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Weekly horoscope (Dec. 18-24) 

It's time to rejoice

For All Signs: This is a busy week in the sky. Today Hanukkah begins and on Sunday the winter solstice is exact, followed immediately by the new Moon in Capricorn. Hanukkah annually falls on the 25th day of the third lunar month (Kislev) in the Jewish calendar. This is in the dark of the Moon, the period just before the New Moon in which we cannot see its reflection -- we must look inside for signs of light. Ancients celebrated the return of the Sun within a few days following the solstice, when it became apparent that it would, indeed, return. On both Hanukkah and Christmas we celebrate the light that never quite goes out inside, no matter how dark it may seem in the world. We rejoice in the ongoing rebirth of hope for new life within our psyche's and on the planet. May each of you experience fresh inspiration and expectation of joy in the year to come!

Aries: This is a seriously hard-working period. You may be packing and moving your personal goods. Whatever the project, it involves considerable lifting, pushing, pulling, and grunt work. Be very conscious of good body posture. The emotional pressure may set you up for an accident.

Taurus: Intensity in relationships is the theme of the week. If you are not conscious, you could be pulled into schemes of manipulation or compulsive behaviors. Existing relationships could re-experience the pain of old wounds. You have a choice of whether to work it through or act it out in the same ways. If things feel "icky," someone is manipulating.

Gemini: Your attention shifts to matters of shared resources for the next weeks. Resources include time, things of material value, energy and sexuality. The territory is wide, ranging budgets to important discussions with partners over the need for greater intimacy. Probe until you reach the limit of your capacity.

Cancer: At the beginning of the week you may be feeling stress related to your lover, a partner, or maybe even a child. Underneath it all, the issue is tied to your internalized sense of what a woman should do or be. If this is stressful enough, it may cause you to pick up a virus. Get some rest and take your vitamins.

Leo: This is the time of year in which you try to do too much and often forget to include yourself in the equation. Now is the time to check with your internal sensors. If your energy level is low, give yourself a break.

Virgo: Mercury, your ruling planet, moves into the sector of life related to children, recreation, personal creativity, and romance. Your attention will be focused in these areas through the end of the year. This is a good week to consider having a heart to heart with your partner or significant other.

Libra: If there are power issues between you and another, this is the week that they will be in full bloom. Discomfort means that change is needed in one or both of your attitudes. Intensity is the theme. Concentrate on remaining conscious so that you won't fall into manipulative games, especially the one that begs "prove it, if you love me."

Scorpio: You are presented with a deep fear for your personal security. A partner (business or personal) may be pulling the strings. Obsessing is not productive, though you will likely be tempted to do so. Change is on the immediate horizon. It may turn out to be the best thing that happens to you.

Sagittarius: Saturn is arriving in your sign on Dec. 23rd for a six month sojourn. Then there is a three month break, followed by Saturn re-entering your sign in September. You are probably already thinking seriously about bringing order to your life.

Capricorn: An intense experience within a relationship has a purpose. You are asked to search deep inside yourself for your contribution to the difficulty and confess it. Healing will be the result. It is a good time to adjust issues of power.

Aquarius: This is a stressful time for you. Much is happening that is hidden, or in the background. You may be hiding secrets from yourself and/or others. Maybe that is why you are appearing withdrawn and stiff when you are among people. Times are tough now, but you don't have to go through it alone.

Pisces: This is a week in which your intuition is on target. You are likely to be attracted to the arts, music, or dance. Things of beauty attract you more than usual. Pay careful attention to communications and messages. You are prone to hear/read what you expect and that may not be what was intended.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. (There is a fee for services.)

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