Happy 45th Birthday, Kwanzaa!
Happy Birthday, Capricorn/Capricorn Rising* (Dec 21-Jan 19): Last week, I regaled you with the 12 days of Christmas. This week, it is the seven days of Kwanzaa. These seven days represent principles to build family, culture and community. Day two is called Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-lee-ah), Swahili for "self-determination." Even when you have inherited wealth, you do not value yourself unless you have worked for it. Doors open, but it is your walking through them and using your discipline that increase your net worth. Fortunately, your bootstrap-a-pulling nature is getting more major bootlicking from expansive and abundant Jupiter projecting his heft from compatible and fun-loving Taurus. Your luck depends upon recognizing opportunities that you passed by or have been ruminating on since the end of last summer or early fall. As long as your remember the fourth principle of Ujaama (oo-jah-ma), "Cooperative Economics" a.k.a. scratching each other's back, you'll heap a number of rewards. Sometimes Wal-Mart is a no-no; it takes money from the local business communities.
Aquarius/Aquarius Rising*(Jan 20-Feb 19): Your sign is intimately connected to subcultures of all kinds. Usually you have a mental "thing" for those who are marginalized from the mainstream. You thrive on the third principle of Ujima (oo-jee-ma), "Collective Work and Responsibility." Without a well-working team, your larger gifts fall into the hands of the corporations that provide some stability, but very little in the realm of exceptional self-expression (except for the original owner) for its workers. Taking your Aquarian mind beyond itself can be relatively easy in theory, but the daily world of working at something you enjoy and with people who are in the same neighborhood of bright as you can elude you. Start off small, with a passionate vocational project, and alert the social networks regarding said passion. Then, expect others to show interest in working with you. The latter is the hardest part - the patience required to wait for others to "get it" or your ability to see only what hasn't happened yet. Refuse to become a slave to precedence. Just because something hasn't occurred yet doesn't mean it won't ever occur.
Pisces/Pisces Rising (Feb 18-Mar 20): The first day of Kwanzaa has you written all over it: Umoja (oo-mo-jah) "Unity." You live for the daily swim in the mainstream of utopian artists, writers, romantics, a regular bohemian reality lover. Even when you button down or suit up, there's one fish who longs to be free to connect to whomever they please. As your sun sign, you were born to learn how to see everyone as one. If Earth were a school, you'd be getting grades in your one sight. Please channel the spirit of Master Marley and "one love." It'll make your life simpler in action and in deed. It is difficult to say or ascertain what thoughts constantly swim around in your mind. But whatever they may be, repeat to yourself, "I am enough."
Aries/Aries Rising* (Mar 21-Apr 19): Two weeks after the first Kwanzaa celebration, Super Bowl I was played. The Chiefs went but lost to the Green Bay Packers 35 to 10. Connection? In 1966, Kwanzaa was a first, like Super Bowl I played on January 15, 1967. You are a first, too (and it wouldn't be a bad idea when you have a confidence crisis to remember whatever first accomplishments you have made in your past). The first day, Umoja, means "unity" in Swahili. It is this collective unity that you fight for your cherished individualism, which leads to Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-lee-ah), or self-determination. Without your pride in self and your accomplishments, how could you show up at the table of your chosen community without joining in for Collective Work and Responsibility a.k.a. Ujima (oo-jee-ma)? At year's end, you are called to show up and to show the way. It is through accepting your personal responsibility to be of integrity and authenticity that we follow you. However, the pitfalls at present occur when you prattle on about your losses or blame others. You are not perfect, but taking reflective action is perfect for you if you've been reflecting on how your actions affect us. Simply place a little fifth principle into your cultural mix: Nia (nee-ah), "Purpose," and all's well that ends well ... continued in Taurus.