Today's birthday: Broaden your personal mission in life this year. To achieve this, deepen your spiritual connections. First develop a contemplative practice that relaxes your mind. Then acknowledge insights that come to you in that peaceful state.

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 7 — While sitting in a meeting, your mind's ponders the dinner menu. Ask someone to pick up key ingredients on the way home, and get back to the issue at hand.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) —Today is a 7 — Your partner brings a fresh sense of purpose to a difficult situation. Listen to the logic. It overcomes any fears concerning the future.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) — Today is a 7 —To maintain emotional flow, first you have to get practical projects moving. Adjust your direction after that. Use the strengths of co-workers.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) — Today is a 6 — You prefer a smooth course over high drama today. Others challenge your emotional base. Remove feelings from your argument by taking time to breathe.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) —Today is a 7 — Take time for yourself first thing in the morning. A good breakfast is key. Then go meditate, exercise or get out in nature. Tackle today's business.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) —Today is a 9 — Take the group to a restaurant that serves a variety of cuisines. Be sure to satisfy the youngest person's palate. Then everyone's happy.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) —Today is a 5 — You feel like you've been put on the spot by a sibling or friend. Work it out by using your imagination and intelligence. Humor helps.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) —Today is a 5 — Your mind may be on food all day. You want to sample several cuisines. This may make dinner preparations complex. You could always eat out.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — Today is a 7 — Your recipe for today includes extra rations of compassion. Others feel the bittersweet taste of the moment as you celebrate the past.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Today is a 6 — Devote maximum attention to your favorite person's desire-of-the-moment. It could be great fun to discover how to accomplish the improbable.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 6 — Spend time today providing for the needs of others. Nurturing includes food and emotional support. One person goes home early. It's okay.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — If you split your attention now, you seem to get a lot more done. However, part of what you do will need to be redone. Do one thing at a time.

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