You don't need a lot of luxuries to be happy. If you're feeling tired or depressed, resist the urge to fill the void with expensive goods. Instead, find ways to make other people's lives happier. Take soup to a sick friend. Run errands for an elderly neighbourhood. Volunteer for a charitable organisation. When you give to others, you breed contentment. It's an unwritten law of the Universe. Staying away from your favourite stores and online shops can also help.
VIRGO 24 August – 23 September
If you need a favour, don't beat around the bush. Complimenting someone and then asking for help will just create resentment. Cultivating better relationships with your colleagues is critical to your success. Does it feel like you're being unfairly singled out? Ask the leader of the clique out for coffee. Enquire about ways you can break the ice. It could simply be a matter of sharing responsibilities. A capable person like you can often make others feel obsolete. Strive to make everyone feel valued.
LIBRA 24 September – 23 October
There's more to a work conflict than it seems. Two colleagues who are romantically involved may set you up for a fall. Protect your interests at all times. Keep copies of all of your email correspondence. If you have to make personal phone calls, do it on your lunch hour and use your own mobile. You never know who is monitoring your behaviour. It's sad that you have to take such extreme precautions, but it's a sign of the times.
SCORPIO 24 October – 22 November
Friends are buying things that are beyond your financial means. Try not to be jealous of their lavish lifestyles. A resourceful person like you needs to have a little money in the bank to feel secure. Being up to your eyeballs in debt will drive you to distraction. If you have a lot of bills to pay, consolidate them. Lower the interest rate. Pay everything off in monthly instalments and do your best not to incur any more charges until you're in the black again.
SAGITTARIUS 23 November – 21 December
It's more important to know your stuff than convey a glossy image. If you're out of your depth, get additional training. Alternatively, you can call upon an expert who can handle an important job for you. Nobody will hold it against you if you ask for help. You might even be surprised at how excited a colleague becomes at the prospect of teaching you. That's because you're famous for having an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge.
CAPRICORN 22 December – 20 January
You long to escape the drudgery of daily chores, but it simply isn't possible. If someone asks to accompany them on holiday, summon your strength and refuse. Your family needs you nearby to handle some important tasks. Try not to despair. You will have a chance to go away later. Until then, feel free to armchair travel with books and movies set in exotic locales. There's nothing wrong with daydreaming during your free time. One story may inspire you to visit a country you never considered visiting before.
AQUARIUS 21 January – 19 February
This isn't a good time to go on a wild spending spree. Emergency expenses will put a big crimp in your budget. If you owe a friend or relative money, your first obligation is to repay them. You may not realise it, but your loved one had to make some personal sacrifices to provide you with these funds. Besides, you have to keep your good name intact. The last thing you want is to have people think you are a waster.
PISCES 20 February – 20 March
You may be giving too much to your best friend or romantic partner. It's only natural for a generous person like you to lavish loved ones with gifts, favours and kindness. There comes a time when the well runs dry. At that stage, it becomes painful to part with emotional and financial resources, because you have so few of your own. Unfortunately, your partner may have become so used to being spoiled they have taken your generosity for granted. Break the cycle.
ARIES 21 March – 20 April
Overeating could have drastic effects. You're better off eating small meals throughout the course of the day. Choose lean proteins, fresh produce and whole grains. Fat, sugar and alcohol will wreak havoc with your system. Ordinarily, you have no trouble bouncing back from a binge. That won't be the situation now, when you're not on tip top form. Err on the side of caution. It's boring, but it's better than being laid low by digestive problems.
TAURUS 21 April – 21 May
You're having a wonderful time, but all good things must end. Prepare to change gear and participate in a group effort. The team needs your input. You've always been good at finding practical ways to execute new ideas. If you're not on hand to supervise a project, it will go off the rails. You can always return to your life of leisure when work settles down. Refusing to respond to the call of duty could cause permanent damage to work relationships.
GEMINI 22 May – 21 June
Buying household goods isn't advisable. You'll find much better prices on furniture, artwork and other domestic goods during a sale. Conserve your resources for a time when they will stretch further. A youngster may need a stern lecture more than a shoulder on which to cry. If you instate consequences for bad behaviour now, your young friend will avoid serious trouble later on. Be firm but fair. Exercising discipline is a form of love, although it may not be experienced that way at first.
CANCER 22 June – 23 July
Someone will ask for your honest opinion, but secretly just wants to be flattered. It's better to give a noncommittal response than issue a constructive criticism. If your friend keeps pressing you for details, refuse, claiming you can't be objective. You don't want to jeopardise your relationship. It's possible there is a cross cultural dynamic at work. What seems polite to you is rude to your friend and vice versa. Maintain a diplomatic silence. When it comes right down to it, some people are too sensitive to handle the truth.
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