by Jeraldine Saunders
ARIES (March 21-April 19): When you are determined to create a unique experience, you sometimes end up in a fringe world. In the early part of the week, your penchant for the unusual and unconventional could put you on the outside.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): It pays to send the very best. Last-minute gifts are painstakingly adorned with as many pretty bows as those stashed away for months. In the week to come, you find it is more satisfying to give than to receive.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You may be the one called upon to hammer in the nails if stockings are to be hung by the chimney with care. Expect to receive frequent requests for help and assistance from others in the week ahead.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Be prepared to show off your versatility in the upcoming week. An unexpected change of plan can give you an opportunity to demonstrate your poise and preparedness for any and all contingencies.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Excitement can boil over like potatoes on the stove. Tensions may run high, as last minute holiday preparations cause a flurry of unexpected obligations. A day off might entail extra work this week.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Make season's greetings a priority; call loved ones far away. Touch base with clients with last-minute reminders. A touch of the Blarney Stone will make the wheels of commerce turn more smoothly in the week ahead.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Give in to the urge to splurge. When your wallet is full, it's a good time to express generosity in the upcoming week. Just because you count pennies and clip coupons doesn't mean you're middle name is Scrooge.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Get prepared for a fabulous week. Act the part of jolly old St. Nick by sending all your personal elves on errands. Take stock; plan ahead to take care of essentials that create holiday joy.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Having Venus in your sign should draw others closer in the week ahead. Enjoy relaxation and cheerful social events. Expect a brief flurry of popularity. Impulsive spending could prove delightful.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Where there's a will, there's a way - but in some cases, getting your way may be viewed as willfulness in the upcoming week. Take a deep breath and relax. Demanding family members require patience.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Walk on the wild side. Your attraction to the latest fashions and technological gadgets will receive a workout in the week to come. Family and friends look to you for directions and knowledge.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Holiday outings are on the horizon. There's a sparkle in your eyes that invites others to join in the fun. Sense the magic in the air as this week unfolds. You shine the brightest when entertaining others.