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For week of December 27-January 2, 2002

For All Signs On December 30 at 5:40am EST we will have a penumbral eclipse of the full moon, visible across much of North America, as well as elsewhere in the world. This is the last of an 18 month series of eclipses in the signs of Cancer/Capricorn. We have been in an "eclipse season" since mid-December. Sometimes these periods trigger crises and turning points in long term issues. Mars, the ancient god of war, is also making significant aspects this week, so the global news is likely to be striking. Mercury is approaching its retrograde cycle. Be aware that whatever is started at this time will take longer to complete than expected.

Aries In some way or other, you are dealing with issues of power. Others may be attempting to force you to yield, or you may be tempted to pressure others to follow your bidding. Neither of these options is likely to yield a beneficial outcome, because deep anger will be left in the wake. Plow that energy into finding creative solutions in which everyone involved can "win."

Taurus Emphasis this week is in the areas of legal or educational interests, church and state, activities that involve travel or dealing with people at a distance. Concentrate upon the positive and leave that healing energy in your wake, to be enjoyed by others. Offer peaceful energy and solutions to those in your path who appear angry or emotionally intense.

Gemini You are experiencing a dip in energy level at this time. Take unusually good care of your health and don't allow symptoms to go without notice or treatment. You need more rest than is usual for the energetic Twins. If you don't make a conscious choice to take a break, your body may do it for you. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the holiday.

Cancer You are likely to recognize that now is the time to let go of your investment in a particular job, or perhaps in some of those with whom you work. You can do so gracefully and bring a positive closure now. The eclipse of this week may represent the dawn of a new plan or idea, which will enhance the fresh identity that you have been working toward building for a long time.

Leo A self-improvement regimen begun last July is now coming to a point of fruition. The result is proportionate to the effort you have invested. Progress is now evident and you may be feeling more than a bit pleased with yourself. Pat yourself on the back internally all week, but it might be better to contain that exuberance around others, who don't really grasp the meaning of your achievement.

Virgo You deserve a break in the pace as much as everyone else does this year. But because those around you are trained to expect you to handle things, they may have trouble believing it when you refuse. Nevertheless, make an effort to be clear and firm and set good boundaries on your time and energy. Let the internal critic take a leap.

Libra Your place at this time is with family or focused on your home turf. There is a need for healing, or maybe simply a thorough cleaning in these areas. At a deeper level, you are considering issues of personal security and seeking a solid foundation from which to grow. Meditate upon "kindness" and "healing" in all interactions and you will be rewarded.

Scorpio Ego and power issues surround you during this period. It will require concentration to avoid falling into manipulative or anger traps, whether they are made by you or someone else. Areas in which to take special care: dealings with children or lovers, theft, debt, and other financial interests, sexuality and intimacy. Steer clear of foreboding environments.

Sagittarius Issues concerning family and property may be volatile during this period. Tools and other mechanical objects may require extra attention. Allow extra time to accomplish almost any task, including driving your vehicle. There may be a police officer on every corner, ready to give you a ticket for infractions. Meanwhile, there is cause for increasing optimism concerning the financial picture.

Capricorn Venus, the goddess of love, has now entered your sign and will be with you for three weeks. If you have been considering a change in your appearance, this is the time. Open your heart to the entry of new people into your life. Later in the week, paperwork or small details may preoccupy your mind. Avoid allowing such things to interfere with the holiday enjoyment.

Aquarius The normal routines of life seem dreary and boring right now. You are in the mood for something new and there is no reason why you shouldn't use your creativity to make it happen. Concerns related to the health of loved ones may be time consuming, but that doesn't mean you cannot escape for a few hours or even a day of fresh air and new experiences.

Pisces It may require every ounce of your integrity to avoid power plays and traps generated by those in authority this week. Beware of your inner critic and do not let it take control of your mind or you will lose the game. If self-defense is required on any level, be firm and clear about your boundaries. Relationships to children and/or lovers should be rewarding, regardless of the difficulty in other areas.

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