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Police dog catches Triangle man after crash with patrol cruiser A wanted Triangle man who rammed a police cruiser was chased down by a police dog March 8, according to Stafford County Sheriff ’s Office spokesperson Amanda Vicinanzo. A deputy saw a JAMAUNTA MCQUEEN vehicle run a stop sign at Shasta Place and Newcastle Place and recognized the driver as wanted suspect Jamaunta Mcqueen, 23. The deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but it continued traveling at a high rate of speed.

A second deputy responded to the pursuit and positioned his cruiser in the way of the suspect vehicle, Vicinanzo said, and Mcqueen’s vehicle struck the cruiser. Mcqueen got out of the vehicle and ran, but he was caught by police dog Steel. Mcqueen was taken into custody without incident and with no apparent injury. A search of the vehicle found cash and several bags containing a substance consistent with marijuana, Vicinanzo said. Mcqueen was incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail on possession with intent to distribute marijuana, eluding police, assault and battery, driving suspended and failure to yield charges. He was also served outstanding warrants out of Prince William County.

Police seek victim’s identity after body found in Stafford Stafford County investigators have released a photo of a tattoo in hopes of identifying a man found dead along River Road around 4:30 a.m. March 9. A deputy was on patrol when he found the body, which showed signs of trauma. Following an autopsy, the death was ruled a homicide, according to the Sheriff ’s Office.

The tattoo shows a woman with most of her face covered and only her nose and mouth visible as she is putting a finger up to her lips to encourage silence. The tattoo also has Roman numerals at the top. It’s located on the man’s forearm. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff ’s Office at 540-658-4400.

CRIME BRIEFS WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER GUNFIRE IN DISPUTE A Stafford woman is being held without bond after firing a gun during a dispute on March 9. Enesha Davis, 35, is charged with reckless handling of a firearm, use or display of a firearm in commission of a felony and felonious assault, according to Stafford County Sheriff ’s Office spokesperson Amanda Vicinanzo. A witness told deputies that Davis was heard arguing with a man on the 100 block of Aria Court around 5:55 p.m. when she went into a home and returned with a firearm. She reportedly fired one shot, striking the hood of the man’s parked vehicle, Vicinanzo said. Davis is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail. DEPUTIES: INTOXICATED WOMAN CARRIED CATS IN A SUITCASE A woman was arrested for public intoxication March 8 after a witness reported seeing her with cats in her suitcase, according to Stafford County Sheriff ’s Office spokesperson Amanda Vicinanzo. A deputy responded to the report at Mr. B’s Market and Deli, 375 Warrenton Road, around 5:34 p.m. and identified the woman as Shanna Holwager, 43, of King George, along with cats in a zipped suitcase.

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FAKE CASH CIRCULATING IN STAFFORD COUNTY Deputies are investigating two recent reports of fake money used at Stafford businesses, according to Stafford County Sheriff ’s Office spokesperson Amanda Vicinanzo. A store employee at Royal Farms, 1221 Warrenton Road, was depositing money into a safe following a transaction on March 4 when she noticed that a $20 bill had the words “For Motion Picture Use Only” printed on the back. There are no suspects at this time. On March 8, an employee at Bed, Bath and Beyond at Stafford Marketplace reported that a woman attempted to pay for a $10 gift card with a $100 counterfeit bill. The woman fled the store while an employee was calling the sheriff ’s office.


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Many people don’t realThere aren’t many farms left ize this, but one of the most in Stafford County. Develsuccessful crops was wheat. opment and the changing Normally that’s a crop that economy of our area has conjures up images of the taken their toll. Great Plains, but wheat was a Economically, farming just successful crop in our area well isn’t the best use of the land into the 1970s. However, the anymore. During the past 30 DAVID KERR embargo on grain sales to the Soviet years I’ve seen at least a dozen farms Union in 1980, following the Russian close. Most of them are now housing invasion of Afghanistan, pretty much developments. put an end to the industry. However, there was a time when Before that, in the late 19th and agriculture was a key part of our idenearly 20th centuries, there were cutity as a community. It sustained our cumbers and pickles. This is one of the development for centuries. The Indians were the first farmers in quirky sides to Stafford’s agricultural history and the part, predictably, I our region. This is a surprise to some, enjoy the most. since history, with the help of HollyIndeed, did you know that Stafford wood, has left us with the image of the was dubbed the “Pickle Capital of early native Americans as a nomadic America?” people. Stafford was one of the nation’s Contrary to popular belief, most of largest producers of cucumbers used the Native Americans along the Rapfor making pickles. There was a large pahannock were farmers. Primarily pickle brining factory near the Brooke they grew corn, and they were good Railway Station that opened in 1893 at it. and another in Falmouth. There were When the first colonists arrived, also pickle factories in Fredericksburg. their farming skills were awful. They Pickle production continued on a large just weren’t ready for pioneer life, and it was the Patawomack Indians of what scale well into the 20th century. Tomatoes were another successful is today Stafford who taught them the agricultural product, and we grew a lot secrets of successful agriculture. of them. There was a large tomato canBut our agricultural future, as it ning plant, a neighbor of the Brooke turned out, wasn’t in corn. Rather, it Pickle Plant, that was in operation was in another crop the Indians grew: from about 1900 until The Depression. tobacco. But that wasn’t all. Stafford agriBefore tobacco the Virginia colony culture was ahead of its time and was was a money-losing proposition. Once home to one of the first health food the colony began exporting tobacco to England, that all changed and Virginia manufacturers in the country. There was another factory next to colonists, like the Washingtons and the Brooke Station that manufactured Masons, started getting rich. a meatless product called “Nuto.” Tobacco was our primary cash crop The man behind Nuto was the in Stafford for decades. However, the famous health food pioneer and plant isn’t good on the soil, and the writer Jethro Kloss, who advocated a slash and burn approach the early wholesome vegetarian diet and began colonists took to agriculture resulted production of Nuto in 1921. in large scale soil erosion. The company was called the Brooke At the time of the American RevoluHealth Food Company and produced tion, tobacco growing in our region a meat substitute that could be sliced was fading into history, and Stafford’s and fried. Kloss’ books are still in print agricultural economy began a decline. and though the Brooke Plant closed This lasted until the 1820s when before World War II, Nuto is still a Stafford went to row crops such as trade name. corn and beans. The land was under Stafford’s economy isn’t agricultural heavy cultivation. However, the Civil War ended all that, and when peace fi- anymore. Fortunately, there are a still a nally came, Stafford’s population relied few small agricultural operations that, at the very least, remind of us of who on subsistence agriculture. People ate we were a long time ago. what they could grow and there was Agriculture was the basis of our little left over for sale. county’s economy for centuries — Though Stafford’s economy and from tobacco to wheat, pickles and population contracted severely after even Nuto — and it was an amazing the Civil War, arguably not recoverride. ing until the mid-20th century, that’s David Kerr, a former member of the not to say the agricultural sector was Stafford County School Board, is an moribund. instructor in political science at VCU Agriculture played a major role and can be reached at StaffordNews@ in our economy well into the 20th century.


Many people add perennials, new bushes and trees to their landscaping in the spring, but those tender new plants can have a tough time getting established when the heat of a Virginia summer kicks in. Compost not only provides plants with nutrients they need but also helps them retain moisture during dry conditions, and you can buy “Rappa-Grow” compost from the RBoard Regional Landfill by the cubic yard, according to a news release. Rappa-Grow is a recycled product made from yard trimmings and biosolids from Stafford’s wastewater treatment plants. It’s all natural and eliminates the need for toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. “We have a pretty sophisticated system here at the landfill to create compost. We have a building dedicated to the process of composting and use air blowers and thermometers to make sure the compost is at a constant temperature,” said Diane Jones, recycling coordinator for the R-Board, a partnership between Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg. “Rappa-Grow can boost the health of plants.” Compost soaks up water and slowly releases it to plants, decreasing the need for watering. It also improves soil structure and promotes root growth in new plants, helping ensure that a landscape investment not only survives to the next season, but thrives, according to the release. Compost can be watered down for use as an alternative to chemical fertilizers, as well as a bug repellent in the hot summer months. Reducing chemical usage is important in Stafford as the county is located in two different watersheds – the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay, according to the release. Every chemical that goes into the ground in Stafford finds its way to the Rappahannock or Potomac rivers and into the Chesapeake Bay. Rappa-Grow may be purchased on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the Scale House at the regional landfill, 489 Eskimo Hill Road, Stafford. Patrons may gain access through the commercial entrance to the landfill. The cost is $15 for a cubic yard. There are limited amounts available and it is first come, first served. Landfill personnel will load your truck or trailer. For more, visit



Panda Express recently opened its third area location at 320 Garrisonville Road in North Stafford. The Chinese fast food restaurant and take out can also be entered from Worth Avenue. The chain features orange, kung pao, mushroom, teriyaki and other chicken entrees, along with several recipes of beef, shrimp and tofu.

Hilldrup announces promotion Moving company Hilldrup has promoted John Seal to senior vice president of operations – DMV for the company’s corporate headquarters in North Stafford. In his new position, Seal will be responsible for the oversight of all Hilldrup locations in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area, which includes Dulles, Stafford and Forestville, Maryland. Seal previously served as vice president of operations and earlier as vice president of Hilldrup’s international division. He first worked for Hilldrup

on a moving team over four summers while attending Indiana University. After graduating in 2003, he joined Hilldrup’s local operations team as a dispatcher, planner and ultimately local operations manager. “Throughout all of his leadership roles that he has earned at Hilldrup, John has demonstrated the highest levels of dedication, commitment and excellence that our employees and customers expect from Hilldrup,” said Charles W. McDaniel, Hilldrup’s president and CEO.

Stafford High theater department wins at festival The Stafford High School theater department won first place at the Virginia High School League State Theatre Festival on March 2 in Charlottesville for the performance of an avant-garde adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland.” Along with the championship title, two actors, senior Ryan Anderson and sophomore Austin Cox, won Outstanding Actor awards for the performances as the Mad Hatter and the White Knight, according to Stafford County Public Schools. The group started the season in October with public performances of the play at Stafford High School. A few days later, the cast competed in the Virginia Theatre Conference High School Theatre Festival, where the production won the Technical

Merit Award and honorable mentions for both overall play and costumes. Anderson and Ava Mullanaphy, who played the title role of Alice, earned spots on the All-State Cast. Stafford Theater qualified for the state festival by winning at the sectional and regional level. The cast finished first at the 5D2 Sectional Theatre Festival, where Anderson, Cox and Mullanaphy earned the Outstanding Actor awards. The cast and crew went on to win first place at the 5D Regional Theatre Festival, with Anderson and Mullanaphy winning individual acting awards. The troupe is currently preparing for the spring production, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Lions to host ‘Dinner in the Dark’ Area residents can truly experience a Dinner in the Dark, as hosted by the Stafford County Lions Club, 5–10:30 p.m. April 6, at Augustine Golf Club, 76 Monument Drive, in North Stafford. Activities include, in addition to the meal, a silent auction, cash bar and a cork pull. Social begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner wearing a

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Few retail enterprises have been monopolized more than the suburban coffee shop market. It seems like Starbucks went from a destination more suited for shopping malls and busy streets to appearing at nearly every highway exit. In North Stafford, the large retail chain is still serving its mochas and frappes to tourists and travelers, but local, independent coffee shops are filling a void else-

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Cook picked the location after doing a traffic study and worked with the developer of the shopping center before opening last October. Located at 50 N. Stafford Complex Center, Suite 107, The Grounds opened for business late last year. Cook said her staff has to have three skills before they began working at the shop. “You have to like coffee, you have to love people and you have to be teachable,” she said. Cook says the training system in place requires staffers to proceed from one level to the next before they are full-fledged baristas. “We want to ensure that your drink tastes the same at 6 on a weekday morning as it does at 4 Saturday afternoon,” she said. Cook hopes The Grounds will also become a hub for family and friends to


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Teachers, firefighters, military members and first responders get a 10 percent discount on their purchases. “From the beginning, we wanted to give back to the community,” assistant manager William Gaskins said. To go along with your latte, cappuccino or macchiato, The Mantle also offers a variety of breakfast offerings, including biscuits and sausage gravy. For lunch or dinner, try one of their sandwiches or pizzas. The Mantle is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To learn more, visit Marine Corps veteran Joe Vinso opened his Warrior Coffee at 45 Walpole St., Suite 115, last October. “The name came from the recognition that a warrior is not just a person who puts on a uniform,” he said. “It’s not just the person going out, it’s the person staying home.”

Photos of first responders and service members line the walls of the shop. Vinso has ground his own coffee for years and now has a 10-kilo roaster to roast the beans that are used in his restaurant. “I can tell you when it was roasted, I can tell you how it was roasted,” he said. “I can tell you where the beans came from.” And, for decaf drinkers, Vinso also roasts a special blend. For the over 21 crowd, beer and wine are available. “The whole concept and idea is to have people come here and give them a chance to talk to one another,” he added. Warrior Coffee is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Vinso updates his menu and offerings nearly every day on his Facebook page. To learn more, visit


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String quartet to perform at St. George’s The Fredericksburg String Quartet will perform a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at St. George’s Episcopal Church. The concert — with Christine Abeel on the cello, Ron Barricklow on the viola, and Brian Schmidt and Alison Rolf on the violin— will include works by Mozart, Hensel, Mendelsohn and others. Admission is free with donations accepted at the door, 905 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg. For more, contact 540-373-4133 or

The University of Mary Washington’s will host “FRED – A Social Good Summit” on Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hurley Convergence Center on UMW’s Fredericksburg campus. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. The summit gives students and educators from the University of Mary Washington, Germanna Community College and area high schools the opportunity to meet community partners from local nonprofits and other organizations that serve the public. The event will be a chance to discuss ways the groups can work together more effectively to promote social change in the Fredericksburg area. The event will also include a catered lunch. “FRED is part of a larger vision of building a local changemaker ecosystem in Fredericksburg,” said Shawn Humphrey, associate professor of economics at UMW. Humphrey’s other initiatives include the Two Dollar Challenge, in which his students learn about the effects of poverty by living on $2 a day, as

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Stafford Volunteer Rescue Squad (Rescue 1) will be holding a reunion for all current and past members on Saturday, May 11, from 1-5 p.m. The reunion will be held at 2080 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, (Old Company 2 - Charlie Robertson Memorial Banquet Hall). Send your RSVP to no later than May 4.

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BASKETBALL CLASS 6 REGION B BOYS » FIRST TEAM » Jalen Jordan (James River), Josh Osakwe (Colonial Forge), Loginn Norton (James River), Collin Harding (Manchester), Martin Kawa (Colonial Forge), Saieed McLean (Riverbend), Glenn Parris (Franklin County), Miles Phillips (Thomas Dale). » SECOND TEAM » Brandon Jenkins (James River), Jack Brockwell (Thomas Dale), Brandon Majette (Manchester), Josh Sarratt (Colonial Forge), Brandon Vaughan (Clover Hill), C.J. Weber (James River), Robbie Matos (Rb), DeAndre Taylor (Cosby). » Player of the year: Jalen Jordan (James River). Coach of the year: Andrew Blazar (James River).


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ALL-DISTRICT BASKETBALL TEAMS COMMONWEALTH DISTRICT BOYS FIRST TEAM Last Name First Name Grade School Osakwe Josh 12 Colonial Forge Pataki Will 12 Mountain View Seargeant Khai 11 Massaponax Arnason Donovan 11 Stafford Motton Chris 12 Brooke Point Duniver Jacob 11 Stafford Egan Kellen 12 North Stafford Kawa Martin 11 Colonial Forge SECOND TEAM Last Name First Name Grade School Staples Dorian 11 Massaponax Sarratt Josh 12 Colonial Forge Thomas Jason 12 Brooke Point Coyne Colin 12 Stafford Maloney Josh 12 Brooke Point Matos Robbie 9 Riverbend Lafluer Noah 12 Massaponax Mclean Saieed 12 Riverbend HONORABLE MENTION Last Name First Name



Harter Jack 11 Mountain View Williams Alphonzo 11 Massaponax Sarratt Elijah 10 Colonial Forge Franklin Trevor 11 Colonial Forge Brown Elisha 11 North Stafford Avery Alex 12 Brooke Point Johnson Dejour 12 Stafford Player of the year: Javon Swinton - North Stafford Coach of the year: Anthony Mills - Colonial Forge

» FIRST TEAM » Nia Covington (Cosby), Cameren Downs (Colonial Forge), Grace Townsend (JR), Bailey Williams (Cosby), Jessica Henderson (Thomas Dale), Jasmin Williams (Riverbend), Kayla Jenkins (James River), Alexandria Sullivan (Colonial Forge). » SECOND TEAM » Jaedyn Jamison (Franklin County), Kyleigh Dia (Manchester), Alyssa Shazer (Clover Hill), Marissa Gallagher (Cosby), Erica Worthington (Manchester), Daizjah Brown (Thomas Dale), Tianna Smith (Riverbend), Maddie Cason (Manchester). » Player of the year: Nia Covington (Cosby). Coach of the year: Henry Schechter (James River).

CLASS 5 REGION D BOYS » FIRST TEAM » Javon Swinton (North Stafford), Mike Spraggins (Halifax), Tee Bryan (Patrick Henry–Roanoke), Jakhari Taylor (Potomac), Chris Shepherd (William Fleming), Khai Seargeant (Massaponax), Derrick Jones (Albemarle), Will Pataki (Mountain View). » SECOND TEAM » Kendall Dixon (Halifax), Donovan Arnason (Stafford), John Stockstill (Patrick Henry-Roanoke), Chris Motton (Brooke Point), Tyree Dunkley (Halifax), Jacob Duniver (Stafford), Christian Velker (Harrisonburg), Kellen Egan (North Stafford). » Player of the year: Javon Swinton (North Stafford). Coach of the year: Sterling Williams (Halifax).

GIRLS » FIRST TEAM » Kensey Ferguson (William Fleming), Maggie Sharp (Mountain View), Taniah Johnson (William Fleming), Savannah Derey (Patrick Henry), Lauryn Avery (Brooke Point), Serena Lytton (PH), Venus Hill (Potomac), Deaundra Jeffress (Halifax). » SECOND TEAM » Mariah Cain (Harrisonburg), Desiree Roy (North Stafford), Marquelah Wilson (Albemarle), Karolina Lawrence (Stafford), Shakara Anderson (William Fleming), Madison Vogel (Massaponax), Ayanna Parker (Brooke Point), Jazmyne DeShields (North Stafford). » Player of the year: Kensey Ferguson (William Fleming).

Stafford 4-H to host junior camp The Stafford Junior 4-H Camp of five days and four nights will be held at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal from Sunday, July 21, to Thursday, July 25. Campers stay in one of four lodges in groups of five campers with teen and adult supervision. Facilities include an archery range, athletic fields, tennis courts, amphitheater, lake and pool. Campers choose three classes to attend during the morning of each day. Classes



include swimming, canoeing, performing arts, crafts, archery, fishing, camp newspaper & outdoor living skills. There are organized afternoon & evening activities as well. The cost is $300 per camper who is 9-13 years old as of Sept. 30 and includes lodging, meals, snacks, camp T-shirt, most class fees and special evening activities. For more, call the Stafford County Extension Office at 540-658-8000, ext. 1057.



Training is essential Training your dog is not a luxury, nor is it an option; training is an obligation. However, some of the instructions owners are given may be overwhelming, such as set aside three to five sessions of 15 to 20 minutes every day for training. First, these recommendations can be overwhelming when owners think of busy schedules. Second, these recommendations forget dogs learn something every moment they are interacting with anything in their environment. Hmmm. So, how can we address training with busy schedules and use every opportunity possible to teach? I prefer to focus on the fact that every interaction a dog has in his environment is a learning experience. This means many teachable moments for me! Ask yourself: “How often am I in the house with my dog? Why should I pass up so many opportunities to teach my dog something?” A lesson can be as simple as reinforcing a desired behavior my dog is giving, even if I have not asked him to do it. Many lessons can be worked into our daily routine — and should be — without setting aside a lot of extra time. Here are some things I like to teach my clients: Leashes are great for helping manage my dog, as he is with me in the house. Plus, I can work on leash manners at the same time in a highly controlled environment. Keeping my dog tethered to me allows me to be proactive. It can help improve housetraining. I can teach my dog what is desired, instead of coming across him doing things I do not want then having to react only. After my dogs’ physical and behavioral needs are met, I spend time writing. I can use this time to work on relaxing on mats, crate training, just hanging out quietly with me. When I get up, I can do some name games, a couple stay reviews, a quick show stand or hand targeting. This

Every interaction a dog has in his environment is a learning experience only takes a few minutes to do with all my dogs while I take a writing break. I find myself doing more meaningful training this way. How many times do you pass your dog as you walk around the house? I can ask for a quick sit or down. I can do a recall as I walk around a corner. I can work on sitting or keeping four feet on the floor for attention instead of jumping. I can reinforce the good behaviors I am seeing as I walk to the bathroom. Let’s walk to the front door and sit nicely. I can do any or all of these as I walk from one room to another. Folding laundry is a great time to work on quiet, inside behaviors. As I sit and watch TV, I can work on trading games to help my dog learn to give things to me when needed. I can work on reducing the risk of resource guarding as I channel surf. During the evening news I can practice body handling and grooming. I can take commercial breaks and do some more formal work for rally competition. Of course I cannot be lazy when it comes to meeting my dog’s physical or behavioral needs. My dog will need time to be out, running, playing, sniffing. If I am training for a formal sport, then I need to set aside time for that. However, many behaviors needed for life with humans can and should be worked into our daily routine. Karen Peak is the developer of The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project and owner/operator of West Wind Dog Training in Prince William County.

Stafford columnist joins Dog Writers Association Stafford business owner and InsideNoVa columnist Laurie C. Williams has been selected to the board of directors of the Dog Writers Association of America. The professional writing association organized in 1935 is devoted to dogs and recognizes authors from many facets of

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HOROSCOPES ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) After Uranus’ return to your income sector, potential across both the income and professional fronts has been on the rise. This becomes a lot more tangible as Mars connects directly with Saturn in your career sector. This is the start of what could be an auspicious time on the income and career fronts, especially when it comes to taking your power back. TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Uranus’ return to Taurus you are likely to be feeling more confident, bold and willing to follow your personal truth. Yet this has less to do with Uranus and more to do with Mars, who is teaming up with Saturn to fuel a passion for adventure and a hunger for life’s richer experiences. It is a coincidence that this is happening just as Uranus returned to open major new doors and begin a major new journey towards personal discovery. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Attitude is everything and when Mars and Saturn join forces there is always some serious attitude you can tap into. This time that attitude is taking hold on the financial front, with Mars adding a positive dynamic to Saturn’s call for fiscal responsibility. From his position in an intuitive and imaginative part of your chart, Mars is able to add passion and imagination to the mix, fuelling your financial confidence. CANCER (June 22-July 22) If there is a theme, it is the number of alignments, either between planets in the same area of your chart or between those in complementary areas. Mars and Saturn move into an even more powerful and rare alignment on the friendship and relationship fronts. These are some of the most important of the year for personal and professional networking, friendship and relationship building. Mainly because of what this opens the door to. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Timing is everything and that is the case for the Moon’s departure from your career sector. The Moon leaves you with more than your professional instincts and imagination fuelled, but your professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit as well. If it feels like you have the power to move mountains if you have to, it’s because you do. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Life is dividing out into multiple lanes in an exciting way today, giving you plenty of options. The Moon’s return to your career sector, just as Venus moves in your work sector kicks off some exciting days on both fronts. An even more powerful alignment of playful and adventurous forces also kicks in today, with no competition. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) While you are nearing the most important part


of an already important time on both the job and career fronts, the adventurous lunar vibes are urging you to hold something back in reserve. The Moon returns to find support from Venus in a playful part of your chart and other adventurous forces already in play. It might be in the middle of a working week, but there are some playful and adventurous forces begging to be embraced. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) As the Moon moves through your relationship sector this will always fuel emotional responses and chances are, an alignment with Mars here yesterday fuelled some strong emotional and passionate responses. The Moon might move on but this is a case of perfect timing, with everything out in the open as a major alignment between communication and relationship forces begins. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) In terms of cosmic hierarchy, where the Moon is leaving is more important than where it is going. However, try telling that to Venus, with the Moon returning to your relationship sector just as the planet of love moves into her final two weeks in your relationship sector. While the Moon leaves you with an intuitive read on work and job matters just as a major alignment between income and job forces begins, a chance to give your emotional responses and relationships a voice is just as important for you personally. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You should see quite a shift in focus, as the playful lunar vibes run their course, as the Moon returns to your busy work sector. Considering that this comes just as Venus moves into her final weeks in your income sector and ahead of a Full Moon in your career sector. While this does kick off an important and exciting few days on the income and job fronts, playful forces will strengthen rather than wane. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) For Venus, the Moon’s return to a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart just as she moves into her final weeks in Aquarius couldn’t come with better timing. This will give the planet of love a chance to tap into playful and romantically charged lunar vibes, building a cocoon against what is likely to be a busy week. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) With Venus weeks away from Pisces but the Sun leaving, your birthday month will be over before your heart finds its voice. And that is more than okay, for with Mercury in retrograde motion you are only now getting a chance to retrace your steps and rethink your options. Until then you are able to view past, present, and future separately. WWW.HOROSCOPEASTROLOGYTAROT.COM


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