Today's Birthday (11/17/11). If you ever thought you weren't good at asking for money, this is the year to get over that. Practice makes perfect. First, get straight with yourself about what you want. Then, let others know, in particular those who can do something about it.

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 -- Your cuddly side is showing, and others seem more than happy to come pay attention. Romance and friendship can be yours, should you dare. Love and be loved.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Protect your environment. Improve your home; plant a tree; fix a leaky faucet; add curtains; seal the cracks. Save money and energy at the same time.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Confer with family to work out a game plan. Keep communications open, and make sure everyone knows their part. Many hands make light work.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Your work ethic is attracting attention, so keep getting after it. Money's readily available, but it can be spent quickly. Step out of your own way. Allow for expansion.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Love is what it's all about. Your passion moves you, and provides strength to surmount any obstacles. Let it give you wings. It might even put coins in your pocket.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Barriers may not be as universal as they seem. Your well-developed conscience keeps you on the right path. Doors that appeared closed are ajar. Go on through.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- The right words come easily now. Get into a recording or writing project, or deliver communications and promotions. Send out that holiday letter.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- You excel on a test, with concentration and effort. You've got the gift to gab today, so let it flow. Ask for what you want, and get results. Send that application!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Even if you'd rather not, there's still plenty of work. The trick is to play and get it done simultaneously. For that, focus on some aspect of the task that's fun.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- You may find yourself attracted to someone completely opposite. Give yourself permission to explore carefully, one little step at a time. There's no hurry.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- An investment in your home is okay now. How can you use the space more efficiently? Your wit is quite attractive. Use it to reveal a hidden dream.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- When in doubt, get advice from a trusted friend or partner. They're clear where you're fuzzy. Make time for helping others and you'll help yourself.


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