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Taurus/Taurus Rising* (Apr 20-May 21): Begun in Aries. You take what was started in Aries and build upon it, similar to Collective Work and Responsibility (Ujima, oo-jee-ma) leads into Cooperative Economics (Ujaama, oo-jah-ma). No one is going to tell you how to spend or receive money. Oh, yeah, let's talk about the Support A Taurus program. You'll allow those you like to help, as long as they don't get too demanding - or worse, try to change or rush you. Invariably we want something you don't want to give. Enter stage right, the fifth principle of Kwanzaa: Nia (nee-ah), purpose. You have to either use the facilities or leave them (a.k.a. shit or get off the pot directive). Making the transformation from "what have you done for me lately" to "God bless the child who's got his own" requires the sixth day of Kuumba (keh-um-bah), "Creativity." At its worst, it has been called "robbing Peter to pay Paul."
Gemini/Gemini Rising* (May 21-Jun 20): Being the potential wordsmith that you are, Kwanzaa is Swahili for "first fruits of the harvest." As analytical as you are, I mandate you incorporate the first day Umoja/unity and the last day Imani/Faith. The alpha and the omega of these West African principles ring true in your mind's eye. You see, you are exceptional at taking things and people and places apart, not so good at putting them back together. Early winter exacerbates this tendency. Imani (ee-man-nee) becomes very necessary to your soul's well-being. To accept nonrational answers (or to even not ask the question in the first place) can ensure an unexpected but more prosperous outcome. Particularly in the arena of abstract thought and making long-range plans, faith helps. Your first fruit is created through your mind's willingness to know that we haven't seen the best of you yet. Your best may not be the second coming, but given correct timing, who'd care?
Cancer/Cancer Rising* (Jun 21-July 21): Forty-five years later, Kwanzaa may seem outdated in a world alive with such multicultural energy. However, simply knowing how radical this tradition was for a people and culture with more than their share of hard knocks, you can easily get a feel for their resiliency. You know, if not nothing, tenaciousness. Self-determination or Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-lee-ah, day 2, December 27) resides within your soul, particularly when backed into a corner. In a working team of an intimate relationship or family, it's day three or Collective Work and Responsibility that keeps you loyal, even when you have reason to abandon the group. Sure, you have thought of anger and frustration. It is important to withdraw and reflect on what you will act upon. Let goodwill-producing Jupiter get a steady pace of movement before you fly off any independent handles or heat up kitchens that are already hot enough. There are those poised at the ready to help you. Assess their motivations and you'll act accordingly.