The coming week is likely to require unusual diligence on the part of most individuals when it comes to keeping emotions in check and reactions to unexplained, uncontrolled and unwanted developments to a minimum. Saying or doing the wrong thing this week, even when it makes perfect "instinctive" sense, can set one back weeks, even months -- or actually render any recent progress null and void. It is important for everyone to recognize that what makes sense to one may not make sense to another. Now is no time for indulging in the age-old panacea that "everyone is in the same boat" -- for this week, nothing could be further from the truth.
It may be very easy for one to hurt another's feelings this week, and yet in some cases it will have nothing to do with feelings whatsoever -- but, rather, professional courtesy and respect. One will want to receive what one gives, and anyone who feels he or she is getting the short end of the stick this week has every reason to speak up!
ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- You're beginning a very tricky phase this week, but when it actually starts will be something of a crapshoot. You can influence events only so much. (April 5-April 19) -- Your ability to see things for what they truly are, and not be distracted or deceived by that which is not a part of the central issue, can work wonders for you this week.
TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- You can expect to encounter those who disagree with you this week, but no one is likely to express his or her views as clearly or as effectively as you. (May 6-May 20) -- You are concerned that things are not making as much sense as you had hoped this week -- but when someone comes through "just in time," you'll know that all is well.
GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- Now is no time to break with a partner on a topic of high sensitivity. It's important for you both to be on the same page and to present a unified front. (June 7-June 20) -- You mustn't overreact when you realize that certain information has been withheld from you. It wasn't likely intentional, and you can catch up with little effort.
CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- You'll want to be seen as "involved" this week, so you must be prepared to put your needs aside for a time in order to be part of the group. (July 8-July 22) -- You may have trouble sticking to your schedule this week. What happens all around you all the time will keep you from focusing exclusively on what must be done.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- Your ability to shine a light on others without making any undue sacrifices on your part will come in handy all week long. You'll be in charge sometimes. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- Reach out to a friend as the week opens, and by the time it comes to a close, you're almost certain to have arrived at a new and mutually beneficial agreement of some kind.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- You're ready to undertake a certain endeavor that demands more of you than anything you've done in recent weeks. Friends give you the support you need. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- Not everyone will understand just how much you have put into a certain project lately -- but those who do are going to give you more than praise. They make a difference.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- You're going to start the week in a state of high expectation, because of something someone else has not done or left behind. This could be your turn! (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- Someone close to you may challenge you to do something out of the ordinary today -- and you are likely to turn this into an opportunity that makes him or her rather jealous.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- A friend has been trying to give you an example of how to behave, but he or she isn't making it work to your satisfaction. You can turn the tables this week. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- Distractions abound this week, but you can remain focused if you stick to familiar surroundings that have inspired you in the past. Keep your mind on your work.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- You don't like things to be what other people would call "regular" or "correct" -- and this week you can do much to shape your own world accordingly. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- You may find yourself forced into a situation this week from which you can only extricate yourself by doing what, under different circumstances, you know you shouldn't do.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- Your ability to tackle two major projects at once may have been in doubt at one time, but this week you can prove that you can do that -- and much more. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- You are able to showcase certain talents this week, surely -- but you must also take care that you allow someone else to do the same. Don't step on any toes!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You may have to keep moving all week long, for fear that landing in any one place will cause you to lose momentum or enthusiasm. Keep those wheels turning! (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You are very eager to do things your way this week, not out of selfishness or self-importance, but rather to prove to yourself that your ideas are, indeed, viable.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You're not likely to have all the time you desire to perform certain key functions this week, so you must focus on necessity and efficiency in all things. (March 6-March 20) -- The rules and regulations were not established with you in mind, but that doesn't mean you do not have to follow them -- even those with which you disagree.