Q Scopes: You'll be fine, Libra!

By Jack Fertig

Mercury is in Capricorn squaring Saturn and Eris, tending to be worried and argumentative. The good news: Venus is in Sagittarius in harmony to all three offering a pleasant negotiation between those challenges. Simply: Good times with friends will help you see more clearly through the problems.

ARIES (March 20 - April 19): Pay close attention to colleagues and higher-ups. Not that you're lacking, but you could learn a few tricks from them of how to be charming and sociable in ways that will prove to your advantage.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Don't be afraid of your own sex appeal. Even in an all-business situation your erotic draw, properly sublimated, will help you win friends and arguments. Some of those friends, however, aren't to be trusted. Be careful!

GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Talking dirty can be a real turn on and being brutally frank can be refreshing. There's a time and a place for everything, but with your partner and your good friends, don't hold back!

CANCER (June 21- July 22): The best way to stay out of trouble is to stick to business, especially your own! Being nice to colleagues will work to your advantage all the better if you don't expect anything in return, but stay focused on your goals.

LEO (July 23 - August 22): Take your work seriously, but not too much! Be willing to laugh at your own ideas. Having a sense of humor is more important than winning an argument, and it's more effective in getting others to accept your ideas.

VIRGO (August 23 - September 22): Leaning on traditional, homey values will get you through the crises at hand - as long as they're your own traditions. How did your grandparents deal with similar problems? Cooking up old family recipes can be a healing meditation.

LIBRA (September 23 - October 22): It's sometimes hard to know who to be in a relationship even though the answer is obvious: Just be your own sweet self. Turn on the charm (as if that takes any effort) and you'll be fine.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): Easy come, easy go? You could control the outflow if you can control your impulses. Keep an eye on your tongue as well; secrets aren't safe with you right now, but use that openness to examine old doubts, worries and fears.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20): Feeling the need to measure up in the social whirl? Go to the gym and brush up on your Dorothy Parker or Miss Manners if you feel you must. There's always room for improvement, but really, hon, you're fine as you are!

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): The stress for success is making you a mess. All work and no play... seriously. Take a break. You may think there's no time for that, but it's a good investment that will help you to work smarter, not harder.

AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): Charm and at least seeming open-minded will win more agreement than the accuracy and force of your arguments. Worrying over losses is useless. Meditate on what matters and get creative with friends to improve what you can.

PISCES (February 19 - March 19): Frustrated with your social life? It's just one of those passing Piscean phases. You could hone your social skills (Nobody's perfect!) or just focus on work for a while, be very productive and earn good notice for your efforts.

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 www.starjack.com, and by e-mail at QScopes@qsyndicate.com.

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