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A brave new you

It may feel like you're being dragged kicking and screaming into the next stage of your personal evolution, but that's to be expected when the Sun forms a square to Pluto on Oct. 1. Pluto can be relentless in the way it insists that you strip away the old to make way for the new, and "the old" usually refers to those things that you thought you could always depend on. It's upsetting and even traumatic, but what you stand to gain in the long run is — you. Never again will you sell yourself short or settle for second best when you know that you're capable of so much more.


ARIES (March 20 - April 18)

You can't escape the sinking feeling that the Sun is going down on your hopes of making a relationship or association work. But the answer isn't to try to win this person back — the answer lies in letting him see for himself what life without you would be like. It's hard for an energy dynamo like you to understand, but what's unfolding right now is an important reminder from the Stars that you can't do the living and the loving for people. They have to do it for themselves.


TAURUS (April 19 - May 19)

People may think that they can show you the door, but nobody can force you to leave if you don't want to. Your greatest strength has always been your power of endurance. If anyone can sit out the storm unfazed, it's a Taurus. However, you still need to have an idea of what you want out of the current standoff. What is your vision of life — your plan for the future? You may not have the clearest idea, but now would be a good time to make some preliminary sketches.


GEMINI (May 20 - June 19)

You need to change your mindset from striving to arriving or you're never going to capitalize on your accomplishments. It's true that you spent the past two-plus years in the trenches. That can instill a bunker-like mentality in which you're constantly waiting for the next bombshell to go off. However, circumstances are aligning themselves in a way that will let you become a bigger fish in a bigger pond — if you're willing to make the leap. To do it, you'll need to focus on what lies ahead rather than peer back over your shoulder.


CANCER (June 20 - July 21)

Stress levels rise when the Sun squares Pluto on Tuesday and then opposes Uranus on Thursday. Expect a lot of aggravation from a boss as well as from your spouse. It's one of those situations in which you can't do anything right — mostly because these folks haven't the foggiest notion what they want. Take yourself out of the line of fire by nodding attentively, saying "yes" in all the right places and letting gripes and grievances go in one ear and out the other. These cantankerous people will return to their senses by early next week.


LEO (July 22 - Aug. 21)

The time for those larger-than-life changes is not now — no matter how much people say otherwise. The buildup in urgency caused by the Uranus/Pluto square this week will make you feel like you have to act, but in truth, you're in danger of being tripped up by a false start or an even more misleading ending. Better to continue on your current course, even if it means missing out on a supposedly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Events will bear you out and show that you are savvier than others think.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21)

You've always been good at finding your niche and making it work for you. Maybe you're the go-to shoulder for troubled friends to cry on, the problem solver par excellence or the undisputed expert in your chosen field. In any case, that niche of yours is no longer doing it for you as it once did. In fact, it looks like you've outgrown it. We all go through periods where we have to reinvent ourselves, and you are beginning yours right now. This will last through Dec. 4.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21)

You've been coloring inside the lines of other people's expectations for too long. You've always known that these limitations were self-imposed, but you didn't know how to change. You can look at this week, when revolutionary Uranus is opposite the Sun in Libra, as a time of personal liberation. Ironically, this liberation stems from the crises that are taking place in the lives of those closest to you. This is your chance to be there for them in the way you want to be rather than in the way you've felt you had to be.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20)

You hold the trump card. You may not know it yet, but this is why a surly type has changed his tune lately. Maybe it's a clause in your contract that gives you the advantage over him, a rider in your lease or a hastily sent email. You are in possession of something that is very valuable to him and that he wants back. Go over all paperwork and correspondence with a fine-tooth comb and refuse to sign any papers or agree to any new arrangements until you find it.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20)

Your natural inclination when faced with a high-pressure situation is to bolt. Usually, that would be OK — but not this week. This week, you are playing for high stakes, and walking out on those who are counting on you is not an option. It's that nonnegotiable. Push yourself to overcome the obstacles you will face on Oct. 1 and 4, and you will discover that you are more resilient than you know. More importantly, you will never be spooked by doubts and anxieties as you have been before.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18)

It's hard to see how holding on to something you feel you can't live without is squeezing the life out of something that you dearly want. This could be a person, a situation or even a behavior pattern. Pluto energy will be especially powerful on Oct. 1, and this is when you will have to decide whether you're going to stay with the hell you know or choose the heaven you don't. If there were ever a time to take a leap of faith, this is it.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17)

You will feel wound up this week as the Sun moves into opposition to your Ruling Planet Uranus. You will be talking a mile a minute and barking commands left and right. However, you will also be at your most brilliant, which is why people will follow what you say rather than balk at your authority. You're really on to something when it comes to an innovative idea or a fresh approach. It's this kind of electricity and excitement that you'll be bringing to all of your interactions and wheeling and dealing.


PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19)

A loved one or friend has asked a lot of you lately, so don't feel guilty about saying no to the latest request for a bailout. Besides, you have your own financial headaches to worry about. One of these pertains to an uphill battle you've been waging to recoup a loss or reach a settlement. You will want to cut your losses and be rid of this albatross around your neck on Oct. 3, but a sea change in fortunes on Oct. 4 shows that you may yet win in the end.

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