Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - 21-April 19 20-May 20 21-June 20 21-July 22 23-Aug. 22 23-Sept. 22 23-Oct. 22 23-Nov. 21 22-Dec. 21 22-Jan. 19 Jan. 20-Feb. 18 19-March 20 — Tri­bune Me­dia Ser­vices

To ask a ques­tion is not a huge task. Clar­ify even the most ob­scure details with a sim­ple phone call or a walk down the hall and a knock on a door. Don’t guess at the bank bal­ance; take the time to check ev­ery trans­ac­tion.

Mix­ing busi­ness with plea­sure can be a lot like mix­ing oil and wa­ter. This isn’t a good time to hunt for a new hookup or to con­vince some­one to par­tic­i­pate in a busi­ness deal. Sit tight for the mo­ment.

You might be sent to your room with­out your din­ner. You might ben­e­fit from the time alone. You might not see eye to eye with oth­ers for a few days, but con­di­tions and the mood will im­prove over the week­end.

Take a break from ten­sion and tur­moil. A loved one may be too busy to give you the at­ten­tion you ex­pect. Don’t hold your breath wait­ing for an apol­ogy. Fill your spare time with word games or other men­tal chal­lenges.

If you work hard, you will have time to play hard. You may need all the or­ga­ni­za­tional skills you can muster to meet dead­lines and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Put a de­ci­sion about a ma­jor pur­chase on the back burner for now.

Some things are best left un­said. It isn’t nec­es­sary to react to ev­ery word or deed, es­pe­cially when you are bur­dened with too much to do. Rather than giv­ing a knee-jerk re­sponse, take the time to give a thought­ful an­swer.

The key to get­ting through the day is to work ami­ably and pro­duc­tively with oth­ers. You may not re­ceive glow­ing re­views, but you can earn re­spect through hard work. Work through your lunch break to meet dead­lines. Your fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion will ap­pear in a bet­ter light by next week. Right now your spend­ing habits may pro­voke some­one’s dis­ap­proval. You may mean well, but should re­frain from mak­ing cru­cial de­ci­sions.

You will only reap what you sow. The lack of an en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse from some­one may be due to an ex­act­ing or crit­i­cal at­ti­tude on your part. Ev­ery­thing will work out for the best if you re­main po­lite and con­sid­er­ate.

Don’t be frus­trated by a lack of co­op­er­a­tion. Re­main ob­ser­vant of the con­ven­tions and sen­si­tive to the feel­ings of oth­ers. Hold off on wheel­ing and deal­ing but lay ground­work for the fu­ture ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Ask no ques­tions and you will hear no lies. Fo­cus on be­ing a stick­ler for po­lite­ness and pro­pri­ety. You aren’t likely to re­ceive pos­i­tive feed­back from loved ones or those in charge if you skip com­mon cour­te­sies.

Mind your own busi­ness as well as your man­ners. You won’t be dis­ap­pointed if you have low ex­pec­ta­tions of oth­ers. Don’t start any­thing of im­por­tance. This might be a good time to stand on your own two feet. Re­mem­ber that some clouds have sil­ver lin­ings. Be­tween now and the end of Septem­ber you may need to tread wa­ter just to stay afloat. Honor ex­ist­ing obli­ga­tions, but don’t un­der­take any new ones or add new fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions. By Oc­to­ber you will be ready for a change, but you won’t get a free ride or any fa­vors that don’t have strings at­tached. The an­swers to your prayers may ap­pear in De­cem­ber. That is the best time to ini­ti­ate im­por­tant new plans or when you could re­ceive ben­e­fi­cial of­fers from out of the blue. If you want to change jobs, make a ca­reer move, or find a soul mate, early Fe­bru­ary looks promis­ing.

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