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Bangladeshi Journalist Mishuk Munier 1959 - 2011

With his sad demise my heart is aching and aching bad. I would like to say so many things but do not know where to start from. Flashbacks are vivid, fast and sweet. I am trying to write about a person larger than life.

I knew him from the time they lived at the Nilkhet staff quarters. His elder brother Bhashon was a friend of mine. Bhashon took good care of both his younger brothers. Mishuk also took good care of the little one, like a toy to play with. Their father had died in the liberation war and Bhashon tried to fill in the gap. They were a very friendly bunch, including their mother. As I remember, Mishuk mostly had a sweet smile and was always joyous, intelligence oozed out. He is one lad I knew who was so well-groomed that to me he was second to none. He never lost sight of respecting elders irrespective of social status. His mannerism was impeccable. He vibrated with a lot of energy, life and vision. Took very keen interest in anything he felt for. A lad, who seldom looked behind, was always positively seeing things and going forward.

Last summer I was in Toronto. I went into a Bangali shop for some tit- bits. Suddenly, I heard my name called from behind. I turned to see a known face but could not recollect the name. I never imagined seeing Mishuk there in my wildest dreams. It was a pleasant surprise. There he was, tall, dark and outstandingly handsome and with that same innocent smile. That lad was now a man with grey hair, big mustaches and it was looking good on him too. It was like an old man, Mishuk fitted into a young body. It was a wonderful moment to see him there and that he recognised me from behind was a joy for me. It only goes on to reflect how much love and respect he had for me to remember me after so many years, and in a foreign land.

We had coffee together with some of his acquaintances and recollected the good old days. He even got me connected with Bhashon (who was at that time in New York). It was one of the good days I spent in Toronto.

Today when I saw the news of his accident on the TV, my breath almost stopped, my heart was sinking. I never experienced this feeling before. I wanted to scream at the top of my voice and say that it was not true. He is not my brother or a blood relation but I felt I lost somebody very dear to me.

I am sure many like me felt the same way. He was a very lovable and respectable young lad. I will always have him in my prayers and I am sure many more will also pray for him for a long time. I am a man of inadequate vocabulary to use to give solace to the bereaved family, but I pray to Allah that

He be kind to the family and give them courage to accept his untimely death and so that they can move on in life as he did after losing his father. Amen.

Coming to the issue of road accidents; it is not something new in that spot or other places. Many people have died at that spot. Unfortunately for this country, so far no politician has taken the matter up in the right earnestness. When the world is doing research to improve the standard of living, the politicians and the people with power in this country are busy making money.

When will some sense dawn upon them to do the right thing? This is a small country with lovely people, why don't the people in the government want to do good to this country? Interestingly, they do not refrain from tall talks. How much money does one need in the grave? Mishuk went with none in his wallet but with a lot of Doa to place in front of Allah (SWT).

It is not a wild thought to have expressways connecting the districts. It is also not an impossibility to have elevated highways. If the government is worried about funds, take highway surcharge like the Jamuna surcharge and build the roads and help reduce these accidents. The guy pinched only knows how much it hurts.

May Allah rest his soul in peace along with his companions and give courage and patience to his family to put up with the loss. Amen.

SM Nasimul Haque

Our dearest friend and colleague Mishuk Munier died in a tragic car crash on Saturday in Bangladesh. He was working with the renowned filmmaker Tareq Masud who was also killed in the accident along with three others.

Mishuk was a brother to all of us at The Real News. We called him TRNN employee 001. He was the first person to work with me on the project, starting in 2004. He fought tirelessly and was a critical reason why TRNN became a reality.

Mishuk had recently taken up a new job in Bangladesh, partly to be closer to his mother. We saw him only two weeks ago in New York. He was excited about building a TV news channel in his homeland and exploring new technology, his second passion after documentary film. I remember his smile so vividly as he told us about his new adventures. One consolation is we had the chance to give him a hug and kiss before we lost him.

We all loved Mishuk. He was a man of great integrity, profound social conscience and with a deep love for people. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife and son. Monjuli and Shurid are part of our extended family, and they always will be.

Sometime soon, we will join the family in holding a memorial service in Toronto with Mishuk's many friends and colleagues. For now, if you have messages for the family, we will pass them on.

Mishuk died doing what he loved most. In the field, shooting a documentary film. Our hearts our broken, he will be greatly missed.

Paul Jay

Banladeshi director Tareque Masud 1956 - 2011

Tareque Masud (Bengali: তারেক মাসুদ; 6 December 1956 – 13 August 2011) was an award-winning Bangladeshi independent film director. He was known for directing the films Muktir Gaan (1995) and Matir Moina (2002), for which he won a number of international awards, including the International Critics' Prize and FIPRESCI Prize for Directors' Fortnight at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. He died in a road accident on 13 August, 2011 while returning to Dhaka from Manikganj on the Dhaka-Aricha highway after visiting a filming location. His microbus collided head-on with an oncoming passenger bus. The cinematographer Mishuk Munier, a long-time colleague, was also killed in the accident, while Masud's wife Catherine Masud was seriously injured. At the time of his death, Masud was working on a movie titled Kagojer Ful (The Paper Flower).

Tareque Masud was born in Nurpur village, Bhanga Upazila, Faridpur District, Bangladesh. He studied at an Islamic madrasah as a child, but the outbreak of the Bangladesh Liberation War against Pakistan forces in 1971 put an end to his studies at the Islamic seminary. After the war, Masud pursued general education and went on to obtain a Masters degree in History at Dhaka University.

His wife, Catherine Masud, is a Chicago-born film editor. They have a son, Nishad Bingham Putra Masud.


One of Masud's earliest works was the documentary Adam Surat (Inner Strength) on the Bangladeshi painter SM Sultan of Narail District which he completed in 1989. His most famous film in early age of his career was the documentary Muktir Gaan (The Song of Freedom, 1995) where camera follows a music troupe during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971. The members of the troupe sing songs to inspire freedom fighters. The film was made mainly based on the footage of American filmmaker Lear Levin that Masud got from the basement of Levin's house in New York.

Along with his US-born wife, Catherine Masud, who was his co-director and a film editor, Masud ran a film production house based in Dhaka named Audiovision.

His first full-length feature film, Matir Moina (English release title "The Clay Bird") which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, derives inspiration from his own childhood experiences. He won the International Critic's Award at the Cannes film Festival in 2002 for this film, as well as the FIPRESCI Prize for Directors' Fortnight for "its authentic, moving and delicate portrayal of a country struggling for its democratic rights." Matir Moina was received with critical praise and toured the international circuit. It was one of the first Bangladeshi films to be widely circulated and was greeted with enthusiasm for its realistic depiction of life without the melodrama that is prevalent in many other South Asian films.

His latest film, Ontorjatra, is a tale of two generations of Bangladeshi diaspora in London. The film describes the short visit home of a divorced mother and her son. The next project of Tareque and Catherine Masud is Kagojer Phool (The Paper Flower) which deals with the incidents of the partition of the Indian subcontinent. This film may be called the prequel of Matir Moina.


Masud died in a road accident near Ghior Upazila on 13 August 2011 while returning to Dhaka from Manikganj on the Dhaka-Aricha highway after visiting a shooting location. His microbus collided head-on with an oncoming passenger bus. In the accident, his wife Catherine Masud was also seriously injured. He along with the other passengers were traveling to choose shooting locations for his new film. The name of his new movie is "Kagojer Ful" (The Paper Flower) filming of which was supposed to begin after shooting locations were elected.

Masud was travelling with long-time co-worker Ashfaque Munier (aka Mishuk Munier), a well-known cinematographer, TV journalist and CEO of ATN News. Munier also died in the accident. The coffins of Masud and Munier were laid out in front of the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Sunday the 14th of August, when thousands of Bangladeshis came to pay their last respects. Ashfaque Munier was also the son of the late Bengali intellectual Munier Chowdhury who was killed by collaborators during the liberation war of 1971.


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  • Sonar Beri (The Chains of Gold), 1985
  • Adam Surat (The Inner Strength)(16mm, 54 mins), 1989
Dir: Tareque Masud
Documentary on the life and art of the Bangladeshi painter S.M. Sultan.
  • Se (The Conversation)(35mm, 10 mins), 1993
Dir: Tareque Masud, Shameem Akhter
Short fiction about a strained reunion between a man and a woman.
  • Unison (Umatic video, 4 mins), 1994
Animated film about the unity of humankind.
  • Muktir Gaan (The Song of Freedom)(35mm, 78 mins), 1995
Dir: Tareque & Catherine Masud
Feature length documentary film about a troupe of traveling musicians during the Bangladesh Liberation War '71.
  • Muktir Kotha (The Story of Freedom)(Betacm SP, 82 mins), 1996
Dir: Tareque & Catherine Masud
Oral history documentary about experience of ordinary villagers during 1971 Liberation War
  • Voices of Children (Betacam SP, 30 mins), 1997
Dir: Tareque & Catherine Masud; Prod: Unicef/Audiovision
Documentary on working children in Bangladesh.
  • In the Name of Safety (DVCam, 25 mins), 1998
Dir: Tareque & Catherine Masud; Prod: TVE London/Audiovision
Documentary on human rights abuses in Bangladesh
  • Narir Kotha (Women & War)(Betacam SP, 25 mins), 2000
Dir: Tareque & Catherine Masud
Documentary on experience of women survivors of war.
  • Matir Moina (The Clay Bird)(35mm, 98 mins), 2002
Dir: Tareque Masud; Producer: Catherine Masud; Production: Audiovision/MK2
A feature film based on the director's childhood experience in a madrasa in rural East Pakistan during the turbulent 60's.
  • A Kind of Childhood (Betacam SP, 50 mins), 2002
Dir: Tareque & Catherine Masud; Prod: Xingu Films/Audiovision
A documentary on the lives and struggles of working children in Dhaka city, followed over the course of six years.
  • Ontarjatra (The Homeland), 2006
A film about a divorced lady who is returning to her homeland with her son to attend her former husband's funeral.
  • Runway Premiered on 2 October 2010
  • Kagojer Phool (The Paper Flower), Forthcoming
  • Noroshundor (The Barber)



Muktir Gaan (The Song of Freedom)

  • 1997 Film South Asia, Special Mention

Matir Moina (The Clay Bird)

  • 2002 Cannes Film Festival, International Critics' Prize
  • 2002 Cannes Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize for Directors' Fortnight
  • 2002 Edinburgh International Film Festival
  • 2002 Montreal International Film Festival
  • 2002 International Film Festival of Marrakech, Best Screenplay Award
  • 2002 Cairo International Film Festival
  • 2003 Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • 2003 New Directors/New Films Festival
  • 2003 Karafilm Festival, Best Film


Matir Moina (The Clay Bird)

  • 2002 International Film Festival of Marrakech, Golden Star
  • 2004 Nominated, Directors Guild of Great Britain, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Foreign Language Film

Matir Moina was also the first Bangladeshi film to compete for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Catherine Masud

Catherine Masud (Bengali:ক্যাথরিন মাসুদ), born Catherine Lucretia Shapere, is wife of the Bangladeshi cinema maker Tareque Masud. She was born in Chicago in 1963. Catherine graduated from Brown University, in economics. In late 1980s, she met with Tareque Masud and they married in 1988. Since 1995, she has been living in Dhaka, Bangladesh with her husband Tareque Masud. Under the banner of their production house Audiovision, she has produced and directed numerous films. She produced and co-wrote her first feature "Matir Moina"(The Clay Bird), directed by Tareque, which won the International Critics' Prize at Cannes. Catherine has worked extensively with street children in Bangladesh, and recently completed a documentary based on their life stories, "A Kind of Childhood". Catherine is also an experienced editor, specializing in computer-based non-linear editing, and has set up computerized multi-media and audio-visual facilities as a freelance adviser. She also writes essays and fiction, which have been published in various journals. Besides her professional life, she pursues her interest in drawing and painting.

She is a mother of single baby, Nishad Bingham Putra Masud.

বাংলাদেশী চলচ্চিত্র পরিচালক Tareque Masud তারেক মাসুদ ১৯৫৬ - ২০১১

তারেক মাসুদ(ইংরেজি: Tareque Masud) (জন্ম:১৯৫৬ সালের ৬ ডিসেম্বর, মৃত্যু:১৩ আগস্ট ২০১১) ছিলেন একজন বাংলাদেশী চলচ্চিত্র পরিচালক। তাঁর মুক্তির গান ও মাটির ময়না সহ অনেক ছবি জাতীয় ও আন্তর্জাতিক খ্যাতি অর্জন করেছে।

১৯৫৭ সালে ফরিদপুরের ভাঙ্গায় নূরপুর গ্রামে জন্মগ্রহন করেন। মায়ের নাম নুরুন নাহার মাসুদ ও বাবার নাম মশিউর রহমান মাসুদ। ভাঙ্গা ঈদগা মাদ্রাসায় প্রথম পড়াশোনা শুরু করেন। পরবর্তীতে ঢাকার লালবাগের একটি মাদ্রাসা থেকে মৌলানা পাস করেন। ১৯৭১ সালে বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতা যুদ্ধের সময় তার মাদ্রাসা শিক্ষার সমাপ্তি ঘটে। যুদ্ধের পর তিনি সাধারণ শিক্ষার জগতে প্রবেশ করেন । ফরিদপুরের ভাঙ্গা পাইলট উচ্চবিদ্যালয় থেকে প্রাইভেট পরীক্ষার মাধ্যমে প্রথম বিভাগে এসএসসি পাস করেন। তিনি আদমজী ক্যান্টনমেন্ট কলেজে ছয় মাস পড়াশোনার পর বদলি হয়ে নটর ডেম কলেজ থেকে মানবিক বিভাগে এইচএসসি পাস করেন।। তিনি ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় থেকে ইতিহাস বিষয়ে মাস্টার্স ডিগ্রী অর্জন করেন। বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় জীবন থেকেই তিনি বাংলাদেশের চলচ্চিত্র আন্দোলনের সাথে সক্রিয়ভাবে যুক্ত থেকেছেন এবং দেশে-বিদেশে চলচ্চিত্র বিষয়ক অসংখ্য কর্মশালা এবং কোর্সে অংশ নিয়েছিলেন। ১৯৮২ সালের শেষ দিকে তিনি জীবনের প্রথম ডকুমেন্টারি চলচ্চিত্র নির্মাণ শুরু করেন। ১৯৮৯ সালে মুক্তিপ্রাপ্ত এই ডকুমেন্টারিটি ছিল প্রখ্যাত বাংলাদেশী শিল্পী এস এম সুলতানের জীবনের উপর। এরপর থেকে তিনি বেশ কিছু ডকুমেন্টারি, এনিমেশন এবং স্বল্পদৈর্ঘ্য চলচ্চিত্র নির্মাণ করেন। ২০০২ সালে তার প্রথম পূর্ণদৈর্ঘ্য চলচ্চিত্র মাটির ময়না মুক্তি পায়। এই চলচ্চিত্রটি কান চলচ্চিত্র উৎসবে প্রদর্শিত হয় এবং দেশে-বিদেশে বিশেষ প্রশংসা অর্জন করে। বাংলাদেশের বিকল্প ধারার চলচ্চিত্র নির্মাতাদের সংগঠন শর্ট ফিল্ম ফোরামের প্রতিষ্ঠাতা সদস্য তিনি। ১৯৮৮ সালে ঢাকায় অনুষ্ঠিত প্রথম আন্তর্জাতিক স্বল্পদৈর্ঘ্য চলচ্চিত্র উৎসবের কো-অডিঁনেটর হিসেবে কাজ করেছেন। এছাড়া তিনি যুক্তরাষ্ট্র, ইউরোপ এবং এশিয়ার বিভিন্ন স্থানে অনুষ্ঠিত আন্তর্জাতিক চলচ্চিত্র উৎসবে যোগ দেয়ার পাশাপাশি কয়েকটি সাময়িকী ও পত্রিকায় চলচ্চিত্র বিষয়ে লেখালেখি করতেন।

তার স্ত্রী ক্যাথরিন মাসুদ একজন মার্কিন নাগরিক। ক্যাথরিন এবং তারেক মিলে ঢাকায় একটি চলচ্চিত্র নির্মাতা প্রতিষ্ঠান গড়ে তুলেছিলেন যার নাম অডিওভিশন। চলচ্চিত্র নির্মাণ ছাড়া তারেক মাসুদের আগ্রহের বিষয় ছিল লোকসঙ্গীত এবং লোকজ ধারা। এই দম্পতির 'বিংহাম পুত্রা মাসুদ নিশাদ' নামে এক ছেলে আছে।

বিকল্প ধারার এই চলচ্চিত্রকার ২০১১ সালের ১৩ আগস্ট ঢাকার অদূরে মানিকগঞ্জ জেলায় ঢাকা-আরিচা মহাসড়কে ঘিওর নামক এলাকায় মর্মান্তিক এক সড়ক দূর্ঘটনায় নিহত হন। একই দুর্ঘটনায় বুদ্ধিজীবি সাংবাদিক ও প্রখ্যাত চিত্রগ্রাহক মিশুক মুনীর নিহত হন। কাগজের ফুল নামের চলচিত্রের শুটিং স্পট দেখার জন্য মানিকগঞ্জের ইছামতি নদীর তীরে তারা গিয়েছিলেন। একই দুর্ঘটনায় তার স্ত্রী ক্যাথরিন মাসুদ গুরুতর আহত হন।

নির্মিত চলচ্চিত্র ও ডকুমেন্টারি

নং নাম ক্যামেরা দৈর্ঘ্য মুক্তির সন পরিচালক নির্মাতা বিষয়
০১ রানওয়ে
৯০ মিনিট ২০১০ তারেক মাসুদ ও ক্যাথরিন মাসুদ জিঙ্গু ফিল্ম্‌স, অডিওভিশন বাংলাদেশের ২০০৫-০৬ সালে চলমান ইস্যু নিয়ে চলচ্চিত্র যেখানে ধর্মভিত্তিক জঙ্গিবাদ ছাড়াও তৈরী-পোশাক শিল্পের নারীশ্রমিক, ক্ষুদ্রঋণনির্ভর এনজিও কার্যক্রম এবং বিদেশে অভিবাসী শ্রমিকদের বঞ্চনার মতো বিষয় নিয়ে।
০২ আ কাইন্ড অফ চাইল্ডহুড বেটাক্যাম এসপি ৫০ মিনিট ২০০২ তারেক মাসুদ ও ক্যাথরিন মাসুদ জিঙ্গু ফিল্ম্‌স, অডিওভিশন ঢাকার কর্মজীবী শিশুদের জীবন সংগ্রামের উপর ডকুমেন্টারি
০৩ মাটির ময়না ৩৫এমএম ৯৮ মিনিট ২০০২ তারেক মাসুদ ক্যাথরিন মাসুদ ষাটের দশকে পূর্ব পাকিস্তানের মাদ্রাসায় পরিচালকের বাল্য জীবনের অভিজ্ঞতার উপর পূর্ণদৈর্ঘ্য চলচ্চিত্র
০৪ নারীর কথা বেটাক্যাম এসপি ২৫ মিনিট ২০০০ তারেক ও ক্যাথরিন মাসুদ
যুদ্ধে বেঁচে থাকা নারীদের অভিজ্ঞতার উপর ডকুমেন্টারি
০৫ মুক্তির কথা বেটাক্যাম এসপি ৮২ মিনিট ১৯৯৯ তারেক ও ক্যাথরিন মাসুদ
বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতা যুদ্ধে সাধারণ গ্রামীণ জনগণের অভিজ্ঞতা
০৬ ইন দ্য নেইম অফ সেফ্‌টি ডিভিক্যাম ২৫ মিনিট ১৯৯৮ তারেক ও ক্যাথরিন মাসুদ টিভিই লন্ডন, অডিওভিশন বাংলাদেশে মানবাধিকার লংঘনের উপর ডকুমেন্টারি
০৭ ভয়েসেস অফ চিলড্রেন বেটাক্যাম এসপি ৩০ মিনিট ১৯৯৭ তারেক ও ক্যাথরিন মাসুদ ইউনিসেফ, অডিওভিশন বাংলাদেশের কর্মজীবী শিশুদের উপর প্রামাণ্যচিত্র
০৮ মুক্তির গান ৩৫এমএম ৭৮ মিনিট ১৯৯৬ তারেক ও ক্যাথরিন মাসুদ
বাংলাদেশের স্বাধীনতা যুদ্ধের সময় একটি ভ্রাম্যমাণ গানের দলের উপর পূর্ণদৈর্ঘ্য প্রামাণ্যচিত্র
০৯ ইউনিসন ইউম্যাটিক ভিডিও ৪ মিনিট ১৯৯৪

মানবজাতির ঐক্যের উপর এনিমেশন চলচ্চিত্র
১০ সে ৩৫ এমএম ১০ মিনিট ১৯৯৩ তারেক মাসুদ, শামীম আখতার
একটি নারী ও পুরুষের বেদনাদায়ক পুণর্মিলন
১১ আদম সুরত ১৬ এমএম ৫৪ মিনিট ১৯৮৯ তারেক মাসুদ
বাংলাদেশী চিত্রশিল্পী এস এম সুলতানের জীবন ও শিল্পকলার উপর তথ্যচিত্র
১২ অন্তর্যাত্রা

তারেক মাসুদ
লন্ডন প্রবাসী এক সিলেটি পরিবারের গল্পের মাধ্যমে মাতৃভূমির প্রতি ভালোবাসার বহিঃপ্রকাশ

কাগজের ফুল’ নামক চলচ্চিত্রের শুটিংয়ের লোকেশন নির্বাচন শেষে দুপুর ১২টা ২০ মিনিটে ঢাকার উদ্দেশে রওনা দেন। পথে ঘিওরে ঢাকা-আরিচা মহাসড়কে বিপরীত দিক থেকে আসা একটি বাসের সঙ্গে মাইক্রোবাসটির মুখোমুখি সংঘর্ষ হয়। এতে ঘটনাস্থলেই তারেক মাসুদ ও মিশুক মনির সহ ৫ জনের মৃত্যু হয়। ক্যাথেরিন মাসুদ আহত হন ।

Daily Horoscope Saturday August 13

Aries  March 21-April 19 If you are working today, you should make a great deal of progress. Your creative mind is open and ideas as well as quick answers are easy to find. A friend may have ideas on new ways for you to invest. It may be a blessing that this is a Saturday--given time to think things through you could change your mind later. You will probably feel better if you got further information on this investment package. Beating the odds through cleverness is appealing and this may lead to an interest in all kinds of financial speculation. A lover or child who is bright and articulate plays a big role in your life this evening. There is attention around this person, possibly a party, but your support is important and appreciated. Travel may be necessary--go and enjoy.

Virgo  August 23-September 22 Obtaining and exchanging information takes on more emotional significance. Being more involved with neighbors or sibling(s) satisfies a deep emotional need. You may find yourself being put to good use by your friends today. Saying and writing things with style counts for a lot and this tends to bring out the social butterfly in all of us. Neighbors or brothers and sisters will likely bring all kinds of good experiences your way. You may be able to enjoy and value your own life situation today. A visitor enjoys the feelings that come with being around you and your surroundings and may compliment you on your tastes or belongings. It is time to do some serious thinking about letting someone or something go. It may be time for him or her to stand alone.

Taurus  April 20-May 20 Lovers, children and other people or things dear to your heart are emphasized at this time. Being appreciated and admired for your talents are powerful needs. Taking chances can bring big rewards. Quick answers, great wit and a surplus of insights and solutions are obtainable. You may have ideas about teaching children character issues in the school system and how to implement your ideas throughout the country. This is a good time to write and communicate with real originality. Inventions and breakthrough ideas are possible. Romance and other things that tug at the heart strings come your way. This could be through a child. This is a creative period for you, a time to take a chance and a time to be appreciated and admired.

Gemini  May 21-June 21 You may go through a lot of changes that affect your idea of security this year. Your home and family situation could be a focus for growth and real learning. Events may conspire to make it difficult for you to fulfill your plans for the day--be flexible. You could turn your energy into control issues--however, this leaves very little attention to answering questions properly. Egos can clash in any situation, but the spirit cannot clash at all. Learn to associate misery with ego and joy with spirit. This makes it much easier to go with the flow of events. Choose the positive path by explaining what you want to accomplish today and perhaps there can be an adjustment. Understand that delays are possible, but positive results happen with a steady eye on the goal.

Cancer  June 22-July 22 Although this is a Saturday, work seems ongoing--whether it is in your living area or in the work field--taking care of business is a major theme where your emotional orientation is concerned at this time. Your organization abilities help you get things accomplished. You know just what to do. This afternoon you may gain a bit of time for some relaxation. A fun trip to a market or fair or perhaps some time out for swimming with a friend will help to renew the energy you so often exhaust. You may find yourself lavishing affection on loved ones. You might feel love or value for an older person and will probably spend some time visiting or aiding in his or her care this evening. A well balanced meal and good conversation completes this very busy day.

Leo  July 23-August 22 Luck is on your side today. Investment ideas, real estate, stock market, semi-precious stones could all prove quite profitable. This is the time to read and make plans. Poetry for songwriters may be another idea for your creative outlet and gambling streak. Gamble with your talents--you may be pleased with the positive results now. This is also a good time to seek out any professional advice that may be needed. This would mean anything from psychiatric to financial. Planning a vacation for next week can be favorable now. Your energies are high and there will be much enjoyment with travel. Anything around nature will bring some deep feelings of being at one with the world. If you will be vacationing with a loved one, make activity plans together.

Libra  September 23-October 23 You may want to help someone through a difficult time this day. Emotional needs of another call for an act of patience before trying to speak your words of wisdom. There could be some form of opposition to your ideas if you are not patient. You may even find this person impractical, aimless, indiscreet and even bitter when the outcome is not what he or she wants--careful. This afternoon could prove to be an action-filled day as you and a friend work off some stress through some form of exercise or at the least, a fun activity that takes concentration. A new love interest deepens today. You can expect an open and honest relationship with no secrets. There are indications that this may be the person with whom you can enjoy a lifetime.

Scorpio  October 24-November 21 The energies of this day indicate a tendency to move too quickly. Your drive and efforts toward the completion of any project today should be thought out very carefully. The method then will become clear to you and the discipline will then be available to complete a project successfully. You can sometimes push against the way things are, the laws of nature . . . which is fruitless--careful. Some sort of temporary obstacle may appear. You could receive unexpected help or support from those around you. You will become involved in some fun-loving as well as some deep-searching conversations with relatives today. You may enjoy activities with your friends this evening and someone has in mind the perfect thing to do.

Scorpio  October 24-November 21 The energies of this day indicate a tendency to move too quickly. Your drive and efforts toward the completion of any project today should be thought out very carefully. The method then will become clear to you and the discipline will then be available to complete a project successfully. You can sometimes push against the way things are, the laws of nature . . . which is fruitless--careful. Some sort of temporary obstacle may appear. You could receive unexpected help or support from those around you. You will become involved in some fun-loving as well as some deep-searching conversations with relatives today. You may enjoy activities with your friends this evening and someone has in mind the perfect thing to do.

Sagittarius  November 22-December 21 The mind and all that is mental is the source of change and adjustment. Letters, writing, speaking and all things having to do with communication and cognitive activity is the mode of the day. Your mind tends to be occupied with thoughts, ideas and concepts and remains in almost a constant flux. This is a time to absorb and take in new impressions and information. In summary, here is a natural breaking-point in life, a time to let go of what has been occupying you for the last years and assume a new attitude. You are feeling good and your mood is high. Learning new things gives you power. You may even have some fun with your family or friends in a fun game of charades, Scrabble or chess this evening. Good food and good friends.

Capricorn  December 22-January 19 There could be blocked emotions today along with the feeling of being cut off or frustrated by others--you do not let it slow you for long. Confusing situations can be straightened out rather quickly. By this afternoon most of the frustrations will have been forgotten. You may have insights or breakthroughs in regard to your life goals today. Your feelings are not just important--they are central to getting to really know you. A strong devotional nature becomes apparent to anyone who takes time to know the real you; all else follows upon this inner drive and energy. The search for a mate and marriage in particular are crucial for you now. You are driven to unite and find out what togetherness means. Enjoy some fun activity with a friend this evening.

Aquarius  January 20-February 18 Others could seek you out for your psychological insight. Friends may enjoy chatting over a cup of coffee. Most of the day proves to be quite enjoyable. This is a perfect time to spend with loved ones and family. Your most essential quality has to do with the very real love and compassion you radiate. Your sense of value and sheer appreciation for life are communicated to all who come to know you. A bridal shower, baby shower or some other fun celebration is attended this afternoon with friends--great fun. Beyond whatever external considerations may be present, you exude a contagious thankfulness and fondness for things and people. These inner, loving qualities are experienced as a very real good. Enjoy some fun exercise this evening.

Pisces  February 19-March 20 Your support system--family, home and those who give you nourishment--becomes more secure now. You are able to dispense with some of the unessential clutter and develop what is most basic and true in your environment. You encourage better support. This is a time when your feelings, emotions and basic life urges undergo change and possibly transformation. You feel more personal and direct and find that you waste less time with hurt feelings than before. This may be a good time to set aside some space for art--yours or your loved one's art. You could display your art to encourage others to try their hand at some creative activity. When was the last time you had pictures taken, framed and mounted? It may be time for a family picture.