YOUR HOROSCOPE for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2014 (page B6 of the MANILA MAIL)

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# For the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2014
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19) You are justifiably grateful that you are working on things that you actually love doing. Consider yourself blessed and bless others. Weekly mantra: I am productive.
TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20) Be bold, be strong, for the Lord thy God is with you. Remember that as you conquer challenges from within or outside yourself. Weekly mantra: I am courageous.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Never is your versatility more needed and in display than this week. Others appreciate your can-do attitude – so just do it. Weekly mantra: I am leading the way.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) Cultivate the right contacts. It’s not just a matter of scratching backs. It will actually be the start of valuable friendships. Weekly mantra: I am reaching out.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your positive spin on situations endears you to the more serious-minded. Point out to them the value of taking it easy every now and then. Weekly mantra: I am fun to be with.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) Your creativity knows no bounds this week. And here they were thinking you’re just analytical and efficient. Weekly mantra: I am creatively inspired.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) Don’t think you have to bear your burdens alone. There’s a good chance that someone will come along to whom you can open up. Weekly mantra: I am open.
SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) If you feel that others are being too inquisitive, put your foot down and insist on your privacy. You’ll know how to do it, too. Weekly mantra: I am discreet.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) If there’s a skill you’ve been wanting to learn, know that the Universe is now giving you a green light. Hone your talents. Weekly mantra: I am proficient.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) You can’t give what you don’t have. Equip yourself and then give to others from your bounty. They will be grateful. Weekly mantra: I am generous.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Your powers of observation are needed this week. Other people’s reactions give you clues on how best to deal with them. Weekly mantra: I am discerning.
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) You are claiming your power by being more outspoken than usual compared to your usual laid-back approach. Everything in moderation, though. Weekly mantra: I am speaking from the heart.


Earthlings like us (and a few Martians among us) will be celebrating Earth Day on April 22. Never has the value of nature and the environment – our very home – been more emphasized than with today’s specter of global warming hanging over our collective heads.

To honor Mother Earth this week, I invite you to ponder on the connection between you and certain trees which are sacred in Celtic astrology. I actually got the original email about this in December 2003 from my good friend from the University of the Philippines (UP) Film School, Mr. Cenón Obispo Palomares. The original post was dated February 2000 at This post lists birthday intervals which correspond to the tree that we “fell from,” and then lists the trees alphabetically along with the personality attributes of the native associated with that tree.

So here are the instructions: Look up your day of birth from the list. Note the name of the tree you belong to, and then look for the tree and its interpretation, keeping in mind that the trees are listed alphabetically. May this fun exercise increase your awareness of trees, the environment in general, and the sacredness with which our Celtic brethren contemplated their relationship to Mother Earth. I wish you all a happy and meaningful Earth Day!




January 1-11 FIR
January 12-24 ELM
January 25-February 3 CYPRESS
February 4-8 POPLAR
February 9-18 CEDAR
February 19-28 PINE
March 11-20 LIME
March 21 OAK
March 22-31 HAZELNUT
April 1-10 ROWAN
April 11-20 MAPLE
April 21-30 WALNUT
May 1-14 POPLAR
May 15-24 CHESTNUT
May 25-June 3 ASH
June 4-13 HORNBEAM
June 14-23 FIG
June 24 BIRCH
June 25-July 4 APPLE
July 5-14 FIR
July 15-25 ELM
July 26-August 4 CYPRESS
August 5-13 POPLAR
August 14-23 CEDAR
August 24-September 2 PINE
September 3-12 WEEPING WILLOW
September 13-22 LIME
September 23 OLIVE
September 24-October 3 HAZELNUT
October 4-13 ROWAN
October 14-23 MAPLE
October 24-November 11 WALNUT
November 12-21 CHESTNUT
November 22-December 1 ASH
December 2-11 HORNBEAM
December 12-21 FIG
December 22 BEECH
December 23-31 APPLE


Now find your tree and see if the descriptions fit you to a T!

APPLE TREE (Love) – of slight build, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination.

ASH TREE (Ambition) – uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be egotistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over the heart, but takes partnership very seriously.

BEECH TREE (Creative) – has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diet, sports, etc.).

BIRCH TREE (Inspiration) – vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, pretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

CEDAR TREE (Confidence) – of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, likes to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

CHESTNUT TREE (Honesty) – of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self-confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood, loves only once, has difficulties finding a partner.

CYPRESS TREE (Faithfulness) – strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, content, optimistic, craves money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic, and careless.

ELM TREE (Noble-minded) – pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, loudest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

FIG TREE (Sensibility) – very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children, and animals, a bit of a social butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

FIR TREE (Mysterious) – extraordinary taste, dignity, sophisticated, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to them, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious, uncontested lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.

HAZELNUT TREE (Extraordinary) – charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody and capricious lover, honest and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

HORNBEAM TREE (Good Taste) – of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and acknowledgment in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.


LIME TREE (Doubt) – accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress and labor, dislikes laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous but loyal.

MAPLE TREE (Independent) – no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

OAK TREE (Brave) – robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.
OLIVE TREE (Wisdom) – loves sun, warmth, and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

PINE TREE (Particular) – loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, everything disappoints until it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.

POPLAR TREE (Uncertainty) – looks very decorative, not very self-confident, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

ROWAN TREE (Sensitivity) – full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

WALNUT TREE (Passion) – unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

WEEPING WILLOW TREE (Melancholy) – beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can  be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.



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