Your Stars This Week For August 18, 2019

ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- You can stand witness for someone who is in quite a predicament. The course of the week is altered when you step out of your comfort zone. (April 5-April 19) -- Helping another through a difficult endeavor teaches you much about what is possible and what is not. This will be important knowledge to have as the week comes to a close.

TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- You may find yourself in more of a hurry this week than usual -- and the situation isn't likely to be a comfortable one. A friend steps in just in time. (May 6-May 20) -- You'll be able to contribute to a team effort in ways that no one may have expected -- except you, of course. You know quite well what you're capable of -- and how valuable it is.

GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- A period of abundance may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean you have to go without. Indeed, you can credit your cautious nature for your success. (June 7-June 20) -- You don't want others to have to muddle through without the knowledge you have -- but sharing it with them will take time and could slow you down.

CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- Your interaction with someone early in the week must not be allowed to color your entire outlook. You can get over one negative episode very quickly. (July 8-July 22) -- You may be able to score an impressive personal victory this week. Those around you want to know how you do it -- but it's not something you are ready to share.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- You may be surprised to learn that you have much more in common with a rival than you had supposed. You can learn much from each other, if you allow it. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- You may have to rethink your modus operandi for the week. What worked for you in the past may not yield the same results at this time. An expert opinion proves confusing.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- You may want to be a little more diligent than usual this week when it comes to your own financial planning -- and that of a friend or loved one. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- You are best to make a "trial run" of sorts before betting everything on getting a job done that is new and unfamiliar. Someone meets you in the middle very soon.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- The simplest of adjustments made as the week opens yields maximum reward later on. You must have everything running efficiently to receive maximum payout. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- Take care that you don't lose touch with someone who has been in your orbit for some time. Communication doesn't have to be complicated, but you don't want to shut it down.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- Cooperation begins at an unexpected source, but it will allow you to achieve more this week than you had planned. Team-building proves quite rewarding. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- You're looking for firm answers, but they aren't likely to be available to you this week. This means, of course, that you're going to have to use guesswork much of the time.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- You should be able to cut through all kinds of bureaucratic red tape that has been slowing you down of late -- but some rules and regulations still apply. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- You're eager to get back to where you belong, but the journey promises to be a long one. Undaunted, you can begin making preparations and perhaps get started very soon.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- You cannot keep things from going wrong this week; it's going to happen -- even, perhaps, on your watch. But you don't have to react in expected ways. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- Are you ready to implement the changes that you have arranged? Now is the time -- and if you procrastinate, you're likely to render the changes ineffectual overall.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You may be the only one to notice that something you are a part of is not going according to plan. A quick adjustment can reverse any negative trends. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You may be the only one in a position to do what has to be done -- though it's not likely to be the most enjoyable of endeavors. You'll receive much thanks, however.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You are expecting much this week -- perhaps too much. A realistic outlook keeps disappointment at bay and allows you to determine what must be done. (March 6-March 20) -- Someone who has been your "safety valve" in the past isn't able to protect you as expected this week. A reversal of roles has you doing more to ensure steady progress.

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