NEW MOON - Dec. 22-29, 2014

(March 21 to April 19)

Family reunions for the holidays could reignite some old friction. At work, there could be tension with a colleague or boss that will test your patience when they try to make you adopt their way of seeing things. In love, this is not the time for discussions, especially in relationships that have had recent ups and downs. On Dec. 23, Saturn will begin to support your life projects by giving them strength and stability.

TEMPO: andantino nervoso

(April 20 to May 20)

It's time to uncork a bottle of spumante and celebrate Saturn’s return! After two years of frustration at work and a bruised heart, your soul is beginning to grow lighter. The truce with Saturn means the return of determination and a psychophysical tone that will launch your personal comeback. It's time to start over with new dreams and new projects, stimulated by the New Moon.

TEMPO: allegro rinascimentale

(May 21 to June 21)

Something has or will change — the die have been cast. You have to figure out how to work through these adjustments, especially if you're in a couple and the other tends to block your evolutionary pirouettes. Also because from Dec. 23, Saturn will begin an opposition that requires responsible choices that hold the potential to bring a significant jump in the quality of your life.

TEMPO: andante riflessivo

(June 22 to July 22)

It will be a nervous Christmas that place some doubts in the feelings that you have. Relationship responsibilities increase and do not always have a solid backing on the other side. So far, your bad mood has been because of financial or organizational problems but this week queries may be more profound. Venus and Pluto square off to feed your old uncertainties and fears.

TEMPO: adagio irritabile

(July 23 to August 22)

From Dec. 23, Saturn will be out of the box and back in favor! The last few months' hope is now assuring a brighter future. From here, some questions will be revealed about work: Some will change location, some will change working hours, others just groups. Some will even change jobs entirely. The New Moon illuminates a sky of positive upheavals and great professional growth.

TEMPO: marcia trionfale di rinascita

(August 23 to September 22)

The New Moon in Capricorn will recharge your batteries which were recently drained by commitments and responsibilities. Your time must be balanced: It's time to get rid of some dry branches unnecessarily weighing down your life. The Moon stimulates creativity and focuses on new paths, although when it comes to work it's better to take small steps.

TEMPO: adagio grintoso

(September 23 to October 23)

The New Moon rises in the family home where requests for help and attention may be heard. They could be during final preparations for Christmas — perhaps an old dispute between relatives returns to the forefront with some tensions at the beginning of the week. In love, if you have secrets, it's better not to expand your circle of confidants, especially if you have a nosy family.

TEMPO: allegretto costruttivo

(October 24 to November 20)

Finally! After two years, on Dec. 23 Saturn will leave you in peace! Something between a caress and a punch, it will show you the way of change. It's not time to fire cannons off at work though, at least not until the summer. There may be some economic compromises to accept, but with the disappearance of Saturn you'll be able to breathe lighter and more optimistically.

TEMPO: allegretto liberato

(November 21 to December 22)

Much like in a Nora Ephron film, you imagine yourself lighter and in love, exchanging this year's Christmas presents under twinkling street lights. Things have changed since last year and will continue to do so for the coming months. Saturn and Jupiter are in great positions to bring stability and good luck to your projects. They'll feed concrete objectives that don't leave room for doubt and sow fertile lands in both love and work.

TEMPO: allegrissimo con incanto

(December 23 to January 20)

You must wait until the summer for a stable change but as of now there's an edge that pushes you towards new solutions. Energy, determination, optimism and luck return. In love, a kiss under the mistletoe could bring a new promise of life together. Even lonely hearts lower their defense shields and let the current guide them. It is a beautiful current indeed.

TEMPO: andante fiducioso

(January 21 to February 21)

After two years, Saturn finally frees your skies, and the time is now to draw the new boundaries of your future! At the moment work and finances still create some concern. Over the past two years, many have held a foot in both camps and feel the need to make a final choice. In this sense the first half of 2015 is the time to get in position, and the "jump" to a new life must wait until the summer.

TEMPO: allegretto liberatorio

(February 22 to March 20)

After a few weeks of walking on a tightrope, the Christmas New Moon brings harmony to your partner and your loved ones. The urge to get out of the trenches returns and will reopen a dolce vita of sociability. Singles and couples are hungry for new things in a Christmas that comes as a haven of peace. In work, it's a time for team projects and good collaboration, where you will be able to contribute without having to be shy or insecure about your point of view.

TEMPO: andante addolcito

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What It Means When The Jews Of Germany No Longer Feel Safe

A neo-Nazi has been buried in the former grave of a Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender – not an oversight, but a deliberate provocation. This is just one more example of antisemitism on the rise in Germany, and society's inability to respond.

At a protest against antisemitism in Berlin

Eva Marie Kogel


BERLIN — If you want to check the state of your society, there's a simple test: as the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany, John Jay McCloy, said in 1949, the touchstone for a democracy is the well-being of Jews. This litmus test is still relevant today. And it seems Germany would not pass.

Incidents are piling up. Most recently, groups of neo-Nazis from across the country traveled to a church near Berlin for the funeral of a well-known far-right figure. He was buried in the former grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender, a gravesite chosen deliberately by the right-wing extremists.

The incident at the cemetery

They intentionally chose a Jewish grave as an act of provocation, trying to gain maximum publicity for this act of desecration. And the cemetery authorities at the graveyard in Stahnsdorf fell for it. The church issued an immediate apology, calling it a "terrible mistake" and saying they "must immediately see whether and what we can undo."

There are so many incidents that get little to no media attention.

It's unfathomable that this burial was allowed to take place at all, but now the cemetery authorities need to make a decision quickly about how to put things right. Otherwise, the grave may well become a pilgrimage site for Holocaust deniers and antisemites.

The incident has garnered attention in the international press and it will live long in the memory. Like the case of singer-songwriter Gil Ofarim, who recently claimed he was subjected to antisemitic abuse at a hotel in Leipzig. Details of the crime are still being investigated. But there are so many other incidents that get little to no media attention.

Photo of the grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender

The grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender

Jens Kalaene/dpa/ZUMA

Crimes against Jews are rising

Across all parts of society, antisemitism is on the rise. Until a few years ago, Jewish life was seen as an accepted part of German society. Since the attack on the synagogue in Halle in 2019, the picture has changed: it was a bitter reminder that right-wing terror against Jewish people has a long, unbroken history in Germany.

Stories have abounded about the coronavirus crisis being a Jewish conspiracy; meanwhile, Muslim antisemitism is becoming louder and more forceful. The anti-Israel boycott movement BDS rears its head in every debate on antisemitism, just as left-wing or post-colonial thinking are part of every discussion.

Jewish life needs to be allowed to step out of the shadows.

Since 2015, the number of antisemitic crimes recorded has risen by about a third, to 2,350. But victims only report around 20% of cases. Some choose not to because they've had bad experiences with the police, others because they're afraid of the perpetrators, and still others because they just want to put it behind them. Victims clearly hold out little hope of useful reaction from the state – so crimes go unreported.

And the reality of Jewish life in Germany is a dark one. Sociologists say that Jewish children are living out their "identity under siege." What impact does it have on them when they can only go to nursery under police protection? Or when they hear Holocaust jokes at school?

Germany needs to take its antisemitism seriously

This shows that the country of commemorative services and "stumbling blocks" placed in sidewalks as a memorial to victims of the Nazis has lost its moral compass. To make it point true north again, antisemitism needs to be documented from the perspective of those affected, making it visible to the non-Jewish population. And Jewish life needs to be allowed to step out of the shadows.

That is the first thing. The second is that we need to talk about specifically German forms of antisemitism. For example, the fact that in no other EU country are Jewish people so often confronted about the Israeli government's policies (according to a survey, 41% of German Jews have experienced this, while the EU average is 28%). Projecting the old antisemitism onto the state of Israel offers people a more comfortable target for their arguments.

Our society needs to have more conversations about antisemitism. The test of German democracy, as McCloy called it, starts with taking these concerns seriously and talking about them. We need to have these conversations because it affects all of us. It's about saving our democracy. Before it's too late.

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