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December 24 – 31, 2013


For All Signs: The Christmas Star has been a source of inquiry for centuries. It is generally accepted among historians that the Magi were astrologers. Since the precise birth date of Jesus remains unknown, one must search history for clues to the phenomenon that compelled the Magi to travel such a distance to Palestine. Though some have suggested a comet or a nova might have been the signal, these explanations are unlikely because their appearances were not predictable at the time. Therefore those events were not included in the astrologers' repertoire of prognostic wisdom.

Percy Seymour, physicist-astronomer of Great Britain, offered a strong case which postulates the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction of September 7 in the year 7 B.C., as the birth date of Jesus in his book, Astrology: The Evidence of Science (1988). There was a rare and politically important triple conjunction of these two planets during the year in the sign of Pisces, the Fish. The middle conjunction of September 7 occurred while the Sun was in the sign of Virgo. As the sun was setting that evening, the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction was ascending, heralding the birth of a king. Astrology was very important in Jesus' era. Thus it might have been said He was born of a virgin (Virgo). Biblical realists will not appreciate this interpretation of the story, but it is a sound premise if one considers the common acceptance of astrological knowledge of the times.

Aries: This is not your best week, I’m sorry to say. You may have people around who want to goad you and prod you into losing your temper. Take that adrenalin and do a major task that requires physical strength and the large muscles. Fine motor activity will only irritate you. You may prefer to work alone during this period.

Taurus: This is a quiet and possibly studious week for you. You may be researching topics of interest related to school or business. Be aware that your ruling planet, Venus, is retrograding. This means you may be drawn into an uncomfortable place within your relationship. Old and worn out habits of relating could surface. Try not to go there.

Gemini: Your attention shifts to matters of shared resources for the next three weeks. "Resources" include time, things of material value, energy and sexuality. The territory is wide, ranging from the mundane study of the budget, to investments, and even to important discussions with partners over the need for greater intimacy. Drive and use tools with caution.

Cancer: You will be as cool as glass but the people around you are likely to be upset, overwrought, angry, or sullen. Don’t take this personally. Just continue with your plans as much as you can, in spite of the maelstrom. Others will need your loving kindness more than ever now.

Leo: Your frame of mind is more than a little bit maverick at this time. You may be compelled to declare your freedom in every direction. It won’t make a lot of friends on the playground, but this feels truly mandatory now. If your energy is directed toward social justice, there will be many on your side.

Virgo: Mercury, your ruling planet, moves into the sector of life related to children, recreation, personal creativity, and romance. There is considerable intensity in these areas, particularly between the 29th and the 31st. Drive and handle sharp tools with care. Your tongue may be as sharp as a tool itself. Beware of over-reaction to others.

Libra: Concentrate on maintaining your composure this week. You could easily be drawn off your center by people or circumstances that have made you angry for a long time. Librans are truly shaken by temper and particularly so if it is their own outburst. Drive very carefully and don’t let someone with road rage push you to create an accident.

Scorpio: Your Significant Other may be falling into an old pattern that has caused harm in the relationship before. Be forewarned and take especially good care of yourself now, even if you must put distance between you. Otherwise you will go backwards and return to your old patterns which will definitely not be in your best interests.

Sagittarius: You and the Cancerian Crabs have a lot in common right now. Although the world is a whirlwind around you, this is a time that you do not have to join into the struggles of others. Your general good nature and optimism is just what is needed, wherever you go. Spread it generously.

Capricorn: During this period you must prove the value of your efforts on a project that began a year or more ago. You are focused and bent on having things your way, so you are tempted to railroad those who object. Concentrate on diplomacy in order to accomplish your objectives more easily. Forcing an issue will only result in provoking defensiveness.

Aquarius: You have a need to be left alone this week, though it may not be conscious. If this occurs by happenstance, recognize it as a gift and refuse to feel sorry for yourself. Your ego will want to be injured, but not if you don’t allow it to have such power. You prefer reverie, books and daydreaming. Drive and handle tools carefully.

Pisces: This is likely to be an interesting and quiet week for the Fish. You probably will spend the holiday with friends and family, as would be expected at this time. There are books and/or movies that interest you. Intuition is turned on and the muse may visit you with poetry. Enjoy the peace and don’t allow the general havoc of others to disturb your placid waters.

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