By Jade Emory
Oahu Island News, December 2002

Reality Check

Holidays are a time for a reality check. Be honest with yourself and others, be sincere, and consistently do your best for the right reasons. Be humble, view differences with infinite compassion, and consecrate your intent to the highest good.

ARIES has initiative to take assertive steps to make the world what it wants it to be. It may also perceive itself as the source of action.

TAURUS steadily works on manifesting some form of security in an insecure and changing world. It may take self-effort to a high art feeling pride or shame based on the success of its efforts.

GEMINI may be extremely flexible, but at times inconsistent. It may sometimes perceive the outer world in polarized dualistic terms of good vs. bad, or right vs. wrong, thereby perpetuating a sense of separation.

CANCER, concerned with nurturing, gives generously to the family, but it may also want to be provided for by the family.

LEO is king or queen of subjectivity with its ego needing to be acknowledged. This can be a potential downfall if it wants a loving and transcendent spiritual life.

VIRGO can be analytical, but also judgmental – seeing things only in black and white, without shades of gray. It needs to learn that every step on a path is necessary in order to be pure and of meaningful service.

LIBRA needs to attain inner balance, rather than expecting its relationships to be the projection of outer balance. Harmonizing its own oppositions of male and female sides, thinking and feeling, material and intuitive expressions.

SCORPIO, a most powerful sign, is capable of intense creativity and destruction. It’s like a surgeon, cutting away the obsolete to preserve the necessary. It may try to control others rather than controlling its need to control.

SAGITTARIUS is inspired by religion or philosophy. Spiritual surrender is easier, but that’s not to say it doesn’t have to learn trust in a Higher Power for divine solutions.

CAPRICORN is a sign of great responsibility, and competence. It may become controlling to attain a goal or fulfill a sense of obligation. Concerned with public opinion, it should modestly be the “co-creator” of good.

AQUARIUS is the most unselfish and least ego-involved of the signs. It wants to uplift the world, not just its own personal circumstances. Its very passion toward progressive high ideals may dualistically polarize it with more conservative people, fighting “against” the old and not just “for” the new.

PISCES is a dual sign. It does not feel like an “earthling,” therefore experiencing a dichotomy between its perceived ideal and the attainable.

Oahu Island News Contributing Editor Jade Emory holds degrees in psychology and education, has taught in American and Canadian universities and has been a counselor since 1970. She may be reached at 808-429-2411 or by email at

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