STARS & PUZZLES PUZZLES&FUN London Lite Monday, 20 July 2009 29 Intheright-handpicture,Pixiesdressislonger,hercrossissideways,a buttononherjacketislarger,afigureinthebackgroundappearstwice andtheletteroismissinginthebackground Give serious thought to the far-reaching shifts in elements of your work or lifestyle triggered by this weeks eclipse. True, this would throw arrangements youve struggled to set up into disarray. But the odds are good that changes in the circumstances of others would mean youd have to reorganise things anyway. This hardly seems the ideal moment to take a sentimental approach to otherwise difficult relationships. But the detached attitude youve adopted has been part of the problem. Others think your somewhat clinical view makes it seem you dont care when in fact the reverse is the case. Initially, when you undertook certain ventures, you regarded them as a sideline. Now that theyre demanding more of your time, its clear youll have to reconsider not only your way of thinking about them, but their impact on your energy levels and finances too. They might soon have to start paying their way. When others question arrangements you organised yourself, and so regard as well thought out, you could be irritated. As you learn more, however, youll realise that because so much has changed recently, while they might once have been a good idea, they may no longer be that wise. Complaining about the decisions of others may make you feel better, but its not likely to achieve much. And if they hear about what youve said, it could cause hurt feelings. Instead, express your concerns to them, openly and directly. Youll be amazed, and gratified, how interested they are to learn about your views. When you agreed to certain plans in a flurry of enthusiasm, you neglected to pose questions about others long-term intentions. Now that things are getting shaky, the need for answers is even greater. If those involved pretend theyre short of facts, it shows that need is urgent. Youre having trouble admitting that youve recently miscalculated. The more time you waste trying to prove you were right, the more frustrated youll get. While giving in means making changes you regard as unwise, once you actually undertake them youll recognise their potential. Only weeks ago, you thought the practical and financial side of your life was sorted out. Then a series of unexpected developments threw those plans into complete disarray. Inconvenient as that seemed then, judging by what youve learned since, any feelings of irritation should have been replaced by gratitude. Disappointments are part of progress. Bear this in mind as certain ideas or plans fall apart. Resist the temptation to keep them going as new and far better options will soon appear. Letting go may be difficult, but it ensures youre free to focus on these more appealing options. Certain individuals are eager to take responsibility for tricky joint decisions, but youre unsure this is wise. Let them. Youve other issues to think about, situations so personal that they must be yours, and yours alone, to deal with. Leaving things to others frees you to focus on these, and without any distractions. Ever since late Junes new moon, when dramatic events accented potential changes in your life, youve been exploring various options. The current intense solar eclipse accelerates this process and suggests that youll soon be making decisions about things that, only a short time ago, seemed merely distant possibilities. Answer:kneel-holly-vert(archaeologistNeilOliver) No 597 ACROSS 1. Meal (6) 4. Peril (6) 9. Distance round (13) 10. Go before (7) 11. Tend (5) 12. Decree (5) 14. Did business (5) 18. Happen (5) 19. Swiss lake (7) 21. Receptacle for dossiers (6,7) 22. Straight (6) 23. Call to help (6) DOWN 1. Formula (6) 2. Upright (13) 3. Relish (5) 5. Dispose (7) 6. Spanish dictator (7,6) 7. Staggered (6) 8. Bid (5) 13. Lasting a long time (7) 15. Took off (6) 16. Lax (5) 17. Kindly (6) 20. Hut (5) Fridays solution No 596 Across: 1 Invertebrate; 7 Might; 8 Query; 9 Pit; 10 Architect; 11 Refuse; 12 Filter; 15 Effective; 17 Ado; 18 China; 19 Pilot; 21 Intelligibly. Down: 1 Inexperience; 2 Rig; 3 Entice; 4 Requisite; 5 There; 6 Mysteriously; 7 Motif; 10 Associate; 13 Trait; 14 Dispel; 16 Feign; 20 Lag.Answers tomorrow STARSShelley von Strunckel Forecasts whats in the stars for you For your weekly in-depth forecast, call the number next to your star sign Aries Call 0906 650 5430 21 March-19 April Taurus Call 0906 650 5431 20 April-20 May Gemini Call 0906 650 5432 21 May-20 June Cancer Call 0906 650 5433 21 June-22 July Leo Call 0906 650 5434 23 July-22 August Virgo Call 0906 650 5435 23 August-22 September Libra Call 0906 650 5436 23 September-22 October Scorpio Call 0906 650 5437 23 October-21 November Sagittarius Call 0906 650 5438 22 November-21 December Capricorn Call 0906 650 5439 22 December-19 January Aquarius Call 0906 650 5440 20 January-18 February Pisces Call 0906 650 5441 19 February-20 March Libra Call 0906 650 5436 23 September-22 October Jonty Clark LiteCrossword Splitpersonality Can you work out the name of the famous person from these pictures? The current cycle of eclipses has already shaken up the circumstances of others. You want to give them a hand. But because it continues until early August, ensure that whatever ideas or support you offer are flexible enough to accommodate adjustments when yet more changes arise. Alteredimage Spot five differences in these pictures of celebrity Pixie Geldof. Answers below Scribblepad ARIES 0906 8336 504 TAURUS 0906 8336 505 GEMINI 0906 8336 506 CANCER 0906 8336 507 LEO 0906 8336 508 VIRGO 0906 8336 509 LIBRA 0906 8336 510 SCORPIO 0906 8336 511 SAGITTARIUS 0906 8336 512 CAPRICORN 0906 8336 501 AQUARIUS 0906 8336 502 PISCES 0906 8336 503 Foryourmonthlyforecastcall: Calls cost 60p per minute. The astro-line horoscopes are updated every Friday Live Astrology: Now you can speak to one of Shelleys professional astrologers live. Call 09064 001016* for a one-to-one consultation with Britains finest astrologers. Or send a text with any question you may need guidance with. 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