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Belinda Dunn is a professional astrologer, trained at The Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, and has more than 35 years experience. See her bio and contact info at the end of this column.

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What's Up: December 2013

Sagittarius New Moon
December 2 @ 7:22 p.m.

Sagittarius//Gemini Full Moon
December 17 @ 4:28 a.m.

Winter Solstice
December 21 @ 12:11 p.m.

From the depths to the heights, there is a reason Sagittarius follows Scorpio in the natural progression of zodiac unfolding.

Consciousness can dip down into the shadows for only so long before it must soar into understanding and revelation. To dwell too long in the darkness is to keep one’s head down with no regard and gratitude for the gifts of daily existence.

Between a Sagittarius New Moon on December 2 and Mercury’s entry into Sagittarius on December 4, consciousness is lifting out of a fairly dark and strenuous journey into the underworld over recent months.

Chiron Has Us Lighten Up!
Due to its retrograde movement, Mercury has been in Scorpio since September 29, in addition to a Scorpio Solar Eclipse on November 3 and Saturn’s serious influence. There has been a tendency for the mind to brood in the swamp of complicated emotions, resentments and grudges, stalls and delays.

So, if you found yourself out of sorts in recent months, slugging around in murkiness and confusion, then look up as planetary trends are looking up as well. Now, older and wiser, none the worse for wear, it’s time to rest, play, celebrate and rejoice.

Symbolically, the Sagittarian Archer is a centaur, that mythical creature of ancient lore with a horse body and human head. The centaurs were known as a raucous, out of control and purely hedonistic bunch, but there was one centaur that chose to take aim toward the star Antares, right into the heart of Scorpio.

This daring and altruistic centaur is known as Chiron, the archetypical wounded healer. Discovered in 1977, the planetoid Chiron is a major player in current times as Chiron doesn’t allow humanity to dwell in denial too long, but pushes the envelope of personal growth and healing.

As a person with a Scorpio Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius, I especially relate to this zodiac symbolism of Chiron aiming into the heart of the Scorpion, truly aiming toward truth with a capital T.

Of course, the big Truth is typically hard to come by in the realm of analytical mind and ho hum routine of mundane events. It really does take a willingness and propensity to look beneath the surface of things to see clearly; to sift through the false and distorted, and once again soar like an arrow and aim directly toward the center of things, the big picture perspective which continually is beckoning us to new vistas of inspiration and guidance.

Finding New Meaning and Purpose
Both December’s New Moon on the 2nd and Full Moon on the 17th, put emphasis on these themes. It is a matter of taking to heart the understanding gained from sojourns into Scorpio’s underworld, and emerging unscathed to soar into meaning and purpose.

It is not enough to acknowledge problems, dwell on them and reach the impasse of hopelessness. It is a matter of discerning insight and doing something to repair the damage, thereby healing the heart of the problem.

Much has been purged and released in recent months. Truly, a vacuum has been created for new life and creativity to spring forth. Uranus, the planetary wild card, activates both the New and Full Moon in unique ways.

Satori, the Zen word for sudden and irreversible illumination, is present for the asking. There is an undeniable breaking free from restriction present all month.

Especially watch the Full Moon mid-month as it is highly charged with the element of surprise, and possibly last minute change of plans. Radical ideas break the stalemate of indecision while spontaneity refreshes the mind, energizing the weary spirit.

Authenticity and Balance
Another very significant astrological trend begins on December 7 as Mars enters the zodiac sign of Libra. Normally Mars transits rapidly, but due to a retrograde phase in late winter/early spring, Mars will remain in Libra until July 25. Mars will fight for righteousness, but Libra is the peacemaker.

This combination presents a quandary of sorts. It is a matter of developing peaceful resolution to conflict without losing sight of the need for active involvement. Mediation and interpersonal social skills play a big part in bridging differences. While this may play out individually in a myriad of ways, the United States destiny is currently on the line.

As winter and spring months unfold, look for major developments in terms of the country’s presence on the world stage, and relationships with other nations.

Reverence for Life & Moving Forward
Winter Solstice is exact on December 21. This time honored celebration marks the entry of Sun into Capricorn. This day is also important as Venus in Capricorn enters a retrograde phase (December 21 - January 31).
Respect for tradition and ancestry is Capricorn’s hallmark.

These influences can bring a heightened sense of reverence for life and one’s unique contribution within the entire fabric of human destiny. My favorite word for Capricorn is contribution.

The winter season gives ample opportunity to distill wisdom from the past, and refine goals in moving forward. A serious and mature approach is called for without leaving out ample doses of humor and light heartedness.

Beginning Christmas Eve and continuing throughout the week of New Year’s, there is another opportunity to face the long-term shake, rattle and roll, breakthrough energy of Uranus and Pluto. Evident in our personal lives as well as collective experience, these two planets have been catalyzing major planetary transformation since 2011.

While there are numerous possibilities, the bottom line is let go of the past, release structures that no longer serve and rapidly come up to speed with current trends. Using the analogy of trying to change a flat tire while driving the car is quite telling as these planets are catapulting humanity out of complacency into action, no matter what the challenges.

Endings & Clear Beginnings
During the final week of 2013, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto join in a unique configuration knows as a Grand Cross. Just as the cross is symbolic of surrender, the Grand Cross energizes a face-to-face confrontation with the reality of ego consciousness.

The ego’s agenda tends to be short sighted and self centered, fumbling and bumbling its way through day-to-day problems. The Grand Cross can amplify the crisis, but clearly show the need for adjustment and alignment to a larger and more universal perspective.

In recent months as I researched the astrological trends for late 2013, a very compelling word popped into my awareness, "apocalypse," which means many things depending on one’s orientation and perspective. Of course, we have heard this word for years, and it was the buzzword last year as December 2012 loomed on the horizon. But, here we are a year later, and humanity is still braving its way through a morass of challenges on almost every front.

At the same time, I came across an excellent article in "Yes!" magazine written by Robert Jensen confirming my draw to this word, and its immediate and compelling relevance to the Uranus/Pluto trends (2011-2015).

Jensen points out that apocalypse is a Greek word meaning, "a lifting of the veil, a disclosure of something hidden, a coming to clarity." He continues by writing, "Speaking apocalyptically, in this sense, can deepen our understanding of the crisis and help us see through the many illusions that powerful people and institutions create.

But there is an ending we have to confront. Once we’ve honestly faced the crisis, then we can deal with what is ending -- not all the world, but the systems that currently structure our lives. Life as we know it is, indeed, coming to an end."

Ask for Guidance & Listen
As 2013 draws to a close, the Grand Cross, a celestial alignment of major transformation, is a call to action. There is work to be done. While some confusion remains as to the exact strategies and direction this work is to take, the way is clearing and coming into focus increasingly each and every day.

2014 begins with a clarion call to listen very carefully. Listen to each other, listen to the wind, trees and earth, and by all means, listen to that still, quiet voice within that has the blueprint and answers for your unique contribution in these most momentous times.

During this holiday season, I send many thanks to each of you, readers, students, clients, family and friends. You keep me going on this journey of translating the heavens that often times feels like being out on a limb. Your feedback and kind words are the inspiration that lights the fire of my enthusiasm and the road ahead.

Sending best wishes to you and yours for a splendid season and Happy New Year. 2014 - Here we come!

Belinda C. Dunn offers personal consultation, workshops and classes. Her training started in 1972 at the Temple of Kriya Yoga/Chicago where she studied astrology, metaphysics and yoga. Over the years, her approach has evolved to a psychological, spiritual and personal growth orientation. For decades her insightful and down-to-earth consultations have been shared with clients around the world. Seen in a variety of publications, Belinda’s monthly astrological update has been in circulation since 1992. See her website: for articles and a full listing of her consultation services - Phone: 828-215-2101