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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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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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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How to Make It Through the Holidays: Virgo

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Illustrating at least part of the spirit of Virgo 'The Harvesters' by Brueghel {{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.

Virgo  You are so thorough, so attentive to detail, that trying to attain perfection just comes naturally–which is why people begin to respond so negatively when it comes to your 2,000th ‘suggestion’ for a better holiday. It’s not that your ideas aren’t good, it’s that once the party has started nobody much wants to fuss over whether everyone is using coasters and those charms to identify their glasses and are they wiping their feet before they come in it’s raining out and oh gosh let’s just make sure everyone takes their shoes off and maybe we ought to have a timer for the bathroom because Stu has been in their 5 and 1/2 minutes or maybe we should have a sign-up sheet . . . see where I’m going here? Micro-management does not a holiday atmosphere make. In order to protect yourself from the criticism you almost inevitably attract at some point this time of year, you might want to make a pact with yourself: before the party or gathering, obsess away; during the party or gathering, act like a Pisces :)  Your Nemesis this holiday season: Leo, Libra, or a real Pisces/ Your secret angel: Taurus/ Your own personal elf or cherub: Capricorn

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How to Make It Through the Holidays: Leo

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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.

Leo  You sparkle at the holidays; is that your fault? No, it isn’t, and the truth is, it’s just too bad that others think you’re showing off. How, then, can you get along better with people at this most special time of year? Just don’t be so fabulous, for one thing, and for another, don’t breeze into a room and come across as if others are there to do your bidding (Aries, are you listening?) Most of the unpleasantness that comes at you this time of year centers in others’ perceptions that you gad about like royalty and don’t do any actual work–but nothing could be further from the truth–you can’t help it if you’re well-organized, know precisely what needs to be done, and that you look perfectly manicured at all times, giving the impression that you’ve never washed a dish in your life. When you follow your own inclinations you behave as if holiday season is party season 24/7–and that means you put on your party face all the time, hiding the fact that you’ve been hard at work, and engendering a lot of resentment in the process. Let other people know you’re human, and it’ll go a long way toward winning their support. It may sound contrary, but instead of your usual and very generous attempts to present others with a dazzling and fully prepared holiday, sparkling with gold and silver holiday sizzle, you might want to let them in on the prep you usually do out of their sight–ask them to help wrap gifts or make your famous pies, and do it in casual attire and a minimum of make-up or hair product–it’s not a competition, after all–save your big, bedazzled persona for the actual gathering–they’ll love you for it, and be awed by the transformation from normal, attractive person to stunner–and getting that glorious reaction is what it’s all about, isn’t it? Your Nemesis this holiday season: Cancer, Virgo, or Aquarius/ Your secret angel: Aries/ Your own personal elf or cherub: Sagittarius

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Just a Little Essence for Today 12 December 2011: ‘Demur–or Agree to Disagree’

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7:30 PM PST sees the Cancer Moon trine Ceres, oppose Venus, and quincunx the Sun. Here we may be too co-operative with those in authority, Mom, or Mother Nature, and as a result we anger our internal anima and insult our very Soul. That’s dramatic, but too much compromise will harm the sense of integrity in some fundamental, Soul-deep way. Agree with caution; better yet, demur, or agree to disagree.

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Gemini Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse 10 December 2011: ‘The Game’

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The 10th sees a Total Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon) at 18 Gemini 10 at 6:35 AM PST (with the eclipse following soon thereafter). Using our strict 2 degree orb, we have only two aspects, to Venus and Ceres, aside from the opposition to the Sun, but we’ll be adding a third in a bit (available in the newsletter)–first, let’s look at these strongly female-oriented energies as they connect to a ‘moment of completion’ involving a principle symbol of woman, the Moon. This suggests a culmination point of immense  power, as the Earth, balanced exactly between Moon and Sun in alignment, blocks the Sun from offering light to the Moon–and thus the Moon cannot perform her usual reflective function. She is prevented from her usual method of taking in animus light and shining it back into the Universe. Receptivity involves being open and willing to take in another’s assertive (animus) energy as one’s own; it’s a stance that requires a certain ability to put the Self to the side and use one’s own energy to support another–but what does the Moon do when she is not receiving the light of the dominant Sun?

Our clue is in the aspects this Full Moon/ eclipse makes; the energies it touches tell us the character the Full Moon will adopt when her typical way of relating is unavailable to her. The quincunx to Venus says that relationships, assets, or finances must be adjusted to the circumstances presented at the Full Moon; the square to Ceres says that authorities may be involved, but in particular, one’s own authority may be tested, perhaps in a contest between those ‘in charge’ and ourselves. But, when we consider that the Moon, a normally nurture and maternally focused energy, is in a tense situation with Ceres, a light bulb may go on: our maternal role, instincts, nurture function, or relationship to external maternal energies may present a conflict (the square) with another entity’s instinctive, maternal, or power role that is a culmination of some situation, likely long-brewing, over territory, responsibility, or influence. By removing, in a sense, the influence of the Solar orb, Moon/ Ceres energies that might typically be overshadowed by assertive ones can come out to play–if we can consider some serious sorting out of power positions a game!

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How to Make It Through the Holidays: Cancer

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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.

Cancer  Your idea of the perfect holiday is cocoon-like: everyone you love, enwombed with plenty of delicious things to eat and drink, and a constant togetherness that synchronizes breathing, cycles, and heartbeats. So what spoils your holiday? It starts well enough, with everyone eager to gather, visions of the endless sugar-plums you’ll lovingly prepare and feed them dancing in their heads; but then people begin to show a pesky independence that features differences in opinion and doing whatever they want, even leaving! The hurt inflicted on you over the holiday is likely one of two kinds: a feeling that your efforts aren’t appreciated, and a lack of co-operation by others. You’ve got to admit that your expectations, whatever form they take, may be just a tish unreasonable; you’re basically out to create a single, multi-headed organism out of family and friends, and it hurts that they resist and even show they have minds of their own. Everything as usual may result in sudden disappearances, cell phones of those MIA off or ‘forgotten’, and 4 hour trips to the grocery (and by that I mean bar or other haven) by individuals who feel smothered. How then can you show your love, without the inevitable rejection? In this case, it takes a slight modification on your part: instead of coming on like a full-service Santa, choose a few specific things you want to be picture-perfect: the turkey, the hour around the tree handing out presents, the afternoon of carols and eggnog and snacks–and let everything else go. You’ll win all the accolades you could want and the true devotion you’ve always longed for, and there won’t be a thing for others to condemn–and isn’t that what you’ve been aiming for all along, a lovely and loving holiday to remember? Your Nemesis this holiday season: Gemini, Leo, or Capricorn/ Your secret angel: Pisces/ Your own personal elf or cherub: Scorpio

 

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