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Weekly horoscope (Jan. 17-Jan. 23) 

The sun returns "home" to Aquarius this week

Aquarius The Waterbearer (Jan. 19-Feb. 18): The sun returns "home" to your sign this week. You likely will find it to be energizing. Now is the time to focus on new plans for this next year of your life. With this birthday month, transformation lands right on your doorstep and demands that you step up to the best and most mature your humanitarian sign can become.

For All Signs: Since the end of December we have had numerous aspects related to Pluto, planet of the 99 percent, plutocrats, the economy and all Powers that Be. These aspects continue through January. The bright side tells us that transformation is at hand; the truth is exposed; and spotlights will chase shadows away. The more seamy side of Pluto has to do with manipulation of the highest order with its self-serving tactics. Pluto's motion is related to vast power and social/political judgments which affect the masses. This is prominent not only in the USA, but worldwide. It seems fitting that these aspects are occurring now, given the unstable condition of the world economy. I hope for positive, phoenix-like transformation, even if it will require a matter of years.

Aries: A favorable aspect from Mercury suggests that this is a really good week for communications in any form. It is possible that a new piece of high-tech equipment is in the offing. Your daily routine will generally be pleasant. Social life is favored.

Taurus: Changes may be occurring in your primary relationship. One or the other of you is probably trying to hang onto what is familiar. Changes and growth must be allowed to happen or the relationship will become stale. Let things flow naturally. Don't make problems bigger than they are.

Gemini: Your next focus will be mentally expanding. You may be researching a new interest, gazing over travel brochures for your newest adventure, or pursuing an interest in philosophy or religion. Aspects favor legal interests, publishing and exploring or communicating via the Internet.

Cancer: At the beginning of the week you may be feeling stress related to your lover or a partner, maybe a child. Underneath it all, the issue is tied to your beliefs about what a woman "should" do or be. Our culture has always struggled with images of the feminine. Is she a caretaker or a seductress?

Leo: For the next month much of your attention will be on "others" in your life. Partnerships of any type are generally favored by this arrangement because you will be searching for the "fair" solution in any dilemma. It is a good time to seek consultation from professionals if you need it.

Virgo: Focus your attention on new habits that will support your physical body and strengthen your mind. Meditation and yoga would be excellent. Your daily work routine will be very pleasant. New high-tech equipment may be on the horizon, which will motivate you to reorganize your files.

Libra: This is a week in which you will want to eliminate clutter from your home or office. Your leaning is toward the practical and simple. You may be purchasing storage solutions that will help you pack away the necessities of life in less space.

Scorpio: Read the lead paragraph carefully. Pluto is one of your ruling planets. So the topic of the best use of power will be in the forefront. You need to learn to manage it well. If you do not, you may attract someone who will misuse you.

Sagittarius: This is an excellent time for discussions with your partner or very close friends. The exchange of information and word play between you is fun and might provoke revelations. Activities involving school, short distance travel and learning are generally positive.

Capricorn: Social and romantic life is favored. There are those who are more than willing to turn over their personal power to you. Remain conscious of this and use that power judiciously and fairly. Don't get carried away with it, lest you regret it later.

Pisces: This is a period in which you may enjoy entertaining small groups at home. You have been making home improvements and now is the time to reap the rewards. Periods of quiet contemplation or meditation would be rejuvenating. Play non-intrusive music in the background to promote peace.

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

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