MOON ALERT: After 4 p.m., avoid shopping or important decisions. The moon is in Pisces.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
The day starts off with a lot of enthusiasm; however, something might dampen your high spirits by the afternoon. Fortunately, it’s your attitude and your response to things that really make all the difference.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
You feel friendly and social, which means you are keen to schmooze with others. An interaction with a female friend could be significant. Keep track of shared expenses to avoid later problems. Do whatever you can to make your life easier.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
You are a bit high visibility, which is why people notice you. Even though you’re in a playful mood and ready to party, you will still get a lot done at work because you are focused. Be patient with close friends and partners if things get sticky or snappish.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
You won’t have any trouble finding a way to do something different or to experience your daily world in an exciting, unusual way. Masked little figures, pumpkins, Halloween lanterns and creatures from Star Trek riding the bus will satisfy your urge for something different.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Work with the wealth and resources of others to achieve your aims and objectives. You might want help from someone else or you might want to borrow something from someone. Either way, you want to satisfy family members and their quest.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This is a busy, fast-paced day. Short trips, errands and talking with neighbours, relatives and siblings will be par for the course. You might be busy because of your personal life or you might be busy because it’s Halloween.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
This will be a productive day for you for the most part. However, once the moon alert begins, your imagination heightens and your productivity diminishes, especially due to distractions or shortages. Just go with the flow and enjoy yourself.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
For many of you, this is your favourite day of the year. You love secrets, goblins, skeletons, masks, hidden treasures, free sweets and fun times. You are quite at home with the cobwebs and scary ghosts.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
You are in fine form because if truth be known, you would rather hide somewhere and keep a low profile. Let’s hope you get a chance to do this. However, both Venus and Mars want you to participate with others.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Like Virgo, you are stimulating a fast-paced, busy day by talking to everyone and being involved with groups. You are also working hard because your ambition is aroused. Enjoy activities with others, especially younger people.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
People notice you, whether you are in costume or not. That’s because the sun is at the top of your chart shining a flattering light on you. This is symbolic, so it continues to apply even at night, when only owls and goblins watch our streets.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
You’ll be happy because you are eager for something different to happen. You want a change from your normal routine. This will certainly be the case because it is Halloween, and like you, many people are shape shifters who enjoy dressing up in costume.
Actress Vanessa Marano (1992) shares your birthday. You are courageous, strong-willed and persistent, which makes you well equipped to cope with whatever you face in life. This year, you will be more involved with others. Personal responsibilities with friends and family will be important, as will your service to others. Because of this, it’s wise to take care of yourself. Why not explore a makeover or do something that is rejuvenating? DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: My mother — a religious woman — hated evil Halloween and wouldn’t let us participate. My dad thought Halloween was fun and there were many arguments every year that my mother inevitably won because it was her who would have had to come up with the costumes.
My husband is a big Halloween fan and I find it very exciting to dress up in costumes and go out dancing or partying with friends on Halloween. We live in an apartment and take part in the candy giveaway over at our best friends’ house. My mother phoned today and tried to drop her acidic anti-Halloween comments on my head. I started to cry just like I did as a little girl.
My husband grabbed the phone and told her to put a lid on it and not to call back on this topic. “You’re the real witch in this situation. I want you to stop behaving mean and evil and leave my wife alone or I will be out to visit you,” he said.
My dad phoned next and my husband took the phone and talked to him as well. They had a long talk and he apologized for my mother’s behaviour. Apparently my mother is on the warpath after being told off. Now what? My husband would like to take her on, but I’m afraid he will rip the whole family up over Halloween.
— Big Horrible Mess, Winnipeg
Dear Big Horrible Mess: Now you have to take a strong stand. You have been the weak entrance point for your mom to get in and preach. Let her call again and if she mentions one word on this issue, read a written statement you have prepared that says something like this: “Mom, I love you, but you are not allowed to speak on this topic to me or my husband or any children we might have in the future. Please call back the day after you have calmed down and can talk about something else. Bye now, have a nice day.” Click.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: I was raped five years ago. I know the man who did it; I thought he was a friend. I fell asleep after drinking at a party at his house and he took my clothes off and took advantage of me. In the morning, he told me he wore a condom, so it was OK. It took me a few years to come to terms with the fact that he raped me while I slept. He is well-known in a certain industry; I see him everywhere on social media.
I can’t get over it and think about it all the time. I want him to be punished, but I know it’s my word against his. There are other women friends who will say I lied. I feel that no matter what, he will get away with being a rapist. I know he has done the same thing to at least two other women.
I don’t know what to do, I hate myself for getting in that situation and hate him for being a predator. I want him to pay so badly. Any advice about speaking to police would be appreciated. The other women won’t help. I’m on my own.
— Speak the Truth, Winnipeg
Dear Speak The Truth: Don’t hate yourself for a crime perpetrated on you. Even though it’s five years later, you need some counselling on sexual assault and its after-effects. You need to tell someone who will listen to you and who will work with you. You don’t actually need the help of the other two women you know about who you hear have been assaulted to go ahead and lay your own charges. You will need an experienced lawyer, though. You should get professional help and work on the long-lasting trauma, starting now.
Your first step should be a place that understands all the issues around sexual assault. Check out the Klinic website on sexual assault at klinic. mb.ca, or call their 24-hour crisis line at 204-786-8686. They also have a confidential sexual assault crisis line at 204-786-8631. You don’t have to suffer alone in silence.
John Candy was born 67 years ago today.