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Nov.21 - Venus sextile Chiron

Nov.21 - Sun conjunct Jupiter

Nov.22 - Sun enters Sagittarius

Nov.22 - Mercury trine Uranus (final pass)

Nov.24 - Jupiter enters Sagittarius

Nov.24 - Stellium in Sagittarius

Nov.25 - Venus square Uranus

Nov.27 - Sun sextile Chiron

Nov.28 - Mars square Saturn

Nov.30 - Venus sextile Neptune

Dec.03 - Pluto conjunct the Galactic Center

Dec.03 - Sun square Uranus

Dec.04 - Mercury square Saturn (final pass)

Dec.04 - Mercury leaves the Shadow



Dec.05 - Saturn Stationary Retrograde

Dec.05 - Mars enters Sagittarius

Dec.07 - Venus trine Saturn

Dec.07 - Venus conjunct Pluto

Dec.08 - Mercury enters Sagittarius

Dec.09 - Sun sextile Neptune

Dec.09 - Mercury conjunct Mars

Dec.10 - Mercury conjunct Jupiter

Dec.10 - Mercury-Mars-Jupiter conjunction

Dec.11 - Venus enters Capricorn

Dec.11 - Mars conjunct Jupiter

Dec.12 - Mercury sextile Chiron

Dec.15 - Mars sextile Chiron

Dec.15 - Mercury square Uranus

Dec.16 - Sun trine Saturn

Dec.18 - Sun conjunct Pluto

Dec.19 - Mercury sextile Neptune

Dec.19 - Venus sextile Uranus


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Sabian Symbol for the
New Moon in Scorpio

Scorpio 29

An Indian woman pleading to the Chief for the lives of her children.

This symbol is about an act of "intercession" and "Love as a principle of redemption." (Dane Rudhyar) The image shows a woman who is part of a culture that is intimately connected to the Earth. She is grounded and deals with the reality of the situation � but for a higher purpose: the salvation of her children. As Rudhyar says, "She seeks to counteract the karma of their misdeeds through her love and imploration." This New Moon is about letting go of our past guilt, shame and toxic self-image, and in so doing we can be reborn in love, forgiveness and fresh potential.

This symbol might also play out in your life in more literal ways. Lynda Hill points out that we may "need to stand up for those in your care, whether it be for your children, your ideals or creative pursuits, even if they deserve rejection, punishment or judgment." On the other hand, someone might come to you, appealing for your compassion about someone or something under their care. Hill also reminds us that defensively pleading for forgiveness is not the same as � nor likely to be as beneficial as � asking for leniency from a place of humility, dignity and self-honesty.

The mother in this symbol is also the archetypal energy of the Great Mother, who continually brings us back to the fold when we have wandered away. We are brought to a spiritual connection with something greater than ourselves � in this case, the Universal Mother or Goddess energy.

Whatever you do to celebrate, embrace or experience this New Moon cycle's energy, remember that it leads to a greater purpose and renewed possibilities. And don't forget that in order to be truly free, you must also forgive yourself and grant yourself permission to grow beyond your "shadow" and into the revitalizing light.

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December 2006

Nov.20, 5:18 PM EST � NEW MOON in SCORPIO (28:27 of Scorpio � cycle lasts until Dec.20) ("What's a New Moon?"  Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.  Read more about the Scorpio side of your personality.)

Get ready for one spellbinding lunar cycle! This New Moon is in Scorpio, and we still have the Stellium in Scorpio: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. Having so much planetary weight in Scorpio promises an encounter with our passion, feelings, creativity and our deep human nature. In our psychological depths we come face to face with our "shadow" � those feelings, urges, compulsions, drives, thoughts, desires and impulses that we hide from ourselves (and, we hope, from everyone else too!)

These are the parts of us that we tend to be afraid of, ashamed of, or confused by. They are the traits we don't yet know how to deal with; or we choose to suppress them, believing that they represent an "evil" or sinister part of human nature that must be eradicated. So, we sweep them under the rug and hope no one notices the growing lump. The problem is that these dust bunnies have a way of crawling out again and causing trouble!

So... How do you deal with your "killer dust bunnies?" ;-) Do you round them up and keep herding them back into the basement? Or do you ply them with carrots and discover their soft side? We each have our own way of dealing with that "shadow" area, which is populated by feelings, beliefs and impulses that are different for each of us. One person's "shadow" is another person's treasure map.

Since late October, when 5 planets slithered into Scorpio, we have all been working with the "shadow" in ourselves�and other people's, too. The more you have been able to dig into those shadowy areas of your psyche (or someone else's), the more you have acquired a powerful potential to see what's really going on in your depths. If you listen closely, you may discover that what seem like the terrifying shrieks of a monster actually turn out to be the frightened cries of the Inner Child. What feels like a pit of rage, terror and despair are more likely to be parts of you that just want to be heard, understood, accepted and even loved. This is the kind of deep healing and transformation of our human nature that we encounter in Scorpio.

In this New Moon cycle, we get to transform those dark corners into enlightenment! With the Sun and Moon closely conjunct Jupiter, we have the opportunity to expand into those deep crevices and shine the torch of Truth into them. Jupiter is the planet of truth, justice, understanding and inspiration. In the coming weeks, we have a chance to reframe the so-called "negative" things we have seen in ourselves and others, and begin to see them in a different light. By reframing our perceptions and experiences in a broader context, we give those stunted, distorted and malformed parts of us a chance to grow, unwind and fulfil their best potential.

To clear plenty of room for this unfolding potential, it is important that we let go of things that are not essential to who we are. Scorpio is the sign of letting go � especially because it is also the sign where we hold on so tightly. We hang onto grudges, fears, obsessions and resentments. When the body holds onto its digesting food too long, the body begins to go toxic and the digestive system becomes constipated. In the same way, Scorpio brings us to awareness of what we've been holding onto for too long and therefore need to let go.

We also need to be careful that Jupiter doesn't just wind up amplifying all the "stuff" that gets stirred up. If you get stuck hanging onto old "stuff," there's a chance it could build up and become overwhelming. Justification and rationalization could just keep you more stuck. If you feel like you're spinning your wheels in the muck, try taking some time out and getting some distance from the situation before you approach it again with the big picture in mind.

As if all this isn't exciting enough, Uranus is stationing Direct on the same day! A Uranus station normally brings tension, excitement, chaos, surprises and breaking free of restrictions. This energy is imprinted on the New Moon and its unfolding cycle over the coming 4 weeks. That torch of Truth that Jupiter provides could well be lit by a lightning strike from Uranus! And when we let go of that old Scorpio "stuff," it might feel like it's exploding right out of our hands, with Uranus' help! Uranus is also stationing in close trine aspect to Mercury, who is just stationed Direct himself after his recent retrograde cycle. So the Mercury station energy is also lingering at the New Moon.

What does it all mean? Watch for flashes of insight that yank your brain around. Be alert for unexpected opportunities disguised as disruptions or problems. The veil of denial might lift, giving you a clearer view of something you've been trying to ignore or pretend isn't there. Unsaid words and secret feelings could emerge suddenly or inconveniently � or you might find it's the perfect time to talk about things you've been putting off. Just remember that a little goes a long way. It may help to temper your words with compassion, empathy and optimism.

Nov.21 � Venus sextile Chiron (5:19 of Sagittarius/Aquarius)

Although this transit lasts for only a few days, it is possible to make some progress in your healing and rebalancing efforts, although it will take some effort to make it happen. This may show itself in relationships, social interaction, finances, values, health or your spiritual connection to the Universe. You have an increased ability to negotiate with others and with your circumstances to achieve a fair compromise that results in equal sacrifice and benefit for all concerned. However, there is a risk of wanting to avoid conflict and discord so much that you negotiate beyond what you are truly comfortable with -- peace at any price. By accepting and embracing the effort or struggle that is required, you can get out of your own way and achieve a more healing balance in those struggles. You now have increased ability to facilitate changes in situations that are within your control. It can also be easier to accept and adapt to that which lies beyond your control. Your effect on others can be potentially healing right now, especially by helping them find a new balance and point of acceptance in the conflicts and struggles of their lives.

Nov.21 � Sun conjunct Jupiter (29:30 of Scorpio)

Confidence, optimism, leadership, vision and well being characterise this transit. Your self-esteem and self-awareness can be wide open now. Your sense of being part of something greater than yourself may be vivid and bright. And you may have increased ability to identify and act on opportunities around you, which can bring you "lucky" prospects. On the other hand, if you have difficulty embracing a positive sense of self, or if you shy away from believing you are a treasured Child of the Universe, then this transit might stir up those difficult feelings to the surface. You could wind up trying to compensate with over-confidence, arrogance, blind faith, or gambling on what are realistically poor prospects. The trick is to tap into the spirit of who you are. Let go of blame and instead apply some honest yet compassionate assessment. Let your spirit shine brightly out to the world, but not so brightly that you blind yourself or others by your own light. Consult a trusted friend for feedback or advice if in doubt. This is a great time to expand your horizons, whether that is through travel, by learning something new, by sharing your knowledge with others, or by exploring the Meaning of Life.

Nov.22 � Sun enters Sagittarius (until Dec.21)

Happy Solar Return to all Sagittarians! While the Sun is in Sagittarius, we all get to explore our horizons, seek our highest truth, discover our spirituality and gain fresh wisdom. Sagittarius energy encourages us to reach beyond our grasp, to exceed our limitations, and to rise above our primal impulses. Whether we are encountering other cultures, countries and languages, or expanding our horizons through new knowledge or spiritual awareness, this is a time to be uplifted and inspired. We are challenged to explore meaning in our lives and to connect with whatever we regard as sacred and sublime. In Sagittarius we also gather new knowledge and understanding, making sense of the patterns and themes within the raw information around us. It is not enough to simply have facts and data. Sagittarius presents us with the opportunity to reach for the highest truth we know, and then to exercise that truth in moral and ethical ways. The trap we must be careful to avoid is that it's easy to assume that our truth is truth for everyone else too, which is not necessarily the case. Our well-meaning wish for others to experience the inspiration and passion that we feel can seem to turn us into self-righteousness know-it-alls. It's tempting to believe that we are privy to knowledge that others are denied. There can be a fine line between sharing passionate knowledge versus shoving opinions down someone's throat. Everyone has their unique perspective on life, and therefore their own sense of meaning and truth that works for them. And yet, debating and challenging each other's knowledge, beliefs and values are also an important part of the Sagittarius passion for exploration. As the Sun journeys through Sagittarius, expand your awareness of how these issues play out in your life.

Nov.22 � Mercury trine Uranus (10:49 of Scorpio/Pisces)

Unusual ideas, flashes of insight, and seeing unexpected possibilities, are all part of this transit. You may find it easier to be open-minded right now, especially about insights that have eluded you. Your ability to see beyond your usual horizon of perception can bring visionary brainwaves, as well as a fun sense of humour. You might be inspired to experiment with something new or do something out of character. You might have an impulse to break free of old habits or constraints. This can be a very liberating transit that opens your mind to new possibilities and ideas. However, be careful that you don't become so liberated and spontaneous that you become erratic, hyper or reckless. Words may come tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to consider their wisdom, or you might find yourself talking non-stop and interrupting, creating a bit of awkwardness in those around you. On the other hand, you might also find the clarity and vision that gives you the words to speak your truth with new conviction. It's a great time to do some writing or other form of self-expression, especially if it's spontaneous or involving technology.

This is the last of 3 passes of this transit: Oct.10, Nov.13 and Nov.22. This is a time when you can use new and unconventional ideas to expand your mental perspective. Liberate your frame of mind by "thinking outside the box."

Nov.24 � Jupiter enters Sagittarius (until Dec.2007)

Jupiter adores being in Sagittarius! That's because Jupiter is the planetary ruler of that sign, and so Jupiter is especially strong here. Expect to feel an especially strong desire to expand your horizons on all levels! This is a great time to take a new course or learn something new. Or, you might want to reach out to connect with other cultures and countries, perhaps through travel or even just by learning a new language. You may feel inspired and want to explore a new experience of spirituality. For instance, you might become involved in a religious tradition. Or, perhaps you want to read about concepts and ideas that help you find a more profound sense of meaning and higher purpose to your life.

This is a time when you may seek Universal Truth, but there's a trap here that's good to avoid. Everyone has their own connection to and experience of that Truth. It's a bit like the people trying to describe an elephant based only on what they see in front of them, rather than that whole thing. In Sagittarius it's easy to believe that the Truth we have found for ourselves must also be the Truth for everyone else, yet those other people may disagree because they have found a Truth that makes more sense to them.

As the saying goes: If you think you've found the answer, are you sure you're asking the right question? Sagittarius is as much about asking the right questions, as finding the right answers. Jupiter in Sagittarius is best used to explore intriguing questions and possible solutions, than to carve final answers in stone just yet.

Nov.24-Jan.15.2007 � Stellium in Sagittarius (Pluto, Jupiter, Sun, Venus, and later Mars, Mercury and Moon) ("What's a Stellium?")

We have been experiencing a Stellium (3 or more planets in the same sign) in Scorpio since late October. Now all those planets begin to move into Sagittarius. As of Nov.24, we have 4 planets in Sag, and by Dec.08, Mars and Mercury join the congregation, making it 6 planets! It's a good thing Sagittarius is about expansion because we're going to need it to fit all those planets in there!! ;-)

The shift of energy from Scorpio to Sagittarius takes us from confronting our "shadow" to embracing our "light." We emerge from our shadowy Scorpionic depths with a new awareness of secret impulses and hidden feelings. That awareness precipitates a rebirth enabling us to work with that "shadow" in new ways.

In Sagittarius this translates into new potential and hope that we can approach old toxic issues in fresh ways that produce better results. We start to see things from a new perspective. If we can look without judgment or blame, taking in the bigger picture, we have access to a broader understanding of those toxic issues. This can breathe life into this rebirth, illuminating new possibilities, opportunities and potential.

While there is this strong emphasis in Sagittarius, take advantage of it by practicing the art of seeing the Big Picture. Try looking at situations in your life in a larger context and see how different they look. Do problems look smaller and more manageable? ("Don't sweat the small stuff.") Are the issues clearer because you can see implications beyond the immediate situation? Or do some problems seem worse because from a large perspective they feel overwhelming? Take note of what you learn about your situations, yourself, and what works for you and what doesn't.

Nov.25 � Venus square Uranus (10:49 of Sagittarius/Pisces)

Under this transit, you may be tempted by impulse spending, or you might be somewhat erratic in your use of resources. This can result in unpredictable or unstable finances, so double check your bank accounts and credit cards before you draw on them. It is also a time when the way you relate to others (or they to you) could be somewhat inconsistent, fickle or impulsive. If your relationships or financial situation have been struggling with difficulties for a while, this transit could bring a lingering problem to the surface and require attention. On one hand, this could be a welcome breath of fresh air that cuts through the complexity of your problems and puts the cards on the table (despite the stress and conflict that likely triggered it). Or, you might feel resistance to making these changes and instead experience this as a time of unwelcome instability, upset and adjustment. However, this may be a good way to break free of excessive restraint, control or structure, which allows new possibilities to emerge that couldn't do so otherwise.

Nov.27 � Sun sextile Chiron (5:38 of Sagittarius/Aquarius)

This is a time when you have an opportunity to mend and heal the chronic struggles in your life. You may find new inspiration, motivation or confidence that can help rejuvenate waning enthusiasm or reconcile persistent problems, although you'll still have to apply effort to bring it all together. You might get the chance to demonstrate your ability to walk your own path in a new way. Or, you might get a peek inside the hidden shadow of your worries and discouragement, giving you new insight into how you might be unconsciously sabotaging your conscious efforts. You may have to face a bit of your own fear of failure or low self-esteem before you can get beyond these feelings and tap into the benefits of this transit -- not because you are failing but because these concerns may arise in response to the new potential now available to you. By tapping into this potential for creative problem solving, you can bring some healing to whatever your situation is.

Nov.28 � Mars square Saturn (25:01 of Scorpio/Leo)

 The impulsive forward action of Mars meets the serious structure of Saturn. The resulting friction can often generate considerable heat in the form of frustration, argument, conflict and stress -- but also productivity and results for hard work. Your efforts may seem thwarted and your actions blocked at every turn. Your sensitivity to problems with authority figures can be especially high, as well as your sensitivity to others not cooperating with your own role as an authority figure. The youthful, free spirit in you is somehow required to deal with the serious, responsible, cautious side of you, and a power struggle between the two energies can easily result. If one side wins out over the other, either depression and guilt or rebellion and obsession may result. However, you are not without power or ability! This friction can also be put to use in very productive ways. Your energy, desire and goals can be made manifest and concrete -- even if possibly forced by circumstance. Obstacles can strengthen us, if we work with them instead of just fighting against them. To minimise interpersonal problems, remember that assertiveness is important, but aggression or rigidity will usually only get the other person's back up. You may find yourself in a situation where you must defend or assert your personal boundaries. Or, you might find it difficult to comply with someone else's boundaries. If the heat from this transit starts to overwhelm you, take some time out, find a safe (perhaps creative?) outlet to vent your feelings, and then find a new way to approach the problem.

Nov.30 � Venus sextile Neptune (17:20 of Sagittarius/Aquarius)

Artistry, romance, creativity and faith have the potential to flow freely now. Your creative Muse is whispering in your ear, although it will still take your own elbow grease to turn it into something real. Socially and romantically, things could run smoothly and even a bit magically, so be sure you are clear in yourself about what you really want. This can be a time of blessings and abundance (in all areas of life) ...but there is also the risk of overspending and being overly optimistic in your assumptions about money and relationships. Your natural beauty and warmth can be brought out by this transit, but don't just waste it on creating a fa�ade of outer glamour and charm. Let the essence of your inner beauty and pure spirit shine through your appearance and mannerisms!

Dec.03 � Pluto conjunct the Galactic Centre (26 degrees of Sagittarius)

We call our Galaxy the Milky Way because of the beautiful river of milky white light that stretches across the night sky. The centre of our galaxy is a massive source of radio waves, very possibly from a huge black hole, called Sagittarius A*. This centre is currently at 26 degrees of Sagittarius. Its position shifts very slowly (primarily due to precession) and takes roughly 75 years to traverse just one degree of the Zodiac. According to The American Ephemeris for the 21st Century, the GC will remain at 26 degrees until October 2010.

What does it mean for a planet to be aligned with the Galactic Centre? This is still a new area of astrology, so very little research has been done as yet. However, it is generally interpreted to be a powerful amplifier of the planet's raw archetypal energy. As such, we're more likely to experience its effects on a global or vastly transpersonal scale, rather than a personal one. Pluto has to do with death, rebirth and transformation. It has been associated with very intense and powerful energy, such as war and nuclear energy. Initially Pluto can be very destructive before we start to see the more healing or transformative benefits. Pluto is in the neighbourhood of the Galactic Centre throughout 2006 and 2007, with close glimpses in 2005 and 2008. In fact, when Pluto went Retrograde in March 2006, it stationed at 26 degrees of Sagittarius � the same degree as the GC. Pluto is at 26 Sag during the time ranges of: Feb.04 to May.24 2006, Dec.03 to 31 2006, and Jul.14 to Oct.29 2007, which could well be especially sensitive times.

It is interesting that during 2005 and 2006, we have seen a persistent global escalation of "sabre rattling" involving nuclear power (real or potential). This seems to echo some of Pluto's themes, although it remains to be seen what influences will shift this situation in one direction or another. We shall have to continue to observe the unfolding of world events as Pluto continues to pass through this sensitive area of the Zodiac.

Dec.03 � Sun square Uranus (10:53 of Sagittarius/Pisces)

 Your world may experience a bit of a shake-up right now, as the Universe decides it's time to make things "interesting." This is a wake-up call, designed to loosen you up from the ways you have become too habitual, stuck or inhibited. The "radical rascal" in you may be itching to come out and stir up trouble, which on one hand might be necessary but also very disruptive and possibly even destructive. Be alert to new insights and opportunities disguised as accidents or crises. Your usual sense of self and purpose may become somewhat unsettled right now, but a space is likely being cleared to make room for new growth and possibilities. If you're looking to break old habits or break free of old restrictions, this may be the time -- but it could create a mess that you'll have to clean up later. Resist the urge to rebel just for the sake of doing something different, and aim instead to break free of old forms of self-expression and ideals that don�t work for you anymore. Expect the unexpected and then surf the shock-wave.

Dec.04 � Mercury square Saturn (25:04 of Scorpio/Leo)

Your thoughts, ideas and communication need to become structured, rational and discreet, although this may not be easy to achieve. You may have to work extra hard to get your point across now, since others might be resistant to your ideas or may not be familiar with the basic concepts. It is a time to be clear, objective and down-to-earth in your communication and thinking, but equally important to do this without going overboard and becoming rigid, autocratic or over-cautious. If you find yourself stuck in a "glass half empty" frame of mind, you might be sagging under the weight of melancholy ...Or, it might mean you are coming to terms with some hard realities and decisions and feeling the gravity of the implications. But also check to be sure you're not taking yourself and your situation too seriously. By applying your best efforts, this can be a very productive time, especially with anything involving communication, writing, organising or logic.

This is the last of 3 passes of this transit: Oct.23, Nov.01 and Dec.04. During this final pass you are forming conclusions, making decisions and figuring out how to apply these in your life.

Dec.04 � Mercury leaves the Shadow ("What's the Shadow?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read more about Mercury Retrograde.)

Since Oct.08, Mercury has been moving through the "Shadow." This is the span of the Zodiac in which he has travelled 3 times during his most recent retrograde cycle - first in Direct motion, then in Retrograde motion, then again in Direct motion. Although the worst of the Mercury retrograde effects are typically felt while Mercury is actually retrograde, these effect build and dissipate during the Shadow periods before and after the retrograde phase. It is generally advised to wait, if possible, until Mercury is out of the Shadow before initiating new projects or making important decisions. This is because new or unexpected information often emerges during the retrograde phase and even sometimes during the post-retrograde Shadow. Don't forget - in the post-retrograde Shadow period, we are dealing with all the mistakes, confusion and premature actions that were done by everyone else who didn't know any better. ;-) (But of course, none of us ever do these things, right...? **cough**) At any rate, Mercury passes beyond that Shadow area today. So, make sure your homework is done on any projects or decisions you've been considering under the retrograde phase, and then make your move using your best judgment.

Dec.04, 7:25 PM � FULL MOON in GEMINI (12:43 of Gemini) ("What's a New Moon?"  Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.  Read more about the Gemini side of your personality.)

The Full Moon in Gemini brings the opportunity to talk about what's on our minds � everything from the deep and dark to the wild and wonderful! This is a time for you to stand out in front � to proclaim your truth and share your knowledge. If your facts are straight, your information is organized, and your assumptions are checked out, there is a powerful potential to channel very powerful knowledge that has implications far beyond the basic data.

To pull this off, it will greatly help matters if you are able to be flexible and allow room for surprises, changes and disruptions. One possible source for this is being pressured by the expectations or rules of others. With Mercury closely square Saturn, you may have to answer to others for the knowledge, information or abilities you claim to have. You might have to prove yourself in some way. If you are not able to convince the Powers That Be that you are right or worthy, you may have to face consequences and adjust your perceptions.

Sabian Symbol for the
Full Moon in Gemini

Gemini 13

A famous pianist giving a concert performance.

This symbol spotlights the ability to fulfil our potential. Dane Rudhyar (An Astrological Mandala) talks about how this symbol combines individual fulfilment with social prestige. We inspire others with our special gifts  ̶  and we all have special gifts! To share them with the world, we need to be inspired so we can pass that along to others.

Linda Hill (360 Degrees of Wisdom) points out that it's not enough to know we have special gifts, nor even for others to know this. We must demonstrate and express our potential and talent. Use it or lose it! Potential must be put to use if it is to fulfil its true nature.

Marc Edmund Jones (Sabian Symbols in Astrology) notes that demonstrating our special gifts provides invaluable inspiration and encouragement for others to do the same.

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Although at first this might feel like pressure or even punishment, it can actually teach you to be clearer and more disciplined in your thoughts. And indeed, it may take some discipline to keep from reacting to that pressure by jumping down the person's throat or obsessing about retaliation, revenge or resentment. Honesty with yourself and with others might not be easy, but it's probably the best policy � it's a question of how you do it. Restraint, respect and responsibility balanced with righteous, inspired and

It's interesting that at the New Moon (on Nov.20), we had the Uranus station on the same day. This time, at the Full Moon, we have the Saturn station (exact on Dec.05). Between the New Moon's beginnings and the Full Moon's culmination, we move from liberation to stabilization, from rebellion to moderation, and from breaking free of old restraints to counterbalancing that change with sustainability. After the changes and upheaval that took place at the New Moon, it is important to swing back the other way now and find ways to support and maintain those changes. This often means embracing a somewhat less exciting perspective to some extent, but it can also allow some of that excitement and newness to endure.

Your best approach is to keep it simple while still embracing a perspective, activity or aspiration involving something greater than yourself. There's a huge amount of information (both obvious and subtle) flying around right now. This information leads to broader implications and greater meaning, which will need to be assimilated and integrated. Your job right now is to boil it all down to some basic facts, truths and simplicity. Stay focused on the substance of what you're doing, so that any embellishment can enhance, not distract from, the experience and potential of what is possible. This may not be easy, since your instinct may be to leap further into the stratosphere in a quest to liberate yourself from a boring, ordinary way of looking at things. However, if you keep yourself balanced between the Big Picture's grand vision and the basic, fundamental message of that vision, you should do alright.

Dec.05 � Saturn Stationary Retrograde (25:04 of Leo) ("What's a Station?"  "What does Retrograde mean?"  Read article about Stations.  Read article about Retrogrades.)

For up to a week before and after this date, your physical and emotional energy may feel a bit heavy, stuck, serious or sad. You might feel pressured by people or situations involving structure, rules, authority figures, expectations and responsibilities. For about the next four months, your ambitions and goals can benefit from planning and development at a deeper level. It is a time to rework and refine your goals to figure out how you are going to achieve them. You may also need to examine your motives for wanting to achieve these goals, as well as how feasible they are. You may therefore look at how your goals, or your method of achieving them, ought to be changed. This can also be a time of working with issues about authority, expectations, obligations or discipline, and today's station could trigger these issues. If these are areas you are uncomfortable with or are having problems with, especially during the last 3 months, this retrograde period can allow you to gradually build a new way of dealing with them or problem-solving the difficulties. After Saturn turns Direct in 4 months, you will be in a better position to apply what you've learned and developed more fully.

Dec.05 � Mars enters Sagittarius (until Jan.16.2007)

This energy flies! You might feel inspired to defend a righteous cause, or to lead others in taking a stand about something. Or you might strive to move heaven and earth to reach toward a dream. You might be motivated to learn something new, or to share your knowledge with others. Inspiration, confidence and optimism can run high during this transit, which may be experienced as a release of optimism, freedom and spontaneous elation. However, it could also be a bit too much of a good thing, launching you or others into arrogance, confrontation or intolerance, especially if challenged by strong opinions. Expanded courage could make it easier to take risks or try new adventures, which will probably work best if you're balanced with realism or common sense. This is a time to act from your highest intention of morality, philosophy, spirituality, compassion and understanding.

Dec.07 � Venus trine Saturn (25:04 of Sagittarius/Leo)

Stability in relationships and finances characterises this transit. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and to invest the hard work to maximise your earnings. Your ability to grasp the solid, realistic facts will help you choose wisely in your investments of both money and interaction with others. Commitment and structure are easier to achieve and embrace than change or taking risks. Self-worth can benefit now because you are less inclined to give in to mood swings. However, if you are prone to depression, you might want to be careful you don't become so grounded and stable that you lose touch with your sense of hope and potential. It is a good time to make concrete progress in matters involving beauty, love, harmony and balance. Keep your pleasures simple and humble for maximum benefit.

Dec.07 � Venus conjunct Pluto (26:09 of Sagittarius)

Intensity in love and close relationships can occur under this transit, as well as a compelling need to get more control over your finances and assets. This could manifest as power dynamics emerging in your interactions with others, in which you engage in a negotiation for a better balance of power that is more in your favour. Or, you might become somewhat obsessed with the pursuit of pleasure and beauty, possibly trying to compensate for a low sense of self-worth. Or, there can be a valuable opportunity to develop a deeper connection with those close to you. You might find it necessary to negotiate with others for financial support. You may have to dig deeper than usual to extract needed resources from hidden places (or to deposit them there, out of reach from others who want a piece of your hoard). Keep your integrity high and dry by being honest with yourself about the ethics of your actions.

Dec.08 � Mercury enters Sagittarius (until Dec.27)

Communication, ideas, thoughts and perceptual "spark" become expanded in Sagittarius. Your mental focus tends toward a philosophical and spiritual outlook that seeks the highest truth in the broadest context. However, it's not always easy for the conscious mind to assimilate and digest such a vast territory of knowledge, or to find the higher meaning in mountains of raw information. You might feel a bit overwhelmed by trying to take in such a panoramic view of your world, but the gifts from doing so are abundant and inspiring! To get the most out of this transit, try learning something new that expands your horizon. Or pick a situation in your life and imagine that you're looking at it from a mountaintop -- what do you see from way up there that you can't see when you're closer to the ground? Just remember that whatever visions and insights you get from doing this, these are SOME of the truths to be found, but not necessarily the only truth. Leave room in your new understanding to remember that every mountaintop shows a slightly different view and that this doesn't make one mountain right and the others wrong.

Dec.09 � Sun sextile Neptune (17:30 of Sagittarius/Aquarius)

Faith in the bountiful blessings of the Universe is within reach under this transit...but then, so is the fantasy that you will be magically granted anything you wish for. Although this is mostly a very positive energy, you could become so immersed in your longing for the ideal that you have trouble dealing with the less-than-ideal realities that still must be dealt with. Gaining the benefit from this transit will still require some effort. Hope, optimism and imagination are in the air, which could bring some relief from any depression or discouragement you might be feeling. Your creativity and imagination can be very inspired under this transit. Your sense of self could also get an infusion of uplifting vision, and you may experience a sense of mission, feeling that you are truly a Child of the Universe. There is potential now to lift you out of the ordinary and into the sublime -- spiritually, creatively, romantically or compassionately -- although this will require your cooperation to take advantage of it. Enjoy it while it lasts, but before you make changes based on what might feel like a permanent condition, remember that this is mostly a temporary influence and you will still have to live within the bounds of the physical world after it passes. Don't make overly optimistic promises now, that you will have to fulfil later when the euphoria wears off.

Dec.09 � Mercury conjunct Mars (02:45 of Sagittarius)

Spontaneous or impulsive words may come flying out of your mouth under this transit! If you've been struggling to keep opinions or observations to yourself, you might find it hard to keep them quiet, especially if you feel strongly about the situation. You might see things as more "cut and dried" than usual. Although you might feel frustrated if things don't happen in a direct, quick, straightforward way, it can also be a good time to make decisions and move forward with plans. On one hand, this can have a positive effect because it can give you courage to speak your mind and assert yourself candidly and honestly. On the other hand, you might also come across as abrupt, cranky, argumentative or even downright hostile, especially if you've been stuffing down anger or resentment for a while. This transit represents a new beginning in how you can handle self-assertiveness, communication and decision-making. By "listening to" your impulses, passions and urge to speak your truth, you can get an idea how your "inner voice" wants to emerge -- and how to do that without annihilating the other person. ;-) 

Dec.10 � Mercury conjunct Jupiter (03:39 in Sagittarius)

This aspect can make you quite talkative and your mind flooded with ideas. Be careful you don't blurt out any secrets! Your stream of consciousness ideas can flow abundantly right now with optimism and visionary possibilities. Write down your best ideas for later development, since you may be having too much fun playing with ideas, to stop and make them manifest. Basic perceptions and simple communication can provide food for thought that feeds your greater understanding and philosophical insight. Your point of view expands to identify opportunities, possibilities and the broader implications of what is happening around you. You might get a flash of vision, insight and inspiration. You could be called upon to form an opinion, consider a different viewpoint, expand your knowledge, or make a judgement call. Your conscious awareness is open to spiritual experiences right now.

Dec.10 � Mercury-Mars-Jupiter conjunction (all at 3 degrees of Sagittarius)

These three planets align together at the same degree on Dec.10 � a rare precise alignment! Unfortunately, no one will actually see it because it happens too close to the Sun. (The Sun's light will be too bright to see it.) But we will surely feel it! These three planets are within orb of a conjunction aspect roughly from Nov.30 to Dec.18, with the energy peaking on Dec.10. This alignment combines mental outlook and communication (Mercury) with assertiveness, ambition and action (Mars), as well as our vision, worldview and beliefs (Jupiter). At its best, this can grant you the ability to make progress and take action in your far-reaching visions. It can sharpen and focus the mind, and you could make great strides in planning and realizing your dreams. This is a time when we may find the inspiration to "take the high road" when confronted or challenged. At its worst, however, it could also amplify any overreactions that you might have. If you need to produce an impressive opinion or viewpoint, but don't feel you have enough knowledge or overall understanding, there is a risk you could become arrogant or try to bluff your way through. This might work temporarily, but be careful about making promises you can't keep or impressing others so much that you can't follow through with substance.

Dec.11 � Venus enters Capricorn (until Jan.03.2007)

Friendly, abundant Venus travels through serious, structured Capricorn, bringing out her grounded, material side. It may be time to make new plans and commitments for material or relationship goals. It can be a time to get serious and make some solid decisions about what works and what doesn't. It may help to organise and systemise the way you approach relationships, finances, resources and pleasure. An example of systemising pleasure is to schedule regular time to pamper yourself, or to make a point of doing the hard work that will pay off in pleasure later (like eating healthier food or working out more). Although this might seem a bit unromantic or uninspiring, you'll find that laying the groundwork for what you want to attract into your life will provide support for the rewards to come.

Dec.11 � Mars conjunct Jupiter (03:52 of Sagittarius)

 "When the Moon is in the 7th House and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace with guide the planets and love will steer the stars!" This quote from the song "Age of Aquarius" from the musical Hair describes this transit. When the aggression, drive, courage and desire of Mars are combined with Jupiter's love of justice, mercy and higher purpose, we can get the best of both worlds. On the other hand, we can also get the worst of both worlds; for example, self-righteousness or over-zealousness. This transit sparks a new beginning in our use of these energies, which unfolds over the next 2 years or so. The questions to ask yourself at its initiation, now, are: Will you use your energy to seek greater understanding, or to jump to conclusions? Will your courage be used to fight for justice or to blame? Will your passion and drive be used to advance a higher purpose or to inflict angry destruction in the name of judgment? The reality will probably lie somewhere in between, but awareness of which extreme you are drifting toward will allow you to make choices about whether you want to correct your course or go with the flow.

Dec.12 � Mercury sextile Chiron (06:27 of Sagittarius/Aquarius)

Your mental focus and communication could get an injection of healing energy under this transit, as long as you are prepared to put some effort into getting it. Your spirits can become uplifted now, from seeing a light at the end of the tunnel or from finding a light that guides you along the path in front of you. It will not, however, make the tunnel or the path go away; you'll still have to walk the walk. But your mental perspective can become more accepting of inconsistencies and frustrations under this transit, which can alleviate a lot of stress and make the journey a bit smoother. Mental struggles and critical "self-talk" may find some reconciliation and acceptance that brings peace of mind. You have an increased ability to find the right words and understanding to help others with their problems, by providing insightful feedback. To get the most out of this transit, aim to find a mental outlook and communication style that can tolerate contradiction without having to eradicate one in order to justify the other.

Dec.15 � Mars sextile Chiron (06:39 of Sagittarius/Aquarius)

 This transit gives you the opportunity to take action that can bring some healing resolution to some ongoing problems you've been having. For example, if you've been suffering from weakened energy or chronic health problems, this transit could bring a bit of relief, especially if you're willing to invest some effort to move yourself forward. Or you might find that you have extra self-confidence to deal with a dilemma that has not wanted to go away. You might also find yourself in a position where you can help others find some relief or empowerment related to their suffering and chronic struggles. Problem solving of all kinds can benefit by taking an attitude of proactively doing what you can do, and then let go of what you can't.

Dec.15 � Mercury square Uranus (11:05 of Sagittarius/Pisces)

Flashes of insight can show you new clarity but you might not like the answers you get, since they could disturb your logical perception of what's what. You might get some news or learn come information that shakes you up in some way. This isn't necessarily bad, since this may be necessary to open your mind to something you've been resisting. There's a Higher Truth here that wants to be told (by you or to you), but the way it's phrased can make a big difference in the reaction. There is a risk of "shooting off your mouth before your brains are loaded," as the saying goes, and impulsive or reckless communication and ideas could create more problems than they solve. It will probably help to listen inside yourself first to discover what you really need to say, and then figure out how to say it in a way that doesn't cause unnecessary damage. Strive to shine a light of truth without blinding anyone with it.

Dec.16 � Sun Trine Saturn (24:58 of Sagittarius/Leo)

This is a great time to apply yourself to serious work. You may feel especially self-sufficient and independent, with a strong and clear sense of self and purpose. There is support for your ambitions as long as you stay grounded and practical in how you approach them, which should come easily right now. Your ability to cooperate and feel comfortable with authority figures is likely to be high, along with your capacity to embrace your own authority and make solid decisions. This is a time when you are more likely to feel grounded and deal with problems in a practical, decisive way. Your energy may be more serious than "party animal," but even if you are in "party mode" it will be easier to realistically know your limits and not overdo it. If you've been waiting for the right time to move forward with or manifest a project or plan that you've been putting together (or wanting to), this could be the time when that happens. The final launch or manifestation may or may not happen now, but you will probably be able to at least move forward in some important steps.

Dec.18 � Sun conjunct Pluto (26:32 of Sagittarius)

Your sense of purpose is potentially very strong right now, as you are able to tap into a deeper level of energy and determination. Your personality is likely to be more forceful now, which can be great if you need to make a strong impression but perhaps not so great in situations requiring delicacy, subtlety or diplomacy. You have increased ability to see below the surface of things, although it may not be as easy to articulate it in a way that is received comfortably by others. What you pick up from others can also become mixed up with your own personal issues, making it hard to tell where one stops and the other begins. Paranoia and suspicion can be strong. It is possible to unearth secrets or get at the core of unconscious patterns (yours and others'), but it is important to be prudent in how you respond to this awareness. You have the ability to wound as well as heal right now, so probe into the depths (yours and others') as you would into an egg shell that you don't want to break -- gently, mindfully and respectfully.

Dec.19 � Mercury sextile Neptune (17:46 of Sagittarius/Aquarius)

Your mind is very open to imagination, dreams and compassion under this transit, with a little applied effort and focus. This can be a very creative time, when ideas flow like a magical river. It can also be easy to get caught up in yearning and fantasizing about your hidden wishes, although it is possible to channel this into creative expression. (e.g., writing poetry, dancing, wistful music, singing in the shower, whatever!) The possible disadvantage is that you might want so much to reach a state of inspired intuition, magical outlook and effortless communication, that you are willing to be deceived rather than fall short of what you are hoping for. Listening sympathetically to others' problems may come easily now, and you are more likely to get a compassionate response from others about your own problems. However, it may also be difficult to draw clear and firm boundaries with others, since you are more susceptible to the emotional gravity of others. It is ultimately a time for optimism, hope, creativity and intuition, although it's wise to keep at least one foot on the ground.

Dec.19 � Venus sextile Uranus (11:11 of Capricorn/Pisces)

Relationships, finances, resources and pleasures could benefit from spontaneously trying a completely different approach. If these areas of your life have been getting a little stale or too routine, this transit could shake things up a little...just enough to make things interesting and breathe some fresh air into your familiar routine. Unexpected income could come your way, or you might discover something you just can't resist buying, or you might have an opportunity to make new social connections. The upside of this transit is that it's possible to break free of old habits and enjoy spontaneous interaction. The downside could come in the form of impulse purchases that are beyond your budget, or behaving a bit recklessly or making snap decisions that you can't live with later. This energy is best used to break free of what restricts you, without shattering the foundation you're standing on.


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