By HOLIDAY MATHIS
Special to the Parade
The early week brings the disorienting sensation of wandering in the dark, as the nights leading up to the longest night of the year can have a kind of blindfolding effect. You might enjoy this time as a child enjoys a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. December 21 brings the winter solstice, a time to celebrate the joyous return of the light. The Capricorn solar journey will remind us how important it is to keep striving toward the sun.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You understand what it means to be committed to your passions. In order to say yes to your goals, you have to say no quite a lot to the things that are not in line with them. New inspiration comes into your life this week that motivates you to continue to choose in favor of your dreams.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It takes a certain amount of planning to expand your mind. You’ll investigate two topics of interest in particular over the course of the week. Consider participating in related gatherings and discussions in the new year. Not only will you make friends there, but it won’t be long before you’re a star of the scene.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll stretch in a way you can be proud of this week. At times, you may wonder whether the discomfort you feel is worth the effort. Your fellow Gemini said it best: “Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.” — W.B. Yeats
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You may not have the tools or resources needed to succeed in a venture. But if you can manage to stay relaxed, your imagination will fill in the gap. Also, being bold enough to ask for help will make a difference. Your intention to do your best is a constant. Keep going forward no matter what.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). About 5,000 asteroids are discovered each month. Of course, they’ve been there all along, but so have a lot of things that are yet to be discovered. You’ll make at least five juicy discoveries this week, as your mind is more curious than it has been in weeks, and your internal compass will lead you to answers.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Some feel a pressure to go through life comparing and contrasting their efforts and outcomes with those of everyone else. You feel sorry for them. Not everything has to be judged, and most things are best understood through nonjudgmental observation. If you have to make an assessment, it will be positive.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). In order to keep connected with a friend, you’ll have to make an effort to extend yourself. It may seem that you are always the one to facilitate connection, but it’s always worthwhile for you to do so. You don’t mind being cast in the role, as it’s a talent of yours to think of others and find ways to include them.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). As much as you desire to find love and contentment with someone who can be a meaningful partner, it’s not your primary focus right now. And that’s precisely what brings love nearer to you. You’re so magnetically attractive as you pursue interests that are centered in your individual curiosities and passions.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When you heed the whispering wind, your wanderings often bring fantastic serendipity. However, there are weeks like this one when the wind doesn’t seem to be telling you anything in particular and you’d rather have a good plan. So you’ll carefully plot your intentions, and fortune will find you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Having compassion for others helps you live peaceably. Turning that compassion toward yourself will make you resilient, strong and able to deal more easily with the setbacks that are a normal part of the human condition. You’ll enjoy your experience as you move through the ups and downs baggage-free.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll do what you do for the love of it. There may be money involved this week, but that’s not a significant motivator for you. What really excites you is that you keep finding beauty in your activities. The more you commit yourself the more beauty keeps showing up.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Some say humans can see about 10 million different colors. Others say the number is infinite because each color changes depending on its viewing condition and who is observing it. This week brings colors you’ve never seen before, and you’ll enjoy the changing scenery.