STARS & PUZZLES PUZZLES&FUN Intheright-handpicture,Daisystrouserlegislonger,astripeismissing onhertop,herbeltstrapislonger,thedogseyesareclosertogether andthereisanextrapairofshoesinthebackground If youre feeling that you want to retreat to reflect on your life, and in particular on whats working and what isnt, its no surprise. Between now and the all-important Libra new moon, on 18 October, which constitutes a sort of personal new year, youll find youve an increasing need to think about whats next. Usually youre the one who gets exasperated when others make changes as sudden as they are unwise. But now that its you who has been swept away by exciting ideas, you better understand their passion for the new. However, the difference is, youre far more cautious than they are. Arent you? Because youre always juggling numerous projects and new ideas, you try to avoid being pinned down. However, there are certain arrangements in which others quite rightly want guarantees. This will reassure them, and give you the opportunity to reassess other plans that could eventually become overwhelming. Everybody sidesteps unimportant facts, either because they would only confuse the issue or cause upset. Or so you thought. While you ignored exactly such details, and for these reasons, somebody else hasnt. Own up and learn from this. Speaking the truth is always best in the long run. For ages youve been avoiding what you fear will be difficult discussions with friends or loved ones, mostly because youve no idea how to handle the issues involved. The sooner that these conversations take place, the better. While they are thinking about important matters, they are not remotely what you anticipate. Time alone with those you trust and rely on isnt just important, its vital. Exciting as recent events have been, they have also proved to be disruptive. Simply being with these individuals will help reconnect you with your centre and also put those recent developments in perspective. While others are complaining about the increasing emphasis on practical matters, youre relieved. Things have been moving too swiftly for your taste. Still, remember that because the pace remains fast, even those arrangements that have been carefully worked out could well change. While the tensions involving loved ones or intimate friends triggered by last weekends full moon have calmed down, dont simply assume you can put these issues behind you. Left as they are now, theyll undermine your relationship. And theyre sensitive enough that youll need to tackle them gradually. Facts are facts, even if they upset certain individuals. And at times like this, there can be no tip-toeing around them. Bear this in mind over the coming days. That way, instead of worrying when you happen to ruffle others feathers, as youre likely to do, youll know that youre on target. Judging by powerful aspects to the unpredictable Uranus during the weeks second half, even the simplest of plans are unlikely to remain the same. Disruptive as thinking them through again may be, theyll give you an opportunity to make improvements that otherwise wouldnt even have occurred to you. Just when you were all set to agree to certain rather exciting plans, you realised you could be tying yourself to overly restrictive arrangements. If thats true, youll learn about it soon enough. For things to work, they need to be thought through carefully and organised and everybody needs to be completely reliable. Answer:frayed-a-stare(legendaryperformerFredAstaire) No 653 ACROSS 7. Ground (5) 8. Theme (7) 9. Notice (7) 10. Narrow to a point (5) 12. Loud-voiced (10) 15. Arsonist (10) 18. Artless (5) 19. Hits (7) 21. Abuses (7) 22. Sham (5) DOWN 1. Adornment (10) 2. Rub out (5) 3. Scorch (4) 4. Behind (6) 5. Slaughterhouse (8) 6. Plunder (7) 11. Circus manager (4-6) 13. Gently (8) 14. Accomplish (7) 16. Maintain (6) 17. Art (5) 20. Prevalent (4) Yesterdays solution No 652 Across 1 Paralysis; 8 Own; 9 Crestfallen; 11 Dresser; 12 Alien; 13 Return; 15 Recede; 17 Class; 18 Average; 20 Intelligent; 22 Out; 23 Endlessly. Down 2 Air; 3 Lotus; 4 Stairs; 5 Salvage; 6 Considerate; 7 Insincere; 10 Eventuality; 11 Direction; 14 Rosette; 16 Pallid; 19 Exile; 21 Nil.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? Uncharacteristic as plunging into one particularly intriguing venture might seem, youre still tempted to get involved. And youre thinking about jumping in at the deep end. You probably should do so if, when looking back on this, you think youd regret not having at least given it a go. Alteredimage Spot five differences in these pictures of model Daisy Lowe. 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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