Pre-Solstice Advice

By Holiday Mathis

December 20, 2017 6 min read

While the Dalai Lama says, "Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace," one might assume he has more access to sacred, noise-free chambers than, say, the mother of a colicky infant. Anyway, there's a lot more easily said than done in the hours before the solstice. Peace be with you as you do your best with what you're given.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). All the glory will go to the one who got into the mess of it and started racking up the mishaps, lessons and successes. So don't worry about whether or not it's too late. This is as good a start time as any.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Rumors travel in exciting ways. Usually they fly. Sometimes they leak. Rumors never plod along. What plods along isn't juicy enough to be considered a rumor, nor will it qualify as news. Consider this in your PR strategy.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You would rather come up with a successful plan than have one presented to you. You would rather solve a problem then memorize the solutions of others. It's because learning is a process, not an answer.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You won't really find the time to work on the things you want to work on, but if you make the time — carve it out, declare it, keep it sacred — then you'll have just as much as you willfully dedicated to the pursuit.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Remember the times when your thoughts, plus time and effort, resulted in altered reality, materialization and transformation? Today those thoughts will be harder to rein in, but you must, because thoughts become things.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Don't worry about how to do it. You're smart. The "how" won't be a problem once you get the truly important questions answered, the most relevant one being "Why?"

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The easy road will be uneventful and boring, so choose something with more texture and pitch to it, though not so challenging as to cause you to become stuck or disheartened. Some difficulties are more desirable than others.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Inventing yourself is much easier than reinventing yourself. Once people have an idea about you, it's difficult to overwrite that. But new people will accept what you show them, and you may as well have a little fun with this.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Even though you come into the world with a certain framework, much of your story is a co-creation between you and the outside world. Never forget your ultimate free will. This is a day to exercise it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A relationship will get on your nerves if you let it. No one is trying to irritate the other, but there are sticking points — friction that comes up again and again until someone's resistance is rubbed away.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Gossip is dangerous. Steer clear of it. Make your mind up about people based on what you experience, not what you hear. Truly, people can poison your judgment with their opinions.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In your current ambitious mood you believe that if it's not getting better, it's getting worse. That's why yours is a path of constant improvement and study, which will be easily accommodated with the free resources you find today.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 20). You're just beginning to get comfortable with being more powerful. Deals go down next month, and you bring on the new year with confidence and cash. You'll be swept into a loved one's world in March. A job will have you trying out an alter ego. Love and lifestyle improvements busy you in the spring. Scorpio and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 2, 22, 13 and 40.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "My daughter is in high school, and she wants a boyfriend. However, because she is disabled and goes to a public school where she is the only one with her particular disability, she is having trouble finding a boy who will overlook her differences and appreciate her for her other lovely qualities. I don't even know what to say to her when she cries about this. Do you have any advice? She's a Gemini."

High school social structure is hard for any teen to navigate. Growing up isn't easy for anyone. This is an opportunity to teach her lessons in self-esteem that she can use to guide her through life after high school. Remind her that while she has unique challenges related to her disability, everyone has challenges and disabilities of one kind or another. Some of us wear them on the outside, and some on the inside. And we also all have strengths. Help her to focus there, to play up the qualities she loves, and to mix and mingle among those who can appreciate her talents. Geminis are usually natural communicators who love to share and will keep the conversation flowing. Connect her with a support group of other teens with similar challenges.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: From "Superbad" to his Oscar-nominated performance in "Moneyball," Jonah Hill brings a quality of heart and intelligence to his work that makes people fall in love even when the character he's playing is not that loveable. With four major luminaries in Sagittarius, passion and exploration are high-priority for Hill. Next up, Hill stars in "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot," a Gus Van Sant film.

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