Aries (March 21-April 19) — If your judgment is distorted, don't be surprised to find yourself immersed in a competitive situation that's way over your head. The sooner you recognize it, the sooner you'll get out of it.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Attempting to knock that chip off the shoulder of an associate who delights in imposing his or her mandates on others will gain nothing. A better way to handle it: Simply ignore this person.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Regardless of your curiosity or desire to help, avoid prying into the confidential affairs of a friend who wants privacy. This person will appreciate your sensitivity to his or her cloistered needs.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) — If another feels you are harming his or her interests, it only stands to reason that this person will voice an opposition to your actions. Do what you can to address this concern.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Lead by example, not by demands. This is especially true if you expect perfection from others on something that you do not know how to handle well. Be reasonable.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Although there are times when events demand that you take a calculated risk, you must not gamble on anything that goes beyond a reasonable probability of success. Use your head.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Don't talk to just anyone about your problems, hoping you'll find the solution. Talking to the wrong person who dispenses bad advice could bring more trouble than you already have.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don't think you can criticize others and not expect consequences. When the word gets out about your condemnation, the responses could severely deflate your ego and ruin your reputation.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You would be wise not to interfere with a group-activity budget that is working well. Your belief that you could handle it better may prove to be one of your biggest blunders.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Leaving things to the last minute could result in a frustrating jumble. When it comes to essential matters, allow yourself plenty of time to work things out.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — You'll have as good a chance at success as the other guy when it comes to competitive involvements. Negative thinking will make you the loser, not the victor.

Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — Avoid financial dealings with friends, but if you can't for any reason, treat all money matters in a businesslike manner. There's a strong chance of a misunderstanding.

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