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By Dian Mills


Happy New Year! Beautyscopes for each sign will be back in February. This month, I offer you insight into navigating the astrological minefield that is 2012 with a wink and a smile (or at least a sigh of relief!).

In the Chinese zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. The Chinese see dragons as powerful, wise and able to get things done. People born in Dragon years (recently 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988 and 2000) are seen as leaders. If you’re a Dragon, go forth and conquer the world this year! Pace yourself, though, or you’ll end up in an exhausted (if highly effective) heap. One great way to keep yourself fortified is by taking a multivitamin like Oxylent from Vitalah. It packs all the vitamins and minerals your body needs into a yummy, stevia-sweetened, effervescent drink. It even comes in prenatal and children’s formulas in case you’ve got a little dragon running around (or you’re growing one) who could use some help with conquering the world. Lead the charge to and prepare yourself for an epic 2012!

The three biggest astrological minefields of the year will hit us on March 12 – April 4, July 14 – August 8 and November 6 – November 26. These are the periods when Mercury will be in retrograde, so hold on to your hat! During these times yes will be no, north will be south and the whole world will be one big, simmering cauldron of bad ideas. Instead of getting that full-back Foghat tattoo you’ve wanted since you conquered Slow Ride on Guitar Hero, sit back and count to 100 … or 1,000. Actually, why don’t you really put the time to good karmic use and listen to a CD like Deep Relaxation with Zoe Samath? Zoe is a relaxation and stress reduction specialist with over 20 years of experience helping people increase their energy, creativity and focus. You can then use your new focus to avoid all things you’ll regret like crazy in six months! Invest in your own sanity at

Another fascinating astrological (and astronomical) event this year will occur June 5 – 6, when Venus will align almost perfectly between Earth and the Sun. While it’s not exactly a big cosmic whoop, it is pretty cool! When the planet of romance and beauty gets almost close enough to touch, toast it with a flute of Laurent – Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne. Crafted by the largest family-run Champagne house (and one of the most highly esteemed), it’s fresh, vibrant and pink … perfectly Venutian! Find it at your local fine spirits shop or at

Whatever the stars have in store for us, let’s make 2012 our best year ever. See you next month!

Originally published January 2012



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