Libra (Sep 24 - Oct 23) Competition may come naturally to you but cooperation is essential in financial and business matters if you are to further your interests and fend off challenges. If you feel that you are not yet big enough to go it alone, don’t be afraid to make strategic alliances. Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22) Time spent talking will not be wasted this week. In fact, you can make life so much easier for yourself if you make the effort to discuss things with partners and colleagues. Chances are they won’t need much persuading. Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21) Your confidence is rather fragile and something you hear could weaken it further – but only if you take it seriously. Act on the assumption that you are being fed misleading information: it gives you an excuse to ignore it. Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 20) Be wary of anyone asking leading questions if you would rather steer clear of the direction they take. It is unlikely they know enough to embarrass you but avoid saying anything that encourages them to dig deeper. Aquarius (Jan 21 - Feb 19) As of this week you should have a much clearer idea of what is possible and what you intend to do as far as your career or social position is concerned. Don’t let others try to persuade you that your ambitions are not feasible: if you can dream it you can do it. Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20) You may be a creature of habit but you are sensible enough to know when it is time to change. That time may not be yet but there are signs that you are beginning to think along less traditional lines. Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20) Your instincts are right to tell you to be wary of people who promise the earth for a tiny investment. There is no such thing as something for nothing – you always pay in the end. You don’t need expert advice this week, just a dash of old-fashioned common sense. Taurus (Apr 21 - May 21) Can you put yourself in a rival’s shoes? Can you see things from an opponent’s point of view? These things are never easy for those born under the sign of the bull but if you make the effort it will be worth it. You may not agree with them but you will understand them. Gemini (May 22 - Jun 21) Not everything you hear this week will be true and you should therefore be suspicious of all but the most reliable information. Question everything you hear, take nothing for granted. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Cancer (Jun 22 - Jul 23) Do you jump in and help someone in trouble or do you let them learn from their mistakes? Only you can answer that question but your chart suggests you are predisposed to offer them the benefits of your long experience. Don’t be insulted if they turn you down. Leo (Jul 24 - Aug 23) Are you big enough to admit you have made a mistake? Hopefully you are or you could find yourself slipping into dangerous waters. This week’s cosmic set-up warns you to own up if you have got it wrong. Virgo (Aug 24 - Sep 23) You should be in a sociable mood this week, eager to talk with friends and neighbours about – well, anything really. Don’t bother watching the clock or doing the chores – this is one of those times when small matters can be left to take care of themselves.