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High River Tennis Club Finds New Home in Montrose Five high quality tennis courts have recently been completed in the residential community of Montrose in High River. These courts are available for use by High River Tennis Club members and the public. Dundee Developments offered to build the five courts on municipal
reserve land set aside for a future school and playfields. Construction is now complete and residents of High River can now enjoy playing tennis at the new facility. To get there from 12 Avenue turn south on 1st St SE and follow the signs down Monterey Drive to the courts.
“These tennis courts represent the great things that can be achieved through partnerships between the public and private sectors,” said Mayor Emile Blokland. “By working together, Dundee Developments and the town have been able to provide our residents with some great outdoor facilities.”
High River Little Britches Parade “Cowboys On” With No Horsing Around Just prior to the annual Little Britches Rodeo and Parade, the horse industry was hit with the scare of an equine virus (nEHV-1). The High River Agricultural Society decided the risk wasn't worth taking and closed their grounds, cancelling the Rodeo. The Parade Committee announced accompanied by Robbie Robertson, another famous Foothills Cowboy Poet, rode in a buggy pulled by a pickup in place of the horse. Rather than not participating at all the Calgary Regional Trail Riders rode their broomstick ponies on a flat deck trailer. Prior to the parade starting we were treated to the Steppin' Fun ladies from High River, dancing between the rain drops. Those of us watching from the sidelines were treated to some rainy moments but lots of smiles and candy. We even got
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the parade would still take place but banned all horses from participating. There was some creative substitution for the horses. We saw tractors, floats and pickups transporting parade participants as usual, but also broomstick horses and one 4H group used plastic rain barrels laid on wheels for their posse. Parade Marshall Doris Daley, our very own Cowboy Poet, to see one of the Calgary Stampede bands perform their rain cover “maneuver”. Thanks to the local celebrities, politicians, community groups and the Shriners the Little Britches Parade was a colourful success!
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Champion Celebrates Centennial Brought to you by: Ted Menzies, M.P. Macleod Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance July 2nd the Honourable Ted “I am proud to be here today to would be able to take advantage Menzies, Minister of State (Fi- celebrate Champion's centen- of the CPR. “I am excited to have the nance), attended the Centennial nial in Canada's agricultural opportunity to commemorate celebration of Champion, heartland.” Champion is known for its the history of Champion”, conAlberta—Canada's original “Million Bushel Town”. Earn- perseverance and innovation. In tinued Menzies. He added, “Caning its name through the hard 1910, when they learned that the ada's heritage is preserved in work and dedication of its farm- stretch of the Canadian Pacific small towns across the nation ers, the town accomplished the Railway set to pass through the and it is important to honour our incredible feat of shipping over region would be built too far culture and traditions.” a million bushels of wheat in away from the 1915, with a small population of town, Champion brought itself to just over 600 residents. During his address, Menzies the railway. Entire spoke of Canadian values and buildings were the tremendous contribution moved to the new farmers make every year to l o c a t i o n u s i n g horses, skids and Canadian society. “Canada was built on the wagons to ensure backbone of one of the oldest that Champion's and most respected trades in his- booming agricultory: agriculture”, said Menzies. t u r e i n d u s t r y
Can Leduc, Alberta be Trusted with the Caramilk Secret? Breaking news swept himself. When he opened through something so the city of Leduc, Alberta this week when local resident Chris B. discovered one of only ten golden keys hidden inside Caramilk bars across Canada as part of the Caramilk Key to the Secret contest. Just by finding this key, Chris has the chance to win $250,000, plus the coveted title of Protector of the Secret, responsible for guarding Canada's most cherished secret: how Caramilk gets the soft, flowing caramel inside the Caramilk bar! How did he find it? Chris B., a father of three, found the key in his Caramilk bar on Sunday, June 26th at his home in Leduc after he was running errands. Before heading home, he stopped into a Mac's convenience store, which he visits almost every day, and purchased two Caramilk bars. Chris then went home, gave one to his wife and kept one for
his bar later that night, he found the winning key! The Secret Squad, an elite group of secretguarding agents whose sole purpose is to protect the Caramilk Secret, has reportedly arrived in Leduc to meet with Chris and investigate his potential of keeping the Secret. What's next for Chris? In September, he will head to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory in Toronto to try to unlock the vault that contains the Secret. If Chris is successful, he will receive $125,000 and if he returns the Secret untouched, unharmed, unopened six months later, another $125,000 will be rewarded. “I still can't believe that I've found one of the Caramilk keys. It feels surreal,” said Chris B., the first Canadian to find one of ten golden keys inside a Caramilk bar. “It's a big deal for my family to go
exciting. I am ready and able to be the next Protector of the Caramilk Secret, should my key open the vault this September in Toronto.” Last year, the Protector of the Secret, Sault Ste. Marie's Lisa Landry, successfully demonstrated her secret-keeping abilities and returned the Secret unopened for the remaining $125,000 of the $250,000 prize. Caramilk is opening the vault and unleashing the Caramilk Secret to another trusting Canadian this year– and it just may be Chris B. “It's great news for the city of Leduc to have one of our residents find the first golden key hidden inside a Caramilk bar,” says Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke. “On behalf of our city, I would like to congratulate Chris on his chance to win $250,000 and to protect Canada's Best Kept Secret.”
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Distracted Driving Law in Effect September 1, 2011. * Compliments the current driving without due care and attention legislation. Applies to all vehicles as defined by the Traffic Safety Act, including bicycles. Applies to all roads in both urban and rural areas of the province. The fine for this new offence is $172. (AMA)
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Ralph. Nelson, MD of Foothills Councillor holds a Canadian rodeo record that is yet to be broken. Ralph Nelson wrestled a steer to the time of 2.9 seconds back in 1981. Councillor Nelson's father Lloyd Nelson was a chuckwagon driver and won the Calgary Stampede in 1949 and 1956. High River groups and individuals who've made a difference in the community have been recognized with a living tribute. Two dozen memorial trees have been planted either in George Lane or Riverside Park. The Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre in Nanton has been closed since last November when structural damage to the roof was found. Steel structures were delivered July 8th. The doors will open again by September 15th, a strict deadline set by the town.
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DeWinton Teacher Wins Excellence Award By Todd Curran
classroom. Amy, also a recipient of In a surprise June 9th pre- the 2010 Governor Gensentation in her classroom, eral's Award for Excellence Heritage Heights Grade 3 in Teaching Canadian Histeacher Amy Park was hon- tory, is the only Alberta oured as a recipient of the 2011 Amgen Award for Science T e a c h i n g E x c e llence. The annual awards program recognizes extraordinary contributions by educators across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada who elevate the level of science literacy through creativity in the classroom and motivation of students. A total of 34 winners are selected annually based on the effectiveness of teaching methods, the plan for the use of grant teacher and one of only 4 money to improve science teachers in Canada to resources in their schools receive the award this year. and an innovative science Amy's friends, family and lesson plan showcasing students were on hand to inventive methods in the
support and celebrate her achievement, which also raised welcome funds for the school. “I couldn't have done it without my students,” Amy says. The $5,000 grant for Heritage Heights will be utilized for the expansion or enhancement of a school science program, for science resources or the professional development of its science teachers. “I thought I was just coming in to fix the SMART Board,” says a very surprised Amy. “All of my favourite people are here and I'm honoured to receive this award.” This is Amy's last year at the school, as she is taking a position at Calgary Science School, but she's left a lasting impression on her students and a legacy for the next generation of Heritage Heights scientists.
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Music Man Up For Award By Todd Curran The European Country Music Association has announced nominees for their 2010 Awards, including local musician, singer, songwriter Larry Vannatta. Vannatta's most recent album, Red Neck Thoroughbred, has been nominated for Album of the Year alongside such country greats as George Strait, Randy Travis and Keith Urban. He also received a nomination for Band of the Year, with Zac Brown and Lady Antebellum helping round
out the roster. As good things are said to come in threes, his other nomination is for Artist of the Year. A native of Milo, Alberta, Larry has played it all, from back porch steps, barns, dance halls, festivals across Western Canada, to balconied theatres. Graduating to international status, this local favourite's latest single “Country Junkie” has charted #1 in Germany, Sweden and Top 10 in the Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Belgium and France.
Bud Maynard is the bass player in Vannatta's band, singing and writing much of the original material. This former cattle boss of the famous OH ranch in Southern Alberta and former rodeo performer adds a very authentic dimension to the band, which continues to entertain country fans both at home and abroad. For more information on upcoming Alberta performances visit the Calendar page at: www.larryvannatta.com.
Sports for the Non-Sportsy
By Todd Curran Did You Know? It may surprise you to know that until a few years ago, hockey was not our national sport. Lacrosse was the National Sport of Canada until 1994, when Bill C-212 was introduced to officially declare hockey as our
National Sport. Because of the objections raised by supporters of lacrosse wanting recognition for the traditional and cultural significance of the sport, Bill C-212 was amended to allow both sports to share the honour. Our winter sport was deemed to be Hockey
while Lacrosse was designated our summer sport, even though it is played in the spring. While hockey's popularity is unquestionable - especially in Canada, lacrosse is still a popular sport in Canada and has gained popularity in the United States and Europe.
Canadians Remembered In Villanova
By Donna Maxwell, Villanova lives Rosalia Contributor Fontoni. As a small child she lived in fear It is said the Italian and hunger as war Campaign is the forgot- raged on around her. ten campaign and that Her father and uncle the D-Day Dodgers were were hung by the SS not given due recogni- just 2 weeks before tion for their service and Canadians liberated sacrifice. The Italian V i l l a n o v a . R o s a l i a Campaign lasted from wanted to know all she 1943 to 1945 and a total could about Canadians, of 92,757 Canadians remembering the kindserved their country, ness and peace brought 5,764 died, 19,486 were to her by these men. She wounded and 1,004 cap- wanted to understand tured. the generosity that In the Commune of drove their actions. She Bagnacavallo of North- has written a book e r n I t a l y l i e s t h e called Casa lontano da Villanova Canadian War casa (Home away from Cemetery, selected as a home) and feels strongly final resting place by the these men be not forgot5 t h C a n a d i a n ten. Armoured Division "The liberators, which is heavily repre- caked in mud and dust, sented there. Most of made their way through the Canadian war dead villages of destroyed belong to one of four regi- houses, schools full of ments: the Lanark and evacuees and refugees, Renfrew Scottish Regi- unusable railways; and ment, the 4th Princess in the background, the L o u i s e D r a g o o n constant rumble of Guards, the Perth Regi- bombs, the grenades ment and the Irish Regi- that wrought havoc on ment. so much human life, In the Village of artillery fire that made
the walls shake and the air tremble,” Rosalia writes. “The memory of these days survives in its telling; and suffering, in its telling is like a great thaw - the thaw that turned the snow of Auschwitz to tears. It is vitally important that we keep these memories alive." The research group of Villanova/Bagnacavallo now wants to publish a book about the men buried in Villanova. They want to place a face to the name of these men and know something about them. They consider these boys as their own sons. Clearly these men have not been forgotten. Anyone with a family member who was KIA in Italy November 1944 to January 1945 whose family may be in the Villanova War Cemetery and would like to contribute to this project can contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-467-0001.
Spotlight On Our Communities Each edition we will be showcasing one of the City and one of the Rural communities that we deliver into. This edition we are pleased to introduce the following two communities:
Bragg Creek is located 30 kilometres west of Calgary (via Highway 8 and Highway 22) at the confluence of the Elbow River and Bragg Creek. The community was established between a forestry reserve, the Sarcee Indian reserve and a Provincial Park. Renowned for its natural beauty, arts and outdoor recreation, this little paradise can be seen on the screen with shows such as North of 60, Wild Roses, BBC/Discovery Channel series Dinosapien and feature films Storm and Killer Image. Bragg Creek is popular for vacations, daytrips and shopping with
its quaint shops, restaurants and mountain scenery. The Elbow River and the scenic Elbow Falls are a short distance away, as are numerous hiking/biking trails, equestrian trails, picnic/camping areas and the Canyon Creek Ice Cave, also known as the Bragg Creek Ice Cave. As of 2006, Bragg Creek had a total population of 550 living in 220 dwellings and the town is host to marathons, concerts, festivals, theater and other events throughout the year. For more information and events listings visit www.braggcreek.ca or www.braggcreekca.com
Calgary: Millrise Millrise is a suburban residential neighbourhood in the south-west quadrant of Calgary, located south of Fish Creek Provincial Park. The land was annexed to the City of Calgary in 1961 and Millrise was established in 1982. Currently it contains approximately 1,945 private dwellings and in 2009 had a population of 6,746. The community is served well by their close proximity to major transportation routes, the Fish Creek-Lacombe station of the C-Train LRT system and Fish Creek Provincial Park and its associated facilities. Local
education is offered to child and youth residents through Our Lady of Peace Elementary & Junior High Catholic School. The Millrise Community Association aims to enhance the quality of life for community members by providing and encouraging programs, opportunities and services. Board members make up the collective influence of the neighbourhood, voicing the expressed needs of residents. For more information visit www.millrise.org.
There is an Angel Among us… . Named Phil My name is Rebecca and I, along with my husband, want to thank a very special man named Phil. On Sunday July 10th, 2011, my husband and I went to the Porcupine Hills to try some fly fishing in the Willow and South Willow Creeks. After a lovely afternoon we headed back for the highway and home to Calgary. As we left the mud and discontinued the 4 wheel drive on the gravel road, we felt a slight shimmy. Hubby said it was probably all the mud in the wheels and it would fall out as we drove. The shimmy seemed to decrease as we travelled further on the dry roads and increased our speed. We got to Longview and as we slowed going into town the shimmy was horrible. My husband thought it may be a shock or broken rod so we stopped at the Esso and
looked all around and under the truck and couldn't see anything wrong. As we pulled away from Longview the shimmy felt worse than ever...so we pulled over…..again, we couldn't see anything wrong so we climbed back in the truck, crossed our fingers and hoped to make it home by seven. We travelled at the speed limit to Black Diamond and made the turn to Calgary - up the hill we went shimmy and all. When we crested the hill, hubby said "It seems to shake less when we go faster"…..well, just as he said that a red Ford F-350 pick-up went by us the other way blasting his horn and waving at us. My husband then said "now I'm smelling something and that guy was waving at us." So we pulled over as quick as we could and jumped out. When we walked to the back of the truck it was
immediately obvious what had been causing the problem: we had one lug nut left on the left rear tire and it was h o l d i n g o n b y a thread...literally 1 thread left. As we stared at this lucky lug, the red pick-up came up behind us and pulled in. Our guardian angel had turned around and come back up the hill to see if we were alright. I'm thinking he would have chased us down if we had not stopped. It wouldn't have been a long chase. As it was, Angel Phil drove my husband back to Black Diamond to get tow truck phone numbers and then brought him back out to where I was waiting with the truck. Saying thank-you doesn't seem like enough when the person you're thanking saved your lives. THANK-YOU PHIL! Bless you.
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Community Passport To Fun & Prizes By Todd Curran From Peace River to Pincher Creek, amazing and interesting attractions dot our backyard and YOU can win prizes for visiting them! Paul Bunyan's bowling ball, the world's largest drag-
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onfly and over 30 other Alberta Icons are highlighted in the 2011 Community Icon Passport, which outlines locations where travelers collect stamps. Passport holders send their passports in before November 15th to enter for prizes.
Passports and additional information are available at various Alberta locations or can be downloaded at www.albertaicons.com. You can also contact the Town of Black Diamond at 403-9334348 for more information.
Fine Arts Fest A Feast For The Senses
ing adults as well as their peers, a Trade Show that The second annual Sum- local businesses and organimer Fine Arts Festival at zations can take part in was Notre Dame Collegiate on added to the program this June 3rd created something year. “The only element missfor everyone. ing last year was the busiThe High River school cele- ness element,” Joel says. b r a t e d F i n e A r t s b y “Community businesses and showcasing original music by Fine Arts businesses should feature performer Calum Gra- have a venue to be celeham, presenting the school's brated, and this year we have f i r s t s t u d e n t - d i r e c t e d it.” mainstage production, DoroSchool bands joined the thy and the Wizard of Oz and various visual arts displays. “We created this festival so both the school and the community had an opportunity to share their love of Fine Arts,” Festival Coordinator Joel Windsor says. “The mentorship the students get by putting their artwork up beside respected community artisans is not easily duplicated.” With the students inspir-
music scene with live performances, adding ambiance to an upbeat atmosphere of food, drink, theater and celebration of artistic creation. The school held tours of their New Media Department and demonstrations in the Evanescence Gallery and Art Studio. Plans are already underway to make next year's Festival even bigger and better.
ple F…ing, The Masturbators and The Year of the Carnivore ($1.2 million) in which we have questioned whether it contains child pornography images. The Canadian Council for the Arts received $183 Million, National Film Board $69 Million. The laundry list of abuse is long and objectionable. Will the Conservative government stop this abuse? Canada has record debt and a large budget deficit, yet Heritage Minister, James Moore continues to give your tax dollars to projects that are not scrutinized and nonsustainable. Year after year funding of such an industry is wasteful and harmful. The Heritage budget totals $3.1 Billion. If Finance Minister Flaherty is interested in finding $4 billion dollars to cut he should look here. The next federal budget must cut the
Heritage waste by 50%. We encourage taxpayers to insist this abuse STOPS. It will require thousands of calls from Canadian taxpayers. The abuse won't stop unless you ACT. Contact your MP today. Brian Rushfeldt President- Canada Family Action www.familyaction.ca Calgary Alberta All “Letters To The Editor” are more than welcome at the Gateway Gazette and whenever possible we will endeavour to print them. We reserve the right to edit or not publish submissions if they are in extreme bad taste, vulgar or could do damage to other specific persons. Please note that published submissions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Gateway Gazette, staff, associates or family. The Gateway Gazette (along with anyone connected to the Gateway Gazette) does not assume any liability or responsibility in light of the opinions of others. With all of that out of the way, please feel free to send us your thoughts or opinions, preferably by email at: email@example.com, you can fax them to: 9382473, or you can drop them off in our drop-box at Coyote Moon in Turner Valley or at Pharmasave in Black Diamond.
Taxpayer abuse in extreme Canada's federal budget is unbalanced. Our economy is fragile. Families are struggling to pay their bills. One sector in Canada not struggling is the “arts community” who received over $360 million from taxpayers last year through the department of Heritage. They spend it with little or no accountability. The proof of misuse of tax dollars was exposed again recently. It was revealed that a group called FACTOR had received 8.7 million to funnel to friends and projects – without accountability. Factor funded a punk rock “band” in Vancouver to produce an album titled Holy S*!t with offensive content, cover and graphics. Another organization, Telefilms received $104 million dollars last year. It has in the past few years funded films like Young peo-
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by Eric Francis Aries (March 20-April 19) Certain events may seem to be pivoting around you, or your influence -and you may be wondering how things have gone so far. I suggest you ask another question, which is: how far can you go making use of this circumstance? You are likely to be learning something about the kind of impact you can have, saying or doing very little. I would persist in a policy of saying less rather than more, but choosing what you say well. Consult with others and work from a strategy. You may think you're in a situation where you have to choose sides. How do you do that? Well, know your own agenda, and subject it to some scrutiny. Then see where your intentions align with those of the people in your professional environment. You may think you're ahead of yourself; you may think that you're into something too advanced for what you're capable of. Remember your ethics at all times and you will do beautifully.
Taurus (April 19-May 20) The world around you seems to be moving at full thrust, and you're in one of your more sensitive moods at the moment. You're in an amazing position to observe and express empathy for what's going on around you. Yet the Full Moon in your fellow Earth sign Capricorn is an invitation to take a step up in the world. It's also an occasion to step out of the psychological box that you've inherited from your mother, who understood the world more in terms of the past than as something you can experience in the present or the future. You seem to be accustomed to going through this psychological material with a spoon, or with a garden spade on a good day. Now you can feel the experience for what it is, and that feeling can propel you to make decisions about what you want and how to be that will surprise you with how simple they feel, and in fact, how simple they are.
Gemini (May 20-June 21) Remember that there is such a thing as right and wrong. I know that certain members of fundamentalist faiths blast the notion of moral relativism, or what you might think of as situational ethics. In truth, most of what we think of as right and wrong are indeed relative (such as it's wrong to harm a dog, but you can eat lamb if you want). By right and wrong, I mean aligned or not aligned with your personal constitution. The problem you have is the same problem that everyone else has: it's difficult to distinguish guilt from an ethical impulse. Maybe this will help you: Guilt judges you wrong before the trial. An ethical impulse asks a question, and then you get to answer the question based on your values. Listen to yourself; listen to the values you're referencing when you make your assessment. This is a step-by-step process. It should take longer than a Gemini minute; more like a Taurus hour.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) We're in the midst of a Full Moon in your opposite sign Capricorn. The
Sun in your birth sign suggests that this is time to experiment with role reversal. If you tend to be the passive type, it's time to take action. If you tend to be more like a child, it's time to be an adult. If you tend to be the kind of person who seeks security, it's time to take a chance. The kind of astrology you're experiencing is the kind that rewards action, conscious decisions and knowing continuously what crossroads you're standing at. You are indeed standing at a significant intersection of possibilities, of potentials, and of influences. You may seem so overwhelmed that the only logical thing to do is stand back and watch. Yes, I do suggest you watch -- but not while you're standing back. Life is calling you to participate right now; don't worry that you feel like you're in over your head. That's how it usually is, whenever something actually relevant is happening.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23) Sometimes it's meaningful to think of success as a mountain that you climb, though there are times that what once seemed high up descends to a place where you can reach it. People you may have thought were inaccessible or superior to you are now more obviously your peers. What seemed like it might be a great achievement is now seen as a practical matter. What you thought of as success you can now think of as doing things well. All of these changes are an attribute of what you might call a maturing process, though really what you're discovering is that you have a place in the world. A bit of grace and poise are called for in stepping into that place; faced by so much to be angry about, you are the one capable of looking at the world with some peace of mind. When you communicate anything, remember that you're relating from all of these points of progress, and are often speaking to those who struggle to have any faith in themselves.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) You're not the type of person for whom the ends justify the means. Your whole life is a story of process; you could certainly use being a little more goal-oriented, and this is a time when you can experiment with that boldly. Goals require action to be meaningful. It's true, they can reside in your mind as an abstract concept for many years, though I suggest you think of a true goal as something you're experimenting with and want to go further with. More than being an idea, it's something that's already in progress. You may have to be what feels like ruthless in moving obstacles out of the way, so that you have the space and energy to do what you want. It's more your style to involve yourself in what is the most meaningful to you and gradually allow it to take over your life. And remember this: it's unlikely that you have two goals. You really have one agenda that expresses itself many ways. Keep coming back to that and you will stay in alignment with your purpose.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) There is a limit to how far purity will get you. Striving for impeccability is another thing. There is a limit to the value of being sentimental; there is no limit to the value of caring deeply, and that certainly describes you well. Now for the tricky part: accomplishing most goals requires a little detachment. Sure, it's possible to froth at the mouth like a stock trader,
or to lust after power and glory -- those things work, but they don't usually work when the actual objective, when the purpose involved, is an authentic or nourishing one. So focus on your authenticity, and on the process of cultivating nourishment. You have something that others benefit from, and it would be helpful if you made peace with that. In a sense, you're being used for a purpose larger than yourself, and as long as you love that purpose, it's one of the most exalted states that a person can attain. I suggest your mantra for these days be, 'the greatest good for all concerned'.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Remember that every work relationship is indeed a relationship. Each is a unique experience, and in truth one human contact is not 'bigger' or 'more important' than another -- or at least that is the wise assumption now. Remember that none of these situations is an ornament for show; be especially mindful here if you have a partner whose position somehow reflects on your status or credibility. Maintain your integrity and stand on your own merits. The sky is volatile right now, but it's rich with potential. You are obviously feeling some pressure with the Full Moon, and you may have a sense that if you make a mistake, you won't be able to undo it. This is not really true. While you want to make your decisions consciously and carefully, August presents a kind of review phase wherein you can reassess certain elements of your situation and make useful corrections. The key is to stay in contact with your motives, and be honest with yourself about what they are.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) You may be feeling provoked; you may even be feeling outraged about something. This may be enough to spur you into some kind of unusual action, and that could be a truly positive thing. I suggest that while you're experiencing the sensation of feeling pushed or compelled to notice something, think back and ask yourself how many times you've noticed the same thing; how many times you've had the same sentiment, but less passionately. Who or what is spurring you to action now? The planets in your solar chart are in a dependable alignment that is designed to get results, with the one caveat being that you must stay in close alignment with your motives, your ideals and what you actually want to create. I strongly suggest you think in pictures, rather than just in words. Visualize what you intend; notice what is in the picture and what you want to add to the picture. Then notice when it takes on a life of its own.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) How much happier would the world be if we lived among sexually satisfied people? Think about it. Think of all the subverted energy that would be going to where it really matters; think of all the toxic aggression that would fizzle out and be replaced by fresh passion.
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Consider all the pain that would be replaced by the direct experience of healing. Imagine all of that hungry ghost yearning that is really sexual starvation, replaced by the desire to generously nourish oneself and others. Then imagine this multiplied by all of the people experiencing it, you among them. What would society feel like? What would your world feel like? What would it feel like to exist? You have many opportunities to open up, which means to relax and flourish. Whatever dark emotions, fears or inhibitions may have bound you in the past are too weak to hold you back now. Your desire and passion are stronger than they are.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Among my pet names for the zodiac signs, I have two for yours: one is Acurious, and the other is Aqueerius. They are related. These days, it's weird to be curious. Part of why it's weird is because the things that others think about doing, you tend to dive in and experiment with. I reckon that often, you do so knowing there are no guarantees -- that's very helpful. Experimenting, exploring, endeavoring to give your curiosity an actual place in the world are best left open ended, free from expectation. Who knows, the results might be a mixed bag; they might be a huge breakthrough; you might decide it wasn't worth it, and move onto the next thing. The beauty is that you actually dared to find out. You stopped living in your head and took up a process of understanding the world through first-hand experience. Your charts are especially encouraging of this at the moment; can you feel it?
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20 This is the weekend to be as visible and social as you can be. Your area is changing, your relationship to the world is changing, as is the world itself. All of this is happening at a pace so fast, we feel it about as palpably as we feel the Earth moving beneath our feet -- that is, not so much. One way to experiment with change is to get out into a social environment. The big Capricorn Full Moon is shining bright in your 11th house right now, which represents your circle of friends. Yet it's also one of the houses that represents your vision for your life, and this house is the scene of many unusual changes these days. Looked at one way, the soil is being turned over for new planting. Looked at another way, there is an archeological dig going on, where you're able to retrieve long-lost desires, ambitions, and a quest for freedom that has over many years been buried by the shifting sands of time. You have strong intuitive guidance right now, and many other factors working in your favor. Pay attention to who you meet, and notice how the world has evolved around you even from the place you remember it being just a few months or years ago. Be aware; get in sync. These are unusual days.
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