No Excuses, Capricorn!

By Jack Fertig

Q Scopes

A new moon in Libra opposing Eris is likely to trigger animosities and make competition harsher. Dark intent may be lurking behind beautiful manners. Style is nice, but pay more attention to substance.

ARIES (March 20 - April 19): An amorous adventure can make a new relationship or break an old one. Either way, buckle your seatbelt. It's going to be a bumpy ride. If you're having relationship problems, deal with them directly. "Letting off steam" will just get you scalded.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): You and your partner have plenty to talk about. Being too nice is likely to backfire. State the facts of the situation graciously, but don't hold back. This will open up much deeper questions, but honesty and openness yield better answers.

GEMINI (May 21- June 20): If you treat your family or home a little more like a business it will be easier to say what needs saying. Sugarcoating the truth or sweeping unpleasantness under the rug is a big mistake.

CANCER (June 21- July 22): Changes at home can get off to a rocky start. Remember that you and your family or roommates are all in this together. Accept constructive criticism as a chance to improve on your ideas. The more you're seen listening, the more you can do.

LEO (July 23 - August 22): Arguments may leave you needing to mend a lot of fences. If you need to prove your brilliance, how brilliant can you really be? Just stick to your own little patch of Earth and offer gentle hospitality to a few good friends.

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22): Being sweet, brilliant and clever will charm your friends, but at work you could come off as glib and smarmy. Relax. Keep it simple and straightforward and don't say anything you can't back up with facts.

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22): Some time alone will help you sort out your priorities, but don't hide in a closet! Get out and see some foreign film or other arts that you normally wouldn't experience. The challenge will do you good!

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): It's too easy to get into arguments over money, especially with your partner. Better to work with your partner on clearing accounts and organizing finances. Stay cool and focused. Remember you're both on the same side.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20): Don't be paranoid. The whispering behind your back is probably about a pleasant surprise. Even if there is a knife aimed at your back you have good friends, some in high places, looking out for you.

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): Making excuses for a friend's drinking, abuse, incompetence, law-breaking, etc. will just drag you into a complicated mess. The best thing your pal can do is shape up and face the music. If you can't stay out of that wreck, call Al-Anon.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): Your friends' most "brilliant" ideas are likely to get you into trouble. Use your own brain. Play devil's advocate. An argument with your pal could get boisterous, but that's better than the consequences of an ill-considered act.

PISCES (February 19 - March 19): Supporting your partner doesn't mean you have to endorse ideas you disagree with or plans you don't like. Insincerity can undermine a relationship too. Share your reservations as constructive criticism. Instead of doubt offer helpful alternatives.

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