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Ask Madam Lichtenstein - Isn't Astrology A Scam?

Tarot reader 1Fairfax, VA: The fact that people rely on the positioning of stars and planets as a means to tell the future is laughable. Please tell me that you are just pulling a huge scam on these people and that you don't really believe this nonsense. I mean, how can the position of a constellation mean that there will be world peace? This is rubbish.

Charlene Lichtenstein: Think about the effect of the magnetic moon force on the tides. Think about why there are more people rushed to hospitals during full moons than at any other time. There's got to be something more than mere happenstance that impacts activities here on earth.

Again, astrology doesn't predict the future; it just gives a range of possibilities from which we can act more responsibly.

PS. It is said that the three Magi were astrologers who saw a magnificent planetary aspect in the sky and followed it to Bethlehem....who knows?

Horoscope for the Week of December 23, 2013

Michelle obamaDespite our urge to party hearty through the remainder of 2013, we might actually benefit from a serious and reflective pause with Sun in Capricorn. Let’s close the year assessing our prior acts and resolving to do better. Okay, okay, enough of that. Now pass that champagne!

(Michelle Obama has Sun in Capricorn)

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Round out the remainder of your year with a big corporate push. You get noticed for even a meager effort and can gain the upper hand in any corporate tussle. Aries might even increase their end of year bonus with one last lucky move. Resolve to push more professional oomph into your inbox. Either that or into your after hours office party with the bosses.

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Escape the holiday doldrums with a wonderful last minute vacation. Taureans need a break and a certain you-know-who can  deliver the tickets. However if time and money are tight, spend your waning holidays with a choice array of close-to-home exoticisms from foods to folks. There is nothing more energizing than seeing life from a new, exciting angle.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Don’t let all that flirtatiousness dissipate into the atmosphere. That would be a terrible waste. Geminis have buckets of love to give and are looking for the chance to spill it. But what about the excess emotional overflow?  Sometimes there is nothing more attractive than vulnerability. However that is usually when you have used up all your other moves and shakes. 

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Cancers are happiest when they are cocooning with a certain special someone. Do you have that someone? If not, no excuses. Use the rest of the year to cement current relationships or create new ones. If you are in the market, go and holiday shop. Be discerning while you have the varied choices. Opportunities like this don’t come around often enough for some of you.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Leos become very efficient and hard working. Oh goodie. Celebrate the holidays with a rousing last minute effort around the office. Tie up loose ends and finish off any long pending projects. Not only will you receive a great package of good will, you also have the satisfaction of knowing that you did a job well done! Uh, does delegating count?

This is your time to be inventive, Virgo. Don’t restrict your imagination - give your artistic muse the chance to flourish. You may concoct an artistic masterpiece or a memorable end of year basheroo that will have them talking for months. Remember that a thing of beauty is a joy forever. So choose your guest list carefully and include many, many things.

There is no better time than to enjoy the holidays in the comfort of your home. Libras can bring the action to their door rather than have to go out and seek it. Spruce up your surroundings and liberally decorate with an attractive, festive crowd. If you have decorating ideas, try them on for size. Genius is 99% inspiration and 1% perspiration... or something like that...

Do you have something interesting and weighty to say? If so this is the time to say it. Scorpios are usually very careful with their words and may even be a bit secretive. Try to open up, give in your feelings and let yourself emote. You can now speak from the heart and be heard. Unlease all your passion. Oops. Do I smell something burning?

Your financial timing could not be better now. Do you have any capital gains to reap? Is there a bonus to be invested? You can turn a small pile into a large one with a little homework and effort. Sagittarians turn their considerable talents to fiscal matters and can make a few extra year end bucks. Make them do whatever, you lucky thing.

Capricorns suddenly feel that all eyes are upon them. There are so many interesting new possibilities, new ideas, new folks and new projects that it will be difficult to choose the best ones. Don’t rush into anything - give yourself time to assess the best opportunities. You have ample charisma, social magnetism and everyone’s unblinking attention now. Uh oh.

Let your imagination run wild Aquarius. Somehow life will take a few surprising turns that will leave you breathless and relieved. Good - you were getting too stale and sedate. Open your Pandora’s box of secrets and release your assorted ids, gremlins and demons. Sweep out the old and welcome in the new. This will be some new years celebration!

Find any excuse to mingle and make merry, Pisces. This is not the time to sit home and wait for the phone to ring. You are encouraged to deepen your social pool and swim in new schools. Reconnect with old compadres and make a few new ones. You find many co-conspirators who are ready and raring to get into all sorts of mischief. Don’t disappoint.

Lucky Numbers for the Week of December 20, 2013

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of December 20-26, 2013:

7, 8, 15, 18, 23, 41, 45, 74

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month

Ask Madam Lichtenstein - What Will Jupiter in Cancer Mean For Me?

Tarot reader 1Nashville, Tenn.: I'm a true Cancer, born almost on the cusp -June 20-. All the forecasts for this year I've read say I'm supposed to be smack dab in the middle of some outrageous good fortune because Jupiter-?- is in my orbit or something...how true is this? And what does it mean? How does having a particular planet in my orbit-?- influence the good or bad fortune in my life??

Charlene Lichtenstein: Jupiter is in Cancer as we speak. It is therefore passing over your sun which can bring immense good fortune (since Jupiter is the planet of luck). Jupiter is also the planet of expansion so it can make everything "bigger" including waistlines.
Jupiter is retrograde until March 2014 which means that current fortunes can go a bit out of control. coming back to earth for you in spring. Go with the ups and downs that good fortune and opportunities bring as jupiter redirects. And when Jupiter changes signs in mid-July, apply all you have learned and gained into new areas of your life. The luck doesn't go away because Jupiter has moved. It just carried over into another area of your life.

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