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Prayers

Hijri Calendar
Safar 28,1436 AH


Prayers
Fajar: 5.37 am
Zohar: 12.24 pm
Asar: 4.11 pm
Maghrib: 5.53 pm
Isha: 7.06 pm
Sunset today 5.47 pm
sunrise tomorrow 6.41 am
Moonrise tomorrow 6.38 am
Moonset today 6.16 pm

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December
22
Monday, 2014
Sri Vijaya:
Dakshinayana
Thithi:
Margasira Bahula Amavasya till 7.04 am and then Pushya Suddha Padyami till 4.29 am (early hours of Dec 23)
Star:
Mula till 7.10 pm
Varjaya:
From 5.40 pm to 7.10 pm and then from 3.57 am to 5.25 am (early hours of Dec 23)
Durmuhurtam:
From 12.36 pm to 1.20 pm and then from 2.48 pm to 3.32 pm
Rahukalam:
From 7.30 am to 9 am
Sunset today:
5.47 pm
Sunrise tomorrow:
6.41 am
Aries
It is a good time to invest in real estate. An unexpected gain from a previous investment will keep you financially stable. Today, your siblings might come to you for advice.
Taurus
Students who have been looking for options for higher studies, will finally get an opportunity. Don’t take an important decision today.
Gemini
Keep a check on your health. You could be stressed out at work and thus, might have to cancel a plan with your family. You could sign a new project.
Cancer
You need to plan your strategy at work. Your innovative ideas will be appreciated by your seniors. Plan an evening out with your partner.
Leo
You will get many new opportunities that will bring you closer to your professional goal. You will be in a festive mood today. Romance is on the cards for you.
Virgo
A close friend could be going through a problem. Make sure that you take out time for him or her and support them. A new project that you sign will demand more time from you.
Libra
A stressful situation at work could actually bring out the best in you. Make sure you keep your frustration under control and don’t spoil your rapport with your colleagues.
Scorpio
Your communication skills will be appreciated at work. Troubled health of a closed one could worry you. Spend some time with family today.
Sagittarius
Think rationally about the pros and cons before you sign a new deal. A small misunderstanding could lead to a big fight in the family.
Capricorn
There could be a delay in your current project at work. Try and build a better rapport with your colleagues. Keep a check on your finances.
Aquarius
If you had been looking for financial help, you will finally get your loan approved. It is a good day for you professionally. Your decision-making ability will be appreciated by seniors.
Pisces
A long-pending assignment could get delayed further; but don’t lose hope and continue to give your best to the project. Try and avoid getting into an unnecessary fight with friends. Travel is on the cards for you.
Jonathan Cainer
Merry Christmas! Er... unless, it isn’t. Hard though this is for some of us to believe in a world so full of bright baubles and glittering trees, some folk don’t celebrate this festival. And others don’t so much celebrate it, as suffer it. This year, as if to reflect the season’s lack of universal popularity, some planets are aligning in anything other than a jovial fashion. It may take great commitment to summon the spirit of joy under such circumstances. But hope springs eternal. Here, in your forecast for the holiday week, I’m giving the best advice I can.
Dec 21 2014 - Dec 21 2014
Aries
At this time of year, we all make a special effort to be nice to one another. Or, at least, we feel as if we should try. That very sense of obligation can become a source of stress. Perhaps Christmas, this year, would be more enjoyable if only more of us stopped striving to try to force it to be enjoyable. Yet the overall astrological outlook for you this week, speaks of positive things happening naturally. Give the most important gift of all this holiday season. Allow yourself to be yourself and let others do the same. In your love life: Something valuable is developing but you are not fully conscious of what’s actually going on. Trust it anyway.
Taurus
We can’t turn on the radio or even visit a store this week, without being bombarded by festive melodies, each bigging up the idea that this is no ordinary time of year. With all those singers keen to remind us of what a special season it is, what are we to assume if, for some reason, we do not share all their joy and wonderment? Surely, there must be something wrong with us! Yet there is nothing wrong with you this Christmas. Your realistic approach to the holiday will yet, in itself, prove to be part of the reason why it is so magical. In your love life: You are working out where you stand with a certain someone. You will like how things turn out.
Gemini
Astrologers have to be very careful at this time of year. If, for example, we predict that a surprise is in store, what will people say? ‘It’s Christmas. Of course, there will be surprises.’ Yet the unexpected developments that I foresee in store for you, are not merely the kind that involve opening presents. It looks more as if, over the course of this holiday week, someone is going to open themselves up to you, revealing truths and secrets which may call for some seasonal discretion. Be generous with your attention. In your love life: Where will you end up as a result of your next set of choices? It all depends on you showing good faith.
Cancer
There is always a New Moon in your opposite sign between Christmas and New Year. That goes some way to explaining why you rarely get through a holiday season without having to help someone close to you cope with a crisis of some kind. This year, that New Moon falls this week. The same New Moon, can often give rise to issues of trust, causing you to wish that you could retreat at the very time when most folk are plastering on their most extrovert personalities. But this year’s drama will yet have a sweet resolution. In your love life: Relationships are like recipes; a wrong ingredient or too much heat can make things go wrong. You can fix that.
Leo
Why kiss and make up for Christmas if there is a serious intention to go back out, all guns blazing, in the run up to New Year? Yet if the holiday season doesn’t hold forth a genuine possibility of peace and reconciliation, what is the point of it? This week’s New Moon, plus a harmonious link from the Sun to Neptune, all speak of a rare chance to turn the saccharine artifice of festive pretence into an actual exchange of true depth and meaning. If you are big enough to let bygones be bygones, the future will yet reward you. In your love life: Once, you tried something that didn’t work for you. You made that territory off-limits. Reassess an old idea.
Virgo
We all know what we are supposed to be doing in Christmas week. The ads on the TV never stop telling us. The songs we hear and the looks on the faces of the people we see keep hammering home the same message. Shop till you drop, eat till you burst and pretend that everything is just fine. Yet on Christmas Day itself, Mercury triggers the square from Uranus to Pluto, obliging you to face real issues between real people. Your intrinsic honesty will yet create a kind of magical stardust that has true healing power. In your love life: You may not know how blessed and loved you are. A series of pleasing events will soon provide confirmation.
Libra
The social pressure to observe and celebrate Christmas seems to intensify every year like a battle campaign. Conscientious objectors are subjected to suspicious scrutiny. Nobody wants to be considered a Scrooge. Yet if, for some reason, your heart is not in the celebration and you are finding every invitation an imposition, how can you relax and enjoy the week? Even if bitter-sweet memories trouble you and tricky tensions arise, you can do what Santa himself has no option but to do. Give, and keep giving. All will yet be well. In your love life: Do you worry about your security? It’s natural to want to feel protected. All is well. Stop worrying so much!
Scorpio
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...’ So the old song goes. And, like the hands on a broken clock that tell the right time once a day, so this melody makes sense once a year. It is, indeed, beginning to look a lot like that. But are you beginning to look even a little like the kind of person who has time or enthusiasm for all the seasonal shenanigans? Actually, despite intense astrological alignments, there is a strong celestial suggestion that a hurting heart can be healed and even a lingering resentment can be cured. In your love life: Are you over-reliant on the advice of others? Be careful of who — or what — is leading you where, now.
Sagittarius
Christmas, as astrologers never tire of telling anyone who will listen, is celebrated according to the solar calendar. It does not conveniently converge with fortuitous events in the firmament. So some years, the outlook reflects the spirit of the season and other years... Well, interestingly, this is one of those other years! Or at least it is for everyone but a Sagittarian! You may have to compensate soon for a lack of natural spirit in the hearts of some companions. What a good job that you are such a natural Santa. In your love life: Trust what you truly know in your heart, and have the wisdom to seek help when you are out of your depth.
Capricorn
Shop. Cook. Eat. Drink. And repeat! That’s the festive formula in a nutshell, isn’t it? Well, not quite. There is one additional activity that is de rigeur at this time of year. We are also supposed to give (and under this category comes a rather more difficult kind of giving called, forgiving!). That is never an easy thing to fake. And for a Capricorn currently experiencing tense alignments to Saturn from Venus and Mercury, it is a special challenge. Yet interestingly, a New Moon in your sign insists that you can rise to this triumphantly. In your love life: You may not now be getting what you think you want, but you are being offered what you need.
Aquarius
Slap bang on the cusp of Christmas, the ruler of your sign reaches the end of a long retrograde phase. So that’s OK then. You can hang out the flags, revel in the glitter, dive into the feast and generously share your mood of merriment with all for whom the festive season might otherwise seem like a bit of an empty charade. There are, of course, some tensions that you can’t entirely ignore or forget. But if you now hold tight to your highest hope, it will yet scoop you up like a sleigh and turn you into the living embodiment of a magical elf. In your love life: It’s not possible to be unbiased when viewing one’s own situation. Be wary of your own strongest views!
Pisces
Children take one view of Santa when they are tiny tots and another as they grow into adulthood. They are not encouraged to treat the other main hero of the seasonal story as quite so easily dispensable. But given the sharp materialistic focus of the festival, some can be forgiven for wondering just how real any of this actually is. And this week, the astrological climate is putting you through a phase of doubting many assumptions that others seem only too happy to take for granted. But the week may yet end with faith restored. In your love life: No law says you can’t put yourself into a state of abject angst and stay there. But you really don’t have to.