ARIES (March 21-April 19): A chip on your shoulder may result in the cold shoulder from someone else. When you try to appear gritty, original, progressive or shocking, you might have all the charm and abrasiveness of sandpaper.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Going through the motions can be maddening. Friends with benefits might begin to doubt the value of the reimbursements. You might be more concerned about doing your duty then enriching your life.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The plot thickens. You can harness your imagination and nail down the details under these stars. This might be a good time to outline a story, investigate an idea or to simply balance the checkbook.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other. Put enthusiasms in an envelope then seal it for later use. To make progress it is wise to be methodical and best to be cautious rather than carefree.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you haven't found yourself, it is probably because you were never lost. Don't let anything undermine your confidence. At the same time, steer clear of business deals where you are out of your depth.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Be as patient as Job. Relationships may experience ups and downs, but are sure to change for the better by next week. Problems from the past or bills you forgot about could show up to spoil your plans.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): No one likes to feel used. You do the right thing -- but not always willingly. Consciously strive to make a special someone feel loved and show appreciation to significant others.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Search for solid solutions to perplexing problems. It may be difficult to get feedback from your partners or significant others, as time for socializing is scant. Hold off on making key purchases.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You can't rest on your laurels if you want to succeed. The nose and the grindstone must meet. For the next several days, it is best to be as thrifty as possible and avoid adding credit card debt.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Distractions are demeaning. To make ice cream, it is necessary to crank the handle consistently. The attractive carrot held in front of your nose may be unattainable unless you remain a concerted effort.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Subtle crosscurrents can interfere with business success. With financial matters, it is best to adopt an attitude of, "When in doubt, don't." Focus on being disciplined about the budget.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Roll up the shirtsleeves and get down to the nitty-gritty. Leave romantic banter to the scriptwriters and try to maintain a businesslike demeanor. Your consistent and diligent efforts will pay off in the end.

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