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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Being spontaneous can work both ways. If you combine your actions with pressure or demands, you will be pushed back. But if you are clever, witty, and progressive, you will capture attention, favors, and the help you require to move forward.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Put greater trust in the ones you love. Conversations will lead to decisions regarding your future. Bold action may be required on your part, but don't go overboard. An unusual partnership may require some posturing before it works well.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Playful, enlightening banter will get you further than arguing. Use your intelligence and imagination, and you will come up with suggestions that will be accepted by the majority. Don't let an emotional connection with someone slow you down.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Take what's going on in your personal life to heart. Do whatever you can to sympathize with someone you respect and love. Don't let uncertainty regarding responsibilities lead to complaints. Do what's expected of you, and move along.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Think before you act. Anything short of the right move will be taken the wrong way and will work against you. Focus on personal change and what you can do to make your life and what you do more interesting. Uncertainty is prevalent.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You may want to help an outsider, but in the end, it will cause a rift with someone counting on you at home. Gauge your time carefully, and make sure you distribute personal, family, and work time evenly. Love is highlighted.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Stick to what you do best. Entertain, but don't go over budget. Use your imagination, and you will surpass expectations. Don't submit to emotional blackmail. Gather information, and make a decision. A reversal can be expected.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A change of heart will favor you. Someone's uncertainty will enable you to make a strategic move. A chance to modify how you do business will bring new opportunities. Socialize with people who share business interests.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Anger will not resolve anything. Do what's required physically to get the best results. Take care of your personal concerns, and make alterations to the way you look or do things that will enable you to stand out.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Put your heart on the line, and reveal your true feelings. Once you have made clear what you want, you will be able to move forward without feeling repressed or guilty. Honesty is the best route to happiness.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don't give up on something you want. Bide your time, work hard at what's required of you, and eventually, you will be rewarded. An encounter with someone you feel strongly about can positively alter your personal life.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You'll be caught in the middle. No matter what you choose to do, there will be a price to pay. Make sure whatever you decide is worth the consequences. Love is in the stars, and romance should be allowed to flourish.





Words I recently learned and what I originally thought they meant:

• gadzookery (the use of archaisms): where people house their gadzooks.

• brandish (to shake or wave menacingly): trademarky.

• subvention (subsidy from a government or foundation): large gathering of hoagie, grinder, and hero lovers.

• potboiler (inferior work produced chiefly for profit): someone who doesn't know how to correctly use marijuana.

• bumbershoot (umbrella): well, um, you see, when a two people really like each other, and they trust each other, and they have maybe a few drinks one night, and one of them asks the other if they'd like to "try something new tonight …"

• jackleg (lacking skill or training): what a homely guy calls his penis.

• spear-carrier (a bit actor in a play): a Caucasian?

• haruspex (a diviner in ancient Rome basing his predictions on inspection of the entrails of sacrificial animals): I dunno, but I dare you to say it three times into a mirror.

• haywire (emotionally or mentally out of control): a nonconductive filament.

• axiomatic (taken for granted): possible model name for my new line of sturdy lumberjack automatons.

• adumbrate (to foreshadow vaguely): anything above $20 for a private dance.

• compurgator (one who under oath vouches for the character of the accused): the unholy fusion of a supercomputer and an alligator — akin to the cyberdile.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks Merriam-Webster and his own bad vocabulary for helping with today's Ledge.

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