2012 is in the stars WIL­LIAM SMITH

Turns his gaze to the year ahead

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - 2011 -

health and en­ergy may be at a low ebb. Ease off the pres­sure if you have been driv­ing your­self too hard lately. Cul­ti­vate a more leisurely ap­proach and you’ll soon be feel­ing re­freshed.

This new year re­ally ac­ti­vates you and could mark a sud­den change of rou­tine. A chal­lenge could be the mak­ing of you. Suc­cess springs from your in­ven­tive or creative ca­pac­i­ties, since your mind and your imag­i­na­tion are so well in sync.

Your care­ful han­dling of fam­ily sit­u­a­tions will en­dear you to those in need of ad­vice and aid. Your sym­pa­thy and un­der­stand­ing sets the good ex­am­ple and will serve to strengthen do­mes­tic re­la­tion­ships. Put every­thing right step by step.

In­ti­macy now comes un­der favourable au­guries. A new heart in­ter­est could be yours to savour if you are el­i­gi­ble. The ac­cent is on af­fec­tion, hope­fully on last­ing love, and to­geth­er­ness – and the onus is on you to ini­ti­ate ac­tion.

An­tic­i­pate get­ting in­creased scope for savour­ing life’s lighter mo­ments. Make time to en­joy pleas­ant jour­neys and fresh scenes. Re­new­ing con­tact with peo­ple who have been out of your or­bit could be ter­rific. You take pride in the power of your mind. In­stinc­tively an­a­lyt­i­cal and crit­i­cal, you are adept at find­ing prac­ti­cal an­swers to vi­tal ques­tions. Ide­al­is­tic and per­fec­tion­ist, you set im­pos­si­bly high stan­dards. Ev­ery thought and ac­tion is well-con­sid­ered be­cause you are dis­crim­i­nat­ing and be­lieve time and en­ergy must serve use­ful pur­poses. You are of­ten overly fussy and fad­dish – neat­ness and tidi­ness are all-im­por­tant.

In mat­ters of the heart, you are rather de­tached and must try to be warmer. You are more in­ter­ested in the psy­chol­ogy of love than in the phys­i­cal as­pect of it; and yet your ad­mir­ers find you to be charm­ing and cul­tured. Your ever- present cu­rios­ity ren­ders you sub­tly flir­ta­tious.

You must em­brace a health pro­gramme. A shake-up, con­cern­ing diet and ex­er­cise, will do you a world of good.

Let your per- son­al­ity and abil­ity, and the man­ner in which you tackle tasks and prob­lems, be your ban­ners. You can in­spire re­spect by putting the best of your­self on show. Re­spon­si­bil­ity, power and re­wards must be your goals.

Good fam­ily re­la­tion­ships make this a cheer­ful and stim­u­lat­ing year; cre­at­ing an air of col­lab­o­ra­tion which ought to re­sult in sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter do­mes­tic ar­range­ments.

If you are mar­ried, or in a steady re­la­tion­ship, you will find the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween your­self and your sweet­heart is be­com­ing more sat­is­fy­ing. Gear your­self for a sig­nif­i­cant up­lift in your ro­man­tic for­tunes if el­i­gi­ble.

It seems that the more ac­tive you are, the more you will en­joy your­self. All the more so if you are in­volved in sport­ing pur­suits. Weigh in with a thor­oughly up­beat at­ti­tude. Ex­panded con­fi­dence makes you a win­ner. Charm­ing and ap­peal­ing, you know how to use your charisma to per­sonal ad­van­tage. You are am­bi­tious yet modest, and adept at pro­ject­ing in­no­cence when it suits you. You strive for bal­ance and har­mony in your life and sur­round­ings – tend to see ev­ery side of an ar­gu­ment or sit­u­a­tion and have the nec­es­sary tact to smooth over trou­bles. A born diplo­mat, you go out of your way to avoid fric­tion – yet you are quick to re­act when­ever you feel you are be­ing hard done by. Be­cause you are stylish and el­e­gant, you at­tract plenty of ro­man­tic at­ten­tion – are in­se­cure on your own and func­tion best when you are en­sconced in a solid re­la­tion­ship with an ador­ing and re­li­able part­ner. You need to have a well-or­gan­ised life in or­der to be happy.

You must im­prove your way of liv­ing, and should take the nec­es­sary steps to en­sure your­self of sound health, both phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally.

This is an ap­pro­pri­ate time for defin­ing and fur­ther­ing your am­bi­tions. Do not fret if things seem to be pedes­trian,

as un­usual op­por­tu­ni­ties are head­ing in your di­rec­tion. You will have to make some de­ci­sions.

Your con­cern for your loved ones is be­com­ing warmer. Your help­ful man­ner is cer­tain to strengthen close re­la­tion­ships. Place vi­tal fam­ily mat­ters on your agenda be­cause you can sort them out.

You could find your­self be­ing drawn into a wider so­cial cir­cle and that could be con­ducive to a new love match, as­sum­ing you are free to flirt and date. How­ever, be pre­pared to with­stand petty gos­sip from ri­vals.

Your re­solve to break out of ex­ist­ing rou­tines be­gins to gather strength, and you will pros­per af­ter you free your­self from cer­tain ties. This is a great time to em­bark on stud­ies or train­ing with a view to up­lift­ing your­self. In­tel­lec­tu­ally and emo­tion­ally, you are com­plex. Your im­mense de­ter­mi­na­tion and in­tense de­sires rule your thoughts and ac­tions. Blessed with en­durance, you cope ad­mirably with life’s chal­lenges. You are also fre­quently stub­born and can re­sist even the strong­est forces when you de­cide to dig in and get things done your way. Your moral courage can­not be ques­tioned. Your fight­ing in­stinct is swiftly aroused – es­pe­cially when you are on the de­fen­sive. Ex­traor­di­nar­ily in­tu­itive and in­tro­spec­tive, you suc­cess­fully probe the depths of the thoughts and feel­ings of those who share your sur­round­ings. As a lover you are deeply pas­sion­ate and demon­stra­tive in pri­vate, do not like pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion, and pre­fer to main­tain an aura of mys­tery.

Wel­come a revitalising pe­riod health- wise. Ex­tremely good health is in­di­cated if you ex­er­cise com­mon sense in daily liv­ing. If you are suf­fer­ing from a long drawn-out ail­ment, you will be­gin to feel it clear­ing up.

View this as a for­tu­nate time to earn and gain money more eas­ily; both in­di­vid­u­ally and in part­ner­ship. You have some good ideas and must put them to prac­ti­cal use. Plan and pur­sue novel money-mak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. You are blessed with an out­go­ing na­ture which as­sures you pop­u­lar­ity and soci al suc­cess. Im­bued with a breadth of vi­sion and a philo­soph­i­cal out­look, you think and plan ex­pan­sively. You are im­pres­sively adept and ver­sa­tile when it comes to work and are pre­cise in ac­tion thanks to your swift com­pre­hen­sion of sit­u­a­tions. You know the im­por­tance of bal­anc­ing work and play – love open-air ac­tiv­i­ties, en­joy sport and like to take the oc­ca­sional gam­ble. You con­nect eas­ily with an­i­mals and look af­ter pets well. Your ex­cel­lent fore­sight is a suc­cess fac­tor in your re­la­tion­ships. You are tol­er­ant and for­giv­ing yet not above pass­ing in­sult­ing re­marks with­out think­ing – but at least you are hon­est in do­ing so.

The road to su­per health and hap­pi­ness, for they are cer­tainly well-linked, is open to you, but you should by now be in the mood to em­bark upon it. Pro­gramme your­self to cul­ti­vate a sen­si­ble life­style.

The pre­vail­ing pat­tern is favourable, in­di­cat­ing an op­ti­mistic and ex­pan­sive out­look. This is a good time to cre­ate a solid foun­da­tion on which to base fu­ture achieve­ments. Get your pri­or­i­ties in or­der.

En­hanced in­sight and un­der­stand­ing con­cern­ing do­mes­tic life put you in a good po­si­tion to re­solve cur­rent dilem­mas in your home. You are rea­son­ing clev­erly and ex­press­ing your­self smartly. Your ap­pro­pri­ate ad­vice will prove ef­fec­tive.

Even if you are not plan­ning any spe­cial trips, you may still find that events take you away from fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings and land you in en­joy­able com­pany. If heart-free, there is a hint of new ro­mance con­nected with a jour­ney.

In­vest in spir­i­tual re­ju­ve­na­tion – es­pe­cially if your feel­ings need to be healed or if you are seek­ing an­swers to wor­ries. Reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion will re­new you and en­cour­age you to make some­thing bet­ter of your­self and your life. You are geared to gain recog­ni­tion and high hon­ours; are prac­ti­cal, in­dus­tri­ous and pro­duc­tive day in and day out in your quest to reach the top in your oc­cu­pa­tion. Sin­cerely be­liev­ing work is the best medicine, you sel­dom al­low ro­mance or plea­sure to oc­cupy too much time and en­ergy. How­ever, you are apt to put ma­te­ri­al­is­tic as­pi­ra­tions be­fore the hap­pi­ness of your loved ones – although you take good care of your fam­ily's needs, you some­times tend to starve them of good old-fash­ioned af­fec­tion. You are not above pe­ri­od­i­cally work­ing your­self and those in your charge to the point of ex­haus­tion. You do have your lighter mo­ments – can be ro­man­tic, charm­ing and amus­ing, and quite hu­mor­ous when so­cial­is­ing.

Get into a health- en­hanc­ing rou­tine that in­cludes daily out­door ac­tiv­ity and an im­proved diet. These are the pri­or­i­ties to which you must com­mit. Shed bad habits, and adopt new stan­dards of liv­ing.

You are now func­tion­ing on a more down- toearth level. The ma­te­rial things of life take on greater im­por­tance. Your at­ti­tude to­wards money, pos­ses­sions and ca­reer is un­der­go­ing a re­vival. You are in­tent on gain­ing sta­bil­ity.

It is up to you to set the ex­am­ple in your fam­ily cir­cle. By in­creas­ing your ef­forts, you will get oth­ers to stir them­selves. A su­per year to fo­cus on bring­ing do­mes­tic mat­ters to sat­is­fac­tory con­clu­sions.

There is more than a hint of in­creased con­tent­ment if you are mar­ried or in a set­tled re­la­tion­ship. Un­der­stand­ing You are such an enigma that you are some­times hard to de­fine – can be so­cia­ble and kind one mo­ment and aloof and dis­tant the next in­stant. You are usu­ally ob­jec­tive and du­ti­ful and then again can be de­tached and re­bel­lious. You are apt to spring sur­prises or shocks be­cause you are un­pre­dictable. Es­sen­tially an in­di­vid­u­al­ist, you can oper­ate suc­cess­fully within a team or a group and not lose your iden­tity. Blessed with a fine in­tel­lect and a colour­ful imag­i­na­tion, you are in­no­va­tive and orig­i­nal – so adept in pro­duc­ing fresh and out­stand­ing work. Although you are ca­pa­ble of deep af­fec­tion, you are not ro­man­tic as a rule and can only en­joy phys­i­cal affin­ity with a mate who inspires you in the in­tel­lec­tual and spir­i­tual senses.

The de­mands on your en­ergy have been high. So you may be de­pleted and you are ad­vised to adopt an eas­ier pace or get away from your usual rou­tines. Some peace and quiet should work won­ders.

There is a spe­cial fo­cus on the longer term. You should be work­ing with fu­ture se­cu­rity firmly in mind. Soundly­based in­vest­ments are your safe­guards. Do it now if you wish to make some sort of fi­nan­cial claim.

A pleas­ant am­bi­ence char­ac­terises do­mes­tic life. Give at­ten­tion to your home. Im­prov­ing your abode will help your fi­nan­cial sta­tus by in­creas­ing its value. You should strike it lucky if you are seek­ing bet­ter ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Af­fairs of the heart are un­der favourable at­ten­tion. Emo­tional prob­lems can be eas­ily sorted out. If el­i­gi­ble, close ties of af­fec­tion could swiftly de­velop. It is nec­es­sary for both sides to be open and hon­est.

En­joy friend­ships and so­cial plea­sures. Bal­ance your worka­day pur­suits with out­door ac­tiv­i­ties or vis­its to the the­atre, hing­ing on your par­tic­u­lar taste. Life is of­ten a se­ri­ous busi­ness but it must be lively and en­ter­tain­ing as well. You live in your world of dreams and, be­ing in­tu­itive and creative, man­age to make many of your aims, hopes and wishes come true. Your feel­ings are al­ways hy­per­ac­tive – boost­ing your spir­its one mo­ment and plung­ing you down into the dumps the next in­stant. Laugh­ter and tears come eas­ily to you since your emo­tions colour your thoughts and re­ac­tions. Blessed with a good imag­i­na­tion, you are artis­tic and creative. Also al­lur­ing and im­pres­sion­able, your jour­ney through life is ro­man­tic and dra­matic. Ex­tremely aware and highly sen­si­tive, noth­ing much es­capes your no­tice although you are some­times cagey in re­act­ing to peo­ple and sit­u­a­tions. You are sym­pa­thetic and gen­er­ous but self­pity and self-mock­ery come eas­ily.

Your best pol­icy is to bal­ance work and re­lax­ation. Em­brace a rou­tine that keeps you re­freshed. Make time to spend with your fam­ily and pets. It is im­por­tant to know when to switch off apro­pos busi­ness.

A good trend is de­tected in your area of money and in­come and this looks like ad­vanc­ing your fi­nan­cial for­tunes. You may be amazed to find how in­ven­tive you can be when it comes to mak­ing money. Luck also has a bear­ing on your ef­forts.

Con­ver­sa­tions with your rel­a­tives are sure to be use­ful. A con­ge­nial am­bi­ence lends it­self to re­pair­ing rifts in your fam­ily. Lead the way with a big smile and good deeds. Fo­cus on bridg­ing the var­i­ous gen­er­a­tion gaps.

News you re­ceive fo­cuses on the theme of love. Do not be sur­prised if a se­cret ad­mirer sud­denly comes to your at­ten­tion. If in a steady re­la­tion­ship, the onus is on you to re­new your com­mit­ment to it. Love needs to be re­freshed.

Some peace and quiet will work won­ders for your phys­i­cal vi­tal­ity and give you a chance to get things in per­spec­tive from the emo­tional as­pect. Reg­u­lar pe­ri­ods of cog­i­ta­tion and med­i­ta­tion will keep you in ex­cel­lent shape.

DE­CEM­BER 31 2011

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