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Welcome December 2019 


"I heard a bird sing 
In the dark of December 
A magical thing 
And sweet to remember. 
We are nearer to Spring 
Than we were in September,' 
I heard a bird sing 
In the dark of December." 
Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing
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December's Message from the Universe 

The Spirit of Giving





 

Father Yule, Saint Nick, Santa...no matter the name we choose to call him his message is the same...gratitude and generosity. Its something we should practice every day to the best of our ability. Sadly, many forget this until the holidays come around to remind us. 

Father Yule’s message is, the more you give, the more you will receive. The act of giving, whether it is time, money, assistance, or goods, helps you to know just how much you have, and leads to a feeling of abundance that automatically attracts greater prosperity in your life. Contribute with joy and be totally detached from the outcome of your offering. Father Yule reminds you of the happiness that you receive when you give to others from the spirit of love. Allow yourself to be surprised at how the universe gives back to you! 

 

Celtic Tree Month December 2019 
November 25th thru December 23rd begins the Celtic Tree Month of Ruis (Elder) - The elder tree is a tree of modest size, but considerable magical and spiritual qualities. It is the tree of death and of life, and is connected with the supernatural and the spirits of the dead. The elder’s energies offer potential for psychic ability, prophecy, and for seeing beyond surface appearances. "She Who Takes Back." The time of death and rebirth, of repose, peace and the return of the light. It begins at the darkest time of the year, and ends when the Sun returns. 

Elder tree characters evolve gradually during their lifetimes. Initially in their youth they are inclined to waste much time and energy on worthless ventures or projects. They are often fortunate or benefit from inheritances which encourage extravagant tastes or indulgences. They have a basic restlessness or an insatiable curiosity that draws them into the study of profound subjects, and they are inclined to travel great distances in order to further their knowledge. 

People born during the first two weeks come under the new moon phase of the sign and they are more outspoken and impulsive. They are, however, extremely persuasive orators who will constantly challenge injustices or what they see as corrupt powers. 
  
Astro - Days to watch for your sign -  December 2019

Aries 
Rewarding Days: 6, 7 
Challenging Days: 19, 20, 21 

Taurus 
Rewarding Days: 8, 9, 10 
Challenging Days:  22, 23 

Gemini 
Rewarding Days:  11, 12 
Challenging Days: 24, 25 

Cancer 
Rewarding Days: 13, 14 
Challenging Days: 26, 27 

Leo 
Rewarding Days: 15, 16 
Challenging Days: 1, 2, 28, 29, 30 


Virgo 
Rewarding Days: 17, 18 
Challenging Days: 3, 4, 5, 31 


Libra 
Rewarding Days: 19, 20, 21 
Challenging Days: 6, 7
 

Scorpio 
Rewarding Days: 22, 23
Challenging Days: 8, 9, 10 

Sagittarius 
Rewarding Days: 24, 25  
Challenging Days: 11, 12 

Capricorn 
Rewarding Days: 26, 27 
Challenging Days: 13, 14 


Aquarius 
Rewarding Days: 1, 2, 28, 29, 30
Challenging Days: 15, 16

Pisces 
Rewarding Days: 3, 4, 5, 31  
Challenging Days: 17, 18 
Void of Course Moon Schedule for December 2019 

It is said that when the Moon is void of a course it can cause delays, false starts and unexpected hassles. When the Moon is void of course it means that it is in the process of moving between two signs and is not quite sure how it feels yet. And since the Moon rules our emotions, we don't know how we feel either! The effects can last from a few seconds to a day or two. Energy can feel off balance and this is not a good time for making major decisions, signing contracts, or doing anything based on emotional decisions because our perceptions are a bit out of whack. The Void Moon begins at 27 degrees in one sign and ends at 3 degrees in the next sign.  Times given are for GMT.
 
Date Void Begins Date Void Ends
December 2nd 12:27 December 3rd 07:11 Pisces
December 5th 08:15 December 5th 19:44 Aries
December 7th 15:01 December 8th 07:29 Taurus
December 10th 01:13 December 10th 16:47 Gemini
December 12th 05:12 December 12th 23:23 Cancer
December 14th 15:57 December 15th 03:56 Leo
December 16th 22:10 December 17th 07:16 Virgo
December 19th 08:07 December 19th 10:04 Libra
December 21st 11:45 December 21st 12:57 Scorpio
December 23rd 03:27 December 23rd 16:34 Sagittarius
December 25th 11:18 December 25th 21:45 Capricorn
December 27th 21:03 December 28th 05:21 Aquarius
December 30th 10:24 December 30th 15:41 Pisces
 
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What's New This Month 

Here we are once more, moving into the last month of another year gone by.  As we come to the close of the old year I always make a point of looking back at where I was this time last year and I am always amazed at just how much I have done and learned. Soon we will be entering 2020 and hopefully a more positive time of growth for ourselves and the world around us. 

As we start moving into the colder and darker days of winter, many of us start to feel a bit down, tired, or overwhelmed. Darker days can often create a feeling of melancholy. That is why its so important to do things that bring warmth to your environment and your spirit. Pampering yourself in little ways, focusing on crafts or projects in the house you may not have had time for, or taking stock of what you have done and what you wish to do in the coming year; all of these are ways to perk things up a bit. 

The specials for this month reflect the energies of the holiday season. We have the "Solstice of Light" and the "Yule Star" readings. And for those of you wanting a glimpse at what the New Year will be bringing you, the ever popular "New Year Outlook" and "New Year, New You" readings are available. The New Year Outlook reading comes with a 1 year astrology transit report too! All of these can be found in the   Monthly Specials  section this month, along with a few other inspirational readings to help bring balance into your life, such as the Spiritual Journey and the Fool's Journey readings for those who are looking to start off in a new direction. So be sure to stop by and have a look at the September specials! You can have a browse through the many specialized readings I offer on the   Tarot Readings page.  Tarot's  Life Path & Personal Growth section is a good place to start!  Or take a wander through the various Oracle readings on my site, like Rune, Angel, Faery and Animal Totem readings.  All of these categories can be found on the main  Reading Room page.  Don't forget to check out the other areas on the  Readings page, like the  Oracles,  Rune and  Animal Medicine Cardssections. 

For many getting ready to start some early Yuletide shopping, have a browse through my  Faery Trinkets  shop, where I will have my Barefoot Sandals, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and crochet items on display for sale.  I'll be adding some crocheted items as well soon, and you can also find these items in my  Etsy shop. 
  
If you have a website or blog that you need some creative content writing for, I offer my services as a freelance writer.  You can check out my basic prices at Faery Scribe.  I've written for several sites, such as Natural News, Jules of the Earth, Hirewriters and a number of private clients. 

In the  Reiki/Energy Work section you can find reiki and energy work to help give you a bit of a boost. You can find Reiki sessions, Chakra Healing and Attunements, Violet Flame healing, and the Avalon Crown of Success healing. Reiki is great for flushing out the old energies that may be lingering both in our own energetic bodies and the environment around us. 

If  Astrology is your cup of tea be sure to stop by my Astrology section where you can order some insightful Natal charts, Compatibility reports and Transit reports to see what will be affecting you in the months ahead. Each persons Birth Chart can show how the positions of the planets and stars at the exact time of their birth can influence their life. Learn how each planetary position has determined your physical, personal, psychic and spiritual characteristics! These charts are a great gift for birthdays or just as a special way to treat someone to a bit of astrological insight. 

Come and check out my Blog that at  http://earthspirittarot.com/wp/   I hope to be writing on a variety of topics from Tarot to general spirituality topics once we get into the New Year.  But for now you can catch my weekly Astrology updates there.  

You can follow me on Facebook and keep up with the latest planetary transits:  www.facebook.com/pages/Earth-Spirit-Tarot/202568966439

And now to announce the November 2019 raffle winners: 

T. Chester and K. Arnold 


Congratulations to you both! I'll be sending you two an email to tell you how to claim your prize shortly! For those who haven't entered the raffle yet, each month I select 2 random people from entries submitted to win a reading of your choice worth up to £15.00 from any area of my site. For more details, and to enter December's raffle, stop by and visit the  Raffle Entry page! Good luck!

"A Crisis Of Faith" 

Whatever religion, creed or path you follow, a "dark night of the soul" is inevitable. There is no such thing as an unshakeable belief. Life happens in all it's glory.. the highest highs, and deepest lows, and when we turn to our higher power for answers, none are forthcoming. None that we like, anyway ;) 

It may feel as though you have been abandoned in your time of need. You question everything, and you feel stupid for believing in something bigger than yourself. 

There is no easy answer. 

Here's my 2c: 

Think of yourself as the child, and your belief system as the parent. Now think on what "guidance" means.. and what it is not. 

As a parent, I am tasked with guiding my children. I support them as they grow and learn, and I'm there to fix the bloody knees and runny noses. As they get older, I take a step back. I've given them the knowledge and tools to make their own way, fight their own battles. I'm still there for love and comfort, and a listening ear. Sure, I could wave the magic mummy wand and step in to a playground disagreement, in later years pay off the overdraft, have words with the mean scary boss.. and don't those scenarios look ever more controlling and unhealthy? 

To quote from the popular movie Deep Impact; God hears all prayers, even if the answer is sometimes "No". Every parent says "no" to their child at some stage, for good reason. Material support might not be an option, but they do not withdraw emotional support. 

As your creator, your higher power gave you life and free will. You were born to experience life, to grow, love, learn and achieve. Your higher help is still there, cheering you on through hard times, willing you to make it over the obstacles, to know the joy of a victory well-earned. Maybe you have shut out that voice in your anger and frustration? 

Do not let hurt and pain blind you to all those times that your "parent" stepped in and gave you a helping hand. Life has many lessons, and the point of them isn't often clear until some time later. 

It is in our darkest hour that we need to use the faith, tools and lessons of easier times. Open your heart, mind and intuition, and in the midst of chaos you will find calm, strength, endurance and you will know that you are not alone. 


 

                                                                                               
   December Celebrations
 
December 21st - Yule 

A celebration of the winter solstice has been held since time immemorial in the Northern Hemisphere. Throughout the ages the festival has had many names. It is certain that a mid-winter festival called Yule was celebrated in the Nordic countries well before the year 1000. Though challenged by some scholars, the fact that Yule/Jól was celebrated in Iceland and throughout the Northern Hemisphere well before the advent of Christianity is now widely accepted. The exact date, or dates, that Yule was celebrated is not certain, but it was probably connected to the full moon nearest the winter solstice. The calendar has been changed many times since, and it is impossible to reconcile the references to an exact date. 

Yule, (pronounced EWE-elle) is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had as the ancestors awaited the rebirth of the Oak King, the Sun King, the Giver of Life that warmed the frozen Earth and made her to bear forth from seeds protected through the fall and winter in her womb. Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were "wassailed" with toasts of spiced cider. 


Learn more about Yule  HERE  

Some Christmas customs that have  Pagan Roots 

 
December 24th/25th - Christmas Eve/Day 

Each year, during the month of December, millions of homes across America are decorated with Christmas trees and fairy lights. But how much do you really know about this festive holiday? 

The history of Christmas dates back over 4000 years. Many of our Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before the Christ child was born. The 12 days of Christmas, the bright fires, the yule log, the giving of gifts, carnivals (parades) with floats, carolers who sing while going from house to house, the holiday feasts, and the church processions can all be traced back to the early Mesopotamians. 

Many of these traditions began with the Mesopotamian celebration of New Years. The Mesopotamians believed in many gods, and as their chief god - Marduk. Each year as winter arrived it was believed that Marduk would do battle with the monsters of chaos. To assist Marduk in his struggle the Mesopotamians held a festival for the New Year. This was Zagmuk, the New Year's festival that lasted for 12 days. 


For More On the history of Christmas Traditions visit  Christmas  
 

December 31st - New Years Eve 

Happy New Year!" That greeting will be said and heard for at least the first couple of weeks as a new year gets under way. But the day celebrated as New Year's Day in modern America was not always January 1. 

Learn More At  New Years History 

Star Transits For December 2019


SUN TRANSITS


The Sun has been in Sagittarius since November 21st and will remain there until December 21st when it starts to shift into a new sign   
Sagittarius has the effect of bringing an optimistic energy to our lives and enthusiasm as we start to explore our current confines and step out of our comfort zones. Even stubborn Taurean's will feel that adventurous pull towards doing something new and changing their tried and true routines. We are challenged at this time to explore our spirituality and gain fresh perspectives and encouraged to reach beyond what we perceive to be our grasps. This can really help us to gain new wisdom and finally understand things that had us feeling a bit stumped or blocked before now. 

When the Sun is in Sagittarius, adventure finds a way into our otherwise routine and busy lives. This Fire Sign energy compels us to explore farther away from our homes and habits, to speak to those we might otherwise avoid out of apathy or anxiety, to create our own history by taking chances and making bold choices. Creativity and storytelling thrive under this Sign's influence, as Jupiter, a benevolent planet of good fortune and philosophy, rules it. Conversely, during this freewheeling time, you may have a hard time settling down to work or putting up with a schedule or deadlines. And you may be feeling dogmatic, too. As a Mutable Sign, though, Sagittarius will be adaptable and willing to listen to other sides of an argument. Watch for broken bones or mishaps with this increased sense of adventure, courage and determination. On the whole, Sagittarius is an exploratory, optimistic energy. Put it to good use! 

The Sun in Sagittarius is a good time for:

  • Travel and adventure of all kinds
  • Seeing and believing the best in people
  • Reading and deep thought


The Sun then moves into Capricorn on December 21st   

Happy Solar Return to all of you lovely Capricorns! And a Happy Solstice and Happy Yule to everyone too! It’s the 21st and so far we are all still here 

Each year as the Sun enters Capricorn it marks the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the southern hemisphere. And Yule is the traditional celebration of the Winter Solstice in many European-derived cultures. In Paganism it is a time for welcoming the Sun God’s return and the start of the increase of daylight. In Norse tradition it is the day Odin leads the Wild Hunt in celebration. 

When the Sun is in Capricorn it gives us the opportunity to explore our connection to Mother Earth in a more physical way. We feel more able to manifest our goals and see substantial changes. It’s a time of bringing structure into our lives and setting boundaries that are helpful and nurturing rather than restrictive and binding. 

It’s also a time when we prepare for the worst, expecting the best. The Capricorn's symbol, that strong-willed Sea Goat, climbs up from the sea and scales the steepest peaks to reach the high goals they set for themselves. Their cautious, confident steps usually get them to the summit. Capricorn's Earth Sign energy is a time of self-control, persistence, patience. Ruled by Saturn, Planet of Karma, Capricorn's Sun transit can be frustrating. On the bright side, this influence allows us an ambition and clarity of purpose coupled with a respect for others. While it can be an egotistical energy, it's not devious at all. Common sense governs decisions made under this influence. Rather than being spontaneous, Capricorn takes itself and its life seriously, believing that it makes more sense to do things well the first time. Though gifted with a good sense of history and perspective, once it starts climbing, Capricorn doesn't look back. 

The Sun in Capricorn is a good time for: 

  • Making thorny decisions
  • Playing strategic games, like chess
  • Paying attention to your social status



MOON TRANSITS

On December 11th we have a Gemini Full Moon 

This evening begins our Gemini Full Moon, also referred to as the Cold Moon. The Full Moon is the best time for doing work on letting go of the old and releasing the negative. Our basic instinct under a Gemini Moon, is to communicate, think, and learn. So magical workings tend to be best for spell work involving travel, communication and personal connections.

December is the month when winter truly begins in most of the Northern Hemisphere. Most of the ancient Full Moon names are related to the low temperatures and darkness of December. The most common name is the Cold Moon, while another is Long Night Moon.

The Anglo-Saxon name was the Moon Before Yule, which is the ancient celebration around the winter solstice. The December Full Moon is also called Oak Moon, while a Celtic name was Wolf Moon. Today, however, this name is more common for the January Full Moon.

Gemini is our conscious awareness. It is the exchange of our ideas as we bring those thoughts into awareness and then into the real world. Its all about ideas,thoughts, awareness, how we express and communicate ourselves, words, discussions, debates, reading, writing....filling our brain with a plethora of things. So this Full Moon encourages us to find ways to express and share what we have been experiencing with that Saturn and Neptune energy. 

Gemini is also known as the Trickster, so this time is also about engaging the more playful side of our minds. Humour can often help us to see things from a fresher perspective and see outside of the box. So take the time to look at those challenges you are facing right now. The Saturn-Neptune square will be exact tomorrow, so its energy makes this Full Moon more potent. 

Things to do under a Gemini Moon:  Mental and communicative actions, and more than one activity at once. Reading, learning, letters and emails, errands, writing, teaching, making connections, short trips.

On December 26th we have a New Moon in Capricorn

What a way to start a New Year off than with an ambitious Capricorn New Moon! When we have a New Moon we also have the Sun in the same sign, which is why these energies are so focused and potent. For those who do energy and spell work, the New Moon is the perfect time for setting intentions for the things you wish to create, cultivate, manifest and develop. Its energies differ from the Full Moon in that the New Moon looks inward. It is the void empty space between letting go of the old and waiting for the new, and this can be frightening for some. A Void is meant to be filled though and we need to not fill it with frightened and uncertain energies, but rather fill it with hopes, wishes and desires.

In Capricorn we become aware of the need for structure and planning ahead. We also instinctively are aware of the limitations of time. We are motivated by a desire for success. Achievement and manifestation are most important to us now. We are resourceful and don't want to waste time, energy, or resources. This can be a very sober influence--even a depressing one. However, it can also be a productive time when we look reality in the face.

When the Moon is in Capricorn, we're more serious minded. It's harder to just hang out. We want to feel productive on something that has substance to it. These days are great for pushing past difficult obstacles. We've got extra discipline and patience. And we're able to forgo the satisfaction of short term gains for longer term achievements.

There's more social reserve, and we like to have common goals. It's a conservative mood, that makes us more thrifty, looking for more bang for the buck. This gives us an eye for what's solid, and has enduring value. We're more apt to choose the tried and true now, over something experimental. When in doubt about it, we'll pass it by.

This lunar mood puts the focus on real world ambitions. We might spend our time mapping out a business plan. It's timely for considering what's a good investment of your time, energy and resources. What will bring a solid return? Everything is viewed through a practical eye, including relationships. We can see how to make structural changes that make life more efficient.

Things to do under the Capricorn Moon: meeting with clients or collaborators; putting together a proposal; considering investments; acting or speaking with authority; working with a mentor or "mentee"; upholding a longstanding tradition; taking control of a situation.

PLANETARY TRANSITS

December 2nd - Jupiter enters Capricorn
Jupiter enters Capricorn today and stays in this cardinal earth sign until December 19th, 2020. The planet Jupiter effects us by expanding our knowledge, experiences, and understanding. It represents optimism, growth, generosity, and abundance. While Jupiter was in Sagittarius, we were urged to increase our cultural and spiritual awareness, to expand our higher minds, to broaden our experiences, and to have faith in the universe. With Jupiter now moving into Capricorn, a new focus comes into play.

Capricorn is an Earth sign. When Jupiter is in an Earth sign, we become practical realists who need to visualize results in order to feel motivated to achieve them. It's how we are able to grow and expand. We don't take risks during this cycle. We need clear goals, direction, and strong plans, and we value results that are tangible.

Our strong need for results that are concrete is what now makes our attitude towards work, and action that is realistic and practical, more positive. While our judgment can be prudent and mature, we may lack the imagination or risk-taking attitude we need that that helps us to innovate at times. We need to learn to be more flexible and tolerant of weaknesses during this transit. We should also watch for an overly self-serving approach.

Capricorn is not Jupiter's favourite sign to be in. Jupiter is expansive and has an extravagant nature. Under this sign, we may see the negative qualities of Jupiter, which can bring out a miserly and materialistic side. The positive side of Jupiter in this sign seeks a higher perspective and let's us look at the big picture.

Wherever Jupiter is currently transiting in your own chart is generally where you are inclined to find your joy at this stage in your development. You should see some expansion and improvement in this area of your life. We may also work on streamlining some areas of our lives. During this Jupiter in Capricorn cycle, we particularly value integrity, common sense, practicality, patience, reflection, wisdom, precision, discretion, restraint, reliability, self-control, and self-reliance.

Health issues with Jupiter are usually related to excesses, while Capricorn issues are often connected to the knee or bones, to obstructions, rheumatism or arthritis, or issues related to melancholia. It’s possible that latent problems in these areas can magnify during this Jupiter transit.

December 2nd - Mars trine North Lunar node (Mars in Scorpio, North Node in Cancer)
Mars' interaction with the is the most dynamic. It gives us the courage we need to follow through on our new ideas, as well as helping us to strike out on our own. Our actions and timing tend to feel in sync with socially accepted norms. The only thing to be careful about is that we tend to take risks under this transit.

December 2nd - Venus opposite North Lunar Node (Venus in Capricorn, North Node in Cancer)
This can be a difficult transit where love and finances are concerned. With the love apsect of things, we need to look at where our chronic involvement in relationships is distracting us from our true life path and determine if that is leading us in the opposite direction of where we should be going. For people who are conditioned to being in a relationship all of the time, you may continue to believe that unless you are in a relationship, you can't be happy.

This is a time where it may be hard to put our social lives on pause while we attempt to sort out our true life path and how we can effectively accomplish what it entals to get there. However, this is something that must be done. What we gain from it will be positive rewards, even if we can't see that right now. We need to be cautious about being overly dependent on relationships and using these as an excuse to not learn how to care for our own needs properly. This becomes even more challenging in relationships where you rely on others financially.

On the financial side of things, we need to look at situations that are blocking our way forward or keeping us stuck in place. This can be things like depending on government help, benefits, other people, jobs that are not assisting us in moving along our path, and relationships that drain our resources but give nothing back.

On the positive side of things, we tend to appreciate beauty and art more at this time. The harmonious connection between Venus and the Lunar Node can create a focal point that helps us achieve our life goals. This is a transit about finding balance between our life direction and our relationships, which can be in a constant state of conflict.

December 3rd - Mercury sextile Pluto (Mercury in Scorpio, Pluto in Capricorn)
This is a transit where our communication is fuelled by our passion and we can be very persuasive in dealing with others by first finding some common ground between you and them. Our intuition plays a part in helping us to feel out where the other person’s thinking may be.

We do run the risk of speaking too forcefully though or being too pushy in trying to get what we want. Our mental concentration can lead to becoming obsessed as well. We can, however, put this to good use by doing research and investigation. We do need to be aware of the power of our words and the impact that they can have on others.

We are also able to shed any old and outworn perceptions we have been holding onto, as well as ways we have been communicating. We can take the information coming our way and transform these into something that can be either healing or wounding depending on how we wield them.

December 3rd - Venus sextile Mars (Venus in Capricorn, Mars in Scorpio)
This Venus/Mars transit brings an opportune time to take a more balanced approach to any conflicts, problems, and goals that require a lot of effort. Having a good balance between a gentle approach and firm action will help quite a bit. It does make a good time for hashing out negotiations and issues because, even though some communication may feel aggressive and determined, it will be tempered with sensitivity and fairness.

December 8th - Sun square Neptune (Sun in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces)

This is a tricky challenging transit to work with because it has the tendency to take those wistful ideas and wishful thinking, and make them seem more realistic than they actually are. What tends to happen then is that we become disillusioned and prone to disappointment. Some may want a fantasy to come true so badly that they disconnect themselves from any actual obstacles that get in the way. Really we need to be paying attention to those obstacles because they are needed and serve a purpose for our own self growth.

On a positive note, this transit makes our imagination very active. It can be a creative time if we are able to harness our imaginations and creativity in a productive way. For example, the next couple of days we have some structuring energy from the Capricorn Moon to tap into that may help balance things a bit more.

The negative side is that our active imaginations are harder to control or balance with what is real. Energy levels can be a bit low both physically and mentally. Its important to pay attention to our bodies if they are needing rest. Emotionally we may feel overwhelmed, discouraged, plain confused. And on a spiritual level we could discover that our desire for enlightenment is not as straightforward as we had thought.

We do have the chance to observe that deeper part of ourselves, the part that is usually under cover during our day to day activities. If used right, this can be a creative and healing transit. We just need to listen to our inner voices a bit more now.
 

December 8th - Venus sextile Neptune (Venus in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces)
Today Venus mingles with Neptune which can open the flow of artistry, romance, creativity and faith. We find ourselves inspired as our creative Muse comes to the surface. It doesn’t mean that it will all come easily though! You are still going to need to apply a bit of effort and elbow grease to manifest those dreams and ideas!

Socially and romantically, this is a time when things seem to run more smoothly and may even seem a bit magical. So it’s important to be clear in your intentions and what you truly want. It’s also a time of blessings and abundance in all areas of our lives). But, there is also that risk of overspending, over indulging, or being overly optimistic which can lead to disappointments if we aren’t careful.

Our own natural beauty and warmth is often brought out by this transit. Use this to enhance your own natural gifts rather than waste it on creating an outer façade of something we think other people want. This is the time to let the essence of your own inner beauty and spirit shine!


December 8th - Jupiter square Chiron (Jupiter in Capricorn, Chiron in Aries)
Jupiter is the planet of expansion and protection. It rules wealth, leisure time, the higher mind, optimism, growth, and prosperity. When it comes square with Chiron, the Wounded Healer, it puts us on the threshold of realization that we are the healer we have been waiting for all this time. It can also be a time which forces us to face some painful memories, something that has perhaps haunted us over time. We move into areas that are linked straight to our hearts. But there is also great potential here for us to grow in ways we never thought possible as we are forced to face our fears of inadequacy or past inhibitions in order to truly express our own teaching and healing talents. Either way the path may be painful, but the result will be wisdom gained through experience.

December 9th - Mercury enters Sagittarius
Refocusing, readjusting, freedom and independence - these are the things Mercury in Sagittarius will bring. When Mercury is in Sagittarius, our thinking shifts from a need to plumb the depths of any given situation to the desire to learn about a wide range of topics. Ideals are sought, our thinking is more optimistic, and our faith increases. We are more equipped to believe and to persuade. What is fair and unfair concerns us most now.

Our ideas, thoughts, inspirations, and communication all get a boost and are expanded. Our minds and our outlook turn to the more spiritual and philosophical. To some, this energy can feel a bit overwhelming and make it hard to grasp the vast terrain of knowledge that we are now perceiving.

The best way to deal with this energy is to step back a bit in order to get a bigger view. This is a good thing to do for those issues in our life that we feel a bit stuck or blocked by. Step back and try to view any issues from a distance. It can often allow us to see something that we could not see when we were smack in the middle of the issue.

It’s a good time for learning something new and for expanding our horizons. We gain a chance to discover some truths, visions, and insights. We just need to remember that there are many views to be seen and no one view is always the right one. The same can go for situations in life. Each person has their own view from where they are standing. It doesn’t mean that just one is right and the rest are wrong. It simple means that each view is right for each individual and their situation.


December 10th - Mercury trine Chiron (Mercury in Sagittarius, Chiron in Aries)
Mercury's trine with the Wounded healer Chiron opens up the door of positive and healing communication with those around us. People are more willing to listen now and show understanding. Getting our point across becomes much easier and we can use our words to comfort and heal. We also become more open to looking at life in general in new ways.

We may find that our cynical side (or that of others) and feelings of depression become softened and allows us to be more receptive to an optimistic view of things. We can use this transit's energies to heal negative attitudes while motivating ourselves to change our perspective. Learning about the power of the mind and how it can heal becomes fascinating right now. And in some cases, we may realize a stronger love bond than any we have experienced in the past.

For those who are overly critical of themselves or speak negatively about themselves, you will find that you are now able to accept and reconcile those things that you dislike about yourself to create a more peaceful and balanced way of thinking.

This transit can also increase our ability to know just the right words to say in situations where understanding others is necessary. Our compassion and empathy are more readily available to us which will allow us to help others too. Don’t be surprised if you come across someone who can help you with a long standing issues of your own.
 
December 10th - Venus conjunct Saturn (Both in Capricorn)
This transit blends structure and responsibility with our desire for beauty, pleasure, and material abundance. We may find, under this transit, that we are attracted to people with maturity, worldly wisdom, and a solid sense of values (perhaps an advisor, elder, or teacher), and are disinclined to frivolous activities or wasting our time. In fact we may be pleased and happy to be alone or perhaps with just one other person that we know well.

On the other hand, some of us may feel quite cool or withdrawn in a crowd. We become restrained and careful about spending money during this transit and that's as it should be. It is a good time to reflect, set priorities, enjoy simple pleasures, and appreciate quality time with ourselves or with our chosen companion. This is also a time when a commitment could be made.

In regard to material things, we are more drawn now to making solid plans where financial matters are concerned (budgeting, investing, purchasing). Committing to developing our resources can help us to reach some goals. Bear in mind that in order to allow those new commitments to flourish in the future, we may need to bring some old commitments to a close. Involvements and plans that no longer fulfil your needs will come to a close. Some may feel blocked right now in the areas of finances, relationships, and pleasures which means that those areas will need to be reworked before we move forward.

December 13th - Mars trine Neptune (Mars in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces)
This is a transit that can have ideas flooding into our heads and wanting to get them out, making us chatterboxes. With it's more optimistic energy, Jupiter brings out the visionary within. Make sure you keep a pen and paper with you and write down all those ideas winging through your head. This way you can look at them later and see which are doable. You may even find a new solution to an old problem or two now. You might even find that luck comes your way because you are more receptive to opportunities and possibilities.

December 13th - Venus conjunct Pluto (Both in Capricorn)
Relationship planet Venus conjuncts transforming Pluto today…talk about intense! This combo can really stir up the emotions. Deep seated doubts, fears, and emotions that have been bubbling just under the surface could now boil over. Questioning our ability about finding and keeping love can have us focusing on wanting to bring about changes. This can be a way in which we try to compensate for a low sense of self-worth. It’s definitely a time for cleaning out all that stands in the way of us finding true love. Others will find this a valuable opportunity to develop deeper connections with those close to them. Or, the intense and emotional influences of this duo could have you seeking out some unusual and intense love experiences.

Now, this can be a really good combo for business and finances. But only if you are willing to release what is no longer working for you and make efforts in longer term projects and goals. Its also a good transit for negotiations and finding balance with others.

We need to be careful of some of the more negative aspects of this transit such as jealousy, lust, possessiveness, and selfishness. These can all be magnified right now. Some may find themselves a bit obsessed with the pursuit of pleasure and beauty. Try not to be too overly demanding of those you feel close to right now. And definitely avoid using love to manipulate your partner or you could end up pushing them further away rather than drawing them closer.

December 15th - Jupiter trine Uranus (Jupiter in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus)
Many see this trine between Jupiter and Uranus as a favourable one that brings good fortune our way and opportunities that benefit us. This means we need to be open to everything that comes our way and take opportunities when they arise. Pleasant surprises can brings us some welcome change in areas of our lives that have been feeling dull.

This is also a period of progress, especially in projects that are technological or uncommon. We need to keep in mind that the less we try to pursue a specific outcome the more satisfied we will be with the results we do get. In these situations expectations rarely are met because they typically don’t account for the unpredictability that can surround you now. This can be a good opportunity for promoting those ideas that are uncommon and unusual.

December 19th - Mars sextile Saturn (Mars in Scorpio, Saturn in Capricorn)
This is a good time to appreciate determined effort and actions. Our work projects will run more smoothly if we combine a patient and disciplined approach with confidence and courage. We become more aware of this process at this time which gives us a sense of responsibility and sense of purpose. We can use this time to harness the energy of our own willpower through practical discipline.

We may feel that our energy levels are a bit more toned down right now but this will be helpful for the detailed work we may have to do now. Our physical and mental energy become more stable and allow us to endure, or by applying sustained effort and focus they can become that way.

Our conversations take on a more serious and sober vibe under this transit and we may find that we can express a sense of authority much better, as well as be clear and to the point in our dealings with others. It’s a great transit if we need to be more productive or we need to make more progress in a goal that we have been working towards. Just keep in mind that Mercury goes direct in a day and the next two weeks may still show slow progress, but progress that is finally shifting forward.

What we do need to watch out for is any tendencies for being overly cautious to the point where we end up getting ourselves stuck in the planning stages and end up not getting much done in the process. Or, some may try to push and rush into the production phase of a project before they have fully formed their plans. The best way to make use of this transit’s energies is to bring these two things into balance.


December 19th - Mercury square Neptune (Mercury in Sagittarius, Neptune in Pisces)
Under this transit our mental focus can feel a bit clouded, confused or lethargic. Our mind struggles with trying to tackle and understand the limitless expanse of the Universe we live in along with what is formless and shifting. We can experience some disillusionment or disappointment in our observations or communication with others.

This is an important time however, to break through old and rigid expectations that may be blocking our ability to see the bigger picture. We find that what flows beneath the surface of the events in our life needs to break down the thin barrier of our old expectations which are barring the path and view of a truth that is greater.

Many of us may feel a bit out of whack and off balance. We'll need to balance our left brain analytical side with our intuitive right brain thinking by being less rigid and more open to a new perspective. Otherwise we will find the left brained analytical side a bit hard to work with right now. Listening more and talking less will help our inner sensitivity to be more receptive to what is being said. Sometimes it requires us to let go of what we think we know and understand about the situations in our lives in order to make ourselves more open to new perspectives that can change how we have been dealing with things.

December 20th - Venus enters Aquarius

When Venus is in Aquarius we move towards unconventionality, independence, and freedom as themes in our social relationships under this influence. Aquarius can be just as faithful as Capricorn, but it has to be on his own terms! Experimental relationships are more intriguing now. Being friends as well as lovers is important to us during this cycle.

We will find that things like values, relationships, and our material abundance call for us to step back a bit in order to gain a fresh perspective, to detach from these things a bit in order to give us a bit of breathing space. Some will feel drawn to using their resources to help those who are struggling now or put these things to use for the greater good in society.

This transit can be a good time for trying new things, experimenting, networking with others, and looking a bit more objectively at how we interact and show intimacy with others. A focus on bringing balance into relationships that seem unequal can be a focus as well, especially in situations where it seems one person has an advantage over the other. We tend to focus on building the friendship aspect of our relationships in order to create a firmer foundation for more to grow in the future.


December 21st - Venus sextile Chiron (Venus in Aquarius, Chiron in Aries)
Venus and Chiron form a friendly little sextile aspect that can provide opportunities for us to harmonize a difficult relationship. So it can help us deal with the issues drawn out by the challenging Venus/Uranus aspect going on now. We do however need to recognize where our idealized images of love are limiting our ability for loving intimate interactions. We also need to stand strong for our values and not allow ourselves to become a victim.
When we become aware of our suffering that is due to unrealistic expectations in relationships, we are able to move towards healing and growth on an individual level, gaining greater consciousness and a true capacity for unconditional love.

While this is a transit that only lasts for a few days, we can still make a decent amount of progress where rebalancing and healing is concerned. It can also show up in our social interactions, finances and resources, and our health and spiritual connection to the Universe. The energy of this brief transit does give us the ability to negotiate with others in a way that can achieve a fair and balanced compromise for all involved. But some may go out of the way to avoid conflict that they give more than they are really comfortable with. We also gain the ability to start making changes in situations that are in our own control, and accept and adapt to those situations that are beyond our control.

December 22nd - Venus square Uranus (Venus in Aquarius, Uranus in Taurus)

Today we see Venus and Uranus move into a challenging square. Under this transit we need to be careful of temptations like impulse buying and being a bit erratic with our resources. Otherwise our finances can become a bit unstable. Best thing to do is stick to your budget or, if you feel you must buy that extra something, check your funds and be realistic.

Where relationships and social interactions are concerned, this transit can make the way we relate to those around us (and them to us) seem a bit impulsive, inconsistent, and wishy washy. For those who have been experiencing difficulties with funds and/or relationships, this transit can bring a lingering issue up to the surface now and will require our attention rather than trying to push it back down and ignore it.

It’s a bit of a double edged sword we walk with this transit. For some it can bring that welcome breath of fresh air that helps us cut through the fog and see things more clearly. However, conflict and stress are also triggered with this. Others may feel resistant to making any changes and will see this as a less positive time of instability, adjustments, and some upsets. If used wisely, the energy of this transit can help us to break free of any restraints and structure that have been holding us back from seeing new possibilities.


December 22nd - Mars sextile Pluto (Mars in Scorpio, Pluto in Capricorn)
Under this transit we can experience a period of intense focus and determined action. We know exactly what we want and won’t let anything stop our progress now. So much so that some may not be above using very persuasive tactics to convince other people, but our obvious level of passion will often be enough.

We may also experience more intense conversations and will be attracted to exploring the deeper levels of our relationships, or may have stimulating conversations about the mysteries of life. We may find we are drawn towards investigating or exploring underground for hidden resources, or initiate financial projects that have hidden potentials and profits. In some instances we may even be able to persuade someone to aid us with their own resources.

Our physical energy levels are heightened at this time and we may discover that we can work very hard for long periods of time. This means that we really need to pay attention to our body during this time; remember to eat and rest when you need to and avoid burning out.

December 23rd - Sun square Chiron (Sun in Capricorn, Chiron in Aries)
When these two planets come together in a challenged position we tend to find our patience and confidence feels a bit strained as we feel a need to break free of chronic constraints. Motivation and self esteem can drop but remember we have that energy from the Sun and Uranus to help us out here too. So it won’t feel as bad as normal.

Use this time to take a fresh approach to situations that have you feeling stuck. A new perspective is probably needed as well as a need to let go of how you think things “should be” or how they manifest in your life. Don’t put restraints on your outcomes or try to control every aspect of them now. It’s best to be open to getting what you want in a way you didn’t expect. You may also find other opportunities along the way that were not available to you with the route you were taking before.

December 24th - Sun trine Uranus (Sun in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus)
As the Sun mingles with Uranus we become more open to being spontaneous and just going with the flow with no real plan. And this can be liberating for many. In fact it may be just what is needed to get us out of a rut. This is a good time for breaking out of old cycles and habits. Flashes of insight, inspiration, and bursts of courage are all part of this transit's magic.

We tend to feel more grounded and centred, more in touch with our true spirit, who we really are deep down. It may have you acting a bit out of character and may raise some eyebrows around those who know you! But now is the best time to try new things and to experiment. You may surprise yourself with how simple it really can be to break out of your routines and habits.

As always, there is a warning here too. And that is to make sure you don’t become too reckless. Keep it balanced so you don’t come across as too erratic, careless, or chaotic.

December 27th - Sun conjunct Jupiter (Both in Capricorn)
This is a transit that fosters optimism, confidence, vision, and leadership. Our self confidence and self awareness become activated today and we feel our enthusiasm drawing us towards something positive. This is a really great day for focusing on new directions that will expand our horizons, especially where self improvement goals are concerned. Life reveals is richness and we can use this time for growth. Anything that will promote a better understanding of ourselves and our beliefs will benefit.

When we blend this with the other energies of healing happening right now, we could possibly have a positive breakthrough experience today that helps us make some progress without causing the stress of change. We can face those hidden parts of ourselves and be more open to embracing who we are and what needs to change.

Some may feel lucky today and be drawn to taking risks because our ability to identify opportunities is much stronger right now. But it may be best not to take those risk with gambling our resources right now. Our spirit becomes more generous and allowing us to encourage others. Just be careful that you don’t over extend yourself by making grand gestures and promises that you may not be able to keep.

This is also a time when we feel we are part of something bigger, something greater than ourselves. We are drawn to discussions that allow us to share our philosophies. It’s also a good day for expressing our physical energy through outdoor activities.

For those who have a difficulty in embracing the positive in ourselves, we may find this transit a bit difficult as it stirs up any feelings of incompetence or short comings. We need to be careful that we don’t try to over compensate through arrogance, over confidence, blind faith, and taking risks with obvious poor prospects. The key here is to tap into your spirit, your inner truth of who you truly are. Release feelings of blame and embrace compassion as you assess yourself. Let your spirit shine brightly, but not so much that you end up blinding others, and yourself, with your own light.


December 29th - Mercury  square Chiron (Mercury in Capricorn, Chiron in Aries)
With Mercury squaring off to Chiron we may find that our mental focus and perceptions feel a bit strained. We may find ourselves sitting on the fence an feeling unable to make choices and decisions. It may also be difficult to stay objective and balanced in our perspective and views, but by working with this we could find a new mental focus that gives us increased clarity. It may be tempting to sink into cynicism as a way to deal with what seems like a no-win situation. On the other hand, this transit could bring your mental perspective to a kind of "healing crisis" that forces you to get a better grip on the ideas, communication and frame of mind that have been problematic for you.

December 29th - Mercury enters Capricorn
As cerebral Mercury moves into structured and responsible Capricorn it brings out it's more analytical and focused side. This means that from now, until around January 11th, our communication will be more down to earth and more focused on practical matters. With Mercury the focus is on knowledge, communications of all kinds, and travel. So, when the Messenger planet mixes with Capricorn, these areas will be on solid footing. It’s a good time for making those New Years resolutions because we have a better chance of seeing them through as we build solid plans for 2020.

We also need to keep in mind that Saturn rules Capricorn, so we will have Saturn’s energy and influence being felt at this time too. Saturn brings structure and order which helps to keep mischievous Mercury in line, slowing it down and whipping it into shape.

It’s a big change from Mercury’s experience in dreamy Sagittarius where we may find that plans made under that sign were a bit over estimated. One down side here though is that this transit makes us a bit prone to depression or feeling discouraged as we are faced with some realities and tough decisions, so make sure that you make time to give your head a rest and recharge during this time.

December 30th - Sun opposite North Lunar Node (Sun in Capricorn, North Node in Cancer)
In our natal charts, the Lunar North Node shows us which particular traits and tendencies we need to bring to the surface or embrace. When we embrace these traits we become more whole or complete as a person, as well as moving closer to our spiritual fulfillment. So what does it mean when the Sun is in opposition to the Lunar North Node? What do we do when the person we become is in opposition to who we need to become?

Let's say you are an Aries and your Lunar North Node is in Libra. You will probably be in continuous contact with Libra individuals, which is the Universe's way of telling you that you need to become more like Libra in some ways, be more tactful and considerate of others.

The Sun's opposition with the North Node today could bring about a connection with someone from our past. We may also see situations arise that will make us more aware of our old habits, patterns and attitudes. Its a bit of a learning curve we will experience today and it means we need to find a way to balance the traits of our two opposing signs.

Today's aspect is between Cancer and Capricorn – so those born under the Sun sign of Capricorn will need to bring balance between supporting family vs supporting a business structure.

December 30th - Mercury trine Uranus (Mercury in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus)
We have another fun transit to work with today ladies and gentlemen! With this transit, expect unusual ideas, flashes of insight and seeing unexpected possibilities in old situations. You may find it easier to be open-minded during this time, especially regarding insights that have eluded you before. Your ability to see beyond your usual horizon of perception can bring visionary brainwaves, as well as a fun sense of humour. You might be inspired to experiment with something new or do something out of character. You might have an impulse to break free of old habits or constraints. This can be a very liberating transit that opens your mind to new possibilities and ideas. However, be careful that you don't become so liberated and spontaneous that you become erratic, hyper or reckless. Words may come tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to consider their wisdom, or you might find yourself talking non-stop and interrupting, creating a bit of awkwardness in those around you. On the other hand, you might also find the clarity and vision that gives you the words to speak your truth with new conviction. It's a great time to do some writing or other form of self-expression, especially if it's spontaneous or involving technology.


What to watch for in January 2020!

We have Mars moving into Sagittarius, Venus moving into Pisces,Mercury moving into Aquarius, And Ceres moving into Aquarius.

Well my darlings, this wraps up our December newsletter and 2019! Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter! Pass it on to anyone who may be interested! And feedback is most welcome so if there are ideas or things you would like to see in my future newsletters, let me know! 

Blessings and have a Wonderful Yuletide and a Happy New Year!
Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot

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