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Hijri Calendar
Shawwal 24,1435 AH

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Fajar: 4.57 am
Zohar: 12.29 pm
Asar: 4.43 pm
Maghrib: 6.44 pm
Isha: 7.54 pm
Sunset today 6.38 pm
sunrise tomorrow 6 am
Moonrise tomorrow 1.33 am
Moonset today 2:47 pm

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August
21
Thursday, 2014
Sri Vijaya:
Dakshinayana
Thithi:
Sravana Bahula Ekadasi till 10.16 am
Star:
Ardra till 6.15 pm
Varjaya:
Nil
Durmuhurtam:
10.14 am to 11.04 am and 03.14 pm to 4.05 pm
Rahukalam:
1.30 pm to 3 pm
Sunset today:
6.38 pm
Sunrise tomorrow:
6 am
Aries
On the professional front, the day could bring in much disappointment. Difference of opinion with your partner could lead to an argument. Try to sort it out before it’s too late.
Taurus
Avoid investments of any kind today as they might result in losses. Focus on immediate goals and lay out a plan on how to go about it.
Gemini
You need to carefully go through the pros and cons before making a risky investment. Try to take out time for your family today.
Cancer
On the professional front, a promotion is on the cards for some of you. Also, your seniors might give you more responsibility.
Leo
Today, set your objectives much higher than you generally do and then work towards it. Do not get disappointed if your results are not as per expectations. Your health will remain stable.
Virgo
Today is a good day for those in the creative field. A hectic day at work awaits you and work pressure will leave you tired and exhausted. Approach your colleagues if you need help.
Libra
A short trip is on the cards for some of you. This could give you a much needed break from work. In your office, things may move at a slower pace than you expected.
Scorpio
You will make new friends at a social gathering. You need to be careful today as somebody else may try to take credit for your work.
Sagittarius
Your partner’s health might need attention. Though the back-to-back business trips would be tiring, you will be happy with the final outcome.
Capricorn
A new business, if started with a partner, is likely to be profitable. Do not neglect your family because of your professional commitments.
Aquarius
You will look for alternative ways to generate more income and maximise the existing assets. Do not spend carelessly. Some of you will undertake a quest for spiritual understanding.
Pisces
Do not allow others to make decisions for you. Family problems could be a cause for concern. A relative might pay you a surprise visit. The ability to take quick and fair decisions will prepare you for future challenges.
Jonathan Cainer
Many shop assistants conclude their transactions by saying, ‘Have a nice day.’ Normally, that is more of a pleasantry than a prediction but the annual conjunction of Venus and Jupiter takes place this week and that’s an auspicious event. This year, both planets are bright and they align unusually close to each other. The celestial spectacle happens just before dawn, but it is worth getting out of bed for. Even those who don’t rise early to view it may discover that this week brings us all a better chance of having a genuinely nice day. Have a nice week!
Aug 17 2014 - Aug 23 2014
Aries
How many miracles do you need? Just the one. How big a miracle do you need it to be? Not very big at all. You are not looking for a miracle. You just need a set of serendipitous circumstances. Unbelievable things are now starting to seem entirely credible. Impossible challenges are arising and you will soon find amazing ways to take them in your stride. Whatever is required, no matter how far-fetched it seems, you have the wherewithal to get it. It is not a miracle that you need, just belief in your own resourcefulness. In your love life: Life is now set to bring you something so much more precious than mere emotional reaction. It brings a true understanding.
Taurus
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.’ For the second week running, I am starting your week with a quote from Kahlil Gibran. So would you rather be proud or generous? Both have their challenges. The great poet, though, does not say all that there is to be said in this one aphorism. When you give more than you can, you get more than you need. When you take less than you need, you get into trouble! Your big cosmic opportunity now involves the need to develop more trust. In your love life: Accept what you’re now being given and trust that it is ultimately going to bring you what you need.
Gemini
What have you got to lose? What can a particular person or situation take away from you? Why do you need to worry? Why do you feel so defensive? Are you really protecting a vulnerable factor or are you creating that very state of vulnerability by imagining that you are in a weaker position than you actually are? What about marching forward with confidence instead? What about daring to do the one thing you feel you couldn’t possibly risk doing? Chew over the bravest possible proposition! Then, act on it. In your love life: You are about to be blessed with rare insight, a glimpse of how others really see you. Learn from it; value it.
Cancer
You have been through more than enough. You have been put to the test and led to the end of your tether. It is going to take you a while to recover. And, because you now feel that you have so little to spare, the smallest drain on your resources is going to seem like an enormous imposition. Try to shrug off that sense of exhaustion and exasperation. Like someone who has had a shock and is suddenly flushed with adrenaline, you are experiencing a delayed and unnecessary reaction. Trouble is behind you, not ahead. In your love life: Have you rushed to a judgement? Go beyond a superficial view of a particular situation in your emotional life now.
Leo
Why are there so many billions of people on the planet? That’s surely a little excessive. You couldn’t possibly get around to meeting them all, even if you tried. But perhaps we are here, in such vast numbers, so that we never run out of others on whom to pin blame. There will always be a fool who should have known better or an idiot who has made it all go wrong. It is tempting now to hold someone else responsible for a silly situation. But you need a solution, not a scapegoat, this week. In your love life: Some things ‘just aren’t fair’. Positive and negative experiences come in waves. Accept with grace. Change will come.
Virgo
Leopards,’ they say, ‘don’t change their spots.’ But are you now dealing with a leopard? You can remember when someone behaved badly or a situation became uncomfortable. You cringe at the memory and think you’d be a fool to forget this. So don’t forget. But do forgive. Sometimes, people really do change. Even if they don’t, you have to ask how much point there is in hanging on to an old resentment or fear. Will dropping it make a difference to anyone else? Maybe not. But it could heal a hurt in you! In your love life: There is something you seem to be looking for in your emotional life now. Deep down you already know where it is.
Libra
You can go wherever you want to; your shadow will follow you. You won’t ever get away from it. Unless, that is, you put yourself somewhere so totally dark that you simply can’t see it because it has merged right in with the general lack of light. That’s hardly a smart move. Better, by far, to make allowance for the fact that things have a downside as well as an upside - and there is not very much you can do about that. Jupiter’s conjunction to Venus is a suggestion of great power at your disposal. Use it wisely. In your love life: ‘You can’t change the past’, they say. But you can change the way you think about it. You will see what I mean in soon.
Scorpio
Imagine two people who are both trapped in a maze, each wandering around it for ages without finding the exit. Now, what would happen if one of them stands on the shoulders of the other? They would be able to see above the walls and this would swiftly let them escape. Perspective is precious. We should always seek to attain it before we attain anything else, for if we do not have this in our lives, we have nothing. You may require the help of someone else in order to find the clarity you require this week. In your love life: Don’t let anyone make you feel as if your best is not good enough. You are on the threshold of a great success.
Sagittarius
Our sense of smell is strange. When we first detect an odour or aroma, it almost overpowers us. Within minutes, if we remain exposed to it, we hardly notice it any more. To some extent, we have the ability to filter out information from our other senses, too. But only to some extent. There’s something now that you would far prefer not to notice. But you can’t entirely ignore it and, ultimately, that’s just as well. It won’t go away if you pay it no attention, yet if you now open your eyes and face a difficult issue bravely, you can clear it up. In your love life: Your adaptability is a key asset now. You need to approach a situation from a different angle. Triumph will come.
Capricorn
How do normal people lead their lives? You often wonder this because, although there are many things that you are not especially sure of, one thing you can say is that little that is ‘normal’ about you. After they made you, they broke the mould assuming that is, that they used a mould in the first place. Not surprisingly, given that you have turned out to be such an exceptional character, you are surrounded by other eccentrics. An arrangement that wouldn’t work well for most people suits you (and those around you) well, this week. In your love life: Surrounded by craziness? Trust your patience and good humour. Something very sane and wonderful is coming.
Aquarius
The world is full of blithering idiots. Twits. Nincompoops. Jumped-up arrogant fools with plenty of attitude but precious little by way of experience or intelligence. I know, I know, I am supposed to be giving you a prediction, not just stating the obvious. Well then, here’s your forecast. You need to overcome your exasperation and resist the temptation to lay blame, no matter how justified this may be. Then you can rise above whatever is bothering you and start to achieve something very constructive. In your love life: Some things are impossible. But not what you have in mind. This apparent miracle really is attainable if you have faith.
Pisces
We may all be created equal, but we are most certainly not all the same. Most people are aware of superficial differences, cultural or social factors that seemingly separate different ‘types’. These are trivial. The deep distinctions between members of the human race are the rhythms they respond to. The patterns that play themselves out in their lives. Some of us, for example, can take years before we instigate major change. Others can redesign their entire plan for life in a matter of days. Release your inner genius this week. In your love life: ‘Rules,’ they say, ‘were made to be broken.’ Does that entitle you to make your own rules? It may prove helpful.

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