Odin’s quest for wisdom is never-ending, and he is willing to pay any price, it seems, for the understanding of life’s mysteries that he craves more than anything else. On one occasion, he hanged himself, wounded himself with his spear, and fasted from food and drink for nine days and nights in order to discover the runes.

On another occasion, he ventured to Mimir’s Well – which is surely none other than the Well of Urd[1] – amongst the roots of the world-tree Yggdrasil. There dwelt Mimir, a shadowy being whose knowledge of all things was practically unparalleled among the inhabitants of the cosmos. He achieved this status largely by taking his water from the well, whose waters impart this cosmic knowledge.

When Odin arrived, he asked Mimir for a drink from the water. The well’s guardian, knowing the value of such a draught, refused unless the seeker offered an eye in return. Odin – whether straightaway or after anguished deliberation, we can only wonder – gouged out one of his eyes and dropped it into the well. Having made the necessary sacrifice, Mimir dipped his horn into the well and offered the now-one-eyed god a drink.[2][3]

An Interpretation

The most general and obvious message of this tale is that, for those who share Odin’s values, no sacrifice is too great for wisdom. The (unfortunately fragmentary) sources for our current knowledge of the pre-Christian mythology and religion of the Norse and other Germanic peoples are, however, silent on exactly what kind of wisdom Odin obtained in exchange for his eye. But we can hazard a guess.

The fact that Odin specifically sacrificed an eye is surely significant. In all ages, the eye has been “seen” as a poetic symbol for perception in general – consider the astonishing number of expressions, both in everyday usage and in the works of the great canonical poets, that use vision as a metaphor for perceiving and understanding something. Given that Odin’s eye was sacrificed in order to obtain an enhanced perception, it seems highly likely that his pledge of an eye symbolizes trading one mode of perception for another.

What mode of perception was exchanged for what other mode, then? The answer to this question lies in the character of Mimir. Mimir, whose name means “The Rememberer,” seems to have been the being who told the gods how to live in accordance with ancestral tradition, and with wisdom more generally.

In the tale of Odin’s discovery of the runes, Odin sacrificed what we might call his “lower self” to his “higher self.” Here, his relinquishment of an eye should surely be understood along similar lines: he exchanged a profane, everyday mode of perception, beleaguered with countless petty troubles, for a sacred mode of perception informed by divine, ancestral wisdom.

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[1] Bauschatz, Paul C. 1982. The Well and the Tree: World and Time in Early Germanic Culture.

[2] The Poetic Edda. Völuspá, stanza 28.

[3] Snorri Sturluson. The Prose Edda. Gylfaginning 15.

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The Norse god Odin is a relentless seeker after knowledge and wisdom, and is willing to sacrifice almost anything for this pursuit. The most outstanding feature of his appearance, his one eye, attests to this; he sacrificed his other eye for more wisdom. The tale of how he discovered the runes is another example of his unquenchable thirst for understanding the mysteries of life, not to mention his unstoppable will.The runes are the written letters that were used by the Norse and other Germanic peoples before the adoption of the Latin alphabet in the later Middle Ages. Unlike the Latin alphabet, which is an essentially utilitarian script, the runes are symbols of some of the most powerful forces in the cosmos. In fact, the word “rune” and its cognates across past and present Germanic languages mean both “letter” and “secret/mystery.” The letters called “runes” allow one to access, interact with, and influence the world-shaping forces they symbolize. Thus, when Odin sought the runes, he wasn’t merely attempting to acquire a set of arbitrary representations of human vocal sounds. Rather, he was uncovering an extraordinarily potent system of magic.

Odin’s Discovery of the Runes

At the center of the Norse cosmos stands the great tree Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil’s upper branches cradle Asgard, the home and fortress of the Aesir gods and goddesses, of whom Odin is the chief.

Yggdrasil grows out of the Well of Urd, a pool whose fathomless depths hold many of the most powerful forces and beings in the cosmos. Among these beings are the Norns, three sagacious maidens who create the fatesof all beings. One of the foremost techniques they use to shape fate is carving runes into Yggdrasil’s trunk. The symbols then carry these intentions throughout the tree, affecting everything in the Nine Worlds.

Odin watched the Norns from his seat in Asgard and envied their powers and their wisdom. And he bent his will toward the task of coming to know the runes.

Since the runes’ native home is in the Well of Urd with the Norns, and since the runes do not reveal themselves to any but those who prove themselves worthy of such fearful insights and abilities, Odin hung himself from a branch of Yggdrasil, pierced himself with his spear, and peered downward into the shadowy waters below. He forbade any of the other gods to grant him the slightest aid, not even a sip of water. And he stared downward, and stared downward, and called to the runes.

He survived in this state, teetering on the precipice that separates the living from the dead, for no less than nine days and nights. At the end of the ninth night, he at last perceived shapes in the depths: the runes! They had accepted his sacrifice and shown themselves to him, revealing to him not only their forms, but also the secrets that lie within them. Having fixed this knowledge in his formidable memory, Odin ended his ordeal with a scream of exultation.

Having been initiated into the mysteries of the runes, Odin recounted:

Then I was fertilized and became wise;
I truly grew and thrived.
From a word to a word I was led to a word,
From a work to a work I was led to a work.

Equipped with the knowledge of how to wield the runes, he became one of the mightiest and most accomplished beings in the cosmos. He learned chants that enabled him to heal emotional and bodily wounds, to bind his enemies and render their weapons worthless, to free himself from constraints, to put out fires, to expose and banish practitioners of malevolent magic, to protect his friends in battle, to wake the dead, to win and keep a lover, and to perform many other feats like these.[1]

“Sacrificing Myself to Myself”

Our source for the above tale is the Hávamál, an Old Norse poem that comprises part of the Poetic Edda. In the first of the two verses that describe Odin’s shamanic initiatory ordeal itself (written from Odin’s perspective), the god says that he was “given to Odin, myself to myself.” The Old Norse phrase that translates to English as “given to Odin” is gefinn Óðni, a phrase that occurs many times throughout the Eddas and sagas in the context of human sacrifices to Odin. And, in fact, the form these sacrifices take mirrors Odin’s ordeal in the Hávamál; the victim, invariably of noble birth, was stabbed, hung, or, more commonly, both at the same time.[2]

Odin’s ordeal is therefore a sacrifice of himself to himself, and is the ultimate Odinnic sacrifice – for who could be a nobler offering to the god than the god himself?

So, it seems that a statement above is in need of qualification. Part of Odin survived the sacrifice in order to be the recipient of the sacrifice – in addition to the runes themselves – and another part of him did indeed die. This is suggested, not just by the imagery of death in these verses, but also by the imagery of rebirth and fecundity in the following verses that speak of his being “fertilized,” and, like a seedling, “growing,” and “thriving.”

Even a casual browsing of the Eddas and sagas alerts the reader to how accomplished, self-possessed, and inwardly strong many of their central figures are, especially the most Odinnic of them (such as Egill Skallagrimsson, Starkad, Sigurd, and Grettir Asmundarson). Perhaps their strength of character was largely due to the example set by their divine patron, with the songs sung in his honor telling of how he wasn’t afraid to sacrifice what we might call his “lower self” to his “higher self,” to live according to his highest will unconditionally, accepting whatever hardships arise from that pursuit, and allowing nothing, not even death, to stand between him and the attainment of his goals.

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[1] The Poetic Edda. Hávamál, stanzas 138-163.

[2] Turville-Petre, E.O.G. 1964. Myth and Religion of the North: The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia. p. 42-50.

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n the pre-Christian Germanic worldview, the spoken word possesses frightfully strong creative powers. As Scandinavian scholar Catharina Raudvere notes, “The pronouncement of words was recognized to have a tremendous influence over the concerns of life. The impact of a sentence uttered aloud could not be questioned and could never be taken back – as if it had become somehow physical. … Words create reality, not the other way around.”[20] This is, in an important sense, an anticipation of the philosophy of language advanced by the twentieth-century German philosopher Martin Heidegger in his seminal essay Language. For Heidegger, language is an inescapable structuring element of perception. Words don’t merely reflect our perception of the world; rather, we perceive and experience the world in the particular ways that our language demands of us. Thinking outside of language is literally unthinkable, because all thought takes place within language – hence the inherent, godlike creative powers of words.[21] In traditional Germanic society, to vocalize a thought is to make that thought part of the fabric of reality, altering reality accordingly – perhaps not absolutely, but in some important measure.[22]

Each of the runes represents a phoneme – the smallest unit of sound in a language, such as “t,” “s,” “r,” etc. – and as such is a transposition of a phoneme into a visual form.

Most modern linguists take it for granted that the relationship between the signified (the concrete reality referred to by a word) and the signifier (the sounds used to vocalize that word) is arbitrary.[23][24][25] However, a minority of linguists embrace an opposing theory known as “phonosemantics:” the idea that there is, in fact, a meaningful connection between the sounds that make up a word and the word’s meaning. To put this another way, the phoneme itself carries an inherent meaning. The meaning of the word “thorn,” for example, derives in large part from the combined meaning of the phonemes “th,” “o,” “r,” and “n.”

The phonosemantic view of language is in agreement with the traditional northern European view, where “words create reality, not the other way around.” The runes, as transpositions of phonemes, bring the inherent creative powers of speech into a visual medium. We’ve already noted that the word “rune” means “letter” only secondarily, and that its primary meaning is “secret” or “mystery” – the mysterious power carried by the phoneme itself. We must also remember the ordeal Odin undertook in order to discover the runes – no one would hang from a tree without food or water for nine days and nights, ritually wounded by his own spear, in order to obtain a set of arbitrary signifiers.

With the runes, the phonosemantic perspective takes on an additional layer of significance. Not only is the relationship between the definition of a word and the phonemes that comprise it inherently meaningful – the relationship between a phoneme and its graphic representation is inherently meaningful as well.

Thus, the runes were not only a means of fostering communication between two or more humans. Being intrinsically meaningful symbols that could be read and understood by at least some nonhuman beings, they could facilitate communication between humankind and the invisible powers who animate the visible world, providing the basis for a plethora of magical acts.

In the verses from the Völuspá quoted above, we see that the carving of runes is one of the primary means by which the Norns establish the fateof all beings (the other most often-noted method being weaving). Given that the ability to alter the course of fate is one of the central concerns of traditional Germanic magic, it should come as no surprise that the runes, as an extremely potent means of redirecting fate, and as inherently meaningful symbols, were thereby inherently magical by their very nature. This is a controversial statement to make nowadays, since some scholars insist that, while the runes may have sometimes been used for magical purposes, they were not, in and of themselves, magical.

But consider the following episode from Egil’s Saga. While traveling, Egil eats a meal with a farmer whose house is on the Viking’s route. The farmer’s daughter is dangerously ill, and he asks Egil for help. When Egil examines the girl’s bed, he finds a whalebone with runes carved on it. The farmer explains to Egil that these runes were carved by the son of a local farmer – presumably an ignorant, illiterate person whose knowledge of the runes could have only been flimsy at best. Egil, being a master of runic lore, readily discerns that this inscription is the cause of the girl’s woes. After destroying the inscription by scraping the runes off into the fire and burning the whalebone itself (!), Egil carves a different message in different runes so as to counteract the malignancy of the earlier writing. After this has been accomplished, the girl recovers.[26]

We can see from this incident that the heathen northern Europeans made a sharp distinction between the powers of the runes themselves, and the uses to which they were put. While the body of surviving runic inscriptions and literary descriptions of their use definitely suggest that the runes were sometimes put to profane, silly, and/or ignorant purposes,[27] the Eddas and sagas make it abundantly clear that the signs themselves do possess immanent magical attributes that work in particular ways regardless of the intended uses to which they’re put by humans.



[20] Raudvere, Catharina. 2002. Trolldómr in Early Medieval Scandinavia. In Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 3: The Middle Ages. Edited by Bengt Ankarloo and Stuart Clark. p. 91.

[21] Heidegger, Martin. 1971. Language. In Poetry, Language, Thought. Translated by Albert Hofstadter.

[22] For a cogent discussion of the role of the spoken word in the Norse creation narrative itself, see:

Kure, Henning. 2003. In the Beginning Was the Scream: Conceptual Thought in the Old Norse Myth of Creation. In Scandinavia and Christian Europe in the Middle Ages: Papers of the 12th International Saga Conference. Edited by Rudolf Simek and Judith Meurer. p. 311-319.

[23] de Saussure, Ferdinand. 2002. Writings in General Linguistics. Translated by Simon Bouquet. p. 68.

[24] Sapir, Edward. 1921. Language. p. 8.

[25] Trager, George. 1949. The Field of Linguistics. p. 5.

[26] Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar 75.

[27] MacLeod, Mindy, and Bernard Mees. 2006. Runic Amulets and Magic Objects.


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While runologists argue over many of the details of the historical origins of runic writing, there is widespread agreement on a general outline. The runes are presumed to have been derived from one of the many Old Italic alphabets in use among the Mediterranean peoples of the first century CE, who lived to the south of the Germanic tribes.[7][8] Earlier Germanic sacred symbols, such as those preserved in northern European rock carvings, were also likely influential in the development of the script.[9][10]

The earliest possibly runic inscription that we know of is found on the Meldorf brooch, which was manufactured in the north of modern-day Germany around 50 CE. The inscription is highly ambiguous, however, and scholars are divided over whether its letters are runic or Roman. The earliest unambiguous runic inscriptions are found on the Vimose comb from Vimose, Denmark and the Øvre Stabu spearhead from southern Norway, both of which date to approximately 160 CE.[11] The earliest known carving of the entire futhark (alphabet), in order, is that on the Kylver stone from Gotland, Sweden, which dates to roughly 400 CE.[12]

The transmission of writing from southern Europe to northern Europe likely took place via Germanic warbands, the dominant northern European military institution of the period, who would have encountered Italic writing firsthand during campaigns amongst their southerly neighbors.[13] This hypothesis is supported by the association that runes have always had with the god Odin, who, in the Proto-Germanic period, under his original name *Woðanaz, was the divine model of the human warband leader and the invisible patron of the warband’s activities. The Roman historian Tacitus tells us that Odin (“Mercury” in the interpretatio romana) was already established as the dominant god in the pantheons of many of the Germanic tribes by the first century.[14] Whether the runes and the cult of Odin arose together, or whether the latter predated the former, is of little consequence for our purposes here. As esteemed Indo-European scholar Georges Dumézil notes:

If Odin was first and always the highest magician, we realize that the runes, however recent they may be, would have fallen under his sway. New and particularly effective implements for magic works, they would become by definition and without contest a part of his domain. … Odin could have been the patron, the possessor par excellence of this redoubtable power of secrecy and secret knowledge, before the name of that knowledge became the technical name of signs both phonetic and magic which came from the Alps or elsewhere, but did not lose its former, larger sense.[15]

From the perspective of the ancient Germanic peoples themselves, however, the runes came from no source as mundane as an Old Italic alphabet. The runes were never “invented,” but are instead eternal, pre-existent forces that Odin himself discovered by undergoing a tremendous ordeal. This tale has come down to us in the Old Norse poem Hávamál(“The Sayings of the High One”):

I know that I hung
On the wind-blasted tree
All of nights nine,
Pierced by my spear
And given to Odin,
Myself sacrificed to myself
On that pole
Of which none know
Where its roots run.

No aid I received,
Not even a sip from the horn.
Peering down,
I took up the runes –
Screaming I grasped them –
Then I fell back from there.[16]

The tree from which Odin hangs himself is surely none other than Yggdrasil, the world-tree at the center of the Germanic cosmos whose branches and roots hold the Nine Worlds. Directly below the world-tree is the Well of Urd, a source of incredible wisdom. The runes themselves seem to have their native dwelling-place in its waters. This is also suggested by another Old Norse poem, the Völuspá (“Insight of the Seeress”):

There stands an ash called Yggdrasil,
A mighty tree showered in white hail.
From there come the dews that fall in the valleys.
It stands evergreen above Urd’s Well.

From there come maidens, very wise,
Three from the lake that stands beneath the pole.
One is called Urd, another Verdandi,
Skuld the third; they carve into the tree
The lives and fates of children.[17]

These “three maidens” are the Norns, and their carvings surely consist of runes. We therefore have a clear association between the Well of Urd, the runes, and magic – in this case, the ability of the Norns to carve the fates of all beings.

Presumably, then, after Odin discovered the runes by ritually sacrificing himself to himself and fasting for nine days while staring into the waters of the Well of Urd, it was he who imparted the runes to the first human runemasters. His paradigmatic sacrifice was likely symbolically imitated in initiation ceremonies during which the candidate learned the lore of the runes,[18][19] but, unfortunately, no concrete evidence of such a practice has survived into our times.


[7] Looijenga, Tineke. 2003. Texts & Contexts of the Oldest Runic Inscriptions. p. 87.

[8] Flowers, Stephen E. 1986. Runes and Magic: Magical Formulaic Elements in the Older Runic Tradition. p. 71-73.

[9] Ibid. p. 70.

[10] Simek, Rudolf. 1993. Dictionary of Northern Mythology. Translated by Angela Hall. p. 268.

[11] Looijenga, Tineke. 2003. Texts & Contexts of the Oldest Runic Inscriptions. p. 78.

[12] Elliott, Ralph W. V. 1959. Runes: An Introduction. p. 14.

[13] Flowers, Stephen E. 1986. Runes and Magic: Magical Formulaic Elements in the Older Runic Tradition. p. 85-105.

[14] Tacitus, Cornelius. Germania 9.

[15] Dumézil, Georges. 1973. Gods of the Ancient Northmen. Edited by Einar Haugen. p. 34.

[16] The Poetic Edda. Hávamál, stanzas 138-139. My translation. The original Old Norse verses read:

Veit ek, at ek hekk
vindga meiði á
nætr allar níu,
geiri undaðr
ok gefinn Óðni,
sjalfr sjalfum mér,
á þeim meiði,
er manngi veit
hvers af rótum renn.

Við hleifi mik sældu
né við hornigi;
nýsta ek niðr,
nam ek upp rúnar,
æpandi nam,
fell ek aftr þaðan.

[17] The Poetic Edda. Völuspá, stanzas 19-20. My own translation. The original Old Norse verses are:

Ask veit ek standa,
heitir Yggdrasils,
hár baðmr, ausinn
hvíta auri;
þaðan koma döggvar,
þærs í dala falla,
stendr æ yfir grænn

Þaðan koma meyjar
margs vitandi
þrjár ór þeim sæ,
er und þolli stendr;
Urð hétu eina,
aðra Verðandi,
– skáru á skíði, –
Skuld ina þriðju;
þær lög lögðu,
þær líf kuru
alda börnum,
örlög seggja.

[18] Flowers, Stephen E. 1986. Runes and Magic: Magical Formulaic Elements in the Older Runic Tradition. p. 161.

[19] Eliade, Mircea. 1964. Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy. Translated by Willard R. Trask. p. 380.


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Your Daily Rune for December 15th & 16th

Your Daily Rune for December 15 is Elhaz



Also known as: Algiz, Eoih, Elgr

Pronunciation: el-hahz

Letter sound: Z

Translation: protection, elk, sedge plant

Keywords: protection, defense, opportunity

Primary Themes Elhaz is the rune of defense and protection. Its shape is said to represent both the elk, with its imposing antlers, and the sedge plant, whose sharp leaves act as natural protection from would-be predators. Both images illustrate the power represented by this rune— a built-in protective force that discourages negative influences from affecting your personal experience.

Drawing Elhaz indicates that you are safe from danger and that there is no need to fear. However, don’t take the protective energy for granted by being reckless with your actions, as this rune does not mean that there is no danger present whatsoever. It simply means that as long as you remain alert and clear-minded and in touch with your intuition, you are headed for a positive outcome. Elhaz has also been interpreted as a symbol of reaching up to connect with the divine for support. By listening to your higher guidance, you will know which moves to make to stay out of harm’s way.

Magical Uses: Protection from negative energy and people, protection of property, strengthen friendships, astral communication


Runes for Beginners: A Guide to Reading Runes in Divination, Rune Magic, and the Meaning of the Elder Futhark Runes

Lisa Chamberlain



Your Daily Rune for December 16


“Log-uhz” – Literally: “Water” or Ocean – Esoteric: Unconscious, Collective Memory

Rune of the unconscious context of becoming or the evolutionary process. Rune of Life’s longing for itself.

Psi: emotion, psychic powers, unconscious mental processes, love, dreaming

Energy: life energy, ocean spirit, origins of life, collective unconscious, the astral plane, love as unity, evolution

Mundane: water, imagination, occultism, dreams

Divinations: Life, passing a test, sea of vitality and of the unconscious growth, memory, dreams; or fear, circular motion, avoidance, withering, depression, manipulations, emotional blackmail, lack of moral fiber, fantasy, poison, toxicity


Transpersonal powers
Mastery of emotion in order to shape wyrd
Guidance through difficult initiatory tests, ie. initiation into life
Increase in vitality and life force
Communication between your conscious mind to another’s unconscious mind
Development of ‘second sight’ or prophetic wisdom
All powers of dreaming (lucid dreams, astral projection)

Your Erotic Tarot Card for December 15th & 16th

Your Erotic Tarot Card for December 15th

The Judgment

The Judgement card indicates that you’ve had some sexual hang-ups in the past, but you’re working toward getting over them. This is a period of transition, and although you’re doing the work, you may not be getting the exact results you desire. Forgive yourself for past missteps in order to take a sexual step forward today. Being afraid to express your true erotic self can even effect other areas of your life, so getting beyond Ryour sexual inhibitions translates into a happier overall existence.





Your Erotic Tarot Card for December 16th

The Empress

There is an abundance of wealth surrounding The Empress card, which shows that your sexual needs are almost certainly being met, or are about to be. What would it hurt to push the envelope a little though? When it comes to sensual pleasures, go for all that you can get, both in quantity and in quality. Don’t forget that there’s an especially intense sense of satisfaction from sex when there’s an emotional connection, though. Your friends may be jealous, but there’s no reason that the sexually rich shouldn’t get richer!

Your Daily Love Tarot Card for December 15 & 16

Your Daily Love Tarot Card for December 15

The Fool

Love is exciting, extraordinary and stimulating. You’ve found it if you are experiencing a childlike curiosity to get to know someone lately. You are even one step closer to your soul mate if you are on the same wavelength. Free yourself from the idea that in a couple, you are either friends or lovers, but you cannot be both. Yes, you can. Friendship in this light turns into deeper, meant-to-be, long-lasting love.







Your Daily Love Tarot Card for December 16

The Empress

The Empress promises a fruitful and loving union. It is about the maturation of affections in a natural rhythm that unfolds into something genuine, in time. In this light, no need to hurry any relationship along. Sparks reignite if you and your partner are going through a rough patch. You can rebuild and restore through the power and force of love. The two of you learn not to put conditions on unconditional love.

Sexual Compatibility by Zodiac Sign

Sexual Compatibility by Zodiac Sign

Find your best Astrology match — in bed!

Fern Feto Spring

Each zodiac sign has a sizzling pairing that’ll really raise the heat between the sheets. Is yours a steamy blend of Water and Fire, or a sensual mud created from Water and Earth? Read on to see who’s your most sexy match in bed, and find out what happens when the elements combine in new and interesting love combinations!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Hot and passionate Aries loves a challenge in bed, and what better sign than Gemini to keep this Fire sign guessing? Gemini’s flirtatious nature and non-stop motion matches Aries’ own fast pace, providing the sign of the Ram with plenty of excitement. Gemini’s airy intelligence and witty banter will also keep Aries interested long after the initial passion wears off, giving this duo a chance for more than just a one time fling.


Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Opposites do attract, and in the case of Taurus and Scorpio, opposites not only attract, but they can’t seem to get enough of each other! Sensual and earthy Taurus is magnetically drawn to the depth and passionate intensity of watery Scorpio. Scorpio’s many layers keep Taurus hooked, always searching for this Scorpion’s essential nature. The smoldering chemistry between these two creates a magnetic force that’s obvious to even the most casual observer.


Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Curious, chatty and fun, Gemini loves to experiment and gets bored quickly. Aries’ pioneering spirit manages to keep Gemini engaged and breathless, introducing the sign of the Twins to innovative and unusual ways to pass the time under the sheets. Together, these two signs move through life at a rapid pace, absorbing exciting and interesting experiences as quickly as possible. Their shared enthusiasm and daring spirit keep this duo together long past the initial thrill has subsided.


Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Like the moon, Cancer’s passionate nature ebbs and flows, changing constantly. Earthy Capricorn provides this watery sign a stable and firm structure, allowing Cancer to really let go and relax. The opposing nature of these signs creates a secret and sexy tension between them, one that only they may be aware of. Capricorn’s private and reserved nature also brings out Cancer’s desire to soothe the inner beast that resides within this sign of the Goat.


Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

Leo the Lion is eager to please, enjoying the appreciation and attention of an audience both inside the bedroom and out. Charming Libra knows just what to say to bring out the biggest and the best in Leo, encouraging a performance that few can compete with. Libra’s seamless ability to create a romantic backdrop for acts of passion also feeds Leo’s desire for luxury and drama, ensuring that this Lion’s roar will soon transform into a contented purr.


Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

When Virgo relaxes, this earthy zodiac sign’s strong attention to detail can really pay off between the sheets. Intuitive Pisces knows just what to do to help Virgo escape from the details of daily life and focus on more important matters. Bringing their magical powers of imagination to the bedroom, Pisces helps Virgo shed its inhibitions and open up. Virgo is intrigued by Pisces’ “go with the flow” approach and loves to help Pisces reach new heights of pleasure and bliss.


Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

Beautiful, diplomatic and artistic, Libra wants sex to not only feel good, but look good too. Leo can transform even the most mundane of experiences into a legendary good time. Leo gives Libra an affair to remember, creating romantic encounters filled with drama, intensity and excitement. Libra loves Leo’s expansive approach to love, and is turned on by the Lion’s willingness to do almost anything to please and entertain in the

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Scorpio’s magnetic force is hard to resist and its sex appeal is legendary, yet Taurus’ grounded and earthy nature manages to provide Scorpio with just the kind of challenge this watery sign loves. Placid, stable and content, Taurus is an oasis of calm, just waiting to be stirred up. Scorpio is more than intrigued by Taurus’ Bull-like nature and will do just about anything to generate a reaction from this second sign of the zodiac.


Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

Fun loving, adventurous and risk-taking, Sagittarius is always up for just about anything. Aquarius’ inventive nature keeps just one step ahead of the sign of the Archer, creating day time dalliances and evening encounters that no one else could even come close to dreaming up. Sagittarius loves feeling slightly off-kilter and is electrified by Aquarius’ unusual approach to love and sex. Between the two of them, this pair can just about create lightning when they really get going.


Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

Capricorn’s approach to sensual matters, like everything else in life, is deeply serious and committed. The sign of the Goat loves nothing more than to get goaty with watery Cancer, who provides just right amount of fluid openness for Capricorn’s earthy substance. Cancers bring an emotional touch to their encounters, helping Capricorn go deeper and act with greater intensity. Together, these two opposing signs can create steamy encounters between the sheets that are unforgettable.


Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

Quirky Aquarius loves to be surprised with new and unusual ways to connect in the bedroom. As the wanderer of the zodiac, Sagittarius acts as Aquarius’ guide to exploring the unknown. Sagittarius is a connoisseur of diverse techniques to experience pleasure, and loves to share these with uninhibited Aquarius, who is always up for a challenge. Together, this duo ventures into new and virgin territory, ready to experience whatever life has to offer.


Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

Pisces has a rich fantasy life, full of interesting encounters and situations. When earthy Virgo comes along to help bring Pisces’ imagination to life, things heat up as fact mixes with fiction, creating a whole new reality. Pisces loves capable Virgo’s ability to hit all the right spots with perfect attention to detail. As these two explore the fine line between fantasy and reality, they create a synergy that is unique just to them.


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Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, December 16th

Your Daily Horoscopes for Sunday, December 16th

Claire Petulengro, Astrologer


ARIES (March 21st-April 20th)
Learn to let go. That is the secret to your happiness. New plans come to light surrounding Christmas which should give you renewed faith in someone who recently let you down. Geminis link to a new social path you’ll be heading down.


TAURUS (April 21st-May 21st)
I know you are nervous about the events which are coming up, but you really have no need to be. The past is gone and the new you who has been created during this very emotive process is better and stronger than ever before.


GEMINI (May 22nd-June 21st)
Why are you asking others what you should do with your life when you should be asking yourself what makes you happy? News from far away gives you reason to get excited about the new year.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 23rd)
Lies you tell this week will come back on you, so try not to tell any Cancer. I know you are embarrassed by recent events, but the sooner you move on, the sooner others will too.

LEO (July 24th-August 23rd)
Communication is the magic word for you Leo. For it is only by talking more and not less to those you have been having problems with, that you will be able to find a solution. Don’t cancel plans for this week. Unforgettable times are waiting.

VIRGO (August 24th-September 23rd)
Your need to see someone you can’t get off your mind could see you going to some extreme lengths. Does this not prove to you that your life is moving in a new direction? Life is about to get more than a little interesting.

LIBRA (September 24th-October 23rd)
The unsettled feeling you have been experiencing is you realising that things have to change. I know you are not sure what you want yet, but by admitting out loud what you don’t want, your journey to happiness will begin.


SCORPIO (October 24th-November 22nd)
Try to be nice to all you meet today, for it is the very faces you think won’t help you, who do in fact hold the key to a better future. Try to work on taking down some of those walls you put up last month. It will lead to a better you.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd-December 21st)
Things you say yes to at this time will be a sure sign to your close ones that you are a happier and more contented Archer than you were at the beginning of the year. This improved confidence is sure to see you getting support which was not available before.

CAPRICORN (December 22nd-January 20th)
There are so many great things going on around you, so why focus on the negative. It would seem that a certain person who let you down has had more of an effect than you thought they would.

AQUARIUS (January 21st-February 19th)
Your need to know what is going on in the lives of those around you could see you saying things which others could see as rude and invasive. Try to make a more conscious effort to keep manners to the fore.

PISCES (February 20th-March 20th)
Fun times are ahead for you Pisces. You no longer worry about what other people think or say, but you are acting from the heart (and on impulse). Instead of complaining about not seeing a certain person, call them up and arrange something.

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Your Daily Horoscope for Saturday, December 15

Your Daily Horoscope for Saturday, December 15

Kelli Fox, Astrologer



March 21- April 19

Turn your attention toward other people today. You’re in an unusually soft-hearted mood now. You genuinely want to help someone in need. And with your energy, you can really make a difference. So if an opportunity to be of service presents itself, take it. Helping someone in need is an emotionally fulfilling experience. It also helps you realise how well off you truly are. And that, dear Aries, is priceless.


April 20-May 20

Take it easy today. You’re a diligent, hardworking type, but you also appreciate the value of rest and relaxation. And this is the perfect day for it. Put on a good movie or CD, or relax on the couch with a book. Indulge in a nap or a bath. And get to bed early tonight. Your energy may not be quite as strong as usual, so extra sleep helps you conserve your strength.


May 21-June 21

It’s difficult to make a decision today. How are you supposed to be decisive when the world looks fuzzy at best? The particulars of a situation just aren’t clear to you right now. Don’t try too hard to clarify them. Just wait things out. Your mind will sharpen again soon. If you have to make a decision, first consult someone you trust — a friend or an expert who can offer you perspective.


June 22-July 22

Today is perfect for connecting with others at the heart level. Reach out to long-distance loved ones via phone calls, letters or emails. Let them know you’re thinking of them. And if you’re lucky enough to be near your favourite people, gather them together for a visit or a home-cooked meal. Many people need this kind of nurturing today. They’ll be especially grateful that you reached out to them.


July 23-August 22

Allow yourself to move slowly today. Don’t push yourself to achieve something big and amazing, or to be bold when you don’t feel very courageous at all. Instead, pamper yourself. Treat yourself with the sensitivity you’d show to a good friend who was having a hard day. Take a nap or a warm bath. Make yourself something nice to eat. These small indulgences will make you feel better.


August 23-September 22

Accept images, impressions and emotions as they come today. You’re in a dreamy state of mind, which is unusual for you. Normally you analyse your thoughts rigorously, seeking some kind of pattern or logical meaning that simply may not be there today. Letting your mind wander may not be second nature to you, but that’s exactly why you should embrace this feeling state. Challenging yourself is always a smart idea.


September 23-October 22

You’re always soft-hearted, but today it’s as if you’re made out of gooey caramel. You’re soft, sweet and easily dented! The best way to use the current energy might be connecting with your loved ones or getting lost in a silly movie. Otherwise, you might overreact to someone’s offhand comment and get your feelings hurt — but bottle up your unhappiness instead of talking it out. Be tactful but direct, gentle Libra.


October 23 – November 22

You can have a calming effect on others today, because you’re feeling so emotionally centred yourself. This is a great skill and gift now, when many people around you might be feeling melancholy or insecure. Bolster their spirits with kind words, a smile or a warm hug. This is the nurturing side of your personality coming out. It feels good to express such caring for others.


November 23-December 20

Disorganisation could get the better of you today, if you don’t battle against it directly and aggressively. But since details aren’t your strong point, this could be a tall order. You may end up feeling overwhelmed by the items on your task list, or just the tide of clutter threatening to engulf your desk! To get through this confusing, scattered day, focus on this simple mantra: ‘One step at a time.’


December 21-January 19

Kindness is especially important today, and much appreciated by everyone. Of course, you possess a naturally well-developed sense of common courtesy, whether that means holding the door for an elderly person or listening attentively when a friend is speaking. But now, make an extra effort to exercise these values. You can make people feel wonderful simply by treating them with genuine warmth and respect.


January 20-February 18

It’s okay if you feel like withdrawing from the hubbub of life today. This is a good day for laying low and gathering your strength. Spending time with people you love and trust feels restorative, as if you’re repairing your soul. Taking a nap or getting to bed early is also a good idea. Think of this as a brief respite before the pace of life picks up once again.


February 19-March 20

You might spend much of today lost in fantasy. Reading books and watching movies are good activities now. They stimulate your mind as well as indulging that escapist part of your soul that wants to explore imaginative realms. Creating your own imaginative realm through writing or music is also a wonderful way to spend your time. Above all, let your thoughts wander where they will. The true adventure is in your head.


—The Sydney Morning Herald


Your Weekend Love Horoscopes for December 15th & 16th

Pisces Daily Love Horoscope

Saturday 15th of December 2018

Don’t let insecurity create a barrier to heartfelt emotional disclosure. You might mistakenly believe that releasing thoughts or feelings might result in someone close believing it’s all a bit too much, too soon, or will put them in an uncomfortable position emotionally. Fortunately, by applying some of your signature imagination and compassion, you can convey yourself in a way that makes the object of your affections feel special and puts them at ease with understanding what you feel.

Pisces tomorrow love horoscope:

Sunday 16th of December 2018

There is much cosmic support on offer where affairs of the heart are concerned. However, to truly benefit from this, you’ll need to dial back any inclination to be determined to get your way or force situations that need you to work with them, not against them. Even if it appears someone is calling the shots, don’t get drawn into any tense exchanges fueled by self-pride. You can play an integral part in bringing balance to one close relationship, even if someone seems determined to bring chaos.

Capricorn Daily Love Horoscope

Saturday 15th of December 2018

Your normally-reserved and patient qualities could be overridden by a desire to talk. That’s fine and undoubtedly sexy, but unbridled enthusiasm could get the better of you, causing you to make any exchanges a bit too one-sided. You know how to summon discipline at the drop of a hat when needed. Sometimes, your lighthearted and gregarious side needs releasing. Do your best to balance it with your more disciplined, restrained side.

Capricorn tomorrow love horoscope:

Sunday 16th of December 2018

Work or career matters could be a bone of contention in your emotional world, especially from a loved one’s point of view. You could be putting considerable focus on professional pursuits and as supportive as someone close wants to be. They probably have limited interest in what’s transpiring in your work life. Even if you’re not burning candles at both ends, you could be prone to talking too much about work-related matters and developments. How much more of a turn-off could that be? Think about it.

Sagittarius Daily Love Horoscope

Saturday 15th of December 2018

Just when you thought all was calm and copacetic in your emotional world or one special; connection, you could end up dealing with a potentially intense, emotionally-charged situation. Miscommunication that arises from a misunderstanding could be at the root of this, too. If you raise your defensive barrier, then you can be certain someone close will do the same and you have a perfect climate for confrontation. Rise above this issue and encourage openness to put it to rest. There’s no need for this to escalate in ways it can.

Sagittarius tomorrow love horoscope:

Sunday 16th of December 2018

Where your personal needs are concerned, nobody is more finely tuned in to them than you are, so listen to your inner voice and allow it to steer you in the right direction romantically – and intimately. It could be by putting your needs first briefly that something looks set to ‘click’ and progress between you and a special person in a very sensual and memorable way.

Scorpio Daily Love Horoscope

Saturday 15th of December 2018

You might not be able to explain a need for freedom in your emotional world or a special connection. If you’re in a committed relationship, then you may have to deal with a loved one’s emotions, especially if they don’t understand why you need space or to distance yourself in some way. You might need to remind someone close that you’re not selfishly pursuing your own interests. Being the best you can be requires you to indulge in some ‘you time’ or self-care. It’s not a tall order.

Scorpio tomorrow love horoscope:

Sunday 16th of December 2018

If your romantic or sensual needs have taken a back seat or become less of a priority recently, then that needs to be addressed – and pronto! Sure, you could come up with umpteen reasons why love and intimacy need to be treated with caution or are likely to bring more complications than solutions to your world. However, don’t push away someone who genuinely has your best interests at heart and could prove this in delightful ways!

Libra Daily Love Horoscope

Saturday 15th of December 2018

Certain facts that emerge could cause you to reconsider a romantic or relationship plan that seemed impervious to change. This offers an ideal opportunity to step back briefly from any relationship chaos or upheaval and take time to assess what your heart feels – and needs. Before you can take the bold step you want to take, you need a few more facts to arrive. When they do, what’s volatile or confusing will appear less so.

Libra tomorrow love horoscope:

Sunday 16th of December 2018

Something in your emotional world or a love partnership could be revived in a heartbeat if you want it to be. Sure, you can’t recreate a great thing, but where you might have resigned yourself to having missed the romantic boat or chalked a recent event up to experience and put it behind you, you could be offered a second bite of the proverbial cherry. The choice, however, is entirely yours.

Virgo Daily Love Horoscope

Saturday 15th of December 2018

Even if you’re crystal clear about what you want from your love life, you might not be sure about a strategy to achieve it. If you’re an attached Virgo, then a partner could demand answers regarding your vision of the future that you don’t feel able to provide now. Whether single or attached, an open mind toward affairs of the heart is your strongest asset. It’s essential with helping what’s vague or ill-defined to become clearer.

Virgo tomorrow love horoscope:

Sunday 16th of December 2018

A situation or arrangement within an existing or budding love relationship might require you to understand it better before you can commit yourself in a way you’re expected to. You might be encouraged to take it at face value, but your instincts could urge you to dig a bit deeper to gain a better understanding of what’s involved. If you sense you need more time to explore or weigh up options, then you’d be wise to take it!

Leo Daily Love Horoscope

Saturday 15th of December 2018

If a loved one comes to you for advice, then you might not feel prepared for the drama that arises from a simple exchange. Do your bit to keep things calm and civil while offering a sensible solution that can resolve the issue quickly. Being seen to encourage teamwork or putting your heads together to solve a problem can help a loved one to see their issue rationally.

Leo tomorrow love horoscope:

Sunday 16th of December 2018

Lucky Jupiter’s influence with all things romantic can help you to be in the right place at the right time to meet the right person if you’re a single Leo. But regardless of your relationship status, the cosmos appears keen to bring more than a simple stroke of luck to your emotional world now. This will take the form of a heartwarming and memorable development. Lucky you!

Cancer Daily Love Horoscope

Saturday 15th of December 2018

A loved one or potential partner might not be supportive of something close to your heart. Whether it’s a favor you ask of them or their time to assist you in a particular way, you could discover they have little or no interest in whatever-it-is. However, there might be certain complications you’ve overlooked that someone close doesn’t feel are necessary to spell out. If you can spot these, then the object of your affections might not be as uncooperative as they appeared to be.

Cancer tomorrow love horoscope:

Sunday 16th of December 2018

Venus continues to influence all things loved-up and romantic. With such fantastic cosmic support to make real, heartwarming progress in your love life, it’s important to believe that you could dazzle and delight a particular person now. When it comes to expressing words of love, Venus is again able to help the right words to flow in a way that would make any poet jealous. The more creative you are with using the sensual energy you’re blessed with now, the more delightful the results will be.

Gemini Daily Love Horoscope

Saturday 15th of December 2018

It would mean the world to a loved one or someone special if you offered even a modicum of praise or recognition of their efforts in some way. You might have delightful romantic thoughts constantly, but your need for certain levels of freedom could prevent you from allowing these to emerge. Your sweetheart might be confused or not understand your desire for space. It’s possible that the biggest mistake you could make where affairs of the heart are concerned is believing a loved one knows what you think or feel without you uttering a single word.

Gemini tomorrow love horoscope:

Sunday 16th of December 2018

You might ask yourself if you’re aiming your romantic sights too high or perhaps should be a bit less ‘romantically ambitious.’ But words like ‘ambitious’ don’t really have a place in affairs of the heart. ‘Ambitious’ sounds like you view someone as a trophy or status symbol – and you’re a Gemini, not a Capricorn! Just kidding. Where love and romance are concerned now, resist being too methodical or competitive, for that matter. Both are far from sexy.

Taurus Daily Love Horoscope

Saturday 15th of December 2018

If you sense a loved one or potential partner is keen to remove you from a certain comfort zone, then the decision to cooperate or resist is entirely yours. However, if you feel someone’s efforts to shake up your world are more about their needs than yours, then they might need reminding of where certain physical and emotional boundaries exist. Don’t allow someone else’s impatience or impetuousness bring chaos to an equilibrium you’re happy with as it is.

Taurus tomorrow love horoscope:

Sunday 16th of December 2018

It’s as if the cosmos is asking you to state what you want from relationships and how you would like to see your emotional world change or progress. You might discover that your list of wants is shorter than your list of ‘don’t wants,’ but that’s fine. Experience is likely playing a part where influencing the direction of your love life is concerned. Knowing what you don’t want helps enormously with steering it in a direction you want it to go in.

Aries Daily Love Horoscope

Saturday 15th of December 2018

If you sense opening up to a loved one will be a catalyst for complications in your relationship, then you could choose to say nothing and opt to keep the peace. This might seem sensible in more than one way but bottling up passionate thoughts and feelings is unhelpful in many ways at any time but especially now. Express sensitively what you think and feel because someone close is probably more receptive to you doing so than you realize.

Aries tomorrow love horoscope:

Sunday 16th of December 2018

Emotional mist might be clearing, allowing you to take realistic stock of a relationship matter that might still be in a state of flux, despite you believing it has been resolved. You’re aware of what hasn’t ‘worked’ in the past and are well placed now to put a new romantic or relationship plan into action that can increase support and cooperation on both sides. This is a time to meet someone halfway. Share a responsibility.

Aquarius Daily Love Horoscope

Saturday 15th of December 2018

The way you express yourself romantically probably couldn’t be more authentic, but you might need to account for miscommunication or a loved one’s need for time to understand what you say or convey. However, don’t let that stop you from sharing thoughts or feelings. Even if you’re unsure of what your actions might bring, there’s something undeniably sexy about shaking a love connection with some heartfelt openness.

Aquarius tomorrow love horoscope:

Sunday 16th of December 2018

You could feel a need to take stock of whether something in your emotional world is ‘going to plan.’ However, this can be one big source of frustration if you believe whatever needs more time to manifest properly has had enough already. Don’t dilute magic on offer by being focused too intently on your idea of how something should progress. If a seed of love has been planted, then resist demanding it hurries up and grows. Leave it alone to do so.




Our monthly Crystalscopes pair each zodiac sign with a crystal whose energies can support us through the coming month’s transits.

Read these for your sun, moon, and rising signs to learn what you should wear, carry, or place on an altar to help boost your specific astrology for the month.

But, first thing’s first: What’s up this month?

This December may have a disorienting vibe. We all need to beware of getting bogged down in disempowering ideas about not being able to break free from negative cycles. Consider instead that one never steps twice in the same river, and that even when it feels like it is the same damn thing over and over, it is always subtly different. And, remember: there is always opportunity to utilize free will.

Mercury retrograde ingresses into Scorpio early in the morning of December 1. Communication, already blurry under the governance of Mercury retrograde, becomes even more riddled with potential pitfalls under Scorpio’s glowering influence.

To add insult to injury, Venus ingresses to Scorpio the very next day, joining the messenger in the cauldron of transformation on December 2.

This is shaping up to be a season primed for dissolving toxic patterns and habit-breaking, and the new moon in Sagittarius on December 6 will be a great day to make a plan or formally conduct an intention spell around whatever you’d like to permanently release.

Mercury goes direct December 7, lightening things up a bit, and races toward lofty, fun-loving, and philosophical Sagittarius (ingress on December 12).

Mid-month, it is time to ground and get serious, when the sun enters Capricorn on December 21 and winter solstice is upon us. A full moon in Cancer rises and dredges up nostalgic tears on December 22; family is often in focus this time of year but this full moon and recent retrograde cycles will ensure that we’re focused on healing our family lines and properly processing our ancestral karma.

Read on for the crystals that may be able to support you the most in this work this month!






Aries may feel a little hot under the collar: over-eager, edgy or restless – Uranus is back in your sign and giving off sparks. Patience is not known to be the virtue of the ram, and with the slightly repetitive vibe of December, Aries can struggle with wound-tight tempers and impulse control. This is especially evident when the Capricorn and Cancer influences come in a little later in the month and create squares to Aries, but Venus’ last meanderings through Libra (in opposition to Aries) is no picnic either.

Best to focus on cooling, calming and cultivating patience with oneself and others. Aries loathes being a doormat, and hematite-included quartz is just the ticket to ensure that no one will take advantage – but there’s no need to be a jerk to prevent such a thing from happening. Hematite is of iron, the metal associated with Aries, and enclosed in quartz it amplifies and stabilizes the energy, helping Aries to create constructive boundaries and cultivate kindness. Try carrying a piece in your pocket and squeezing it for comfort instead of snapping at your relatives.




The dizzying actions of Mercury and Venus in Scorpio can feel almost aggressive to Taurus, marauding through Taurus’ personal life, and this unearthing may set the bulls back emotionally at the beginning of the month. The amount of busy energy and go-go-go vibe of Sagittarius season can also feel a bit overwhelming, especially on top of so much emotional processing. Taurus will need a touchstone to keep calm and carry on, and green tourmaline is where it’s at.

This lovely and luminous conductor of heart energy can help Taurus be open to change and not go too hard on the holiday indulgences. This is also a fantastic stone for calling in abundance, something Taurus may feel deprived of. Best worn on the body, especially as earrings or close to the throat.



With Gemini’s ruling planet traversing the Scorpio underworld (backwards, no less!) and then bouncing back into a companionably mutable sign, Gemini probably has LOTS to talk about but may have trouble settling on an ideal outcome or choosing the right words – especially where it comes to love and romance and clarifying one’s needs.

With all the internal back-and-forth, pink kunzite can be a helpful ally in choosing diplomacy, gentleness and love. Placing a piece under your pillow can be a great way to find restful sleep and peaceful dreams, and to help direct all of Gemini’s excess intellectual energy (especially lit this month) toward a singular goal.




Oh baby, this moon is gonna be a big old deal for you. The moon is exalted when in Cancer, and it is full on the first day of the light’s returning, but Capricorn season is usually a bit of a bind for crab natives. This may feel like a month when things are good, even great, but there is just too much to hold – a kind of awe or overwhelm may dominate Cancer’s emotional experience of the holidays.

Major renovations are taking place in Cancer’s hopes and dreams sector, and maintaining an environment of peace and stability is crucial this month. Sodalite, especially when carried as a talisman or kept out in the main area of a home, promotes a vibe of peace love and understanding – just what Cancer is going to need to come through the eye of this particular needle.




With everything that is unfolding in December, it is important for Leo to remember to stop and smell the roses – or stop and caress the rose quartz. The pacing of the month will feel demanding to every member of the zodiac, but Leo can more than most feel overworked, overlooked, dejected and disappointed.

Rose quartz to the rescue! One of our most common crystal allies in self-care, rose quartz reminds us that we are always loved and always worthy, and that we ought to care for ourselves before assisting others. Whether worn or carried, rose quartz can be Leo’s buddy all season long, reminding the lions to keep a light heart and make room for pleasure.




While expressing love through acts of service is arguably the norm for Virgo, December calls this sign into even more significant levels of selflessness and a myriad of opportunities to provide advice and assistance. While saying no to doing too much is also important, it seems that some level of overwork may be inevitable.

Enter selenite! Named for the goddess of the moon, this fragile white mineral often used for clearing spaces and auric fields is also a natural fiberoptic – it transmits wavelengths of visible light with ease and luminous grace. Virgo can benefit from some soothing meditations with selenite this month, to balance out the extraordinary amount of selfless service and surrender they’ll be called to offer – just a few minutes a day with a selenite palm stone will work wonders for the zodiac’s resident wonder-workers.




Jet is traditionally associated with periods of mourning and grief. This lightweight pseudo-mineral can poetically be described as carbon on its way to becoming a diamond, and that description may match the amount of pressure Libra has been feeling the past couple of months. Venus retrograde may have been particularly jarring and has probably upended the scales a bit, bringing emotions to the surface – and they are up for continued processing, especially now that Uranus the disruptor smolders in retrograde opposition in the sign of Aries.

In order to gracefully and thoroughly comprehend everything that has come to light, rather than slip into distraction or denial, Libra needs something to anchor them to their emotions – to relate to difficult feelings without identifying with them. Wearing a jet bead or carrying a small pocket stone can help create the sense of authentic stability Libra may crave this month.




Through a glass darkly! As Venus and Mercury emerge from their journeys, Scorpio will likely find themselves utterly transformed. Whether engaged in deliberate practices or not, Scorpio has likely felt some type of shamanic work or soul retrieval work being undertaken, as a profound shift in consciousness is possible for Scorpio at this time. Thin sheets of muscovite or mica were once used as windows before human beings could master glasswork, and this mineral can be Scorpio’s guide toward new horizons.

If you can find a thin sheet of this delicate mineral, all the better, but even some small oft-overlooked flakes of mica on your altar (or in your mineral makeup) will do the trick. This mineral was once associated with legends of phoenixes, the most exalted form of Scorpio symbolism. You’ve been reborn, Scorpio! Celebrate your transformation and power.




Happy birthday to our December centaurs! The awkward beginning of the month may have Sagittarius a little flummoxed or set back by irritating details, but once Mercury returns to your sign and the moon wanes to newness and potential it is time to pull that bowstring taut and seize the day no matter what seems to stand in your way.

Golden calcite is a great party aid all the time, enhancing conviviality and bringing in an abundance of good cheer, and especially since it is Sagittarius’ time to shine this month, golden calcite makes a wonderful addition to an altar or centerpiece. Use the willpower-enhancing qualities of this stone to know what to say yes to; use its peacekeeping power to know what to say no to.




December has the possibility of amping up Capricorn’s receptivity to romantic energy, and emerald can stoke that fire. Historically, emerald is the stone of the adoring heart – this famous green stone has more of a classical association with love and fidelity than diamonds do. And whether partnered or single, Capricorn is in the limelight when it comes to love energy this month.

Wearing one (especially an antique or heirloom piece, or a gift from a friend or lover) can boost the love signal even further and aid Capricorn in keeping open eyes and an open heart, to receive the gift of love wherever they may find it.




A certain lightness can permeate Aquarius’ energetic field this month, sometimes tipping into an almost disembodied or manic quality. While the ideas, conversation topics and philosophical solutions to the world’s problems may be coming in hot, and the excitement may be scintillating, it is good to stay connected to simplicity too in order to avoid burnout.

Mother-of-pearl or shell invites in a balance by cooling things just a little when the flame burns white-hot, so that Aquarius can facilitate serenity and stillness amidst the hustle and bustle of so much brilliance and intellect. Shell beads or bracelets are especially suitable, but a shell on an altar works suitably as well, and does double duty by calling in the element of water.




Pisces, like fellow mutable sign Virgo, will be called into action by the Sagittarius energy setting up exciting but possibly challenging squares to the sign of the fishes. The type of action Pisces is called into, however, is the emotionally murky, conflict-resolution kind, and may well involve the mysteries of love.

Whether your own drama or somebody else’s, December is likely to see Pisces pulled into at least one sticky social situation that will require more than a fair share of grace to navigate. While appropriately festive in color, red-and-green gemstone combo ruby and zoisite does more than just look pretty – when worn or carried, it is said to help connect the heart with the mind and aid them in acting harmoniously to find ideal solutions.

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Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for Sunday, December 16th

While the moon energizing Aries can be an asset when it comes to augmenting your leadership credentials, it is wise to emphasize conservative attitudes concerning business matters as the sun forms a frictional, 45-degree link to Venus (6:09am) and then Venus contacts Saturn via a constructive, 60-degree tie (6:28am). If you break loose from apparent restraints during a euphoria-igniting lunar trine to optimism-recharging Jupiter (9:14am), don’t be too surprised if a couple of hurdles suddenly arrive to test your stamina during a square between the moon and Saturn (11:22am). Favorite sports and exercise routines receive stellar treatment later on when Mars in Pisces makes a supportive, 60-degree alliance with Pluto in Capricorn (10:58pm).

[Note to readers: All times are calculated as Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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Your Daily Cosmic Calendar for Saturday, December 15th

onsider this to be a fun-oriented R & R 24-hour time-period rather than a day dedicated to a bunch of hard work. The reasons are many as a 13 hour void lunar limbo cycle begins at 3:50am during a challenging first quarter sun-moon phase activating 24 degrees of Sagittarius and Pisces, and lasting until fiery Aries moon begins at 4:45pm. Quarter moon cycles have the capacity to force you into dealing with a crisis — whether large or small as the solar and lunar orbs are in a tension-creating 90-degree interaction. Meanwhile, usually hard-to-decipher far-out planets Uranus in Aries and Neptune in Pisces make their fourth of five caustic, 45-degrees skirmishes at 3:13am. This discordant aspect began on August 11, 2017 and will conclude in a fifth confrontation on May 1, 2019. Adding to this day’s psychic bombardment are the monthly moon union with healing-emissary Chiron (12:40pm) followed by a not-as-friendly lunar parallel to feisty Mars (1:06pm). Turn to metaphysical studies for guidance later on as the moon and Mercury trine in fire signs (10:49pm).

[Note to readers: All times are calculated as Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

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