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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Difficulties will sprout up if you let your emotions run wild. Unexpected circumstances will lead to meeting an eccentric individual with something interesting to offer. Don't judge too quickly; there is an extraordinary lesson and benefit from this encounter.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Keep your private matters a secret. Sharing something with someone you work with will eventually hurt your chance to advance. Focus on listening and gathering information that will enable you to secure a good position. Don't spend, save.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Network with people in powerful positions, and you will get the chance to show off what you have to offer. Romance is your ticket to a better personal relationship and standard of living. Keep an open mind, and enjoy the youthful energy.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Protect your home, your possessions, and your physical and emotional well-being. Get together with friends who enjoy the same activities that you do. Stabilizing your future can be as easy as taking an unusual interesting course. Let your creative imagination lead the way.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Travel and interacting with people who interest you will bring positive opportunities for future prospects. Don't let negative influences put a damper on your day. Keep your eyes, ears, and heart open, and an unexpected situation will lead to a new beginning.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Make adjustments at home that will ease financial stress. Research coupled with shopping for a bargain will help you cut your costs and maintain a sustainable environment. Discuss your plans, and you will get the support you need to move forward.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don't give in to demands. Protect what you have worked so hard to achieve. Express your intentions with color and passion. A change of location will lead to good fortune. Call in favors and follow through.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Make unusual alterations to your home or to the way or where you live. A creative idea you have should be developed. You are best to keep your overhead down and stick to basics until you are in a position to spend without concern.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Put more effort into getting ahead personally and professionally. What you do for others now will pay off later. Changes to your love life or a partnership are apparent. An upbeat approach to whatever you do in unison will bring good results.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Maintain a low profile. Keep your ideas and plans a secret until you are fully prepared to present what you have to offer with confidence. Expect opposition and interference from friends, family, or your peers. Proceed with caution.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Focus on legal, financial, and medical issues, and you will make headway. Look for positive professional opportunities, and you will find a new way to raise your standard of living. Romance will improve your personal life.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Accept the inevitable and keep moving forward. Revamp your plans, and secure your assets. Don't let an incident lead to a no-win situation. Arguing will not resolve matters. Focus on your gains, not what others do.

Lesson Learned in Risk:

International trade is complex and difficult, particularly because all ships sailing to Europe must pass through Greenland.

Germany might have won World War II if Hitler had just finished Europe before trying to conquer Russia and North Africa. He would have gotten five extra armies per turn. Rookie Mistake.

Life is simpler when the Middle East is one united region.

The person who named Canada could spell Alberta and Ontario, but not Quebec. Eastern Canada is beautiful this time of year.

If you live in Australia, make friends with Vietnamese people. You can't ever leave without going through them.

Japan has roughly the same strategic value as Madagascar.

Egypt is the only country on the African mainland that anyone knows by name. Due to the presence of East, Central, and North Africa, I'm pretty sure South Africa was just a lucky guess.

The words Eastern Australia and Western Australia are longer than the continent of Australia when next to each other. They must overlap to fit. And that, my friends, is the origin of the non-natural border.

America only needs military bases in Greenland, Brazil, and Alaska to defend itself. Anything else is superfluous. Let's see you strike now, Steve, you overly confident fool.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks Chuck Kirk for the material in today's Ledge.

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