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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Do things in partnership. Plan to attend a networking function that promises fun as well as opportunities to expand your interests. Don’t view a difference of opinion as being negative. Listen, learn and collaborate to come up with the best alternative.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Keep things moderate and within your means. Don’t feel obligated to pay for someone else. Taking care of your personal finances will help you stay on top of your situation, and avoid a loss. A short trip will improve a partnership.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Getting involved in home-improvement projects or making a residential move will lift your spirits but may upset your bank balance. Tread carefully if you plan to make expenditures that can swell out of proportion. Embrace change, but be realistic.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t expect others to do things for you. Take responsibility for what needs to be done. Express your thoughts, and don’t fear hearing a different opinion. Live by your rules, and follow your heart. Your intuition won’t let you down.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Make plans to improve your life. A change of scenery or philosophy will get you moving in a direction better suited to who you are and what you want to accomplish. Don’t let anyone hold you back.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You will get ahead if you are receptive to change, learning new methods, and adopting new concepts. The people you meet on your quest to improve will make contributions along the way, leading to long-lasting connections.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Take a moment to reflect and rejuvenate. Nurture, pamper, and do the things that you love to do. Taking care of your needs will help clear your head and prepare you for what’s to come. A youngster will offer innocent insight.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You’ll be called upon to assist someone you love. You may be short of energy, but what you offer will be extraordinarily helpful to both you and the ones you help. Your emotions will be mixed.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You may think you have everything figured out, but be wary of the people feeding you information. Mixed messages will lead to a costly mistake. Now is not the time to trust someone else to do what’s best for you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Take your time, and think carefully through every move you make. There is no room for error when it comes to discussions. Use your insight and brawn if necessary to keep things moving along as required to reach your destination.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t let emotional confusion take over. Think about the consequences before you leap into action. Discuss your plans with whomever they will affect, making sure you are on the same page before following through. Having someone’s blessing will make your victory sweeter.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): An innovative, creative approach to the way you divvy up your money or what you invest in now will make a difference to how well you do down the road. Romance will bring added benefits and a nice contribution.

Halloween Need-to-Know Week — Witches

• Modern-day “witches” are usually practitioners of Wicca, which is like a religion, but without all the stuff that’s depressing to think about. But it DOES have lots of bad poetry and setting stuff on fire.

• Wiccans call their craft “magick,” to signify that it’s kind of like magic but totally different. Compare to Deng Xiaoping’s 1982 introduction of “Ckommunism.”

• Some Wiccans claim that those hanged in the Salem witch trials were actually practitioners of Wicca. Scientists think that they may have eaten wheat that contained poison fungus, causing adverse behavioral changes. Given that Wicca hadn’t yet been invented in 1692, I'm inclined to go with the scientists on this one.

• Many Wiccans are dismissive of pop-culture portrayals of witches, because of their “propagandized” nature. Except for “Buffy.” “Buffy” rules.

• Wiccan covens tend to congregate in one of two places: either the forest or the beach. Forest covens are sometimes referred to as “Arboreals,” whereas beach covens are more colloquially known as “Sand Witches.”

• Some practitioners of magick believe that it is a power that one is born to, and people who are not “adept” can simply never hope to be as enlightened and spiritually awake as a magickal person. Beliefs of this type are sometimes also called “fascism.”

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

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