Q Scopes: You are as beautiful as you feel, Scorpio!

By Jack Fertig

Venus is in Scorpio, tempting deep, dark passions, both erotic and aesthetic. Mercury in Virgo sextile Venus brings in critical insight and shrewd vision. Saturn is right in the middle, adding focus and structure. Put up that sling and/or take that art history class.

ARIES (March 20 - April 19): Working out, tight-fitting clothes and chit-chat in the bar can get you lots of places, but never very far. Superficial charm will work, but more mature and darker will help you find a solid match. Try quoting Dorothy Parker.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Want to please your sweetie? His or her secret desire could be a naughty, nude maid. It's one way to get the housework done. No sweetie? Someone at work wants to put some sugar in your bowl.

GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Staying home and doing housework can be more fun than you expect. Take it as a creative challenge. You could also expand that creativity to some efforts in the community, or share an adventure with some nephews and/or nieces.

CANCER (June 21- July 22): Write a letter to - or draw a picture of - the parents you always wanted. Then write a letter telling your real parents of all your disappointments, how they failed you and you them. Don't mail it! Just get it off your chest and forgive everyone involved.

LEO (July 23 - August 22): A serious talk about bills, accounting and fairness can save you and your housemates some decent money. Live alone? At least go over the bills and consider how your parents or grandparents got through the depression. Those pennies add up!

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22): Sit down and have a serious discussion about how you can economize. Better yet, make a very serious and practical plan about how you're going to increase your earnings. It will take hard work, but you can do it!

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22): Worries may be exaggerated, but still point to real problems. You have strength and value you don't realize, and those buried talents can get you through. Critical self-analysis should always include the positive.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): You are as beautiful as you feel, and however you feel about yourself is how the world will see you. If you need support and convincing, let a friend help you create a new look.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20): Trust your instincts - but only so far - for inspiration to get through the maze of politics and hierarchies that stands between you and success. Run those notions past a good friend who can improve your ideas.

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): While you're at the top of your game, new ideas and self-criticism to hone your skills will help you to rise even higher. Suggestions and praise from admiring friends should be happily accepted, although with a grain of salt.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): Wise as you are, are you smart enough to keep ego and pride out of your own way? The more you try to look good, the less you will. Let your facts and figures do the talking and you'll sizzle.

PISCES (February 19 - March 19): Acting as (or actively seeking) the wise and well-traveled voice of mature experience can help you find passion, if not actual love. What does your partner say? New adventures are good; they don't necessarily require a new playmate.

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 website at http://www.starjack.com, and by e-mail at QScopes@qsyndicate.com.

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