STARS & PUZZLES PUZZLES&FUN London Lite Monday, 7 September 2009 33 Intheright-handpicture,Biancasnecklacehasmoved,agoldstudis missingfromherscarf,thebuckleonherbelthasmoved,thetasselson herbagareshorterandthemaninthebackgroundissmaller Disillusioning as the next few days revelations may be, theyll also make it clear that certain plans or projects are no longer worth pursuing. Once you can get over the initial disappointment, this will be a huge relief, as it means youll have plenty of time to concentrate on ventures that hold far greater promise. Standing by watching somebody you care about make unwise decisions is agonising. However, destinys giving you a hand, in the form of the coming weeks unsettling planetary developments, which shake things up so much that theyre likely to completely disrupt those worrying plans. While the period when Mercury is retrograde is best known for the accompanying mistakes, the resulting confusion can reveal undetected misunderstandings from the past. When these arise, instead of simply doing the minimum, discuss the source so you can prevent a recurrence of similar problems in the future. Certain individuals seem to be in sentimental mood. But youve a lot of decisions to make, so this is hardly the moment to be discussing feelings. Or so it seems. Begin talking them over frankly and youll realise theyre as vital to your plans as matters of a more practical nature. Yet again youve become so involved in the pursuits of others that youve neglected important obligations of your own. The real problem is these arent just dull, theyre becoming more boring with every passing day. Your first objective, therefore, must be to make these interesting enough that you no longer put them off. Giving up on something or somebody you believe in feels like a real failure for you. At other times that might be true. However, the actual circumstances youre dealing with have changed so much since this began, its no surprise that things cant proceed as you hoped or imagined. You long ago recognised that your generosity is always reciprocated in some way. Bear this in mind when circumstances demand that you do somebody a favour, but are unsure whats coming in return. Simply rely on the fact that it will be wonderful, and youll await it with eagerness. Disruptive as the errors that accompany your ruler Mercurys retrograde cycle may be, they compel you to delve into issues that you might otherwise ignore until youre forced to deal with them. In calling your attention to these, youre being given a chance to catch and eliminate them before they become troublesome. Youre unwilling to accept the lazy attitude of certain individuals, particularly when you have to pick up the slack. This is due to Marss presence in Cancer. During the coming five weeks, while its in your sign, youll tackle both burdensome situations and these individuals. Venus is in Leo until the 20th and endows you with greater ability than usual to charm others. While this means youll have no problem winning even those who are reluctant over to your plans, remember also to be cautious. In your enthusiasm, you could find youve attracted a more extensive following than you intended. Every sign will be struggling with the confusion triggered by the retrograde Mercury. However, the misunderstandings typical of this cycle could help resolve certain issues. Thats because its positioned in the partnership angle of your chart, so the mistakes youre contending with are bound to concern others. Answer:char-lead-hymn-ark(TVpresenterCharlieDimmock) No 631 ACROSS: 3. Arrest (9) 8. Call (4) 9. Playwright (9) 10. Beginning (6) 11. Guide (5) 14. Proportion (5) 15. Daybreak (4) 16. Bond (5) 18. Inferior (4) 20. Haul (5) 21. Indigent (5) 24. Negligent (6) 25. Abandonment (9) 26. Revolve (4) 27. Completely exhausted (9) DOWN: 1. Untainted (9) 2. Copy (9) 4. Separate (4) 5. Send (5) 6. Detestation (6) 7. Flair for detecting (4) 9. Evil spirit (5) 11. Three-score (5) 12. Predatory (9) 13. Non-stop (9) 17. Lustre (5) 19. Alcove (6) 22. Put off (5) 23. Rip (4) 24. Utterly defeat (4) Fridays solution No 630 Across: 1 Roam; 3 Cheating; 8 Mess; 9 Partisan; 11 Demonstrates; 13 Assail; 14 Stupor; 17 Entomologist; 20 Elevator; 21 Hail; 22 Disperse; 23 Deny. Down: 1 Remedial; 2 Assumes; 4 Hearty; 5 Attraction; 6 Issue; 7 Guns; 10 Invigorate; 12 Brutally; 15 Private; 16 Porous; 18 Needs; 19 Lend.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 period during which your ruler Mercury is retrograde, as it will be until the 29th, can undermine your confidence, particularly when it comes to crucial decisions. Knowing this, put them off. Irresponsible as this may seem now, in retrospect, youll be thankful that you did. Alteredimage Spot five differences in these pictures of model Bianca Gascoigne. 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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