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Weekly horoscope (Dec. 11-17)

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For All Signs: The power of the Uranus/Pluto square creates a blanket over the next three months. As I have written before, Uranus represents social justice and equality for all. Pluto, because of its association with raw power, represents the corporations, banks, governments, money, and the stock market. Tension between these two principles is rampant now. Given the 2014 U.S. election, it appears Pluto will win the prize. Economic failure in Europe can spread via the banks to this country. Japan is already running its economy into the ground. If there is a run on the banks, the government will surely declare a "bank holiday." If so, you may not have access to your own resources. Prepare yourself with alternative solutions. We are entering the rapids and things will happen quickly.

Aries: Circumstances in your career have been highly pressured for at least two years. This cannot be good for your physical body, even though Aries usually has a strong constitution. Give yourself frequent breaks from stress if you possibly can. Cat naps, looking at beautiful scenery and exercise are some options.

Taurus: Between now and January 3rd your attention is focused on the areas of travel, education, publishing, teaching, the law and the Internet. Venus, your ruling planet, will generally smile upon you when you work within these borders. People will want to support you or you may be helping them.

Gemini: Your frame of mind is expansive and optimistic. You want to talk to everybody in sight, but particularly to those closest to you. You will have a busy week with lots of appointments and people asking questions. You will make a friend of each of them.

Cancer: You are an observer as you watch many others in your life who are playing out fairly important dramas. Your partner is struggling for a sense of footing due to significant changes in his/her life. The other fears annihilation of one layer of the ego's life. A new chapter is beginning.

Leo: This is a time in which your exuberance and enthusiasm may carry you farther than you really intended to go. You will certainly have more energy to do whatever you choose, but take care that you don't promise more than you can deliver. Your warm and generous heart will have a heyday.

Virgo: At this time of year you usually do well. Virgo is prone to do her shopping early in good years, so that you will have fewer details to handle during the holidays. Love and romance is favored this season. Activities involving family are less hectic and more enjoyable than at other times.

Libra: As your planetary ruler, Venus, moves toward a conjunction with Pluto, your thoughts are turning to intense concerns about family matters. You may feel compelled to move into a dark situation and simply take over. Don't do this unless you believe you have some power. You could get hurt in the process.

Scorpio: If someone owes you money and cannot pay, now is the time to cease your services. You need a clear contract here. If it is you who owes the money or the service, then this is the time to pay it off or set up a specific plan to do so. Aspects have a "buck stops here" look and you must step up to your best self.

Sagittarius: Your mood is expansive and optimistic this week. It is one of those good luck times that occasionally happen to the Archers. You have a grasp of the big picture and could use this energy to promote your projects and gain support. Or you could simply kick back and enjoy the positive feelings.

Capricorn: One part of you is looking for escape from the crucible of your own belief systems. If this does not come from the inside, you will be challenged from the outside to crack a belief system and allow the rush of a great gulp of fresh air. The freedom will be exhilarating, once the struggle is over.

Aquarius: During the next two weeks surprises and sudden shifts of circumstances will be prominent in your life. You may decide it is time to make a change you have considered, but no one else knows about. Or you may be surprised by the twists and turns of others in your life.

Pisces: This is a good week to enjoy friends and parties. The arts and all things of beauty are of a special pleasure to you now. You have a desire to reach outward to others. Activities involving travel, education, publishing or legal matters are favored.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. (There is a fee for services.) www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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