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For the week of January 7, 2004

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For All Signs Mercury, planetary ruler of travel, routine business and communications, turned direct on January 6. After a four-week period of revisions and reorganizing, the general functions of life will now move along more smoothly. Decisions, temporarily shelved, can now be settled and contracts are more likely to be viable. Now is the time to put property up for sale or apply for a loan with the expectation of favorable results.

Aries This is a good week to keep your mouth pinned shut. You have a big personal agenda and responding to others feels like a distraction from your task. You will be prone to the quick, sharp retort that can hurt others' feelings.

Taurus You may prefer your own companionship to the problems encountered with others right now. Your attitude is serious as the week begins, and lightens considerably as this week comes to a close. An important communications project requires your careful attention. Edit to perfection.

Gemini Your attention shifts to matters of shared resources for the next three weeks. The territory of "resources" is wide, ranging from the mundane budget, to investments, and even to important discussions with partners over the need for greater intimacy.

Cancer This is a period of favorable news concerning your career or life direction. Love and social life are active and pleasing. You are in one of your extroverted moods. Activities involving the children of others, including stepchildren, are especially rewarding.

Leo This is a particularly fortunate period. Your skills are needed and others are more than willing to pay for them. You attract improvements concerning career and life direction. Activities concerning the law, travel, income and overall daily working conditions are positive.

Virgo Mercury, your ruling planet, moves into the sector of life related to children, recreation, personal creativity, and romance. Your attention will be focused in these areas through early February. This week brings a sense of something new through your partnership.

Libra The critic is on the loose early in the week. You may hear it within, or it might appear through an encounter with another. If there is something identifiable to learn, then learn it and let go. Don't allow the issue to cause you to feel "guilty" more than a split second.

Scorpio Although intense feelings demand your attention, you do not need to act on everything that crosses your mind. This may be one of those times when you stir yourself into an emotional whirlwind that uses enormous energy and leaves you totally wrung out. You can rise above it.

Sagittarius Aspects this week are particularly favorable for income, travel, career, and life direction. If romance is in the picture, it will be intense and passionate. A plan, a fortuitous encounter, or a new beginning of last August is showing signs of creative growth.

Capricorn Mercury travels rapidly through your sign between January 13 and February 5. During this period there likely will be greater emphasis on communications, errands, and other short distance travels. Your mind will be quick and your attitude persuasive.

Aquarius Your attitude may be ho-hum early in the week. But over the weekend energy surfaces and you are on the move. You may be especially interested in a shopping spree for some item of beauty. This could be something big, such as a car or a diamond ring.

Pisces Your social life and partnership are moving along freely and easily at this time. Venus enters your sign this week and will be traveling "with you" through February 7. Her presence gives you an air of poise and beauty. You may have a compulsion to improve upon your appearance.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-987-2258 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. Website: http://www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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