[ALL SIGNS The winter solstice this year is timed at 11.49 p.m. EST on Dec. 21st. This is the point of the year at which the northern hemisphere is tilted furthest from the sun. Therefore our nights are longest at this time. Ancient people of the north celebrated the “return” of the sun within a few days following the winter solstice, at the point when it became apparent that the sun would, indeed, return to bring heat, light and life back to the people. This holiday was widely celebrated among the pagans (country people) at least as far back in time as the dating of Stonehenge in the British Isles, carbon dated at 2500 B.C.E. to 1700 B.C.E.

[LEO (July 23 to August 22) This is the time of year in which you try to do too much, take care of everyone, and often forget to include yourself in the equation. Now is the time to check with your internal sensors. Is it truly necessary to handle every last detail? If your energy level is low, give yourself a break from the usual routine. Your body will reward you for the sacrifice.

[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Challenging news comes your way concerning children, a love affair, or creative ventures It may be sudden so brace yourself. Take deep breaths and calm yourself so that you can have your wits about you to think issues through. Rise above the appearance of things so you can envision a larger picture. You will need to access your ability to think outside the box.

[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Take every precaution not to abuse your body during this period. Drugs or alcohol could have peculiar side effects that you don’t understand. You are in a low physical cycle and will be unable to push yourself as hard as normal on any physical task. If you are affected emotionally, try not to worry about it. Your body/feelings will right themselves within a week.

[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) This is a very good time to communicate with family members and those close to you. The environment and circumstances each contribute to allowing things to be said honestly, without fear of rebuke or attack in any form. New agreements and understandings can be created.

[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) This week there are no new aspects involving your planetary ruler. You may find that you can take it easy and relax a bit. Consider this time of quiet a gift from the cosmos. You can catch up on the threads of unfinished projects and maybe even get some extra sleep.

[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) This is a week in which you will tend to be thinking obsessively. It is an opportunity to learn how to better control your mind. Shift your attention to something less dramatic, such as whatever is happening this moment. Make an effort to avoid worry over what might happen in the future and/ or some past experience.

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You are always concerned about the multitudes that don’t have enough food, clothing or shelter. It is possible that you may have overcommitted your time on behalf of the needy. Give where you genuinely want to help, but don’t allow your volunteerism to soak you dry of energy.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You may very well feel disappointed and angry, but there seems to be nowhere to really direct those feelings. The best solution is to identify where you find solace and deliberately connect with the person, place or thing that will offer reassurance and comfort. This is a powerful time to consider your spiritual purposes.

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Sometimes we are pressed to see the flaws, even in those things and people we love the most. You are not at fault in this situation, though you may be looking for what you “could-a/ would-a/, should-a/” done. You did the best you could at the time.

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The next couple of weeks are especially good for discussing important subjects with partners. You each are in a cooperative frame of mind and communications flow well. You can give and receive mutual help at this time and improve the overall energy in the relationship.

[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) News comes that may take your breath away for a while. It isn’t as though you didn’t know it already. It has been in the background for some time now. Somehow you managed to avoid “knowing” that this could really happen. You do not have to stay on top of the circumstances right now. Give yourself some days to breathe.

[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You may feel out of sorts this week. Your feelings are in conflict with your ideal self and your values. You want to put your best foot forward, but circumstances do not feel quite right. If the conflict is deep, it is usually best to wait and not yield to whatever pressure is around you. Take your time. Don’t allow others to push you before you are ready.

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