Honoring the Winter Solstice

Though most cultures around the world celebrate some version of a holiday around this time, the winter solstice is the one we can be sure was actually celebrated on the same day. Monuments around the world such as Stonehenge, Newgrange and Tulum are built to feature and frame the sun's arrival in Capricorn. Happy Solstice!

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You get the feeling you're competing for someone's attention -- an uncomfortable position to be in. Magic question: What is the actual value of this prize dangling before you? The way to win is to remove yourself from the contest.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When the project is going well, enjoy the coast. But if it's not, just know that the torturous projects have more to teach. Your persistence through the build up, tear down, repeat drama is the training that makes you a master.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your feelings won't lie, but they'll exaggerate. There's a wide range of choice involved in the interpretation of events. If you're going to exaggerate, you may as well do so in the direction of lightheartedness and humor.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are risks you've been reticent to take, like making a pitch, attending an event or approaching someone new. You'll be emboldened to make a move. The nerves don't disappear, but they get more manageable.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You wouldn't ask for directions from a tourist, and neither will you seek advice from someone who hasn't solved your kind of problem before. Ask for credentials at the top of an interaction. It gets awkward if you wait.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). No matter how far we push forward, there will always be the same thing ahead: uncertainty. The next place is unknowable. Will you discover what you seek? Will it be how you imagined it? Your adventurous heart will lead the way.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You love how a certain kind of work feels -- like being in the flow of the cosmic river, like dancing with the universe, like burning with the stars. Your love of the process means that your satisfaction never hinges on a certain result.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Humans need humans to survive. That's why one of our most primitive fears is the fear of being separated from the group. But before you get involved and make efforts to fit in, make sure it's a group worthy of belonging to.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). A complicated relationship becomes a little less so. It doesn't happen because of a conversation or any new knowledge you acquire. It's a change in you. Your openness and acceptance bring harmony to the relationship.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The short-term goal is only as important as the long-term goal is sound. Your mind is on where you're going, but it's also on what's nice about where you are. It turns out, a lot!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Everyone has a delicate ego. When you think ahead about how to bring the information in a way others will accept without having to get defensive, you will be very successful with your communication.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It feels like private turmoil that only you can relate to, but it's actually more common than you think. Finding and cultivating a relationship with the right confidante is a goal worthy of serious effort considering all it can add to your life.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 21). You have a beautiful energy and ease in 2023 because you don't have to force anything. What you naturally want to do will work well with the rhythms of life. Patterns and routines emerge to support your success. You'll teach and travel. You'll see many sides of life and relate to people well because you recognize that there is no universal reality. Libra and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 30, 28, 22 and 1.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Award-winning actor, producer and civil rights activist Samuel L. Jackson was born on the winter solstice and represents the best qualities on either side of the cusp with significant natal planets in Sagittarius as well as Capricorn. His Virgo Moon and other earth sign aspects signify a diligent, conscientious and responsible nature, while Uranus and Neptune are in erudite air signs.

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