Important Dates: December 3, Advent Begins; the 7th, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day; 13th, Hanukkah and the Geminids Meteor Showers; 21st Winter Solstice and Sun moves into Capricorn; 22nd Ursids Meteor Showers, 25th, Christmas Day; and the 26th, Kwanzaa.
Happy Hanukkah, Yule and Christmas to All!
There is not one universal holiday greeting for this time of the year. There is Hanukkah, Yule and Christmas. These three versions of this sacred holiday which tends to be different; however, all seem to center on sharing time with family and exchanging gifts to signify the love that we share among our families and close friendships.
What do you say during the holidays if you don’t know what proper phrase to use? Do you still say Merry Christmas even if you don’t know if someone is Jewish? I don’t think it really matters. I was saddened when Merry Christmas became a thing of the past and Happy Holidays had caught on. Yes, I respect other religions and their celebrations, but my holiday is Christmas, so why can’t I just say it?
There is the religious side to these holidays and going to a ceremony, church or temple and then there is the metaphysical side of the same holidays. All are small pieces of the puzzle that makes our beliefs who we are and collectively, they form the beliefs of the human race. Religion thinks on a larger scale. It talks about our God, our Lord, the Universe, Jesus and the sacrifice Jesus made for all of us. Metaphysics is more about the overall spirituality of the season and what it represents throughout our lives, how it reflects on our loved ones that we have lost and deals with individual practitioners, family or local metaphysical groups with your same beliefs or perhaps esoteric churches where the dogma is not as stringent as in other religious institutions. Yule is called Yule or Yuletide (“Yule time”) is a festival observed by the historical Germanic people. When it was Christianized after a few adaptations, it then turned into Christmastide. It then became a celebration of the Winter’s Solstice, December 21 with festive activities, feasting and fun. They celebrated the nature aspects of the time. Many celebrate in their own way with their own traditions and cultural based beliefs.
Whatever your belief system is, enjoy the holidays. I don’t think it matters what you say to others during this festive time, but make the intent clear! Call up friends and family that haven’t been in your life for a while and assure them you want them in your lives. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Yule would be a nice way of breaking the ice, staying true to your beliefs and getting back in touch with those people who mean the world to you!
|MOON PHASE||DATE||DEGREE & SIGN||TIME|
|Full Moon||03||11 Gemini 40||10:47 AM|
|Last Quarter||10||18 Virgo 26||02:51 AM|
|New Moon||18||26 Sagittarius 31||01:30 AM|
|First Quarter||26||04 Aries 47||04:20 AM|
|Planets in the morning sky||Mercury from the 19th, Mars and Jupiter. Do not confuse Mars and Jupiter mid-month. Jupiter is brighter.|
|Planets in the night sky||Mercury thru the 7th, and Saturn through the 5th. Do not confuse Mercury with Saturn early-month; Mercury is brighter|
|Retrogrades||Mercury, Dec. 3-21. Uranus all month.|
|The sun will go into Capricorn on December 21.|
ARIES – March 20 – April 18
Career opportunities are plentiful and you are probably considering changing jobs or parts of your job that will bring you more attention, more income or where you will truly feel appreciated. You will have fun, enjoy the celebrations and won’t think twice about spending more money than planned. Keep to some type of budget. Your attention is not on work at this time, but in planning all the wonderful shopping, parties, travel and fun you hope to have during this month. Your practical side comes into play where you realize you need more rest and must limit the drain on your energy. All in all, you are active, busy and having fun. You are connecting with friends and family who love your company.
TAURUS – April 19 – May 19
If you find yourself in unexpected circumstances, just know that you are being guided on a different path. You may not wish to travel on this path; however, it would be in your best interest to at least look at the wonderful changes around you and the opportunities it will bring to you for future happiness, prosperity and good health. Holiday travel seems important; family conflicts may arise but seem unimportant to you. If you compromise, when appropriate, things should run quite smoothly. Don’t get into a battle of wits with your family and friends since this is the season of forgiveness. Change is good even though you may not feel it at the present time.
GEMINI – May 20 – June 20
Home life tends to get less stressful as you try to plan the perfect holiday party. Even though your life needs balance; you already know this and are trying to make positive adjustments. However, you seem to have lots of friends and family members who are willing to volunteer their time to help. You may get annoyed when people question where your time is spent and that you may be able to organize your life better. You do more than most of the other signs and would like to be acknowledged for that, but just be happy that you are able to run your life the way you want to. You will have fun being invited to many get-togethers or at the very least, exchanging gifts with treasured friends and family.
CANCER – June 21 – July 21
New beginnings in the home with redecorating or much needed repairs, help you focus on your goals. You may be starting over or feel as if you need some positive changes quickly. Differences of traditions and philosophies of life will be tested and you may be persuaded to look at other perspectives. Even though you may want to stay home this holiday season, be adaptable if your partner wants to travel to visit family. Staying home means you have to cook and entertain; however, it also makes you feel comfortable to be within your own home to do whatever you want to. Using your intellect to make logical decisions rather than emotional ones will help you choose the better option.
LEO – July 22 – August 21
This is a good time to rejuvenate, relax and do whatever you feel is important for yourself. As usual, you will go the extra mile for anyone in need. This is also a time when you will take on the responsibility of a family issue. Do the best you can to help those family members compromise; however, don’t beat yourself up if it does not go the way you feel it should. You have done your best and sometimes things just have to work themselves out. Arguing is probable if you let yourself get caught up in the politics of an issue. Be aware of the explosive energy surrounding you and do your best to diffuse all negative situations.
VIRGO – August 22 – September 21
Holidays are needlessly stressful, so if you can relax and plan well in advance, your holiday celebrations will run quite smoothly. Getting your list and checking it twice is a great way for a Virgo to start their holiday shopping. Situations with personal and business partnerships may be confusing and upsetting at times, so be prepared to stand your ground and give your candid opinion in a tactful manner. Career may be changing in many ways and it would be helpful for you to know in which direction you would like to proceed. The energy around you is positive and open to so many wonderful possibilities to accomplish your future goals and dreams.
LIBRA – September 22 – October 22
You may wish to reconsider some of the more expensive gifts you have purchased and try to cut down a little bit on the grandeur of the season. Consulting with a partner on financial choices or where you spend the family riches will allow you to spend more freely when you really need to buy things you need. Much good energy is around you so plan what steps you would like to take to accomplish some dreams and goals. Your personality shifts to being more self confident with less issues regarding insecurities and anxieties. Career, travel and spiritual pursuits all seem to become important at the same time so be prepared to be scattered and yet, you will be having the time of your life exploring all the possibilities around you.
SCORPIO – October 23 – November 20
Be prepared to double check your travel plans as it seems as if there may be a small glitch that hinders you. This does not mean that you should not travel, but it seems to be a time where extra planning and Plan B will keep everyone calm and in control of their holidays! You just need a relaxation time where you can unwind; additionally, family time is suggested for your own enjoyment and well being. You would like to plan things in advance and that’s a wonderful idea, but be flexible enough to know that all plans do not turn out exactly as we hope. Many times, unexpected changes can be more fun than our original plans. Have an adventurous time!
SAGITTARIUS – November 21 – December 20
Get up and go to holiday parties, friends’ get-togethers or that holiday getaway with a loved one even though he or she may not want to leave home. Try to be a little more sensitive to a loved one’s feelings as it seems you may be somewhat tactless or thoughtless to his or her needs. This may be because you are so caught up in the whirlwind around you, that you don’t have time for petty nonsense. You may be on different wavelengths so try to find common ground. Home life may be a bit too hectic for your taste and you may try to go out or not deal with specific issues. They will not go away, so deal with them directly. A good outcome at work will result from any effort you put into making positive changes with your workload or that of your co-workers.
CAPRICORN – December 21 – January 18
New friends and associations help propel your career through this holiday season. Networking becomes effortless as you meet many more people through new clubs, memberships and organizations. Be careful not to let your personal and business lives conflict with each other as it won’t be worth the time and trouble. Deal with each area of life separately and complete any unfinished projects or endeavors. Being organized for the upcoming year will help you get a jump on your goals. Go out and have some fun. Accept holiday party invitations and do some of the entertaining yourself. You will feel very relaxed and others will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
AQUARIUS – January 19 – February 17
Your creative and artistic abilities are intensified during this festive season so don’t be afraid to show off your abilities to all. You may wish to kick back and unwind during the holidays and not have the traditional holiday meals or parties with your family. You may wish to keep a day for yourself where you could organize your home, entertain other family members or friends or just relax and watch the blinking lights on the Christmas tree or other holiday decorations. Energy abounds and you wish to accomplish more. You have done enough! Limit yourself to a few tasks per day so you can re-energize and continue on the fast track that you have been living on for the last year.
PISCES – February 18 – March 19
You will be given alternatives to your original ideas. Do not dismiss them or give up the opportunities that these changes are suggesting. They may be much better than your original plans. If circumstances seem confusing or dramatic, this is the best time to take that energy and turn it into a positive result. The negativity around you is disappearing and you need to reinforce the positive energy that you know is protecting and guiding you to do the right thing. Love issues may be a tender spot, so understand what the issue is and then do something to resolve it. Using your mental agility will help you to optimistically deal with any concerns that come your way. Career issues may be pushed to the foreground and some very important decisions about your future will need to be made. If you need to make adjustments to goals, now is the time to make them.
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