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example of maturity in a personal situation. This is nothing new, but you may have the feeling that someone has an advantage over you based on brute strength. That may be true now, but it won’t last long. You have the advantage of persistence, discipline and balance. Make sure you keep your flexibility. Don’t back yourself into a corner, clos- ing off your options or taking a hard line. You can take a mellow approach to existence, and give any situation a chance to play out. Remember, no matter how hot under the collar anyone may be, or is trying to make you, time is on your side.

Scorpio (October 23-November 22)

You may be nervous with how visible you are, and how far out on a limb you have to go to hold things together. Perhaps the people who actually hold responsibility don’t want to back you up, even though you’ve been left to do their bid- ding. If you suspect you’ve been set up to take the heat for something, you’re probably correct. The question is, how can you shift responsibility back to where it belongs? The first step will be by taking no heroic measures. It will take courage to let things fall apart, but if you stick to your actual responsibilities and don’t take on anything extra, the truth will be obvious.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 22) You must not take a short-sighted approach to long-term plans. Even so, something you’ve wanted to do may be ready to happen now. Before you take action, make sure this opportunity matches your ambitions. Once you set things in motion, they’re likely to stay that way and take on a life of their own, and others will be drawn into the process. It seems you’re on the brink of a decision, so be clear about what you need to know in order to make the right choice for you. Once you understand that, the next step is to take the leap, or to walk away. Be sure your choices are aligned with your motives. Hesitating will no longer work.

Capricorn (December 22-January 20) You may have a lack of confidence on something that really

should be, and perhaps the core issue is emotional rather than practical. You may think your identity is not stable enough to take on the challenges that presented to you. But what builds your sense of identity, your confidence or strength to stand up to the challenges and opportunities of existence? Direct experience. At a certain point, it’s neces- sary to reach beyond what you’ve done in the past, so that you can do something new or something that exceeds what you thought were your limitations. And when you do that, your ideas about security must play second fiddle to the fact of being alive.

Aquarius (January 20-February 19)

Life is not a matter of theory, but the great thing about theory is how manageable it is, compared to what actually happens. What actually happens is different than what you might fear happening. That said, it seems to be time for you to spark up some actual movement in your life, and your next step should be according to some kind of structured plan. Not a huge business plan; five or six possible steps, carefully considered and written in your notebook would be adequate. Those are different than what will actually happen, but at this stage you can work with a mix of about 10 percent theory, 85 percent action and a dash of faith that you’re doing the right thing.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

You’re in a phase of re-evaluating the events of this eventful year, and are considering your plans for the future. That said, there is something demanding your attention now. While others are taking a by-the-books approach, you seem more inclined to take a chance and do things your own way. Get used to the fact that there is no certainty, even though others around you act as if there is. It’s precisely the uncertainty factor that works to your best advantage. You have the gift of flexibility as well, and you don’t have to work as hard as you think to create one goal. You need to apply the right thought and the right effort, but no more.

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