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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Take a greater interest in a humanitarian cause. The individuals you meet through such organizations and the conversations you have will help you achieve your goals. Favors will be granted if you ask, so don’t be shy. Work-related opportunities are heading your way.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Less talk and more action will bring better results. Fixing up your surroundings or updating your appearance or skills will feel better about yourself. Arguing will be a waste of time.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You can make a change that will secure your position and reputation. An opportunity will develop through someone you have worked with in the past. Taking a unique approach to an old service or skill will raise interest.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Partnerships will turn out to your lifestyle and beliefs that will suit the situation you are currently facing. Showing strength, courage, and discipline will help you win favors from those you least expected to help. Love is on the rise.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Last-minute changes will keep everyone around you guessing. It’s important to use the element of surprise if you want someone to take notice. Greater opportunity will be yours if you venture into areas of work that are humanitarian or environmentally based.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Share your thoughts, but question anyone offering information that sounds too good to be true. Love is in the stars, and making special plans for two or attending a social event for singles will bring good results.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You have what it takes to get what you want. Don’t settle for anything less, and refuse to give in to anyone who tries to make you feel guilty about following your own path. Travel, networking, and research will all bring excellent results.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Expect someone to disagree. You have to head in a direction that best suits you. Focus on unique and creative people who take an interest in what you are trying to accomplish.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Open up doors to new adventures, relationships, and opportunities. Emotional conversations can be expected. Keeping your thoughts straight and sticking to exactly what has transpired will keep you out of trouble. A change at home will turn out to be beneficial.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Protect what’s yours. Listen, observe, and decide who is on your side and who isn’t. Spend time nurturing home, family, and whoever means the most to you. Love is on the rise, and a promise or commitment should be made.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Make room at home for a project you want to start. Keeping busy will help you reach your goals as well as keep you out of trouble. Follow your own path even if someone tries to bully you into going in a different direction.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’ll face controversy if you share your emotions. Take a step back, and listen to the opinions being offered. You don’t have to follow someone’s suggestion, but it may help you come up with a suitable solution.

Christmas Trivia:

• After A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens wrote additional Christmas stories, one each year — none so successful as the first. “So why did he keep writing them,” you ask? That’s easy: greed.

• During this holiday season, more than 1.8 billion candy canes will be made — enough to keep a medium-size rave going for up to eight hours.

• Frustrated by poor Christmas sales, Charles Pajeau hired several midgets, dressed them as elves, and asked them play with Tinker Toys in a display window at a Chicago department store in 1914. Within a year, more than 1 million sets had been sold. The moral of the story: When in doubt, exploit midgets.

• According to Greek myth, malicious creatures called Kallikantzaroi like to play troublesome pranks around Christmas time. To be rid of them, it is suggested that you burn either salt or an old shoe. Personally, I’d use Pikachu’s thundershock attack … or perhaps Bulbasaur’s ever-effective vine whip.

• During Victorian times, Christmas turkeys were herded from Norfolk to London and given boots made of sacking or leather to help protect their feet from the frozen mud. So, yeah, there’s yet another tradition you may associate with Christmas: the death march.

• In 1647, the English Parliament passed a law that made Christmas illegal because Oliver Cromwell considered feasting and revelry on holy days to be immoral. When the Royalists returned to power in 1660, Cromwell’s corpse was dug up and posthumously executed by beheading. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

— Andrew R. Juhl thanks the Internet for supplying him with so many Christmas factoids.

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