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Weekly horoscope (Jan. 21-27)

Manifest reality

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For All Signs: Mercury will turn direct on the 25th and most personal agendas will become less complicated. Everyone feels the presence of Saturn, although it affects varying parts of our lives, depending upon its position in relation to the sun sign. Saturn represents manifest reality and the "rules" by which we all must live to maintain our social and personal systems. At its best, Saturn requires that we take a look at the facts. It insists on self-discipline, organization, definition and improving the structures of our lives in whatever sector of life it transits. At worst, Saturn symbolizes rigidity, the calcification of fears and the resulting refusal to change.

Aries: The new Saturn cycle calls upon you to study your beliefs for flaws. If they are sound, then commit yourself to establish practical ways in which to manifest them. The arena may be legal, religious, philosophical or educational. You must apply what you have learned in the secular world. You must "walk your talk." The world requires that you expand your mental framework to include a larger social structure.

Taurus: Saturn in Sagittarius will require you to focus on the consequences, responsibilities and liabilities of sharing resources with others. There may be work related to managing your own finances or those of someone else. This is a good period to tackle internal roadblocks that interfere with your ability to achieve genuine intimacy. Resources may be reduced for a time.

Gemini: The new Saturn cycle rivets attention on the quality of your important relationships. It is time to begin realistically considering your responsibilities in this area and clarify your commitment. Existing relationships will be evaluated and new purposes carved. On the other hand, it may be time to release those persons who are wasting your precious time and energy.

Cancer: This will be a period of apprenticeship. Now is the time to perfect your broad index of experience and knowledge, to practice until the accumulated bits of wisdom become second nature and highly efficient. Give attention to routine health regimens. The subsequent cycle will yield the improvement in status resulting from work now.

Leo: This is the time for intentional application of your creative energy and to take steps toward manifesting your dreams of fulfillment. Something deep inside you, no more than three years in your consciousness, wants to be expressed. Don't anticipate grandiose results on this cycle, but there should be reasonably positive responses from the world if you are on the right track.

Virgo: In terms of worldly influence, you are at the lowest point in the Saturn cycle. It is time to lay more foundations and it begins with inner work. We can produce little in the outer world until we develop a sense of a stable internal sanctuary. Define what you must have to feel secure and initiate the steps that will produce it.

Libra: This is the beginning of a period for you to define and clarify your level of knowledge. You may be called upon to adopt a project requiring close concentration and sharpened communication skills. Learning to speak or write volumes in a few chosen words will become important as this cycle progresses. Work toward efficiency and streamlining all communication methods.

Scorpio: The current Saturn cycle asks you to more define your values. You may have fewer resources now. You are likely to voluntarily forego expenditures on immediate pleasures for longer range objectives. People commonly purchase a home or make important investments.

Sagittarius: It is time to redefine yourself. The old way was good for a long time but it has outlived its purpose and you must now look at yourself more seriously. What are the potentials not yet developed? What is the best way to contribute your gifts to a greater whole? Focus your attention on personal identity and tighten up all life agendas to support who you wish to become.

Capricorn: This Saturn cycle asks that you be directed inward and you may choose to withdraw from the world (if not physically, then mentally). Attempts to capitalize on social and political power will fail to make you happy. You may be drawn to work with those who are deprived or mistreated. Now is a time for spiritual refurbishing.

Aquarius: Saturn's cycle calls you to take responsibility for your niche in life and clarify the role you wish to maintain. You have knowledge coupled with many social and communications skills. It is time to extend these gifts and offer them in service to a larger group. You will experience the outcome of work during the next two years.

Pisces: This is a highly productive period. For those who are happy with life goals, the following two years brings greater responsibility. Long term goals in your outer life may press you to temporarily sacrifice personal life and leisure. It is likely you are either adding responsibilities or departing an old lifestyle to begin a fresh adventure.

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

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