STARS & PUZZLES PUZZLES&FUN London Lite Tuesday, 15 September 2009 27 Intheright-handpicture,Florencesnailvarnishisred,hertrophyis missingthespikes,herdresshasonelessslit,onesleeveislongerand thelogointhetopright-handcornerismissingthelettersAl Last week the communication planet Mercury went retrograde in Libra and its about to tangle with the uncompromising Pluto. While the contentious exchanges and situations this triggers wont be easy to deal with, what you find out could enable you to resolve problems you thought youd just have to live with. Obviously, you are exasperated by the decision of others to undertake changes of plan without even telling you. But say nothing until youve asked a few questions. They may know more than you about recent developments, and are only updating arrangements in accordance with these. Somebody close to you has consistently promised to shoulder their end of burdens involving changes, alterations or repairs. Thus far, theyve done nothing. Now events force you to back off, and expose this individuals shenanigans for what they are. Youre tempted to defend them. Dont even consider it. Usually, the best strategy for dealing with those who are argumentative is to allow them to air their views but ignore what theyve said. At the moment, however, overlook their attitude because their arguments arent just important, their insights could resolve persistent dilemmas. This hasnt exactly been a tranquil week, so it hardly seems the ideal time to begin a review of practical, financial or business arrangements. However, these too are being influenced by the changes currently reshaping your life, and so should be included in both discussions and the plans youre making for the future. The new moon, in a few days time, isnt just accenting the closest relationships in your life, its taking place during a period of dramatic change. Meditate on your own feelings and encourage others to do the same. After that, discussions should prove remarkably enlightening. Facts may be facts. But if your instincts are telling you something different, its worth exploring those feelings. This is especially the case now that sudden changes are shaking up your life and the circumstances of those around you. What you learn could surprise you, and them. For ages youve been talking about certain ventures that could be considered more of a passion than an ambition. But something has always prevented you from taking this further. Now that so much is in disarray, your chance has come. Waste no time waiting for approval or support. This decision is yours to make. Because you are intimately linked to the lunar cycle, you stand to benefit from the broader perspective accented by the current new moon. While this could mean exploring ideas you have previously discarded, which may be challenging, what you learn will add excitement to your life. Being generous, you tend to make offers, commitments and promises without fully appreciating whats involved. Now events are demanding that you review the most burdensome of those commitments. Once you have, and realise how unfair and demanding they are, youll begin disentangling yourself from them. Somebody who is neither confident nor inspiring seems convinced theyre meant to tell you what to do. Obviously, youre annoyed. However, the individual in question is more knowledgeable than they seem about certain joint interests. Once youre talking things over, youll be impressed how well informed they are. Answer:brand-on-flours(singerBrandonFlowers) No 637 ACROSS 7. Disputable (13) 8. Throttle (8) 9. Merit (4) 10. Sake (6) 12. Inflict (6) 14. Adopt (6) 16. Company of performers (6) 18. Girl (4) 20. Slow (8) 22. Unkind (13) DOWN 1. Citadel (8) 2. Layers (6) 3. Yearn (4) 4. Abandoned (8) 5. Slumbering (6) 6. Just (4) 11. Diabolic (8) 13. Divided (8) 15. Result (6) 17. Clamour (6) 19. Mothers sister (4) 21. Swimming pool (4) Yesterdays solution No 636 Across: 1 Iota; 8 Strike dumb; 9 Pleasant; 10 Acts; 12 Efface; 14 Heeded; 15 Guards; 17 Saturn; 18 Asps; 19 Reclaims; 21 Above board; 22 Send. 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Sometimes a surprise discovery answers questions that have been haunting you for ages. This isnt just the case now, though. Because you felt responsible for tying up all the loose ends, what you learn eliminates feelings of guilt, and in doing so frees you from worries completely. Alteredimage Spot five differences in these pictures of musician Florence Welch. 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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