Today's Birthday (07/20/13). This is the year to fulfill a dream project that takes commitment and discipline. Explore a new culture and learn. Practice peace, spirituality and service. Reinforce traditions, even as the players shift. Career booms after the Aries eclipse on Oct. 10. Family, friends and romance keep your home fires burning.

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 -- Rules and traditions are strong. Group actions get farther. Communications barriers dissolve for the next few months, as Mercury goes direct. Get into an exciting adventure.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- New opportunities for learning open up. Channels that once seemed blocked actually flow now. Re-assure someone beloved. Reward your hard work with some relaxation and an escape from regular routines. Grow a family tradition. Celebrate with style.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is a 9 -- It's easier to get where you're going with imagination and courage. There are plenty of things to be afraid of, but don't let them stop you. You achieve your dreams through making mistakes.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Your ideas keep getting more clear, and it's easier to express them. You can especially develop strong partnerships. A loved one's fears are calmed. Let your love light shine.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Sort through feelings as they arise and smooth any rough spots. Associates collaborate like well-tuned machinery. Your work benefits from solid ethics and an injection of passion. Express your mission.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Money and travel flow easier for the next three months. Relax. A new creative challenge is rewarding if you accept it fully. The more you play, the less effort required.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Communicating with your partner eases. Enjoy family rest and recreation. Get into a happy homebody phase. Cook thoroughly. For the next several months, increase efficiency. Inspire change with symbolism.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Advance by using well-tested methods and pathways. Dig deeper into a favorite subject. Express your love. There's less confusion in the workplace for the next few months. Don't gamble or overspend.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Go after the money. Personal matters bubble up. Let romance sneak into the picture. Discuss options with your partner. Communication and transportation flow easier with Mercury direct. Advance a level.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- You'll have fewer frustrations now. You're strong and getting stronger. Speed up and make more. Misunderstandings and breakdowns diminish for the next three months. Check your course, and then go full speed ahead.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- You'll learn even more quickly. Study in private. New assignments roll in. Get into planning. Increase the glamour and sex appeal of the situation.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Launch your adventure or next project. Keep your promises. It's your choice now regarding which vision to broadcast. Communication channels are wide open. Take advantage, and get the word out.