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Jan. 26 -- Feb 1, 2006

The Waterbearer (Jan. 20 -- Feb. 17)

You are experiencing a challenge during this period. If you have exercised your self-discipline muscles, you will meet the test and pass with flying colors. Relationships are particularly trying now. Your inner critic is attacking you and everyone else. It exaggerates. Concentrate on realistic expectations.

For All Signs Jupiter, our largest planet, is making multiple aspects this week. The planet as a symbol represents growth, largess, expansion of territory, inflation and grandiosity. When Jupiter's energy is at its best, we feel generous, philosophical, optimistic and forgiving. The word jovial heralds from Jupiter. When it is at its worst we overextend credit, break with self discipline, talk too much or out of turn, and expect others to ignore our foibles.

Aries You are likely to be in a hurry and feeling impatient through this week. Think twice before you speak. Choose activities that you can do alone to reduce irritability. If you are in a group, you likely will become the center of attention, the only one with your particular skill set or knowledge.

Taurus This is a fine week for love, romance and social life. You will be especially attracted to things of beauty and may have a yen to travel to distant places. You could be revisiting a previous relationship and enjoying the connection. Overtures toward friends at a distance will be warmly greeted.

Gemini Be careful about your tendency to dig so deeply into your own opinions that you cannot see another point of view. The Critic is on the loose this week and may attack you or others in your life. You can recognize the Inner Simon Legree: it is extremist and predicts catastrophes.

Cancer There is a mixed bag of up and down throughout this week. You are the recipient of help or resources from those who care about you. You may also find solutions to concerns about budget or debt. But you may be leaning into a general irritability. If this is prominent, look for things to do alone.

Leo You are thinking seriously about important relationships during this period. It is possible that one or more of these won't make the cut and must be dissolved. A good relationship partner is one that can talk with you objectively about the changes that are needed so that progress is possible.

Virgo You have a tendency during this period to slide into the doldrums. You are probably not as important in the world as you once were and this may cause you to be self-critical. The fact is that this is part of a natural cyclic pattern of social rise and fall. There is nothing you could have done to change your current position.

Libra You are into organizing your home or office so it will flow more efficiently. While you are at it, you likely will create a sleeker, less-cluttered appearance of things around you. Watch your tendency to overspend. Love and social life are favored. You likely will enjoy intimate conversations with one or two special people.

Scorpio It would be easier if you can work alone this week. Others are in slow motion compared to you and this could be irritating. Use caution with driving and handling tools. Think carefully about your basic needs before spending any large sum or making big promises.

Sagittarius Please read the lead paragraph carefully, Archers. Jupiter is the ruling planet of your sign and you are particularly sensitive to its travels. Whatever you do will be done in a "big" way now. If you keep the good of the greater number as a priority, you will make the best use of this energy.

Capricorn The Inner Critic is in the forefront at this time. This is useful if you are doing work that requires a sharp eye, but it can be destructive to your self esteem or even your relationships to others. Try not to take all that critical commentary in your head too seriously right now. Wait for a week and see if it still feels so dramatic.

Pisces For those Fish who are dieting or invested in other disciplines, January has been a challenging month. It is all too easy for you to tell yourself that you will do better tomorrow. And then tomorrow brings another temptation, another promise. You are probably feeling guilty, even as you sin. Take heart. February offers easier aspects.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. Web site:

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