Star Signs for December 2014

Posted on: 1st December, 2014

Category: Star Signs

Contributor: Kate Arbon

Kate Arbon is an astrologer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork for the last 10 years, she gives personal consultations and teaches astrology and intuitive guidance

Observing the Sun’s path as it moves through our skies is an ancient occupation, which connects us to fellow beings who lived in our distant past. Stone alignments and monuments throughout the world were positioned to calculate these important celestial movements. The changing seasons of the Solar year form the basis of our tropical zodiac, used in what we call ‘western’ astrology. The Sun’s movements are tracked as it crosses the equator to reach the tropic of Cancer at its most northerly and the tropic of Capricorn at the most southerly point. These crossings provide us with the cardinal points and four cardinal Zodiac signs. In December we’re on the countdown to the Winter Solstice, when the Sun will have reached its most southerly position, poised to begin its return journey north. Here in the northern hemisphere the days begin to lengthen once again and we take time out of daily routines to celebrate and enjoy traditional midwinter festivals.

The first week of December brings a Full Moon in Mercury ruled Gemini. The Sun is currently in Sagittarius with Mercury close by but hidden in it’s light. The pair makes a comfortable trine aspect with unpredictable Uranus, which adds to the hectic feel of this Moon phase. Most likely it will give a sense of restlessness or scattered energy for a few days. This is a fast paced time of making connections, getting in touch with friends and neighbours, sending out all kinds of communications and of course, another Mercury ruled activity, shopping!

The major astrological events this month include the close connection of Uranus and Pluto in the difficult square angle that has been around, on and off, since 2012. Now they will travel within ‘orb’ of each other until finally parting company in late March. This is a grand finale for the energy that has brought us revolution and regime change. Tensions will be high during these months but there are other supportive and constructive planetary alignments beginning to step in now as we finish this unsettling phase in our evolution.

After 26 years, slow Saturn is about to take another turn in Sagittarius beginning on December 23. This will bring a very different and more positive way to experience the lessons that the ‘Lord of Time’ provides. Since October 2012, Saturn has been in Scorpio, a sign which is looking for transformation and will undergo a purging to eliminate whatever obstacles hinder that process. Recent years have tested our ability to draw from an instinctual nature whilst also acting appropriately as the evolved person we are becoming. Many hard lessons have been taught to us about what happens when base urges take the lead. Sagittarius is a very different beast and is always seeking to refine its nature through intelligent understanding. This is a time when our beliefs, philosophical attitudes and spiritual orientation will be put to the test. Whatever stands up under severe scrutiny is probably worth keeping, everything else is questionable.

The Solstice on December 21 is followed by the New Moon in the first degree of Capricorn, the sign of the sea goat. This mythical creature represents our dual drive of instinct and emotion alongside our innate ambition to rise up and become a honourable and civilised human being. Make time to consider what you’ve learned and achieved lately, the hard won lessons are the most worthwhile. Reflect on what you truly value and on what has served you well over time. Use these insights to bolster and sustain you now before you turn your attention to the year ahead and any plans you may have for the future.

The next Full Moon is at 15° Gemini on December 6 at 12:28pm with the New Moon at 1° Capricorn on December 22 at 1:36am

Aries: You have the urge to get out and about and make connections. There may be increasing contact with your neighbours and involvement in local events as you approach the Full Moon phase. You may feel restless if you don’t find activities that stimulate your mind. A lot of energy may be used up in trivial or light-hearted conversation but going deep isn’t the mood of the moment. Seek out more information and alternatives to what you already know. This is a good time to catch up on correspondences or to do some writing.

Taurus: This coming Full Moon phase finds you concerned with your material and financial security. Impulse buying, or conversely a lack of generosity might be a problem now depending on how you feel about the state of your resources. This is a good time to consider if you are making the best of your natural skills and talents. You might be underestimating yourself or not yet utilising all the tools in your bag for your greater benefit. Actual money isn’t the only source of wealth and you may find you have abundance in another form.

Gemini: With this month’s Full Moon in your Sun's sign you are concerned with your own needs and personal security. You are especially sensitive to environmental conditions and your own moods. The emphasis is on putting the stamp of your individuality on everything you do. How you present yourself and what you feel about your way of being in the world are likely to occupy your mind now. Getting a glimpse of your unique personality in action gives you a better sense of who you are. Make adjustments if you are not representing yourself accurately or in a way that is most true for your character.

Cancer: As this month's Full Moon phase nears, your inclination is to shun the limelight and keep pretty much to yourself. You can be very productive throughout this period by just quietly working away behind-the-scenes in seclusion. Taking time out to relax, daydream or meditate regenerates the spirit and brings you closer to your creativity. Reconnecting with your inner world is important for your sense of equilibrium. Valuable insights and breakthroughs are possible. Enjoy some quiet ‘alone time’ whilst you can as the demands of your outer world will encroach again soon enough.

Leo: During this period it's who you know, rather than what you know, that matters now. This is a good time to change up a gear in your social life. Make opportunity to meet people; the benefits will soon follow. This month's Full Moon highlights your position within your community, in group ventures, or projects which involve others of like mind. The phrase ‘what you put in is what you get out’ holds very true for you now. You can see that what you have to offer is appreciated by those concerned and this is a time of reaping the rewards of your past contributions.

Virgo: Personal status or vocational concerns are likely to dominate your thinking. If you’re not already striking out to fulfill your ambitions then now is the time to make plans for your future. Getting yourself some recognition for what you do well takes on extra significance during this coming Full Moon. Self-acknowledgement only takes you so far and for now you need some approval from those you respect. If you want to launch your career or go a step further then make the moves. But remember to balance the demands of your work or public life with the needs of your home life.

Libra: As the Moon waxes to Full, travel, higher learning, study and spiritual matters can occupy your mind. Not content with anything ‘hum drum’, you’re likely to want the freedom to explore new ground or invite new experiences into your life. This is a great time to think big and make the most of opportunities that come your way. An overseas contact may get in touch or new information provides the chance to break out from any restricting routines to try something different. Be prepared to open your mind to new ideas and lifestyles.

Scorpio: This coming Full Moon might be a trying period; you may feel anxious and worried about things. Your attention is being drawn to the patterns that create life’s ups and downs. During this phase you may be focused on the negative side of a cycle at the expense of the positive. This might be a slow growth point but it’s a necessary pause during which you can consider what is truly worth keeping and what you can dispense with. It’s a great time to clear out what doesn’t work well in your life in preparation for the next phase.

Sagittarius: With this month’s Full Moon opposite your Sun sign it’s a good opportunity for dealing with any relationship issues. Personal and professional partnerships need your attention now. You are aware of how much you have to give but guard against taking others for granted; they won't appreciate it if you do. You’ll be at your best when you can get things into a healthy balance so finding a win win situation for everyone has to be your goal. Interesting and stimulating people may come into your life now and you’ll want to find time for intimate encounters or shared experiences.

Capricorn: This is a good time to organise your working environment and make it more efficient whilst you have the focus to do the tedious work and the necessary tasks that don’t reap obvious rewards. You’re not likely to feel at peak performance level so take a slow and measured pace and be surprised at how much can be achieved. Treat yourself with care and pay attention to your physical needs during the Full Moon phase. You’ll benefit from making adjustments especially if you’ve been overdoing it lately.

Aquarius: As you approach this Full Moon period your imaginative powers are strong and you could enjoy a chance to express your creative talents. Whatever you do it needs to give scope to your originality and get you noticed. You want to have fun and taking chances might pay off. Not taking yourself too seriously will also reap benefits and you may surprise yourself at what you come up with by just playing around. Your feelings for loved ones are more intense now and children may take an important role in your life at this time.

Pisces: Home and family matters occupy your thinking during this Full Moon. Putting your energy into project that gives you some sense of security and well being will feel important now. This is a good time to complete unfinished tasks and don’t expect to get started on anything new yet. You need the freedom to nurture what’s really important for you. You may just feel like staying home and building up your reserves so you have plenty spare for later. Sticking with familiar surroundings and intimate company takes the stress out of socialising.

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Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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