Heavens] We'll be all at sea in '93: Apprehensive about 1993? Fearful that this horrible year will give way to one even more horrible? In trepidation, we consulted the priestesses who tend the Independent's oracle and offer their forecast for January

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URANUS and Neptune come together for the first time in 172 years; their conjunction in Capricorn will be the astrological event of 1993. These are the planets of upheaval and idealism, which symbolise the spirit of the year. Expect sea change, especially in traditional institutions, and the stirrings of a Sixties-style cultural revolution. On 8 January, the first Full Moon falls next to Mars, with the Sun at the midpoint of Uranus and Neptune. This brings an indication of the new Zeitgeist, but its birth does not look easy. Those who enjoy chaos, Sagittarians and Pisceans, will have the best time, but even Capricorns will surprise others with independent behaviour. The following quotations have been astrologically chosen. We hope they give an insight into the coming month.

1 ARIES

(21 Mar - 20 Apr)

Vocations which we wanted to pursue but didn't bleed like colours on the whole of our existence - Balzac, La Maison Nucingen (1838).

2 TAURUS

(21 Apr - 21 May)

Hast any philosophy in thee, Shepherd? - Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act III, Sc II (c1599).

3 GEMINI

(22 May - 21 Jun)

I owe much; I have nothing: the rest I leave to the poor - Rabelais (his last words) (1553).

4 CANCER

(22 Jun - 23 Jul)

It is when we try to grapple with another man's intimate need that we perceive how incomprehensible, wavering and misty are the beings that share with us the sight of the stars and the warmth of the sun - Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim (1900).

5 LEO

(24 Jul - 23 Aug)

There is something in the pang of change/More than the heart can bear - Euripides, Iphigenia in Tauris (c414-12BC).

6 VIRGO

(24 Aug - 23 Sept)

Gifts are like hooks - Martial, Epigrams (AD86).

7 LIBRA

(24 Sept - 23 Oct)

The Emperor also has straw-sandaled relatives - Chinese proverb.

8 SCORPIO

(24 Oct- 22 Nov)

There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go - Tennessee Williams, Camino Real (1953).

9 SAGITTARIUS

(23 Nov - 21 Dec)

Let us have Wine and Woman, Mirth and Laughter,/Sermons and soda-

water the day after - Byron, Don Juan (1819-24).

10 CAPRICORN

(22 Dec - 20 Jan)

Now I know the things I know/And do the things I do;/And if you do not like me so;/To hell, my love, with you] - Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope (1926).

11 AQUARIUS

(21 Jan - 19 Feb)

He who will not be ruled by the rudder will be ruled by the rock - Isaac D'Israeli, Curiosities of Literature Vol II (1834).

12 PISCES

(20 Feb - 20 Mar)

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star - Nietzsche, 'Zarathustra's Prologue', Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883-92).

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