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This week's sensational Sun/Jupiter sextile is all about building on what you have. It's more creative than ambitious in nature, and it requires some pretty heavy thinking about where you want to go from here. A lot of times, we don't push ourselves unless we have to. What the Sun/Jupiter sextile does is show you the ways in which you can grow if you want to. Maybe it's by updating your skills, expanding your business or going back to school to get a better-paying job. These are paths to success that you don't have to take but will want to take if you want to succeed.


ARIES (March 20 – April 18)

You have strong ideas about what makes a leader, yet every time people suggest that you apply for the position, you find a way to duck out. Are you really just a frustrated backseat driver? Possibly. But then again, your reluctance to get behind the wheel could come from the fear that you will set the bar so high that you won't be able to reach it. This week, you'll be invited to apply for a managerial position. Give it a go. You may be better at calling the shots than you think.


TAURUS (April 19 – May 19)

You appear to be involved in a very intense project or endeavor. It will be both creative and daunting. The creative part comes from being forced to draw on resources and ingenuity that you didn't know you had. This will be exhilarating and fulfilling. The daunting part comes from the fact that you will be playing for high stakes — and if you blow it, you blow it. Thankfully, an auspicious Sun/Pluto trine confers good luck and protection — but only after you go through hell and high water first.


GEMINI (May 20 – June 19)

You need to think long and hard about the future you want to create. You have a special talent for working with what life hands you. Other zodiac signs fixate on what's missing, or they'll give up if circumstances aren't in perfect alignment — but not you. You have a puzzle builder's eye for recognizing that each piece of life's puzzle is unique — that it's there for a reason — and that they will all fit together eventually. Combining and recombining variables is the secret to your inventive genius.


CANCER (June 20 – July 21)

Everyone knows that Cancer is the zodiac sign of hearth, home and Mom — but what isn't written about as much in Astrology books is that Cancer is also the sign of real estate. Right now, Jupiter — the planet of prosperity — is passing through a part of the sky where it is exalted. This is why you're reading about the housing market coming back. However, Jupiter will be even more prosperous from Sept. 7 thru Sept. 13. This is the time to sell, buy or rent property — and earn a substantial profit.


LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21)

Don't be in a hurry to seal a deal on Sept. 5. This probably flies in the face of the information you have in front of you, but the Jupiter sextile to the New Moon in Virgo shows that you can get even more than you're asking for. Either the seller's position is not that secure, or the need to lock you in is more desperate than you know. In any case, you can afford to stall just a few days longer. You'll find that it's worth your while.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)

You have Jupiter in Cancer to thank for the recent increase in business. If you work for someone else, then there's probably talk of expansion. If you work for yourself, then now would be the time to start plotting out your next step. Part of you may be hesitant, but rest assured that business won't dry up. If anything, you can expect things to get busier as we get closer to November. Do what you need to do to be ready for it. You don't want to be playing catch-up.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21)

So what do you do when you find that you've succeeded beyond your dreams? Answer: You get new dreams. Part of you is afraid to trust your good luck and fortune. You worry that it could all disappear one day. Actually, you're on a roll, and you need to make as much progress as you can while Jupiter — the planet of prosperity — is arcing over your solar midheaven. This happens once every 12 years, so now isn't the time to hold back. Dream big and you'll live big. Dream small and you'll live small.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20)

Scorpios, like Virgos, see themselves as perennial works in progress. You're reluctant to say that you're an expert because you can always find someplace where you're deficient. It's the curse of critical thinkers. But certainly, you must realize that you're better at what you do than most people in your field? If not, then that point will be driven home this week when you discover that a colleague is making more than you — for fewer hours worked. This will spur you to up your fee or ask for a raise.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20)

Expect lots of talk about creative collaborations and profitable alliances. It's flattering that so many people see you as the secret ingredient to their formula for success and that they want to join forces. It's a far cry from where you were a year ago. But flattery aside, you will have to ask about money. You can't afford to work for free. Be forewarned that this could be an immediate buzzkill, but you will see one serious taker talking to you about figures by the end of the week.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18)

Expect a blast from the past this week. It's been so long that it may take a minute or two to place the name. But just because you've forgotten about this person doesn't mean that he's forgotten about you. He's been following your progress and has something to propose. It will undoubtedly be something kooky and out of the box, but do yourself a favor and take the weekend to think about it. You may find that this idea has a lot of potential and could really take off, given the right spin.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17)

A recent reconfiguration in the workplace has resulted in a lot of deadwood being cleared away. This is a good thing because you are now surrounded by new faces with fresh perspectives. However, these new faces aren't as green as you imagine them to be. In fact, they're prepped and ready to go. Ironically, it's you who will have to work harder to keep up with them. Embrace the challenge to update, revamp and reinvent. This is just the breath of fresh air that you've been looking for.


PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19)

You often talk about the things that you would do if you could do them. It's your way of dreaming out loud, and like a dream, it's something you don't really take seriously. However, events this week may give you pause. The Sun/Jupiter sextile shows you meeting someone who can help you help yourself. Is this person going to do all the work? No, you are. But what this person brings to the table is the know-how, the contacts and the wherewithal to make your dreams a reality.

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