What might you gain if you go for it?
What might you lose if you don’t?
What more do you need to decide?
From 12 December (23:44 GMT) until Mercury is back in Sagittarius having dipped into Scorpio for awhile. However, unlike back in October when Mercury first entered Sagittarius, he’s now fast applying for a conjunction with Jupiter.
The by-word during this period is propaganda.
This is a heady mix of promise, talent and possibility. It also includes a high dose of fantasy and theatre. If ever there was a time for propaganda to catch and spread like wildfire, it’s when Mercury and Sagittarius come together. Jupiter expands all it touches and Mercury’s ambivalence regarding ‘truth’ is both mythically and astrologically well-documented.
When Mercury first entered Sagittarius (8th November), the advice was that honesty is the best policy and all that glitters is not gold. This remains valid but now there’s an added twist.
There’s good chance that someone is deliberately trying to misrepresent an opportunity and the temptation to grab it will be hard to resist not the least because the anticipated rewards appear so great.
This is not to suggest that genuine opportunities can’t come along during this time. It is, however, to suggest that rather than just reading the small print yourself to ensure that what you’ve been told will be what you’ll get, you may want to hire a good lawyer to do it for you.
What’s the dream?
What does your intuition tell you?
Where will you go from here?
So I’m told, during the two weeks following a New Moon, everything grows more quickly including your hair.
This makes the New Moon a perfect opportunity to commence new endeavours and with this New Moon in Sagittarius on 7 December at 7:22 AM GMT, it’s important to recognise opportunities for what they are.
You know that not every opportunity that you choose to pursue will pan out to your liking no matter how much you try to make it otherwise. On the other hand, if you’re always too busy waiting for the moment that your ‘ship will come in’, you’ll miss many opportunities that life offers up in the meantime.
I mean, what if that particular ship for which you’ve been so patiently waiting has, unbeknownst to you, already sunk somewhere mid-sea?
During this New Moon, it’s worth keeping this old proverb in mind:
A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
How will you evaluate your opportunities?
If you could wipe the slate clean, what would you do differently?
What will happen if you do?
What will happen if you don’t?
You may recall that a few weeks ago, on 29 October, Mercury entered Sagittarius where during his 8-week stay in that sign, the advice was that honesty is the best policy.
But on 17 November, Mercury turned retrograde – in essence he appears to be back-pedalling through the sky. During the three weeks he is retrograde, the advice was that you would do well to reconsider your plans.
Now, on 6th December Mercury will turn direct again and carry on through Sagittarius but before he does, he slips back into Scorpio one last time. Whenever any planet (moving backwards or forwards) changes zodiac signs, you can expect a few readjustments. This time, as is sometimes the case, when Mercury changes signs he ‘stations’ – which means that it appears that for a few days Mercury stands still in the sky. This puts the sign and degree of his station into intense focus.
The advice is that during the period of this Mercury station (4-9 December 2018), you are in the unique position of being able to reclaim something that ‘belongs’ to you regardless how or why you initially lost it. During this period, take back your power and feel perfectly at home in doing so. The only warning here is that you must always remember that power and leadership should be embraced with honest humility and gratitude.
This is not a time for ego-plays.
There’s a fine line between playing the boss and being the boss (and accepting the responsibilities that go with that). What does the line look like for you?
For centuries, scientists and theologians have struggled to explain the origins of the Christmas Star, the mysteriously spectacular sky event that led the Magi, or Wise Men, to their new-born leader, Jesus Christ.
There are many theories, including that this ‘star’ wasn’t a star at all but instead a bright comet appearing in the constellation of Capricorn, a supernova, or even a rare (796.4 years between occurrences) conjunction of the three superior planets – Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Some have even suggested it was simply a Jupiter/Saturn conjunction which even in 7 BC, was a predictable and well-watched for event within both Mesopotamian and Hellenistic traditions.
There is hard ‘evidence’ to support any and all of these theories ranging from archaeological interpretations of an Antioch coin minted during the period to the Chinese sighting of a comet in 5 BC. There is plenty of soft ‘evidence’ too including Balaam’s Old Testament prophecy that ‘a star will come forth out of Jacob and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel’ – (Numbers 24.17).
The point here is not that one theory is better than another any more than it is that the Christmas Star was merely a political construct (another supportable theory).
Instead, the point is that we all need to be ever vigilant as to the assumptions we choose to make about actual experiences as well as to the way in which we construct ‘evidence’ to support our assumptions. A wise man once told me that if, as one would peel a onion, any belief or assumption were stripped away layer by layer, it would reveal itself to have no core.
My ‘old life’ kept dragging me back to unprofitable ways of both thinking and being. After working with Debra, I finally saw what needed to change and together we developed a strategy of cleaning out what parts of me that I no longer wanted or needed.
Like Iben, are you willing to challenge your beliefs and assumptions?
If so, I look forward to working with you!
Are you sure that’s true?
What’s your body telling you?
On 9 September 2018, Venus left Libra and entered Scorpio. The predictions were that romance would be more satisfying albeit, stormier. But then in mid-October, Venus dipped back into Libra again and from then until now, relationships should have been back on a more even keel.
Now, from 2 December 2018 until early 2019, we’re facing that steamy stuff again but contrary to what the astrology columns in magazines and newspapers would have you believe, we’ll all deal with it differently.
For most, passionate experiences and encounters may well be unforgettable but perhaps, not quite for same reasons.
Venus in Scorpio is where love and magic wed and when the magic is good, it can be healing for everyone. But when the magic is bad, passionate encounters could become nasty if not downright sadistic.
This is because in Scorpio, Venus doesn’t do anything in half-measures; she approaches everything that she wants – sex and money and gender politics – very seriously. At all costs, she intends to win her game.
One Scorpio friend told me that she’d die for her passions and I believe her. However, having a good dose of Gemini in my own natal, or birth chart, if I were to come up against an all-consuming passion such as my Scorpion friend fancies, I’d run in the opposite direction. The truth is that we all address our passions in different ways and with Venus in Scorpio, this could get messy because it’s inevitable that we’ll all not agree.
In order to come through this period in one piece, when it comes to passions, trust no one, not even yourself. Question everything, rationally.
How will you deal with your passions?
How would you describe what’s going on?
What do you make of it?
What options does it create for you?
The Full Moon is often an intense period for everyone. If in doubt, consider the origins and meaning of words like lunacy, loony, and lunatic. This is a time to take more care than usual, especially to keep the lid on your emotions least they take you someplace you don’t want to go.
On 23 November (5:40 AM GMT) this Full Moon in Gemini will be the perfect time to look at all your projects through a different, more detached, lens.
Sit back and calmly observe what’s going on around you. Look for clues that you might previously have missed. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be particularly clairvoyant or intuitive, by the light of this full moon you’ll be able to gain valuable insight and you might well be awfully surprised about that which you find.
Whatever happens, remain cool and detached.
Remember, if in this period of lunacy, you need drive more carefully and keep a lid on your emotions, then other people should do the same. But chances are good that most of them won’t so watch from the sidelines, take careful notes, and for the time being, don’t get involved.
What do you make of it?
What resonates for you?
How could you improve the situation?
On 22 November, the Sun enters Sagittarius where he will remain for a month.
This period will enjoy an excess of everything, most importantly optimism, expectations, and enthusiasm.
Now is the time to follow your inspiration – if you truly believe that you can make the world better a better place then go for it. Inner strength is at an all-time high and you can expect the fruits of your labours to be both bountiful and tangible – especially if you remain disciplined, organised, and pay attention to detail.
- Beware, however, that this may be more difficult than usual – not the least because at the moment, the world is flush with potential.
- Often, with this energy, there’s a temptation to sit back laze away the days – but, honestly, that would be a mistake.
- Remember Aesop’s Fable about the grasshopper who spent the summer singing whilst the ant worked hard to store up food for the coming winter? Months later, when the starving grasshopper begs the ant for food, he’s refused. The moral of the story is to make hay while the sun shines because winter is coming and, of course, it is.
If ever there was a time for potential to become reality, it’s whilst the Sun is in Sagittarius.
What do you make of it?
What part of the situation have you not yet explored?
How else could you handle this?
On 17 November, Mercury turns retrograde for nearly three weeks.
But contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t mean that everything regarding communication and transport will, necessarily, go wrong.
What it does mean is if you’re traveling, it pays to re-check your connections and when you’ve drafted an email, it pays to reread it before sending.
Equally, it means that, from time to time, it pays to rethink where you’ve been and where you’re headed because, as you know, everything is not always as it might appear.
- This period of Mercury retrograde is perfect to reconsider whether the resources upon which you plan to rely are still available.
- You may wish to review whether your plans have grown too large, too unwieldy, to be effectively realised.
- You might also think about whether there is some angle to your plans that you’ve not fully explored.
Finally, it’s worth reconsidering whether, in order to meet your agenda, you’re unfairly using up the time and energy of others. Equally, you might reconsider whether your time and energy is being unfairly used by someone else.
What’s stopping you?
What assumptions are you making?
What will you think about this period five years from now?
All good questions and important for your consideration now because on 15th November, Mars enters Pisces where he will remain until the end of the year.
Mars is the planet symbolising personal energy and vitality and in Pisces, where everything is fluid, most of us can expect a period of emotional contentment and satisfaction to radiate into every aspect of life.
Enjoy this time of warmth and optimism for what it is, but don’t get too cosy. When Mars moves into Aries on 1st January 2019, the energy will be altogether different.
Also, take care not to sabotage this pleasant time with negative self-talk. It’s all too easy to convince yourself that you don’t deserve to enjoy your life.
Equally, it’s possible to ruin this period through over-indulgence. Remember that when we over-do anything (i.e. eating, drinking, sexual promiscuity), it is often not so much from pure enjoyment but instead from reaching out for anything that we think may make us feel better.
If ever there was a time for renew your enthusiasm for the contented life, it’s whilst Mars is in Pisces.
How will you use it?
What does your intuition tell you?
What is the opportunity here?
What is the challenge?
All good questions and on 8th November, Jupiter enters Sagittarius where he will remain for the next twelve months, you’ll be in good stead to answer them.
For most of you, this will be a time to shine, especially if your Sun, rising sign, or natal Jupiter is in Sagittarius. This presents a true opportunity for authenticity as you’ve not known in a very long time. Opportunities abound. Horizons broaden. Blockages fall to the wayside, often with lightning-bolt speed and spontaneity.
Change is in the air
- Do take risks, but do so carefully. Check the small print. Get the whole story. Not everything that glitters is gold and if you’ve had trouble telling the difference in the past, then you’ll undoubtedly have trouble this time.
- If something or someone seems too good to be true, it (or they) probably are. With Jupiter in Sagittarius, it is all too easy to get carried away. For sure, opportunities will arise during this time but just make sure that they really are opportunities.
- Just remember that even when something fabulous falls, as if from heaven, straight into your lap, it will still take some old-fashioned hard work to make it pay-off to your benefit. Even though during the next twelve months, it might seem to be otherwise, there really is no such thing as a free lunch.
If ever there was a time to rise to the occasion it’s whilst Jupiter is in Sagittarius.
How will you use it?