ARIES (March 21-April 19). The people around you are so unpredictable lately. Are they going to be nice? Are they going to be difficult? Even when your social efforts are met with a mixed response, you are sure to put your best face forward. You’ll meet the situation with class, and that’s something you’ll never regret.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The myth is that true love wins out, survives and can’t be thwarted. The reality: True love requires dedication, commitment and efforts — many, many efforts. This isn’t a week to rest comfortably inside the fairy tale that some matches are made to be easy. Bottom line: You’ll put in the time because it matters to you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Weird weather makes life challenging at times this week. Unexpected conditions might come in the form of an emotional storm, a physical environmental pattern or, more likely, both. The most important thing to remember is not to overreact. Keep calm and handle the moment.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). “None are so busy as the fool and the knave,” said John Dryden, the poet laureate of 1668. Maybe you share some of the poet’s suspicions. The overly busy person may have more to deal with because he or she is trying to reconcile or run from past crimes.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your mind has been leaping ahead, and it’s now time to give yourself a break from that. It may seem as though that’s where you’re going to spend the rest of your life. The weird fact of the matter is that the future never comes. You’re always in the now. The only moment that can really be lived is this one.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ve been hard on yourself lately. It’s not all about correcting the mistakes you’ve made. Consider that maybe you were not so wrong then, and maybe you’re not so wrong now, either. Your happiness is a guide. The things you like are guides. Follow a happy muse.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). For the most part, animals own next-to-nothing and seem mostly satisfied with it. It’s something to consider this week when assets will have a tendency to weigh you down. Should you relieve yourself of some dead weight? That will be the question that haunts your days.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Someday you’ll be hugely rewarded for all the out-of-the-box thinking you do. However, this week your planets suggest you’ll be far more successful when you play by the rules. If your ideas defy conventional wisdom, you’ll be wise to conventionalize them and turn them into money, romance and fun.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The culture around you may be more judgmental than is called for. You want to hear something comforting, supportive, nice. Instead you hear criticism. Well, if you can’t control what you’re getting, at least you can control what you’re giving. And you will.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Cast your net wide this week. The best-case scenario is that you will participate in a forum that is outside of your comfort zone. In this instance, follow the rules. You will feel satisfied and able to be yourself. When you are not doing what is expected, this will cause stress for you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Poet John Donne wrote, “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” It will apply to this week’s work. You’re capable on your own, but you’re not completely independent. One strong cheerleader will support you and make a difference in the outcome.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In the case of this week’s main conundrum, the easy way out doesn’t really exist. Knowing this, you can stop wasting your time and energy looking for another better way. The way that will work will be rather obvious. Stand in line, pay the dues and enjoy freedom when it comes.

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