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Virgo 

For January 2011

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VIRGO (August 23-September 22)

Always give yourself a third choice. Whether you're deciding where to go on holiday or looking at a seemingly complex dilemma, if you see two possibilities, create a third. While you're creating extra possibilities for yourself, meditate on the idea that everyone is learning, you among them. It's the happy, conscious learners who are the most successful and who make the most out of their experience in the world. One of the most meaningful things we are learning here is how to make choices and see options.

With Chiron entering your opposite sign, Pisces, you may at times have to face an unusual kind of directness in certain intimate partnerships. This may feel like a plunge into intimacy and at other times like you must get serious, and at others like being backed into a corner. If you react defensively, you will validate negative emotions and compound them; if you respond with awareness and creativity, you will figure out that in the process, you create your experience of life.

You may occasionally have this feeling of not knowing who is a friend and who is a foe. I would suggest, in this case as in many others, you go for a third option. Your old definitions of ally and enemy have not served you so well, as you've shown some extraordinary allegiance to people who have harmed you and turned your back on those who would help you. In truth the roles that certain individuals take will be more complex than ever, and this will summon an ever-increasing level of discernment.

The most valuable kind of discernment is emotional rather than intellectual. You will know who someone is by how you feel in their presence. You will know that a task or goal you set out for yourself is worthwhile because you feel an opening and a pleasant sense of rising to a challenge. The challenge represented by Chiron is always some form of integrity.

Yet it will benefit you immensely if you don't seek outside validation. Experience that validation when it's there; see it for what it is but don't go after it. Rather, affirm your own talents, your existence, your desires and your dreams. Be the one who comes through with assistance and affirmation for yourself before you expect or even desire anyone else to. Others are eager to support you, but for the moment, the first move is yours.

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