Horoscope for December 19, 2014

Today’s Birthday (12/19/14). Expect spontaneous fun and romance this year. Begin a two-year phase in personal growth and development on 12/23. Step into power and confidence. Focus on home and family around 3/20, and get involved with community around 4/4. Share your dreams. Explore cultures, art and philosophy through 8/11, when your professional status leaps. Creative collaborations delight. Grow like a child.

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Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today is an 8 — Long distance travel holds your attention today and tomorrow. Check reservations and connections. It could get intense, but that’s what makes it an adventure. Get lost in studies and research. Set goals and measures. Prepare for the next stage. Let your spirit free.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today is an 8 — For the next two days, handle financial matters. Confer with family. Review assets and liabilities. Get good advice from an elder. Don’t give in to pessimism. Love is the bottom line. Treat yourself and others compassionately. Melt your worries in hot water.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today is an 8 — Don’t be afraid if you don’t know how to do the job at hand. Partnership is your magic key. Get expert advice, find talented support and brainstorm for clever solutions. Someone has a fabulous idea. You can learn a lot from failure. Don’t fear it.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Today is an 8 — Postpone a romantic interlude. The pace is picking up, so step faster. Shoulder your responsibilities. Focus on your work for the next couple of days. Keep at a task until you get it right. Navigate a breakdown gracefully. Trust your experience.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today is a 7 — The fun could get out of hand if you let it. Play by the rules. Remind others what they are. Try something new, creatively. The perfect solution appears. Things may not go as planned. Romance could enchant you into unexpected scenarios.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

 Today is an 8 — Shortages or shipping delays could cause a breakdown at home. You can’t afford to buy everything for everybody. Find what you need nearby. Fix one problem and discover another. Handle repairs and preparations. Ask for help to clean a mess.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today is an 8 — You’ve got a silver tongue, but it may not be enough to achieve the result you’re after. Take a practical stand. You’ll retain information well today and tomorrow. Scratch some old chores off your list. Change your job description. Research and write findings.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today is an 8 — Provide leadership. Take responsibility for getting the job done. Enter a potentially quite profitable two-day phase. It’s not a good time to gamble. The piper will have to be paid, and soon. Keep your word. Plan to head out toward a favorite place.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

 Today is a 7 — You’re gaining authority today and tomorrow. Don’t take anything for granted. Despite desire to run away, there’s still work to be done. Contribute to the common good. Plan actions before taking them… you might actually make matters worse. List the costs.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is a 7 — Take a philosophical view of your work. Review your budget and plan the next stages. Don’t dig into savings. Your imagination gets very active today and tomorrow. Slow down and get organized to direct your efforts for the greatest impact. Liberate some space.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today is an 8 — Work together on an important job. An older individual is helpful. A community project inspires you to take action. Put your heart into it, and succeed. Associates applaud. Focus on abundance, even if it seems rare. Share a meal with friends.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today is an 8 — Put your nose to the grindstone and get a job done. Someone influential is watching. Begin a two-day testing phase. Prepare well, and you can ace it. Talk about your subject, and get creative with it. A rise in status is possible.