The coming week is likely to require all individuals to undergo some sort of challenge or test to ensure that they are ready for something significant that lies ahead -- and that is approaching for some far more swiftly than others. The need for some to know their overall standing in comparison to others is far less important this week than knowing how they rank when compared with their own efforts -- for this week, one is likely to be competing with oneself far more than anyone else.
There is no need for anyone to feel alone this week, even as solitary activities demand more time than usual. It's important for individuals to share, whenever possible, their own stories with those who will listen -- family, friends and, in some cases, co-workers.
ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- You may have a problem to solve early in the week that will set the tone for others as they proceed to solve their own later on. Do what you know best. (April 5-April 19) -- You have the experts on your side, perhaps, but someone is still likely to challenge your opinion on a certain key issue that is being dealt with all week long.
TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- A little planning goes a long way this week, and you'll find that whenever you choose to involve yourself, the energy and enthusiasm will rise to your level. (May 6-May 20) -- Take care that you don't address someone's concerns in a manner that could appear self-serving in any way. You'll also want to avoid anything that seems too aggressive.
GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- A more pragmatic approach than one you usually take can serve you quite well this week. Consider following in the footsteps of one who has led you in the past. (June 7-June 20) -- You may find yourself being grateful this week for something that, at the time, caused you a certain amount of heartache. Times have changed, certainly!
CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- Seeking a way out of an uncomfortable situation may take you in a new direction this week. You can explore more freely when the problem is solved. (July 8-July 22) -- You may sense that someone is trying to get the better of you, but this week you'll have more resources to work with than you've had in the recent past. You can prevail.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- You must insist that everyone working with you is following your rules this week. Others have different rules, but yours are the ones that count right now. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- The more disciplined you are this week, the more you can get done, even while you look forward to a time when you can explore more freely the options not available to you right now.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- A familiar issue arises from out of your past this week to challenge you in a way that you certainly weren't expecting. An ally suggests a valid approach. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- You are eager to try something that works for someone you admire, but you must remember that your circumstances and skill set are quite different.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- You don't want to be left out of anything that could provide you with a certain kind of enjoyment this week. Find out what others are up to and join in! (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- Pay attention to information that becomes available to you this week from unfamiliar sources. You may wish to confirm some reports, but most can be trusted.
SCORPIO (Oct. 21-Nov. 7) -- The steps you take to improve your overall situation will be much like those you took some time ago -- and the lesson you learn this week is similar too. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- You may be the one called upon this week to solve a problem that no one else knows quite how to approach. It's your willingness to assume risk that makes a difference.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- You must pay attention to how you make others feel this week. It's not enough just to do a thing, you must be sure it has the desired effect. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- You may find an unusual offer irresistible this week. Take care that you don't do anything to endanger others as you prepare for something that may take you in a new direction.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- You may begin the week in a state of some disappointment, but it's likely to lift quickly as a friend offers you an option that erases what's gone before. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- Precautions taken this week aren't likely to protect you next week -- but what you learn this week can be applied to the situations that develop in the weeks to come.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- A careless reaction on your part to what someone says or does is likely to reveal just enough to make your week more complicated than it has to be. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You're not going to reach your chosen destination this week if you skip any of the stops along the way, for at each one you'll find another essential puzzle piece.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You may have to take a journey that puts you in a vulnerable position this week -- but you've prepared for this by taking similar trips in the past. (March 6-March 20) -- The research you take on this week will not only enable you to move forward, but will ground others around you as they take on more responsibility. Facts are important.