New-Moon Travel Blessing

By Holiday Mathis

December 17, 2017 6 min read

Mercury is still retrograde, so we can't expect a perfectly smooth transition from place to place during one of the biggest travel times of the year. Yet the energy of the new moon will place a kind hand on our travel arrangements. This is especially true for those who have an easygoing attitude about that which cannot be controlled.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You've been psyching yourself up for something, and it's almost game time. Just don't let your enthusiasm blind you to other things and people. Pay attention to your environment; that's always the first step. Skip it at your own risk.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). To do the right thing for the wrong person is still a fail. It's like bringing the right key to the wrong door. Anyway, maybe it's time to stop thinking in terms of right and wrong and start thinking in terms of a good fit or a bad one.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). People around you would like to think that you only see what they choose to show you about themselves; however, that's simply not the case. You see all. Well, maybe not all. You see most.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). For sensitive people like you, there doesn't have to be a great deal of physical evidence that a person you love is hurting. The first thing you'll notice when you walk into a room is the feelings that were left behind there.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). This will be a day of juxtapositions and opposites. You'll experience having and not having. You'll see beauty and ugliness. You'll appreciate both the known and the unknown.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You've been known to spread joy indiscriminately, though if you get more focused, you could do some real good today, because someone in your realm is in dire need of a lift.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Work and wait, wait and work. It seems to you that doing your duty shouldn't require so much patience. Better tools will bring faster results. Do your research; this could be a game changer.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There's something to be gained from dabbling casually in different worlds and interests. A little contact here, some knowledge there, a sprinkle of practice time now and then — before you know it, you're an expert!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're willing to sacrifice sweetness if that's what's necessary for health, but what if the two aren't mutually exclusive? You'll find a way to get it all, at least for the day.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). As for those emotions that are not so easily defined or understood, there's healing power there. The benefit will be released through expression. If you can't talk about it, could you write, dance or draw about it?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You think, Now why would a person behave like that? The truth is that people act unconsciously all the time. You'll strive to be extra alert and mindful — a counterbalance to what you see in the world.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You've been known to attract what you want without ever asking out loud, but that's not the norm, and it's really not today. If you're uncomfortable talking about it, practice in a mirror, but don't stay silent. Ask aloud!

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 17). Your intelligence will be sought time and again. You'll be invited to boards, think tanks and elite groups. The first part of the year, you'll be a tourist or feel like a tourist in someone else's life. How far do you go with an exciting quest in April? As far as you dare! Your social life goes from warm to sizzling in the summer. Libra and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 40, 4, 44 and 20.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Even though Mercury is still retrograde at the top of the week, the Sagittarius new moon counteracts the effects with a mighty fantastic omen for travelers. What it suggests is that though travel won't be without hiccups, the unforeseen events will lend texture, interest and opportunity to our journey, especially if we maintain a positive attitude about it. Furthermore, our travels aren't just location changes; rather, they are potentially life-altering events. The Sagittarius new moon says that each fresh place is a possible trajectory of experience. We're not only better for having seen a place or met a person but actually not the same person we were for having braved experiences that are outside our usual zone.

On Tuesday, Saturn becomes the star. The planet of lessons and authority changes signs only about once every 2 1/2 years, so every time he enters a new zone, he's saying hello to a place he hasn't been in 28 or 29 years. In the case of Tuesday's transit, Saturn is returning to his home. Capricorn is where Saturn feels most comfortable and useful. The year ahead is sure to address the power dynamics at play in governments, in cultures and indeed in genders. Let's hope we can find some equipoise on the matter.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Sagittarian superstar Manny Pacquiao is not only a world champion fighter in the boxing ring but also a champion who fights for his community and the world at large with his politics and philanthropy. Passion is the prevalent feature of Pacquiao's natal chart, with the sun, the moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune all in intense fire signs. His having Venus and Uranus in Scorpio indicates that he has depth and soul.

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