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Horoscope for the week of Dec. 16-22, 2009

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Sagittarius The Archer (Nov. 22-Dec. 20):

You likely will experience delays in activities concerning the law, education, publishing and travel. If traveling, you may be going back to someplace where you have previously been. You may have to redo paperwork in order to accomplish the same thing in a different style or format.

For All Signs: Mars, known to the ancients as the god of war, turns retrograde on Dec. 20 and remains so until March 10. Historically, those who draw a sword or attempt to expand power during these periods eventually find it turned against themselves. In our personal lives we are well advised to avoid extending our boundaries or initiating "war" on any front. The defendant, not the aggressor, will win in any conflict as long as the god of war moves backward and it doesn't matter how big or right the initiator may be. Read both your sun and rising signs below, in order to understand how Mars will affect you during its retrograde.

Aries: Mars is retrograding in the house concerning romance, children, gambling and playful activities. While retrograding you may be strongly inclined to "go back" to a former condition in one or more of these areas. Newer romantic relationships may be put on hold for a few weeks.

Taurus: Mars is retrograding in your territory of home and property. Because Mars rules machinery and tools of all kinds, there may be breakdowns of household gadgetry that require repair. It is generally better to repair rather than replace these items.

Gemini: Mars is retrograding in the horoscope sector that relates to vehicles and tools. Don't ignore strange noises. It is possible that you are irritated with siblings, roommates, or neighbors, but now is not the time to initiate battle. Let them re-create the problem and then you may respond.

Cancer: Mars is in the sector related to income and outgo. You may feel absolutely compelled to purchase something expensive and impractical. It is more favorable to wait out the transit and see how you feel about it in March.

Leo: Your physical and libidinal energy may go into a dip for a few weeks. You may be surprised to find that you have changed your mind about circumstances and people in your life. Do not worry. You haven't lost your mind. This is your opportunity to rethink your direction.

Virgo: While Mars is retrograding, you probably will not have the energy and drive to which you are accustomed. It will do little good to beat yourself up over this issue. Your body needs a rest. Things will return to normal.

Libra: You may be recognizing the need to back off or back out of some of your friendships and community associations during this period. At minimum you will be reassessing why you are involved and whether you wish to continue in the future.

Scorpio: Issues of career and future direction are highlighted during this Mars retrograde. You may have thought you were headed in one direction, and now suddenly you are shifting into neutral or reverse. If so, this period offers a message to think this one over for a while.

Capricorn: Activities concerning taxes, insurance payoffs, government funding, and loans will likely be delayed, and maybe even denied. It is not a good time to attack, but to discuss and look for jointly favorable solutions.

Aquarius: Mars, the god of war, is in your partnership territory. Therefore it is particularly important not to attack another, verbally or physically. If you have enemies, let them make the first move and you will be assured of ultimate victory over the issue.

Pisces: The warrior energy is now in your 6th house of work and health. Since last winter you have been moving as quickly as you can to cover all the bases and still maintain your health routines. While Mars is retrograde it is common to plateau on physical goals, such as weight loss, but it is temporary.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. Web site: www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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