Where did this year go? It seems time is flying by faster than ever. We here in New England always look forward to the Spring weather — and before we know it — Shazam — it’s already December. This year has seemed extra busy with a great-granddaughter that often visits — as she passed her 1st birthday and is now approaching 1 1/2 years old, she is a firecracker! Busy, curious and loving, she brings such joy into our home and hearts. Everything is new and interesting to her, and it allows we adults to “see” the magical in the ordinary. An empty gallon jug is a treasure, a stone from the jade plant becomes her talisman, piling up cat food cans is an exercise in creativity. Everything that was old, is new once again. The birds and squirrels become exotic creatures because she is so enamored of them as they splash in the bird bath. Her inquiring mind wants to see how things are put together, why they do what they do, and she tries to find new ways of using them — yes you can wear flowers in your hair! Unfortunately — you can’t eat them.
Seeing her grow in size and aptitude is a pleasure to be a part of at this stage in her life — so much is a wonder to behold — no matter how simple, ordinary or mundane. She has brought a beautiful light into the world, and she delights everyone in the family. Her Mom is awesome and so much more aware than I ever was — our little Fally is thriving — and we are so thankful to be a part of her life.
Also, my husband finally decided to have knee-replacement surgery — he is doing amazingly well, but those trips to the hospital and rehab do take their toll. Considering his age, he was up and “walking” within a few hours — and now 6 weeks later, he is doing all of those things he enjoys. Filling the bird feeders, taking care of the feral cat, visiting with Fally, and getting back to the gym. We are all so proud of his determination and quick recovery. It is times like this that either go very slowly, or so rapidly you don’t get to catch your breath. Our Thanksgiving Day celebration had so many things to be grateful for this year — his amazingly fast recovery is just one of many blessing we were privileged to have in our lives.
I guess my point in all of the above, is that we have to live in the moment, enjoy each second of the day, week, year — and then no matter how fast or slow it has seemed, we can look back and say “Every moment was lived with joy, hope, love and awareness.” Even in the stressful times — life is good!
Now to one of the year’s most stressful times — the Holiday Season has begun (if not earlier in the stores) — and putting a spanner in the works — we will have a Retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius for much of the month. We combine a double-whammy on the 3rd, with a Full Moon in Gemini, and Mercury going Retrograde, staying Rx until the evening of the 22nd! This will impact our shopping for gifts, and also may create some transportation glitches, computer problems, and definitely communication issues. I cannot stress enough that if you are traveling make sure of your times, gates, car problems, and phone concerns. Also, buying anything new during a Rx Mercury can go astray — gifts may not be delivered correctly, sizes may be mixed up, things you want may be out-of-stock! If you are planning a large costly purchase, please — try to get it before Mercury turns Rx, or be prepared for some delay, product issue, or confusion.
Uranus in Aries is also in Rx mode for the month and can create other complications with its quirky idea of humor. Depending on the Zodiac Houses within your own charts, the Devil will be in the details!
How do we actually deal with this giant hiccup in our midst? Forewarned is forearmed, and knowing that these enigmatic elements are in the ether, we can try to work around them by using our common-sense, and our sense of humor when inevitably some things go astray. Also — trying to stay calm amongst the Holiday chaos is tantamount to winning the battle. It will be our attitude in handling any off-putting issues that arise, and if we can keep smiling through thick and thin — all will be well. Promise!
Now as stated, the Full Moon crests in Gemini on the 3rd at 10:47 AM EST at 11 degrees of the sign. We all must be careful when dealing with electrical problems, while driving, and if dealing with distractions. If you are doing a chore that has instructions that involves careful scrutiny, do not let your mind wander — accidents can be serious. Mercury goes Rx on the 3rd at 2:35 AM EST — beginning three weeks of less than good concentration, confusing instructions, and meeting places that are difficult to find.
Our New Moon in Sagittarius will crest on the 18th at 1:30 AM EST, highlighting 26 degrees of the sign. Being conjunct the Planet Saturn, we may be disappointed in people we usually count on and perhaps groups that we admire. After the 10th Jupiter in Scorpio may bring us some clarity and understanding of things that were confusing us. Eyes will be opened to any underhanded and duplicitous matters that were until now not fully understood. As said in October’s post Jupiter Enters Scorpio, there has been, and will be devious and hidden corruption uncovered. Especially to do with Scorpio’s forte of anything to do with carnal criminal activity against anyone who cannot defend themselves.
Saturn will depart Sagittarius and enter its own sign Capricorn on the 19th of the month — creating a dynamic shift in the lives of Capricorns. As the Planet transits over your Sun degree, it will bring about a significant opportunity for change. A new job may be in the offing, the birth of a child, more responsibility. It’s a growth process, as Saturn brings new awareness and wisdom into our lives. Saturn is the teacher of the Zodiac and as such, imparts many lessons that we may not be ready to learn. However, learn we must, or suffer the consequences. When in alignment with Saturn’s teachings, we are rewarded with forward movement in our lives — neglecting to listen to the whispered knowledge that Saturn wants us to learn will bring obstacles and difficulties. We cannot ignore Saturn’s insistence on our evolving ever better and better, without some dissatisfaction entering our realm. Also we all must be aware of where Saturn is in our own Zodiac Chart as the House position will give us a hint as to what Saturn may expect of us. For instance, in the 6th house of health there could be issues with our vitality and viability to handle our responsibilities. In the 10th House, our careers could be on the line if we are not doing the work we are meant to do. Saturn hasn’t been in Capricorn since the ’80’s! If you are old enough — think back to what challenges you were confronting. Remember, complying with Saturn’s agenda will always bring rewards. As the Sage Old Man of the Zodiac, Saturn in Capricorn will bring about more sanity, and expect that our leaders will follow the proper protocol in all things governmental and legal. Saturn will want a sound economic plan, equality for those less fortunate, and will be extremely more demanding of those in power to do the right thing!
The Sun and Lady Venus in Capricorn, riding in the sky together at the end of the month can bring us renewal and strength, hope and optimism, with pragmatic and sensible ideas. This duo can help us prepare for a more welcoming year ahead, and can allow us to begin 2018 with strength and compassion.
On the 1st of the month Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries prior to the rush hour perhaps creating some concern in the morning commute, you don’t like your usual easy ride complicated and might be overly aggressive in trying to avoid the traffic. Late on the 2nd Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces see eye-to-eye and you begin to believe in miracles! Of course, Mercury starts Retrograding early in the day in Sagittarius lasting until the 22nd. And later in the morning we have the Full Moon in Gemini cresting bringing a bit more stress and irritability. On the 6th Mercury and Saturn meet up in Sagittarius at breakfast time, and starts your day off with a methodical and practical list of things to do. Later in the day with Mercury in good aspect to Mars you have the energy to follow through and the vision to be creative. And — in the late afternoon, Mars and Saturn enjoy a moment when you can bring your ideas to fruition. On the 10th we seesaw back and forth with Mercury and Uranus in good aspect, but quickly followed by Venus and Neptune in a spat which might find you less than inspired by the morning church service. Mercury and the Sun team up on the 12th and you can forward plans for any holiday travel, be sure to double check all the details. The 14th brings Mercury and Mars in a snit, in the evening, avoid angry folks and situation that seem to be getting out of control. You awaken on the 16th with wondrous ideas brought on by the Sun and Uranus in good aspect, your independent outlook and progressive ideas seem to be working. If out late at night be aware of strong feelings being aroused as Venus and Mars are at odds and things can quickly get out of control. Mercury meeting with Jupiter on the 18th after the lunch hour bring you in touch with those who are in a good mood and connections can be made.The evening of the 20th brings a beautiful aspect between Lady Venus and Uranus that may spark an exciting evening, the romantic vibrations are tense! On the 21st the Sun and Saturn meet up before the dinner hour to bring more discipline and organization into your life, perhaps your Holiday chores are beginning to come together in an orderly manner. A fractious early morning office meeting on the 22nd may occur as Jupiter and Saturn aren’t getting along, bringing some questions about ability and/or organization. Also Mercury is stationary direct later in the evening putting the brakes on any current plans. Christmas Day the 25th begins with Lady Venus moving into practical Capricorn after the midnight hour — bringing us a calming and practical outlook for the day. At one O’clock she meets up with Saturn putting pressure on everyone to be the best that they can be, to let the Holiday spirit guide them and just let any touchy issue go! A few hours later Mercury and Jupiter aren’t happy, we may just be feeling the overindulgence of the Holiday feast, or fighting off that virus that’s making the rounds — don’t allow the basic tenets of the true meaning of this time be sullied by any mean-spirited outbursts. You might awaken on the 28th remembering a dream that will inspire you all day long, as Mars and Neptune met up near midnight and brought a wonderful sense of peace and goodwill. The month ends with the Moon in Gemini bringing a lighter and more frivolous feeling in the air — making New Year’s Eve parties a bit more sparkly and unique. Although since there is a Full Moon in Cancer on January 2nd one may want to be careful of any overindulgence. That said, enjoy your celebrations! Happy New Year — 2018 to all!
Happy Holidays to one and all — Peace!