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Mergers and acquisitions

Combining forces is the way to go when Venus forms a trine to Jupiter on Sept. 26. This is the perfect time to merge your business with someone else's because you are stronger together than you are apart. It's also favorable for any joint ownership agreements. If your company is being taken over by another company, then you will see a swelling of the ranks instead of the typical downsizing. That's because it is the nature of Venus and Jupiter to augment rather than to cut back. Finally Venus/Jupiter trines are good for incorporating, purchasing a franchise, going public and marrying up. Venus/Jupiter trines are often found in the horoscopes of trophy wives.


ARIES (March 20 - April 18)

What was supposed to be a straightforward transaction has certainly turned into a major headache, and nobody can blame you for wanting to call it quits. Who needs the grief? However, the Stars advise that you see this through to the end. Just because things got off on the wrong foot between you and a buyer or contractor doesn't mean that they have to stay off-kilter — not with the Sun currently beaming its rays in Libra, zodiac sign of the balance. Look for kinks to work themselves out on the Sept. 26.


TAURUS (April 19 - May 19)

Your Ruling Planet, Venus, which is in Scorpio until Oct. 7, shows that the situation you face will get worse before it gets better. You had no way of knowing that things were this mismanaged, and it doesn't help that a client wasn't exactly upfront about what the job demands. Nevertheless Taurus is one of the most business-savvy signs of the zodiac, so if anyone can find a way to retrench and reorganize, it's you. Keep running those numbers, and you will come up with a game plan that saves the day.


GEMINI (May 20 - June 19)

After weeks of shopping around, it looks like you have finally found the right business partner. You needed someone who understands what you're about in order to take your business to the next level. You will always be successful at turning a profit. Your Ruling Planet is Mercury, planet of marketing. However, you also have a vision of what your company can be, and it's that vision that propels you to reinvent and improve your product. Now that you have the right co-pilot, you can look forward to flying higher than you've ever flown before.


CANCER (June 20 - July 21)

You thought you were signing on for a project in its infant stages, but you'll soon discover that it's a lot further along than you thought. In fact, you may be running to play catch-up. There's a lot of Jupiter energy coursing through your horoscope now, and Jupiter is the planet of growth. Jupiter takes what's in the works and makes it bigger by expanding operations, adding people or throwing more money your way. It can be disconcerting at first, but you'll thrive once you get a handle on things.


LEO (July 22 - Aug. 21)

You may not see how you can get there from here, but that's all right. Jupiter, the planet of higher purpose, is moving through a particularly sensitive part of your solar horoscope. This is a time when you are planting the seeds of future ventures. You don't have to draw up a game plan or a list of strategies. Just float some ideas and put out feelers because you are meeting people who can help make your dreams a reality — but you need to be clear on what the dreams are first.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21)

You've gone back and forth on a decision so many times that it's hard to make heads or tails of it anymore. The problem seems to stem from feelings of loyalty to a client, co-worker or backer who has recently become a liability. You don't want to throw this person under a bus (so to speak), but your continued association is beginning to take a toll. It's time to cut ties, and the best time to do that is before Oct. 4. Wait any longer, and this will become even messier.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21)

Every gardener knows that pruning promotes growth. That's what you need to keep in mind as you study the list of projects and proposals on your desk. It would be great if you could do every one of them, but you can't. There simply aren't enough hours in the day. What you need to do is choose the ones that will give you the biggest bang for your buck and say no to the rest. It won't be easy, but you'll breathe a lot easier once you do.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20)

Men aren't easy to work with. They often blame others for their mistakes. This unfortunate tendency will get exacerbated this week when Mars squares Venus. You have no choice but to hold your co-worker's feet to the fire when it comes to making him meet a deadline or responsibility. However, you are also dealing with a male ego. Find a way for him to save face. This might mean letting him blame you for making him feel pressured, bullied, emasculated or whatever. Just do whatever you need to do to get the job done.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20)

People genuinely like you. They appreciate your positive outlook and sense of humor, and when times are tough, they flock to you for sage advice and wisdom. This is why it's important that you like people back. Now, that doesn't mean you have to fake feelings for people you can't stand. It means that you have to make the special effort to show goodwill in the workplace. Lose your temper, and people lose faith. Make a point of putting your best foot forward, and co-workers and clients will happily follow you wherever you go.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18)

Instead of imposing your idea of success on your business, you might try listening to your business. Businesses are living entities. Every business has its own personality and its own organic way of doing things. You could probably find a million faults with the way things are run, but try looking for the things that are right on Sept. 26. You may discover that there's a certain intelligent design at work in the way that your business is growing. This could give you some creative and profitable ideas for the future.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17)

It may seem strange to give your boss direction this week, but it's also flattering because it shows how much he values your input. It's pretty clear that he's caught on the horns of a dilemma where he stands to lose either way. The question then becomes, which course of action will cause the least amount of harm? The answer should present itself on Thursday, when Venus forms a benevolent trine to Jupiter. Honesty is always the best policy in situations like these, and the more disarming he is, the better.


PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19)

All paths lead to good fortune when Jupiter is prominent in your horoscope, as it will be this week. Thankfully, you were born with an explorer's spirit, so you're game for anything. The key to working with this kind of energy is to look for the new in the old and the everyday in the outlandish. If you can hold these two seemingly contradictory views in mind, then you will recognize the inroads you need to make. Moreover, you'll see how you can maximize resources in ways that you never envisioned before.

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