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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don't let an emotional matter lead to a temper tantrum. You'll have regrets if you say or do something out of character. Focus on being fun to be with, and do your best to keep the peace and make personal improvements.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Put your plans into motion. Take care of emotional issues that need to be addressed. Put your heart on the line, and show how much you care, but don't go over budget. You cannot buy love. Invest conservatively.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Watch every move that others make, especially if it has to do with money or legal matters. Protect your possessions. Someone from your past will want to reconnect. Make sure whoever you are with contributes as much as you do.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Take the initiative, and get things accomplished. You will feel good when the work is done, and you'll avoid complaints from demanding people. Romance is on the rise, and they could also lead to an unexpected decision.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take pride in what you do even if someone gives you a hard time. If you are fun to be with, you will attract like-minded people who are eager to try something new. Don't let anyone use emotional blackmail to make you feel guilty.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): An emotional matter will develop at home if you don't keep busy and take care of your chores. Get what needs to be done out of the way, and make plans to get out and do the things that bring you joy.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Change your mind or direction if it makes sense to do so. Don't worry too much about what others think you should do. Follow your heart, and move ahead discreetly to avoid interference. Embrace the future.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Money is heading your way. Putting what you have to good use and showing moderation will ensure that you gain greater stability and less stress. Creativity is on the rise, along with love and romance.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Make changes at home that will help you be more productive. Asking questions and learning as you go will prove valuable. Don't hesitate or let mistakes deter you from reaching for the stars. Believe, take action, and you will achieve your goals.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Be careful whom you trust. Keep your personal secrets locked away. Offer hands-on help instead of making a donation. Don't disagree or argue, just do what feels right, and don't look back. Let your intuition guide you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Make financial decisions, and invest in something you feel will help raise your income. What you learn will come from experience, not sitting in a classroom. Uncertainty will make you question a partnership. Be a leader, not a follower.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Be creative with your investments, and look for alternative ways to boost your health and emotional wellness. Love is on the rise, and making plans that will stabilize an important relationship will bring you happiness and security.

Halloween Need-to-Know Week - Zombies:

• Zombies are shambling creatures that combine an insatiable hunger for brains with seeming invulnerability to both Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and kuru, due either to their strong belief in homeopathic medicine or to the fact that they're already dead.

• There are two distinct types of zombies: Romero-an (a.k.a. "gray") zombies are the kind most often portrayed in movies and retain almost none — if any — of their former humanity, whereas Lovecraftian (a.k.a. "white") zombies are often more human than human.

• In academia, there also exist "philosophical" zombies, persons who appear to think and feel, but who are not actually sentient. You know, like Ashlee Simpson.

• The one sure way to stop a zombie is to separate its head from its body. Hacking off its arms, legs, or lower torso will most likely prove ineffectual; much like me when 2 a.m.rolls around, a zombie will crawl across a carpeted ballroom using only its chin to get what it wants.

• Zombies usually walk — or, more accurately, limp — in a straight line. This makes pretty much anyone who got past the first level of Asteroids an expert in zombie-evading maneuvers.

• Could you kill a 6-year-old if you had fair warning? Sure you could. Is your average 6-year-old smarter than your average zombie? Sure it is. Should you be afraid of zombies? No. Six-year-olds? Perhaps.

Andrew R. Juhl would like to thank his friend Mike for collaborating on this week's Ledges.

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