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For the week of November 28-December 4, 2007

Jupiter/Pluto Conjunction, Part One:

Forget about silent nights — nothing is calm about the 2007 holiday season, and this week, the stars set the stage for a tempestuous finale to an already too-intense year. Please forgive me if I sound dramatic, but I'm actually not exaggerating. December's sky burns with Divine Fire. And its heat tempers activities, as well as attitudes. Consider this week and the coming weeks a purification ritual, a catharsis, personal and collective. But be aware, this cleansing is not only an intellectual process. The astral tumult brings deep feelings to the surface of daily life — and they won't just sit there. Which means most of us will be searching for resolution, relief, and redemption from the red threads of persistent karmic themes. And don't fool yourself into thinking you're exempt. Hubris will only make matters worse. We are in the season of soul work, and the best tool for the task at hand is humility.

The source of this healing crisis is a Jupiter/Pluto conjunction in Sagittarius, which is exact on December 11. This conjunction occurs at the end of Pluto's cycle through Sagittarius and it will not happen again in Sagittarius until 2244, which makes its current effect all the more extraordinary. And because all of us have Sagittarius somewhere in our individual birth charts, each of us will feel the intensity of this conjunction somewhere in our lives.

Jupiter represents good fortune, expansion, and excess. It rules Sagittarius, which is the Sign of the Zodiac that signifies global communication, classical traditions from every culture, as well as belief systems, philosophic and religious. Pluto is the principle of transformation and represents the process of death and resurrection. When Pluto journeys through any Sign, it reveals the entire spectrum represented by that Sign, including its gifts as well as its challenges. And over the next several weeks, this column will focus on some of the specifics of Pluto's cycle through Sagittarius and how they relate to current circumstances.

But for now, it is enough to know the conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto will magnify, electrify, amplify, and intensify just about everything, and that intensification is likely to translate into the need to act or react on impulse. While it won't be easy to think before you speak, try. We are actually in the midst of a cosmic test on thirteen years of transformational work, and there are no multiple-choice answers. Because Sagittarius symbolizes the process of integration, one of the ways to gauge your grade is to contemplate how well you can walk your talk. Don't expect a perfect score. Levels of anxiety many of us thought were long gone are likely to reappear, along with old flames or missed opportunities.

But don't despair — this is a healing process. So give yourself permission to purify body, mind, heart, and soul. And when possible, give your fellow travelers the same permission. Remember, we're all feeling the heat of December's Divine Fire.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.

Aries March 21-April 19: You're in a highly sensitive and idealistic phase, so don't be surprised if romance becomes a necessity. Just remember, if you're not interested in an actual physical lover, you can still be open to the experience of love.

Taurus April 20-May 20: Needs — yours and others — are the focus, but before you say you don't have any, think about it. Everyone has needs, and it is much easier to get those needs met when we acknowledge their reality.

Gemini May 21-June 21: If the problem was external you could handle it easily, but part of what you're facing is internal anxiety about whether you are supported by those you love. The best way to find out is to ask for help if you need it.

Cancer June 22-July 22: You're tempted to sacrifice yourself in the hope that your kindness will be reciprocated. I'm not suggesting you won't be acknowledged, but I am advising you to revisit your intention.

Leo July 23-August 22: Even though Pluto is ending its cycle, you feel as if you're at the beginning. Don't worry — you're not out of sync. You're simply feeling the excitement of self-confidence.

Virgo August 23-September 22: Trust your intuition, and take a break if you need one. There is no reason to hurry through this process, and definitely no need to push yourself to the point of exhaustion.

Libra September 23-October 22: Brood about what was said and make yourself sick with regret. Or learn from your mistakes and move on. This is a no-brainer, because no good will come from self-flagellation.

Scorpio October 23-November 21: Creative visions may flood your dreams this week, and while not every scenario is profound, some of those dreams will deliver the information on how to move forward and make progress.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21: I heard that sigh, and yes, your personal hero's journey is almost at an end, but that is no excuse to slack off or lose interest. Remember, the final moments concentrate the lessons of the entire journey.

Capricorn December 22-January 19: There is no need to be afraid of what lies ahead, so stay focused in present time, and continue to make every effort to gather wisdom from your experiences. You're growing now, and that is what matters.

Aquarius January 20-February 18: Yes, there are crosscurrents, but they don't have to throw you off course. If you're clear about what you want to accomplish, you'll navigate the interference with clarity, as well as determination.

Pisces February 19-March 20: It isn't necessary to give up your vision of the future. Use your intuitive skill to determine what still needs to be modified or refined, and the missing pieces of the puzzle will fall into place.

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