The coming week is likely to see a great many people juggling concerns that pit the community against the individual in some unusual ways -- and there's no telling which, ultimately, will win out as developments favor one, both or neither in a manner that seems to be entirely random. This may prove quite frustrating to some, especially where past efforts that have yielded handsome results suddenly have little or no apparent value.
Money matters come to the fore this week, and all will find themselves bucking trends that seem to be no good for anyone -- at least right now. Whether or not one is fiscally conservative, difficulties are likely to arise when certain tried-and-true strategies yield few gains -- if any. This week, spending is likely to be, for many, both a problem and a solution.
ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- Are you ready to defend yourself against those who would trample all over you to secure their own rewards? This week, such threats come two or three at a time. (April 5-April 19) -- Time spent doubting or second-guessing yourself this week is time wasted -- and you can't afford to let a minute go by without taking full advantage of its potential.
TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- You can clear the way for another this week -- or you can take a course of action for yourself. You may have time to do both when all is said and done. (May 6-May 20) -- Someone in a position of authority may make things difficult for you this week by making a decision that seems random and arbitrary. It may be time for you to push back.
GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- You have much to gain this week -- and just as much to lose, too. Take the time to work out a problem before you find yourself immersed in it. (June 7-June 20) -- You are likely to learn much from watching those who are willing to take things slowly this week. You're far more keen on doing things in a more accelerated, even dramatic fashion.
CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- You may have to face more than one emergency this week -- but nothing should develop that takes you away from what is most important to you. Stand your ground. (July 8-July 22) -- You find yourself willing this week to consider one of the most far-fetched ideas you have ever heard. Are you really in a position to take such a risk?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- You'll receive many explanations this week, but nothing will make as much sense as those things that you observe firsthand. You needn't trust hearsay! (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- Stop and ask yourself a few key questions at regular intervals this week. The more you examine your own process, the more you'll earn the progress you make.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- You may be pushed further this week than at any time in the recent past, thanks to your interactions with someone who does not take "no" for an answer. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- Things may become heated midweek when you find yourself unable to keep your emotions under control. Someone knows how to push your buttons.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- A disappointment early in the week may have you doubting yourself -- but this needn't lead to any sort of slowdown. You can and will keep going! (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- You feel better -- and more productive -- when someone you know and love is right there with you this week. You must be able to go it alone, however, when he or she is absent.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7 -- You are looking for reasons this week when, in fact, what happens is likely to defy any rational explanation. You're going to have to respond from the gut. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- Those who are usually in your corner may defect this week -- but this doesn't have to signal a permanent shift of any kind. They'll return in force very soon.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- You may discover that doing a favor for a friend or loved one demands more of a commitment from you than you had anticipated -- but you must come through. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- Shifting alliances prove confusing to you today, as you try to go the distance with a friend with whom you do consistently good work. You needn't change anything -- yet.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- Gains and losses must be carefully measured this week. You may find that you cannot take a final tally until you've received some "official" notice. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- You have much to gain this week, but someone on the other side is plotting against you in a way that defies either understanding or counter-strategy. This can be tough!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You may not be able to keep someone from doing something against his or her own best interests. All you can do is pick up the pieces later. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You'll have to make a decision between something you know and something you don't -- and both are likely to be equally promising. A surprise piece of information comes your way.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You'll receive news this week that has you reconsidering both your motives and your methods. A sudden realization midweek keeps things moving. (March 6-March 20) -- You may fear what might happen if someone close to you drops the ball -- but when it does happen you realize that you're in a fine position to succeed, regardless.