By Jack Fertig
Just before the solstice when the Sun enters Capricorn, Venus will leave Cap for Aquarius. It makes a good combination for looking forward with good imagination and your feet solidly on the ground. Start making sensible plans for next year!
ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Get wild and creative. Explore and express new ideas. Just remember you are experimenting; keep it light and fun. Being too sure of yourself can make you look pompous and/or get you into trouble.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): New ideas have hidden value. Make every effort to be open-minded. Your ability to assimilate and gain insight from those ideas can prove very helpful at work. Opportunity will come soon and unexpectedly; be ready for anything.
GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Difficult issues need addressing. Be very considerate when telling your partner how you really feel. The middle ground between saying too much or too little can be hard to negotiate. Think ahead about what’s really important and how to say it kindly.
CANCER (June 21- July 22): High hopes and expectations for the holidays are easily disappointed. Reconciling between high ideals and realistic expectations is part of the bothersome business of growing up. Taking a longer view will help you keep a positive perspective.
LEO (July 23 – August 22): Christmas is supposed to be whose birthday? Not yours! You just want to make things fun and bright, but it’s too easy to overdo it. A quiet hug or a small, elegant gesture is often more effective than a big to-do.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Holidays are about symbols and sympathy, not about getting historical facts right, disturbing your family with uncomfortable revelations, or needing to prove something. There’s a time for all that. For now think about what matters, and when and how best to tell them – later!
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Shocking your partner can be a good thing, but not with a cattle prod. (Well… if it’s consensual…) When newfound exuberance and creative passions go overboard let your sweetie reel you in. Just let that be a further creative challenge.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Your critical eye on community affairs is not always appreciated at first. Getting the diplomacy right – being nice, but not wishy-washy or obtuse – can be a challenge. Solicit a friend to help you get your point across.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): Being helpful at holiday parties can get you into a better job. Keep a clear head and your fun “appropriate.” The rest should fall into place. Recently missed opportunities could come knocking again. Don’t rule anything out!
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): While your intuitions about money are generally on the mark it helps to double-check the facts with someone whose job it is to know. Avoid dithering and second-guessing yourself. Being rigorous is good; beating yourself up isn’t.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): There is such a thing as being too nice – syrupy, cloying, manipulative – especially when you can’t hide the bitchy undertones. There are no secrets. Whatever you say will slip out. If you can’t be truly nice, talk about celebrities and politicians.
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Your intuition and advice are worth more than you realize. If you listened to yourself as your friends do, you’d be better off! Blurting out a secret could prove to your advantage if it’s your secret and nobody else’s.