Alacazem 2010.12.23

Alacazem 2010.12.23

December 23 to 30, 2010
Visible Planets: Morning: Venus and Saturn  Evening: Jupiter

O Christmastime, O Christmas: Happy, happy and Merry, merry!

120908Lights_117 Amidst all the hype, hustle, bustle, commercialism and chaos of Christmas – and I use the word Christmas, even though it’s no longer politically correct and doesn’t really capture the broader spectrum of the word holidays – there is always the underlying message and meaning of this very special time of year that seems to filter through my mind and senses in to my heart and soul. For me, it really is all about love and spiritual generosity, peace and good will to all. I find myself thinking about the most silly and sentimental times, childhood with my family – going up in the mountains to cut our tree or the decadent chocolate mint pie we made for dessert, struggling to earn and save enough money to buy presents or driving downtown to marvel at the magnificent lighting display at the Denver Civic Center. There is something humbling and graceful about Christmas, something that somehow, some way brings out the best in us – even if it’s short-lived and squeezed between the mumbles and grumbles, stress and duress that we also somehow seem to experience at least once or twice this time of year.

Santa angel house With the advent of winter solstice, the season of ice and snow has officially begun. Big-hearted Sagittarian generosity and over-the-top celebrations turn toward the traditional and time-honored. Capricorn energy favors long-established customs and beliefs that have been handed down from generation to generation. We practice the art of giving and receiving, exchange gifts and feast with family and friends. We understand the value of security and stability, a crackling fire, a warm home, heart and hearth.  And Santa is, after all, a jolly old patriarch that has plenty of resources and elves to manufacture toys and treats up at the North Pole, a magnificent sleigh and a sturdy pack of reindeer – all Capricorn-ruled. Even the chimney is made out of bricks!

So, as we move through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, let us count our blessings and be especially gracious to those we meet and those we love. Merry, merry Chirstmas….peace and good will to All!

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19)
It’s Christmas week and, this year, you can’t help but think of Christmas’ past. Indulging in a little nostalgia here and there is fine, but just don’t get caught up in the quicksand of emotionally charged sorrow, self-pity or regret. Powerful personal changes continue and it’s imperative to focus on blessings, gratitude and goodness. Reach out to others, give love. 

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
With all planets in collective signs and Christmas fires blazing, you may feel powerfully drawn to engage and interact with others. Fulfill family obligations and responsibilities, but take some time to get out and about in the festivities and fanfare of the season. Giving to or being of assistance to those less fortunate is deeply rewarding. Share your heart.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Christmas week promises to be one of relative challenge and caution for the Twins. That said, you might be wise to lower your expectations and accept what comes. Your own or other’s insecurities must be met with patience and calm. Recognize the fleeting quality of emotion and maintain composure amidst the clouds. Focus on the good and relax.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Christmas and New Years fall smack, dab in the middle of a powerful eclipse cycle, assuring us that we’ll all be aware and awakened, no matter what. In light of this collective and individual awakening, you may find yourself wanting something new in relationships, redefining your desires and re-forming your goals. Feel and follow your heart, it knows the way.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
With the Moon in Leo on Christmas Eve, you may find yourself center stage, the belle of the ball or the queen of the castle. Take it all in stride and remember the grace of compassion and humility. Others may not be as confident, powerful or passionate as you are. Refrain from reckless behavior and careless speech. Focus on spiritual generosity and true love.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
On Christmas Day the Moon moves in to Virgo, shining a rather down-to-earth practicality and order on yuletide feasting and festivities. Take a deep breath and remember to be calm, gracious and authentic. Help others bring order to chaos and be of assistance whenever possible. Giving time and presence is the truest gift of all. And you can do it now!

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
Christmas Eve, Day and week may feel unusually different this year. Whether it’s a foreign country, a unique environment or a powerful change of heart, you are evolving toward a breathtaking new reality and era. Focus and productivity are key ingredients for what fuels your desires now. Take it in and know all is as it should be. Just do your best.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You may feel the powerful pull of other people’s desires and agendas this week, all the while wondering, “What about mine?” No worries, the world is turning in perfect harmony with your greatest visions and most cherished dreams. Of course, you must let go of your attachment to the outcomes for them to manifest. Enjoy the present, moment by moment.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
Merry, merry Christmas to the Archer! High-minded action, generous gratuities and over-the-top indulgences are fun and fantastic, but now it’s time to pull back on the throttle and set the cruise control. Practicing the art of patience and the skill of quietude pays dividends now. Give respect, and you get it. Show up and be present. Embrace family and choose joy.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
You may experience nostalgia as Mercury retrogrades through your solar 12th house of the past this week. Memories of childhood, Christmas’ gone by and loved ones who are no longer here or absent somehow dance dreamily through your heart. Flash on the present and embrace the day. Count your blessings and be here now. Feel the love; create the dream.

Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
“Peace on earth, good will to all” is a saying that reverberates throughout the holidays. Humanitarianism and brotherhood are Aquarian ideals. This year and week, why not live up to your birthright and give from the deepest, most altruistic part of your heart and soul? Share your presence, love and power with the world. Shine your light and become enlightened.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20)
As Jupiter and Uranus move toward conjunction in late Pisces, gather your forces and calm your heart. You’re a master magician and princess-prince of peace, whether you consciously realize it or not. This life and these times beg for the mercy of enlightened beings, people of compassion and grace. Do your best to help the rest
. Just be you and lead by example.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @

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