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.
Cancer/Cancer Rising* (Jun 21-July 21): On the fourth Day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/Four calling birds ... I had to do a bit of research for this one. From the word "colly," which is an old name for coal, and coal is black, so you receive four blackbirds from your true love? They can be pretty territorial when mating (sound familiar?). Ted Andrews in Animal Speak states that blackbirds symbolize the understanding the energies of Mother Nature. He talks how omens and mysticism follow blackbirds. God may work in mysterious ways, but it is Mother Earth who produces the physical outcome of His alleged mysteries. Your sign gets its strength from the matriarchal side of your family. No nagging or whining allowed, just straight talk from your independent perspective chimes in as a survival tip during family gatherings. Unless someone else brings up your past or tries to revise familiar history, just fly away blackbird or make them a pie. Be gentle and soothing, even when they are irascible, and it'll be an excellent set of holy days.
Leo/Leo Rising* (July 22-Aug 22): On the fifth Day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/Five golden rings ... even in this cumulative Xmas ditty, you are unique. Not only do you get the musical bridge, but you get the only tangible human-made gift. The rest of us get people working, dancing or drumming and lots of birds. Rings, like a circle, have no ending or beginning. A constant lock of two hearts forever together, that's a healthy depiction of rings. Also, gold is your color, and all its warmth and prosperity that it represents. You make off like a cat burglar in this song. Venus, who manages our taste factor, moves through Aquarius (your seventh house of sharing and connecting) until January 14. Aquarius challenges your risk-adverse nature. You will be attracted to the unusual and bizarre for the next several weeks, be they gifts, experiences or people. Lose your caution or your worry about what others think, and take that leap, no matter which day of Xmas you happen to be celebrating.
Virgo/Virgo Rising* (Aug 22-Sept 22): On the sixth day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/Six geese a-laying ... this is an obvious connection of Mother Goose dropping her eggs in your precisely organized nest. Their feathers are commonly used in bedding, therefore symbolizing fidelity between couples. Like your opposite sign of Pisces (who sometimes live for the quick flyaway), can teach you how to leave your physical responsibilities alone for a spell. A little fantasy will help any stagnant relationship. It is important not to repress your passion for excellence. It's better to risk self-expression (even when it eclipses others) than for you to hold back and let a less focused person take the lead. In addition, geese represent the call of the quest and travels to legendary places (as in fairy tales). Accept your quest for perfection while accepting how it is a quest, not a final destination.
Libra/Libra Rising* (Sep 23-Oct 22): On the seventh day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/Seven swans a-swimming ... like your preceding sign, whose precise service equals your search for perfect balance, swans and geese have much in common. Mate for life, both birds do (Yoda speak). Their necks are a distinguishing characteristic, bridging the head (higher realm) and the body (lower realm). Similar to your oscillating scales, you seek to initiate your closest folks into a more perfect equilibrium. Like the number seven, the swan is a totem for poets and mystics. Realize how sensitive you are to the feelings and energetic output of others. Swim through the psychic pollution that can naturally occur whenever people who share history come together. You have immense protection from your guardian, Venus, who moves through compatible and detached Aquarius until January 14, 2012. You can embody the energies of fun and play instead of control and domination quite easily.
Scorpio/Scorpio Rising* (Oct 23-Nov 21): On the eighth day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/Eight maids a-milking ... being a sign of distinct feeling depths, you would have the only symbol that is overtly working. (Although nine ladies dancing and 11 pipers piping can be considered working; after all, the Pied Piper was hired as a rat catcher.) Now, whether it is hard for a living or working to bring up your emotional depths to share with an understanding partner, who knows? The work is in a world where ejaculation is referred to as "leche" (milk), much better than "come" or "jizz." Women can ejaculate, too. Or another use of milk in terms of feeding the progeny produced by the seed. After all, you have little compunction to judge anything that demonstrates pleasure between consenting adults. The ninth (ladies dancing) and 10th (lords a-leaping) days inadvertently lead to the joyous eight milking maids. How? Remember, this is a celebratory song; each day builds upon the next. Once we get to the 10th day, with leaping lords, there's some excitement to milk ... early winter heightens your mind's focus on naming your pleasures and inspiring those you desire to fulfill them.
Sagittarius/Sagittarius Rising* (Nov 22-Dec 19): On the ninth day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/Nine ladies dancing ... my first thoughts went to a strip club, and then to more formal dancing as seen in The Nutcracker. These do not have to be mutually exclusive. You can enjoy base and refined forms of entertainment. What's a lap dance between friends? By itself, dance is about physical movement to express feelings. Your independent spirit makes no moralistic judgment when dance is seen as a tool to demonstrate the joy of living. If happening to judge, then you are going home to those whose values you haven't examined. Fights ensue between you and said judge, as you have been coming into your own sense of what your absolute and timeless truths are for the past three years. Your ruler, Jupiter, begins to move forward on Christmas Day, so your ability to overlook and forgive reigns supreme.
Capricorn/Capricorn Rising* (Dec 21-Jan 19): On the tenth day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/Ten lords a-leaping ... exactly what are these lords leaping around about? Did they make a killing in real estate or Wall Street? I want to believe that they were excited about the 12 drummers, 11 pipers and the preceding nine ladies dancing. These lords know the importance of partying, as the ancient Romans did with their Saturnalia when servants became masters and vice versa. What or who would make you leap, a.k.a. jump for joy? After all, this is an English Christmas carol; we do not have lords in America. We have people (usually evangelicals and politicians who pander to them) who lord their way of life over us. Unaffectionate parents and burned-out teachers lord over their children and charges. Once in power, are you lording over others? Be careful, the next two days in this carol are about relaxing your normal guards. Time to follow suit.
Aquarius/Aquarius Rising*(Jan 20-Feb 19): On the eleventh day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/Eleven pipers piping ... pied piper and piping in clothing come to mind. Pied (multicolored) clothing leads rats away from the city of Hamelin with his magic pipe. No payment from the city. Instead of hiring a lawyer, he led the children away from the city. Children represent our future and creativity. We have to pay our dues to learn our craft, no overnight sensations or quick fixes. Suppress our creativity at our peril, as in the alluring meth or crack pipe. Or even worse for you star children, to underutilize or not use your creativity for the good of all and you're more likely to be led away, becoming antisocial or, worse, addicted. Like the turtledoves, there are 22 pipers piping, so these musicians play as the food for love, a la Shakespeare.
Pisces/Pisces Rising (Feb 18-Mar 20): On the twelfth day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/Twelve drummers drumming ... see, I said there was a party going on. These drummers made original beats, no P Diddy samples from the 1980s. Thank gawd! Even when you synthesize many different artistic styles, you come up with something entirely new and original. You take the objectivity and eclecticism of Aquarius and merge it into the iridescent waters of your own soul. Once you realize you cannot save or please everyone, you can handle any criticism with little defensiveness or second-guessing. Regret, unlike revenge, shouldn't be served at any temperature. Simply learn from those relationships where you were less than authentic, but march on by regret as if you were playing drums in a large band for the fans at halftime. Know when the past has passed, and then only live from this reality in the present.
*The Rising Sign a.k.a. Ascendant represents your approach to life and the mask you wear. Read that sign as well to get additional information on whats in store this week.
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