Retrograde, Eclipse Close 2010 with a Bang


The final Mercury Retrograde of 2010 stretches from Dec. 7-30, spanning the first six degrees of Capricorn and the last ten degrees of Sagittarius. The holidays are actually a pretty good time for Mercury Retrograde – we can use this energy to reflect on a particularly challenging and transformative year and concoct concrete, workable strategies for moving forward in 2011. The final eclipse of the year happens on Dec. 21 in the last degree of Gemini. With a lunar eclipse occurring within hours of the winter solstice, we can probably expect a rather high energy finish to the year. Holiday grumps be forewarned!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…It’s all systems go again, and doesn’t that feel nice? You’re still trying to figure out how to play the money game at the next level, but for the first time in a while you’re pretty sure you know exactly who you are and what you’re doing. Remember that money is just a form of energy.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)…The mood shifts after the 7th when Mars leaves your 12th House of the deep unconscious mind and moves into your sign. Take advantage of the energy and focus Mars brings; even with Mercury retrograde, you can still make significant progress towards your goals this month.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…As long as you pay attention to your intuition – which is super-activated most of the month – December brings mostly good times. You continue to download new and more compelling visions about what you can do in the world. Funny how a goal that’s big enough to inspire you just naturally sets your creativity aflame and activates your romantic side.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…A new vision of who you can be in the world is emerging this month. Embracing this new public persona requires letting go of fears that have kept you from giving freely. The more you give, the more you get. Don’t you think you’ve learned enough about saying “No” and about maintaining healthy boundaries to stop holding back?

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…You emerge from the desert this month, clad in animal skins, eating locusts and wild honey and bearing tidings of a better world to come. OK, maybe you aren’t John the Baptist (or Joan of Arc), but you do feel more inspired and courageous than you have in many moons. Trust your inspiration – the world needs your bold vision!

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…You’re finally free of that crazy relationship drama that had occupied you for the last several months. Now it’s time to translate your emotional knowledge into words and thoughts. Draw up a list of talking points or write a contract with yourself to ensure that from now on all your relationships are win-win.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…December shows you beyond the shadow of a doubt that your relationships exist to mirror your own hidden thoughts and feelings. Take this perspective into everything you do this month and you’ll not only enjoy the upbeat energy, you’ll also learn something very important about who you really are.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Take things slow and steady in the relationship-building (or restructuring) process. You can set yourself up for the long haul this month, but you need to play by the rules. Keeping your reputation and public image at the forefront of your mind while negotiating will guide you to the right choices.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…You haven’t felt this creative in ages, so strike while the iron is hot. The only limitation to what you create this month is your energy, so pay attention to your diet and use regular exercise, energy work, yoga and the like to keep your creative fires from burning out. Your romantic, optimistic attitude attracts opportunity like a magnet this month.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…An experience you have with family (or with your private thoughts about or memories of family) over the holidays sparks a profound realization about what you came into the world to create. Turns out you might not have to choose “one or the other” in your career. Watch out, because embracing this perspective might unleash your creativity in a big way!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…You continue to have your money on your mind this month. But with Venus finally direct again, you’re actually working on positive ways of making money. You’re also taking a good long look at what you say and what you believe. Actually hearing some of the tired old belief statements coming out of your mouth gives you the impetus to change them.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Money – or more accurately, resources – is a big theme this month. You’ve done some serious soul-searching about your life’s purpose over the last couple months. Now you decide to do what it takes to ensure you have the resources you need to achieve your life goals. This might involve spending money on an important tool or training.

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D.K. Brainard, M.A., C.H., is a writer, musician, astrologer and certified hypnotherapist who specializes in helping clients identify where they are on their own Hero's Journey and take appropriate steps to reconnect with their soul/Higher Self/creative unconscious. To carry out this work, D.K. uses the tools of astrology, energy work, compassion, and hypnotic shared exploration of limiting identity states and desired goal states. For more on the eclipses and free weekly horoscopes each Monday, visit his website:



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