How to Make It Through the Holidays: Aquarius

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This year have a little fun with everyone else, Aquarius. Hanneman c1630 {{PD-Art}}

No matter what you do or don’t celebrate, it’s the holiday season–there’s no way to avoid it. In the newsletter I shared a few tongue-in-cheek suggestions for how to survive this annual time of family, food, fights, fun, fruitcake, and all those other ‘f’ words, and I’ll be sharing a little advice for each sign, one at a time. Your Nemesis, listed at the end of the sign, suggests who might be out to sabotage or just give you a hard time, while your angel is the sign energy you can call on in others for assistance, and your personal elf or cherub is the sign energy that will cheer you up and work behind the scenes to make your holiday special. Watch for the final installment tomorrow.

Aquarius  What’s your holiday philosophy? The truth is, I don’t want to know, and neither does anybody else. When you wax grandiloquent after a couple of eggnogs on the subject of  ‘What Purpose Communal Celebration Serves Within the Social Survival Matrix,’ the other signs would like to strangle you with holiday garland, while any other Aquarii in the room compete with their own pet philosophies. The holidays are not the time to display your brain, unless you’re a Zombie and it’s scrambled with eggs for a festive post-party brunch; neither is it the time to gift everyone with your latest invention–no matter how clever or needed, it’s still all about you, and that’s what draws pushing and shoving matches your way: when every holiday function you’re involved with, every event, accessory, dish and doo-dad leads right back to your desire to show just how unusual and gifted you are. Is that fair to say? Probably not–you’re as kind, loving, and holiday-inspired as any of us–but this is the perception, as all anybody sees is your ‘Ah-ha!’ moment at the great reveal of Aquarius’ latest idea or innovation. ‘They’ don’t see the work you do; they only see an individual who wants to be viewed and applauded as unique. At holiday time resentment of Aquarius rises as AQ seems to put her or his own interests and objectives ahead of the group–the operative word is ‘seems.’ Aquarius, even when pursuing individual objectives, is always thinking of the group; the group just isn’t always aware of this. So how do you bring resentment down and popularity up? By doing less for the group and more with the group. One of the biggest problems is that when people gather to make preparations or distribute responsibility, Aquarius is already at work on something, and nowhere to be found–and it makes AQ seem selfish, standoffish, and ‘too good for,’ as for the more simple-minded, absence equals rejection–and that’s where the cold remarks, one upsmanship, and feigned indifference to Aquarian achievements originates. So, Aquarius, show up to paint ornaments, string popcorn and cranberries, and decorate the tree with everybody else, help set up the card tables and rented chairs before the big meal, and in front of everyone offer to clean the bathroom–and then do it. No one will ever think you’re a snob again ;) Your Nemesis this holiday season: Pisces, Capricorn, or Leo/ Your secret angel: Libra/ Your own personal elf or cherub: Gemini

Just a Little Essence for Today 20 December 2011: ‘Crabby-Pants Venus’

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No offense meant, Becky! 'Portrait of Rebecca Whelan' Anschutz pre-1912 {{PD-Art}}

Today Venus spans the area from 29 Capricorn to entry into her new home in Aquarius, and she’s crabby. Why do I disparage our lady of love? Only because, though she can really warm up to the Cappy forms of expression, once she reaches the 29th degree, she’s one way or another feeling the stresses and restrictions of having to pour herself into a mold that she’s naturally (by square from her home in Libra) at odds with (though you may note, she comes at Cappy in trine from Taurus–and that gives us a clue as to how to handle this). Uniting the emotional perceptions with a soothing Taurean indulgence will calm the nerves and help ease our lady into her new home of Aquarius (maybe reading a little poetry, pulling the best of Taurus and Aquarius together in one form).

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How to Make It Through the Holidays: Capricorn

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Life with the stoic goat can be lonely at times Ochard pre-1870 {{PD-Art}}

No matter what you do or don’t celebrate, it’s the holiday season–there’s no way to avoid it. In the newsletter I shared a few tongue-in-cheek suggestions for how to survive this annual time of family, food, fights, fun, fruitcake, and all those other ‘f’ words, and I’ll be sharing a little advice for each sign, one at a time. Your Nemesis, listed at the end of the sign, suggests who might be out to sabotage or just give you a hard time, while your angel is the sign energy you can call on in others for assistance, and your personal elf or cherub is the sign energy that will cheer you up and work behind the scenes to make your holiday special. Watch for the rest of the signs during the coming week.

Capricorn  You are tired of people telling you that you take things too seriously; the ‘temporary’ nature of the holidays makes it even worse. You have a hard time getting into decorating, wrapping presents, and anything fun, simply because you’re hyper-aware of how you’ll just have to spend time cleaning up and then what will you have? A new blender (a second one, which you didn’t ask for, and which you must now clean and find a use for) and an over-flowing trash barrel. Are you a Scrooge? Yes, yes you are, a holiday one; though you’re very generous with those you love, and in the name of a good cause, when it comes to seeing the reason for holiday cheer, you’re clueless. You can suck the happy right out of the room with the way you keep careful track of every receipt and penny spent, object to making more than one kind of cookie, and want to hand people their gifts as soon as you buy them, in the bag they came in (minus the receipt!)To call you a ‘No Frills’ kind of person would be a gross understatement, and the label itself encapsulates exactly what’s wrong with you over the holidays. To your credit, you know others see the season differently than you do–but really, do they have to point it our every time you turn around? You may be telling yourself you’d be more inclined to celebrate if people weren’t always trying to force you to, but we both know that’d be a lie :( How to make your holiday happier? No use telling you to loosen up; people have been telling you that since you were two. Instead, I want you to schedule some fun. If there’s anything Capricorn understands it’s time allotments; and don’t just schedule fun, schedule some time to sleep, organize, and fuss with those receipts, and be strict with yourself (oh, Cappy like!)Don’t allow periods to overlap, and when you’ve scheduled twelve minutes for caroling, damnit, show up and throw yourself into it, tambourine and all! One thing Capricorn is crystal clear on is dedicating her- or himself to the task at hand. This approach will make you more popular, and you never know, you may discover that you like planning holiday cheer. Your Nemesis this holiday season: Sagittarius, Aquarius, or Cancer/ Your secret angel: Virgo/ Your personal elf or cherub: Taurus

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Just a Little Essence for Today 19 December 2011: ‘A Forgetting’

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'Girl With Forget-Me-Nots' Cranach the Elder 1526 {{PD-Art}}

11:30 AM PST the Libra Moon moves into quincunx with Ceres, and in effect creates a Finger of God with Sedna as the other portion of the base (Ceres sextile Sedna). This says that emotional or intuitive reactions may spring from a ‘forgetting’–sounds dramatic, I know, but it is in essence an inability to remember our own inherent authority, territory, connection to Mother Nature, or any combination of these. This can leave us vulnerable to those who might prey on us as we innocently hand over our power. Be aware, and trust the emotions to give you an honest read on partnership or interaction matters.

How to Make It Through the Holidays: Sagittarius

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You won't have to be quite that defensive, Sagittarius! French 1450 {{PD-Art}}

No matter what you do or don’t celebrate, it’s the holiday season–there’s no way to avoid it. In the newsletter I shared a few tongue-in-cheek suggestions for how to survive this annual time of family, food, fights, fun, fruitcake, and all those other ‘f’ words, and I’ll be sharing a little advice for each sign, one at a time. Your Nemesis, listed at the end of the sign, suggests who might be out to sabotage or just give you a hard time, while your angel is the sign energy you can call on in others for assistance, and your personal elf or cherub is the sign energy that will cheer you up and work behind the scenes to make your holiday special. Watch for the rest of the signs during the coming week.

Sagittarius  The holidays mean two things to you, Sag: getting out and about, and socializing at every turn. You’re famous for running a litany of errands, for your amazing stamina, for chit-chatting, schmoozing, and exchanging holiday cheer with everyone you meet, and for being the one who is willing to hop in the car and drive 18 hours to see the folks or flying half-way around the world so you have a snowy (or tropical, or new and exciting) holiday atmosphere. It’s go go go for you, and always with a social twist, so that two kinds of criticism come your way at holiday time: from those who feel dragged along with you, and who just want to sit still for a minute and enjoy the scenery, and from those who want to employ your amazing energy and dynamism for their own purposes, and find that you are often nowhere to be seen, so not ‘usable.’ There’s something about you that makes others feel swept up in the Sag proclivity for perpetual motion; lesser Beings can feel exhausted and disregarded in your presence, simply because your boundless energy seems to have no end and focuses your vision firmly on the horizon–which means those nearby get trampled like the SRO crowd at a South American soccer match when you see something in the distance worth heading toward. And that’s not to mention the way some not-so-industrious others want to tap into your Fiery productive streak and harness it for their own ends. How to deal with this? First, consider how much you might miss by always heading hither and yon; though your inclination is to believe that what’s worth pursuing is ‘out there,’ the truth is you might not realize how many tastes, sights, and experiences you might be missing by not spending more time around home base. Second, those who want to use you envy your carefree-even-when-burdened, footloose demeanor, and, as human nature would have it, mistakenly believe that if you have excess (as they see it) energy to roam the globe, you should share it with them. Here the solution is, rather than taking off equipped with your and their to-do list, and resenting them all the way home, you must eschew your refuge in passive resistance (your favorite defense) and set clear boundaries. Resentment really is your go-to reaction, and it feeds that fatigue you feel after a few weeks of non-stop effort and interaction; rather than accepting assignments with a ‘tude, you might consider turning them down as you announce you’ll just be sticking around for the afternoon, baking some cookies, bundling up and sitting in the clear cold on the porch swing, then taking a little nap–nothing says ‘I do what I want’ like actually doing it :) Your Nemesis this holiday season: Scorpio, Capricorn, or Gemini/ Your secret angel: Leo/ Your own personal elf or cherub: Aries

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How to Make It Through the Holidays: Scorpio

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See? You can dress up anything to look a little more Scoprio friendly--don't ask me what the centerpiece is. 'A Black Cat Table' from 'The Book of Hallowe'en' 1919 by Ruth Edna Kelley {{PD}}

No matter what you do or don’t celebrate, it’s the holiday season–there’s no way to avoid it. In the newsletter I shared a few tongue-in-cheek suggestions for how to survive this annual time of family, food, fights, fun, fruitcake, and all those other ‘f’ words, and I’ll be sharing a little advice for each sign, one at a time. Your Nemesis, listed at the end of the sign, suggests who might be out to sabotage or just give you a hard time, while your angel is the sign energy you can call on in others for assistance, and your personal elf or cherub is the sign energy that will cheer you up and work behind the scenes to make your holiday special. Watch for the rest of the signs during the coming week.

Scorpio  Why do you begin brooding at dawn on November 2nd? Just ’cause the Dead have had their Day and won’t walk among the living for another year is no reason to pout; the holiday season seems to be all cheer and candy canes, but a current of pressure from obligations, expectations, and being trapped in the same house as all those people you fled at 18 runs below the surface like lava through Hades–there Scorp, I knew that’d bring a smile to that punim! It’s really not your time of year, in so many ways; people just rub you wrong, and the next stranger who comes up to you and says, ‘Smile! It can’t be that bad!’ while maddening holiday music plays in an over lit and overheated store may not walk away in one piece. It’s all you can do to put up with such garish seasonal displays, so when it’s your own family and friends who’re acting so . . . shallow, and nagging you for being a ‘downer,’ what’s a moody loner to do? Crawling into a cave (probably) isn’t an option, but taking a little time for your own personal kind of pick-me-up is. You might like to approach it by going off for a bit of morbid Christmas fun, sinking into any of dozens of Christmas-themed horror movies, or ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ perhaps, or ‘The Comfort of Strangers,’ ‘Let The Right One In,’ anything with Vincent Price, catching up on ‘American Horror Story,’ reading Stephen King, Patricia Highsmith, Ian McEwan, Poe, or Larson’s ‘Dragon Tattoo’ series, to name a few possibilities–because really, a good, creepy tale will ease you out of ‘The Veil’ season and into that time of year we’re most likely to reflect on our lives and what we have to celebrate. You might also join the party by transforming an old tradition into a new one: how about changing the Christmas afternoon drop-in of friends and family to a candle-lit evening cocktail party–same guests, just with muted lights and music that takes the twinkle down a notch and makes it more intense, and more elegant, with ‘daring’ or more exotic food–something with unusual mushrooms, and perhaps a touch of holiday absinthe, if I know Scorpio. This might also be courtin’ time for you; you can play Pluto or Persephone to your opposite number, whether this is pursuit of a new relationship or renewal of an old one. For you, being happy during the holidays has a lot to do with not abandoning your need for a hint of darkness and for some time alone, or in intimate company–and it doesn’t hurt to honor the urge to transform some group occasion that you normally find trying into something a little more copacetic for Scorpionic sensibilities, with your best opportunity perhaps coming at the New Year, where we see old Father Time born anew as l’enfant 2012, ’cause you’re all about killing the old, and resurrecting it in a new form. Your Nemesis this holiday season: Libra, Sagittarius, or Taurus/ Your secret angel: Cancer/ Your own personal elf or cherub: Pisces

Just a Little Essence for Today 16 December 2011: ‘Don’t Jump!’

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Just after 8 PM PST the Moon squares the Nodal axis, perhaps making us question our life direction, through an emotional perception or intuition. Take care not to jump to conclusions as this feeling is likely ephemeral, and will be gone shortly. This is especially important to know as by 10 PM Pacific the Moon conjuncts Mars and we may be strongly moved to do something, with that critical emotional Virgoan eye fixed on the most recent matter that looks to need fixing. Following the urge can make for bigger consequences than we anticipate, create a mess, and/ or foster a lot of regret as we decide that wasn’t the problem after all.

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Just a Little Essence for Today 15 December 2011: ‘Back to Earth, Tug-of-War’

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Illustration of underground fire canals and the interior of Earth from Athanasius Kircher's 'Mundus Subterraneus' 1664 {{PD-Art}}

3 PM PST the Leo Moon sextiles Saturn, bringing us back to earth (probably with a big ol’ thump!) Accept the need for emotional and intuitive discipline at this time; if you do, you can do wonders, especially in partnership and aesthetic matters.

Just before 10 PM PST the Virgo Moon opposes Chiron. We may see a tug-of-war, internal or external, over humanitarianism v. a more critical view of mankind and its obligations and potentials. Could bring a great deal of distress to those who espouse one view but secretly hold the other.

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How to Make It Through the Holidays: Libra

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'Carnival' Tiepolo 1750 {{PD-Art}}

No matter what you do or don’t celebrate, it’s the holiday season–there’s no way to avoid it. In the newsletter I shared a few tongue-in-cheek suggestions for how to survive this annual time of family, food, fights, fun, fruitcake, and all those other ‘f’ words, and I’ll be sharing a little advice for each sign, one at a time. Your Nemesis, listed at the end of the sign, suggests who might be out to sabotage or just give you a hard time, while your angel is the sign energy you can call on in others for assistance, and your personal elf or cherub is the sign energy that will cheer you up and work behind the scenes to make your holiday special. Watch for the rest of the signs during the coming weeks.

Libra  Why is it that half way through the season your graciousness is met with snubs or, worse, rudeness?  After all, you’ve been knocking yourself out creating the just-right holiday atmosphere filled with the just-right mix of people–don’t they know what good taste you have? Of course they do, and it never occurs to you, loving and fair as you are, that others just might feel a teensy bit judged. The late Linda Goodman called your smile one that could “melt a chocolate bar at forty paces” but the thing to remember is, some of us are diabetic, and some of us don’t like the heat, that’s why we’re not in the kitchen. And that brings us to this: Libra, you make everything look so damn easy! and that’s just irritating. You don’t realize that to others, the constant smile and insistence that it’s ‘No trouble at all’ seems like bragging, and again, a little bit of criticism, as in ‘I do it better than you ever could.’ Do you have a delicious aesthetic sense that creates a wonderful experience for others? You do, no doubt. Do you know how to loosen up instead of meeting everything like a protocol droid? No, you really don’t. As with some of the other signs, the way to avoid nastiness this holiday season may be to let them see you sweat, just a little (or should I say ‘glow’?) Establishing that you are indeed made of flesh and bone means you’re much less likely to be the target of someone else’s passive-aggression when they bring their flat little banana bread to the buffet table and the only place to set it is right next to your 3 foot tall marzipan covered replica of Santa’s village. So see? You win anyway. Your Nemesis this holiday season: Virgo, Scorpio, or Aries/ Your secret angel: Gemini/ Your own personal elf or cherub: Aquarius

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Just a Little Essence for Today 14 December 2011: ‘Howl’

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Just after 3 PM PST the Leo Moon trines the North Node, with h.Zeus at the midpoint; is that a destined ambition calling, something we need to pursue to even hope for emotional fulfillment? Yes it is; whether we succeed or not, the expression of and pursuit of this ambition or desire is vital. Howl at the Moon!

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