TO­DAY'S HOROSCOPE

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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.

TO­DAY’S BIRTH­DAY

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.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILES

John Candy was born 67 years ago to­day.

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