The coming week will encourage the development of strategies and tactics as many find themselves in situations that demand careful thought and planning. Even those who are used to doing things in a more instinctive manner -- especially those who have learned to trust their own knee-jerk reactions -- will find that study and forethought are necessary. It's true that a certain amount of flexibility and maneuverability will be beneficial, but not as a starting point. A thorough understanding of one's situation and circumstances is a necessary component of success, both immediate and long-term.
Some may discover that the immediately polarizing effects of taking sides are not beneficial. As a result, they will choose to maintain a somewhat neutral stance, no matter what happens. These individuals cannot complain, then, when things do not go their way!
ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- A certain danger is closer than it has been at any other time in the past. You can avoid it after helping others do the same. (April 5-April 19) -- You have high hopes, but certain circumstances may demand that you see things more realistically.
TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- Asking one or two key "what if?" questions will enable you to recognize certain situations that might otherwise sneak up on you. (May 6-May 20) -- You're hoping that this week will see the end of one phase and the beginning of another, but are you really at that point?
GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- You may be tempted to see if you can make a dream come true, but when all is said and done, certain realities may prove too difficult. (June 7-June 20) -- Your outlook will be profoundly affected by what happens to someone close to you. It's time to weigh all options.
CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- What you have done is not likely to be as significant to you as what you will do -- even though some of it may be a mystery. (July 8-July 22) -- You're after something that has remained elusive for quite some time, but this week the odds are much more in your favor.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- You'll begin the week in a familiar, routine way, but very soon you'll find that you must break with tradition and explore original options. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- Someone close to you knows better than you do what you need and what you must do. He or she can be trusted!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- You're going to want to pick up the pace. There's no room for indecision, so once you've decided on a destination, you should get going! (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- Others may have trouble keeping up with you, as you are riding a wave of energy that keeps you ahead of the pack.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- You'll want to focus your attention on issues that have proved difficult in the past. Your involvement can make a difference. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- You're eager to do something original and groundbreaking, but first you must tend to one or two domestic issues.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- Someone in your care is eager for you to do what you have said you will not, or cannot, do. Perhaps a deal can be struck. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- You may have been looking forward to some family time, but circumstances may have conspired against you.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- Seek a way out of your current situation, but know that you will have to tie up loose ends before you can be truly liberated. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- You may find it impossible to focus solely on that which brings you pleasure and profit. Others demand attention.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- You may mistake another for the enemy at some point, when in fact he or she is actually your closest ally. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- Things are not likely to unfold the way you had expected, but you can adjust and apply personal knowledge effectively.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You may think that you're protecting someone, but your actions may, in fact, do more harm than good if you fail to adjust your approach. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- Those who have come to depend on you for certain key decisions may be surprised as you temporarily distance yourself.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You can find a new way of expressing an old idea that actually focuses more attention on some key issues. Good work is beginning. (March 6-March 20) -- Someone with whom you have much in common is likely to surprise you -- and demand more from you than usual.