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LAST QUARTER MOON: Feb. 9-15

(March 21 to April 19)

Passions are more ardent this week, as well as a desire for someone you cannot have or who resists you. Love that does arise shudders with uncertainties, but it is all-encompassing; let it go, you have no choice. Longtime couples may take big strides in their relationships. In terms of work, beautiful changes are underfoot: The beginning of a new task or project, a change in direction, an overhaul that cuts with the past.

Tempo: vivacissimo transformando



(April 20 to May 20)

Here's a week that's all about work, and it's a good one! Although finances are now at historic lows for many, there will be an excellent opportunity to get back on track and see new collaborations and opportunities. There will be a kind of test: an interview, an exam, but it won't be long until you can cash in on a contract or confirmation for the future. Love takes a back seat especially for singles, but for couples the prospect of reconstruction is there.

Tempo: marcia ottimista


(May 21 to June 21)

The beginning of this week has an extra boost with the Moon in your favor. You understand that job prospects must change and, above all, that you need to act. Unfortunately, opportunities are not falling from the sky so change must be sought with determination. In love, you need to have more patience, discussions will be deep and for some the foundations of relationships will be tested: proceed cautiously this weekend. For singles still hibernating, get ready for next week.

Tempo: adagietto stringendo


(June 22 to July 22)

A moment of strength comes into the lives of singles looking for love. Interesting meetings come mid-week, and those who have already met someone could get a confirmation from them. The important thing is to be sure of who you spend time with. New tracks will be outlined at work — a boss or colleague has been undermining you for some time, and now you're thinking about how to solve the issue. Around Feb. 11 a new proposal or confirmation is possible.

Tempo: allegro brioso




(July 23 to August 22)

For your sign, February has a bracket that falls right into this week. Some blame their fatigue on a very intense work period, others are forced to deal with long-standing family or financial issues. Nothing to worry about though, the stars are on your side. There's not much time for love, in some ways it is "far away" to external events, but it recovers well over the weekend.

Tempo: marcia affaticato




(August 23 to September 22)

The day to mark is Friday Feb. 13. Beyond the beliefs of its bad luck, or iella as we say in Italy, it's a day that will bring high levels of anxiety. You have the feeling, especially at work, that you're taking one step forward and two backwards. In love, new acquaintances do not go beyond friendship, but in the future they could turn into something more. Watch out if you're a couple in crisis.

Tempo: largo calando


(September 23 to October 23)

The end of this lunar cycle shows greater optimism on professional issues. Finances continue to be your primary source of concern, but already there's something more coming into your pockets. The amount of work is increasing, as well as a proposal that will open new horizons for the future. It's a good time to love and, in some cases, to find yourself. Stubborn singles go out rather than stay at home: not just for work, but also in your love lives.

Tempo: allegro marcato





(October 24 to November 20)

A moment of strength will be noticed this week with the last quarter of the Moon in your sign. Though recently there have been professional discussions about an agreement or eventual collaboration, now it's possible to work it out. In general, good news will be coming your way — especially on Tuesday Feb. 10. Couples in love can sow future plans, while singles will tumble into passion's preys.

Tempo: allegretto appassionato


(November 21 to December 22)

The message from the last quarter of the Moon refers to a revisional phase of feelings. If you have just gotten into a relationship, it is possible that you're having second thoughts: your partner's intentions aren't convincing. In general this is a week in which you will feel torn between their expectations and current reality. Even for those who have been single for a long time. Work will include some agitation or heaviness, especially on Friday 13.

Tempo: lento riflessivo



(December 23 to January 20)

Thinking about doing it alone at this point is impossible. Especially in work, where you know that you will have to get some outside help. The sky, in the long run, is on your side. But already from now on you can open up to new collaborations or tasks that can heal your finances. In this sense, Feb. 11 will be an interesting day. Lonely hearts are in a phase of getting to know someone, even though for now they don't dare go further than that — there's a possibility it will backfire.

Tempo: marcia cantabile



(January 21 to February 21)

Work has become more hectic and this stresses you greatly. For some time now I have spoken to you about a sense of being unfulfilled, but these are the last days of a period that will soon turn positive and have new solutions. Love takes a backseat, but isn't unimportant. There are difficulties in being together or loving from a distance, a lack of time or family responsibilities. Singles will commit part-time.

Tempo: adagio occupato



(February 22 to March 20)

Your eyes are looking towards the distance. It is no coincidence that those of this sign during this period are thinking about moving to another city, starting new career paths or even designing a happy event with your partner. For example, days like Feb. 10 and 11 express this. For lonely hearts, meetings are overwhelming and passionate. Just one piece of advice for all: dream, but with realism.

Tempo: vivace sognante

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Paying tribute to the victims of the attack in Kongsberg

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Carl-Johan Karlsson

The bow-and-arrow murder of five people in the small Norwegian city of Kongsberg this week was particularly chilling for the primitive choice of weapon. And police are now saying the attack Wednesday night is likely to be labeled an act of terrorism.

Still, even though the suspect is a Danish-born convert to Islam, police are still determining the motive. Espen Andersen Bråthen, a 37-year-old Danish national, is previously known to the police, both for reports of radicalization, as well as erratic behavior unrelated to religion.

Indeed, it remains unclear whether religious beliefs were behind the killings. In an interview with Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, police attorney Ann Iren Svane Mathiassens said Bråthen has already confessed to the crimes, giving a detailed account of the events during a three-hour interrogation on Thursday, but motives are yet to be determined.

Investigated as terrorism 

Regardless, the murders are likely to be labeled an act of terror – mainly as the victims appear to have been randomly chosen, and were killed both in public places and inside their homes.

Mathiassens also said Bråthen will undergo a comprehensive forensic psychiatric examination, which is also a central aspect of the ongoing investigation, according to a police press conference on Friday afternoon. Bråthen will be held in custody for at least four weeks, two of which will be in isolation, and will according to a police spokesperson be moved to a psychiatric unit as soon as possible.

Witnesses have since described him as unstable and a loner.

Police received reports last year concerning potential radicalization. In 2017, Bråthen published two videos on Youtube, one in English and one in Norwegian, announcing that he's now a Muslim and describing himself as a "messenger." The year prior, he made several visits to the city's only mosque, where he said he'd received a message from above that he wished to share with the world.

Previous criminal history 

In 2012, he was convicted of aggravated theft and drug offenses, and in May last year, a restraining order was issued after Bråthen entered his parents house with a revolver, threatening to kill his father.

The mosque's chairman Oussama Tlili remembers Bråthen's first visit well, as it's rare to meet Scandinavian converts. Still, he didn't believe there was any danger and saw no reason to notify the police. Tlili's impression was rather that the man was unwell mentally, and needed help.

According to a former neighbor, Bråthen often acted erratically. During the two years she lived in the house next to him — only 50 meters from the grocery store where the attacks began — the man several times barked at her like a dog, threw trash in the streets to then pick it up, and spouted racist comments to her friend. Several other witnesses have since described him as unstable and a loner.

The man used a bow and arrow to carry the attack

Haykon Mosvold Larsen/NTB Scanpix/ZUMA

Police criticized

Norway, with one of the world's lowest crime rates, is still shaken from the attack — and also questioning what allowed the killer to hunt down and kill even after police were on the scene.

The first reports came around 6 p.m. on Wednesday that a man armed with bow and arrow was shooting inside a grocery store. Only minutes after, the police spotted the suspect; he fired several times against the patrol and then disappeared while reinforcements arrived.

The attack has also fueled a long-existing debate over whether Norwegian police should carry firearms

In the more than 30 minutes that followed before the arrest, four women and one man were killed by arrows and two other weapons — though police have yet to disclose the other arms, daily Aftenposten reports. The sleepy city's 27,000 inhabitants are left wondering how the man managed to evade a full 22 police patrols, and why reports of his radicalization weren't taken more seriously.

With five people killed and three more injured, Wednesday's killing spree is the worst attack in Norway since far-right extremist Anders Breivik massacred 77 people on the island of Utøya a decade ago.

Unarmed cops

As questions mount over the police response to the attack, with reports suggesting all five people died after law enforcement made first contact with the suspect, local police have said it's willing to submit the information needed to the Bureau of Investigation to start a probe into their conduct. Police confirmed they had fired warning shots in connection to the arrest which, under Norwegian law, often already provides a basis for an assessment.

Wednesday's bloodbath has also fueled a long-existing debate over whether Norwegian police should carry firearms — the small country being one of only 19 globally where law enforcement officers are typically unarmed, though may have access to guns and rifles in certain circumstances.

Magnus Ranstorp, a terrorism expert and professor at the Swedish Defence University, noted that police in similar neighboring countries like Sweden and Denmark carry firearms. "I struggle to understand why Norwegian police are not armed all the time," Ranstorp told Norwegian daily VG. "The lesson from Utøya is that the police must react quickly and directly respond to a perpetrator during a life-threatening incident."

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