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My dear friend Samir called me this morning from London to invite me to join his Toastmasters group meeting online. The topic was giving and volunteering. Samir’s choice as word of the day was “munificence”, meaning: the quality or action of being extremely generous. Isn’t that glorious? 

For me, this goes hand in hand with the Sun in Sagittarius energy. Sagittarius wants to reach out to the world and get in touch with the collective or something larger than ourselves. Sagittarius enjoys travel and expanding their knowledge of the world.

Their focus is not on the everyday details as much as it is the broader scope. The shadow side of this is that sometimes we think we can do more than we actually can. Be careful not to overbook yourself during the holidays. We all know how easy this is.

Mercury moved into Capricorn on December 2. Has your thinking been more regimented or methodical the past few days? Conversations under this influence tend to take on a more practical and business oriented tone. It is easy for us to define what is important and what isn’t. It is important not to become stiff, otherwise, we might be viewed as course or harsh. We can also seem a bit pessimistic too. I desire to be as far from pessimistic as I can be.

When I am in this space, I step back and try to regroup. This is a dangerous place for many, just like this time of year is. Depression and all that. Some turn to drinking. This is the season for parties and drinking. Please choose a safe alternative.

Venus is moving into Aquarius this week. This is love unconventional. Dear Aquarius is already aloof and independent in matters of the heart but this energy is also loyal and faithful as they come. Venus in this sign amplifies this energy. Rest assured that Aquarius will be by your side but he will also need his freedom too. Treating people with respect, being fair and unselfish are all vibrations of Venus in Aquarius.

Mars has another two weeks in Aquarius before he moves on to Pisces on December 19. Energy is high, albeit a bit more on the wild side than anything. While we are good team players and co-operative, our method is more like a stab in the dark. Naturally, this will grate on the nerves of some.

The Moon will transit Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, and end up in Taurus by late evening December 10. This moves us from high end, collective emotions back to our most rudimentary and person ones by weeks end.

Wednesday the Moon will square the Sun. This represents a conflict between what you need and what you want. The Sun in Sagittarius is, as we have discussed, more about the collective and what we need, while the Moon in Pisces is more about what we want. Definitely conflicting energy in our relationships and in making choices of any kind. This transit will take place at 4:04 am EST. You can expect sleep disturbances Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Tuesday Mars will sextile Uranus. This energy has a fearless quality to it. Being assertive could come easily. So does our desire to take a risk of some sort or make some sort of interesting, progressive change. Mars is about action and he wants to make things happen sooner than later.

Wednesday, Mercury semi-squares Mars. This energy is snarky at best. Watch your tongue. You don’t want to be offensive this close to the holidays do you? I don’t want to be anytime but there are times when none of us can help it.

This could be one of those days. We might not do our best listening today either and this can compound things. Conflicting interests are likely and that combined with a sharp tongue is not a good or kind thing.

Friday we have the Sun sextile Jupiter. This is optimistic energy. Hopefully, this will give us a feeling of good will. This is the season after all. The aspect is also a good one for marketing and self-promotion.

We might also feel a bit more social, patient, and generous with this aspect. The Sun in Sagittarius will assist us in seeing things from a larger per perspective while Jupiter expands that perspective. Sounds good to me!

Saturday Mercury is sextile Neptune. Anytime Neptune is in the picture we will see something about intuition, addiction, creativity, and imagination. Mercury will stimulate our verbal and written creativity which hopefully, will in turn, help us to inspire others with some words of wisdom or support.

Also on Saturday, the Sun conjuncts Saturn. Oh, Saturn, the planet of rules and regulations. This is focused energy that wants to get things done. This is not a good time to start new financial projects. It is a good time to work on getting things in order or anything the calls for seriousness.

Like it or not, we all need and long for structure in our lives. You will find this when you rekindle an old project or take responsibility for something. Just remember this is not the time to overbook yourself.

Lastly, on Saturday, Venus will be semi-square Saturn. This put the kibosh on our feelings of affection or at least cause them to become a bit chilly. Saturn is such a stern and unapproachable guy sometimes.

Just like with the Sun conjunct Saturn, this is not a good time for new financial endeavors. This is also negative energy for romance. Separations and broken engagements are not uncommon with this energy. The shadow side of this energy is a lack of confidence in social settings and being a bit more shy. This would be a good time to do some reflection on your life in general.

I hope these posts help you to deal with energies such as the last one and learn how to use it for your benefit. Some folks think astrology is just about horoscopes. While this is true to some extent, there is also a generality to it all. Each of us has all the planets in our chart. The differences come in how the current energies trigger our natal chart.

I urge anyone who does not have a natal chart and wants one, to go to http://www.astro.com/and set up a free account. Then generate a chart for yourself. You will need to know your time and place of birth to get a really accurate chart.

Wishing all of you a great week!