The coming week is likely to throw things into disarray temporarily as situations arise that require a rather dramatic shift in the dynamic between caretakers and beneficiaries. Those who are used to being cared for in some way will almost surely find themselves caring for those who have cared for them in the past -- and vice versa -- and though this may not be a permanent state of affairs, it can certainly be significant enough to bring about other kinds of change that are long-term, if not permanent. Those who find it particularly challenging to be suddenly playing the role of caretaker must remember that it is likely far more challenging the other way around.
The dynamics between the old and the young may be particularly fraught this week, but the participation of a third party in the most difficult of interactions can improve things considerably and make success possible where the primary players had already deemed it impossible. This is where the biggest and most important surprises will happen this week.
ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- Interaction this week with someone who is usually only marginally involved in your affairs is likely to be much more intense than usual. Prepare yourself. (April 5-April 19) -- A shining example of all that you admire can teach you much more than usual this week if you're willing to look more closely and examine it for any discernable flaws.
TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- Unusual environmental influences have you doing things that seem to work against the plan you've made for the week but, in fact, they are necessary to success. (May 6-May 20) -- Now is the time for you to send a very clear message to all those with whom you have plans in the coming weeks. Communication right now is likely to be most effective.
GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- You may come perilously close to doing irreparable damage to a relationship this week simply by saying the wrong things at the wrong times. You must be more willing to think about what you have to say than usual. (June 7-June 20) -- A gravitational pull has you and a rival come much closer together this week, and the result is likely to be a whirlwind of creativity that dramatically benefits both parties.
CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- You may be shocked into doing something you would normally not do this week -- but in the aftermath, you should be able to undo any damage done. (July 8-July 22) -- That which seemed certain is actually going to be much more of a crapshoot this week, and you'll be forced to roll the dice even when you know your odds are very slim.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- Someone you know only marginally is likely to come through for you this week -- and perhaps at the very last minute. You'll be grateful, and you must show it. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- Something you've waited a long time for is likely to happen this week, but in a manner that defies immediate recognition. In time, you'll know what's going on.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- The errors you make this week may be minor, but those made by an associate are likely to require a good deal of attention. More training is necessary. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- You've been far too critical of yourself lately, and this week you'll have the chance to reward yourself for a series of good deeds -- if you choose to recognize them.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- You are trying to figure out just what a certain situation means to you, but this week another's demands on your time may get in the way for a while. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- You are far more capable of doing what must be done this week than anyone else in your inner circle -- and they will come to depend upon your willingness to step up.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- You must not let your attention be diverted from the important issues you are facing this week. Take the time to assess each new development before responding. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- You may think that you're ready to go this week, but you've skipped a few steps in your preparation and you must go back and revisit them before getting started.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- A reunion may prove much more meaningful to you than it does for others. The decisions you make in its wake will surely surprise all involved. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- It's the little things that will have the biggest impacts this week, especially since you will find yourself playing a role you did not set out to play. Make adjustments.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- You'll be waiting for a very specific message from a certain someone throughout much of the week, and when it comes, you'll know precisely what to do. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- You'll know when you must swing into action this week, and it will likely be none too soon. Others have waited quite a while to see what you'd do under certain circumstances.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You may find yourself going from place to place doing this and that throughout the week, but it's all likely to add up to much more than mere busywork. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You'll know where someone else's limits are this week, but are you aware of your own? You must take a conservative approach and not extend yourself too far.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You're going to have to make a few on-the-spot adjustments this week in order to ensure that any planned adjustments have the desired effect. Be vigilant. (March 6-March 20) -- Indicators may be misleading you at this time. You must be willing to check and double-check anything that has you moving in an unfamiliar direction for any reason.