Russell Grant: Your stars for the week

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RUSSELL Grant offers an insight into the week ahead with his new horoscopes column.

ARIES March 21st - April 20th

Take care not to cross a colleague or they’ll turn against you. Take care not to encroach on other people’s territory. Everybody knows you can do the work of three people, but if you start carrying out other people’s duties problems will surely follow. Nobody likes to feel like they can be replaced in this economy. Stay focused on your own responsibilities. You might have to wait for paperwork or approval, but patience will pay off. Besides, you don’t want to burn out.

TAURUS April 21st - May 21st

You’re not getting a lot of cooperation, which is really frustrating. You always take pains to give loved ones a helping hand. When they don’t return the favour, it begins to get you down. Maybe this is a sign you should do less for others, and place more emphasis on having fun. Schedule a series of pleasurable diversions. Go for a massage, buy some new clothes, and watch a movie. Put responsibility on the backburner. If anyone complains, you must put them straight.

GEMINI May 22nd - June 21st

You don’t feel comfortable in your own skin right now. Maybe you don’t fit in to a cultural stereotype. Perhaps you have been neglecting your appearance. It’s even possible you’re recovering from an illness. Whatever the reason for your dim self image, it’s time to embark on a new direction. Your spirits will begin to rise once decide to take control of your life and your living space. Clearing clutter, getting paperwork organised, writing lists and making plans are all good for you now.

CANCER June 22nd - July 23rd

People don’t understand your viewpoint. It feels like you’re an unwanted observer looking in on their lives. Instead of trying to convert people, go along with their plans. It’s the only way to avoid trouble. An argumentative neighbour or sibling will try to lure you into a debate. Turn a deaf ear to their provocative comments. On the plus side, an authority figure will give you a wonderful work assignment. This is your chance to demonstrate your leadership ability.

LEO July 24th - August 23rd

It’s difficult to service your debts when nobody bothers to pay you. Let this be a lesson about sharing resources with others. Unreliable friends and relatives have been taking advantage of your generosity for too long. If you keep lending money to anyone who asks, you’ll jeopardise your financial security. Take your cues from a prosperous friend who was born in a different country. Adopting their attitude toward money will help you prosper. You have every right to enjoy what you have earned.

VIRGO August 24th - September 23rd

Someone will fail to keep a promise, which really makes you angry. You’re starting to question whether it’s worth staying friends with such an untrustworthy person. Take a relative’s advice into consideration. You’re tired of wasting time on people who always take and never give anything in return. Fortunately, you’re about to meet someone new at work. Their direct, no holds barred approach is quite refreshing. The two of you have lots to learn from each other.

LIBRA September 24th - October 23rd

Work gets a tad difficult due to forces beyond your control. No matter how hard you try, somebody always manages to undermine your efforts. It’s probably best to do the bare minimum until these troublesome times are past. Take comfort in the fact that the powers that be are well aware what is creating all of the problems. By continuing to show up on time and prepared for the tasks ahead, you’ll escape the storm that is about to be unleashed.

SCORPIO October 24th - November 22nd

Lately, you’ve been indulging yourself with all the good things of life, but all this pleasure is starting to catch up with you. It’s time to get back in shape and cut back on the calories. Taking better care of your health will result in an upsurge of energy. You have to admit that you’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Make more time for exercise, even if it means waking up earlier or taking a brisk walk in your lunch hour. You’ll soon feel fit as a fiddle.

SAGITTARIUS November 23rd - December 21st

You’re forced to take on a role that makes you really unhappy. If there’s anything you hate, it is crossing swords with an overly aggressive competitor. You’re very talented and would rather change minds by persuasion than a show of force. Unfortunately, a rival is intent on undermining you. By standing up for yourself, you’ll be the winner. If it makes you feel any better, your courageous stance will make you a hot commodity on the job market.

CAPRICORN December 22nd - January 20th

You have to face some unpleasant facts. The sooner you confront a difficult relationship matter, the faster it will be resolved. Someone who has been trying to control your behaviour is making you miserable. You’ll have to assert yourself, even at the risk of losing their love. Fortunately, you will be able to support yourself with very little effort. In fact, it looks like you have more resources at your disposal. Consider why you’re so reluctant to leave a miserable arrangement.

AQUARIUS January 21st - February 19th

Resist the urge to splash out in the January sales. You’ve got to take care of a debt before you can start spending. If that means living on a shoestring budget for a wee while, so be it. You prize your independence more than anything. Owing money to a person or institution will dampen your spirit. If you have reached a professional plateau it may be hard to rise to the next level. Bide your time, your chance will come, but not if you push your luck too far.

PISCES February 20th - March 20th

You’re attracting lots of unwanted attention in early 2012. Someone won’t take ‘No’ for an answer. It may be necessary to surround yourself with a group of friends to ward off this nasty pest. People don’t seem to realise that you are your own person and exist as an independent entity so it may be hard to take time out to do your own thing without always having a gaggle of folk around you. You search for peaceful, tranquil solitude, but can you find it?