The love goddess puts on a formal gown and dances into the realm of Capricorn this Christmas Eve. Here Venus will observe matters of status, adhere to the rules and honor traditions. When in doubt about the rules, lead with kindness. "Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love." — Hamilton Wright Mabie
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The weird thing you want to hide because it makes you different — that might not be something to be ashamed of after all. Maybe this weird thing is even among your top strengths.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're always improving, but it's because you want to, not because there's anything wrong with how you are right now. And though you'll learn and grow, you know all you need to know to be the best you today.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The fact is that the heroes are in short supply these days, and furthermore there are people who need them much more than you do. For these reasons and more, you'll become the hero you need.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). It may seem as though the opportunity windows are opening and closing too quickly for you, especially on the social front. Don't worry. If you're really meant to connect with a person, you'll get more than one chance.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Stay open and aware. You're about to get some magic, but it's something you won't see unless you're looking for it. With your keen eye and sixth sense it won't be too hard to figure out where your next big break will come from.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Want to know more about your unique talents and how you stand out from the crowd? There's a special person around today who sees you better than you see yourself. Ask for insights.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It's as though you can read a person's thoughts. This can be good or bad, depending on the situation. There are some things you'd rather not know, because knowing always comes with a certain responsibility.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Bad taste tries so hard to be good taste that it can only miss. Trying too hard is in and of itself an act of bad taste. You'll make tasteful decisions as you accept the nature of things instead of trying to improve upon everything.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You know authenticity when you see it. It's not something you can easily describe or define though, as authenticity is different for each person and situation. Anyway, it's what you're after today, and it's very attainable at that.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There's some struggle involved in the activities of the day, and this is actually for the best. People bond over struggle. If everything is too easy, connection will be the difficult thing.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're intrigued by the qualities of others and will look for what's distinct about each person. For this reason, people tend to feel special around you and they want to be near you.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're learning that you don't always have to know the answers to get the benefit. For instance, today there's something you like, and you don't know why you like it, but you trust the reason will eventually be revealed.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 24). Your exceptional handling of a difficult situation will lead to advancement. It's your year to attract really good matches — work that only you can do and the right customer for it, friends whom you can help and celebrate, love that makes your life sing. Ask for assistance big and small. There's magic in this. Leo and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 33, 32, 29 and 14.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: The Venus sign change on Christmas Eve ties up the festivities with a big red bow. This part of the sky can be rather formal, reining in the fun-loving nature of Venus the way a formal dress and shoes might add a level of restraint to an evening. And while things won't move along in a free and comfortable style, we'll be trading that for proceedings that are lovely and fascinating in their decorum.
As if to put a finer point on the matter, Christmas Day brings a conjunction of Venus and Saturn, and our traditions may really seem more like mandates than suggestions. Get ahead of this with a little planning so you can pick, choose and perpetuate your favorite parts of the holiday instead of blindly falling into popular patterns. The following elements work regardless of religious orientation: family, friends, food, music, giving, receiving, giving anonymously, being grateful, taking pictures.
Thursday brings a trine of Mars and Neptune that's an invitation to the muses to generously grace us with inspiration and increased creative powers. Tasks that require inventive thinking will go exceptionally well. Any and all parts of life will be improved with an open-minded, imaginative approach.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: With one of the best-selling vampire series of all time under her belt, Stephanie Meyer also has the Capricorn tenacity to keep the stories coming. With her sun and moon both in this traditional minded, hardworking and goal oriented earth sign, Meyer has a keen business sense to combine with the imaginative powers of Venus and Jupiter in dreamy, otherworldly Aquarius.
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