Capricorn (December 22nd to January 20th)
You’re actually a lot more masterful at managing and manipulating tensions than you might know. Manipulation, of course, throws up a lot of red flags for people—perhaps even for you. But not all manipulations are bad. Many manipulations are necessary to keep people doing well for themselves, like children, for example, who only want to eat candy. Manipulation should set off alarms when it's being done to adults and only one person benefits and it’s not the person who needs the most protection or support. You may have to work those tensions with someone this week, but it may seem fuzzy as whether you’re doing this for them or yourself. This is where you may have to reach toward your spiritual core and focus on what you see as the highest good for yourself and another. And if you can’t get clear on that, don’t be afraid to ask the other person what they see as the highest good for all involved. You may be pleasantly surprised.
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