The mountains, which many of us call home, are a world unto themselves. Their beauty, majesty, and immensity enchant and challenge. Almost touching the sky, the great heights reached by these granite walls allow us to be as close to the heavens as possible. In global spiritual traditions, mountains symbolize life and the spiritual path.

On Dec. 21 the sun enters Capricorn, which is represented by the mountain goat — the most sure footed of animals, with instincts to climb to the highest point possible. Capricorn’s zodiac reminds us that we need ambition and drive to achieve our highest goals, and we can only do that by overcoming all the obstacles and challenges that life throws in our path. We unfold our potential and get stronger through mastering our inner and outer issues. See you at the top?

Aries (March 21-April 19) There is a restlessness that is making it difficult to settle down. You have energy and drive to actualize your potential but it requires you to change your patterns of thinking, feeling, and action. Look at your life and see what is holding you back, then work to change it.


Taurus (April 20-May 20) Intense feelings and emotions are creating conflicts in your life, and you need to communicate what you are feeling to those concerned. You sense that you are being taken advantage of, and some relationships in your life need better balance of giving and receiving.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) New ideas are inundating your mind and may have you feeling overwhelmed. Getting organized will allow you to effectively put your ideas into action, which will help them manifest in form. Your intuition is strong; it is important that you act on these new insights.

Cancer (June 21-July 21) You have opportunities to make more money, and they are based on new ideas and plans for the future. There is support for you to do these things in partnership, and the results will be more powerful that way. These projects want to include the expression of your spirituality and idealism.

Leo (July 22- Aug. 21) This is a good month for focusing on home and family life to revitalize your domestic situation. See what can result from making positive changes in relationships and living situations. There is the opportunity to achieve expanded happiness and fulfillment.

Virgo (Aug. 22-Sept. 21) Working on your personal growth will result in greater creativity and happiness. You need to unfold a better balance of mind and heart. Meditation and yoga can be helpful tools in achieving better balance, but you must get organized and establish habits for daily spiritual practice.

Libra (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are always there for everyone, which is commendable, but in the process you tend to lose yourself. Because your concern and generosity is often not reciprocated, you can feel taken advantage of. Establish greater independence in your relationships and look within yourself for direction.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Inspired visions of future plans and achievements are overwhelming you, but you feel blocked from moving forward. There is a need for you to evaluate whether you are tired and burned out. If you don’t take good care of yourself, you might experience health problems.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) Now is a good time for you to reflect on the past year and evaluate your achievements. Be honest with yourself and commit to positive New Year resolutions and goals for 2015. These plans should include self-improvement and career advancement.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 18) This is your month to shine. There is support for increased happiness now. Home and family life should bring satisfaction and fulfillment. You may experience conflict in your social life with friends so if you have a choice, stay at home. If not, make the best of it.

Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 19) You feel inspired about visions of the future. You want to share these uplifting inspirations with your friends, but don’t be surprised if not everyone shares your enthusiasm. You may feel tired during the holidays, so make sure to take care of yourself to prevent illness.

Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) This time of year supports you expressing your spirituality and idealism, primarily within home and family life but also in the community. Achieve this greater connection to spirit by reaching out to those who are less fortunate and could use your support and help.

~ Robert Ayres is a Truckee resident and internationally known astrologer with more than 40 years of experience. Visit the updated to sign up for your preferred horoscope of the Sun signs and/or monthly New Moon/Full Moon analysis, or to contact him for personal consultations.


  • Robert Ayres

    Robert Ayres is an international teacher and practitioner of meditation and astrology. In 1972, Ayres traveled to Europe to be trained as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He lived and worked in Asia for four years where he established the first metaphysical and resource center in Hong Kong. In addition to teaching over 50 different subjects and classes, he has written regular astrology articles for Tahoe Quarterly, Moonshine Ink, Healthy Beginnings, and the Willow. For more info, visit his Astrological Alchemy website.

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