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t is truly an eerie feeling for anyone accustomed to 5. Try out some new recipes – Expand your horizons attending arts and entertainment events around the when it comes to meal options. Get creative and if community. you have kids, get them involved in the mealmaking Actions designed to prevent community outbreaks process. Why not give everyone a day of the week and reduce the potential for spreading of COVID-19 to pick a recipe or meal to prepare or suggest. have literally ground the out-of-home entertainment 6. Tour a museum – Take a virtual tour of some of the scene to a halt in Greater Victoria – from musical world’s great museums, from the British Museum performances and theatre to opera, dance, in London and the Guggenheim in New visual arts and more. York, to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and Many people are starting to find Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. Our things to keep themselves entertained, own Royal BC Museum also has an if not avoid getting cabin fever. Some online Learning Portal you can check involve activities at home, others Let us know how you've out. Google your favourite museum take us out to the great outdoors. been combatting cabin fever. to see if they offer similar virtual If you’re still looking for fresh Email a brief description tours. ideas, we asked around and came up to editor@mondaymag.com 7. Visit Broadway from home – with a top-10 list to choose from: and we'll share the best Watch a filmed version of some of ideas with readers at 1. Go for more walks – The region the most popular shows on Broadway, mondaymag.com. has numerous trails and hiking from Newsies (the Canadian College of areas, as well as flatter areas like the Performing Arts’ spring musical version at Galloping Goose Trail if you’re not as aththe McPherson was a casualty of COVID-19) letic. Want an extra challenge? Take a stick and to Rent, Cats and more. garbage bag with you and pick up trash along your 8. Travel from your easy chair – Still dreaming of that walk. And for bonus points, count the number of overseas getaway? You can binge watch YouTube pieces like your FitBit counts your steps! travel videos from the likes of Rick Steeves, Michael 2. Put together a gourmet picnic – With most restauPalin and others (search Travelogues on youtube. rants now offering only take-out service, order a com), to get a taste of where you might want to go meal from one of your favourite eateries and go next. have a picnic in a spot where you’ve got lots of 9. Pull out unread books on the shelf – We’ve all got space. books we’ve been meaning to read. Got through 3. Have a mini listening party – Dig out your old CDs your bookshelf to find the most interesting titles and relisten to them – records anyone? Do you still and dig in! Or check out the Greater Victoria Public own a record player? Library’s treasure trove of online resources for 4. Come blow your horn – Why not pick up that e-books, music, movies, podcasts and more. instrument you used to play in high school, or set 10. Scan bands' social media – Check out your favoudown a while ago. You can find numerous tutorials rite musical artists’ web and social media pages to on YouTube and other platforms, and digital sheet see whether they’re performing live streamed shows music. Getting reacquainted with your instrument in place of scheduled concerts. may inspire or motivate you!

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Surveying Victoria’s active live music scene

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By Felicia Santarossa Monday contributor Musicians, event organizers and music She hopes as many people as possible lovers can have their say on Victoria’s will take the survey – there are some music scene until April 13, as part of the great draw prizes up for grabs just for Victoria Music Strategy Survey. responding, from trips to event tickets These online puband merchandise. lic survey results will “I’m very curious to help create the city’s see the results and to first music stratesee what people care gy, a collaborative about,” Calder says, project between the adding it’s important City of Victoria’s they hear from people Music Advisory at all musical levels, Committee, confrom young people sulting firm Sound and those just starting Diplomacy and the out in music, to industry pros. “It would be Music BC Industry great to get their Association. The Kathryn Calder hopes people will take input so we have a survey is designed the Victoria Music Strategy Survey. very accurate picture to assess the city’s music communities across genre, ethnicity of what’s going on here.” Calder, a co-founder of indie band and sector, as a way to determine their The New Pornographers and current impact and value across the city. City Artist-in-Residence, says people are While it’s known that Victoria has a engaged in a wide range of activities strong music community, the strategy relating to music in Victoria. will help quantify that knowledge, says “… Not just the actual music itself, but Music Advisory Committee chair Kathryn all the other things that go into making Calder. “Rather than just being something we know, have it be something that a record or releasing music or putting on has some data behind it,” she says. events,” she says. “It’s just a very complex and dynamic world.” Such statistics will not only help define For more information or to take the what’s important to people, a “wide survey, visit sounddiplomacy.com/ consultation process” like this will teach city-of-victoria. City officials where improvements can be made, Calder says.  

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Fearing among many to stream performance By Don Descoteau Monday Magazine editor a solo artist, as half of the duo Fearing and White and as a founding member of the award-winning Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, the Vancouverborn and Dublin, Ireland-raised Fearing moved to Victoria in 2015 and loves it here. After an exhausting start to 2020, which began at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville with the Rodeo Kings and included a four-week solo tour of the UK and mainland Europe, he looked forward to puttering in the garden of his Gonzales home with his wife and plugging away on house renovations. “It’s nice to just walk down to Oak Bay Village, grab some Award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter Stephen Fearing is, like groceries and relax,” he said. many artist, on hold for tourin due to COVID-19. He recently replaced a “It’s pretty great to go for a cancelled audience show with a Facebook live performance. walk in the evening, with the mix of lilacs and other flowers in can plan and plot with the best tend to carve out a week where the air.” of them, but for this record, I’ve got nothing to do but write With touring shut down, more than anything I’ve done songs, to sit down with a guiit's a good opportunity to talk before, I wanted to see if I can tar.” about the creative process and find the right people and trust That wound up being two production for the new album. that if a door opens, it’d the weeks in late spring 2019 at It proved to be a bit looser and right way to go.” his in-laws’ home in James Bay, more spontaneous than his He booked studio space with- where he wrote most of the usual efforts, Fearing said. out having material, but said songs for The Unconquerable “I have learned not to secthe process works for him. “I try Past, his 13th solo album. Asked ond-guess myself,” he said. “I and create little notes as I go. I about the title, it came “before I PHOTO BY JEN SQUIRES

With his March live concert in Oak Bay cancelled due to COVID-19, musical storyteller Stephen Fearing took to the web last month to give people a taste of his latest solo work. For many online audience members, the March 18 show offered a first listen to material from Fearing’s 2019 album The Unconquerable Past. While the live show with fellow Greater Victoria area musicians Shari Ulrich, David Vest and Richard Moody was cancelled, Fearing hopes to make such a show an annual event. He specifically chose the three artists to help him share his newest music, and more, with a hometown audience. “Years ago when I was working with Bernie Finkelstein (True North Records founder), he told me a hometown gig has to be really special, that you can only do it once every 12 months if you’re lucky,” Fearing recalled. “This is a format I’m hoping to repeat … eventually it could be a way of introducing people to artists who are up and coming and lesser known.” Acclaimed for his work as

had anything,” he said, explaining that he read the line in Canadian author Patrick DeWitt’s book The French Exit. It got him thinking, which is a big part of his songwriting process, he said. “I’m very intrigued by the fact that as individuals we think that we’re disposing of things and letting go, but there’s no getting away from the fact that our past is our present,” Fearing said. He worked with Winnipegbased producer-songwriter Scott Nolan, who assembled a talented group of musicians to help bring Fearing’s songs to fully-formed life. ”I thought, here’s a guy who’s able to create a space and get out of the way. I kind of know what I want to do and I want to work with someone who can help me get there as soon as possible – that’s exactly what Scott did,” he said. With songs ranging from poignant ballads “Emigrant Song” (co-written with White) and “Someone Else’s Shoes,” to the thought-provoking title track and the upbeat “Stay With Me,” the record is sure to get listeners thinking while tapping their toes. Find more at stephenfearing.ca or on his Facebook page.  

Local musician releases 25-year labour of first love

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Victoria musician Rob Nesbitt recently released an album he started in 1995. Mine Would be the Sun is an examination of his first love.

It takes time to process the aftermath of a first love, but for Victoria musician Rob Nesbitt, it took longer than most – more than two decades. A 25-year labour of love and passion, Nesbitt’s first solo record, Mine Would be the Sun, was released this year, under the artist title The SuiteSixteen. The record is full of the searing anguish, desperation and desolation of heartbreak at any age. Nesbitt started his music career as a co-lead singer and guitarist for Bum, a four-person, Victoria-based pop-rock band which gained an usually heavy and ongoing fan base in Spain. Bum’s first album, Wanna Smash Sensation, came

out in 1993, but he soon felt lost in a money-fueled industry quite opposite from the anti-establishment punk he craved. “Rock and roll didn’t live up to what I thought it was going to be,” he said. “When you get in the music business it’s all about deals, and who you gotta please and you got to grease this guy.” After a two-year break, Nesbitt came back to songwriting and began working on music about his first girlfriend, who he met growing up in Maple Ridge. Their relationship was on and off and lasted briefly into his time in Victoria. “She was a person I hung a lot of ideals on that weren’t maybe realistic,” Nesbitt said. “I live very intensely in anything I’m doing, and I put every romantic hope and dream I had ever thought of or heard of in

a song or seen in a movie on this girl.” Both are married – to different people – but his wife supports his musical venture into the ghost of a girlfriend past. The album, and the hundreds of hours put into it, is as much an exploration of Nesbitt’s selfhood and wordy, passionate intensity for life and love – as it is into the girl he once loved. Mine Would be the Sun is also, in part, a love letter to the intensity of youth. For Nesbitt, the lessons it taught him through the next 25 years were one of the most real things he’s ever experienced. The record can be purchased online only at The SuiteSixteen's Facebook or Bandcamp pages. Find the full version of this story at mondaymag.com.

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Dig into the library's online platforms By Don Descoteau Monday Magazine editor

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our neighbourhood library may be closed, but that doesn’t mean your access to a whole world of knowledge and entertainment is cut off. Quite the opposite, says Jessica Woollard, communications manager for the Greater Victoria Public Library, which shut the doors at all of its branches in early March to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. “One thing that is certain is we will continue to offer numerous options for our patrons,” she says, pointing to the broad cross-section of offerings available through the GVPL’s digital platforms at gvpl.ca/howdoi/digital/. From the music, film and e-book/audio book repository contained on the Hoopla app (accessible free with your library card number) and the RB Digital magazine collections, to the reading/ listening apps AudioBookCloud and CloudLibrary and the Mango Languages learning platform, there’s plenty to choose from here. One particular platform designed to offer enriching interactive experiences is Lynda.com, an online learning program with hundreds of video tutorials by experts on specific subjects in fields ranging from 2D/3D Animation to Audio/Music, to Business and IT, Photography, Video, Web Design, Writing and more. Want to learn how to become a 3D character animator? Hone your songwriting or instrument playing skills or your understanding of the technical side of music? How about finding and retaining talent for your business or improving your coaching skills as a manager? Maybe you want to learn how to sell your novel to a major publisher, publish an e-book or get better at writing in general? What about getting a good handle on any of the focused software programs used in the IT and data science world? Then again, with all the stress of self-isolation, social distancing and quarantines, perhaps you’d like to work on some mindfulness training? You’ll find all of these ideas and more on Lynda.com, with “Learning Path” times that give you the overall length of all the tutorial’s video components. “Even Arianna Huffington offers a series of courses there on well-being and reducing stress,” Woollard says. The Tumblebooks app, available free with your library You’ll find up-to-thecard, brings picture books to life with animation, sound, moment elements in many music and narration. of the platforms. On Hoopla, for example, you can watch three other movies directed by Bong Joon Ho, the Oscar-winning director of Parasite, which won the Best Picture Oscar, among others, at the Academy Awards in February. “A lot of regular users will get their platforms that they love, but you can also have the fun of exploring different ones,” Woollard says. All of the platforms are accessible by using your GVPL card and work well on a variety of devices. Don’t have a library card yet? “You can start right away,” Woollard says. “Just sign up online, get a number and a password and you’re ready to go! The library travels with you on your device and our virtual branch is always open for you.” Find other information about the libraries at gvpl.ca. (Please note that the phones will not be staffed during the current closures.)  


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comfortable honey-leather chairs or benches with a watery pattern in black and white. Interior walls are honey wood with black trim, and blackness frames the large dark plate glass windows and covers the ceiling and exposed ventilation seventeen feet overhead. White subway tiles gleam behind cubical racks, black framed and with honey shelves, on which the bar stock is displayed. The bar itself is black and white marble fronted with white honeycomb tiles and a row of honey-coloured stools. In terms of food choices, three menus are a bit overwhelming. A full menu and a monthly features menu are available online, but the slim lunch menu, offering a selection of entrées (all $13) that come with the non-alcoholic beverage of your choice, must be viewed in person. I was drawn to the least Italian meal in the place: Moroccan Chicken Rigatoni. Rigatoni, I assume, is Italian for jumbo macaroni, which Lot 1 serves tossed in coconut milk with free-run chicken pieces that have been seasoned with Moroccan spices. That could potentially be brown sugar, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, coriander, turmeric, allspice and cayenne, although Lot 1 does not advertise its specific blend. Suffice to say this dish

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will become a great way to reconnect with friends and family. Pubs, brewery tasting rooms and restaurants will once again be the social gathering places they have

the Gray Monk 2018 Chardonnay over for a salmon dinner – it was a tasty reminder that venerable Gray Monk remains one of the best value-conscious wineries in the Okanagan. Medium bodied and unoaked, this Chardonnay has seductively fruity aromatics and a palate offering apple, pear, melon and a lick or two of tropical fruits. Its combination of fresh acidity and luscious mouthfeel makes it ideal to serve with poultry or seafood. Fairly priced at $19.50. The LDB doesn’t stock as many Riojas as they once did, but you can’t go wrong with the Beronia Reserva 2014 ($28.75). Matured in oak and bottle for several years, this big and bold charmer has intense flavours of plum and black cherry that are combined with hints of

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Lounge. He jokingly refers to bartending times,” he says with a grin. as the “booze kitchen,” in reference to Being connected to a busy hotel in the creativity bartenders can exhibit in the heart of Victoria’s tourist district their work. tends to bring a lot of visitors their way, Showing that the pair’s food service from first-timers looking for something background is never far away, they local, to others seeking something enjoy experimenting with different flafamiliar. vours and natural ingredients. A “secret “U.S. visitors like vodka more than spice cabinet” in one corner of the bar Canadians,” Patrick says, despite vodcontains a variety of elements that make ka’s very Canadian traditions. Many their way into future cocktails. customers request local products, he Cory proudly gives me a taste of adds, so they do their best to stock a their house-made caramelized variety of local and Island spirits and honey, a yummy ingredient beers. in Shanghai Nights, one Taking the lead as the of nine original creations senior man behind the bar, "U.S. visitors on their Contemporary Patrick graciously proCocktails menu. I vided us with more of like vodka secretly imagine havhis own thoughts about more than ing a jar of the stuff in the craft and his expeCanadians …" my kitchen at home to riences: put in my coffee. Your claim to fame/ – Patrick Woo After some discussion best up-the-sleeve trick about the menu, I select or technique? Keeping cool, the High Tea, a mixture of calm, and collective. Earl Grey tea-infused gin, Lillet What’s hot right now? Nonblanc aromatic wine, housemade ginger alcoholic cocktails, local spirits syrup and lemon. It’s a light, breezy What traits make a good bartender? cocktail that goes down easy. The gin Strong customer service, efficiency and and Lillet complement each other nicecleanliness. Nobody wants a dirty barly, leaving the bergamot flavour subtender! tle, while the ginger syrup provides a What’s your signature drink? Anything delightful snappy finish. whiskey based The cocktail menu here changes What are you drinking these days? every few months, based on the season. Local craft beers and Soju Heavier combinations and spirits tend Best memory from behind the bar? The to be featured more in winter, while hotel hosts the annual Victoria Whiskey lighter, fruitier drinks come on stream in Festival in January. Many fond memspring and summer. ories from those weekends. Especially There are also the occasional requests one, where a guest demanded to drink for cocktails that were on previous Bailey’s from his shoe! years’ menus, Cory says. They must have good memories to remember the Pacific Lounge Hotel Grand Pacific ingredients, I ask. “If it was a popular 463 Belleville St. 250-386-0450 one, we’ve likely made it hundreds of hotelgrandpacific.com  

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critically acclaimed best-seller E.J. Hughes Paints Vancouver Island. In October, Amos celebrates the publication of his second volume of Hughes’ biography, and he’s already at work on volume three, the war years.“I just like the way his paintings look!” Amos exclaims, smiling like a Cheshire cat. “I wrote about him, met him and got an invitation to spend the day with him.” Amos then shows me a series of commissioned paintings of a house in Oak Bay documenting a half-century of life for the mother and daughter who live there. It’s another current project, in addition to lectures on Hughes and Emily Carr. “A close look, of what it’s like to paint,” Amos says dramatically. “Ninety minutes of close observation. We’re going to do some video recording of the lectures, too.” Born in Belleville, Ont. in 1950, Amos spent his school years in Toronto, followed by two years at Queens University taking English literature. He got a part-time job lifting crates at an art gallery and that’s when he saw his first art show. “Heart of London!” he says. “That

was the title of the show. I thought … my life could be the subject matter, too – a framed experience, painting. I went to York to study fine art, art history and Japanese art and a professor bought some of my paintings. In my final year, I did nothing but studio work.” Amos landed at Western Front in Vancouver and a waterfront studio on Carrall Street, near Gastown. Performance art, live co-op radio plays, live music and dreams of going to Japan – Amos lived a bohemian life and continued it when he came to Victoria with fellow artist Andy Graffiti, setting up shop in Chinatown above Fan Tan Alley. Amos got a job at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, where he stayed for five years. He saw a lot of Japanese art and was inspired to spend a year travelling in Japan in Thailand, met and married Sarah and travelled more. "We were crossing into Malaysia and I had to declare my occupation, that I was an artist. That was a big moment. I am an artist!” Amos is probably Victoria’s most public artist, working in various neighbourhoods – literally painting

Artist Robert Amos stands in an alley as he paints the back of an Oak Bay house. PHOTO BY DON DENTON

the town. He’s been artist-in-residence at The Empress and Oak Bay Beach Hotel and is a fixture at the Bowker Creek Brush Up. Every Friday for 17 years, Amos has visited Mount St. Mary’s Hospital where he reads to residents while they paint and draw.“It’s probably the happiest times of my life,” he says, smiling. “I love painting landscapes, houses and gardens, cars, dogs – anything, but it’s still a struggle to sell a painting. The art business is still a struggle.” Despite that and after decades of dedication to his craft, Amos has achieved what he set out to do: he’s painted Victoria. And his paintings and drawings are his lasting legacy.  

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up is a malevolent, shape-shifting Doppelgänger with murder on its mind. But can a hyper-rational cop like Detective Anderson ever accept such a fantastical premise, or will his skepticism imperil the investigation and the lives of several people involved in the case? And that’s just the merest outline of a very complicated storyline comprising numerous interlocking subplots and dozens of characters. The series starts brilliantly as the police investigation soon has a smack-up as it confronts the impossibility of explaining the fundamentally contradictory evidence central to the first murder. But when a possible explanation involves the demonic, purist fans of police procedurals may not be pleased. Also, the labyrinthine plot bogs down a bit under all its narrative weight. But these are relatively minor quibbles. King’s novel was adapted by the brilliant Richard Price, himself a gifted novelist who has also written extensively for other boutique series such as The Wire, The Deuce and The Night Of. As such, even the occasional moments of murkiness feel ominously compelling, while the characters are complicated, nuanced, and so rooted in reality that they go a long way to making the story, if not truly believable then undeniably fascinating.

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This month, the Sun is in your sign boosting your energy, which is a blessing right now when so many things are challenging. You can use this edge! It’s your turn to recharge your batteries for the rest of the year. This month you will be powerful because in addition to the Sun in your sign, fiery Mars and Jupiter are both at the top of your chart, which makes you ambitious! Doors will open, allowing you to promote your reputation among your peers. As Pat says, “If you’re going to fish – go where the fish are.”

TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20)

You’re getting mixed signals. With your birthday a month away, your personal year is coming to an end. This means the Sun is “hiding” in your chart this month, which makes you want to seek privacy to contemplate goals for your new year ahead. However, contrary to this influence, fiery Mars and Jupiter want you to do something exciting! They want you to reach out and expand your

You will reach out to others more than usual this month, and they will respond to you. Some of you will be more involved in organizations, perhaps in a leadership role. Discussions with bosses, supervisors, teachers and parents will be important. This is an excellent time to think about your life direction in general. Meanwhile, disputes about shared property, insurance issues and inheritances might arise. Fortunately, because Jupiter is also in this part of your chart, you’ll be just fine!

CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22)

This month the Sun is at the top of your chart. (This occurs only once a year.) When it happens, it symbolizes that you are thrust into a flattering spotlight, which makes you look great in the eyes of bosses, parents and VIPs. Use this blessing from the universe to advance your agenda. Make your pitch! Keep in mind that even though you make a great impression on bosses and VIPs, with Mars opposite your sign, relations with partners and close friends are testy and challenging. (Sigh.) Nothing is perfect.

This is a strong time for Leos! This month you will zero in on publishing, the media, the law and medicine. Figure out how to expand your world by learning new things, hearing lectures, doing anything unusual that is informative and educational. Meanwhile, relations with authority figures are strong. Don’t hesitate to ask for a favour. Someone will ask for your advice about design, layout, furniture arrangement, regardless of what you do for a living. You will have something to say because you are a creative sign.

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(symbolically), which means you need more sleep. (Naps are wonderful.) Get your rest because increased chaos and activity on the home front could be frustrating. Focus your energy on renovations, repairs, DIY projects or visiting relatives Some might have a residential move. Of course, these are expected activities because this is the best year in over a decade to improve where you live by making improvements to your current home or moving to something bigger and better. Yeah!

how can you do this? (Wine helps.) Your primary drive will be to do what you want, set your own priorities. Romantic relationships will be lighter. Many of you are more involved with children than usual. Fortunately, relations with coworkers are supportive. Family discussions and home repairs are also on your agenda. Your overall theme of increasing your wealth this year will continue, which is why you’re busting your buns to earn money.

CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19)

SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21)

Oh wow, you’re passionate this month. (You’ll be passionate about everything, not just sex!) Your desire to travel and explore opportunities is strong but hey – travel is not an option. Therefore, check out avenues in the media, publishing, the law and medicine. With your ruler Mercury opposite your sign, you’re eager to talk to partners and close friends. Mars continues to make you competitive, playful and prankish. This gives you the freedom to demand to be yourself and express to others exactly who you are.

You’re in work mode this month. This influence happens only once a year and it makes you efficient and effective in everything you do. Look around you to see how you can work better and improve things. You want to be better organized, and you want to improve your health as well! (“If I become perfect, will people still love me?”) Mars and Jupiter continue to enhance your communications making you effective in writing, acting and selling. Meanwhile, Venus opposite your sign makes relationships sweet and cozy.

In April your attention is on home, family and your private life. (You might be more involved with a parent.) However, Mercury and Venus will encourage you to talk to others, explore fun times and enjoy the arts. As mentioned last week, you can do all this because Mars and Jupiter are giving you tons of energy! (Mars is in your sign for about six weeks every two years, and when it happens, you’re PowerPoint on steroids!) Take advantage of this to accomplish as much as you can. You’re like the little engine that could. “I think I can! I think I can!”

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PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20)

This month the Sun is in your Money House. (Happens only once a year.) This makes you think about what you own, plus the abstract values that govern your decisions. It’s time for you to give yourself a report card. Do your possessions serve your needs or are you a slave to them? This month is the perfect time to address this situation. This is a happy time for you because you appreciate your surroundings and you also see how much love there is in your world. Your competitive nature is aroused!  

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