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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Wait to see what others do and say. Get promises in writing, and don't offer something you may not be able to honor. An unpredictable situation is best left alone until you feel safe and secure regarding the outcome.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Take action and control. Show how passionate you feel about the things you do and the people you care about most, and you will receive greater opportunity to prove how valuable you are. Put your best foot forward.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Look closely at your current position, and you will find ways to improve what you do or what you receive for your time and effort. Step up the pace, and keep everyone important abreast of the situation, and you will benefit.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Take on a project that is different from anything you have done in the past. Explore new avenues and meet new people. Up your game and appeal to others, and your personal gain will increase. Love is highlighted.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Voice your opinion, and make a difference. A change of scenery or hanging out with people from unusual backgrounds will open up a host of new opportunities. Expect someone to show distain or jealousy. Don't fuel the fire; massage the situation.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Enjoy people, places, and hobbies that have brought you joy in the past. Interacting with someone you love will enhance your personal life. Children will play a role in a decision you must make. Be true to your word and your heart.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Try not to get caught up in inevitable personal situations. Go about your business, and be as productive as possible with regard to research, educational pursuits, and exploring new connections. Don't give in to emotional blackmail or unprofessional tactics.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You'll accomplish more if you get out and do things outside your home base. Business or promotional trips will be fruitful and take your mind off a personal matter. A lifestyle change will do you good. Look at your options.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Keep your head clear and your communication honest and straightforward. Move quickly and precisely to get your point across and make your position clear. Avoid spending your own money. Protect your heart and your reputation.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Change things up a bit. Do the unexpected, and you will catch someone trying to give you a hard time. Offer a suggestion to someone you love, and you will find out exactly where you stand and how to proceed.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You are overdue for a change. A new source of income will buy you freedom to follow a dream. Don't share too many of your ideas; someone is likely to take credit for a concept that is rightfully yours.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Show your willingness to get along and to be a contributor. What you offer will lead to a contract, settlement, or investment that will help you out financially. A love relationship appears to have a much brighter future than you anticipated.

Rejected Sam Spade:

• She had legs like the movie Jackie Brown, good and long — but also would've benefited from 20 minutes of shaving.

• The mug had alabaster skin and ivory-flecked eyes. He made me feel things, things I hadn't felt before. I wanted to paint him. He was just so damned white.

• "Put the gun down, and fight me like a man," I yelled. She laughed at this, perhaps a little too heartily. While she was distracted by mirth, I took the opportunity to kick her in the shin.

• "Kiss me," she said, wantonly. I could see the sadness in her eyes. The loneliness of lord knows how many nights of sleeping by herself. "Kiss me," this time more a beg than a request and with a hint of bourbon in it. "Kiss me … kiss me … please, just tell me you love me. It doesn't have to be true," she piteously bleated and pleaded. I hate it when Mom drinks.

• "Bonjour, senorita," he intoned with a practiced semi-perceptible accent. Yes, he was suave. And that meaning "smooth," not "soft" like a Latin-speaker might think.

• I liked the bloke. Cocksure, strong, didn't say much. I thought about taking him on for a while, as a partner. But no … it never would've worked; there weren't no room in my life, let alone apartment, for a horse that size.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks Matt Larson and Chris Okiishi for contributing to today's Ledge.

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