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Leo/Leo Rising* (July 22-Aug 22): January 23 begins the Chinese year of the Water Dragon, an excellent year for you to understand your place within your career, expand your professional reputation and join like-minded others for larger-scale projects to benefit the planet. Increase your willingness to take on more shared responsibility. You cannot and will not reach the pinnacle of success trying to do it all on your own out of a motivation that you do not want to owe anyone. As it's been said, "Owe nothing but love." You are the only concentrated fire sign, which means you must embody the individual spirit of love and compassion. The first seven months of this year require that you put energy into what or whom you value. It'd be better to stand up and be counted than to fall down and be stepped on (or worse, ignored). With Pluto moving through your sixth house of excellence, precise service and psyche/soma integration of health, realize that you are beyond good. Mix the bitter with the sweet, as it were. Take no one full authority to heart but your own. Take the long view or perish in a mire of pettiness and backstabbing. Degree of Difficulty (DOD): 8.5
Aquarius/Aquarius Rising*(Jan 20-Feb 19): First half of the year brings an expansion in your home base, forgiving intractable relatives and accepting your inner needs as valid. The second half of 2012 has you getting beyond consistently seeing the worst-case scenarios and beginning to see more heartfelt joy in life and love. Release your actively cynical mind and learn to trust that the universe is benign. Through this one choice, you can attract opportunities that increase your transcendent self, the part of you that lives beyond petty or mundane concerns. Whether the world ends on December 21 isn't the question; it is what you do until then. How is your name like expensive oil? What is your reputation like really? Have you been doing goodwill works behind the scenes? All that you do, feel or think cannot be openly expressed, particularly not in the first six months of 2012. Let connections (no matter how you instantaneously sense them) build slowly. Time gives your relationships their value and depth. Your motto this year is, "Will this be a new beginning of increased awareness and communal connection or are we at the end of life as we have come to know it?" Truly, I say to you, are these choices mutually exclusive? Life, as we have come to know it, has already transformed. Degree of Difficulty (DOD): 7.9
Taurus/Taurus Rising* (Apr 20-May 21): Until June 11, 2012, you have protective and spirit-of-the-law Jupiter in your sign. Whatever catastrophes come your way, a guardian angel ameliorates the worst of them. Other than the very real dangers of an expanding waistline or muffin tops, Jupiter absorbs and assimilates, turning those lemons into lemonade. Saturn for the first nine months of 2012 actively keeps you responsible and fit moving through Libra, the area of self-discipline, daily routine and health. If anything is wrong with you physically, you know what it is, and it has probably been out of balance for the past two years. Your biggest bugaboo comes in the form of Venus going retrograde from May 15 through June 27. These six weeks will have you questioning what or who is valuable. A bit unsettling of universal energies that comes around every 18-19 months. The last Venus backward motion was October/November 2010. Expect your normally unflappable self to be flapped. Flaws in our relationships call upon increasing our depths of compassion. Degree of Difficulty is 7.2 for your introspective Taurus folks; 8.8 for those who coast and who live in the shallow end of the collective pool.