Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
December Birthstone: Blue Topaz/Turquoise * Birthstone Color: Blue
Blue Topaz is the hardest of the silicate minerals. Even though pure Topaz is colorless, minor changes of elements in the stone results in varying colors, such as blue, pale green, red, yellow and pink.
Traditionally, this gemstone was said to have many healing powers, among them the ability to cure insanity, asthma, weak vision and insomnia. The Blue Topaz was even thought to have magical properties in its ability to make its wearer invisible in a threatening situation and wouldn’t many of us like that ability today?
There are three shades of Blue Topaz, which are: Sky, Swiss and London Blue. The latter is the deepest blue and is often used as a less expensive Sapphire substitute. A gift of Blue Topaz is symbolic of love and fidelity. Topaz is found in Brazil, Pakistan, China, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and USA.
December’s alternate birth stone is Turquoise. It was considered by ancients to be a sacred stone, protective against all manners of evil and ill health. This beautiful gemstone is mined in Iran and in the USA’s southwestern region. A gift of Turquoise represents friendship and good luck.MOON PHASE DATE DEGREE & SIGN TIME Last Quarter 06 14 Virgo 55 10:31 AM New Moon 13 21 Sagittarius 45 03:42 AM First Quarter 20 28 Pisces 44 00:19 AM Full Moon 28 07 Cancer 06 05:21 AM Planets in the morning sky Mercury, Venus, Jupiter thru the 3rd, and Saturn. Do not confuse Venus and Saturn early in the month. Venus is brighter. Planets in the night sky Mars, and Jupiter from the 3rd. Retrogrades Jupiter all month and Uranus goes direct on the 14th. The sun will go into Capricorn on the Winter Solstice, December 21.
ARIES - March 20 – April 18
Taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to do exactly what it is you want to do for yourself is important. You haven’t had enough time for your plans and dreams in such a long time and it is definitely overdue. Helping others is fine, but now perhaps it is time for you to help yourself. It would be in your best interest if you balance work and your personal life because your family would like to spend more time with you and you should enjoy them without being irritable or exhausted. Life gives you many types of interesting challenges and alternatives, so once you determine the path you will take, all of your choices will be simple. Enjoy the holidays.
TAURUS - April 19 – May 19
Buying lovely gifts for everyone is a wonderful thing; however, just make sure that you have all of your gifts budgeted. You don’t want to overspend and then find yourself paying off credit cards for months after the holidays. Your generosity is known and even if you cut down your gift giving by half, you are still giving great presents. Let others help with the preparations, or have family bring a covered dish or two so that you can enjoy the day as much as your guests. This holiday may have a few surprises, but all in all, it’s a lovely time for talking, sharing, gift giving and getting closer to the ones you love. Make the holidays work for you.
GEMINI - May 20 – June 19
Enjoying the holidays with your family is important this year. Many things have changed during the last year and it’s time that your life gets back on track. You need to stop procrastinating and accomplish your goals and dreams. This time of the year should be about you and the ones you love. Emotions do calm down over your finances, but you do seem to be on emotional roller coaster lately. Keeping secrets from loved ones will not be in your best interest long term. Confide in those you love – family or friends. It’s time that you find someone to talk to since you’ve always been there for others. Enjoy time with loved ones.
CANCER - June 20 – July 21
Romance and children are in the air so make sure you balance these two very different energies so that everyone will have a wonderful holiday. You do want the perfect holiday and you seem to be running around like a chicken without a head to make it the perfect holiday season. If some unexpected secrets, issues or incidents happen, just go with the flow. Everything will work out as soon as it is looked into and perhaps a compromise is made. It’s a wonderful time to put the past behind you and be open to starting new beginnings with those you love. Make this a holiday to remember with family and friends.
LEO - July 22 – August 21
Stress can negatively affect your health, so be sure you do your best to rest, organize, prioritize and be smarter about holiday shopping, wrapping of presents and gift giving and don’t work harder to finish whatever is on your plate. Enjoy the crisp weather, the carolers, and the store window displays. You need some fun and some simple downtime. Bake Christmas cookies and get the family involved. If you don’t bake, perhaps you can get the family involved with any holiday tradition that your family honors. Emotions are under wraps and you can deal with anything in a very positive way. Entertaining your family and friends will be a great way to enjoy the end of the year holidays.
VIRGO - August 22 – September 21
Personal and business partnerships (and/or legal issues) take up much of your time by either thinking or worrying about them. Be sure that things are running smoothly with your significant other or partner and if they are not, fix them. Don’t let the holidays be ruined by misunderstandings or secrets. Even though some issues do not make sense, everyone feels on edge and there is just a hint of confusion in the air. It is a time to get back to spirituality or religion and if needed, go to your place of worship and light a candle for a loved one who has recently passed on. Prepare in advance for your holiday guests so that you can enjoy your company with minimal extra effort or concern.
LIBRA - September 22 – October 21
Partnerships seem to be moving in the right direction as well as improving both your confidence and self-esteem, especially between the two of you. Show your partner that you really care by buying or giving him/her something that expresses your love in a special way. It doesn’t have to be expensive and can be as simple as a date night out or spending a special evening alone to rekindle your romance. Try to let bygones be bygones so that your holiday is filled with as much positive energy, love, happiness and fun as possible. Make sure your house is clean in advance so that you can entertain in style and have some fun with your family and friends without freaking out at the last moment that everything is not the way you would have liked it.
SCORPIO - October 22 – November 20
Finances are being looked at and mulled over. You are trying to be so practical and spend thoughtfully during the holidays. Make sure you stick to your budget plans and not give in to the never-ending holiday commercials which say that we need everything – we don’t. Voluntary simplicity is the way to go. Taking care of responsibilities and obligations is a never-ending task that you feel comfortable with and it will continue during the holidays, if you let it. Don’t worry about anything now; life is going in a very positive direction and there is much energy around you to change the things that you no longer need, want or like in your life. Catch up on all of your family and friends’ lives by inviting them to a get-together or party and share the love.
SAGITTARIUS - November 21 – December 20
Even though things normally do wind down during the holidays, it seems as if you are continuing with your home and business projects and are actually getting a lot done before the holiday week. Don’t go crazy on the job by trying to finish everything before the start of the New Year. The work will be there when you get back to it. Spend time with family and friends and give yourself some time to rest. Your free spirited life is wonderful, but occasionally you will need to take care of yourself as much as you take care of everyone else in your life. Be determined to have a good time at any party or event you are invited to and everyone will benefit from your presence. Make this a holiday to remember with games, fun, and great food. Of course, if it’s your party, have it catered.
CAPRICORN - December 21 – January 19
Even though there may be some changes at work on the horizon, change is usually for the best. So whatever hasn’t been working on your job will start to go in a different direction after the New Year. You may even be looking into seeking a different position or job. Work is always on your mind, but you do have to relax and enjoy your life too sometimes and this seems like the perfect time. Family, friends and invites to get-togethers seem to be taking up a lot of your time – it would be nice if you could attend some of them and just relax. You would like to host a party and invite the friends that you rarely see to your home, so why not do it? Don’t worry about the cost of entertaining, you can have a cocktail party with hors d’oeurves and drinks, or just an open house with finger foods and wine and soda. This is a holiday party that everyone will enjoy.
AQUARIUS - January 20 – February 18
Thinking about the past year and everything that has happened to you seems to keep you a bit somber; however, you get out of that mood as the holidays get closer and start getting into the swing of things with sending out cards, holiday shopping, wrapping presents and decorating your home. Friends help make this a fun time. You will be invited to many parties, so pace yourself or you will be too exhausted and tired for the upcoming festivities. Your traditional holiday baking starts early in the month and everyone is looking forward to your culinary delights. Do what you can around the house to make it the way you want, but don’t be too fussy. Others wish they had your interior decorating talent. Happy Holidays!
PISCES – February 19 – March 19
Enjoying the holidays with its Christmas carols, holiday spirit, gift giving, friendly parties and holiday cards makes you very sentimental and emotional. Don’t blow things out of proportion and don’t let others put a damper on your holiday. You love everything about this holiday except not knowing which perfect gift to get for everyone on your list. You have such good taste that everyone will love whatever you get them and if you are stuck about a particular gift, gift cards or money are always a great alternative. It’s the right size and color! Family and friends may ask to help out, so have a list of foods or other things that they can do to assist you. Graciously accept all help offered so you will also be able to enjoy the holidays without being exhausted.
Vikki Anderson has been a metaphysical teacher, writer and lecturer for over 41 years. Check out her new YouTube workshop videos on varied metaphysical topics available on her site. She may be contacted at 973-492-3110 for a telephone or in-person tarot, astrology or Feng Shui consultation. www.vikkianderson.net .