"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Monday, December 5, 2011

December Delights and Dilemmas

  We begin the month under the spell of Mercury retrograde until the 13th. As most of you know, the "messenger of the gods" relays information from the divine cosmos to the human mind. This important planet has the responsibility of communicating and  transporting information, people or things from place to place, via cars, phones, letters, etc. When Mercury is in retrograde motion, delays, breakdowns and snafus can affect said movement. This period lasts for 3.5 weeks and usually occurs three times a year, sometimes four. It is a really good time to do research or review a project you've been working on, anything that needs finishing up or study before you put it out into the world or make an agreement to begin something new. Things to avoid are car, computer or major purchases, signing contracts and/or beginning a big new project.

  December 1st saw Venus,( love, money and values), joining forces with the transformational powerhouse, Pluto, in the earth sign of shakers and movers - Capricorn. This intense union brings up issues of where we place our most important investments of time, love and money. Everyone has been asking themselves the pertinent questions of what to do with their personal resources and who to partner with in professional, business or personal endeavors for the past week or more. Now that these energies have aligned, you ought to be getting a definite picture of the answers to these questions. You need to take charge of what is, or is not, working for you. Knowing where you stand is an important piece of the puzzle which can allow you to make more informed choices about how to take back, or stay in control of, your finances or personal affairs.

  Today's liason of Venus, representing beauty, attraction and aesthetics with Mars, the out-going energy of desire and physical assertion, may bring things to a new boiling point for lovers and those wanting a deeper connection. For the rest of us.... it may have to do with values aligning with energy which gives us the impetus to get moving and do what we love! Whatever your situation, I hope you thoroughly enjoy this really good energy after a few days of uncertainty. The next few days are under the influence of Venus, as ruler of Taurus, where the Moon will spend time on Tuesday, Wednesday and half of Thursday, making practicality, reliability and patience the keywords mid-week. Enjoy the natural beauty of nature, maintain your financial well-being and enjoy completing projects you have already invested  your resources into.

   Thursday, Friday and Saturday bring a strong emphasis on ideas, socializing and planning as Luna wends her way through airy Gemini - just don't assume that these days will be a breeze though! The energy ratchets up as we move closer to the Full Moon in Gemini on Saturday morning, which also happens to be a total Lunar Eclipse, and a feeling of restlessness and ambiguity predominates.  The culmination of the waxing Moon in opposition to the Sagittarian Sun at 9:36 a.m.highlights what we think we know and the process of gaining wisdom through study or travel to sacred places of higher learning or understanding.

   The Lunar Eclipse point at 19 degrees of Gemini has as its' Sabian Symbol "A Large Archaic Volume Reveals A Traditional Wisdom" which speaks to the underlying wisdom of our human minds and the "seed-knowledge" of our growth on this earth. It is suggested that small groups of like-minded individuals gather together in meditation allowing new ideas to grow or be shared as we connect to ancient wisdom in this process of knowingness.

   So, we can see that Mercury is the planetary force to be dealt with this week - picking, choosing, socializing, deciding, learning, study and the mental process. A detailed review of what has worked this year and whether you're where you want to be in your process goes hand-in-hand with practical efforts and small steps toward your goals.

   As always, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground... quite apropos this week, wouldn't you say?!


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