By Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services (MCT) Posted October 12, 2011

Today’s Birthday (10/12/11). Your deepest satisfaction comes from providing useful service to others, now and for the whole year. Your patient compassion guides your community through transitions, and their gratitude feeds your spirit. What comes around goes around. Share the love.

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 — Life’s good, but a spiral of self-doubt could shake things up. Draw or write down your worries and fears, and burn them to release their hold on you. Cast a new intention into the fire.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) —
Today is a 7 — Rethink your roles at home and at work, and try something new. Use your experience to avoid a costly mistake. Don’t spend your check before you get it. Patience pays.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) —
Today is an 8 — A dream may inspire a romance. Your friends are there to help. Most great innovation is sparked by an accident. Consider this when confronted by one.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) —
Today is an 8 — It may take something to sort fact from fiction. Stick to what you know to be so. Your standards and perceptions are challenged (which could be a good thing).

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) —
Today is a 6 — Now you’re on a roller coaster. Will you laugh and scream and enjoy the ride, or cry the whole way, waiting to get off? You may go through both sensations before the day’s out. It’s temporary.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) —
Today is a 6 — Find satisfaction in little things. It’s okay to want to hide now and be private. There’s time for social life later. Read the small print. Go over picky details.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) —
Today is a 7 — If you want to understand their point of view, put yourself in your partner’s shoes. If things don’t work the way you want, try again tomorrow. Look at it philosophically.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) —
Today is an 8 — Not everything that glitters is gold. You can make barriers disappear (especially the ones that exist only in your head). Gain self-respect through a job well done.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) —
Today is an 8 — Your imagination plays to your advantage now. Aim higher than usual to gain some ground, even if you miss the mark. Stash away winnings. Note the options that worked.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) —
Today is a 7 — Devote time for artistic creation today. Express something abstract, symbolic and dreamy. Go for clear communications tomorrow. Read the instructions carefully.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) —
Today is an 8 — There’s a fork in the road ahead. A message from your dreams can point you in the right direction. The line between fact and fantasy may blur, so double-check the data.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) —
Today is an 8 — Don’t forget to call if you’ll be late for dinner. Don’t get lost in nebulous daydreams without keeping an eye on the clock. You could make great progress in private.

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