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(March 21 to April 19)

After a slightly tense Christmas, the turbulence starts to ease. You regain control of your choices, and are once again able to take on new challenges and turn them to your advantage. In love, if you haven’t already done irreversible damage, a period of truce unfolds. Beautiful Venus ushers in the new year, favoring new encounters and mellowing your interactions with your partner.

TEMPO: andante con recupero




(April 20 to May 20)

In just a few hours it will be 2015! You can breathe a sigh of relief as you leave behind a tough year. At work, you are filled with a desire for action, what with new projects and aims for independence. For now, let yourself go and enjoy a new year illuminated by exciting planetary movements, especially for single Taureans. Your best bets lay with Virgos or Capricorns. And next year, things get serious!

TEMPO: allegretto frenetico



(May 21 to June 21)

For those Geminis unable to take a break, even during the festive season, care should be taken with a business matter or investment linked to home or work. All that glitters is not gold. In love, there are some slight improvements. Couples are less anxious, singles more open-minded. New Year allows for a little lightheartedness and escapism.

TEMPO: andantino guardingo


(June 22 to July 22)

A new year is almost here, and 2015 will be filled with opportunity: a year to plant and then reap the rewards in the heat of summer. New responsibilities at work, but also at home, be they marriage plans or arrival of a child. Enjoy a carefree New Year’s Eve, which may well be unforgettable for lonely hearts. And a special toast for the new life that is ahead of you.

TEMPO: allegretto con leggerezza





(July 23 to August 22)

Start the countdown to your best year for the last decade! Once again, you will become the protagonist of your own life and of your own choices. The First Quarter Moon rewards long-term couples who have survived a stormy year and are now stronger than ever. Singles, who have focused on work for too long, will be penalized, seeing in the new year with a touch of solitude. But 2015 will bring important gifts to them as well!

TEMPO: marcia trionfale





(August 23 to September 22)


The year’s end comes bearing emotions that can really shake your bearings. After a period of lethargy, it’s time to quit moaning and get back into the swing of things! The First Quarter Moon suggests that in order to conquer new ground, you must be courageous and leave behind the things you have outgrown. Have a think about this in the new year.

TEMPO: andante con nuova fiducia


(September 23 to October 23)

For many born under this sign, it is time to test the stability of relationships, and from this week onwards you will have new and infallible planetary allies. Stable couples will move forward, stronger than before. Fragile couples "return to Go," just like in Monopoly. You are more centered, solid and resolute than ever!

TEMPO: marcia con fermezza






(October 24 to November 20)


Many Scorpios will spend New Year’s Eve attached to their phone, exchanging sweet nothings with a secret lover or one not yet quite established enough to spend New Year’s together. The outlook is better for singles, who instead of Whatsapp-ing the night away, will find themselves in a very lucky situation. Recommended dress code: red underwear and a little lightheartedness.

TEMPO: allegretto risvegliato



(November 21 to December 22)


This New Year’s is looking particularly fertile. Take precautions, or full steam ahead, depending on your family plans. If you go to a party alone, or with friends, you could return home accompanied by a domesticated Aries or Leo. You are having second thoughts about some upcoming changes and work projects. But I would put everything to one side and enjoy an amazing start to the new year!

TEMPO: vivacissimo inarrestabile




(December 23 to January 20)


The countdown which will mark the end of the bad moods and negative thoughts of the last two years is finally here. In Italy, we throw plates out of the window at New Year’s. Some more audacious souls launch whole sinks or toilets. I recommend a slightly more sensible course of action, albeit with the same symbolic meaning: Pour all that has been unsavoury straight down the drain! Start the new year with new energy!

TEMPO: marcia liberatoria




(January 21 to February 21)


The new year marks the start of a new season for love! Choose your New Year’s Eve party well, rid yourself of down-in-the-dumps friends, indecisive exes and overbearing admirers. It’s time to have fun and take home some new trophies. Thanks to a luminous Venus overseeing the new year, it is very possible that it won’t be merely a passing fancy.

TEMPO: tecno-rondò di conquista




(February 22 to March 20)


This week represents a bridge from old to new, and 2015 will be a year of important growth. Take things seriously, face tests of your maturity with grit and determination, and feel the satisfaction of a job well done. For now, however, enjoy a New Year’s Eve which will thrill new couples in particular, for whom the new year has important advances in store.

TEMPO: andantino di perlustrazione

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Until the Russian-Ukrainian war, Mamonova’s biography was available to anyone who wanted to know. She was born in 1991, studied at the Ternopil Medical University, and later at the Kyiv Military Academy. After completing her studies, she was sent to work in the coastal city of Berdiansk. Her mother says that this is where her daughter's dream came true: She’d always wanted to be a military doctor, and worked in Berdiansk for three years, receiving the rank of officer in the Ukrainian army.

Beginning in 2014, she’d worked stints as a front-line doctor in the Donbas region, and when Russia invaded Ukraine in February she went to war again. This time in Mariupol.

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