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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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Tour Of Istanbul's Ancient Yedikule Gardens, At Risk With Urban Restoration

The six-hectare gardens in the center of Istanbul, which are more than 1,500 years old, have helped feed the city's residents over the centuries and are connected with its religious history. But current city management has a restoration project that could disrupt a unique urban ecosystem.

Photo of Muslims performing Friday prayer in the garden of Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul.

Last March, Muslims performing Friday prayer in the garden of Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul.

Tolga Ildun via ZUMA Press Wire
Canan Coşkun

ISTANBUL — The historic urban gardens of Yedikule in Istanbul are at risk of destruction once again. After damage in 2013 caused by the neighborhood municipality of Fatih, the gardens are now facing further disruption and possible damage as the greater Istanbul municipality plans more "restoration" work.

The six-hectare gardens are more than 1,500 years old, dating back to the city's Byzantine era. They were first farmed by Greeks and Albanians, then people from the northern city of Kastamonu, near the Black Sea. Now, a wide variety of seasonal produce grows in the garden, including herbs, varieties of lettuce and other greens, red turnip, green onion, cabbage, cauliflower, tomato, pepper, corn, mullberry, fig and pomegranate.

Yedikule is unique among urban gardens around the world, says Cemal Kafadar, a historian and professor of Turkish Studies at Harvard University.

“There are (urban gardens) that are older than Istanbul gardens, such as those in Rome, but there is no other that has maintained continuity all this time with its techniques and specific craft," Kafadar says. "What makes Yedikule unique is that it still provides crops. You might have eaten (from these gardens) with or without knowing about it."

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