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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Delays can be expected. Listen to what others have to say, but don't feel the need to make a hasty decision. Bide your time, and refrain from taking on too much. Measure your tasks by quality, not quantity.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Follow through with your plans, but make exceptions if you come up against a situation that may have financial or legal implications. Get the facts, and you will know exactly how to proceed. Your attention to detail will pay off.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Look at your alternatives. Before you make a rash decision, you must be sure you aren't going to end up taking a loss. Impulse may eat away at you, but patience will be what keeps you out of trouble. Use your head.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Shop, pick up information, and follow interesting leads. You have so much to gain if you search for the things that bring you joy or items that will please the people you love. Romance is in the stars.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A challenge can be expected. You are best not to handle whatever you face in a traditional manner. The element of surprise will give you an edge. When it comes to accomplishments, precision, and perfection will lead to victory.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Keep a clear head and an open mind. Jumping to conclusions will not end well. Put more effort into the job you do, and listen to those with something to contribute. Don't get angry; get motivated to get things done.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Overreacting will put a dent in your reputation. You shouldn't let anyone bully you, but the way you handle such situations will be how your peers judge you. Keeping the peace while accomplishing what you promise will have an effect.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Express your intentions. Discuss your plans, and look into turning a longtime dream into a reality. Heading to places that interest, motivate, or entice you will be the first step in the right direction. Passion must be your temptation.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Show a little compassion, and make alterations that will improve your personal situation or lifestyle. Be honest about what you want and realistic regarding your goals. The right move will bring financial opportunity and an extended contract.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Finish what you start, and live up to what's expected of you. You will be given the perks you want and the backup you need to reach both personal and professional goals. Negotiations will turn in your favor. Present and promote.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You will learn a lot if you observe the way others handle situations or do things. The changes you make based on what you discover will help you avoid interference. Someone will recognize your talent and give you a chance.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Play to win. Use your insight, knowledge, and experience to close a deal or to persuade someone to contribute or collaborate with you. Wheel and deal; you will get the perks you want. Your reputation is about to get a boost.

When I'm a parent:

• I look forward to telling my kids about how when I was their age, I didn't have a fancy smart phone to play video games on. I had to use MY IMAGINATION and PRETEND that I had a fancy smart phone to play video games on.

• I will only buy my children such games as Jenga, Don't Spill the Beans, Kerplunk, and Don't Break the Ice. I prefer games that foster the idea of numerous winners — just so long as SOMEBODY loses.

• I'll be prepared to make sacrifices. To the Dark Gods. In the form of my children.

• I'll better understand that every child is precious in her or his own special way, which will help when it comes time to price them for the bazaar.

• I will recognize that each child has definite potential … to utterly ruin my life, marriage, and happiness.

• I will understand when my 18-year-old starts having sex, because I will also still be having sex with 18-year-olds.

• I'm not going to make the same mistakes my parents made; I'm not opening my child's cage because he's "having an asthma attack" — and even if I do, I'm making sure I remove the dirk from my belt first.

• I will never raise my child in a large city. I'll just leave them there with $20, a Nalgene full of Red Bull, and my wishes for their best.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks Brian Tanner for contributing to today's Ledge.

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