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Your Daily Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 5th (Tarot Cards, Runes & Much More)

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Your Daily Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 5th

(Tarot Cards, Runes & Much More)

Tarot Card of the Day

Seven of Wind


The Seven of this suit typically refers to mental preparedness, acquired through the use of imagination, including the rehearsing and visualizing of desired results. This card represents the positive mental habits of a natural winner. The image most often associated with this card is that of a canny warrior who has infiltrated into the enemy camp on the eve of a fateful battle, checking out their preparations and stealing their swords. Such a move is guaranteed to demoralize the enemy and undermine their performance in the upcoming confrontation.

Putting it in modern terms, one who draws this card needs to work smarter, not harder. Think long and deep, study all the angles and put yourself in the shoes of your competition. As a result, you will have such a thorough grasp of the whole situation that there will be no surprises — and no excuses for anything but success. Skillful preparation justifies the optimism of the natural winner.

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Weekly Tarot card for December 1-7

Six of Pentacles reversed


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s this card again! We saw the Six of Pentacles last month as well, and it does seem that some of the lessons or struggles present in November are still with us currently. This is not unexpected. November marked the start of a chain of busy holidays; this year a number of stores where I live started merchandising for Christmas even before Halloween, and now are in full-swing with decorations and many additional products. In our spread, we have the Six of Pentacles positioned in reverse, which seems in direct alignment with this month’s theme card. I can’t help thinking about the fine line between holiday spirit and holiday pressure — pressure to find the perfect present for everyone on my list, pressure to get everything done on time… By some people’s standards, I’m already late if I’m still doing my holiday shopping now! And as noted above, if you’re operating on a budget, and many of us are, including everyone you care about and finding just the right thing for each of them can be tough.

When this card is reversed, it often indicates mishandling of resources, so I’m taking its appearance here as a warning. What sort of creative solutions might we find to honor those we love with clever gifts that don’t have to drain our resources? Last month’s appearance of this card asked us to think about different ways we could serve others. Generosity does not have to be financial, even though Pentacles are the suit of tangible concerns. There are many ways to show love. We can give others our time and energy to help improve the quality of their tangible existence. We can use our time and skills to make something for loved ones. People often say that it’s the thought that counts, but this is usually meant to excuse a lack of effort. If we put care into what we make, these gifts will be seen as both thoughtful AND enjoyable.

This card in reverse can also suggest greed, but in the current context, I would interpret that a little differently. Pressure to perform as expected can cause many of us to withdraw. I sense fear of a sort in this card, too. Perhaps we fear that others will not return our efforts of generosity. Giving to get or giving only because we received is a strangely deceptive cycle. Overall, this card is a reminder that how we treat others is important. A balance of the material and spiritual is essential for our well-being, and the act of giving supports that balance.

Considerations for the reversed Six of Pentacles:

1. What actions by others make you feel loved?
2. How do you typically show your love for others?
3. Think about those closest to you, people you would want to demonstrate your care for with a gift of some sort. What do you think makes each of them feel loved? How could you tailor your gift to match this?

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How to Do a Serenity Tarot Reading

A Tarot spread to help you heal and find inner peace


The famous singer Marvin Gaye once said, “If you cannot find peace within yourself, you’ll never find it anywhere else.” How true this is! Unfortunately, sometimes it seems as if life gets in the way, and achieving tranquility is harder than it should be. Are you struggling with overcoming grief, feeling bombarded by the negativity in the news, or managing some kind of internal conflict? This 6-card do-it-yourself Serenity Tarot spread shows you exactly what you need to do to clear out the emotional clutter, and put yourself back onto a more positive path. Keep reading to see how YOU can use this spread to heal.

Position 1: Foundation card

Heart of the issue

The first card of this reading takes a look at what’s really at the center of your suffering. While it’s usually pretty easy to identify how we’re feeling, sometimes we don’t know why we’re feeling the way we do. When pulling this card, make sure to sit and focus on the emotions you’re experiencing at that moment. Allow yourself to fully embrace what it is that’s going on in your head and heart. Think of this card as putting the spotlight on the darkness you’re experiencing right now.

Position 2: Barrier card

What is blocking you from healing?

The path to healing is not a straight line. The Barrier Card will help you see what it is that has been preventing you from finding the inner peace you need. Sometimes these stumbling blocks come from outside influences, and sometimes the struggle is coming from within. The message you receive from this card will allow you to confront — and deal with — what has been stopping you from finding inner peace.

Position 3: Healing card

Advice on how to move forward

When we’re swimming in an ocean of emotion, it’s not always easy to see what it is we need to do to feel good again. The third card in this spread takes a look at your situation and gives you the practical insight and advice needed to help soothe any anxiety or uncertainty you’re feeling. Think of the Healing Card as your own personal counselor, helping guide you towards a better future.

Position 4: External card

What you can do to help others

In dark times it is not only we who are hurting — others around us may be as well. We all have an internal light that acts as a beacon of hope no matter how dark these times may seem, and your External Card helps you see what this special gift is. Is your higher power that you act as a pillar of strength? Or, is it your unwavering compassion for those suffering around you?

Position 5: Internal card

What you can do to help yourself

The Tarot is known for its ability to empower us, and there is nothing more empowering than learning that everything you need to be happy is already inside of you. Think of your fifth card as your “self” card, one that shines a spotlight on your greatest source of inner strength. The insight revealed in this position will show you that not only is healing is possible, but that you already have what it takes to get there.

Position 6: Revelation card

Lessons you can learn from this situation

While it may not seem like it at the time, there is always a silver lining in times of adversity. Not only can our suffering teach us important lessons about life, but it can also teach us important lessons about ourselves. Think of your Revelation Card as a glimpse into your future — a future where you’re stronger and wiser for having gone through this situation.

No matter what it is you’re dealing with right now, this simple 6-card Tarot reading can help guide you towards a happier, brighter tomorrow. Are you ready to get started? Take a deep breath, shuffle the cards, and let the power of the Tarot guide you now.

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Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today

Lust



While similar to classic Tarot’s Strength card, Lust goes a step further by suggesting we should enjoy the pleasures of exercising our strengths, sating our passions, and embracing that which allows one to express the majesty of their unique self. The lust this card indicates is not purely sexual, but at its most basic this lust is a primal desire to experience life to the fullest degree possible while taming our more beastly side. Lust implies that we not fight with our base instincts, but rather that we accept and manage and nourish them as an essential aspect of maintaining a balanced, complete self.

 

 

Your Weekly Influences for December 4th

 

Tarot Influence

The Hanged Man Reversed

The reversed Hanged Man represents a preoccupation with the worldly and wasted energy. This is the card of false prophecy and time wasted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astrological Influence

Taurus

With The Bull comes strength, loyalty and determination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Element Influence

Fire Reversed

Fire reversed denotes calamity that may be on a catastrophic level. Prepare to deal with changes you do not want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Green Man

Where the Green Man appears the mystery and untamed energy of nature abounds. The Green Man indicates the presence of choices and powers that have not been muted by civilization. The Green Man represents the antithesis of technology and industrialization. He offers primal energies veiled in mystery and derived from the spirit of nature in its purest form.

As a daily card, The Green Man indicates you are in a place where you will be well served by exploring your place in the natural world. At the moment the wisdom that will serve you best cannot be found in books or on talk shows or extracted from today’s headlines. What’s called for is an affirmation of your place in the natural world.

Psychic Tip of the Day

UNCOVERED
You are confronted by a misunderstanding that you might have used to your advantage. Someone is not as forgiving this time. Are you discovering a new set of facts?

 

Witches Rune for the Day

 

The Blank Rune

Meaning: This is a rune of difficulty and negative influences will rule your life for a time, but as all difficulties are a learning experience it will lead to improved personal perspective and progress on your life’s path. Always consult the surrounding runes with this stone. If it lies with a positive stone, it indicates that the pain of this experience will lead to a beneficial change in circumstances.

 

 

Your Daily Elder Futhark Rune for Today

Save

 

Your Animal Spirit Guide for Today

 

Crack the Cookie

 

The Wisdom of Buddha

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.

 

Your Earth Sky News for December 5th: Moon and Gemini

On December 4 and 5, 2017, a full-looking moon shines in front of the constellation Gemini the Twins, the radiant of the upcoming Geminid meteor shower. The Geminids are an annual shower, active from early to middle December. In 2017, the shower is expected to peak around December 12 and 13. Still, you might see a Geminid meteor or two tonight, despite tonight’s drenching moonlight.

Also, Gemini’s brightest stars, Castor and Pollux, will likely withstand tonight’s moonlit glare, as seen from most places.

If you can, pick out the star Castor. It’s near the radiant point of the Geminid meteor shower.

Look for the moon and Gemini stars to rise over your eastern horizon by mid-evening at mid-northern latitudes (and at a later hour from the Southern Hemisphere). Click here for recommended almanacs that’ll tell you the rising time of the moon in your sky. And to find out the rising times for Castor and Pollux (and other bright stars), click here.

The moon turned full on December 3, at 15:47 UTC; translate to your time zone. Converting UTC to U.S. time zones, that put the instant of the full moon at 10:47 a.m. EST, 9:47 a.m. CST, 8:47 a.m. MST and 7:47 a.m. PST on December 3. By the time you are reading this, full moon will likely have passed. Even so, the moon will look plenty full tonight, as it shines from early evening December 4 until dawn December 5.

There’s another way to find the constellation Gemini, once the moon moves on. Are you familiar with Orion the Hunter, the gem of all constellations? If so, you can star-hop from Orion to the constellation Gemini on a dark, moonless night. As depicted in the sky chart below, draw an imaginary line from Mintaka, the westernmost star of Orion’s Belt, through the bright ruddy star Betelgeuse.

At mid-northern latitudes, Orion and Gemnini rise at approximately the same time. At more southerly latitudes, like those in the Southern Hemisphere, Orion rises before Gemini. But no matter where you live worldwide – once the moon has moved to another part of the sky – Orion can serve as your ticket to locating the constellation Gemini the Twins.

Bottom line: The December 4, 2017 moon is in front of the constellation Gemini. Star-hop to Castor and Pollux – Gemini’s brightest stars – on this moonlit night. The star Castor is near the radiant point of the annual Geminid meteor shower.

 

A Little Humor for Your Day

And Goddess Made Dogs & Cats


Man said, “Goddess, when I was in the garden, you walked with me every day. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here, and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me.”

And the Goddess said, “No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever, who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be at times, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourself.”

And the Goddess created a new animal to be a companion for Man. And it was a good animal. And the Goddess was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Man, and he wagged his tail a lot.

And Man said, “Goddess, I have already named all the animals on your Earth. I cannot think of a name for this new animal.”

And the Goddess said, “No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a partial reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.”

And DOG lived with Man, was a companion to him, and loved him. And DOG was beside Man, all the day long. And Man was comforted. And the Goddess was pleased. And DOG was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that Man’s spirit guide came to the Goddess and said, “Mother, Man has become filled with pride. He struts and preens like a peacock, and he believes he is worthy of adoration. DOG has indeed taught him that he is loved, but perhaps too well.”

And the Goddess said, “No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever, who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not always worthy of adoration.”

And the Goddess created CAT to be a companion to Man.

And CAT would not obey Man. And CAT would love Man when CAT chose to love Man, and not when Man chose CAT to share affection.

And when Man gazed into CAT’s eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being. And Man learned humility.

And the Goddess was pleased. And Man was greatly improved. And DOG was happy, and wagged his tail.

EagleStar, Author

Originally published on Pagan Library

 

 

Alright, let’s see if we can find some Yule Spirit!

I know it is around here somewhere???

The Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 5th (Daily Horoscopes)

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The Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 5th

(Daily Divination & Horoscopes)

December 2017 Energy Report

It’s the final month of 2017 and if we look back on the past 11 months we have a lot to celebrate, it has been quite a wild ride with lots of progress. When I hear thousands of people say ‘mass awakening’ to describe what they see happening in the world, I know we have succeeded greatly. Now we can use the energy of December to prepare for 2018, representing another level of master as it’s an 11 year. So it’s not surprising that the energy themes for December is grounding, which is transcension, alignment, and integration, and serenity, which is clarity and the state of being ‘composed’.

Let’s look at how December begins – with a Mercury retrograde and a full moon supermoon. Full moons bring up a lot of emotional energy and they also light up the heavens and the earth. With a full moon the Sun shines on the Moon, they reflect each other. And this one is even more special as we look at the connection between the full moon, Mercury retro and Neptune. The full moon sets off Neptune (a square aspect) between the signs Gemini and Sagittarius. The short version of this longer astro story is, Gemini is the mind, Sag is higher thought and both are set off by Neptune, planet of illusion, spirituality, and the spiritual world. Think of it as the difference between low thinking and high thinking, knowing and wisdom, the chaotic, chattering mind and the serene, aware mind.

This full moon on December 3rd is a movement from denial (which is both the inability and the unwillingness to see other potentials) to awareness, a state of expanded knowing, to release the limitations of fear, doubt, and confusion to expand into acceptance, self-awareness, wisdom, and divinity. This is the point of intersection between human and spirit. This has been our soul mission for eons, integrating our divinity in our humanity for the achievement of congruent wholeness, not holiness as the church would have you believe.

And if that isn’t enough we have more action this month (December is a huge turning point to prepare for 2018). Venus, representing value, worthiness, love and self-love, and balance, hits 3 signs this month, Scorpio, Sagittarius and Capricorn. These are not Venus’ best signs to be in so they challenge her ability to maintain her self-worth and serenity (another December energy theme) in tough situations. They are also the signs that deal with being in the world, especially  Capricorn.

How safe do you feel in the world? Have you been hibernating, afraid to shine your light? Does the world feel cold, ruthless, and dangerous to you? This starts to shift in December, opening to a much larger shift in 2018. We cannot open our hearts until we feel that our spiritual essence is safe and free from attack. One way to protect ourselves is to hibernate, another is to be serene and confident.

I think this is a reflection of what we are seeing in the world, the battle between the people and the ‘deep state’, overthrowing the self-serving politics of governments and agencies for the benefit of humanity. If you don’t already know it, we are involved in this battle right now and while we’re making headway, the battle is not yet won but the light is being spread by many more people now, so the light work that was once the exclusive mission of the light ‘workers’ is now being shared by a greater collective. That’s a relief.

Mars goes into  Scorpio on the 10th and that’s a challenging placement because the planet of war can become a little too brashly confident in the sign of transformation. But it will be balanced out by Jupiter, also in Scorpio. Saturn makes its long-awaited move into Capricorn on the 23rd where it will meet up with Pluto in early 2020.

Saturn/Pluto conjunctions are rare and this one arrives at a pivotal time in our collective evolution and ascension. What happens when the planetary taskmaster meets up with the planet of deep transformation? We don’t have to wait for 2020 as it is beginning right now. Keep those lights shining, they are very necessary to maintain our ascension and 5D integration for the next few years.

The most important energy activity this month is the Pluto/North Node aspect, at 150 degrees it is a very uncomfortable angle which is exact from November 25 to December 5. Take a look at what is happening in the political arena, the ‘mass awakening’ we are seeing in the world, the sexual harassment scandals, the government scandals, this is the result of this aspect. It’s also going to set the stage for what unravels in December, so watch for more reports of dirty deeds to hit the public awareness.

The December 18 new moon lights up Saturn on its last day in Sagittarius as it prepares to move into Capricorn. This is a last hurrah before we get down to work. This fiery new moon also involves Venus, Eris, and Uranus, another reminder that the power of transformation is chugging along. December brings the promise of transformation but we have to hitch our own wagons to that star and keep the energy moving in the direction we want it to go.

December’s first theme is grounding but this is less about maintaining the current stability of your own energy than it is to learn how to maintain that stability as you expand, integrate, align with, and anchor the energy you want to see in your life. If you want peace, love, joy, and prosperity, you have to create those energetic frequencies. They are not a random gift that magically appears in your life. They are a potential and potential without intention is vaporware. Potential needs to be grounded in our reality through intention and the world will be changed through our collective intention to create the world we want to live in.

December’s second theme is serenity which means more than peace, calm, and quiet. It means having clarity and being ‘unclouded’. If we want serenity we have to remove those things that cloud our energy, which is our own fear, self-doubt, and self-judgment. As energetically sovereign beings we are in control of our individual and collective realities. We do get to call the shots, so to speak, but not when we are distracted and disloyal to our own power. No one takes our power from us, we give it away without realizing that in doing so we are robbing ourselves of the joy, love, peace, and prosperity that we wish we had.

Being serene also means releasing your soul trauma, the painful energetic memory of lifetimes of trauma that serves the purpose of creating soul wounds to remind us of the karmic healing that is our life purpose but at some point, it just drags us down energetically. And in order to move farther along the 5D integration and ascension path, we must make a conscious and deliberate choice to release ourselves and everyone involved in this karma. That time has come. Set yourself free by envisioning the energetic outcomes you want in your life and let them become real-ized in your reality.

December has many opportunities for karmic release and forward movement. This does come with some challenges as releasing our karmic ties also shifts all of our relationships. In some cases we move to new levels together; in other cases, we move apart. Don’t fear the outcome, let the energy flow where it needs to for the fulfillment of your joy. Whatever leaves your life gets replaced by something else. Use the energetic potential of December to clear out the dark corners and scary spaces to prepare for a masterful time in 2018 and a new level of 5D integration and ascension for everyone.

3rd – 23rd December 2017 UT: Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius

Sarah Varcas
a message from Sarah Varcas
To read more of Sarah’s insight, please visit her website, Awakenings, Learn Intiutive Astrology with Sarah Varcas

Look Before You Leap!

Mercury stations retrograde in the final degree of Sagittarius, reminding us that sometimes it really is worth looking back before you leap. The importance of caution is further stressed by a conjunction to Saturn, as is the role of unbridled commitment to wisdom reflected in Black Moon Lilith’s presence alongside. All in all, this retrograde passage of Mercury augurs a time for reflection on what inspires us to action, what gives our life meaning and how we can go about expressing those values in our every day. Life is for

Often it’s simply easier to do what we want and justify it later if necessary. Sometimes that’s fine and life moves on. Other times less so. In the coming weeks it would be wise to stop and think before we explain away our actions with hindsight rather than setting priorities in advance based on an honest appraisal of the right thing to do. We may well burn with the desire to pursue a certain path. But in the heat of that desire we may disregard the impact of our decision on others or our future selves.Which isn’t to say that if we want it it’s wrong. Not at all! But we would benefit, now, from getting clear about what we want, why and the implications of getting it, bearing in mind that the grass often looks less green once we’ve jumped the fence….

Don’t burn bridges as the year comes to a close. Instead give yourself and others space to be the flawed and imperfect beings that we all are. The desire for freedom may be strong right now, especially freedom from the shackles of relationships that constrain and circumstances that bind. If desires remain as strong once the new year gets under way then action may be called for, but action undertaken following a period of reflection will be far more effective than decisions made in the blink of an eye and the heat of a fight. Whilst new beginnings often feel most potent at the time of the new year, bear in mind that a new start simply for the sake of it may plant seeds of confusion and entropy which take root further down the line.

On 21st December 2017 (UT) Saturn leaves Sagittarius (not to return for another 27 years) entering its own sign of Capricorn. It does so without fuss or hesitation, bidding an unequivocal farewell to the fiery inspiration of the archer whilst embracing the dogged persistence and pragmatism of the goat. Mercury’s retrograde passage right before this event comes as a blessing even though it may feel like a curse. It applies the brakes for a few weeks, allowing the future consequences of our burning desire to become apparent now, prompting better decisions and wiser action in due course. Once Saturn is in Capricorn action comes with great power and the impact of our every decision will be multiplied, for in its own sign Saturn holds us to account like nowhere else and we become subject to the most potent forces of karmic change.

Once this retrograde passage is over things will gather a pace once more as the new year gets under way. We may have itchy feet right now and want them to hurry up, but all things have their own time and it’s not for us to dictate their blossoming. We may sense Mercury holding us back in the coming weeks but it’s not for no reason. It is, instead, a precious warning that we may diminish the gravity of our decisions in the face of an unassailable lust for freedom. Liberation may well be near and we can smell it on the air like jasmine, but its arrival may take longer than we hope and challenge us to greater patience than we think we have to spare. Rest assured this is but a brief pause in the midst of a lengthy process of recalibration and change. So take heart, don’t give up and stay focused on what matters. Remember the most enduring blessings of this life can easily be lost in the fog of desire for something which ultimately fails to prove its worth.

Your Weekly Karmic Forecast for December 3 – 9, 2017

The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning in to the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.

*NOTE There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.  

Weekly Forecast:  December 3 – 9, 2017

12/3 ~ Sun (core essential Self) ~square~ Neptune (illusions & delusions):

This activation can cause self-doubt, self-delusion and an overall confusion that seems to be sourced within or self-directed. It’s only temporary, this is just the Universe’s way of slowing you down so you can see where your goals may have been unrealistic or based on flights of fancy. If your energy is low and you’re feeling challenged to see the bright side of things, it is better to just time-out, rest & replenish (if possible) and most of all, do not initiate any grand plans as you are not really seeing things as they truly are at this time. Luckily, this is a pretty short-lived activation.

12/6 ~ Mercury (thought process) ~conjunct~ Saturn (definition of reality): 

(2 of 2 in Sag:  11/28 & 12/6)

This energy is excellent for any important project that requires your undivided attention. If you’ve got a vision and have already outlined how to manifest it, now is the time to really fill in the blanks – flesh it out – bring it to life! Do the work! If you do not channel this energy toward patiently and methodically taking the steps (in order) to get to the next level, then it can manifest in frustration that you are not doing what you know in your heart you’re supposed to be doing at this time. It leads to negative thinking and self-sabotage. A better expression would be to not think of the things that can go wrong, but entertain the possibility that every door opens and all paths lead to your goal, no matter how they appear at the moment.

12/6 ~ Mercury (expression) ~sextile~ Mars (passion): 

This is a healthy selfish energy (aka self-preservation). Do not hold back this week. If you have a big dream or serious goal you have been working toward, then this is the time that may attract the assistance you need from the Universe. This is definitely a “work” energy, however, it brings with it the caveat that it is best if you work alone on something important to you. No one else is (or ever will be) as dedicated to your goal as YOU will be, nor should you expect them to be. You are now connected to the extra energy it takes to push your goals to the next level, bringing you a sense of accomplishment while outlining the next tasks to be done. Opportunities present themselves all the time, all you have to do is be ready!! If you are given the opportunity to make a presentation, go for it! Your clarity, energy & enthusiasm will be unmatched and that’s what people respond to. Don’t choose this time to be “shy” or doubt that you’re ready – you are definitely ready … otherwise, you wouldn’t be here!! One of my favorite sayings is: “At the moment of commitment, the Universe conspires to assist you!” It’s time to decide if you are committed and how truly committed you are, to your own success.

12/6 ~ Mars (action) ~sextile~ Saturn (endurance):

This energy gives you a tremendous power booster to your drive to create stability, as you define it. You will be more willing to do the work, starting with a plan that is carefully thought out and then methodically carried out. Plan and Do! Not just one or the other, but both, which can eventually produce solid results. The rewards for your hard work or the return on your investment will reflect what energy you have put in to stabilizing your life. This energy should not be restrained but consciously directed. Excessive restriction (Saturn) may cause an explosion (Mars) down the line, whereas a solid base (Saturn) contains the fire (Mars) so it becomes useful, productive, and often, beautiful as well.

Your Love Horoscopes for the Week of December 5th

by Sarah Bartlett

From the Astrology Room

With a delightful full moon in light-hearted Gemini this week, and Venus firing on all cylinders through Sagittarius, we can all expect love to be a little more exciting than usual.

In fact, if romance is on your mind you’re about to discover the joys of someone new, or simply a new way of merging with the one you love.

 

ARIES

Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or in the middle of a series of dates, make your needs clear to your partner or admirer. This is one of those weeks when turning points and sign-posts beckon. And love, elusive and unpredictable as it is, begins to make itself heard loud and clear down the road ahead of you.

 

TAURUS

As you well know, divine romance and perfect people are only found in fiction. And right now, it just feels as if the dance towards that fairy-tale ‘happy ever after’ is littered with obstacles. But this week, the fog clears and you begin to accept that relating is a never-ending tango of good times and better ones to come.

 

GEMINI

With the full moon in your own sign, you’re at last being honest with yourself. The sexual sparks begin to fly in the right direction and your partner or new admirer also begins to realise that you’re not just a laugh a minute, but also someone who needs warmth and true respect for your extraordinary talents. You can make love work for you, but only if you work at it too.

CANCER

It seems right now, that if someone wants black, you want white, and if you both want it all your own way there’s little chance of ever coming to a satisfactory deal. But if the problem area is simply a pale shade of grey in need of clarification, with a little honesty you will soon see rewards beyond your wildest imagination.

 

LEO

Personally, you know you’ve got to do something to make a relationship move forward. But what? It’s time to live out the most expressive and romantic part of yourself. This is a fantastic week to define your goals, check out your true values and start living by your own rules. For what are they, if not a very unique expression of who you are?

 

VIRGO

Time to celebrate the new, sizzling, self-motivated you. But by the end of the week, you know that it’s also time to change your love life for the better. The communication channels open again, and you can now ask the very questions you’ve been avoiding. Make sure you also ask to be loved the way you truly want to be.

 

LIBRA

Does your deeper need for personal space diminish togetherness? The price is high, but the full moon, gives you the chance to probe the depths of your true intentions and follow them through.  If single, you’ll either be the star of the show, or at least surrounded by the right kind of company. Make sure others get to know the real you.

 

SCORPIO

You may be a creature of habit, but you’re in the mood for some changes. If you’re willing to put up with someone else’s hardened attitudes, are you doing so out of fear of rejection or really through acceptance?  So look after your own self first and foremost by doing something different this week.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Time to take a long hard look at your life and love. However hard or painful the past has been, there’s something special and precious coming out of it. You’re loving yourself, a little bit more, every day.  With the planets lighting up your relationships, at last you feel less of the defensive and more of the self-contained.

 

CAPRICORN

It’s hard to accept that you need to take a risk here and there. Right now, you have the chance to learn direct assertiveness and accept that sometimes you make mistakes. This is a week when your confidence, vitality and awareness of love values are turned upside down, but with fabulous results for the future.

 

AQUARIUS

The planets are reminding you to question your motives for any love decisions this week.  Is your life fulfilling? Are your true desires being met? Do you make promises then renege on them because you’re so insecure in yourself? Be honest and be rewarded.

 

PISCES

It’s all so delicate – relationships, romance, wondering, waiting, isn’t it? Guessing how someone else feels too, maybe? Things can be fixed, but only if you communicate, take the odd risk in love, and throw a little bit of caution to the wind. This week the enchantment can at last begin.

For Those Who Might Be Single, Your Daring Dating Forecast for the Week of December 5th

David Wells, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

In his final week in your relationship sky, Mars takes his job very seriously. He creates a way to say hi to someone or maybe it’s goodbye to what started off promising, now not so much? Energy in, results out. Spend this week directing your love power.

 

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

With Venus out of your relationship sky take a breath, consider what you want from romance rather than feeling the pressure to just get out and go on that date will you? Slow down T, this is a week to re-think what’s next; unlike next week. That full on!

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

A full Moon in your sign could have you more emotional than ever as she brings on the need to let go, let go of what you feel you no longer need in your life. It’s not necessarily about love, but the Sun’s presence in your relationship sky directs your attention to a one-on-one that needs a review.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

What would you think if someone swooped in and asked them out, said hi and flirted a little? If you’re ok with that, move along; your question has been answered, you’re not that into them. If you’re not ok, make sure you’re the one asking for that date.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

You can’t be all things to all people, who’s even asking? What you can be, and you do this very well, is be yourself. Love isn’t about altering your behaviour to be what you think someone is looking for, dismiss that idea and anyone who courts such nonsense. Authenticity, brings new romance.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

Your ruler, Mercury, is in reverse and that can mean delays to travel and communication; no biggie. Unless you’re making your way to that first date and you know he or she isn’t what you’d call the patient type? Leave space for delays.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

As long as you’re prepared to let someone take the lead they will take the lead, sometimes it’s nice to know you need only show up. Sometimes. When does taking the lead turn into taking over? Usually about two years in and you’ve not noticed. Balance those decisions.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

What would you say if you could speak to your perfect partner? Would you ask him or her what their favourite colour was, maybe how they liked their roast potatoes? Quite the banal banter, perfect could be right in front of you seeking a deeper conversation. Give them it

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

With your relationship planet Mercury in reverse from Sunday it’s probably a good idea to pause, consider what you’re going to say before you say it. Given Uranus is in reverse too it may be wise to resist what you think are clever witticisms. Turns out they’re not.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

Shoulders can be broad or they can slope, you can accept the invitation to help or let it go. Someone asks, what do you do? It’s not based on whether or not you fancy them, surely? Not in the slightest, but helping could bring romance your way and all because you’re being your helpful self. Excellent.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

Social invitations begin to flow, your sequins are being dusted off and your hair is looking amazing; all set to go. But wait, your new love planet Mercury is in reverse, so too is your ruler Uranus so should you be wary? Only of the bus and train timetables.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

As the Moon goes full your new love ruler suggests you ask what you don’t want from a new romance, in progress or not. A sense of duty is a good thing, but not when it tips over into being Mother or Father to his or her neediness. Just saying.

Your Horoscopes for the Week of Monday, December 5th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)

Financial affairs are strong in your chart. This week many of you rams will be making major decisions about your future and when and how much you are going to invest in it. Although family think they know what’s best for you, they don’t know the whole story, so be careful of taking advice which is not tailor made for you.

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)

Although your stubborn nature can be an asset, it has recently been a setback for you. Try to make the effort to say sorry to those you may owe an apology to. It’s the only way you’re going to get back on track in time for Christmas, my friend. New ways to make your working week an easier place to be come via new faces midweek.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)

You start to be more honest about who you want to spend your time with and who you want to see less of. This is unlikely to come as a surprise to you, for it’s been building up for some time. Mercury your ruling planet helps you to better understand why those you care for had to say no to your demands. Clarity is yours.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)

You seem to be missing those who are no longer a part of your life. You realise you need to move on, but you need help finding the tools to do so. Luckily for you, Jupiter the planet of self expansion helps you to distinguish those who want to help, from those who want to hinder. New attractions come via travel.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)

Do you mean what you say? Or are you just speaking for the sake of it out of frustration and angst Leo? Events over the coming days will make it clear to you what is really going on. Just remember to stick to promises you made in business. Your reputation and your finances will depend on it my friend.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)

I can see from your stars that your time has not really been your own recently. What I also see though Virgo, is that you have allowed those who are weaker than you to walk all over you. Frustrations in finance don’t have to be that way. Push the boundaries and ask for the help you need, but start from the top and don’t accept loose promises.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)

Your close ones have not been making it easy for you to tell them the truth lately. I can see the frustration in your chart, but I can also see that it’s time for you to step away and take a break. Arrange to see those you know help you relax so that you can look at your problems and worries from a fresh angle.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)

Mercury pushes those around you to speak for the sake of it. Therefore, you would be wise to believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see. Mars brings out your demanding side, which could well see you asking for things you don’t really want or need. Take a step back and think about your long-term goals, rather than trying to push others boundaries.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)

Love who you are Sagittarius. It’s the key to you ending this year on a high. Time spent on your own going over paperwork midweek can help you find a way out of a problem you were beginning to give up hope on. The return of someone you did not think you would see again for a long time (if at all) shakes up your world and emotions.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)

Whatever you do and wherever you are, be there Capricorn. Travel is written in your stars and any plans you make over the coming days are sure to make you look forward to Christmas and the New Year. Try not to be talked into plans you don’t want in your personal life. Especially when you’ve only just got your freedom back.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)

Something which was out of your influence is now in your control, but you seem to be the only one who has noticed this fact. Your element of air brings out your gossipy side and could even see you sharing secrets which will upset those you care about. The Moon brings out your emotive side on Sunday, when you feel the need to contact someone you’ve missed.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)

The events in November have left you with quite a mess to clean up, haven’t they Pisces? Luckily for you the stars are on hand to help you do so with ease. All you have to do is be honest about what the problem was and where the source lies. Face this and you can proceed through this month constructively.

 

If You Were Born Today, December 5

 

You are a true visionary with the intelligence and creativity to back it up. You are truly ahead of your time. You are resourceful and very quick to take care of the things that need to be done. Freedom-loving always, you don’t appreciate being confined or stereotyped whatsoever. You are very sharp and witty, sometimes surprising others with your astute perceptions and quips. You value loyalty in others most. You can sometimes be a little hard on others, as you do expect honesty and integrity and become quite impatient with anything less. Famous people born today: Walt Disney, Little Richard, Jose Maria Carreras, Margaret Cho, Nick Stahl, Frankie Muniz.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

A Full Moon in your Solar Return chart marks this as a year of great personal significance, when major new beginnings, endings, and activities occur. This period is the culmination of a stage of personal growth and development. Events occurring this year may bring various developments in your emotional, psychological, or spiritual life over the past several years to a head. Relationships are especially important. There can be increased activity in your professional and public life, causing a conflict with your domestic and personal goals. There is little moderation in your life this year. Connections are made or ended, or your job focus may change as one focus fades to make way for a new direction. The year ahead is certain to be a very busy, dynamic, and significant period in your life.

A transiting Neptune square to your Sun that began in April 2017 continues this year and brings out your idealistic side. Excessive idealism can cause a few problems if you’re not careful. Some confusion about where you are headed in life is quite likely at the beginning of this transit. You could be undergoing confusion about what you want from life and how to go about satisfying your ego. There can be a real “identity crisis” that ultimately leads to a reworking of your self-image and a greater understanding of your purpose. 

While you don’t always know where you’re headed in a larger sense, the year is good for motivation levels regarding work or projects and personal interests. There can be opportunities to pursue absorbing topics and projects of interest. More joy and meaning can be found in your work or obligations.

Your ability to concentrate and focus is enhanced this year. You may, in fact, have a lot of work to do in relative solitude or you might often retreat to study, work, or think. You might be required to travel for business purposes. Thinking in realistic and practical terms is your best bet, and the need for tangible results for your efforts is strong.

You may be actively involved in teamwork and collaboration with others this year. Passions are stirred and you’re in a good position for connecting with others to accomplish your goals. There can be the beginning of a significant new relationship or the intensification of an existing romance.

You express yourself more clearly and you can be excellent at guiding and instructing others. There is a pronounced ability to order your thoughts and ideas, come up with designs, and recognize patterns. You can especially enjoy making plans, lists, and connections this year.

However, this can be a year when bursts of restlessness, rebellion, and impatience figure prominently. You have a tendency to take risks and to act on sudden impulses without considering consequences. You assert your will and individuality powerfully, and you are ready to fight for freedom. There may be changes in work schedules, or life’s circumstances could challenge you in such a way that you need to change your goals or actions. This can also be a time when you tend to resist others and challenge them if they are trying to hold you back. Arguments and confrontations are likely. Technology may be a source of irritation, and electrical appliances may break down or not work up to par.

Energy fluctuates this year. Anger can erupt seemingly from nowhere and it gives you the chance to deal with it. If you aren’t too rash or impulsive, this can be an excellent year in which to free yourself from restrictive circumstances. You could also have more courage than usual to do things that break the routine, and confrontations engaged in this year could clear the air and help you to move forward.

Helping ground you is a Mars-Saturn sextile that gives you a sense of responsibility and a feeling of directedness and purposefulness. Traditional methods work, and thoroughness brings rewards. Practice or refining a technique is favored this year. The approach that seems to work best with this aspect is a step-by-step one, with modest ambitions and the appreciation of slow but steady progress. This is particularly true of mental projects and special interests. You can be prolific when your heart is engaged in what you’re doing.

This can be a good time for updating your electronics and technology in ways that open up new avenues for communication or ease. Wonderfully creative ideas can fill your head this year.

Making connections with others from a different background is likely to figure in the year ahead, or widening your mind through unusual or different experiences can be part of the picture. Generosity and compassion increases and your faith is boosted. You more easily make personal sacrifices for what you believe to be the better good.

Relationships are in strong focus now, and you can find yourself in higher demand than usual. The year ahead can involve some surprise directions and detours. You can find some areas of life quite confusing, in fact, as you seek out more fulfillment. Advances in intellectual and mental pursuits are likely this year, as you make steady progress that has long-lasting results. You’re in good shape for staying on track and meeting your responsibilities. However, watch for rash, impulsive decisions.

2017 is a Number Nine year for you. Ruled by Mars. This is a year of completion and transition. It is a time when we need to let go of things that no longer serve their purpose, and hold on to things that have a future. It is a time of cleaning out dead wood, not necessarily for new beginnings. It can be a time when a burden has been taken off your shoulders, and it can be a year of giving of yourself. Advice – let go of things that are holding you back, give of yourself and express your sympathetic, compassionate side.

2018 will be a Number One year for you. Ruled by the Sun. This is a year of action. The seeds you plant now, you will reap later. Others might find you less sociable, as you are busier than ever and you focus on your activities and your needs. Still, you are outgoing and your initiative is stronger than ever. Advice – Stand alone, take action, start fresh, express independence.

Get A Jump on Tomorrow…..

Your Horoscopes for Wednesday, December 6th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer

From The Astrology Room

 

ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Don’t be used by those close to you. You’ve done nothing but try with certain close ones recently. I can see from your stars that all they have been doing is taking advantage of you. Make today the day you say ‘enough.’

TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
Energy and persistence conquer all things. If you can realise this and work harder towards your dreams, instead of being side tracked by bad influences, then you would move mountains.

GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
I know how hard it is when you feel that you have given your all to someone, but they now seem to have forgotten everything you ever did for them. Don’t beat yourself up about it Gemini. In time they will realise their error.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Having faith in your close ones is what will get them that much closer to success. Money you put into the home may seem like throwing good money after bad, but can in fact give you the long term security you need.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
The Sun helps you to work out where you have been going wrong in your personal life. You are no longer afraid to admit what’s not working. Just remember to keep manners to the fore. It’s the key to you maintaining the upper hand.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
There is a tired feel to your chart, which may see you thinking about cancelling things you had lined up for the days ahead. Don’t! By continuing with plans, you’ll soon find your energy levels rising and your smile broadening.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
Your element of air could see you sharing others’ secrets. Careful Libra, you could end up losing an important friendship if you do. Time spent making the most of opportunities that are open in the workplace, can change everything for you.

SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
You couldn’t see what was happening around you because you were blinded by what others told you. From today, Saturn joins your fight for the truth. You finally get to see things as they really are.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
People you’ll be meeting over the course of the next few days help you to think outside the box and to consider how you can better spend your spare time. Your sign is that of a follower; don’t get led on

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
As Marilyn Monroe once said, ‘keep smiling because life is beautiful and there’s so much to smile about.’ This has been hard to believe lately, but you will see that its true by the newfound confidence you find in thoughts of your future.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
You think you can’t trust a close one, but you can’t afford not to if you are going to convince them that you are in it for the long haul Aquarius. Or perhaps you’re not? Answering this question honestly will tell you how you really feel.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
The more you do today, the more you will be able to do. You were held back by thoughts of the past, but I see that you have cut that cord and you are ready, willing and able to move on. Ring now to hear how casual flirtations have serious connotations.

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Welcome to the Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 5th (Astronomy)

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Welcome to the Witches Digest for Tuesday, December 5th

(Astronomy)

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, December 5

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 142.52° SE
Sun Altitude: 20.55°
Sun Distance: 91.596 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2017 10:27 am (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:53 am↑ 118° Southeast
Sunset Today: 4:37 pm↑ 242° Southwest
Length of Daylight: 9 hours, 44 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 299.09° WNW
Moon Altitude: -5.27°
Moon Distance: 223088 mi
Next New Moon: Dec 18, 201712:30 am
Next Full Moon: Jan 1, 20188:24 pm
Next Moonrise: Today7:08 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Illumination: 94.1%

The Lunar Calendar
Moon Phase Tonight: Waning Gibbous
Third Quarter: Dec 10, 2017 at 1:51 am
(Next Phase)
Full Moon: Dec 3, 2017 at 9:46 am
(Previous Phase)

Source

timeanddate.com

Your Astrology for Tuesday, December 5th

The Moon is in Cancer.
The Moon is waning and in its Full phase.
The Full Moon occurred on the 3rd in the sign of Gemini, and the Last Quarter Moon will occur on the 10th.
Mercury is retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius (Mercury is retrograde from December 3-22).
Chiron stations and turns direct today.

Moon in Cancer

The Moon is traveling through Cancer today. Beware of mood swings. Cook some soul food. Cuddle up with someone.

The restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. Feelings of belonging and safety are what motivate us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us.

The Moon in Cancer generally favors the following activities: Domestic activities, those that involve awareness of personal needs. Home decor, family get-togethers.

Daily Overview of Your Astronomy for Tuesday, December 5th

Chiron reaches a station as it turns direct after many months of retrograde motion (since July 1st). Emotional truths about matters we’ve been avoiding or confused about begin to emerge now and in the coming weeks. These may not always be comfortable, but they serve to motivate us to take appropriate action. We’re more inclined to work on or with our sensitivities and vulnerabilities than to allow them to hold us back or nurse our wounds.

The Moon spends the day in Cancer, stimulating our desire to stick to a familiar path. With the Sun and Saturn parallel, as well as Mercury and Saturn moving towards alignment, there can be a focus on seeking or clarifying information, serious talks, and structuring our lives in some significant manner.

In the Sky This Month for October

The year ends as it began, with the brilliant stars of winter climbing into the evening sky. By the end of December, dazzling Orion will be in good view by the time the sky gets dark. Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, will rise below Orion a bit later. The twins of Gemini stand to the left of the hunter, with Taurus, the celestial bull, above, continuing the never-ending cycle of stars and planets across the night sky.

December 5: Lepus
Lepus, the rabbit, hops across the evening sky this month, beneath the feet of Orion, the hunter. Since the rabbit was one of Orion’s favorite quarries, early skywatchers thought it fitting for hunter and prey to inhabit the same area of the sky.

December 6: Gemini’s Twins
Many cultures have seen two human figures in the stars of Gemini. Twin streamers of stars extend from Castor and Pollux, the bright “twin” stars that give Gemini its name. They line up directly above the Moon this evening.

December 7: Moon and Regulus
Regulus, the brightest star of the constellation Leo, the celestial lion, follows the Moon across the sky after they rise late this evening.

December 8: More Moon and Regulus
Regulus, which marks the heart of the lion, crouches to the right of the Moon at first light tomorrow. Regulus is one of the brightest stars in northern skies, so it’s hard to miss.

December 9: Last-Quarter Moon
The Moon will reach its “last-quarter” phase at 1:51 a.m. CST tomorrow, when it lines up at a right angle to the line between Earth and the Sun. Sunlight will illuminate half of the lunar surface, with that fraction growing smaller over the coming week.

December 10: Orion Rising
Orion the hunter clears the eastern horizon by about 8 p.m. Look for its belt of three moderately bright stars, which aims straight up into the sky as Orion rises. It’s flanked by Orion’s brightest stars: Betelgeuse to the left, Rigel to the right.

December 11: Geminids
One of the strongest meteor showers of the year, the Geminids, should be at its best on Wednesday night. The shower may sprinkle dozens of meteors into the sky per hour. The Moon won’t interfere with the fireworks, so it should be a good show.

Source

StarDate

Cosmic Weather Report for December 2017

by Jane Lyle
From The Astrology Room

Thought for December:

“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.”

– Dr. Carl Jung

December opens with intensity, and a shape-shifting full Moon in tricky Gemini.

The first few days of December pack four important cosmic patterns into a short space of time. It’s a dynamic, eventful start:

1) Sudden Actions: Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries

These are uncertain days, with impulsive acts and unexpected upheavals flagged up by the stand-off between warrior Mars and rebellious Uranus. This connection symbolises electrifying moments, sudden outbursts, and more than a whiff of excitement at best, accidents, fights, and danger at worst. Anyway, more haste, less speed – and take it easy. Alongside this, there’s the hallucinogenic supermoon – full on 3rd December – but heightening emotions and craziness from 1st to 5th December.

2) Gift from the Sea: Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces

‘The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach- waiting for a gift from the sea.

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh, ‘Gift from the Sea’ (1955)

I’ve written about the beautiful potential of Jupiter and Neptune in the Cosmic Weather horoscope for November. It’s wonderful for creativity and spiritual adventures, yet generally very dodgy when it comes to delusions, financial bubbles, and unwise investments of love, cash, or belief.

In honour of this watery, magical astrology I’ve chosen the work of three mystical women artists for three of the illustrations this month. They are – Georgiana Houghton, Ethel Le Rossignol, and Hilma af Klint.

Jupiter and Neptune have all the glamorous allure and danger of fairy gold. This aspect repeats again exactly in May and August, 2018.

3) Invisible Hands: Full Moon, Supermoon in Gemini, 3rd December 2017

‘Hardcore spirits have been exorcised with the vacuum cleaner of secular psychology, but what can we do if their invisible hand sometimes still wants to reach out to ours and shake it?’

– Marco Pasi, Associate Professor in History of Hermetic Philosophy, University of Amsterdam. From ‘The Hidden Hand, Tate Etc. Summer 2016’

Here’s a chaotic full Moon at 11 degrees of Gemini, spilling over with wild gossip, high spirits, and mesmerising words. Many of us will feel a little unhinged – mostly in a delightful way, I hope. December is full of magical folklore and ghostly tales, and this full Moon favours a few otherworldly Yuletide adventures.

This is a supermoon, closer to us here on Earth – with clear winter skies, it should look stunning. There’s much more about it in the Moon Diary.

4) Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius

Mercury backtracks through the sign of travellers, philosophers, sportsmen and women, humorists and adventurers. I don’t think it bodes well for seamless holiday travel plans – strikes, cancellations, and other delays or hold-ups are very likely. Making careful plans, allowing plenty of time, and seeing the funny side should help.

Things tend to backfire when Mercury travels in reverse – and in Sagittarius this includes jokes, social media posts, and generally tactless remarks. Avoiding social media when intoxicated is always wise, and never more so than right now.

Mercury retrograde is always a helpful time to review things. If something needs more research, or a fresh point of view, now’s the time to tackle that.

Mercury is retrograde from 3rd December until 23rd December.

18th December:

Traveller’s Tales: New Moon rises in Sagittarius, 26 degrees

This exciting, fiery new Moon offers inspiration for the month ahead, particularly over the next two weeks. It favours what’s unconventional, and loves spontaneity and the far horizons. The far horizons of your own imagination will be just as important as real-world travelling. There’s more in the Moon Diary.

20th December:

Saturn Comes Home to Capricorn

It’s an extremely important astrological moment, right on the cusp of the Winter Solstice. This is Saturn’s season, when the Roman Saturnalia meant that the god Saturn was unchained, and bacchanalian mayhem celebrated his temporary release from bondage. In 2017, Saturn enters the sign of the Sea Goat for the first time since 1988. Here, Saturn is rock solid – perfectly at home in the sign it rules, and master of earthly powers. Saturn in Capricorn will be part of our lives and culture until 2020.

Seven Saturn in Capricorn characteristics:

Ambition and love of status and social success
Practicality
Pragmatism
Hard work, veering towards workaholic habits
Caution
Determination
Persistence

Eleven Saturn in Capricorn themes:

Building – strong foundations and lasting structures can be created
Engineering
Budgeting – Saturn in Capricorn can be particularly frugal and risk averse.
Banking and finance – Saturn in Capricorn wants to see stricter controls and rules in these areas.
Authority – Saturn represents the archetypal, old-fashioned father-figure.
Security
Science – Saturn is all about structure and foundations, so scientific work that examines these is favoured – for example, in physics, chemistry, and genetics.
Medical and archaeological research involving bones and fossils is also highlighted.
History and archaeology in general are favoured by Saturn in Capricorn.
Tradition
Older people and the stories of our ancestors

21st December:

Winter Solstice – Sun enters Capricorn

Human beings have celebrated the Winter Solstice for thousands of years. The Sun dies, the Sun is reborn – it’s just such a powerful moment for life here on Earth.

This year, the astrological Capricorn flavour is strong. The Sun, Saturn, and Pluto are in Capricorn, joined by Venus on Christmas Day to make a serious line-up in this, the most serious of signs. It’s a dynamic Solstice season, favouring realistic, rational plans and ambitions. Yet Capricorn is also musical, has a quirky, often dry, sense of humour, and admires stylish glamour. The determined goat climbs, the fish-tailed part of Capricorn dips into the waters of wisdom and universal knowledge.

If you’re a December Capricorn, March Aries, June Cancerian, or September Libran this is a notable turning point time for you – now, and on into 2018.

25th December: Happy Christmas!

We’re drawn to tales of the past, and the romance of wild places this Christmas.

Venus enters earthy Capricorn today, joining the Sun, Saturn, and Pluto in this dynamic cardinal sign. The Moon is in mystical, musical Pisces. In many ways, it’s a sentimental Yuletide holiday this year with a strong feeling for tradition and ritual.

2018 has much positive potential for quiet achievements and massively important changes in finance and politics. It will be a very tough year for those who resist restructuring and rebuilding – what needs reforming is already obvious, so if we can work with that, then changes can be made more constructively and have lasting value. As ever, we can always hope. Wishing you a very happy, fulfilling 2018!

The sky this week for December 5 to 10

A Super Moon, a meteor shower, and an asteroid all grace the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott

Tuesday, December 5

Mars stands out in the southeastern sky before dawn this week. The magnitude 1.7 Red Planet rises nearly four hours before the Sun and appears 25° high as twilight starts to paint the sky. It resides among the background stars of Virgo, some 5° to the left of the Maiden’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Spica. Notice the stark color contrast between the orange-red planet and the blue-white star. Unfortunately, the view through a telescope proves disappointing — Mars spans just 4″ and shows no detail.

Wednesday, December 6

The second-brightest asteroid of 2017 puts on a nice show during December. Minor planet 7 Iris rides high in the evening sky among the background stars of Aries the Ram. It glows at 8th magnitude and should be relatively easy to spot through binoculars even from the suburbs. This evening, you can locate Iris 1° southeast of the magnitude 5.9 star 4 Arietis.

Thursday, December 7

Although people in the Northern Hemisphere won’t experience the shortest day of the year for another two weeks (at the winter solstice December 21), those at 40° north latitude will see the Sun set earlier today than at any other time this year. Tomorrow’s sunset will arrive one second later and, by the solstice, our star will set three to four minutes later than today. The date of earliest sunset depends on latitude — the farther north you live, the closer it occurs to the solstice.

Friday, December 8

Head outside before dawn and you’ll find Jupiter blazing low in the southeast. The giant planet rises nearly three hours before the Sun and climbs 20° high an hour before sunup. Jupiter shines at magnitude –1.7, which makes it the brightest point of light in the night sky, and resides among the much dimmer stars of the constellation Libra. A telescope reveals the planet’s 32″-diameter disk.

Saturday, December 9

A lone bright star now hangs low in the south during early evening. First-magnitude Fomalhaut — often called “the Solitary One” — belongs to the constellation Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish. From mid-northern latitudes, it climbs 20° above the horizon at its best. How solitary is Fomalhaut? The nearest 1st-magnitude star to it, Achernar at the southern end of Eridanus the River, lies some 40° away.

Sunday, December 10

Last Quarter Moon occurs at 2:51 a.m. EST. It poked above the eastern horizon shortly before midnight local time yesterday evening and climbs highest in the south as twilight starts to paint the sky today. The half-lit Moon spends the morning hours in the southern part of the constellation Leo the Lion.

Source

The Astronomy Magazine

The Witches Current Moon Phase for December 5th

Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 95%

The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.

PHASE DETAILS FOR – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017

Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 95%
Moon Age: 16.89 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 363,410.99 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,402,048.49 km

Source

MoonGiant.com

Moon Diary

by Jane Lyle, Astrologer
From The Astrology Room

We need to examine what’s whirling around us with great care, or be prepared to surrender to what may, or may not, be the world of make-believe. We can’t make any hard-and-fast judgments in the real world for now. Yet fantasy can be very alluring, and we all need to step out of our everyday lives now and then.

Neptune, planet of illusion and magic, squares off to Sun in Sagittarius and Moon in Gemini. It favours flexibility, as the mutable signs weave their spells and we adjust our thinking. There’s a strong religious or spiritual edge with Pisces and Sagittarius – philosophy, healing, ideals and fantasies peak.

Jupiter in Scorpio expands everything, linking with watery Neptune in the first of three meetings that boost intuition and imagination. Jupiter and Neptune will confuse and disappoint us if we spend our time just trying to make easy money, or pin our hopes on some devious, charismatic trickster.

More disarray arrives care of that chatty traveller, Mercury. Mercury rules Gemini, sign of this full Moon. Mercury turns back today, retrograde in Sagittarius until 22nd December. What’s been talked about in recent weeks may have to be reorganised, cancelled, or just parked until later. Travel plans are vulnerable targets, as are public statements, sporting events, and those ever-present ‘fake news’ shenanigans. The game of ‘true or false’ goes on and on.

This misty Moon symbolises sheer poetry or sheer idiocy. We can find bliss here, or disappointment and loss. Beautiful possibilities are there, but they fluctuate like the sea, and can only be found if we sacrifice our need for everything to be solid. If we can enter the house of the spirits (whatever that may signify to us personally) we’ll find something valuable.

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Your Daily Horoscopes and Everything We Should Have Done Yesterday!

If we do the Yule spread right now, you won’t get your horoscopes till 3:00 this afternoon, so Yule is after the Daily Horoscopes & Divination.

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