By Eugenia Last

Schemes and shortcuts will be counterproductive this year. Be clear about what you want and how you plan to get it. You will end up losing ground if you aren’t practical and precise. Stick to the truth, and be realistic.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) – If you are unclear about what is expected of you, be sure to ask questions. Making assumptions or jumping to conclusions will not lead you to success. Focus on details and getting things done.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) – Stop hiding on the sidelines. You bring a lot to the table, but until others are aware of it, you won’t make any headway. Present what you have to offer.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) – You will regret it if you allow someone else to make financial decisions for you. Don’t leave anything to chance. Do some in-depth research and make your choices accordingly.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) – Don’t be afraid to say no. You have been doing so much for others that your own tasks have fallen by the wayside. Focus on what brings you the most satisfaction.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23- Dec. 21) – Communication difficulties can be expected. Be prepared to go over every detail with precision to ensure that nothing has been missed or forgotten. Protect your assets and possessions.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) – This is not a good time to lend or borrow money or possessions. Make special plans that will bring you closer to someone you love. Put your romantic notions in motion for a memorable night.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) – Your life is too important to be weighed down with demanding or burdensome individuals. It’s time to free yourself from situations that require you to give your all and give you nothing in return.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) – Take note of what is going on around you. Ask others for their opinions. The more enlightened and aware you are, the easier it will be to move forward.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) – Show others how much you love them through your actions rather than words. Practice patience, compassion and mindfulness in order to be appreciated and respected.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) – Don’t take chances while driving or operating equipment. There is only so much you can do in a day, so be content with slow and steady progress. Being hasty or taking shortcuts will cause problems.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) – Don’t pass on an opportunity to travel. Things appear to be stagnating, making it necessary to keep your mind sharp by participating in interesting discussions with challenging individuals.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) – Nothing remains the same for long. Rather than fight change, embrace it. Be the first to step forward and take on new challenges. You can’t win if you don’t compete.