Another tough year is on cards but we can rise above it... with the help of Linda and her psychic poodles!
AT 59, Derbyshire psychic Linda Lancashire says she's the happiest she's ever been in her life.
And that's despite the recession, health problems, the trauma of losing her mother and numerous ups and downs.
"I feel liberated. It's been one of the best years in history for me – the best time of my whole life," says the gregarious, articulate psychic advisor and horoscopes writer from Heanor. "I am very happy and content. I have no stress. But a lot of things have had to happen for me to reach this stage. The months leading up to the loss of my mother were very traumatic.
"Family members react in different ways. The events that took place certainly changed the dynamics of my family forever but, thankfully, my mother is at peace now.
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"Many people experience this sort of thing. My clients tell me similar stories. It has helped me to empathise and advise other people."
Today Linda's predictions for 2013 for the 12 star signs fill this special supplement – worked on for months by the well-organised Scorpio who likes structure in her life. "I love doing them," Linda says. "It takes a great deal of time to get them exactly right.
"I do a lot of writing now. This side of my work has evolved and it's a most enjoyable part of my life. The words flow from my fingers as I type."
Whether you believe in horoscopes or not, you will find countless pearls of wisdom from a woman who has heard, seen and witnessed just about everything there is.
People from all walks of life, rich or poor, famous or otherwise, beat a path to her door for her insight and support.
"I've been doing this for 45 years and I will never retire, never stop," she vows. "I love helping people. I am devoted to my work. This is my calling.
"Nothing ever shocks me, I've heard it all. People tell me everything.
"I meet the most incredible people who have survived the worst things possible."
"This year, I was thrilled to work with Paralympians – athletes who found themselves at the London Paralympics against all the odds.
"These people put us to shame. What they have achieved is amazing."
Meeting people who have succeeded beyond the norm is not unusual for her.
"I've met some marvellous people from showbusiness and film stars but I would never discuss what is said within these four walls. Everything is strictly confidential."
Though she cannot reveal who seeks out her counsel she says the same issues affect everyone – rich or poor, whether a star of stage and screen or a supermarket shelf stacker.
"Relationships, money and health are the three key issues I deal with and, out of those three, relationships are the most complicated of all."
Whatever the issue, her beloved "psychic" poodles, Hilda and Tallulah, play their part in helping clients. "They come into my work room and are very sensitive to clients' problems. Tallulah knows when it is a personal or love life issue, while Hilda knows if health and wellbeing is affected. Hilda reminds me of a school dinner lady. She meets and greets people, does the customer liaison!"
Both poodles, who she affectionately calls "the lulas", accompany Linda to her weekly slot on BBC Radio Nottingham. In fact, they go everywhere with her.
"Hilda wakes me up at ten to six every morning. Tallulah is always the last one out of bed. She loves Strictly Come Dancing, enjoys music and is very fashion conscious. She likes to look at the fashion glossies. She's very loyal and playful."
Non dog lovers may be shaking their head at this point at Linda's human-like descriptions of her pets but her comments will resonate with people who love animals.
It has been documented that dogs' advanced sense of smell can detect illness, including cancer, and that both dogs and cats can pick up on moods and emotions, giving comfort to their owners.
Linda would certainly agree with that and happily admits her life has been transformed since her dogs came into her life three years ago.
"We do everything together – go out together, eat together, sleep together. They curl up on fleecy blankets on my bed. I don't know what I would do without them."
Linda is a great believer in finding – and doing – things that make you happy. Whether it's owning a pet, starting a new hobby or making new friends.
"I have a wonderful friend Denise Garrett, owner of the Bed and Biscuit Pet Hotel. She helps me with the lulas and grooms them."
Finding someone, or something, to enrich your life makes all the difference, according to Linda, particularly in these dark days of recession.
"It's been a very hard year again for many people," says Linda. "I see it all the time.
"The economy is still having a huge impact on people's lives. Finance is a big issue.
"People who have got into debt with loans and credit cards are worried about paying their heating bills this winter.
"Merry Christmas and welcome to pay day loans at 4000% interest! Problems with debt cripple relationships.
"The recession has squeezed the lemon – squeezed the life out of people. It's hard for people to get from one week to the next.
"There's so much stress. People can't get excited about the future. It's all about money. I can't see things getting any better in 2013.
"But people can do something to make their lives better. Find an interest, get a part time job.
"Don't sit rocking in a chair starring at magnolia walls, going slowly mad.
"The happiest people are the ones with a purpose, a reason to get out of bed in the morning. People who think they are depressed may just be bored.
"I know lots of people who do voluntary work and they are the happiest people I know. They are putting something back into the world."
Linda is like a gentle volcano, erupting with a constant stream of sound advice. Her intuition and expertise has been harnessed over decades through helping others.
"I feel very privileged to be given this gift, my daughter as well."
Linda often mentions her treasured daughter Katie Sleight, a fellow psychic now based in Peterborough, who will be seen on TV in the New Year.
"She's been working on a programme called May The Best House Win," says Linda.
"She was brought in to use her psychic abilities to pick up on the vibes of a house and come up with decor ideas. She's launched her own interior design business using her psychic skills."
Katie, 34, her husband, Nigel Sleight, a barrister and one of Britain's youngest judges at 37, and their children, Ben, four, and Finlay, three, are the light of Linda's life.
"I spent Christmas with Katie and her family. We have the most wonderful holidays together in Norfolk, walking the dogs along the beach.
"I love it there. You can unwind and de-stress."
"Life is what you make it. It's a state of mind. My cup is always overflowing."