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The New Moon in Libra on Oct. 4 will trigger a lot of underlying tension as it fans smoldering embers into crackling flames of controversy. This mirrors what was going on last April, but the difference is that everyone will have to play by the rulebook now. This pertains to disgruntled employees as much as it does to the powers that be. People may be itching for a fight, but neither side can afford it. That means everyone will have to find a way to get along — whether they want to or not. Libra, zodiac sign of the peacemaker, is also the peacekeeper when it has to be. Rule of law is the motto of this cardinal air sign.


ARIES (March 20 - April 18)

You're full of exciting ideas about how to make things better at work. Unfortunately, your boss or client isn't listening. This might be all right if this person could make a convincing case for why his way is better, but what you get instead is condescension. So what do you do? Actually, the Stars show that you may not have to do anything. In fact, it looks like other players have been following your progress and like what you have to say. Expect to hear from them around Oct. 16.


TAURUS (April 19 - May 19)

If you're unhappy at work, then start circulating your résumé. Don't create a situation where somebody else has to fire you or let you go. This may sound harsh, but there is such a buildup of frustration in that part of your solar chart that pertains to work and employment that you are in danger of repeating the self-sabotaging patterns that occurred last April. You have too much talent to let that happen. Don't stay in a situation where you feel unappreciated. No amount of financial security is worth that.


GEMINI (May 20 - June 19)

Your economic future couldn't be brighter. Your name is on everyone's lips, and opportunities are there for the asking. However, there can be no future without a past, and your backlog of debt looks problematic. It's so problematic that it could derail what you have in the works. It's time to meet with an accountant who can help you get your money house in order. You can't continue borrowing from Paul to pay Peter — especially since Peter was the one who lent you the money to pay Paul in the first place.


CANCER (June 20 - July 21)

Surprise developments catapult you into the spotlight this week. Crisis brings opportunity, and in this case, said crisis involves a boss leaving or a manager being indisposed. This means that you will be filling in for someone higher up in rank than yourself. Sometimes, it takes a situation like this to convince you that you are better qualified than you give yourself credit for. More importantly, you should think about how you can make this temporary promotion permanent. Superiors won't think of it on their own unless you plant the idea.


LEO (July 22 - Aug. 21)

Things are crazed at work, and you couldn't be more excited! Yes, the pressure is on for you to succeed, but you like it when you're playing for high stakes. It's when things plateau and you feel like you're going through the motions that you wind up falling asleep at the switch — or getting caught surfing the web for bargains on office time. Oct. 1 and 3 are game-changing days for you. Work with developments as they unfold, and you'll get an opportunity to showcase talents that people never knew you had.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21)

You will work with whatever is thrown your way. It's not a trait Virgos are known for. If anything, people think of you as defenders of the status quo and champions of the routine — and that's correct, to an extent. However, you were born under Mercury, which gives us the word "mercurial," meaning "changeable." Adaptability is the key to survival, and it's what makes you so resourceful. You may be thrown for a loop by unforeseen developments on Oct. 3 and 4, but look at these as surprise ingredients of your new formula for success.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21)

You didn't make the rules, but you'll uphold them if necessary. This isn't to say that you are unsympathetic to your co-workers' complaints. You feel for them, but acting out and thumbing their noses at authority isn't the way to go — especially when "authority" is paying their salaries. Expect to step into the breach on Oct. 3 and mediate some kind of truce — again. Hopefully, both sides are getting as tired of this as you are and will be in a more cooperative frame of mind.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20)

You could find yourself in a damned-if-you-do/damned-if-you-don't situation before the week is out. As a Scorpio, you are no stranger to moral dilemmas. In fact, they seem to have a heat-seeking missile's devotion to following you wherever you go. This one pertains to choosing between keeping a co-worker's secret or telling interested parties who will be affected by her mistake. Scorpios never divulge — but they have been known to lay a trail of breadcrumbs, leading to a conclusion that people are free to make for themselves.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20)

Everyone falls off their high horse for whatever reason, and as a plucky Sagittarius, you won't think twice about pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps, brushing yourself off, and climbing back on. But don't assume that things will go the way they have always gone before at work. The rules have changed, and while you may take offense at the idea of being asked to prove yourself all over again, this wouldn't be the worst thing. It gives you the chance to surpass people's expectations — including your own.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18)

Brace yourself, because things are going to get wild and crazy at work this week. You will be pelted by so many demands and orders and last-minute requests that you won't be able to see straight. Moreover, a project that has been simmering on the back burner will be suddenly up and running after weeks of silence. Thankfully, you were born under a zodiac sign that's famous for rolling up her sleeves and striding forward into the maelstrom. If anyone can bring order to the chaos — it's you.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17)

This is a pretty big week for you because this is when you will show what you are capable of. This could be the week of your big exam or interview, or it could be when you deliver on that project you've been working on. You're apt to feel nervous and like you could have done a million things differently, but the Stars show that you are in peak form. All you have to do is breathe and do what comes naturally. Whatever the test, you will pass it with flying colors.


PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19)

The idea of having to sit down with more paperwork is enough to make your eyes glaze over, but you should know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. It's because you're so close to realizing your goal that you're being given a new series of forms to fill out in triplicate. Banks, lending institutions and/or insurance companies don't like to give away money without making you jump through hoops, but rest assured that you will get the mortgage, loan or coverage that you seek.

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