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Your Monthly Horoscope for December 2016
 by Victoria Fugit 

The New Moon influencing December occurs on November 29th. The aspects of this new moon could easily describe “A Christmas Carol”. Sun, Moon, Mercury and Saturn in Sagittarius signify joy, optimism and the traditional rituals of celebration. However, the Sun and Moon are squared by Neptune the planet of illusion, delusion, self-deception and “all is not as it seems”. Certainly the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future may be haunting many this Christmas.

Jupiter, although it is in an aspect of cautious expansion and future planning, is also square Pluto which arouses ambitions to do great things and strive for power and success. Efforts, however, may run into fierce opposition from others. This is also a time to avoid legal conflicts and underworld or shady characters, as such involvement can lead to loss of power and worse.

Well-known astrologer Liz Greene has this to say on Pluto’s Return in U.S. Chart (2008 – 2024). “Even though, perhaps, ultimately a good ‘death’, anyone who has been through most any strong Pluto transit knows just how dark and messy, painful and fearful it can be. With few exceptions, human beings don’t change by choice; we change only when we are forced to change. The years ahead, starting in the early 2020s, will force us to change or else.”

The Full Moon in Gemini on December 13 sees Neptune going direct so that there is a greater sense of clarity in situations which were before shrouded in ambiguity and illusion. We also have Jupiter in opposition to Uranus which embodies the desire to break free of restrictions and obligations or limiting circumstances. This can be a valuable transit, arousing the desire for reform and improvement even if somewhat disruptive measures are necessary. The latter part of December and the first half of January will be a clear preview of what lies ahead for the next two years.

Aries Astrological Symbol
Aries – This could be a good month for expanding your mental horizons revisiting and/or updating family traditions or taking a clear and honest assessment of your career. Are you getting a fair return for your life energy or does it take more than it gives. Right now you may feel hemmed in, yet you are coming up with great ideas for change or improvement. Saturn lends stability to new ventures so make careful plans then leap.

Taurus Astrological Symbol
Taurus – Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater out of impatience or frustration. Good things are coming up in your work if you just let them mature organically. It does no good to push the river. Stay away from all legal entanglements. Unexpected success or expansion in work or career may come knocking.
Gemini Astrological Sy
Gemini – It may feel like you are driving with your brakes on this month, as your creative juices are flowing faster than the normal channels can accommodate them. Paperwork or bureaucratic processes seem to be always in front of you rather than results. It may also be possible that you are moving faster than those around you are comfortable with and they want you to communicate with them more.

Cancer Astrological Symbol
Cancer – If your birth date is between July 7th and 14th, the energies around you are a little like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The nonsensical, somewhat irrational and chaotic seem to find you no matter how well planned and organized you are. Pretend that you are flying with the Red Baron. You can cover your eyes and hide or relax and trust that all will be well. No matter how it turns out, it will be more fun if you have no fear.
Leo Astrological Sign
Leo – Creativity, and communication with friends and family will bring more activity into your life this month. Unexpected journeys or contact with an old friend may brighten your holidays. Getting out in Nature can be especially important for you this month as it lets your creativity flow and regenerates your batteries.
Virgo Astrological Symbol
Virgo –The Saturn / Neptune square still dominates your Sun, Virgo. This gives you a sense of not quite fitting in and not quite knowing why or if you even care. This dissipates by the beginning of next year. This is a beneficial time to remake yourself and choose who and what you want to be. Write out different scenarios to bring them into sharper focus, and then try them on.

libra Astrological Symbol
Libra – Communication is a most important component for you this month. The New Moon falls in your 3rd house of communication with neighbors and siblings and the full moon falls in the 9th house involving communication from a distance or from your guidance. If you are a writer start new projects. Your inspiration is strong and ideas are innovative and exciting.

Scorpio Astrological Sign
Scorpio – New Moon in your 2nd house and Full Moon in your 8th house puts the focus of this month on finances, priorities and values. Pluto in your 3rd and Jupiter square from the 12th house give you an amazing insight and deep understanding of whatever your interests happen to be in December, from relationships to putting a complicated project together.
Sagittarius Astrological Sign
Sagittarius – Jupiter in your 10th house of career squaring Pluto in your 1st house of personal identity gives you the feeling that you can go higher and further than ever and you feel driven to power and success. You may become involved in a project to repair, restore or rebuild something. Your aim is to improve, but you may run into resistance from those who don’t agree with you or who feel threatened by your actions. Check out your ideas of right and wrong before pushing too hard.
Capricorn Astrological Symbol
Capricorn – New Moon in your 11th house of hopes, wishes, networking and friendships and Full Moon in 5th house of creativity and children could make for a happy and productive month. The beginning of the month has Mars conjunct Pluto in your sign, intensifying the transformation you have been experiencing. Don’t fight it and definitely don’t project it onto others. By the middle of the month Venus replaces Mars and your charisma is palpable. Enjoy.

Aquarius Astrological Symbol
Aquarius – Venus and Mars conjunct in Aquarius gives you increases your attractiveness and charisma. Also, this month, Uranus blesses you with quick wit, a sense of humor and innovative, creative ideas. As if this were not enough, Sun, Moon, Mercury and Saturn are in the house of friendship and social gatherings, giving you the stage for your play this month.

Pisces Astrological Symbol
Pisces – Be cautious about overspending this month. Impulse buying could bite you. Even though it’s a month of parties and celebration, you seem to want to avoid most people and just hang out with close family. Quiet and some solitude are important for you this month –follow your feelings and listen to your heart.

About Victoria: The passion I have for Astrology began when I was twenty-four. I had been traveling in Europe for months and was becoming more and more curious about the letters my mom was sending me. They were waiting for me in each city or town I went to and it was as if she had a spy following me. She seemed to know my every move. Then she started to give me advice about what was coming up and what to watch out for. Coming home, I was horrified to learn that both she and my dad (LT. Colonel in the Air Force) were involved in Astrology. I asked them how two well-educated and intelligent people could possibly believe a superstitious myth that was so lacking in any proof of its claims. My dad said he had no belief in it. It worked, so he used it, much like electricity – we don’t believe in it, don’t know exactly how it works, but are happy to turn on the lights with it.

So I set out to prove that they were deluded. After three years of study in San Francisco and taking a correspondence course from a school in England, I apologized.
Astrology has been part of my life ever since and has led to my involvement with researchers and teachers in the human potential movement, such as Jean Houston (Institute for Mind Research), Werner Erhardt (EST), Elmer Green (Duke University), Joe Kamiya (early researcher in bio-feedback), Swami Rama (Himalayan Institute) and others.

Sun sign astrology obviously doesn’t give the depth of knowledge available in a full reading. Each chart is unique, like snowflakes. But it’s fun and entertaining. Hope you get both from this column. You can get in touch with Victoria at 435-259-9417 or

Achieving Inner Peace
By Kristi Ellen
During this Holiday season, as we hope for peace on earth, it is important to find that inner peace which resides in each and every one of us. The hierarchy of needs was proposed by Abraham Maslow in 1943 in “A Theory of Human Motivation,” based on the idea of a five-tier pyramid of human needs. Maslow stated that people are motivated to achieve certain needs, and that some needs take precedence over others. In order to have the Self-Actualization of Peace at the top of the pyramid, it is important to have the lower needs fulfilled first.

The first level of the pyramid is the need to have the basics of food, water and shelter and to feel that there is some stability in life. The level of Safety is next which I will refer to as order and purpose. The level of Love and Belonging, and then Esteem or Achievement/Success follow. Self-actualization and the feeling of Inner peace are at the top which allows a human being to be open to sharing and teaching others.

When one or more of these levels are missing, it can cause chaos in society. Reaching the top of the pyramid can seem impossible. When looking at your own life, can you see where there may be work to be done in one or more areas of the pyramid? When the needs for food and shelter are met, then you can look to see if you have order in your life, often an area that needs attention. Being organized and having follow through can create a platform for stability.

This process can be as simple as cleaning out a drawer or getting rid of things that just take up space. It can also mean having a goal and something to work towards. Do you keep your word to yourself and others? Having honesty and respect for yourself and others will bring a sense of safety into your life. Then there is the need to belong. This is an area that is being challenged in the world today.

With all the great things electronics can bring, it can also disconnect us from each other. The lack of communicating face-to-face has left more people than ever before feeling like they are alone and no one cares about them. With the story of not belonging running in your head, you can have feelings of despair and depression that can lead to self destruction. If you feel that you are alone, then I encourage you to go out and start reconnecting with people. Talk to your neighbors, meet someone new, and say hello. Do something nice for someone else. There is a lot of good that comes from saying, “help your neighbor, help yourself.” We are all connected, what we do for another, we do for ourselves.

An exercise to bring up your mood is to write down 10 things you are grateful for each and every day. This will help with your self-esteem and then you can share what you have learned with another. When you help others, you build their pyramid too. This, in turn, helps all of us to create a healthy and functional society which will then give you more inner peace.

Kristi Ellen is an International Radio host & owner of Soul Healers Path Life Coaching. See ad on page 10A.
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