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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Use your information, expertise, and skills to impress people, and you will bypass someone trying to outmaneuver you. Keep emotions tucked away, and remain consistent and confident as you go about your business. Plan to have fun. Spend time with someone special.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Take time for the people, places, and things you enjoy. Show how much you care by making special plans or doing little things that you know will please someone, and you will avoid senseless bickering that will weaken your position.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Be honest. You may not want to face opposition or hurt someone's feelings, but in the end, it will make life easier. Making alterations at home or work will play in your favor. Don't limit what you can do by hiding out.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): An important relationship may be strained if you aren't straightforward about the past, how you feel, and what you want to do to resolve pending issues. Focus on maintaining your reputation and earning the respect of someone you love.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Settle down, and work toward a goal that will help you out financially. Criticism will arise if you are all talk and no action. Avoid divulging your secrets to someone you work with or who can influence your future.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A change of plans due to an emotional situation or a debate must not confuse you. Work with whatever you are given to prove you are capable regardless of the circumstances. The result will be improvement and recognition.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Check out new interests and people. If you join forces with people who have similar concerns, you will make a difference. Love and intimate relationships may be confusing or questionable. Consider whether to rekindle or move on.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Refrain from sharing personal secrets or gossip. Question the motives of anyone you are dealing with at work or with matters pertaining to your residence. Focus on making personal changes, but don't go overboard. At this time, less will be sufficient.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Chat about your accomplishments, share your ideas for the future, and you will draw in the people most likely to give you a helping hand. Get involved in your community, and you will find a way to offer something special at a premium.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Put your energy into making work-related changes or letting go of past incidents that have stood between you and your goals. Don't get angry when the sweetest revenge is your success. Make changes that count.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Your innovative way of dealing with money, legal, medical, or contractual issues will take someone skeptical by surprise. Work your magic, and you will get what you want in the end. A change in your financial situation looks promising.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Build a better relationship with someone from your past. Don't let finances come between you and someone you care about. Pay back debts, or make amends. Once you resolve a pending problem, positive results and a new beginning will lead to success.

Notes to Self:

• When an up-to-that-point very friendly Walmart sales associate politely informs you of the three-day waiting period Iowa requires one to receive a permit to purchase a handgun, the proper response is not, "Well, that sucks. Where do you keep the chain saws and tarps?"

• Next time you're so worried about intestinal bleeding that you make your boss drive you to the ER in the middle of the workday, consider first that this may be the natural result of eating three massive slices of red velvet cake the previous evening.

• When packing for a three-week trip abroad, be sure to label your desperately necessary box full of antibiotics and anxiolytics with "Medications" in small, precise letters — because "MY DRUGS" scrawled out in purple permanent marker raises more than a few flags with the TSA.

• The next time you join a book club, commit and read the book. Don't just assume the movie you saw was a faithful adaptation. Also: apparently, Animal Farm has absolutely nothing to do with Otter and Bluto ruining Faber College's Homecoming parade.

• When stopped at a police checkpoint because they are "searching for a kidnapper," the proper response is not, "Sure, I'll do it."

• If your obstetrician informs you and your partner of upcoming twins, it is impolitic to gleefully reply, "Sweet, then we'll have a spare."

Andrew R. Juhl often notes how often he notes himself.

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