STARS & PUZZLES PUZZLES&FUN London Lite Thursday, 30 July 2009 31 Intheright-handpicture,Carlascoatislonger,thecentralbandonher coathasmoved,abuttononhershirthasmovedandadoorknoband doorbellhaveappearedinthebackground For ages there has been talk of extensive alterations in elements of your way of living or working. However, nothing has come of them. Now, within days, things fall into place, and without the dramas you so feared. Its as if all those discussions of the past few weeks have come together in one magical arrangement. Not only will last-minute changes be disruptive, they could undermine your credibility. Still, you cant leave things as they are, so youll have no choice but to undo existing arrangements. Discussions will soon reveal that others knew all along that such changes were inevitable. Urgent as decisions seem, ideally youll put off any commitments until the ideas planet Mercury moves into the crucial midheaven angle of your chart, on Monday. This gives you the chance to explore every option, learning more about any unfamiliar ones and discussing what would suit you and your goals. While you have achieved a remarkable amount during July, the pressure to deal with changes has left little time for reflection. As of next week, that cycle ends. Better yet, with Mercury and your ruler Saturn accenting fresh ideas, your thoughts will turn to broadening your horizons. It seems obvious. As you turn your attention to new plans and ideas, you must inevitably leave others behind. Yet youre trying to keep these old favourites afloat too. This is already creating confusion and will soon result in practical conflicts as well. Relinquishing your grip now will make your life a lot easier. Somebody seems to have drawn the wrong conclusions about your objectives. It may be that they werent listening when you discussed plans, or things have changed since. Update them now. And remember the importance of ensuring everybodys kept informed during the transition. You have always wondered how those who make dramatic changes could swap stability for uncertainty. Now that youre considering doing the same thing, you realise the decisions are being made by a combination of inspiration and pure instinct, and have nothing to do with logic. The current astrological set-up accents new ideas, people and places, all of which intrigue you. While you could spend much of your time exploring these, practical matters will soon force you to focus fully on one or two. Consequently, youre urged to consider carefully which would be in your best interests. Someone has persuaded you they cant live without you. Every time you have tried to break away from this unfair arrangement, they have piled on the guilt. Now circumstances are giving you an escape route. But if you are to take advantage of it, you will need to ignore their manipulations. Your instinctive distrust of the new ideas currently being discussed is based more on the past than the present. While its true that similar plans previously went very wrong indeed, that was then and this is now. Bear in mind how many things have changed since then and youll realise your concerns are unfounded. You really must be frank. Youve already done everything possible to avoid certain potentially upsetting topics because you knew that dramas were likely. Now that things are moving so swiftly, theatrics are inevitable. As a result, youve absolutely nothing to lose by making it clear what your true feelings are. Answer:eyes-eye-r-washing-tonne(actorIsaiahWashington) No 605 ACROSS 7. Bend (5) 8. Truck (7) 9. Gratify (7) 10. Young eel (5) 12. Nobleman (10) 15. Trifle (10) 18. Tag (5) 19. The devil (7) 21. Restraint (7) 22. Fear (5) DOWN 1. Western (10) 2. Rank (5) 3. In good health (4) 4. Accent (6) 5. Leading (8) 6. Bondage (7) 11. Degenerating (10) 13. Banter (8) 14. Disperse (7) 16. Small (6) 17. Guide (5) 20. Fashion (4) Yesterdays solution No 604 Across 1 Newspaper; 8 Own; 9 Implication; 11 Ferment; 12 Error; 13 Accord; 15 Stable; 17 Comet; 18 Visitor; 20 Alter course; 22 Sin; 23 Stevedore. Down 2 Elm; 3 Prize; 4 Plants; 5 Raiment; 6 Contributor; 7 Underwear; 10 Part company; 11 Franchise; 14 Rotates; 16 Averse; 19 Slope; 21 Sir.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 Live Astrology: Now you can speak to one of Shelleys professional astrologers live. 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In one particularly complex situation, however, you must abandon all efforts to impose order on situations and simply allow events to unfold. Alteredimage Spot five differences in these pictures of French first lady Carla Bruni. 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 And if its your birthday... Actress Hilary Swank celebrates her 35th birthday today YOUR birthday chart links the worlds of imagination and intuition. Being creative by nature, these are not unfamiliar to you. But you rarely focus on these to the exclusion of intellectual evaluation. With so much new and untried, reasoned analysis may create confusion. 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