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Wednesday 18.10.2017 | Name days: Rolanda, Rolands, Ronalds, Erlends

Weekly horoscope (31.03 – 06.04): spot the changes!

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BNN presents a weekly horoscope for March 31st – April 6th.

Aries – sometimes you get the feeling that others do not appreciate you! This week will be full of such feelings! However, it is time to forget what other think about you and focus on your own needs! If you manage to muster enough self-confidence, you will be able to turn around mountains!

Taurus – do not try to make decision on your own this week. Try to consider the opinion of people who are under direct effect of your actions. Pay attention to what is going on around you. Only then will you be able to understand the synergy between your life and events that affect it. Do try to think about yourself as well…

Gemini – you will feel more energetic this week. Use this new-found energy for change and caring about yourself! You have earned it after these long couple of months! Nevertheless, there is still much to do. So do try to conserve your energy…

Cancer – focus on the present: take care of yourself, focus on your goals. You will likely be a bit reckless this week, but that is likely because of spring. Spend more time outdoors and keep your head cool. Your thoughts will become more organized and gain additional inspiration outside!

Leo – it is about time to end with daily routines and take up some new activity: look for opportunities for adopting small changes in your day-to-day. You may notice that everyone else is headed in the opposite direction! Adapt, do not give in! You may experience some degree of melancholia, but do not let excessive emotions stop you from reaching your goal!

Virgo – do not try to plan out this week, let everything run its course. If you come across new opportunities – do not hesitate to use them! You will find that each new achievement will bring you new-found power and dedication! You will achieve a lot more in business than you ever did before! Most importantly – maintain dedication to your cause!

Libra – The beginning of this week will change unexpectedly. Do not resist it and you will end up where you need to be! Maintain caution. You will be ruled by your emotions this week. Therefore, your every decision will be even more notable and exceptional! Here’s some advice: do something creative!

Scorpio – if you share your dreams with others, they are likely to come true. Try to spend this week with your friends and those close to you. However, you still have much to do, so do try and set up your priorities straight! Make one step back, analyse what you have and choose the right path!

Sagittarius – details are insignificant; do not dwell on them. Focus on your goal and keep your mind open. You may get the feeling that everyone’s goal is only to make things more complicated this week! Fight smart and think before you speak!

Capricorn – nothing is what it appears to be. Stick to your beliefs and move forward. Even if nothing goes according to plan, do not turn away for your goals. There is a high probability of people acting rather crazy and unpredictable around you. Do not let this complicate your plans! The simplest solutions are sometimes the best ones.

Aquarius – spend more time at home; try to relax. Try reading between the lines; you might learn more about the situation around you that way. Try to adapt to your environment. This will allow you to conquer all in the end!

Pisces – you will be in doubt about your chosen path this week. If you let it go, you may find better opportunities. This week may turn out to be rather crazy for you; changes will come every day! Pey them no mind; keep moving forward! Patience is the virtue you will need the most this week!


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