What is your true love giving you? Inspired by Ted Andrews who wrote Animal Speak. Read Cancer.
Aries/Aries Rising* (Mar 21-Apr 19): On the first day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/A partridge in a pear tree. As number one, your Xmas gift is the easiest to remember, simply because to sing this song, you must repeat it 12 times. Birds symbolize messages from spirit or your higher self. And number one represents your path in and out of the collective abyss of feelings found in your preceding sign of Pisces. Huh? You must make something of your separate self, forging your way beyond your family's expectations. Forging through, courageously going where no one has gone before a la Aries William Shatner. A partridge is in the pheasant family. (Could you imagine singing a pheasant in a pear tree? I didn't think so.) Pheasants symbolize family fertility and sexuality. They can be domesticated like quails or be wild like the dancing grouse. For you, it is necessary to integrate the passions of a sex worker within the commitment of a married person. This integration does not mean that these two roles have to be precisely equal (shades of transiting Mars in Virgo), but be solid like a tree to mix it up these days of Xmas.
Taurus/Taurus Rising* (Apr 20-May 21): On the second day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/Two turtledoves ... these marriage birds fly in the pigeon family (and doves are sacred to Aphrodite/Venus goddess of love and your ruling planet). But like the acceptance of cute squirrels and chipmunks over the dislike of other rats, no one would hire a marriage planner who brought pigeons to the ceremony. Turtledoves represent pair bonding and the holiness of the home. Let's face it, once you're committed, you're exclusively committed. Not that there aren't gold diggers and man whores in your sign, but typically there are some major poverty or abuse issues floating about your low self-esteem. Because you enjoy counting your loot, by the end of this cumulative song, your true love would have given you 22 turtledoves (Venus would be so proud). With heat-projecting Mars seeking receptive perches in your fifth house of pleasure and joy, be on the watch for getting gifts that communicate welcoming attitudes, not rigidity and resistance to change. Break up old patterns. You are not destined to repeat the negative aspects of your early home life, no matter how shabby your early nest was. Remember who you are, as you fly into and close to our hearts, even when we remind you of a distant and/or overbearing family member.
Gemini/Gemini Rising* (May 21-Jun 20): On the third day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/Three French hens ... ooh la la, these chickens are French and female. Hens are known for fertility and sacrifice. Where there are three, one walks alone in order to find a mate. You can become exceptionally stubborn if asked to make too many compromises, like hens who will only produce eggs in a certain location. When in a relationship, there are at least three (your twin self and other person). That's unfair, as you have been working on bringing your other self into the light since early November. Of all the signs (other than Virgo), you will have to be on your best behavior around your family this holiday season. The less they accept your choice in mates, lovers or close friends, the more likely you will cluck in loud disapproval. Scratch up some other seeds to plant instead of making your life miserable trying to alter folks whose actions won't ever measure up.