The coming week will require of many individuals a level of personal performance that is rare among average people in routine affairs -- but a level that is commonplace among those who have the most to accomplish in little time and in situations that are generally unique to them. What does this mean overall? Those who are average must reach higher than before, in many cases matching in attempt and achievement those who are more often recognized for high accomplishment -- at home, in the workplace, on the playing field -- indeed, in all arenas of daily life. Look around: Everyone will be raising the bar in some way, and that's something worth talking about!
Those who are engaged in personal conflict of some kind may find that now is the time to set differences aside and strive, hand in hand, toward a common good. Indeed, cooperative efforts mounted by those who usually feud and fight can pay off most handsomely.
ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- Self-awareness goes hand in hand with self-control, as both are necessary components of a successful endeavor. (April 5-April 19) -- You have the wit necessary to out-joke almost anyone, but it's perhaps the more serious situations in which you will shine most brightly.
TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- Comparing yourself to someone who has little in common with you is unwise and can only lead to disappointment or self-deception. (May 6-May 20) -- You begin by joking with a friend or loved one, but things may take a sudden, serious turn toward midweek. Be ready.
GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- You may not know just how you are being interpreted until it is too late, and you're in a situation you cannot easily control. (June 7-June 20) -- Those who have been against you in the past are likely to come out in favor of an idea that you champion. Things are turning around!
CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- Focus on the problem at hand, and don't let anyone tell you that you can ignore that which is clearly evident to you. (July 8-July 22) -- You may feel as though you are one against many. Indeed, the odds, to start with, are not in your favor.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- You can learn a great deal from the way someone else combines business and pleasure -- though your way will be somewhat different. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- You're nearing a turning point, and you must prepare to make a decision that everyone recognizes as being quite difficult.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- It's a good week to catch up with someone who has been out of the picture for a while. He or she will be relying on you in a special way. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- Though you may be disappointed at first, what comes your way can eventually exceed your expectations.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- You can only do your best. After that, you're going to have to rely on someone else to complete a project to your satisfaction. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- You're not willing to let go of an issue that has only recently come to prominence, but which is not entirely applicable anymore.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- You'll have to work harder and faster than others to ensure that you don't trip over any loose ends in the weeks to come. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- A serious issue evolves from a situation that began as nothing more than a game of sorts. A loved one is puzzled.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- The behavior of someone in your inner circle may be puzzling to you throughout much of the week. You may have to mount an intervention. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- You can make a great deal of sense out of developments that confuse others. You have a unique take on what happens.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- Prepare yourself for something you know is coming -- though you may find that you've actually been misinterpreting signs all along. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- What usually provides you with inspiration may have little to offer -- but you can prevail, nonetheless.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- Others are willing to jump on the bandwagon and work toward a goal that is important to you -- but only for a limited amount of time. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You'll have to weather a good deal of criticism for a while if you insist on continuing down your current path. It'll pay off later!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- Your routine may be altered somewhat as a loved one comes to you with a need that is best fulfilled immediately. Don't delay. (March 6-March 20) -- Your personal brand of leadership should certainly be enough to win the day on more than one occasion.