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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your "jump to it and do it" attitude will help as long as you don't expect anyone to keep up with you. Offering to do extra will put you in a good position when it comes to advancement. Romance is highlighted.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Keep your plans out in the open. You don't want anyone to accuse you of withholding information. Ask questions if someone is looking for a handout or offering a phony sales pitch. Keep anyone using emotional manipulation at arm's length.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You are likely to face delusional situations. Listen carefully and ask questions if you think you are being misled. Offer precise and honest answers. A stalemate will develop if you aren't willing to compromise. Emotions will be difficult to control.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don't make decisions based on hearsay. Go directly to the source and ask questions to find out exactly what's going on. Investigate something you would like to pursue before you sign up to do so. Preparation will save you emotionally and financially.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take action and let everyone see how efficient you are. Your charm and diplomatic way of dealing with controversy will win you points at home and at work. Offer physical and intellectual help, but be cautious about promising financial assistance.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Prepare to face opposition. Listen, observe and question until you feel confident you have enough information to make an intelligent decision. Don't let someone using relentless emotional blackmail coerce you into making a premature or poor choice.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don't waste time. You can make monumental changes that will help you understand and circumvent setbacks. By doing the right thing at the right time, you will overcome any confusion you face along the way. Travel and romance are highlighted.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You can wheel and deal when it comes to investments, but when it comes to affairs of the heart, you are best to guard against emotional manipulation. A spiritual or philosophical lifestyle change will bring positive results.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Play the game of life to win. Your enthusiastic, high-energy approach will capture interest personally and professionally, but don't make claims that you won't be able to manufacture. Focus on romantic relationships, home improvements and any youngsters in your life.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Stick close to home and avoid making changes that can disrupt an important relationship. Keep life simple and your expenditures moderate. A challenge may tempt you, but caution should be taken in order to avoid a physical mishap.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Your determination coupled with unique ideas and a good dose of imagination will help you reach your goal. Emotional situations will be enhanced if you make plans to do something special with your family or your lover. Home improvements will pay off.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You may be forced to take action when it comes to misinformation being spread. An emotional situation will be riddled with deception. Protect your heart as well as your assets. Someone will try to coerce you into doing something you shouldn't do.

Things my cat has taught me which were not covered in my New Cat Owner's Handbook:

• You can save time and effort by just feeding the carpet cleaner directly to your cat.

• You'll learn more about yourself in the split-second between realizing the cat about to claw your lap and the moment it does than you will from YEARS spent in expensive therapy.

• If your cat is sad or lonely, just get them a cat. Hey, it worked for you.

• Cats don't understand when you're petting them sarcastically.

• Almost nothing in life is more enjoyable than a kitten or less enjoyable than a full-grown cat.

• If a cat had the ability to simultaneously flick you off while correcting your grammar, it would do nothing other than that, eat, and sleep.

• You'll find it easier to get a divorce, quit a career, or drop out of school than you will trying to give away an adult cat.

• When your cat does something you want it to and you respond with an enthusiastic "Good job" — it has absolutely no reinforcing effect on the cat and may actually make the desired action less frequent for the foreseeable future.

• There's something about ankles that just pisses cats right the hell off.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks his cat-loving friend Jayne for contributing to today's Ledge.

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