The moon swells like an oversize party balloon being inflated to pop at the start of the new year! The New Year's moon will be a supermoon, meaning that it will seem a lot bigger and brighter because it's on its closest trajectory to Earth. But that's tomorrow. We're not quite there yet -- just as we're not quite in the new year yet. Be safe; be happy!
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Anyone with money can buy goods and services, but smooth transactions take more than money; they take class. It's why you'll endeavor to learn the correct manner and etiquette so a cool experience can be had by all.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The more you are impressed by others the more they are impressed with you. Someone who needs attention will soak up all you're giving and be absolutely charmed by you in the process.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There's an outcome you've been thinking about, and today is the day you'll reach the maximum number of thoughts you can have about the thing before action is an absolute necessity.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Good thoughts will glow up your aura. And if you don't believe in an aura, your aura will not suffer in the least. You will still enjoy the warmth of all who brighten up in your light.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). If you're more concerned than usual about your image, it's only because you want to make sure your contributions to others are effective and as useful as can be. You'll do what it takes to present yourself in a way that puts others at ease.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The race is long and currently not quite appealing enough to motivate you to train. However, helping someone else get through the finish line -- now that's a purpose you can get behind (and you'll wind up crossing, too!).
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you express your needs and wants, there are those who then shift the focus to their own similar story and call it empathy. That's not empathy. Supportive people stick with your thing and investigate further.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Avoid being the bright star of the group today; you'll only attract haters. The brighter the light the more distinct the shadow. Instead, help others shine so everyone looks good together.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your sense of humor is an ever developing facet of your personality. Anyone who can't appreciate this probably isn't the best match for you. You don't always get to choose, but when you do, choose people who get you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your powers of organization are remarkable. You'll put a mess back in order, and it won't even take you that much time. Today's results will be highly satisfactory on all counts.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Something that's supposed to be making your life easier may be doing the opposite right now, but stay the course. Once you're over the learning curve, this will be brilliant.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A whimsical mood prevails. There's a tangent you'd like to spin into. Sure it's light on logic, but there's something in this instinct that goes beyond reason and will serve you very well in the future.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 31). You've been bold, courageous and impressive. All the attention taught you the value of less flashy attributes -- kindness, loyalty and reliability. Those qualities earn you money, friends and love. In January, advertise your services; the investment will quickly pay off. Your family will multiply in 2018. Leo and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 2, 29, 14, 17 and 38.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Have you ever been surprised to find out how much someone likes you because you never would have guessed by the way he or she typically acts toward you? Have you ever been told "that was so much fun!" by someone you never would have guessed was having a good time? People show their feelings in different ways. Just because they don't always reveal them doesn't mean they don't exist. This will be one of the first lessons of the new year. As the ball drops, the swollen Cancer supermoon pulses with effusive emotion. People will show and tell so much more than usual. You may be surprised by what you learn.
The luckiest place to spend the first day of the year will be at home. Getting the year off to a good start will involve tending to domestic life, getting organized and doing the kind of preparations that will set you up for success.
Jan. 2 marks a change for Uranus that shakes free some new motivation. Just about any old emotion can be used to fuel the success machine; it's not picky about where it gets its juice. Desire, creative hunger and righteousness are good motivators. But jealousy, anger and revenge can be just as motivating, if not more so.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: In September 1997, I ran into the great singer-songwriter John Denver in a restaurant in Austin, Texas, and asked him for an autograph. The only thing I had to write on in my purse was a deck of tarot cards. I pulled the 10 of cups, and Denver autographed it. Three weeks later came news of his tragic death. Every time I see his name on the 10 of cups card -- figures waving to a rainbow in the sky over a body of water -- I hear him singing with angels. Happy birthday, sweet spirit!
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