The coming week is likely to see alliances shift, strategies change and tactics evolve to suit a new set of circumstances that affect almost everyone -- especially those who have been committing themselves to a level of work that, right now, may not be attainable via the usual methods. Friendships, too, may be strained this week as motives come into question.
Trust is trust, and this week if it isn't on display, then it doesn't figure into the equation; it's as simple as that. Long-term relationships, whether personal or professional, are sure to fare better than those that are still developing, as they can weather the tensions and stressors that are so common this week. It may be time to sever ties.
ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- A surprising turn of events this week has you suspending current efforts, perhaps, and shifting your attention to something that is rather far afield. (April 5-April 19) -- When a decision has been finalized this week, you must be willing to accept it. Fighting the truth with fantasy and falsehoods can only put you on the wrong side of things.
TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- While others engage in behavior that gets little done and makes little progress, you can do things this week that promote your own agenda very well indeed. (May 6-May 20) -- You'll surely want to take advantage of the fact that others are looking elsewhere this week, thereby allowing you to do something that you otherwise could not.
GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- You may have trouble turning off your brain this week, as affairs swirl all around you and give you plenty of food for thought morning, noon and night. (June 7-June 20) -- You may be reaching the end of your rope, and this week's events will conspire against you in such a way that only the word "no" is going to help you regain your sense of self.
CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- You do not, by any means, have to commit to something merely because those you know have done so. If there was ever a week that required independence, this is it. (July 8-July 22) -- As you wait for others to do what you've already done, you can make plans for the weeks that follow in such a way that virtually no moment is wasted right now.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- Questions of expertise are likely to arise throughout the week; your competence shouldn't be an issue, of course -- but you must be prepared to defend yourself. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- You may be asked for a favor early in the week, but before you grant it, you'll want to be sure that doing so won't increase tensions either at work or at home.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- An unexpected development has you angrier, perhaps, than you've been in a long time. You'll want to cool down before doing anything rash, surely! (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- What you do in the heat of passion this week may not reap the results you were hoping for; you should try to refrain from doing or saying anything that sends the wrong message.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- You have grown tired of dealing with others who will not do what they are instructed to do without some kind of argument. It may be time to go elsewhere. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- The plans you've made for the week will have to be altered somewhat, and as soon as possible. You must account for those who are not going to play by your rules.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- Take care that you don't do or say anything this week that could send the wrong message to someone whom you should be working with, not against. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- You may be reminded this week of a promise that you haven't kept. Timing has been, and remains, a key issue -- but it's not going to provide you with an excuse or an alibi.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- Be on the lookout for those whose work doesn't meet the standards you have set. You can make a change this week that increases your chances of success. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- A job you thought would take a few hours may actually take a few days -- but you're up to completing it by the deadline, surely. Breaks may be few and far between this week.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- Keep your head down this week and forge ahead with cautious optimism. If you can avoid a certain anticipated fray, you can surely come out on top. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- Your ability to get along with all manner of individuals may fail you this week as you navigate a stressful situation that was thrust upon you by another. Try to be calm.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- The messages you send and receive will have a profound effect on what you and others do this week -- but the evolution may not be as swift as expected. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You may find yourself leading the effort to effect change this week -- but are you being specific and targeting your work toward a specific end? This is necessary!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- The political elements of a particular work relationship are likely to rise to the surface this week, and you'll be dealing with some uncomfortable issues. (March 6-March 20) -- Your insistence that a solution can be found where others have found none can only prolong the inevitable this week. It's time to adopt the majority view.