December 10 to 17, 2009
Visible Planets: Morning: Mars and Saturn Evening: Mercury and Jupiter
Opening our Hearts to the Ultimate Truth of Spirit
Two weeks ‘til Christmas and hearth-fires crackle with the goodwill and good wishes of the holiday season. The Sun, Mercury and Venus are now moving through Sagittarius, sign of idealistic thinking and philanthropic giving. It is here that spiritual generosity paves the way for high hopes, open hearts and adventurous minds.
Ruled by magnanimous planet Jupiter, Sagittarius calls upon us to look at the bigger picture – humanity, the world and universe – rise above the petty and embrace the divine. We are asked to find the good in ourselves and others, forgive trespasses, give from the heart and seek the ultimate truth – the truth of Spirit.
Religion and religious or spiritual beliefs are important pieces of the Sagittarian puzzle. Whether we are Christian, Jewish, Native American, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, pagan, atheist or agnostic, what we think, what we question and what we ultimately come to accept and believe about the world of spirit comes into play this time of year. Catholics celebrate el Dia de Guadalupe and Jews light Menorah candles on Dec. 12th. Nativity scenes commemorate the birth of Jesus. Winter Solstice honors the returning light of the Sun. And holiday parties pay homage to Bacchus, god of wine and revelry.
Whatever your God of choice or line of thought, Sagittarius encourages thinking about the larger issues and deeper meanings of life on Earth and the possibilities existing beyond our physical, material world. It asks us to open both our minds and our hearts – open them wide – and give from the very best, most loving, forgiving and charitable aspects of our souls. Blessings, peace, joy and love – for the good of all concerned. Happy Holidays!
Aries (Mar. 21-Apr.19)
A heavy dose of Sagittarius uplifts the spirit and fuels philanthropic fires as you give from the heart and share the love. A sense of closure feeds seeds of new beginnings, open to the many multi-faceted opportunities glimmering on the world’s horizons. Relationship and professional commitments square off. Balance is the answer here. Breathe deep.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
Home and family life continues to fuel inner fires, stoke the hearth and heart with loads of love and kind compassion. You are learning lessons of ego and desire here; be true to self but treat others with respect. Joint finance is an issue that requires full disclosure. Be open and honest with partners of every shape and size. Continue expanding career – it’s fun!
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Plenty of planets in fire and air get the heart pumping and the imagination flowing. Write down thoughts and ideas, keep a journal or energize a creative project. Motivation to express yourself continues; channel your desires in positive, productive ways via actual, physical manifestation. Take the high road and keep your eyes to the skies.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
It’s all about self-improvement and self-betterment now. Strong planetary emphasis in your solar 6th house of health and well-being encourages humility and hard work. It’s time to be responsible, show up when you need to and get the job done – one step and one day at a time. Pay attention to details, organize messes and discard refuse. Keep it clean!
Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
Motivational Mars has been in Leo since mid-October and will remain there until June 2010. On Dec. 20th it will go retrograde. This translates as a prolonged period of intensity regarding personal ego. Pay attention to desires and wants, check motives and examine intentions. This is an awesome opportunity for getting to know who you really are. Good luck!
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
So much Sagittarius can be challenging, especially if you’re not feeling like the life of the party or the belle of the ball. Take it easy, relax and stop hurting yourself with angry internal dialogues or self-deprecating behaviors. Gratitude is the path to grace and grace is a gift of spirit. Be kind, gentle and true to you. Count blessings and cultivate peace.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
You may feel highly motivated to be around people you respect, admire and enjoy being with. If that’s not happening, seek inspiration via books or movies. Get out and into the holiday spirit via short trips and quick journeys. See the lights, wrap presents and send cards. And remember the true meaning of Christmas: Peace and Good Will to All. Live it!
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Career action and motivation continues. Keep on track and don’t give up. Do those daily chores and find time to work on what you love. Recognize the art of goal-setting and achieving. Surround yourself with good role models and people you want to be like or those who have something to teach you. You’re creating your own dream now; make it good!
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
Happy Birthdays continue as several planets in your sign shine the light of love, wit and wisdom down upon you. Enjoy the party but stay true to your values and keep your heart clean. Truth is the ultimate ally and you simply cannot be happy without it. Live according to your rules, but don’t expect others to do so. Embrace the holidays and enjoy the moment.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
You may see yourself involved a financial partnership or case of estate or inheritance. Be as open and honest as possible and work for the good of all concerned. Hide nothing. Otherwise, what you do not disclose will be disclosed eventually and create quite a problem for you then. This is a fabulous time to make amends, forgive others and be magnanimous. Why not?
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Enthusiastic, optimistic energy surrounds you as the holiday spirit opens your heart and feeds your soul. What an opportune time for the idealistic, humanitarian Aquarian. All men and women are brothers and sisters, one family, one world. Share platonic love with the masses, lend a hand and lead by example. Knowledge is the key; teach by living the light of truth.
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
You may feel obsessed by a particular goal or highly focused on achieving a personal or professional objective. Keep your eye on the target; maintain momentum and work on its manifestation when you have the time and energy. Don’t knock yourself out or lose sight of what’s happening around you. Follow natural law and let nature lead and decide.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.
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