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Special Days and Aspects for December 2004

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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, 2004

Have a great day!

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December 2, 2004

Have a great day!

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December 3, 2004


Happy Birthday to Firesong!
Happy Birthday to YIVY!
 

Venus at 13 degrees Scorpio square Neptune in Aquarius
Watch out for your heart and your pocketbook. Venus in Scorpio is not above going to any extremes to get what she wants, whether it’s your money or your heart. With a square from Neptune leaving you very vulnerable to deception and denial, you’ll want to be on your guard for the possibility of theft, shady investments and heartbreak. Try not to make any decisions regarding money or love until this influence has passed, no matter how tempting the offer.

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December 4, 2004

Sun at 13 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 5, 2004

Moon Phase
Last-quarter Moon in Virgo, 0:53 Universal Time.

Sun at 13 degrees Sagittarius sextile Jupiter in Libra
Time to put on those party hats and get on out there and have yourself some fun. With the Sun in Sagittarius in an easy aspect to the ruler of that sign, you’ve got double the dose of Jupiter’s happy-go-lucky, fun-loving nature. Jupiter is also about taking your learning to a higher level and trying new things, such as taking classes or a trip. So whether you head out to the library, to a party with friends or go away for the weekend, you are bound to have the time of your life, filled with a lot of laughter and good cheer.

Venus conjunct Mars at 16 degrees Scorpio
The Goddess of Love unites with the God of Passion in the steamy sign of Scorpio for a two-week rendezvous in the sky. This is just the kind of energy that most lovers dream of, and if you don’t have one, don’t worry — you’re bound to get one with the fervent energy of Mars charging your love batteries. Better hang up that mistletoe, you’re going to be glad you did.

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 6, 2004

St. Nicholas Day: The real “good St. Nick,” who morphed into “Father Christmas” as Santa Claus, was a 4th-century bishop of Myra in what is now Turkey. He was said to secretly leave gifts for the poor, and especially children. On St. Nicholas Eve in some families, children leave their shoes outside their bedroom doors and find presents in them in the morning.

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December 7, 2004


Happy Birthday to
PurpleFlame!
 

Retrograde Mercury conjunct Pluto at 21 degrees Sagittarius
This is not the day for any breezy, cheery or happy chatter. Not with Pluto, master of intensity and extremes taking over your brain and influencing your written and spoken words. Thoughts, messages and conversations tend to be on the intense and deeply profound side today. Something about the way you think, speak and write is evolving on a very deep level. Write down any profound insights or dreams you have at this time. You’ll be so glad you did later.

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December 8, 2004

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

Hanukkah (Chanukah): The Jewish Festival of Lights commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, after it was desecrated by foreign forces. This year, the holiday begins December 8 and continues through December 15.

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

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December 9, 2004


Happy Birthday to
Lindy!
 

Hanukkah (Chanukah) continues: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 8 and continues through December 15.

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December 10, 2004

Sun conjunct retrograde Mercury at 18 degrees Sagittarius
Even with Mercury traveling in retrograde motion, this is still a very good day for mental clarity and receiving flashes of profound insight. With the Sun and Mercury close to Pluto, mental powers are at an all-time high. The dreamy fog is lifting and the mind is brimming with new ideas, so be sure to write them down as they come in. You just might get the solution to your problem or the answer to a question that’s been plaguing you these days.

Hanukkah (Chanukah) continues: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 8 and continues through December 15.

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December 11, 2004

Hanukkah (Chanukah) continues: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 8 and continues through December 15.

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December 12, 2004

Moon Phase
New Moon in Sagittarius, 1:29 Universal Time.

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.

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

Hanukkah (Chanukah) continues: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 8 and continues through December 15.

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December 13, 2004


Happy Birthday to
Chris29!
 

Retrograde Mercury at 15 degrees Sagittarius sextile Jupiter in Libra
It’s OK to bring back the light and happy chatter again. The jovial Jupiter is back in the house again with his bag of jokes, laughter and high spirits in hand. Thoughts are positive and optimistic, and the conversation humorous and fun under this influence. If you have to study or do some research for a term paper or writing project, this is a most excellent time to exercise your mind. Reading for fun or that takes you away like Calgon is also starred.

Venus at 26 degrees Scorpio trine retrograde Saturn in Cancer
Love and spending are a lot more disciplined and done responsibly when stabilizing Saturn is in the midst. This is the time when a 5th-house romance can fast become a 7th-house marriage or committed relationship. It’s a great time to go holiday shopping while operating under this influence, because you’ll be more apt to budget your funds and watch your pennies at this time.

Sun conjunct Pluto at 22 degrees Sagittarius
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.

Hanukkah (Chanukah) continues: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 8 and continues through December 15.

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December 14, 2004

Retrograde Mercury at 13 degrees Sagittarius sextile Neptune in Aquarius
Neptune’s dreamy out-of-this-world energy making a lovely visit to the man in charge of the mind, there are apt to be some pretty meaningful dreams and many messages from the other side streaming through the consciousness. Again, get out that pen and write, write, write! This is an excellent day to pray and meditate.

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December 15, 2004

Hanukkah (Chanukah) ends: The Jewish Festival of Lights began December 8 and concludes tonight.

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December 16, 2004


Happy Birthday to Kitty!
Happy Birthday to Galidriel!
 

Venus enters Sagittarius
With Venus in Sagittarius, the experience of love and anything to do with art or beauty can expand your consciousness. During this transit, be open to new possibilities in matters of love and art, and you may be rewarded by the growth of your soul. So get thee outside, to the library or to church — anywhere you have to in order to come into contact with exciting and new experiences that will expand the mind.

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. The journey continues until Christmas day.

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December 17, 2004

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, 2004

Moon Phase
First-quarter Moon in Pisces, 16:40 Universal Time.

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December 19, 2004


Happy Birthday to
Peggy
 

Venus at 3 degrees Sagittarius square Uranus in Pisces
Yowee — there sure is some volatile and earth-shattering energy shaking up the cosmos today — and the areas most likely to be hit by the storm are your heart and/or your wallet. Venus in Sagittarius tends to have a roving eye and to be a bit too generous with the spending, so you’ll want to be careful not to get caught up into anything you might regret later. Uranus is king of the unpredictable and erratic, and is all about shocking surprises and sudden reversals, so whenever he challenges Venus, you’ll want to make extra sure that you tighten your grip on your heart and on that wallet to ensure that you don’t lose either.

Mars at 25 degrees Scorpio trine retrograde Saturn in Cancer
The hasty and spontaneous actions of Mars become much more tame and subdued when serious Saturn drops by with his book of rules and guidelines in hand. If you have been contemplating starting a new exercise program, this sure is the time to do it. Since Mars is in the sexy sign of Scorpio, a relationship that was once just based on sex can become a lot more meaningful and exclusive now.

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.

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December 20, 2004

Mercury goes direct at 10 degrees Sagittarius
Rrrrrriiiiiinnnng!!!It’s time to wake up from your pleasant dreams, Mercury, and get thee back to Earth and working on those mental pursuits once again! All Mercury-related devices, such as computers, machines of all kinds, and your brain all start to work a lot faster and more efficiently today. This is the day that Mercury begins a brand new cycle of thinking and communicating. Start a new journal or writing project and get those thoughts and words flowing again.

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December 21, 2004

Winter Solstice, 12:42 Universal Time

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?

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.

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December 22, 2004

Have a great day!

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December 23, 2004

Have a great day!

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December 24, 2004

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

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December 25, 2004

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

Sun at 3 degrees Capricorn sextile Uranus in Pisces
There’s a wild and exciting energy in the air today, right in time for the holiday festivities. Even you shy ones will bust out of your shells today and want to be the life of the party. Uranus lends a stroke of genius to your creative projects now, so don’t use the holidays as an excuse not to be productive today; otherwise you’ll waste a lot of phenomenal energy.

Mars enters Sagittarius
Activities move out of the Scorpio bedroom and into the great big world today, as Mars begins a four-week trek through the vivacious and eager-to-learn sign of Sagittarius. The soul-baring intensity of Scorpio makes way for exciting, new adventures and mind-expanding activities. Joining a new church, signing up for some classes or running a marathon might be some of the things you are prone to do at this time. It might not be a bad idea to start walking off some of those holiday treats you’ve been indulging in this past month.

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.

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December 26, 2004

Moon Phase
Full Moon in Cancer, 15:06 Universal Time.

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.

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

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December 27, 2004

Mercury at 13 degrees Sagittarius sextile Neptune in Aquarius
Mercury is back in harmonious contact with soft and fuzzy Neptune, this time in direct motion, so now it’s time to take those insights received on the 14th and communicate them to others. Your speech, writing and thought processes are a lot softer, sweeter and more creative under this influence, making this a wonderful time to write an award-winning love poem or song.

Venus at 13 degrees Sagittarius sextile Neptune in Aquarius
The ultimate and perfect love has got you dancing on a soft and fluffy cloud of happiness today as loving Venus comes into sweet and tender contact with the higher octave of herself, the dreamy and mystical Neptune. This is the kind of magic and splendor that romance novels are made of. What was once only a fantasy of the heart can easily flutter down to reality on the wings of love today. Giving to charities and performing labors of love are also possible and highly encouraged with this compassionate and sensitive energy filling the air.

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

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December 28, 2004


Happy Birthday to
lilicfairy!
 

Mercury conjunct Venus at 15 degrees Sagittarius
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Valentine’s Day? The Messenger of the Gods teams up with the Goddess of Beauty and Love today, bringing love letters and warm and tender thoughts of love and romance to us residing here on the Earth plane. People will tend to speak the sweet-nothing language of love under this influence, so try to make sure you are either on the giving or receiving end of that gentle wave of tenderness.

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

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December 29, 2004

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

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December 30, 2004

Venus at 17 degrees Sagittarius sextile Jupiter in Libra
Jolly Jupiter is doubling up on his doses again, only this time his generous gifts are coming straight from the heart. Laughter and silly little love songs fill the air. This is the kind of energy that can make even the most impossible dreams and wishes come true. Luck is in the air, so playing the lottery or winning an all-expenses-paid romantic getaway are not out of the question under this fortunate transit.

Mercury at 17 degrees Sagittarius sextile Jupiter in Libra
Here we have another exhilarating day full of laughter, fun and jubilant conversation. Jupiter is back in the classroom, so your learning and your writing projects go a lot smoother now. This is a great time to travel or plan a trip, or if you can’t get away, to get lost in a juicy novel. Thoughts are positive and optimistic today.

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

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December 31, 2004


Happy Birthday to
Silk_route!
 

Mars at 3 degrees Sagittarius square Uranus in Pisces
The year ends with a big boom of cosmic thunder and lightening, so please heed the warning and take cover. With this volatile energy looming about, sudden bursts of anger, accidents or acts of violence are very possible, so please be careful when roaming about the planet today. Mars in the grass-is-greener sign of Sagittarius can tend to be a little free with his sexual favors, and when challenging independent Uranus, who is known to break the rules … well, you’ve got a recipe of big trouble just waiting to happen. Just be sure that you aren’t the one boiling in the pot.

New Year’s Eve: Ring out the old and bring on the new. Best wishes for a great 2005!

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

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Astrology by Tracey Couto and Metamorphosis staff
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.