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ARIES (March 21-April 19): An emotional incident can be expected. The way you handle peers, colleagues, clients, or anyone you do business with will make a difference to your future direction and prospects. Do not divulge secret information or get involved in a secret encounter.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Pick up the pace. Take on a worthy cause, or do what you can to support your community. A sense of belonging will bring you closer to people sharing your concerns. Listen carefully to what's being offered. Respond with enthusiasm.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Protect your assets, and keep tabs on what and whom you owe. Negotiate legal and contractual issues, but be sure to get whatever you agree upon in writing. A personal relationship can cause you grief because of uncertainty or infidelity.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Emotions will be close to the surface. Put your effort into a creative endeavor, learning a language or trying something unusual. Getting together with someone from a different background will broaden your outlook. A partnership will enhance your life.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Stubbornness will be followed with repercussions if you aren't willing to compromise. Additional responsibilities may weigh you down, but the rewards will be worth your while. A change in attitude will help you find common ground with someone you are at odds with.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Emphasize what you can do for others as well as what you can learn. Do not mix business with pleasure or let a professional incident escalate. A chance to integrate what you know into a project that interests you will pay off.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You will learn from the people you encounter and the places you visit. A cultural event will spark ideas and new possibilities. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to change direction if you take action and make it happen.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You'll daydream and tweak your imagination with the thoughts you ponder. Create a plan that can buy you the freedom you want, and start the ball rolling. You'll get help from an unusual source. Do whatever it takes to reach your goals.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You may desire change, but don't do anything rash. Self-improvement will help you project a better image and more confidence. Love and romance are in the stars, but honesty may be lacking. Check motives before you give your heart away.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Follow a path that you feel comfortable pursuing. Get involved with people you feel will help you reach your goals. Express your emotions openly, and take suggestions someone makes seriously. Communication will lead to resolution.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You'll have to deal with pressure and added responsibility. Dealing with someone in an authoritative position may be intimidating, but if you are well-prepared, you should be able to handle any situations you face.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Concentrate on your skills and talents, and put them to the test. Networking functions will enable you to connect with people who are trying to reach similar goals. Banding together with the right people will pay off.

Worst Opening Lines in Books:

• The End

• "Well, all evidence points to the butler, but just in case, I'm going to go through this lengthy list of possible but unlikely suspects and eliminate them one by one, just to be sure."

• It was a dreary and drizzly night.

• OK, this is going to be really hard to describe, but it all happened in that one place with the thing and the person that said that one thing that one time.

• Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was born in Chile, adopted when she was 6 months old, and was raised by Italian-American parents in Marlboro, N.Y.

• The following account is taken directly from official CIA files and relates to Mr. B[xxxxxx] M[xxxxxx] of [xxxxxx], MN and the time that he tried to kill J[xxxxxx] K[xxxxxx] on J[xxxxxx] 17, 19[xxxxxx], even though he [xxxxxx] with her [xxxxxx], and she [xxxxxx]ed it.

• Jacob listened to the creaking of the rocking chair as he rocked: creeeeeak, creak, creeeeeak, creak, creeeeeak, creak, creeeeeak, creak, creeeeeak, creak.

• It was definitely the most mundane of times.

• Whatever you paid for this book, it was too much.

• As we gathered around the living room fireplace, Uncle George suddenly chilled us all to the bone, for we realized that we were locked in the cabin only a second before his dreadful words sunk into our brains: "I want to tell you about something that changed my life; I want to tell you about a company called Amway."

• Call me Bob.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks Brian Tanner for the material in today's Ledge.

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