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