The coming week is likely to present numerous situations that require a good deal of insight and introspection on the part of all those involved -- and everyone must be willing to dispense with any sort of self-deception and face the truth about himself or herself, the circumstances being confronted and the odds of success -- or failure. A strong, confident realism is what is required this week, and anyone who is unwilling or unable to step up and do the jobs required had best simply get out of the way and let those who are more qualified get to work. The greatest dangers this week surely lie in any situations in which someone in a leading position, wielding authority, is proven to be unfit for what he or she intends to do, but such situations can be avoided if everyone is honest about what is required this week.
The new and the untried will hold many people in thrall this week, and the results of this will surely be mixed. Being interested in doing something -- especially if it's the something that can bring one's name to the fore for the first time -- isn't the same as being able to do it. Once again, honest self-assessment is what's required this week.
ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- You may feel that you have much to prove this week, but really you are your own worst critic. Right now, much that you do will impress those around you. (April 5-April 19) -- You've been seeking something for quite some time, and this week you may find that it's been within reach all this while. Now you can make up for lost time.
TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- You may think that you've gotten yourself in an impossible position, but this week's events prove you're merely misinterpreting certain signs. (May 6-May 20) -- You may have to spend more than you had counted on this week, but you can still do what you and a friend had planned. Make sure you don't overdo it from here on out.
GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- You may be trying to tackle one thing too many at this time, but this week you should be able to figure out how to streamline your life just enough. (June 7-June 20) -- Someone is trying to send you a certain signal, but you're not getting the message. Later in the week, you'll have time to sit down and consider all possible meanings.
CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- You have a way of seeing things that brings the past together with the present, and your future will surely benefit. This week, you can make a big plan. (July 8-July 22) -- You will be invited to participate in something this week that challenges you both emotionally and intellectually. Someone in charge has a surprise in store.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- Your creative energies are on the rise, and this week you can put them to very good use. Now is no time to shy away from any kind of challenge. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- You may find yourself working alongside someone who doesn't seem to share your way of looking at things, but it's really too early to tell. You actually have much in common.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- You may be eager to go that extra mile this week simply for the money, but soon you'll realize that there are other benefits to be had as well. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- You're entering into something new and different perhaps more sheepishly than usual. While it makes sense to be cautious, you needn't be fearful. Do your homework.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- It's a good time to make a change, but you mustn't be so concerned with doing what others think is right. You're the only judge of what will really work. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- You may be unusually restless throughout the week. Some answers are difficult to come up with, and this is leaving you uncertain and doubtful. Give it time.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- This week, you're going to want to prepare like you've never prepared before. What lies ahead will prove a test of will, courage and staying power. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- You may not begin the week in the best of spirits, but one or two unexpected successes are likely to turn things around for you. Friends know something is going on.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- You can work things to your advantage this week, but it'll take some doing -- and you may have to engage in something that is not altogether legit. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- Use care this week as you explore unfamiliar territory. You don't want to make a mistake that you will have to pay for over the long haul. Don't say yes to everything.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- After a trying period in which your responsibilities may have doubled, you can get back to normal this week and focus on things that truly please you. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- A calm, steady approach is not to be underrated this week; indeed, the more you can maintain an even keel, no matter where you go, the better others will respond.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- Give yourself something you've always wanted this week, and don't feel guilty about it. It's been too long since you were No. 1 in your own mind. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You're likely to encounter someone this week who confirms many of your own beliefs -- while, at the same time, challenging you to reach higher and achieve more.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- Others may recognize you this week, but that's not going to give you the feeling you're after. Only by finishing a certain project will you be satisfied. (March 6-March 20) -- You may feel as though you are falling into a kind of emotional hole, but if you let a good friend help you, you can avoid any lasting effects. Don't isolate yourself.