Capricorn: Dec. 22–Jan. 19
An unprecedented stellium in Capricorn makes this a pivotal time for the goat. Selfishness is not a negative concept when on a plane. Put the mask on yourself first, then help others. Know your obligations and don’t shirk them. Ignore everything else. It’s none of your business.
Aquarius: Jan. 20–Feb. 18
Many close to you share drama. Although you often find a solution, it is useless if their motivation is solely to vent. Know that this sucks your vital energy, and shut down the confessional. Tell them you are not qualified. It’s not your problem. It’s theirs.
Pisces: Feb. 19–March 20
In order to seek enlightenment narrow the portals of reception. Pay less attention to chaos surrounding you, and know that many mentors are available to support your dreams. Initiate new connections to learning. Those truths will set you free.
Aries: March 21–April 19
Discern which responsibilities are morally yours, and let go of the rest. Your plate is too full to be effective in any single endeavor. You may be near a solution, but without cooperation, you are just wasting time. Patience can be amazing strategy.
Taurus: April 20–May 20
Old plans rapidly dissolve as you are thrust into parts unknown. Unexpected pathways open up, challenging your flexibility. Consider your unique, individual contribution, and be selfish in your choices. Pay no attention to the reactions of others. Carry on.
Gemini: May 21–June 20
Recent alliances deserve a closer look. Creative new projects. Fill your subconscious, and you can focus on what you really want. Can you commit? It’s difficult for the dilettante child of Mercury, but a solid plan is available if you are willing to embrace it.
Cancer: June 21–July 22
The challenge is one of leverage, resulting in a level playing field. Imbalance in alliances will restrict progress. Be specific as to each job description. You have advantages that you have not yet considered. Awareness gives you an unspoken edge.
Leo: July 23–Aug. 22
Those who do not listen and will not hear must be consciously acknowledged. No matter how kind, loud, angry, concerned, loving, or truthful you speak, you are not heard. In order to right a long list of wrongs, be steadfast and let go. Exhale.
Virgo: Aug. 23–Sept. 22
A speculative venture intrigues you, as its premise is close to your heart. When you consider the enormous hard work and responsibility ahead, your confidence wavers. This is more important than the past, and vital for the future. If not now, when?
Libra: Sept. 23–Oct. 22
Irrevocable changes in the foundation of your life have created intense emotional reactions that demand resolve. In this psychological crisis, transmute feelings to logic. Use emotion in its high form: intuition. Build the new structure on responsibility.
Scorpio: Oct. 23–Nov. 21
Your expertise is rebirth, letting go and rising from the ashes. Scorpio skill includes killing it before it kills you. Steer your thoughts toward new starts that obliterate the past. Think of it as a cancelled check, and the future is a promissory note. Stay in the moment. It’s cash.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22–Dec. 21
Current ennui can be easily remedied by an elevation in consciousness. There have been radical changes in your values. What was so important is not necessary. Declutter your thoughts to see a shiny new perspective. Look around. You are wealthy.
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Earth will be closest to the sun in its orbit Jan. 4. It's called perihelion and this year happens to coincide with the Quadrantids meteor shower, but there's a good chance we won't see much of that in the Coachella Valley. While you might think perihelion means it'll be hotter that day, that's not the case – at least not in the short term. Earth is at such an orientation that the southern hemisphere is pointing more towards the sun. The majority of the southern hemisphere is made up of water, and water absorbs less heat than land. Because Earth's axis precesses over 26,000 years, in about 13,000 years, the northern hemisphere will actually be pointing to the sun and perihelion will have an impact on the climate.
Each month, Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory astronomer Eric McLaughlin spotlights a notable celestial event. For information about the observatory, visit ranchomiragelibrary.org/observatory.html.