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9 nights on boardd the luxurious ‘Rhapsody R of the Sea Seas’ cruising the South PaciďŹ c Islands Featuring a fantastic line up of 50s & 60s Rock n Roll artists


Inside this issue... Who’s a Boomer? .... Page 4

Cruise departs Sydney on 14 October 2012 and visits Port Vila, Lifou and Noumea. PRICING & INCLUSIONS Quad Share from $1,684pp Twin Share from $2,256pp All meals, gratuities and taxes onboard, plus Rock & Roll and line dancing lessons with performances.

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7 nights on board the luxurious ‘Rhapsody of the Seas’ cruising the South PaciďŹ c Islands

Featuring the cream of australian country music kasey chambers, shane nicholson, and many more!

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Cruise departs Sydney on 4 November 2012 and visits the Noumea and Isle of Pines.

Pricing & Inclusions Quad Share from $1,434pp Twin Share from $1,956pp All meals, gratuities and taxes onboard, plus a continuous line up of Country Music artists and dance lessons.


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Who’s a boomer? For those of you born between 1946– 1964, life’s no longer about growing old gracefully; it’s about living a passionate life in retirement and celebrating your There are 5.3 million baby boomers, making up 24 per cent of the population, with the oldest turning 66 this year. Yacht With the end of World War 2 in 1945,


Australia’s servicemen and women

is held

returned and family life resumed after

for the first

an interruption of almost six years of

time, and in

wartime conflict. Nine months later saw

1949 Construction

the start of a population revolution as

of the Snowy Mountains

childbirth rates soared - more than four

Hydro-Electric Scheme begins and In

million Australians were born between

January 1947 Bernard “Doc” Neeson


frontman of Australian Music Legends –

People born during this period became

The Angels was born in Belfast England.

known as Baby Boomers who changed

In the 1950’s baby boomers repre-

Australia (and the world) in the second

sented a new market whose needs were

half of the 20th century.

quickly met due to wartime advances

A look back...

in technology and a new economic optimism. In 1955 The first vinyl LP (long

1940’s - 1943 – Australia wins its first

playing) appeared with the release of

Oscar, with cinematographer Damien

Bill Haley’s Rock around the Clock -thus

Parer (pictured) honoured for documen-

began a new and different music called

tary Kokoda Front Line! The Pharmaceu-

Rock and Roll. Australian bands like

tical Benefits Scheme is introduced in

Johnny O’Keefe and Col Joye began

1944 providing subsidised medicine to

playing the new music, Blue jeans and

all Australians; In 1945 the Liberal Party

t-shirts became the fashion, Comic

of Australia is established with Robert

books were the literature of youth and

Menzies as its first leader; Australia be-

the Hula Hoop started twirling. 1956

comes a founding member of the Unit-

Television in Australia was launched and

ed Nations. In 1945 The Sydney-Hobart

Hotels in New South Wales no longer 3

Baby Boomers are defined as people born between 1946 and 196 and 1991, Generation X between 1966 and 1980 and the Silent G had to close at 6pm, ending the “six o’clock swill”. In 1953 AC DC’s Malcolm Young was born in Glasgow Scotland. In the 1960’s Jean Shrimpton shocked us in her mini skirt at the Melbourne Cup, and then rapidly became the fashion; the Peace Movement began – Woodstock 3 days of peace, love and music. Since the movement in the 1960s, hippie culture has been assimilated by mainstream society. Moratorium marches across Australia opposing the Vietnam War; Beatlemania hit Australian shores in 1964; Evonne Goolagong became a world-beater in tennis; Great Olympians during the 1960s include Murray Rose and Betty Cuthbert and Dawn Fraser; Prime Minister Holt drowns and is succeeded by John Gorton; talkback radio is introduced; Ronald Ryan becomes the last person legally executed in Australia.

In the 1970’s Johnny Farnham was

On 14 February 1966 the Australian cur-

singing Rain Drops Keep Falling on my

rency is changed to dollars and cents,

Head, Led Zeppelin had a Whole Lotta

with the Australian Dollar replacing the

Love, Abbamania hit our shores in the

Australian pound.

mid 1970’s and Daddy Cool hit the No 1.

In 1969 the Australian production of the


Twilights break up;

Charts with Daddy Who? Daddy Cool.

rock musical Hair premieres in Sydney;

Colour television was introduced in

top pop groups The Easybeats and The

1975, men wore flares, grew beards and

64, Generation Y between 1981 Generation 1945 or earlier.

sideburns and Disco was dancing. In 1974 the introduction of FM Frequency radio and in 1970 Adam Hill radio and TV personality was born. From Hula Hoops and Pogo Sticks to Yo Yo’s and Frisbees, Disco and Line Dancing to the Twist, the Stomp and Rock n Roll – Woodstock and Flowers, Bikinis and Mini Skirts; Baby Boomers have generally lived through one of the best times of the 20th Century.

Pictured clockwise from middle: Hippie VW Kombi campervan; vintage television; 1970s disco ball


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and city lifestyles. The region has many

shires, Gosford and Wyong and are

historical places to visit and tourists have

located perfectly between Sydney and

been coming since the 1800’s.

Newcastle. The Central Coast is a popular destination for holiday makers, with many people choosing to come back again and again.

Accommodation is plentiful with many alternatives available from resorts, motels, apartments, hotels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks and cabins.

For the tourists there are many attractions

Quality restaurants and food venues are

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everywhere and for the wine lovers the

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Hunter Valley Wine Country is only about

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Come and visit the Central Coast, we

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coastal resort and many others who provides you informative directories, featuring local activities and attractions, accommodation, tourism and hospitality sectors, entertainment guides, as wells as an extensive a - z listing businesses directory. The Entrance

arrive just for a day trip or an impromptu escape. Once you have succumbed to the splendor of the town and accepted the magnificence of the surrounding waterways, you certainly won’t want to leave. Major attractions include the magnificent Tuggerah Lakes, pelican feeding daily at 3.30pm, pristine surf beaches, boat hire, fishing, markets, entertainment, bike paths, shopping and

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Pamper yourself at Crowne Plaza Terrigal

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Open for both breakfast and dinner, the hotel’s onsite Seasalt Restaurant is a local favourite, offering uninterrupted views across the beach. Diners can choose between the decadent degustation menu, showcasing a range of the executive chef’s signature dishes or the la carte dinner menu, a selection that combines the freshest produce with succulent seafood and premium meat cuts. For a more casual option, Crowne Plaza Terrigal’s Florida Beach Bar offers visitors a relaxed open-air dining space and a regular entertainment program of

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Taronga Zoo goes to Antarica! Join Active Travel as they head south for the journey of a lifetime.

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it’s E NTERTAINMENT Opera on Sydney Harbour 2012


Opera on Sydney Harbour 2012 Opera Australia announces stellar lineup for its most ambitious project yet Fireworks, a harbour stage and a giant

Government, the IFAC sponsorship will

chandelier will transform opera in Sydney

enable Opera Australia to roll out three

like never before when Opera Australia

annual seasons of what will now be known

presents La Traviata on Sydney Harbour

as Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

for an exclusive three week season starting 24 March 2012.

Government, will work with Opera

It will be the first opera in Australia to be

Australia to reach out to potential markets

held on a tailor-made stage built over the

across Australia, New Zealand, Asia,

water off the Royal Botanic Gardens and

Europe and the USA to stimulate tourism to

will be directed and designed especially

coincide with this major opera event.

for this unique outdoor staging. It is the Company’s most ambitious project to date, working in conjunction with Events NSW on behalf of the NSW Government to attract audiences from across the globe to be a part of this uniquely spectacular opera event. Francesca Zambello will stage direct the production which will also feature sopranos Emma Matthews and Rachelle Durkin, and tenors Ji-Min Park and Gianluca Terranova as well as Jonathan Summers and Warwick Fyfe. Ticket prices range from $85 - $350 with full dining + show packages available. A new sponsorship has been secured from The International Foundation for Arts and Culture under the auspices of Dr Haruhisa Handa, who is renowned for his passion and support of cultural endeavours across the globe. Together with funding from Events NSW on behalf of the NSW 32

Events NSW on behalf of the NSW

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is set to confirm our place as one of the world’s most breathtaking cities. “Opera on the Sydney Harbour will be a spectacular event and will focus national and international attention on Sydney. Sydney Harbour will once again become the stage, attracting people from all over the world. Supporting events like this which have such a bold vision is a key priority for our Government. The countdown is officially on, bring on 24 March 2012,” Mr O’Farrell said. Adrian Collette, Chief Executive of Opera Australia said “a vision of this scale is only possible when it’s a vision shared and we’re very fortunate to have such partners in the The International Foundation for Arts and Culture, and Events NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.”

“Unique, high-calibre shows of this level represent a creative and cultural landscape of which Sydney can be. Showcasing local talent on a world stage, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is something for us all to look forward to” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP. Internationally-acclaimed director Francesca Zambello has been appointed to steer the first production, bringing particular expertise in staging outdoor opera gleaned from Bregenz Festival in Austria, where she directed West Side Story on a floating barge in 2004.

devised in close collaboration with the stage director and includes a giant chandelier so enormous it requires its own barge! The set design is complemented by a sophisticated lighting design by John Rayment which will create atmosphere

She is currently the Artistic and General

through colour, projections, dazzling light

Manager of Glimmerglass Summer

displays and fireworks. Costume designer

Festival and Artistic Advisor to the San

Tess Schofield will transform Opera

Francisco Opera. She lives in London and

Australia’s singers, dancers and actors into

New York.

a spectacular throng of romantics and party-revellers, maintaining its glamour

“When Lyndon first mentioned the

through to the heart-breaking finale. The

prospect of doing something in such

Orchestra will be conducted by Opera

a unique and spectacular setting, it

Australia favourite, Brian Castles-Onion

appealed to me immediately. The

and the choreographer will be Stephen

chance to work with Opera Australia


and its wonderful performers to bring La Traviata to the stage is something

Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of

that I would always consider an exciting

Opera Australia said, “Opera is the most

undertaking. But staged on the water,

spectacular art form, and Sydney Harbour

under the stars and with that iconic

is the most spectacular cityscape. What

Sydney skyline as a backdrop, this is truly a

could be better than combining these to

special opportunity” said Ms Zambello.

create the ultimate event? Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour will become one of

Joining her on the creative team is award-

those ‘once in a lifetime’ events that you

winning set designer Brian Thomson

won’t want to miss..

whose recent work with Opera Australia has included La Bohème (2011) and

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Bliss (2010). Brian’s set design has been

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National Folk Festival April 5-9 The National Folk Festival has won the

can watch over 200 artists performing for

Australian Capital Tourism Awards in the

more than 700 hours across the Easter

Best Festival and Event Category for the

weekend. Lovers of dance can enjoy

third year (previous awards in 2008 and

a range of styles from Tango to Salsa,

2009). The award is welcome recognition

Morris, Irish and Greek, through to colonial,

of the growing reputation of this much-

bush, Flamenco and Appalachian step

loved festival, which also won the


National Qantas Award for Best Festival Event in 2009.

participate in more than 130 workshops in

To be held over Easter from 5-9 April at

musical instrumental playing, singing and

Exhibition Park in Canberra, the 2012

a diverse range of traditional handcrafts

National Folk Festival is shaping up to be

and visual arts.

one of the best yet with a stellar line-up of some of the world’s leading musicians and performers.

If Fringe is your bag, you can kick back in the Majestic Fringe Festival Circus Tent for the full weekend and catch a myriad of

They include ARIA award-winners Katie

colourful acts embracing everything from

Noonan (pictured right), with her group

vaudeville spoken word to circus skills,

‘Elixir’, Russian singer Zulya Kamalova

comedy and gypsy music.

with ‘The Children of the Underground’, Canadian doyen of Blues-Indian fusion Harry Manx, leading Scottish groups Shooglenifty and the Battlefield Band, English acoustic guitar maestro Stefan Grossman and renowned Canberra “disturbed folk” guitarist Jeff Lang. The legendary Irish singer-songwriter Paul Brady, whose songs have been recorded by Tina Turner, Phil Collins and Bonnie Raitt amongst many others, is also making a welcome return to the Festival.

The National Folk Festival is a great opportunity for up-and-coming young artists. The many Blackboard performance opportunities provide a space for young people to gain valuable performance experience. And the festival is a place to rub shoulders with established international artists. Headliners are encouraged to join local musicians in the popular Session Bar and late night venues – providing unmatched opportunities for young

The weekend tickets provide access to

artists to look, listen and learn from world-

nearly 300 performances across the four

renowned performers.

days of the Festival. Diehard festivals fans 34

If you want to learn new skills, you can

At the 2011 Festival, renowned Australian

The major concert venues have ample

artists such as Shane Howard and William

seating and there’s a spread of more

Barton were spotted in some of the best

intimate venues with delectable cuisine

sessions at the event jamming along with

from around the world and a colourful array

young up-and-coming musicians.

of high quality craft stalls showcasing the

It’s also the best festival experience

work of artisans from across the country.

anywhere with its all-weather permanent

The National is a unique cultural experience

venues (warm, dry and great acoustics!),

that provides ‘time out of time’ with

sealed roads, excellent camping facilities

something inspiring for all age groups in a

at Exhibition Park, reliably hot showers and

friendly family atmosphere. At the Children’s

clean amenities.

Festival kids can explore music making, 35

fun and games –– with a dedicated children’s stage, music performances and workshops for all ages. The Festival village is a magical treat. 2012 will feature the Poetree – an artistic installation providing a venue for poets and writers to engage in impromptu verse and creative writing. The Enchanted Forest with its Labyrinth will explore the mystery of one of life’s shortest personal pilgrimages. Harry Manx [pictured right] is the latest addition to a stellar National Folk Festival line-up. In true National style, the program includes long-standing folk legends and lesser-known but nonetheless luminary figures of the folk world, together with award-winning world music artists.

the musical and geographical worlds.

The line-up so far also includes legendary

Following extended stays in Rajasthan,

Irish singer Paul Brady, Jeff Lang, Zulya

India, Harry discovered the unique guitar-

and the Children of the Underground,

veena hybrid instrument, the Mohan

Shooglenifty, Flamenco Fire, The Battlefield

Veena, developed by renowned Indian

Band, The London Klezmer Quartet, Stefan

musician, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

Grossman, Riogh, The Allan Kelly Gang, Uncle Bill, April Verch, Stringmansassy and rising ABC singing star Sarah Calderwood.

Harry has since used the Mohan Veena, the Guitar, Banjo and humble Mouth Organ to develop a unique style of his

Harry Manx has been called an “essential

own that marries the Blues and Indian

link” between the music of East and West,

traditions with his own soul-searching

creating musical short stories that wed

songs and melodies. Harry’s captivating

the pathos of Mississippi Delta Blues with

voice and mesmerising instrumental

the depth and reverence of the Indian

skills are complemented by Percussion,

classical music tradition.

Keyboards and Bass, forging a sound that

Originally from the Isle of Man and more recently Vancouver, Harry Manx has made many journeys across both 36

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Gray’s Scene By Darren Gray Agatha Christie fans will be thrilled to learn that The Mousetrap is to tour Australia for the very first time in order to help celebrate the shows Diamond Anniversary. The action takes place in the once grand Monkswell Manor, the owners have hit on hard times and have been forced to turn their abode into a ghastly guest house. Murder is on the cards of course and it is suspected that one of the residents is the culprit. The Mousetrap began life as a radio play called Three Blind Mice but was adapted for the stage and opened on the West End in 1952, to date more than 24,000 performances have taken place, more than 382 actors have been given gainful employment and the play is now the longest running show of any kind in the world.



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the Sydney Theatre is a spin-off from the hit BBC comedy Yes, Prime Minister which will run from 4-22 April and which stars Olivier Award winning actor and one time Play School presenter Philip Quast as well as A

David Raven was entered into the Guinness

Country Practice star Mark Owen-Taylor. The plot

Book of Records for playing Major Metcalf in

follows a British Prime Minister and his cabinet as

a record breaking 4575 performances and the

they face a hung parliament, global warming,

late Nancy Seabrooke was employed as an

a major financial crisis and illegal immigrants

understudy for 15 years! Sadly no film has ever

running amok with hilarious consequences.

been made because Agatha Christie didn’t think that the stage version would run for long so she stipulated that no movie was to be produced until six months after the West End production closed.

Joe Hasham became a household name playing homosexual lawyer Don Finlayson in Number 96 and wide boy Ken Hansen in The Young Doctors but since 1984 he has been living in Malaysia. These days Joe is the Artistic Director of The

You’ll be guaranteed a spiffing night out if

Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre and of The

you book tickets for The Mousetrap which runs

Actors Studio which trains people of all ages in

at the Sydney Theatre in Walsh Bay (www.

performing arts skills. from 30 June until 29 July

PHOTO TOP: Joe Hasham as Ken Hanson in The Young Doctors pictured with Nurse Jill Gordon (Joanne Samuel). When Ken raped Jill in the show fans in Queensland bashed poor Joe during a shopping centre appearance. Photo copyright Fremantle Media. PHOTO BELOW: Philip Quast as Sir Humphrey Appleby in the stage version of Yes, Prime Minister.

prior to seasons in Perth and Melbourne. To learn more about Agatha Christie who created iconic characters such as Miss Marple and Poirot head 38


Formed from the West End cast of the Broadway musical ‘Beatlemania’; The Bootleg Beatles are the world’s premier Beatles tribute band. In an illustrious career, they have played the main stage at Glastonbury, supported Oasis, performed on the Graham Norton show and performed for the Queen in the palace. Now, they are bringing their amazing multi-media production to Australia.

NSW Tour Dates Fri 20th April Penrith Panthers | Buy Tickets Sat 21st April Norths Leagues | Buy Tickets Sun 22nd April Club Forster | Buy Tickets Wed 2nd May Shoalhaven Ent. Centre | Buy Tickets Thu 3rd May Illawarra Performing Arts Centre | Buy Tickets Sat 5th May Twin Towns | Buy Tickets Sun 6th May Laycock Street Theatre Gosford | Buy Tickets

Sat 12 May Castle hill RSL | Buy Tickets Sun 13th May Souths Juniors | Buy Tickets Thu 17th May Ettalong Bowling Club (02) 4341 0087 Fri 18th May Bankstown Sports Club | Buy Tickets Sat 19th May The Cube | Buy Tickets Sun 20th May Wests Newcastle | Buy Tickets

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Boomer Book Reviews Suddenly A Knock On The Door by Etgar Keret


$19.95 RRP (ISBN: 9781742752778) From the critically acclaimed master short-story teller Etgar Keret, his long-awaited and biggest selling collection - the first in nearly ten years. Etgar Keret is an ingenious and original master of the short story. Hilarious, witty and always unusual, Keret brings all of his prodigious talent to bear in this, his sixth bestselling collection. Keret’s tales overflow with absurdity, humour, longing and compassion, and though their circumstances are often strange and surreal, his characters are defined by a familiar and fierce humanity. A man barges into a writer’s house and, holding a gun to his head, demands that he tell him a story, something to take him away from the real world. A pathological liar discovers one day that all the lies he tells come true. A young woman finds a zip in her boyfriend’s mouth, and when she opens it he unfolds to reveal a completely different man inside. Suddenly A Knock On The Door is at once Keret’s most mature and most playful work yet, and establishes him as one of the great global writers of our time. Etgar Keret is the author of the short story collections: Kneller’s Happy Campers, MISSING KISSINGER and THE NIMROD FLIP-OUT.

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Free-Falling by Nicola Moriarty $32.95 RRP (ISBN 9781742752594) Free-Falling is a beguiling tragic-romantic comedy - of heartbreak and heroism, grief and ghostly dreams... The Fiancee Belinda’s life is in free-fall after the sudden death of her fiancé Andy. But then ghostly signs begin to appear which suggest he might not really be gone. And Belinda begins to tumble even further. Will his final parting gift be enough to save her? The Mother Evelyn McGavin, Andy’s mum, is also struggling. She copes with her sorrow by shoplifting (once), hating Belinda (constantly) and jumping out of a plane. In her skydiving instructor, Baz, she finds an unexpected friend. But why is he so agitated when he hears how Andy died? Two women, united in their loss, separated by their grief. And yet still linked in a most unexpected way ... 40

The Book of Lost Fragrances by M J Rose

$32.95 RRP (ISBN: 9781742751337)

A scintillating thriller of murder and secrets, lovers separated by time, and a mystical perfume that unlocks past lives ... Jac L’Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents she grew up around as the heir to a storied French perfume company. Fleeing the pain of those remembrances - and the suicide of her mother she’s left the company in the hands of her brother Robbie. But when Robbie hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives in Paris, and then suddenly goes missing leaving a dead body in his wake - Jac is plunged into a world she thought she’d left behind. For the House of L’Etoile has been hiding a powerful secret since 1799: a scent that unlocks the mysteries of reincarnation. In the wrong hands, it’s a perfume with a deadly power. However identifying the formula may be Jac’s only chance to save her brother... The Book Of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion and suspense in an intoxicating weave that moves from Cleopatra’s Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet’s battle with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris.

The Soldier’s Wife by Joanna Trollope $32.95 RRP (ISBN: 9780385618045)

Does marrying a soldier mean marrying the army? The topical new novel from this number one bestselling author. Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees those reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell. But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope, if he can’t? How much, indeed, can Alexa, Dan’s wife, sacrifice her own needs and fulfilment to serve his commitment to a way of life that demands everything not just of him, but of her and the children as well? This novel takes a keen look at the home lives of the modern Army. What happens, these days, when love and a vocation collide, head on? 41

Boomers Brain Benders Boomers Boggle How many words, greater than three letters, can you compile using the letters in this month’s word? Simply email your list of words to Don’t forget to add your name and contact details to the email for your chance to win a mystery prize!

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PISCES FEB 20–MAR 20 : Mercury, Venus and Uranus are lining up to give assistance and send some wonderful opportunities your way. This is a month of great activity. Learning to keep the balance will be the key this month, as you work through relationship problems. You can be too generous, allowing yourself to care too deeply - then become overly cautious-limiting your involvement. ARIES MAR 21–APR 20 : Mar’s and Pluto form an intense combination, forcing you to become ruler of your own domain – do try to be diplomatic, train your impetuous nature and curb your rash temperament is the key to the battle you face this month. Making a mistake may not be the worst thing, but the chances are lessened by avoiding hasty decisions that may prove self-deceptive or overemotional. TAURUS APR 21–MAY 21 : Taurean’s are steady as the rock of Gibraltar- this, however can prove to be selfdefeating at the present moment. Rather than stubbornly persist in sticking to old ways and refusing to budge try to reorganize your short and long term goals. The alternative to repeating the futile habit of hitting your head against a brick wall (so to speak ) is to revert to deep soul searching that will provide the answers you need. GEMINI MAY 21–JUN 20 : You will be given the opportunity to catch up with family and clear many of the things that have had to be put on hold for some time. Your personal and ruling planet, Mercury’s strong influence, this month will hopefully help you overcome your Quixote complex. Helping you use your knowledge and rational mind rather than looking for hidden agendas. CANCER JUN 21–JUL 22 : Pluto, the planet of turmoil and destruction is opposing your sign, breaking down and rebuilding your personality and patterns. It will influence social change, watch your step as friends and associates may prove unpredictable or deceptive. You may feel the need to change your regular routines and develop new techniques. The time is right to end old family dramas, set new boundaries and clear limits that must be honored. LEO JUL 23–AUG 23 : This is a time when the theme is on personal ambitions, you are on a mission! The next two months will be a dynamic exciting time providing opportunities to complete your restructuring process around finances. The rewards from previous hard work will bring lucky breaks and opportunities. VIRGO AUG 24–SEP 23 : This is an ideal time to plan strategies because not everything in your world is perfect at the moment. You are never happy when facing chaos around you – the best option is to avoid confrontation and allow things to run their course. Change will come through transformation of values, and finding a new way to project yourself. LIBRA SEP 24–OCT 23 : Try projecting a different image around others, anything that lets you keep moving mentally and intellectually. Maintain a positive attitude in your daily routine and don’t allow past mistakes to alter your present course of action. Channel your energy into enjoyable outlets. Working in a positive way will bring about a regenerating force that will bring pleasure and satisfaction. SCORPIO OCT 24–NOV 22 : Uranus is transiting your sign over the coming years, clearing away many limitations and giving you a more philosophical view of life. You will be motivated to achieve, much can be gained but there is a need to guard against biting off more than you can chew. Adopt a more stable and cautious attitude. SAGITTARIUS NOV 23–DEC 21 : This is a month where you support and harmony from those around you is necessary. You have the strength to step up and face the challenges and commitments ahead. It may not be reasonable to expect peace and harmony, but be open to compromise, rather than force yourself to take sole responsibility. Physical and emotional fatigue is to be avoided! CAPRICORN DEC 22–JAN 20 : Showing strength of character will help you accomplish more and break through any limitations and advance in any direction you wish. Take time to explore your 6th sense and look for repetitive patterns-above all do not put your faith in extravagant promises. There is a need to look honestly at past disappointments, this will clarify where a clean break is needed and where there are possibilities for future growth. AQUARIUS JAN 21–FEB 19 : This month is not a complete crises although you may feel you are going through an identity turning point. of sorts. Mercury and Pluto’s clash will require a partial retreat in order not to make the situation worse – don’t get too caught up in the daily drama. You are questioning direction and long term goals. Use the current Cosmic challenge to review home, family, domestic options.


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