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Mantra for the month – Generosity towards others, brings light and happiness into our own lives.  Pay it Forward.

“Remember This December, That love weighs more than gold.” ~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

The Holiday season and the magic of Christmas are symbolized as the Winter Solstice begins on December 22, and the Sun commences in the earthy, Saturn ruled the sign of Capricorn.  This period marks both an ending as well as a beginning as we welcome 2019!
Astrologically speaking, since Jupiter is ruled by Sagittarius and now traveling through its ruler-ship sign, our sense of abundance or mere expansiveness will be amplified as it conjuncts transiting Mercury also entering Sagittarius December 13, 2018.   Our primary goals at this time for the upcoming year will be in areas of humanity,  as many of us will reach out in ways that we never thought we could. In addition, the previous retrogrades within the last year, Mars from June through August 2018, as well as Venus from October through November, and Mercury from November through Dec 7 have been intense as well as revealing. Now that the planets have moved into a more direct motion, we may feel a bit liberated.
MERCURY IN RETROGRADE UNTIL DECEMBER 6
Mercury the planet of chat retrograde from November 16 through Dec 6 starting out in the fire sign of Sagittarius conjunct the Sun and transiting Jupiter ending in Scorpio. Any time Mercury moves retrograde mental confusion occurs, we begin to question ourselves, mixed-communication occurs, though on a positive note this period offers us a time to rethink and reevaluate ourselves in the areas ruled by Mercury, which are Gemini and Virgo. girl, gift, presents Sometimes retrogrades show us at times it’s better to go inward than outward. Sometimes issues and/or people echo back from the past and force us to deal with these unresolved matters. Since Mercury is retrograding in Sagittarius, we may feel more philosophical, more in-tuned to our higher consciousness. This can be a “soul Search, Truth searching period as well. During this Holiday period, this can be a good thing as opposed to not. As it moves retrograde in Sagittarius, the sign of optimism, it may hold true.
DEC 3, VENUS, THE GODDESS OF LOVE AND MONEY – MOVES INTO SCORPIO – TIME TO FACE OFF
The truth and only the Truth – Venus in Scorpio is all about unearthing, bringing fantasy to reality – shedding light on matters that need to be addressed. Although it can be painful, it is what it is. However during this holiday month with Venus, the planet of love, in Scorpio we may mind our manners, and not dip into our resources as much as our relationship with money seems healthier, yet not as careless. Though born under Scorpio, Leo, Taurus, and Aquarius may begin to get a sense of what intensity is all about.
DEC 7, NEW MOON IN SAGITTARIUS – AS THE NEW MOON PLANTS ITS SEED – THE COSMOS IS WAITING TO TEND TO IT. SET YOUR GOALS – HAVE A VISION.
The New Moon begins a new cycle of growth and renewal as it prepares us for 2019. Set your intentions,  manifest your goals and ambitions. This is one of those times when Astrology comes in like a force breathing life into anything it touches. It allows us to communicate effectively, allowing us to delegate and plan for the holidays.
DEC 22 – FULL MOON IN CANCER – WORK FROM WITHIN –
Much like the Moon, the sign of Cancer is sensitive and emotional – nurturing and feeling. In the dance between the Sun and Moon, this particular Full Moon is a potent one in that it is in its rulership of Cancer. Therefore those born under Cancer, Capricorn, Aries, and Libra are very much affected. So when the Full Moon in Cancer occurs, it is time to delve into the realm of deep-set consciousness and open the door to the inner child within. As it opposes transiting Saturn a sense of restlessness with occur, though by Christmas, resolve will take place, and things will settle in.

 DEC 25, 2018 – CHRISTMAS DAY – The moon moves into the fun-loving childlike sign of Leo on Christmas Eve, into Christmas Day. It’s favorable trine to transiting Jupiter in Sagittarius as well as Mercury will no doubt create a huge sense of harmony and play. Revel in the fun and joy of giving and paying it forward…

SIGNS:
Aries ( March 24-April 20) – The greater the challenge the more powerful you feel as this month’s influences bring to light a feeling of unrest as well as excitement. Realize that since Mars is your ruling sign, now in Pisces, you may be feeling a bit nostalgic as it occurs in your area of thought. .Though Jupiter in Sagittarius along with Mercury will help to lighten the mood.  This holiday season is here, sit back and enjoy.
Taurus ( April 21-may 21) – Though you dislike change, resisting diversity, you may be excited by the prospect of new and better opportunities that await you. Also, personal matters become less strained, and Saturn in balance with your own sign creates a much-needed balance. In addition, the transit of the planets in sync to your own sign bring to light a feeling of ease. However, Jupiter and Mercury in Sag could trigger changes in your financial structure. Though all in all, in the end it’s all good.
Gemini ( May 22-June 21) A very interesting, yet powerful cycle for you as Jupiter and Mercury at odds with your own sign intensifies your sense of how you perceive others, and how others may be viewing you. Personal and/or business related partnerships take on a new meaning and perspective.  It’s either make it or break for the year ahead. Also be aware of your limits this month, and do not be too hasty when taking on new projects.
Cancer ( June 22-July 23) – Streamline your workload this month, and focus on yourself for a change.  This holiday season, give yourself a gift the keeps giving; time with family & friends. Also, an exciting money aspect for you between now and Feb 2019. In addition, work matters may be pressing, it’s up to you to set the guidelines as you need them to be. Health looks good, a strong period for paying better attention to your body’s signals.
Leo ( Leo July 24-Aug 23) – As always, personal relationships, are your main focus, and now that lucky Jupiter is in harmony to own sign, you may see yourself a bit more serious about matters that need attention. Also, as the stars are very much in your favor, you may find that you are in a lucky cycle through speculation, or merely investments of some kind. This can be your year to really pull it all together. The stars are lined up for you to take the reins and run with it..
Virgo ( Aug 24-24-Sept 23)-.  Though it is hard for you to make changes, you may see yourself a bit more open as opportunities begin to unfold. The year ahead is a going to be an interesting one, as Pluto in Capricorn in a good balance to your own sign, brings positive changes in job, and personal matters, yet Jupiter at odds may have you working a little harder, as influences in your area of work, accent your ability to be more productive as well as challenged
Libra ( Sept 24-Oct 23)  This is actually going to be a good year ahead as Jupiter now in Sagittarius creates a wonderful aspect to your own sign  This is time for recognition through your job, as well as financial gain. For most Libra’s, the desire to create balance is of the essence of who you are, however during this cycle you may find yourself becoming more assertive and less tolerant with those closest to you. Honor your feelings, and go with the flow.
Scorpio ( Oct 24-Nov 22)- The home front is the focal point for the next few weeks or so as influences set the stage for better family interaction. Communication should be clear and less strained. Work matters should, for the time being, left in the back burner. Time for family, friends and a lot of reflection. Also, an indigenous time for money matters as you see yourself a lot more fruitful in the end. A good personal aspect with Venus traveling through your own sign. Luck can be yours for the asking.
Sagittarius ( Nov 23-Dec 21) – Your mental perception is much clearer this month as you find yourself focusing on where it is you truly want to be. A very strong as well as conducive time for love connections as your own sign balances with expansive Jupiter, your ruler.. However, remember the golden rule, quality versus quantity. A good period to focus on yourself, taking a personal inventory. This is your year to step above where you need to be, personal as well as work-related.
Capricorn ( Dec 23-Jan 20)- Tremendous, potent changes begin as Jupiter travels through the most sensitive area of your chart; your personal house. Be aware of your limits, and be timely with how you handle things.  Resolution and moving forward is the key start this year. Also, this can also be a strong time for career advantage as your desire to forge ahead brings you into a better place. All in all, the year ahead promises much success.
Aquarius ( Jan 21-Feb 19)- If your ambition is to play a major role on life’s stage, this could be the month where you may get your wish. This cycle opens the way for personal recognition, allowing others to see your self-worth as Jupiter regains itself in sync to your own sign. A strong time for money and financial gain. Love can be interesting as well as highly unusual.
Pisces ( Feb 20- March 20)-  As true as your spirit is, this holiday season finds you clear-sighted and totally aware of all that is around you.  Your instincts at their best. An excellent time to venture into your own unique space, your creative juices are forever flowing.  Love, as interesting as it will, will be even more exciting this month..though Jupiter in Sagittarius at odds with your own sign could trigger work-related issues.
Janet Amid is a columnist that writes for Sylvania Advantage, She can be reached at 419-882-5510 or by e-mail at JanetAmid@aol.com.  Check out our website at www.JanetAmid.com
Astrological tips; Entertaining? Best times December 2. 3, 7, 9, 10, 12, 15,16,  17, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30,

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