In The Stars
Your Weekly Horoscope
by RJ MacDonald
Week of
January 8 - 15

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RJ MacDonald has been a professional counseling astrologer for over twenty-five years. His background includes psychotherapeutic, transpersonal counseling and professional writing. As well as having maintained a private consultation practice for several years, he has authored a number of horoscope columns in community newspapers and has taught astrology, tarot, numerology and dream interpretation to adult students. He currently writes on metaphysical themes such as dream analysis, personality theory and political and metaphysical philosophy.  Russell integrates astrological analysis with transpersonal counselling and psychic readings.

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Ari Tau Gem Can Leo Vir Lib Sco Sag Cap. Aqu Pis
ARIES (March 21 - April 19)

You may find yourself focusing on your general path in life and even more particularly on your working life and career.  At an even deeper level you may be wanting to get a deep understanding of your role in life and how that is tied in, karmically, to your life path and career.  You are prone to be thinking and doing things on a more conscious level now and wanting to maximize your sense of self-control and self-determination.  You want the elements of your life, social and work involvements to be "on the table" and out in front of you for fully conscious and deliberate consideration.  You have a more businesslike attitude now and may feel strongly towards becoming more organized regarding your life and especially your working life.  You may not want to employ your imaginative thinking much at this time and you are likely to be rather impatient in respect to any "poetic" excesses or impractical thought from either yourself or others.  You probably have a greater degree of efficiency in your life now and are likely to feel rather business oriented and ambitious and very perceptive regarding matters in respect to contractual agreements or business "deals."  You are probably quite focused now and may have a greater ability of concentrate on practical matters than usual. 

TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)    

The accent now will be on the expansion of your knowledge base, either through brief self-directed study or through instruction from others.  You may have the urge to travel now or at least engage in some sort of activity that allows you to experience and learn from a different culture than your own.  You may find your "spirit" and thoughts as being a little more lofty than usual and more inclined to think in terms of your overall life, plans and goals - in fact, you are likely to be more goal-directed now than usual, especially in terms of the long range plans of your life.  Your thoughts are more likely to be more readily metaphysical and spiritual in nature at present. 

GeminiGEMINI (May 21 - June 21)    

You may find that a considerable number of changes are taking place at this time - the important thing is to look at the ultimate outcome rather than what you might "lose" at present.  The aspects of your life that are not working at present may have to be analyzed and broken down, that is, taken apart in order to build or rebuild new components that are ultimately more constructive.  This can certainly apply to individual or group situations where the interaction does not amount to any significant good for anyone concerned. 

CANCER (June 22 - July 22)    

At this time the focus will largely be on relationships.  Important issues involving your need to make compromises or accommodations for your close relationships or partnerships may form in your consciousness now. Because the accent is on others at this time, it will not likely be of any benefit to you to be in an significant state of social withdrawal or seclusion.  You may simply experience this time as one in which you are "compelled" to give your one-to-one relationships some significant focus and this may definitely include meeting "the other" half way.  Personal vanity is particularly subject to downfall at this time because this is especially a time when the "required" focus and consideration is on "the other" as opposed to yourself.  You may have to place your own vanities and drives aside for the time being and lend time and energy to another for his or her benefit.  Even if you are not directly involved in taking special measures in supporting another it is likely that you will at least have to curtail your own drives and purposes in respect to your need to consider how another's needs may not be sufficiently met if due consideration from you is not given - it is important to keep in mind now that life is a two-way street. 

LEO (July 23 - August 22)   

This may be a time for limiting or restricting your diet, in other words avoiding any unneeded excesses that do not promote your health.  If you find yourself becoming physically tense at this time then it may be advisable to engage in stretching exercises like yoga or even moderate weight-training which may help to stretch your muscles.  If you find yourself plagued by mundane responsibilities now that are aggravating you from the back of your mind or generating passing moments of anxiety then there is probably only one true solution - take care of them.  This is a very good time indeed for taking practical action in respect to little mundane responsibilities and nagging chores that need attending to.  This is a time when you may really benefit from putting things in order and getting personally organized.  When you communicate with others now it may be a good thing to sort of monitor yourself as you may be a little more critical and less tolerant than usual - you might inadvertently come across negatively at times without intending to do so, so it might be a good time to practice an extra measure of empathy and "liberality" in relation to others.  This is probably not a good time to try to get others to do your work for you.  In general - perhaps a time to keep your head down, mind your own business, attend to your practical work and plow ahead. 

  VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)  

This is a time when you may be busy focusing on the individual trees that constitute the forest.  Be careful not to get caught up in too much detail so that you neglect to be mindful of any  general overall plans that you project towards the future.  That detail may lead you down a path that you had not anticipated and that could end up taking you quite far from your original intentions.  On the other hand focusing on individual component pieces that fit into an  integrated whole may allow you to gain substantial ground now in respect to goals.  One step at a time will eventually lead you to where you want to be, as long as you stay focused on the goal/s ahead.  Communications with others may increase enormously now and you may find yourself as somewhat of a coordinator and facilitator of messages and information between different parties.  You will be quite inclined now to take a variety of short trips as the weeks and months pass. 

  LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)         

At this time the foundational aspect of your life will play a major role and will likely either be at the forefront of your mind or be intuitively drawing on your awareness.  Your home and family will take on a major role and gain the focus of your attention.  Your focus may be taken up with home improvement or interior and exterior decorating now.  Activities such as painting, buying new furniture or home renovation in general may kick into play now.  Interaction and identification with family members may also take on a central role in your life currently.  More extensively, identity with your community may now become important to you, including your residential environment in general, in fact some under this influence may begin to consider a residential move.  All of these issues may significantly impact on or be quite tied up with your sense of emotional security and certainly, if anything, you will find yourself to be more sensitive now, especially in respect to those issues that you directly or indirectly identify as being the basis of your existence or roots.  You may be more in touch with your preconscious mind now and for that reason your dreams may have a seemingly greater impact on you at this time - if so, be mindful of the content of those dreams as there may be an important message there.   


Scorpio SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)   


Communications in general and conversations in particular will be characterized by cheerfulness and goodwill now.   It is quite likely that you will gain inspiration and optimism through conversations with another (or others in general) at this time.  Your mind is agile now and your thinking quite quick and "creative."  You may find that your current thinking becomes rather "logistical" in nature and varied in content - in fact you become rather mentally restless at this time unless your mind finds a problematic or challenging situation that requires a type of creative solution based thinking.  This would be a good time for letter or report writing. 

  SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)    

This would be a good period in which to be conservative in respect to your spending patterns - spending more than you really have to spend could become a significant problem now. It would also be an appropriate time to take account of your personal assets so that you get a clear and certain picture of the state of your personal finances and resources in general - if that view is not already intact. Financial restructuring could become a reality at this time.   It may be important to relax your muscular system at this time by engaging in moderate anaerobic exercise. 

   CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)     

This should prove to be a good time for involvements and activities with friends, in fact you may meet a new friend or two now.  At this time you will quite likely be actively involved with those things that you see as being more towards the ideal and less of a requirement that serve other purposes in your life, such as money.  In other words this is a time in which you are more inclined to engage in activities and associations just in and for themselves, that is, just for their own direct benefit.  You may thus find yourself becoming more engaged in hobbies and avocations as opposed to work based activities and you are inclined to join company with others who have similar interests to your own or you may simply seek the company of kindred spirits now, to whom you can relate to as sharing common ground with yourself.  Make sure that you are not overly distracted by things that do not really help you with the basic practical necessities of your life.  Make a good effort now to distinguish between what is truely your ideal as opposed to what is just an idea. 


 AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18)   

If you find that circumstances are not allowing you to progress in the way that you would like to now then it is suggested that you take a look at business that currently requires attention but that you may have neglected a bit recently - make sure you have a solid structure of support  underneath you before plunging ahead - frustrations experienced now may be a blessing in disguise.  In other words moving ahead with other projects before finishing any other business may undermine the solidity and stability of your personal foundation.  You don't want to abort present projects that you have put time and energy into and that may require being begun anew because of later changes that may arise due to new foundational conditions - it's best to avoid the risk of building on shifting soil - take care of any lingering basic business first.  

    PISCES (February 19 - March 20)              

Your life may center around your preferred and idealized life situations and circumstances at this time.  You may find yourself engaging more in those things that you want to do as opposed to those things that you have to do and that certainly could include your social life as well as your ideal activities such as would center around avocations and hobbies.  Friendships may come into focus more now as well as  the basis for relating to others now is more in accordance with desirable, as opposed to "compulsory," relationships, such as would be the case in a workplace setting.  At this time it would be wise to avoid taking any extreme positions in your activities or communications as you may be overly independent or self-willed - best to remain open to compromising with others.


















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