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A temporary lull

Mars, the planet of gumption and drive, will pump up the volume on your can-do spirit when it enters the zodiac sign of Virgo on Oct. 15. Unfortunately, on Oct. 19, it will form a debilitating opposition to Neptune that could leave you feeling like you've taken on more than you can handle. Don't be fooled by this dip in spirits. It's in the nature of Neptune to water down Mars' gung ho energy — which is why you will feel suddenly fatigued, aimless and like you're lost at sea. But as I said, this is only a temporary lull. You will soon feel stoked and on the move again when Mars moves clear of this dampening effect on Oct. 25.


ARIES (March 20 - April 18)

You'll be quite a busy bee from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. You can accomplish more in the next seven weeks than you have all year. That's because your Ruling Planet Mars is at its most industrious, resourceful and shrewd when it's in Virgo. The only thing you have to watch out for is not finishing what you start. Don't take on more than you can manage, because multitasking isn't your strong suit. Stagger projects throughout this time, and you'll wind up ahead of the game instead of struggling from behind.


TAURUS (April 19 - May 19)

Business — like nature — abhors a vacuum, and you could find yourself being tapped to fill a position that was recently vacated. It sounds good at first, until you realize that you're only a stand-in until your company finds a suitable replacement. Say yes, because there's always the possibility that a superior may come to recognize that you really are the right person for the job. If not, then you will have something that you can put on your résumé should you decide to interview for another job elsewhere.


GEMINI (May 20 - June 19)

This is not the time to push a prospective client or backer, because you could wind up being dropped like a hot potato. Ruling Planet Mercury is getting ready to turn retrograde next week, which means that people are feeling jittery about finances. In fact, they're panicky. This could lead to a lot of indiscriminate slashing of budgets and offloading of projects. The best way to avoid all of this is to back off for a while. The less communicating you can do between now and Nov. 11, the better.


CANCER (June 20 - July 21)

Events on Oct. 18 could leave you totally dumbfounded. If things unravel and fall apart at work, then that's only because you've stayed with a situation that's outlived its purpose. The Stars aren't always gentle in their guidance, but they are spot-on for the most part, and this is their way of releasing you from a no-win situation. If, however, you find that you've been moved from the back of the line to the head of the pack, then that's no accident. You are ready to step into a leadership position.


LEO (July 22 - Aug. 21)

Don't be so quick to invest funds on Oct. 15. The Mars/Neptune opposition shows that you could be inheriting a money pit. Things aren't always what they appear to be when Neptune is involved, and though you'll be told that costs are typically high for any sort of start-up, it's clear that the person who sold you on this wasn't too specific about the particulars. Now there's a chance that everything will turn out for the best, but you won't know for certain until after Nov. 27. Meanwhile, watch those purse strings!


VIRGO (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21)

Gung ho Mars enters Virgo on Oct. 15. The planet of ambition and drive, Mars will push you to push yourself over the next seven weeks. This is the ideal time to pursue a highly prized job, to launch a business or to jump up a few rungs on the ladder of success. Mars makes you a force to be reckoned with, which means that you could also become the target for others' animosity. You will want to make sure that you understand the difference between competitive and combative.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21)

Perfectionism, like anything else, is best done in moderation. Get too caught up in the details, and you'll pick apart all the good work that you do. Become too fixated on getting things "just right," and you will never accomplish anything. Yet if you allow yourself to paint on the broadest possible canvas and to make mistakes as you go along, then you will be amazed by how much you will develop, grow and prosper. We often learn more from what we do wrong than from what we do right.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20)

You can expect big to-dos in the workplace on Friday when the lunar eclipse knocks over the first in a row of dominoes. It will be one crisis after another as this collapsing line of circumstances builds momentum. It could be as late as Oct. 29 before things come to a complete halt. Unfortunately, none of this is a surprise. Things almost got to this point last April but stopped short. Although unsettling, seeing that higher-ups are cleaning house and getting rid of the deadwood will also be a relief.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20)

Work demands a lot of our mental and psychic energies — especially in a world where 9 to 5 has morphed into 24/7. So what are you doing to maintain your physical health? That's the question that Mars in Virgo will be asking. You need to counterbalance all of this push, push, push energy with exercise, a healthy diet and a solid eight hours of sleep each night. Do this, and you'll wind up getting twice as much done in half the time — and the quality of your output will improve, too!


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18)

The lunar eclipse on Oct. 18 brings the dawning realization that your life has somehow gotten away from you and that you're racing to achieve goals that you may no longer believe in. It's a difficult dilemma because you need money to keep living the lifestyle you're living, but at the same time, that lifestyle you're living is bleeding you dry. Stop focusing on status symbols and listen to your inner voice. This will lead the way out of the maze and back onto the life path you want to be traveling.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 17)

Several projects that you had in the works will go belly-up this week. You'll want to salvage them, but don't do it. This is the Stars' way of winnowing down your 101 commitments to a manageable workload. Aquarians tend to spread themselves too thin so that nothing really gets top priority with them. They treat heartfelt endeavors as having the same importance as items on their to-do list. Only by offloading obligations that aren't really necessary will you be able to focus on the things that truly deserve your attention.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)

Sometimes, a competitor makes for a better sounding board than a friend. A competitor doesn't have an emotional investment in you. He couldn't care less about your feelings, which means that he'll tell it like it is. He might not have the best way of putting things, but you'll know where you stand. The other plus in cultivating a contact like this is that you can learn a lot by studying a competitor. In many ways, this will help you to improve your job performance because you're not being coddled — you're being challenged.

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