Today's Birthday (10/17/19) Expand your connections this year. Steadily invest energy, money and heart at home. Fun, family and romance grow and flower this winter before a twist at work disrupts routines. Make a communication shift next summer, inspiring a professional growth spurt. Network, link and share.

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 -- Coordinate with your networks for greater ease. Carpool or share efforts to conserve energy, money and time. Save trouble by reaching out and connecting.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 9 -- The more you push, the more you can harvest. Gather all the fruit you can. Your efforts can become lucrative. Get help when needed.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Take advantage of favorable tides. Harness a surge of energy to lift a heavy load. Draw upon hidden resources. Invite participation. Feed everyone who shows up.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Get away from crowds and noise. Peaceful spaces reap valuable productivity. Slow down, rest and consider options. Small changes can earn big rewards.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Teamwork broadens your reach. Coordinate with friends to conserve resources and time. Strengthen infrastructure and stay in communication. Go for a rewarding prize.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Forge ahead with a professional project. Energize your work and communications. You've got the power to make things happen. Get everyone in on the action.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Everything seems possible. Travel light for a long-distance trek. Venture farther out. Monitor local news and conditions as well as what's happening at your destination.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Move your enterprise forward with strong partnership. Send pitches, requests and queries. Collaborate to generate the funding to get the job done. Power ahead.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- You and a partner can stabilize a wild situation. Expand your heart to include another's point of view. Patience comes in handy. Organize and coordinate.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 9 -- Work to put your ideas into action. A physical push now gets farther than it ordinarily might. You're especially energized. Leverage your position.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is an 8 -- Love energizes and rejuvenates you. Relax and have fun with beloved people. Use something you've been saving. Express what's in your heart. Connect.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Apply physical effort to domestic renovation projects for dramatic results. Clear the clutter and worn-out stuff. The more you complete, the more you gain.

Astrologer NANCY BLACK continues her mother Linda Black's legacy horoscopes column. She welcomes comments and questions on Twitter, @LindaCBlack. For more astrological interpretations, visit Linda Black Astrology go to www.nancyblack.com.

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