Wilmslow Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -


(Mar 21/Apr 20) IF you keep re­press­ing and sup­press­ing your emo­tions you could end up miss­ing an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity. If you think an ar­range­ment is un­fair, speak up. Some­one in power will ad­mire your courage and re­ward you. You should also make the pow­ers-that-be aware of your aims and as­pi­ra­tions. If you want to get ad­vanced train­ing or go on a busi­ness trip, say so. You might think your de­sires are ob­vi­ous, but no­body can read your mind. The more forth­com­ing you are, the greater your suc­cess.


(Apr 21/May 21) FRIENDS have too much in­flu­ence over you. It’s time to break away from the crowd. Try­ing to keep up with sta­tus-ori­ented in­di­vid­u­als is an ex­pen­sive busi­ness. It’s bet­ter to save your hard earned cash for a rainy day. Work­ing be­hind the scenes on an im­por­tant project will keep you on your toes. You’ll have to pick up the pace. A slow, me­thod­i­cal ap­proach will cause you to miss im­por­tant dead­lines. Force your­self to cut cor­ners and make fast de­ci­sions, no mat­ter how hard you might find it.


(May 22/Jun 21) A STRONG de­sire for achieve­ment may be mak­ing you ne­glect a re­la­tion­ship. Get your pri­or­i­ties right. If you don’t give a loved one the re­spect and af­fec­tion they de­serve, your bond will weaken. The se­cret to your suc­cess is a happy home life. With­out that, you can feel hope­lessly adrift. You will have an op­por­tu­nity to at­tend an ex­cit­ing party. Let this be a place where you can put your ad­mi­ra­tion on dis­play. Play­ing sec­ond fid­dle to your best friend or ro­man­tic part­ner would be a good idea.


(Jun 22/Jul 23) RE­SIST the temp­ta­tion to an­a­lyse the life out of a sit­u­a­tion. You will fare much bet­ter if you use in­tu­ition as your guide. A chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tion at work will eat into your leisure time. Tak­ing on an ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity will give you the chance to learn valu­able skills. With this knowl­edge, you’ll be able to earn a pro­mo­tion. Some­times you have to make short-term sac­ri­fices for the sake of larger goals. If you want to get ahead, put in some ex­tra hours.


(Jul 24/Aug 23) CASH con­flicts need to be dealt with. Pay­ing off a debt should be your first or­der of busi­ness. If your busi­ness or ro­man­tic part­ner does not agree, you could be placed in a se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial po­si­tion. It may be best to sep­a­rate your in­ter­ests from theirs. The last thing you need is to be im­pli­cated in a law­suit. If some­one asks you to un­der­sign a loan, don’t. Be pre­pared to re­sist some emo­tional ma­nip­u­la­tion. You must pro­tect your in­ter­ests, even at the risk of seem­ing un­gen­er­ous.


(Aug 24/Sep 23) A FRIEND or loved one is get­ting to be too de­pen­dent on you. It’s time to as­sert your in­de­pen­dence. If you’ve al­ways filled in their gaps for them, tell them they must do more for them­selves. The sooner they get to grips with how cer­tain jobs are done, the stronger your bond will be­come. You can al­ways go back to your pre­vi­ous ar­range­ment af­ter both of you have learned to value the other’s role. If you en­ter into a busi­ness part­ner­ship, it will com­pro­mise your do­mes­tic life. Think twice be­fore you sign.


(Sep 24/Oct 23) YOU might be rush­ing around from pil­lar to post but that doesn’t mean you can avoid the un­pleas­ant re­al­i­ties of life. It’s im­por­tant to re­spond to an of­fi­cial let­ter be­fore the dead­line passes. You might have to pay a penalty, serve on a jury or sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion. Stop fret­ting and do what is ex­pected. By break­ing this chore down into small steps, it will seem less odi­ous. For­tu­nately, a good friend or lov­ing part­ner can cover for you while you’re busy. Ac­cept their gen­er­ous of­fer of help.


(Oct 24/Nov 22) DON’T stir up a drama for the fun of it. If you’re at a loose end, turn your at­ten­tion to a favourite hobby or sport. This will keep your brain busy and stop you get­ting into trou­ble. A ro­man­tic dis­ap­point­ment could be weigh­ing on your heart. Tak­ing out any anger on those near­est and dear­est to you will un­der­mine your re­la­tion­ship. Your best course of ac­tion is to be gra­cious and move on. Don’t be sur­prised if you find love while out and about ex­er­cis­ing. There’s noth­ing as ir­re­sistible as the glow of good health.


(Nov 23/Dec 21) YOUR rel­a­tives have an al­most un­con­di­tional love for you. They al­ways ap­prove of your be­hav­iour. Un­for­tu­nately, you might not al­ways de­serve such loy­alty and af­fec­tion. Be scrupu­lously fair and kind­hearted and treat ev­ery­one with re­spect. If some­one tries to make you look fool­ish, deal with them in a straight­for­ward, no non­sense way. Play­ing mind games will re­flect badly on you. A pro­fes­sional at­ti­tude will make you feel wor­thy of your fam­ily’s ado­ra­tion.


(Dec22/Jan20) ALTHOUGH you long to be un­der­stood, it seems like an im­pos­si­ble goal. Peo­ple mis­take your hard work­ing at­ti­tude for sanc­ti­mony. In­stead of bend­ing over back­wards to prove them wrong, stay calm. Keep fol­low­ing your in­stincts. Even­tu­ally, the in­tel­li­gent mem­bers of the group will re­alise your con­tri­bu­tions are in­valu­able. Ev­ery­one else prob­a­bly feels rather guilty be­cause their ef­forts can’t match yours. For­tu­nately, your home life is very re­ward­ing. Let your fam­ily pam­per and spoil you.


(Jan21/Feb19) AS soon as money comes in, it goes right back out again. Part of the prob­lem is your gen­eros­ity. The next time some­one asks for a loan, turn them down. Your first pri­or­ity is to your­self. Pro­tect­ing your fi­nances is crit­i­cal. Stop mak­ing ex­cuses for some­one who sim­ply re­fuses to work. You’ve al­ways had a soft heart. Ex­press it through of­fi­cial char­ity work. Do­nate time and en­ergy to a wor­thy cause. It’s no use try­ing to res­cue some­body who is their own worst en­emy.


(Feb20/Mar20) TRY not to get too caught up in mi­nor prob­lems. Help­ing those who are less for­tu­nate can put your dilem­mas in the proper per­spec­tive. You may not be able to get ahead at work, but it won’t al­ways be the case. Carry on do­ing the best you can while look­ing for new op­por­tu­ni­ties. Even­tu­ally, a high pro­file job will come along that is just right. Keep the faith. You can earn ex­tra money by sell­ing hand­made items on­line or at a pres­ti­gious bou­tique.

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