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White marks the spot for Christmas lunch Staff will work for free, give up tips to raise charity funds
BY MICHELLE HOPKINS
This year marks the 10th anniversary of a special Christmas tradition at Richmond Centre’s White Spot Restaurant. While most of us are enjoying a day off to celebrate with family and friends, 53 employees at White Spot are donating their time and tips to charity. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Day, White Spot will be serving up all of its legendary dishes with every penny going to the Richmond Hospital Foundation and Variety — the Children’s Charity. Last year, $8,888 was raised during a fourhour period. That includes all proceeds from every meal, tips and many generous donations from its loyal patrons, says restaurant manager Charlie Tsang. “... the The brain atmosphere behind the fundraiser is franchisee is great and owner, Prakash everyone is in a Ganatra and his Veena. good mood.” wife“The idea was — Stephanie my husband’s … his family is very Green much involved in charity work,” said Veena Ganatra, adding her husband donates all of the food and drinks so that all money goes directly to the two charities. “It just made sense to him to give back.” Even though the mall is closed on Christmas Day, the restaurant is able to open because it has its own outdoor entrance. “We took a vote that first year and asked if any of our employees wanted to volunteer in shifts of two hours, and everyone wanted to take part,” she added. Out of its 83 employees a resounding 53 have signed up this year.
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Ready to serve ... The staff at the White Spot restaurant at Richmond Centre on No. 3 Road will turn up for work Christmas Day and donate their time and tips for charity. In fact, White Spot CEO and president Warren Erhart rolls up his sleeves every year and comes out for an hour or two to show his support. “Last year, he was washing dishes,” quipped Veena Ganatra. Besides the employees, Ganatra’s grown children and Tsang’s children also come out to take part. “Everyone is in the spirit and it’s just a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas Day,” added Tsang. From its inception, Veena Ganatra said, employees enthusiastically came on board.
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A massage parlour, shut down this week by the city, now appears to be merely operating underground. The Water Club — which used to run its body-rub business from the 11th and 12th floors of the Radisson Hotel on Cambie Road — finally lost its business licence Monday after continually flouting bylaws. The club’s owners had already agreed to terminate its lease with the Radisson and had moved out of the hotel on Nov. 30. But media reports on Thursday indicate that the club is continuing its seedy operations from an unknown location. City of Richmond spokesman Ted Townsend said they are looking
into the reports that the club is still in operation. The problem, Townsend acknowledged, is finding out where the club is operating. “If there’s an unlicensed business practicing in Richmond, then we can take legal action against them, which includes issuing tickets and fines and seeking an injunction,” he said. “We do know (the Water Club) has vacated the Radisson and they’re not permitted to open up anywhere else in the city.” Naked customers and staff were discovered in the past at the club during random inspections by the city and RCMP. And gang members and drug traffickers had been spotted using the club regularly by RCMP officers.
“That first year, we told the servers that tips were theirs to keep but no, they insisted on giving them back,” she said. For six years, 25-year-old server Stephanie Green has taken part in the Christmas Day luncheon. “I love it, the atmosphere is great and everyone is in a good mood,” Green said. “I like to stay for the whole time.” For 18-year-old Claudia Lau it just feels good to give back. “This is my second year and even though it gets pretty hectic and busy, we all love see Diners page 4
Conmen working in pairs BY ALAN CAMPBELL
More reports are coming in of door-to-door conmen purporting to raise money for the Scouts. Last week, the News warned how a well-dressed “salesman” had been going around the Steveston neighbourhood armed with a suitcase of Starbucks products. Each time, the man would claim the sales were to benefit Scouts Canada, but would only accept credit or debit cards. Scouts Canada vehemenently denied any association with such a practice and police asked people to contact them if approached by the man. But now it seems the conman is not alone and may be working
the doors in pairs. On Dec. 11 in Steveston, the RCMP’s Crime Prevention Unit reported that two males went to a woman’s door saying they were “part of Scouts Canada, selling Starbucks coffee and were accepting debit as payment.” The resident contacted both Scouts Canada and Starbucks who stated that this was not one of their fundraising initiatives. The two suspects were pulling a suitcase filled with coffee and had a portable debit machine with “Scouts Canada” on it. Another woman in the Steveston area, who contacted the News after reading last week’s story, said she, too, had a near miss recently with who she believes the same conmen.
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the new father of a two-month-old son. “It’s Continued from page 3 busy but the kitchen crew has a great time.” getting involved for such a good cause,” To understand how crazy busy it gets, Lau said. “You see the customers having normally there are between six to seven fun and knowing they are helping as well.” in the kitchen on any given shift — on The kitchen can get pretty hectic, said Christmas Day there are 15. Robert Young, a 22-year-old University of Last year, the 169-seat restaurant accomB.C. student, White Spot Red Seal apprenmodated four seatings tice and part-time kitchen over the four-hour fundchef. raiser. “My schedule is pretty “We had line-ups out busy but I can give a few the door last year,” Tsang hours on Christmas Day to said. “The last of the volunteer,” said Young. “It’s guests left around 4 p.m. festive and I feel like on a — Raymond Amil and a few of us stay to small scale I’m making a clean up until about 5:30 contribution.” p.m.” Raymond Amil, 28, Richmond Centre’s White Spot will be knows all too well how busy it gets. open on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to The chef has taken part in every single 3 p.m. serving brunch and lunch with all Christmas Day luncheon since its incepproceeds going to charity. The restaurant is tion. (In 2007, the fundraiser didn’t happen located at unit 1902-6551 No. 3 Rd. because Prakash Ganatra was ill). For more information, call 604-278“I’m here for the whole day and every3911. one is working together for the cause,” said
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Fire engulfed an empty house on Springfield Drive on Wednesday evening. Meanwhile, a shed was set ablaze near No. 4 Road the night before.
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Two fires in two days completely engulfed a shed and a house in different areas of Richmond earlier this week. On Wednesday at about 5 p.m., Andrew Caras received a call from his wife who was helping their daughter deliver newspapers nearby at the 3400 block of Springfield Drive. “She calls me up and said there’s a lot of smoke here (at this house), do you want to come down and have a look?” Caras got into his car and drove a couple of blocks to the scene where he was met by a full-blown blaze. “There were flames on the roof, and one window blew out on the upper floor,” said Caras. Eight to 10 firefighters were extinguishing the fire from outside through the second story window, and broke open the front door. He said the inside was “very bright” and guessed the basement was burning as well. At 6 p.m. the night prior, No. 4 Rd. resident Roland Hoegler was at home when he heard the unmistakable sound of fire truck sirens coupled with flashing lights flicker-
ing through his window. “I went outside and had a look and walked around and saw there was a big fireball,” said Hoegler. Two backyards over, he saw smoke billowing out of what he described as a “big shed,” with flames shooting up 40-feet in the air. “It (the shed) was about 20-feet wide and 10-feet tall, with a sloped roof. (It must have been) something in there that caught fire.” There were seven large fire trucks parked outside his property, near the Salvation Army Rotary Hospice House, and firefighters dragged hose to the back to fight the fire that eventually reduced the structure to a “few two by fours.” The adjoining house on the property seemed fine, he said. Richmond Fire-Rescue acting investigator Forrest Weissler was about to enter the Springfield property at press time to assess the damage of the house, which was empty and had no one living in at the time of the incident. He said there were no injuries in either of the cases, and although the investigation is still ongoing, a spontaneous fire in an unoccupied house is unlikely. A full report is expected some time next week.
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n editorial published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Stop the Violence and Play Hockey, conflates fighting with head trauma and muddies the waters of a needed debate before it even starts. “The tragic story of Sidney Crosby’s layoff due to concussions has not been sufficient for society to hang its head in shame and stop violent play immediately,” writes Dr. Rajendra Kale. Kale may be an expert on chronic trauma encephalopathy, an Alzheimer’s-like condition of increasing concern to all sports where head injuries are common, but clearly he is not a hockey fan or he would know Crosby’s concussions had nothing to do with fighting. A re-evaluation of fighting in hockey may yet take place, but the National Hockey League is rightfully more concerned about dangerous hits to the head. A rule change has been made this season, but it does not address the fundamental shift that has taken place in Canada’s game. Improvements in sports nutrition and training as well as lighter but harder padding means stronger men are hitting each other with better weapons. Then the league cracked down on hooking and holding so these men could skate even faster. Then the league removed the blue line and refused to instigate a no-touch (no-hit) icing rule. The result: stronger men with better weapons are now hitting each other at speeds of 30 km/h. If the league wants to convince the world it is serious about protecting its players, it would immediately go to no-touch icing, mandate the use of soft pads and either reintroduce the blue line or find other ways — we can’t believe we’re saying this — to slow down the game.
Taxpayers duped again The Editor, Re: “Tories need a tragedy before they act,” Editorial, Dec. 14. I take exception to your editorial on the Attawapiskat reserve situation. The band has received $34 million of taxpayer’s money each year over at least the past three years. They have the equivalent of three mayors and 19 councillors, all very well paid, as evidenced by their financial books, to govern just 2,000 people. They pay a social worker $66,000 a year. The band leaders prioritize an ice arena and a $75,000 Zamboni over adequate accommodation for their members. Construction of a school was started but had to be torn down because of soil contamination. Debeers Mining, who operates a mine nine kilometres from the reserve and employs some of its members, has sent modular, all-weather housing in past years to help out. The thanks they received was to have the mine road blockaded because the gesture was deemed inadequate. I agree that the existing system is not working and requires change, but I feel that the Canadian taxpayer is, once again, being abused. It will be interesting to see what the present audit will reveal. I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg. L.B. Black Richmond
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Christmas music: A silent night may be best At this time of the year, Christmas carols bring us joy and cheer (and help send X particles to Santa, to strengthen him in his battle against Frosty – see last week’s column). But I think it’s important to create categories for everything. Christmas carols are not just one generic lump. They can be compared and contrasted to one another, in ways that illuminate the season. And if that doesn’t shed enough light, we can burn a pile of Justin Bieber CDs. So here are the types of Christmas carols, as determined by the least musical person you have ever met. • Ancient carols These are songs which have endured for centuries. In the middle ages and early modern times, carollers (also known as wassailers) would go from door to door, singing a variety of different songs, and demanding wassail for their efforts. Wassail has booze in it. Yes, in the past, Christmas was basically alcoholic Halloween. Truly, we have lost the meaning of Christmas. • Classics These are songs that have stood the test of time. From Silent Night to White Christmas, they’re relatively modern, but with at least a few decades under their belt. Of course, many of these songs were cranked
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out in a hurry, by people who had no idea they’d be sung for years. Franz Gruber was just fiddling with his guitar and worrying about finding cash to pay for the busted organ when he plucked out Stille Nacht. • The Get Out Of My Record Contract Early Christmas Single A lot of bands sign four or five album deals with labels, realize they hate the contracts, and then try to escape. So they do three albums, maybe a greatest hits and B-sides collection, and then, of course, a Christmas album. This will be a half-hearted affair, recorded in three days in July in a stuffy studio. It will likely include at least one… • Christmas love song A song that has nothing to do with Christmas, but with the desire of some hot young singer to be with some other hot young person. Mistletoe may be referenced, but this is basically a generic pop song. You could generate one by randomly combining the words “Santa,” “love,” “miss you,” “snow,” and “baby” in various ways. Boy bands cranked out
so many of these that it noticeably increased landfill volumes in North America in the late 1990s. • Diva song Not actually a specific type of composition, the diva song can be anything from the oldest carol to the shallowest pop confection. It doesn’t matter. It’s not about the subject matter, its about the singer showing off her (or occasionally his) pipes. Expect her to hit seven or eight notes where one would do. Technical virtuosity will substitute for any actual emotion, holiday-related or otherwise. • Holiday glurge Exemplified by The Christmas Shoes. If I was caught in a bear trap, and The Christmas Shoes was playing on a loop on a nearby stereo, I would gnaw through my own leg, then use the leg to smash that stereo to bits. • Novelty songs Honestly, the best kind of song after the classics. Porky Pig singing Blue Christmas. Bob and Doug McKenzie trying to count to 12. Grandma and her terrible encounter with a reindeer. But if you’re some kind of Grinch who doesn’t like even singing pigs, I advise turning off the radio until after the holidays. But be warned: Arbour Day is coming, and the carols for that holiday are much, much worse than those for Christmas.
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Patient applauds hospital The Editor, To counter the negative coverage of our health care system, I would like to cite my experience with Richmond Hospital and its cancer clinic. Last January 2010, I was quite sick and was admitted to the Richmond General. I was diagnosed with colon cancer which has metastasized to my lungs. Words are inadequate to express my appreciation for the compassionate care from the highly skilled professionals and staff of the hospital. We are blessed to have an oncology department in Richmond. It is not simply a “convenience” but is, in fact, an enor-
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Are Deltaport meetings just formality? to express their attention to environmental protection. I, however, would not believe that! I feel this meeting can only be window dressing with no real purpose that would allow us to express any new views on this development. You will recall the very aggressive pro-development articles that the new PMV CEO (R.Silvester) had in the BC Business magazine and in a half page op-ed in the Vancouver Sun. The most one will get out of these sessions is that you will be able to see some models, maps etc. of what they are going to do, and that is probably not to be altered by public input.
However I would strongly note that this review is out of context of the entire plan to greatly expand the Roberts Bank Port (Deltaport) complex. This small phase is just another foot in the door. This must be said at the public consultation meetings. We should attend to show that we object to the approach PMV is taking to undermine a compete assessment of what they have planned for Roberts Bank and the entire associated area as affected by their ultimate port development project. Otto Langer Fishery biologist and aquatic ecologist For the complete letter, go to www.richmond-news. com.
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t was a banner week for those of us who live at the intersection of culture and immigration, although not much of the news was very uplifting. First was the controversy here in Richmond about whether our child poverty statistics have been inflated by unreported offshore income. One letter to the editor of the Richmond News reported anecdotal evidence that some families whom Statistics Canada counts as impoverished are doing quite well, thank you, because they are actually supported by someone working offshore – who is apparently not letting CRA in on the secret. Another letter writer responded incredulously that “the Canada Revenue Agency is quite clear in their documents that worldwide income is to be included when filing,” going on to say that “If what the letter writer says is true and the poverty statistics are too high, then thousands of households in Richmond must be underreporting their income.”
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ously. I can’t say Next, is whether there the ongoing are thouGreenholtz honour killsands of such ing trial in households or Kingston, not, but I also Ontario know famiIMMIGRATION where the lies living in head of the big houses in household allegedly had his Richmond’s nicest neighthree daughters and first bourhoods who willingly wife drowned in a canal for confide that they pay no disobeying him, thereby taxes or health care predishonouring the family. miums because they are This case is mirrored ‘impoverished’, at least by another in Belgium according to their tax where a young woman was returns. shot by her brother, at the Under-reporting of urging of their father and offshore income is not necessarily restricted to the mother, for refusing an arranged marriage to someimmigrant community, of one in Pakistan she had course, but that seemed to never met, instead moving be the implication. in with a young Belgian Not to change the subman with whom she had ject, (and I’m not trying fallen in love. Interestingly to be a wise guy or court (frighteningly?) in Belgium gratuitous controversy) it is apparently a crime but what exactly is ‘child to ‘attempt to arrange poverty’ and how is it difa marriage’. There are ferent from family poverty some scary cross-cultural or poverty in general? Do clashes brewing in Europe we secretly harbour an (with July’s massacre in underground society of Norway the most recent) Cinderella children, wearthat Canada has managed ing rags and sleeping on to avoid with its less conthe kitchen floor while their families are living the frontational approach to cultural difference. high life? I’ve spoken before in The use of the term child poverty always strikes this column about the dynamic tension between me as an attempt to use upholding mainstream children – regardless of Canadian values and the whether the motives are noble or cynical — to make struggle to find space and acceptance for newcoman already dire situation ers’ cultural beliefs and seem somehow more terrible. If anyone can enlighten customs. I draw the line at honme as to how child poverty our killings, but things are is different from poverty, I a little less clear when it would appreciate it – seri-
comes to our last topic for this week, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s announcement that Muslim women must bear their faces to take the oath of citizenship. The issue is fraught with symbolism and cultural and religious overtones – the Canadian values of openness and equality juxtaposed against deeply held convictions about modesty. Although I personally believe that we should be able to identify exactly to whom we are granting citizenship, I think that this is one instance where a little more patience and sensitivity could have been used to search for accommodations that would satisfy both sides. This is exactly the type of issue that defines whether we engage immigrants to help them make the transition to Canada (allowing for Canada to make some transitions of its own) or whether we adopt a hardline ‘if you don’t like it, you can always go home’ attitude to those whom we’ve invited to join us here. Dr. Joe Greenholtz is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and a director of the Premier Canadian Immigration Co-op. He also sits on the Richmond intercultural Advisory Committee. He can be reached at joe@premiercic. com.
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Community WELL BEING
When family gatherings inspire fear and loathing in the pit of your stomach, it’s probably not because of the appetizers . . . unless you’re like my son and had a bad mushroom experience in early life. With the people we ought to know and love the best, we can easily fall into patterns of seeing one another and from these, dysfunctional routines of interacting. It’s a game we all play, following rules we never challenge. But like a dream — or a shared delusion — our vision for greater possibilities is limited and we feel trapped in our roles. We forget that we always have a choice — including the choice to participate in the game. That doesn’t mean we should just stay home — or leave the party early — say after the first insult or after the third rerun of the same argument.
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Instead, we can choose to play a better game. My personal favourite is “Spot the Difference.” The object of the game is to recognize in another
We feel most alone when we are not understood. person the positive changes you had not noticed before; the more differences you can spot the better. If we catch the spirit of the game, everyone’s a winner. When we open our eyes and see past the filters of our shared past, we perceive more of the whole
person. When we deliberately let go of our preconceptions of someone we’ve known for years, we may recognize that they have been shaped by a variety of experiences over the years and grown beyond the younger version we remember from the past. And if this improves the way we treat one another, our most important relationships will continue to evolve. We feel most alone when we are not understood. We feel most at home when we are seen, accepted and loved just as we are. This is what we all need. This is all we need. Dr. Davidicus Wong is a physician and writer. Find his latest posts at facebook. com/davidicus. wong and davidicuswong. wordpress. com and his podcasts at wgrnradio. com.
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Menorah lighting reminds Jews of power of kindness Hannukah publicizes universal message that good will prevail over evil: Rabbi
BY MICHELLE HOPKINS
ot so long ago, lighting the Jewish Menorah in public could get a Jew ridiculed, ostracized, jailed or much
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The Menorah lighting at city hall, with children singing Hanukkah songs, above. Below, Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman hands out gelt, or Hanukkah money, to the children. and its symbolic lights. Whereas most Jewish celebrations are held privately in synagogues throughout the world, Hanukkah is a very public one in
many countries around the world. This is the 13th year Baitelman has publicly lit the Menorah, in part to educate Jews and non-Jews about this important cultural
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celebration. One of the reasons, said Baitelman, is to spread the miracle and message of Hanukkah. Originally from New York, Baitelman immigrated to Canada on his religious teacher’s urging. “I moved here 18 years ago because my teacher encourages his students to inspire and teach the ABC’s of Judaism. “I heeded the call and landed here in Richmond.” The Rabbi will celebrate Hanukkah with his wife and seven children, six boys and new baby daughter, ranging in age from three months to 18. During Hanukkah, children receive gelt (money) from parents and relatives either once or everyday of the eight-day celebration. “I give my children Hanukkah gelt every single day (over eight days),” Baitelman said. “Giving them money is a wonderful learning tool. They learn about responsibility and giving back.” Since it is traditional that Jews give 10 per cent of their income to charity, the Rabbi will encourage his children to ask themselves “how much of their gelt will they give away.” Meanwhile, the Rabbi estimates that in Richmond there is approximately 4,500 Jews. This year, many Richmond Jewish families will have a special Hanukkah celebration on Saturday night. Many in his congregation will spend the evening eating traditional foods and playing a customary game of dreidel — a popular children’s game. A dreidel, Baitelman explained, is a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side. “During Hanukkah, the children bet on which letter will be showing when the dreidel stops,” he said. “Children usually play for gelt.” They will also celebrate by eating special foods traditionally made with olive oil (like potato pancakes called latkes and donuts).
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Bhullar moves closer to London by winning Canadian Olympic trials Pan American championships are next for five-time Canadian champion BY BAL S. SANGHERA Special to the News
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Arjan Singh Bhullar is closing in on the opportunity to represent Canada at next year’s Summer Olympic Games in London by winning the recent Olympic trials. Bhullar is the defending Commonwealth Games champion.
Richmond wrestler Arjan Singh Bhullar has moved a step closer to competing at the 2012 Summer Games in London by capturing his weight class at the Canadian Olympic trials. The five-time national champion and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist prevailed in the 120 kg class over Sunny Dhinsa in a best-of-three match. This is the second time Bhullar has prevailed at the Olympic trials. He also won in 2008 but lost out on the opportunity to compete in Beijing after a narrow defeat to a Cuban wrestler. He is one of four athletes from the prestigious SFU-based Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club to win at the national trials — joining John Pineda (60kg), Hiaslan Garcis (66 kg), and Matt Gentry (74 kg). The Olympic trials came with a big challenge for Bhullar of not only facing a tough opponent but also dealing with some injuries which seemed to pop up at the worst possible time.
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Tim Stephens' Astral Reﬂections Aries March 21 - April 19: Be ambitious – use the holidays to show parents and rich uncles how far you’ve come and how talented you are. Many things move forward now in career and in money. A fourmonth money delay ends. If you’ve “collected” extra money over the past several months, it was from previous/old situations. If you have a money scheme that you’ve nursed for some months, launch it now. If not, ﬁnd one! (For career advancement, realize a relationship – not necessarily a career one – must be solved or “onside” ﬁrst.) Happiness, popularity visit Monday to Wednesday. Lie low Thursday/Friday. Taurus April 20-May 20: Charge forward with personal plans involving education, far travel, legal or cultural projects, research, investment, lifestyle changes, surgery or diagnosis, and/or intimacy and commitment. Now to June, you’ll succeed with these spheres, in a huge, elevating way, with the slightest effort! (Well, education, legal, travel and cultural zones will only succeed if you take a worklike approach – handle these like a job and you’ll accomplish well.) Ambition, relations with higherups are important Monday to Wednesday – all’s good. Happiness, optimism Thursday/Friday. Rest, Saturday. Gemini May 21-June 20: One of your best ﬁnancial, investment months of the year starts now. It’s complex, though. Yes, lucky investments appear, particularly in negotiations, contracts, in projects that deal with the public, or entail relocation or a partnership. But ﬁnal success will only come if you can work with “creative elements.” If you’re in love, and invest, your love will direct the investment properly. (Don’t ask me what all this means.) Your sexual desires rise, which can lead to satisfaction with a comforting person. Seek your answers Monday to Wednesday noon. Be ambitious Thursday.
Cancer June 21-July 22: Relationships are front and centre in the weeks ahead. Be diplomatic yet eager. Both opportunity and opposition occur. You might meet true love. (That’s a possibility about every second month for the next 12 years. Some of the better “true loves” will appear after October 2012. Before then, it can be difﬁcult to ﬁnd a lover who is also marriage material.) Social and group affairs that have been held up since August now get a green light, into June. Mysteries and investment opportunities arise Monday to Wednesday. Wisdom, mellowness ﬂow Thursday/Friday. Caution, Saturday. Leo July 23-Aug. 22: A month of hard work, duties, dependents, machinery and health lies ahead. A career, business, prestige or similarly ambitious venture, perhaps started last summer, can ﬁnally charge ahead – so the weeks ahead should combine work and career luck – you could be promoted, or have your responsibilities expanded. Chores face you Sunday. Relationships, exciting meetings and new horizons arrive Monday to Wednesday. Life’s deeper side, sexual desires, ﬁnancial commitments and mysteries needing investigation – these come Wednesday eve to Friday. Be cautious with money, spending Saturday. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Romance, creative surges, pleasure forays, speculative ventures and charming children ﬁll the weeks ahead. You’ll win in these zones! Delays end in higher education, international trade and travel, publishing, cultural rituals, law and intellectual pursuits. Where these two spheres of inﬂuence combine (e.g., romance and a wedding, or creativity and publishing) you could meet surprising success! The one ﬂaw is money: its “demands” can prove stronger than romance, et al. Tackle chores Monday-Wednesday. Deep relationship developments Wednesday night. Avoid temptation Saturday.
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Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22: The weeks ahead are “down home” – security, family, property, nutrition, gardening, all the basics. You might make changes in these (e.g., move or renovate your residence). You might also change who you associate with – gently abandon stale projects and hangers-on. You can beneﬁt deeply from changes now – lifestyle, health. This is a splendid time to invest in property. The only glitch is your own slowness and caution. Rest deeply Sunday. Romance, creative urges brighten your life Monday to Wednesday.Tackle chores Thursday/Friday. Be careful with relationship words Saturday. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 21: Communications, travel, errands, paperwork, casual friends and siblings – these dominate over the few weeks ahead. Be curious, especially about the matters and situations that are holding you back. (E.g., if you’re in jail, read books about the world’s jails.) This is a good time to take a communications course. Partnership in love or business is a great opportunity mid-2011 to mid2012. Something along this line might have stalled since August – but the delays are over. Step ahead, open your arms! Romance calls Wednesday eve to Friday. Take care with machines, driving, Saturday. Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Chase money, buy/ sell, ask for a pay raise, apply for scholarships or student loans, and seek new clients – now through the four weeks ahead. Your work and employment luck is huge this winter/spring (perhaps I should say expansive rather than lucky). This dovetails splendidly with the present accent on money. Even those temperamental, impatient higher-ups might throw more money at you. Only one thing can foul this up – your social life and/or your fond wishes. For the moment (to June 2012) be practical. Love and opportunities will come – hugely – from June 2012 onward.
Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Your energy, charisma, effectiveness and clout rise high now to late January. Start important projects, display your talents, seek an audience with higher-ups, and/or tackle jobs that once intimidated you. You’re going to make an impression! Love should thrive now also (to June, but especially this month ahead and May). Love delays end – so might someone’s apparent lack of interest. Approach the one who attracts you. Creative, speculative, and sports ventures can also shoot forward luckily now to June. Chase money and buy/sell Monday to Wednesday. Avoid a “hot head” Saturday. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Lie low, rest and contemplate. Form plans for the future. Seek therapy, advice. Be charitable and spiritual. Deal with government or head ofﬁce, and catch up with neglected chores. All this Sunday, and for the entire four weeks ahead. This is a splendid period to purchase a home (or other property). Rest Sunday. Your energy returns Monday to Wednesday, and your charisma glimmers here and there, but no more than sunlight through trees. Get things done – you’ll accomplish easily. Money’s important Wednesday eve to Friday: shop Wednesday. Guard your speech, driving Saturday. Pisces Feb. 19-March 20: A wish could come true this week (perhaps Sunday) or during the three weeks following. A month of optimism, socializing, popularity and entertainment has just begun! You’re going to say, “I know what happiness is – just a bit.” But that bit will expand to huge proportions from next February onward for a whole decade and a half. No more will you ever say, “I’m not fulﬁlled.” Sunday promises, but Monday to Wednesday pulls you back to quietude, solitude and rest. Plan, contemplate and help others.Your energy and charisma rocket upwards Wednesday eve to Friday – see and be seen! email@example.com
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