Bill Meridian looks at what the stars have in store for you this week.
January 2 to January 8
The eclipse on January 15 closely opposes the national Sun of Afghanistan (July 17, 1973). The Sun in the horoscope of a country symbolises its basic power and its leadership. Eclipses opposite the Sun usually reduce prestige and power, so the leadership will be under pressure in the first part of 2010. For confirmation, we look to the horoscope of President Hamad Karzai (December 24, 1957). His Sun in Capricorn makes him serious and well-organised, but Saturn and Pluto are afflicting his Sun right now. He is very hard-pressed, trying to deal with insurgents, the US presence, and a poor economy. The need for further improvement in infrastructure is acute. The planets are most intense in the summer. This is the time when a change in Kabul is most likely. The second half of the year brings a reduction in tension.
ARIES (March 20-April 18) This is a busy week for Aries, with unexpected guests and appointments. But the flow of energy is uneven. You will have days when you are overextended. Time management is the key to success. TAURUS (April 19-May 19) Get ready for the entrance of Jupiter into Pisces when the wind will be blowing in your direction. More opportunities will arise, and it will be easier to get projects moving forward.
GEMINI (May 20-June 19) This week is a good time to clean out the unused and the unwanted - books, magazines, CDs and even old information on your computer. It is easier to find takers for unwanted items, or donate them to charity. CANCER (June 20-July 21) It seems that you're swimming against the tide. Calls, e-mails and visitors come at inconvenient times. This will pass in a couple of weeks. Your main task is to eliminate unnecessary items.
LEO (July 22-Aug 21) Mars remains very strong in your sign this week. It connects to Pluto, putting tempers on edge. This combination can bring a surge of energy, enabling you to tackle serious issues. VIRGO (Aug 22-Sept 21) Security is your main concern, ranging from retirement plans to insurance. The purity of your diet may also need to be examined. A balanced diet is one of the best guarantees of good health.
LIBRA (Sept 22-Oct 22) The Moon is in your sign on the 6th, 7th, and 8th. Your confidence is higher, and you have more energy than usual, so matters flow well. Use these days to get tasks done. Luck is on your side. SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 20) If you have been searching for answers, this is the week of enlightenment. Your mental faculties are much clearer. You perceive useful information where you did not see it before.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 21-Dec 22) One of the major concerns during this quiet week is productivity and teamwork. Whether it be in the office or at home, it is tough to get everyone involved. Pay attention to your diet. CAPRICORN (Dec 23-Jan 19) This is a very active week for you. Leave extra time because you are likely to have visitors and have to book extra appointments. The 4th and the 5th are the best days to schedule meetings.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Jupiter is near the end of its trek through your sign. It has acted as a planetary preservative, keeping you protected during tough times. In 2010, you will have to work harder to achieve results. PISCES (Feb 19-March 19) A focus for this week is security - financial or physical. You may notice some holes in your financial safety net. It is not going to be easy at this time. The physical side involves home or the office.