Holidays that weren’t II

And now we’ll continue to pretend that these last few weeks have been just as usual; reading the paper or browsing for a book on a quiet afternoon, with no weather drama or outages of power, water, whatever …

Let’s go on to our self-gifting topic and begin the second half of my column with Libra the seventh sign, of course.

Libra: September 23-October 22

You might want to get several John Gresham novels, since they’re based on real life courtroom drama as well as tightly plotted and featuring characters who seem real themselves. (Libra’s glyph is the scales of justice, remember.) And yes, you often have a bit of trouble making up your mind – so throw in something you wouldn’t ordinarily read or watch. Have you read Tolkien’s trilogy? What about going way back and really mixing up your book shelves, with Zane Grey, a classic cookbook and an autobiography? Enjoy!

Scorpio: October 23-November 21

If you have enough cash on hand for a trip, try New Orleans and some of the occult tours of the city. Anything dealing with the arcane, mysterious or spooky is right up your alley (pun intended). Get a Tarot deck and really immerse yourself in it. Most Scorpions have a gift for seeing the unseen, whether it’s the future or what’s actually behind someone’s casual talk. If the subject interests you sufficiently, there are psychics, mediums and even garden-variety palm readers in most larger cities, and of course there are astrologers available online.

Sagittarius: November 22-December 21

Get some of those new arrows that you’ve been longing for, an arctic grade sleeping bag or whatever else you’re needing to spend time outside once the weather permits. You absolutely have to be outside many more hours than most people, so think about what would make you happiest when in the forest, the desert or wherever your preferred terrain is. At the very least, get a better pair of field glasses or some solar lanterns. Don’t forget an old-fashioned percolator to hang over the campfire – have a cup of nostalgia.

Capricorn: December 22-January 19

I’m almost tempted to tell you to take twenty dollars and go to your neighborhood dollar store to spend it. However, you’d have more fun handing that same amount to a grandkid and going with them to enjoy their delight at getting so many silly things. It’s very difficult for a Capricorn to spend money foolishly, even in small amounts. Maybe you’d like to invest your gift in gold coins or shares of stock in a company whose products are on your kitchen shelves. It could be time to replace that tattered raincoat too.

Aquarius: January 20-February 18

You’ll probably donate to several good causes, but you’ll enjoy that much more if you can make time to participate and serve in a soup kitchen, a dog or cat rescue, fixing up an old motel to become senior apartments. How about teaching computer classes at the closest senior center, or helping neighborhood kids with their STEM homework? You might like taking tourist groups around your town or city on walking tours – if anyone knows the offbeat shops and quaint restaurants, it’s an Aquarius.

Pisces: February 19-March 20

Indulge in something really luxurious for one of your hobbies. If you knit, get the finest wool yarn you can find for a sweater – and make it for yourself. Get that fly-fishing reel you’ve been wanting and a new creel too. How about a good quality telescope to scan the heavenly skies for meteors and anomalies? You can also purchase a star and have it named after a loved one or share your name with it. Frame the certificate you’ll receive and let that be the start of some unusual conversations at the next party you attend.

Good news! Mercury goes direct Wednesday, January 18th. If you have to, just keep treading water until then. You’ll make it. – MZ