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for DECEMBER 2018 by Izabella Vlahavas Aries : The new moon in your travel zone on the 7th is one more indication that you are feeling restless. Upheavals due to work situations may act as a motivator towards moving on and moving forward in some new venture. There are good aspects for partnerships and joining forces to create a strong team at this time, that will help you succeed. New decisions can be made on the 22nd with the full moon in your home zone, helping you to follow your heart. Taurus : A lot of positive energy will be available to you from close partnerships throughout this month with good communication and support. Close deals and make your new plans firm up by the 22nd and you will get the responses you look for. Lots of social invitations from friends and family during the weeks ahead keep you busy. Watch out for friction or jealousies between conflicting groups. Act with diplomacy wherever you can. Plans to go away may not work out for the time being. Gemini : Things go well as you have developed skills for planning and meeting deadlines. You use your creative imagination and hit targets. You have good outcomes in your one to one partnership zone and get surprized by the responses you get. The new moon falls in this part of your chart on the 7th indicating new beginnings or new plans or both. A forceful side of our nature manifests in your career zone over the next few weeks. Cancer : It s all go for you in the coming weeks, as much as you would like to relax, you feel spurred into action. Circumstances in your daily routines increase momentum and you give yourself new personal targets that will keep you on your toes. The full moon on the 22nd falls in your own sign and helps you to sort out any issues still pending that need closure. It will feel like a load off your shoulders as you wave goodbye to the past. A new chapter opens up before you. Leo : You need to get on with things that you enjoy doing the most. The perfect path would be linked to personal goals and would be very individual to you. You probably have many talents you have not explored yet. Now is the time to try new things and learn new skills. You have lots of potential and staying power to go for something new and make new beginnings. Risks are always involved so self-confidence is key. The new moon in this part of your chart on the 7th will push you forward in whatever field you choose. Virgo : Home is highlighted for you this month where you can re-charge your batteries and find the supportive atmosphere you need. If you have been pushing yourself too hard, now may be a great time to recuperate your energies. Mars in your one to one partnership zone indicates both support and friction from partners. Some of your plans may not go exactly as planned, so patience is needed. Look ahead at the bigger picture and do not let delays put you off. Libra : As Venus which is your natural ruling planet transits your money zone over the next few weeks, you will be in good spirits. Good relationships with close family and friends will make this a fulfilling time for you. Also you will be kept very busy. A less turbulent time ahead is forecast for you, as long as you are direct with others in your immediate environment about your demands. The full moon on the 22nd falls in your career zone and will push you to finalize a proposal. Scorpio : A mixed month of variety, both concerning who you spend time with and also your pursuits. Lots of opportunities to expand resources and invitations to use your own individual skills and talents will open new doors for you. You may be stuck for choice. Make practical decisions 53
rather than emotional ones. The new moon in your finance sector on the 7th helps you go for the best most lucrative offers. This also marks a new beginning of some sort. Sagittarius : A full and interesting month for you, with plenty of motivation to get you involved with social life and activities. The closure of a deal around the 22nd concerning joint finances or an inheritance will end a dispute and give you a sense of relief. This enables you to put in behind you and look to the future. Changes are good for you and It may be good to look into new exercise or diet plans. Mercury enters your own sign on the 12th giving you the gift to persuade others into your way of thinking. Capricorn : Saturn in your sign makes you feel serious and patient. It is your natural ruling planet and makes you feel more at ease with yourself. You like boundaries and are good at discipline. Use these qualities to your best advantage. The build-up of positive planets is making you very sure of yourself and this helps you to make decisions and take the lead in projects. Friendships go well for you at this time, and you will find allies and strong supporters. Aquarius : You are forceful and direct in anything to do with your finances. You follow a direction you have set out for yourself and you keep yourself grounded. The new moon in your friendship zone on the 7th indicates new connections, that are exciting and Jupiter in this part of your chart indicates gain from these. You can afford to be selective. A smoother time at work and respect from your colleagues helps the day tick over. Pisces : Forceful and confident, as the holiday Xmas season is here and you want to make the most of family and friends. A great time for work and career and plenty of good aspects giving you new ideas and potential money spinners. Take advantage of these for the future. The new moon on the 7th is in this part of your chart so a new proposition is very likely on the table, which will give you a significant boost in reputation.
The year ahead for
At exactly 0400 am gmt on the 22nd November 2018 the sun enters the sign of Sagittarius and for all of you born with this sun sign, the following ingredients colour your year ahead. Modifications and adjustments need to be made according to your own particular time, day and place of birth which are individual only to you. PERSONALITY – A year ahead that helps you to see the other person’s point of view. You will be diplomatic and fare in your dealings with others. You exude charm and can be helpful to others, who turn to you for advice. MONEY – You are resourceful and eager to make your finances tick over and make profits for yourself and your family. This is a very lucrative time for you, as you find new opportunities come your way. You feel strong and capable and your self-belief goes a long way towards your success in ventures. LOVE – The emotional side of your character is cooler and more reserved than usual, as a practical side to your nature makes you think before you jump into situations. You may idealize your partner and have very high expectations of him or her. GENERAL – A very unusual year ahead for you, Sagittarius, as you are both spirited and assertive in all you do. You inspire others and get a great deal of support and headway to succeed in projects. This will be a very positive time ahead for you. 54
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