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Pluto comes out of retrograde on Sept. 20. This is a pretty big deal because you will see a situation that was plummeting toward disaster suddenly stop its downward spiral and reverse direction. This will be a great relief after months of watching managers fumble the ball, supervisors pass the buck and bosses adopt the ostrich policy when it came to having to make the gutsy decisions. For some reason that nobody will be able to explain (Pluto moves in mysterious ways), you will see a solution emerge from out of nowhere — a solution that will not only provide a bailout but will also put your company back on the road to recovery.


ARIES (March 20-April 18)

It looks like you'll be trundling out the dog and pony show on Monday — and if you're typical of your sign, then you will be putting on quite a performance. Aries knows how to razzle-dazzle 'em, but don't be too disappointed if the applause you receive doesn't translate into an immediate sale or approval. The reason for this is that there's a behind-the-scenes third party you don't know about who is gumming up the works. If the deal doesn't go through, then it will be because of him.


TAURUS (April 19-May 19)

Don't give up just yet. It's true that Saturn is the planet of stone walls and dead ends, and the last thing you're interested in right now is perpetuating an exercise in futility. However, Saturn's once-in-a-lifetime sextile to Pluto on Sept. 20 shows that there may still be life in that project that was nixed earlier. Faith will never be your strong suit, but perseverance is — and perseverance is the hallmark of your success. After all, if fellow Taurus Cher can come back for another "farewell tour," then why not you?


GEMINI (May 20-June 19)

People say that the definition of insanity is repeating something over and over again with the expectation of achieving a different result — but when were Geminis ever accused of being sane? Yet there's good reason to cheer on Sept. 19, when the Harvest Moon shows you getting the breakthrough you worked long and hard for. In fact, you may be the last one to believe that it's really happening. Rest assured that it is and that your success will be as substantive as it will be long lasting.


CANCER (June 20-July 21)

Business is business. No one can fault you for severing ties with someone who failed to keep up with her end of the bargain, nor should you think twice about switching alliances from an underperforming client to one whose star is on the rise. Nevertheless, there is a way of doing this gracefully and with class. It's always best to be proactive in situations like these, so meet with the people you are saying good-bye to and tell them this news in person. They won't be happy, but they'll appreciate the respect.


LEO (July 22-Aug. 21)

If things are a bust romance-wise, it's a sure sign that business will be booming. Nobody knows why it has to be love or money when Saturn is in Scorpio, but that seems to be the case for you Leos. Take this week to channel your frustration in the bedroom into victories in the boardroom. Athletes will tell you that it's a natural performance enhancer. You'll be surprised by how much you can accomplish when you don't feel wrapped up in someone — especially someone who takes more than he gives.


VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 21)

This is a time when you need to be absolutely sure of co-workers' cooperation and clients' loyalty. It looks like you are executing what can only be described as a tightrope act (and one performed without a safety net) as you move to complete what could prove to be a lucrative deal. However, you need to know that people will deliver as promised. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are your high-level stress days when things could go either way. So, it's up to you to be calm, courteous and solicitous.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 21)

Librans aren't wishy-washy. You're just very specific about the wording of any agreement that you commit to, which is why you will go back and forth on it so many times. When you give your word, you keep it. It's like an oath. It's also why you'll take so long to give your answer, because you don't want to get taken for a ride. Sept. 18 is the perfect day to sign off on a major sale, purchase or deal. You may be pulling off one of the biggest coups in recent memory.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 20)

You have a client right where you want him, so what do you want to do next? Milking him for all he's worth may be the obvious thing to do, but it could create future resentment. People don't like to feel strong-armed into doing anything — even if it's something they would have done anyway. Use the unspoken truth that you both know: You're in the catbird seat to map out the terms you want. Be fair to both sides, and you'll wind up with a long-lasting and profitable association.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20)

It's no fun watching someone trump your hand, but that's business. Now you could retreat under a dark cloud to go sulk, or you could learn from your opponent. Studying the way your competition thinks is enormously educational. Motivational self-help books and business seminars are fine, but they don't get you inside your rival's head. Seeing yourself through her eyes shows you where your shortcomings are, and this in turn will help you to improve your performance so that you never get trumped again — at least by this person.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 18)

On Sept. 18, expect coaching from a woman who's here to help you brush up on your game. You won't like it at first. Capricorns prefer to mentor rather than be mentored, but you'll soon come to realize that she's better at this than you are and that you could do worse than to follow her lead. She will be demanding (you have to obey her instructions to the letter) and bossy (new hair, makeup and wardrobe), but you'll like the finished product — especially when it results in more money flowing your way.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 17)

Are you making a pact with the Devil? It could be true, given that Venus will be forming a conjunction to Saturn in Scorpio on Sept. 18. This is one of those "necessary evil" planetary configurations in Astrology where you will find yourself having to accede to demands in order to preserve the greater good. It's the sort of thing that people in leadership positions face all the time. Thankfully, propitious sextiles on Wednesday and Friday show that the loss you take now will serve you in the long run.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)

This is the time to press ahead with that new venture, enterprise or project. You may be surprised to read this because support appears to be restrained — or even unforthcoming. The simple truth is that you do have people in your corner, but colleagues are used to you presenting exciting ideas and then not following through on them. They've been disappointed too many times, which is why they're being cautious. Thankfully, the series of water trines you are experiencing now shows that you will make good on what you say.

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