Think carefully, Cancer!

By Jack Fertig

Q Scopes

Mercury and the Sun are now conjunct at the midpoint of the Saturn-Pluto square that continues to dominate the sky. Be very careful of "clever" impulses that are likely to precipitate disaster. "Brilliant inspirations" need very careful consideration!

ARIES (March 20 - April 19): Your tongue is a dangerous weapon. Your sharp insights could cut both ways, sabotaging your career and your relationships. Focus that wit on sexual innovation in proper, private venues. Indiscretions can also be very dangerous.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Arguing with your partner could be bad for your health. Likewise, accepting suggestions for your exercise and hygiene regimens could illustrate the gap between theory and practice. You could get very badly hurt falling into that gap.

GEMINI (May 21- June 20): You're taking fun way too seriously. That can make you a difficult playmate, but does help in developing skills, artistry and craft. It can also be good for sports if you don't get reckless and hurt yourself - or others - in the process.

CANCER (June 21- July 22): A creative, playful approach could help resolve household problems; focus on creative, not playful. Real creativity is hard work, not "helpful" suggestions. A big change is due - breaking up or moving in together? Or something subtler? Think carefully before deciding.

LEO (July 23 - August 22): Most accidents happen around the home. The challenge to learning new skills is humility. Just put one foot carefully in front of the other. Showing off and being too clever will only make you miss important steps and trip yourself up.

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22): Be careful whom you discuss financial matters with. New schemes and investments, sound as they may seem, are much riskier than they look. Your playful banter could be shocking and offensive, but is that a bad thing?

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22): Big changes in your family - or in community activities - push you to reevaluate your position. Be careful of snap judgments that could threaten your relationships and compromise your self-image.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): Efforts at being clever, bright and "real" could just end up with you exposing far more of yourself than you really want to - and much more than is wise. Share those dark secrets with a very trustworthy friend, not with the world!

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20): Your real friends? List the people you can count on; lose some of the others. The pressure to keep up with your social calendar could stress you out, causing some ugly scenes. Send a few "regrets" and save yourself the trouble.

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): Whether they're jealous of your achievement or their intentions are better than their foresight, take any advice from friends with a grain of salt. Even in idle gossip you may glean important news, but always double check.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): Criticism at work is likely to sting more than it's intended to. Do your best to take it graciously and think about it. People are noticing your ability to adapt and get on well with superiors under that kind of stress.

PISCES (February 19 - March 19): Friends who are privy to your sex life may be suddenly loose-lipped. If you can keep the subject less personal and more focused on the politics of sex and gender, you could get some very interesting new perspectives.

Jack Fertig, a professional astrologer since 1977, is available for personal and business consultations in person in San Francisco, or online everywhere. He can be reached at 415-864-8302, through his Web site at http://www.starjack.com, and by e-mail at QScopes@qsyndicate.com.

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