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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Take a moment to relax and rethink your next move. Don't feel pressured to make a decision because someone is putting demands on you. Open up conversations that will help you see all sides to whatever situation you face.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Problems with teachers, superiors, or anyone in charge can be expected. Don't lose patience when what's required is well-thought-out solutions. A partnership will boost your confidence and strengthen your position. Romance is in the stars.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Avoid joint ventures that are financially or contractually binding. It's important to stick to your original plan, especially if it allows you the freedom to follow a path that is better suited to your needs.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Arguments will flare up with a friend, lover, or a youngster in your life. Try to remain calm, and you will save yourself the grief a no-win situation has to offer. Peace and love will offer better results.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don't make changes at home that are likely to upset your relationship with someone you live with or near. Altering your location will do more for your morale and help you come up with ways to do what you want without causing a ruckus.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Start the process of making the alterations to your life that will help improve your standard of living. This is not the time to invest in what someone else does. Put yourself first, and don't feel guilty about doing so.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Keep a watchful eye over your personal finances, your home, and the people around you. A change in the way someone treats you should be an eye-opener regarding what you should do to protect your position.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Keep life simple, and indulge less. Work toward a common goal with someone you respect. Focus on manipulating your environment to suit your needs. Love is on the rise, and help will come from an unusual source.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don't make unnecessary changes to the way you earn your living. Focus more on home, family, and improvements that affect you personally. Problems with someone you work with must not lead to an impulsive mistake you'll live to regret.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Don't take on too much, or neglect what's most important to you. Concentrate on home, family, and nurturing what you have worked so hard to acquire. A unique job offer will be worth considering. Romance will enhance your personal life.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don't trust anyone with your secrets. Look at your options, and be creative in the way you move forward. An emotional issue regarding your physical well-being must not be allowed to fester. Overly reacting will not solve the problem.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Money matters are looking good. Coming into a windfall or being offered a contract too good to refuse is possible. Wheel and deal until you get what you want. New prospects appear to give you a boost personally and professionally. Love is highlighted.

General and unsolicited advice:

• People who ask for "just a tiny piece" of cake: Do you not understand how awkward you're making things for the rest of us?

• Just as "good painting is good taping," delicious nachos are proper chip tessellation.

• The lie we tell ourselves most often is "Oh, I'll never finish all this."

• If you're still using the word "retarded" to mean someone or something is stupid, please stop. Using that particular word in that particular way is so completely autistic.

• Consider humanitarian charities this holiday season. Think about it: For price of a single frappuccino, you can feed an African orphan for an entire week. How those orphans subsist an entire week on a single coffee is anybody's guess, though.

• People are like snowflakes. Get enough of them together in one place at one time, and it'll ruin your day for sure.

• Until you have a child of your own, you'll never understand the joys of complaining about your children.

• If you can dish it out, you should also be prepared to take it. And keep a spatula handy, just in case you need to flip it to cook it thoroughly without burning. Slotted spatulas work best, in my experience.

• Always remember that a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single decision: to ignore the metric system.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks Jayne Sanderson for contributing to today's Ledge.

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