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Posted on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 5 a.m.

Horoscope for December 22, 2011

By Bernice Bede Osol

In the coming months, you'll be developing several enviable attributes that will enable you to better cope with the world around you. As these qualities develop, you're likely to become far more self-assured.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- If you hope to be an effective leader, you must first set the example that you wish others to follow. They'll believe only in what you do, not necessarily in what you say.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- That sudden whim to drop in on someone might not be such a good idea. If she or he is in the middle of something and doesn't want to be disturbed, you won't be welcomed. Call first.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Look gift horses in the mouth, and with a jaundiced eye. Should someone give you something for no apparent reason, chances are he or she will be expecting you to return the favor at the drop of a hat.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- This can be either a good day or a disappointing one, depending upon with whom you choose to spend your time. Select pals who share the same interests as you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Your attention span might not have much staying power, so it could be best to do all the demanding tasks first. As you tire, switch to no-brainer jobs that can be knocked off quickly.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Don't be too quick to put much credence in a business proposal presented to you by a new acquaintance. What she or he is selling could be all sizzle and no steak.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Should two friends of yours of whom you're equally fond be at odds with one another, stay out of it and don't try to be a peacemaker. Both could turn on you instead.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- If you're using a helpmate to tackle a hazardous task, keep a watchful eye on what this person is doing. Being less knowledgeable, he or she won't be as safety-conscious as you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- As prudent as you are, you could still let your guard down and empty your wallet before you know it. Strive to be prudent in all your involvements, especially ones of a social nature.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- When making a request of your mate, a lack of tact on your part could cause him or her to react in a way opposite from the one you were hoping for. Don't be careless in your choice of words.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Friends aren't likely to be prepared to cope with any last-minute changes. Thus, try to let them know your intentions well in advance, so there won't be any glitches in anybody's plans.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Your expectations might not be based upon realistic factors. Thus, self-discipline is likely to be required in order to subdue temptations to take big risks for fanciful reasons.

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