether they involve armchair travel or transcontinental, go ahead and indulge. Personal growth develops from conflict or controversy. Focus on improving things and it happens, so store nuts for winter. Find new satisfaction through contributing to others.

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 an 8 -- Creativity may feel stilted this morning, so handle routine chores and prepare for fun this afternoon. Enjoy the delights of home and your local community.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Ever have the desire to rip up your creative endeavor into a thousand pieces? Avoid that impulse, and a solution occurs to you by afternoon. Take a break if you need.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- To change things, first envision how you'd like them to be. Craft a bold personal statement of what you stand for. Dare to speak publicly in respectful dialogue. Your participation matters.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- You may feel stuck. If so, rely on a partner for inspiration, and handle financial details. Think it over from a new angle. Research other points of view.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Accept coaching from an older person. Complete your tasks as they come, as there are more on the way. Your love life may hit some turbulence, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- The answer may very well come in a dream. You feel balanced and assured. Write your musings down, and use them for a practical purpose. A quiet night craves candlelight.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Meditate for emotional balance. Today's perfect for getting in touch with your spirituality, whatever form it may take. Faith in love can ease suffering. Be kind to someone in pain.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- You're gaining respect from others. You're creating harmony at work and at home, and folks appreciate it. Ask for a promotion. Add a fresh perspective.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Imagine a key project completed. Then travel back in time to the present to begin the actions that will take you there. Remember that you're not alone.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- Conserve resources, but don't worry about the money. Children inspire you with their freedom to play. Embrace a creative project. Explore, give and take, without consequence. Record it.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Don't stray far from your apple tree now. Make sure you get plenty of food, water and sun, and watch yourself bloom. New fruits will result from your labor.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Practice a skill to perfection. Take on more responsibility, and use logic to solve any puzzles. Get in touch with your siblings (by birth or shared passions) and really connect.


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