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Weekly horoscope (Dec. 5-11) 

Healthy negotiation is key

For All Signs: Mars, the red planet, was known in ancient times as the god of war. Within ourselves, this planet represents our need for psychological and physical boundaries. We draw on our Mars energy when we feel angry and want to "protect" our territory. We also access Mars energy for physically heavy work. Normally Mars spends seven weeks in a sign before moving onward. This week the planet moves into Libra and will remain in that sign almost until the end of July, thanks to retrograde motion that occurs roughly every two years. During these months, Mars will repeatedly trigger the tough Uranus/Pluto square which is in Aries/Capricorn. The emphasis will be on verbal negotiations which follow threats of one type or another among countries. For the individual, Mars in Libra represents taking action to create harmony within ourselves and our relationships. Healthy negotiation is key.

Aries: This is a good week to bring projects to closure so you can clear the decks for the next several months of your life. The new phase is about putting energy into your relationships, partner(s) and clientele. You may need to focus on new marketing strategies.

Taurus: The Sun smiles upon your ruling planet, Venus, this week. You will be attracted to things of beauty and romance may be in the air. Small gifts may come your way or you may give presents to others. Remain open to alternative forms of healing.

Gemini: For the next few weeks your mind will be focused on the needs of others in your life. This week pay special attention to where you place small items, such as keys or wallets. You are prone to mislay almost anything.

Cancer: Your heart is even more open than normal for this holiday season. You may volunteer for more than you should in your exuberance. If so, a time of rest will help you clear your mind. Toward the end of this week give attention to sugars you consume. It may be too much.

Leo: The Lion is one who loves the energy of celebration and tends to overwork near the holidays. This week you are likely to be attracted to buying and wrapping gifts for those you care about. Give attention to your need for rest and don't overwork your body.

Virgo: Your ruling planet, Mercury, flows into the house of home, hearth and family on Dec. 4. You will likely shift your attention to one or more family matters. Beware of misinformation or misunderstandings related to partner(s). Double check what you believe you heard.

Libra: Mars, the warrior, enters your sign this week and will be traveling with you for eight months. This energy is especially helpful when we need to define our boundaries. Periodically we need to examine who we are and also who we are not. Often something is eliminated. In general, it will increase your courage and physical strength.

Scorpio: 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, rather than worrying over what might happen in the future.

Sagittarius: Your attitude is upbeat and you are more talkative than usual. You know that you can be opinionated. Remember, just because you think a thing doesn't make it truth.

Capricorn: Think carefully about what is truly important to you at this time in your life. Don't allow old habits or rules from the past to make your decisions for you. If you let that happen, you will truly resent the outcome. Rise above your circumstances to a level that can see beyond your ego and the situation becomes more workable.

Aquarius: Early in the week you will have particularly creative ideas. Keep a note pad nearby so you can catch them on paper before they evaporate. Whatever you do that is related to communications or education is favored. Your wit is sharp and quick. Take a chance with your romantic interest.

Pisces: Your feelings are easily injured right now. On the other hand, you may be the offender, hurting someone else. Try to think carefully before you speak. If you feel "hurt," don't leap to a conclusion before you ask what the meaning is of a behavior or a comment.

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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