ARIES (March 20 - April 19): Hosting a family or community event can give you a chance to assert your own authority, but it will take some cleverness and effort. If you'd rather avoid the politics, stick to home improvement.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Catching up on letters and calls with relatives can raise some old issues, but can also help you resolve them. Siblings can help work things out with parents, and vice versa - although the latter will be more challenging!
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): Financial problems are not as awful as they feel. If you try solving them now, you'll at least make some headway. If you can be satisfied with modest gains, you can cultivate some confidence and improve your economy.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22): Your recent birthday may leave you feeling more old than celebratory. While aging gracefully goes against every tenet of our homo youth-fixation, you should do well as a hot daddy or a wonderful wise eldress.
LEO (July 23 - August 22): You are being overly aware of your shortcomings. Take an inventory of your achievements. If the list looks short, you're probably giving yourself too little credit. Still, all this should help you to focus on what you want to accomplish in life and what you really can.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22): Stop beating yourself up. That's what your friends are for. You may need an especially thick skin and a good sense of humor to survive their shows of affection. Or you could just tell them to knock it off!
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22): Which of your friends would your mother - or favorite mother-figure - like? Those are the ones to hang out with now. Listen to any advice they have about your work. You don't have to agree or follow any of it. Just listen and think about it.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): Check the sources and authorities for whatever you believe in. Discovering flaws in your idols and teachers should only remind you of their humanity and encourage you to reach out in new directions yourself. Your teachers should admire that!
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20): You could learn some lessons from a wise old perv. The Marquis de Sade? Pauline Reage? Pat Califia? You don't have to live up to the extremes of kink, but let them inspire your own inventive imagination.
CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): Your partner wants more than you've been offering, but you can rise to the occasion. Go ahead and ask what would really please your lover. Be ready to stretch your limits and work a little. But aren't the best things the ones you work for?
AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): Being married doesn't mean you get to stop taking care of yourself. We all need to make an effort to stay healthy. Joint efforts with your partner or a buddy will keep you on track and will offer helpful perspectives.
PISCES (February 19 - March 19): Having some fun at work boosts morale and productivity. Your creative resources - usually distracting in their infinite vastness - are now well focused to bring fun to the job. If inspiration doesn't come immediately, the kitchen will be a good place to start stirring it up.
Jack Fertig, a professional astrologer since 1977, is based in San Francisco. He can be reached for consultations at 415-864-8302, through his website at http://www.starjack.com, and by e-mail at QScopes@qsyndicate.com.