December 2003

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Volume 2, No. 12

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Special Days and Aspects for December 2003

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Welcome to December! Click on a date in the calendar to see the current aspects and events for that day.


December 1, 2003

Have a great day! ’ “ ”

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December 2, 2003

Mercury at 29 degrees Sagittarius sextile Uranus in Aquarius
Mercury sextile Uranus in his home turf of Aquarius means that today most of us can know what it feels like to be a Mensa. Knowledge comes to you in flashes, complex problems are solved intuitively in the blink of an eye!

Mercury enters Capricorn
Mercury leaves Sagittarius, the sign of its fall, and enters Capricorn, where it will take on a much more serious, restrained and disciplined mode of expression. The bluntness that characterizes Mercury in Sagittarius is now made more suave, more refined, though not any less direct.

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December 3, 2003


  Happy Birthday to Firesong!
  Happy Birthday to YIVY!

Sun at 10 degrees Sagittarius sextile Neptune in Aquarius
Floating, drifting, dreaming. Today your physical energy ebbs out, while psychic forces drift in. Neptune’s elusive brand of spiritual energy can frustrate the Sun, who prefers to deal with the concrete. The trick with the sextile is to make it work for you — plan to meditate, journal or play with a Zen garden, and let Neptune’s peaceful waves envelope you.

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December 4, 2003

Have a great day!

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December 5, 2003

Have a great day!

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December 6, 2003

Venus at 11 degrees Capricorn opposite retrograde Saturn in Cancer
Let’s be straight here — this one is nobody’s favorite aspect! And while we’re being blunt, this particular version of Venus opposite Saturn is made even more tense by Saturn’s retrograde motion and the way Venus always seems to squirm a bit under his watchful eye. The good news is that nothing downright dangerous is likely to happen under this influence. The bad news is that you’re likely to feel torn in some way today. Desire is pitted against duty. Best to go with duty — you know how Saturn is when he doesn’t get his way!

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December 7, 2003


  Happy Birthday to Purpleflame!
  Happy Birthday to ignoramus!

Second Sunday of Advent: The Christian time of spiritual preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ continues. Those marking the season with advent wreaths light two of the four candles on the wreath this week.

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December 8, 2003

Moon Phase
Full Moon in Gemini, 20:37 Universal Time.

Bodhi Day: Buddhist celebration of Prince Guatama’s vow to remain under the Bodhi tree until he attained enlightenment.

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Catholic devotion on the the mother of Jesus being born free from original sin, and preserved from it all her life.

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December 9, 2003


Happy Birthday to Lindy!

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December 10, 2003

Sun at 17 degrees Sagittarius square Jupiter in Virgo
The Sun is having a blast in jolly ol’ Sagittarius, and Jupiter is always up for a good time. Even a square aspect between these two chums is nothing to worry about, unless you’re watching your waistline or your bank balance! Enjoy the carefree feelings of bounty and abundance today.

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December 11, 2003

Venus at 18 degrees Capricorn trine Jupiter in Virgo
Encore! Encore! More uplifting and exuberant energy is on-hand today as Venus trines Jupiter, typically one of the most bountiful, lucky and pleasant planetary combinations. This is a day where anyone would be hard-pressed to feel less than content. Even those in the most negative situations will find a glimmer of hope and a sense of peace today.

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December 12, 2003

Sun at 19 degrees Sagittarius conjunct Pluto
One of the more intense aspects of the month, the Sun conjunct Pluto conjures up experiences that seek to take you to a deeper level of being. With both planets in the sign of the Archer, it is likely that any crises today will have to do with bringing the truth to light, a favorite pastime of the Archer, and one for which Pluto is especially well-equipped.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Celebration honoring the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531.

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December 13, 2003


Happy Birthday to Chris29!

Mercury at 11 degrees Capricorn opposite retrograde Saturn in Cancer
Mercury faces up to Saturn and some stern thinking ensues, bringing a sober ending to the giddy energy of mid-week. Feelings of isolation and loneliness are common under this influence. “Who Am I?” tends to be the question posed by Mercury here, and Saturn isn’t one to pull punches. It can be rough going, making these sorts of internal inventories, but it’s a good day to engage in this dialogue. Be prepared to revisit these thoughts later this month when again Mercury makes this aspect Saturn but in retrograde motion.

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December 14, 2003

Third Sunday of Advent: The Christian time of spiritual preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ continues. Those marking the season with advent wreaths light the third, rose-colored, candle on the wreath this week in addition to the two purple ones they have lit in previous weeks.

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December 15, 2003

Have a great day!

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December 16, 2003


Happy Birthday to Galidriel!

Moon Phase
Last-quarter Moon in Virgo, 17:42 Universal Time.

Mars enters Aries
Hold on to your hats, folks, Mars is BACK! After months of being dragged through the watery realm of Pisces, Mars finally gets a chance to remind us of what he is really all about. His fires rekindled, Mars in Aries is proud, courageous, impulsive and full of vibrant energy. Fueled by a primal creative force, Mars here is all about initiating action. Tapping into this energy unleashes strong sexual desires and a burning need to get things done. Tapping too deeply, however, can get you tangled into conflicts, with confidence quickly turning to arrogance and quiet strength morphing into aggression.

Los Posadas: A traditional Latino celebration re-enacting the search by Joseph for a room at an inn for Mary to give birth to Jesus.

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December 17, 2003

Mercury goes retrograde at 12 degrees Capricorn
Batten down the proverbial hatches … and then double- and triple-check that you’ve done it right! When Mercury, the planet that rules the exchange of ideas, goes retrograde, all types of communication go haywire. Important documents are often lost in the mail, internet services slow and even shut down, computers crash unexpectedly, and many minor and petty arguments and misunderstandings arise from people’s sudden inability to remember important facts or express themselves with any real clarity. Mercury retrogrades can be stressful times to the uninitiated, but their effects are usually short-lived, and most of its snarls can be unraveled easily once Mercury begins its forward motion again on January 6.

Wright Brothers Day: The first humans to fly in a heavier-than-air machine they controlled made their first flight this day in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.

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December 18, 2003

Have a great day!

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December 19, 2003

Have a great day!

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December 20, 2003

Hanukkah (Chanukah): The Jewish Festival of Lights commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, after it was desecrated by foreign forces. The holiday begins December 20 and continues through December 27.

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December 21, 2003

Venus enters Aquarius
The quiet practicality of Venus in Capricorn is exchanged today for the novel and unconventional way that love is expressed through Venus in Aquarius. People in long-term relationships might find a new twist to liven up a romance in hiatus. Creatively, expect a time of original ideas and an opportunity to express them in new and inventive ways.

Sun at 29 degrees Sagittarius sextile Uranus in Aquarius
This is the last major aspect to Uranus before he takes a seven-year trip into Pisces, and it’s a good one! The last-degree Sagittarian Sun was looking for some last-minute fun before moving into staid Capricorn. Uranus grants his wish with bolts of inspired lightning. Conversation at any Christmas parties today is likely to be quirky and offbeat. Intuition runs high; inhibitions are at an all-time low.

Fourth Sunday of Advent: The Christian time of spiritual preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ continues. Those marking the season with advent wreaths light all four candles on the wreath this week.

Yule: At root, an ancient Norse celebration of the rebirth of the Sun at the winter solstice, today Yule continues both as an observance along those lines and as a Christian celebration of the dawning of the light of Christ.

Hanukkah continues: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 20 and continues through December 27.

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December 22, 2003

Winter Solstice, 7:04 Universal Time

Retrograde Mercury at 10 degrees Capricorn opposite retrograde Saturn in Cancer
I warned you about this one, didn’t I? A mind already hung-over by yesterday’s strong shocks of Uranian lightning is suddenly forced to re-visit broody feelings of depression and despair as Mercury, now retrograde, repeats this aspect to Saturn. Don’t expect to find any answers to your existential questioning either, as Mercury is in a bit of a dither himself at the moment. Try not to take any strongly negative feelings too seriously. This aspect will occur once more in January, and you’ll find it easier then.

Sun enters Capricorn
The restless need to achieve something of value, strength of will, honesty and focus are what characterize the Sun’s time in Capricorn. This earthy and pragmatic sign, ruled by Saturn, is often given a bad rap for being stern and unyielding. Use the energy of the Sun in Capricorn wisely and you’ll have a productive month filled with accomplishments you are proud of, along with the determination to keep all your New Year’s resolutions. Achieve to your highest ability, stay focused and strong on your own path, and then you tell me — is Capricorn really so stern and unyielding, or are his high expectations the gifts bestowed by his ruling planet, and useful traits for all of us to embrace?

Hanukkah continues: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 20 and continues through December 27.

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December 23, 2003

Moon Phase
New Moon in Capricorn, 9:43 Universal Time.

Hanukkah continues: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 20 and continues through December 27.

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December 24, 2003

Christmas Eve: A Christian evening of vigil, awaiting the coming of the Lord commemorated at Christmas. Many churches hold services at midnight.

Hanukkah continues: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 20 and continues through December 27.

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December 25, 2003

  Happy Birthday to Triple Cardinal!
  Happy Birthday to lightwave!
  Happy Birthday to Tish!

Venus at 5 degrees Aquarius sextile Mars in Aries
This is a lovely aspect for Christmas. The need to relate to others is balanced with self-assertion in a transit that creates a fun-loving energy of attraction and lends warmth and ease to love relationships and friendships.

Christmas: The commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the most joyously celebrated holiday in Christianity, is traditionally a day when churches are packed, gifts are exchanged and families gather for merry festivities.

Hanukkah continues: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 20 and continues through December 27.

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December 26, 2003

Retrograde Mercury at 5 degrees Capricorn square Mars in Aries
Irritable, touchy and defensive energies are apt to color communications under this transit, but with the Venus sextile to Mars, exact on December 25, still lending its glow, it will be possible to laugh off or ignore the friction caused by retrograde Mercury squaring Mars.

Kwanzaa: An African-American holiday in honor of seven virtues and also celebrating family, community and culture. Kwanzaa was invented in 1965 by Maulana Karenga, a professor who currently chairs the Department of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach. The seven virtues are Umoja (Unity), Kuji-chagulia (Self-determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). Kwanzaa continues until January 1.

Death of Prophet Zarathustra: Zoroastrian commemoration.

St. Stephen Day: The Feast of Stephen, made famous in the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas, honors a first-century Christian martyr.

Hanukkah continues: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 20 and continues through December 27.

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December 27, 2003

Sun at 4 degrees Capricorn conjunct retrograde Mercury
The spotlight of the Sun now triggers the interesting mix of energy that is affecting Mercury, the planet of thought and communication. Communication could be lively, and the astute will use this transit to watch, listen and learn, while taking care not to blab indiscriminately and set off, in a highlighted way, some of the touchier facets of Mercury’s rather besieged position.

Hanukkah ends: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 20 and ends tonight.

Kwanzaa continues: The African-American cultural celebration began December 26 and continues until January 1.

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December 28, 2003


Happy Birthday to lilicfairy!

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph: Celebration of family love, celebrated the Sunday after Christmas.

Kwanzaa continues: The African-American cultural celebration began December 26 and continues until January 1.

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December 29, 2003

Kwanzaa continues: The African-American cultural celebration began December 26 and continues until January 1.

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December 30, 2003

Moon Phase
First-quarter Moon in Aries, 10:03 Universal Time.

Sun at 8 degrees Capricorn square Mars in Aries
A powerhouse of planetary energy is unleashed today, beginning with this, the strongest of today’s five aspects. Formidable forces are unleashed when the Sun and Mars collide. Watch out for conflicts with authority figures today. You may feel unduly aggressive, and whether your position is right or not, you are likely to attract the same sort of aggressive energy that you are putting out. This is a great transit to work through on a physical level; hard work and demanding exercise release the aggressive tensions that can build up today in a positive fashion.

Uranus enters Pisces
Revolutionary, bohemian, intuitive Uranus begins a new seven-year cycle today in sensitive, spiritual, sympathetic Pisces. This combination of energy was last felt roughly 84 years ago, in the 1920’s, and heralded many innovations in terms of film, fashion and dance. We did, however, get a small foretaste of it earlier this year, March 10-September 14, when Uranus dipped a toe in the Piscean waters and then retreated to his home base of Aquarius. Now he’s diving in for the long haul. What can we expect from this new cycle unfolding? Cliché as it may be, with Uranus the only thing we can expect is the unexpected.

Venus at 11 degrees Aquarius conjunct Neptune
Sandwiched in and among some difficult and confusing aspects is this lovely conjunction of Venus and Neptune. A chance to avoid the egotistical melodrama of the Sun and Mars square, this transit promotes feelings of selfless devotion and compassionate, spiritual love. One possible side effect is the tendency to sink into deceptive daydreams, and at worst, to envision something that won’t hold up to the test of time. Disappointment in love is a common result of this transit, so enjoy the good feelings today, but avoid making any long-term commitments under this influence.

Retrograde Mercury at 0 degrees Capricorn sextile Uranus in Pisces
The month winds down with the same transit that started it, but with one key difference. This sextile of Mercury and Uranus occurs in the earth and water matrix. Intuition runs high, curiosity abounds and interesting people and events are likely to come into your life in some fashion today.

Retrograde Mercury re-enters Sagittarius
Appearing to move backwards though the signs, retrograde Mercury re-enters Sagittarius for a brief visit. Inquisitive Mercury always has a blast when he hangs out with the philosophical Archer and at first glance this appears to be an excellent exchange of energy. But there’s a reason why Mercury is actually in its fall here, as he can exacerbate Sagittarius’ famed bluntness and turn Jupiter’s normally high-minded influence into nothing short of endless dogmatic tirades.

Kwanzaa continues: The African-American cultural celebration began December 26 and continues until January 1.

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December 31, 2003


Happy Birthday to Silk_route!

Sun at 9 degrees Capricorn opposite retrograde Saturn in Cancer
Another low point in a month of aspects that have had us on more roller coaster rides than a visit to Six-Flags! Feelings of alienation and loneliness are common during this transit as Saturn dampens both your physical and emotional energy almost to the point of depression. Although it may be the last thing you feel like doing, making the effort to be with close friends and loved ones today may be the panacea you’re looking for. The company of people who truly know you will remind you of who you really are, and give you answers to Saturn’s probing queries.

New Year’s Eve: Ring out the old and bring on the new. Best wishes for a great 2004!

Kwanzaa continues: The African-American cultural celebration began December 26 and continues until January 1.

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Astrology by Terri Smallwood
Holidays compiled by Maria Barron, Anindita Basu and Sucheta Shetty
Birthday graphics by Maria Barron for Metamorphosis

For an astrological look at the month as a whole,
please see December Star Watch in this issue.