Upset woman in office

When a bane is a boon

Expect to be called on a technicality on Oct. 8. And if it's not a technicality, then it will be some other kind of citation, summons or penalty. These sorts of things always carry a bit of a sting when Mercury conjoins Saturn in the zodiac sign of the Scorpion. But in a strange way, this unforeseen cost could also be doing you a favor by alerting you to something that's been amiss for a long time — not unlike the way a symptom alerts us to the onset of an illness. And just as when you detect a symptom, you can nip whatever ails you in the bud if you take care of it in a timely manner.


ARIES (March 20 - April 18)

See what you can do to firm up details with a buyer or seller and get all agreements in writing by Oct. 11. Co-workers may question the wisdom of this, but rest assured that your timing couldn't be better from an astrologer's perspective. Next week, you have a lunar eclipse in Aries followed by Mercury turning retrograde in Scorpio on Oct 21. This would imperil anything that you have in the works, which is why you want to lock in commitments now, while people are still willing to make them.


TAURUS (April 19 - May 19)

This is not the time to bluff in business. Not only do the Stars show that you have a weak hand, but everybody knows it. You're not fooling anyone. In fact, a creditor or rival will try to exploit this blind spot of yours by coaxing you into making some reckless moves. Don't fall for it. You should also guard against being pressured into making a sale on Oct. 10. You'd only give away something that will increase in value by next spring. There's nothing wrong with sitting tight for now.


GEMINI (May 20 - June 19)

Hopefully you can make good on your promises, because people will be calling in chits, favors and debts on Oct. 8. This is when your Ruling Planet Mercury will be under the exacting beams of Saturn, and Saturn can be like a mobster when it comes to making you pay up. If you're good as your word, then no worries. In fact, you'll even get a friendly pat on the cheek for being prompt. If not? Then you'll have to scramble quickly because every day you're late will cost — and cost you big.


CANCER (June 20 - July 21)

You will soon see whether an investment made on June 19 will pay off in the way that you expected it to. If it does, then you'll make a handsome profit. You won't be able to access it right away, but don't let that stop you from meeting with a financial consultant to explore ways to maximize these returns. And should your returns be less than thrilling, don't throw in the towel yet. Unforeseen developments around Oct. 18 may shake loose a few more leaves from that money tree.


LEO (July 22 - Aug. 21)

A family, home or property matter appears to be exacting a heavy price on you. It's the sort of problem that won't let up, no matter what you do. Thankfully, Mercury, the thinking-cap planet, will be forming a conjunction to Saturn on Oct. 8. This is when you'll hit upon a plan that will help you to reverse the downward spiral. Now the price will be high — nothing's cheap when Saturn's involved — but at least you'll have a precise course of action outfitted with a timeline and a guaranteed result.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21)

Benevolent Jupiter passing through the part of your solar horoscope that pertains to friends in high places shows that there are people who can help you out of your current dilemma — but it's up to you to contact them. Perhaps your reluctance stems from not wanting to impose, or maybe it comes from the fact that you would have to swallow your pride. In any case, it's time for you to get over yourself and to reach across the aisle. These individuals will be only too happy to reach back.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21)

Whatever you do, don't pass the reins to anyone else on Oct. 10. It doesn't matter if this person is your supervisor, a celebrated expert or your best friend. The Venus/Neptune square points to an enormous lapse in judgment on this person's part. Either he hasn't taken certain factors into account, or he's been entirely too trusting of sources who are misinformed. In any case, his oversight could cost you big. Stay in the driver's seat where you belong, and you will emerge from this period no worse for wear.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20)

Don't ignore that summons, ticket or letter from the IRS. This is bound to be an inconvenience, but it's a minor one as long as you cooperate. You may loathe the idea of not contesting what you've been accused of, and your frustration makes sense given that you're probably in the right. However, the upcoming Mercury retrograde (Oct. 21) combined with Saturn in Scorpio shows that the deck is stacked against you. You don't want to tempt Fate when the scales are not tipped in your favor.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20)

Flagging spirits are bolstered when the Sun forms a square to Jupiter this week. This is one of the most dynamic combinations you can hope for because you really do believe that you can take on the world — and win. Your enthusiasm is infectious. It's the perfect time to convert people to your cause or to sell hard-to-please types on your vision of the way things should be. The only thing to watch out for is making bold claims that you can't back up. Be sure not to overreach your grasp on Oct 11.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18)

You've practically knocked yourself out these past few weeks trying to sell a client on your services. You've made quite a show of your expertise, plans, facts and figures, and it's a show that he's enjoyed watching. It could also be argued that you've been so entertaining that he hasn't really seen the need to finalize anything. Now is the time to make your bow and depart the stage. He knows where you are, and he'll come looking for you when he's ready to do business — which should be in late November.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17)

A financial matter rears its ugly head on Oct. 8. You thought that this had been taken care of, but it looks like the people who were supposed to be protecting your interests were merely painting over the cracks. Thankfully, the situation is more a nuisance than a fiasco. At most, this will probably interrupt cash flow for a couple of weeks, so try not to stress about it too much. Besides, the onus is on those who failed to take care of this situation in a timely manner. It's their problem, not yours.


PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19)

The less you know about a certain under-the-table agreement being made this week, the better. You don't want to interfere with a negotiation when it's in its most delicate stages. The stars show that a third party who represents your interests will have to pull out all the stops to make sure that the deal you want goes through. This could be an attorney, an agent or someone else you've chosen to represent you. In any case, he should emerge with what you want by early next week.

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