Your Stars This Week For December 17, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- You may have reason to travel very far from home this week. Take precautions -- but don't let fear stand between you and a good time. (April 5-April 19) -- A friend beckons, and you're willing and able to follow -- provided you've got your ducks in a row and haven't overspent in the last week or so.

TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- You will be dealing with several seemingly paradoxical realities this week, but who better to sort them out? You have a sixth sense. (May 6-May 20) -- Nothing imagined must get you down this week, or keep you from dealing with things that are real and tangible.

GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- Quality control may prove a key issue throughout this potentially tricky week. Be sure to give instructions in a clear, straightforward manner. (June 7-June 20) -- You have more to give this week than anyone else might suppose, and it will be up to you to present ideas that otherwise might not be implemented.

CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- You'll want to do that which furthers your agenda in the most expeditious way this week. Don't get mired in someone else's "issues." (July 8-July 22) -- You're eager to see a good friend succeed this week, and you'll have much to do with his or her rate of progress as you take part in a unique manner.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- You will find yourself working closely with someone you hardly know right now -- but that unfamiliarity will be erased by the end of the week. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- You can explore a new side of an endeavor that has begun to leave you rather cold. Once you see what's possible, however, you'll be reinvigorated!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- You may be called upon to explain yourself at some point this week, and the best strategy is one that precludes any sort of bias. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- You can step in and assist a friend this week -- but take care that you're not stealing his or her thunder in any way. You'll know when to fade into the background.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- There is too much to enjoy this week to let yourself be thwarted by any suggestion of something unsavory. Keep a smile on your face! (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- Where are you, and where are you going? Those questions must be answered as soon as possible this week, lest you become tangled in a web of uncertainty.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- You're sure to be tested this week, and on many levels. You can acquit yourself well if you follow your schedule. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- The difference between being "in" and being "out" will become clear to you as the week draws to a close. A friend solves a mystery you've long tried to crack.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- Your ability to see through a smokescreen will serve you well throughout the week. You mustn't let anyone keep you in the dark. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- You may be distracted by the work that someone else is doing alongside you this week. Are you appreciative of the quality, or somehow jealous of it?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- You will enjoy the hustle and bustle this week as long as it yields results for you personally; otherwise, you'll want nothing to do with it. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- You're likely to get word of someone else's efforts this week that support your overall intentions. Working together is an option.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- It's a good time to put yourself forward and take a risk that can pay off handsomely in time. What's been holding you back? (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You may have trouble with someone who is not willing to communicate his or her true feelings to you -- until late in the week, when it may well be too late.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You'll hit on a new way to release tension this week -- and someone else is likely to jump on the bandwagon. Think about the ramifications. (March 6-March 20) -- You are better about doing what another asks this week than you have been in the past -- but it's more to do with attitude than ability, surely.

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