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December 1, 2019
November provided enough havoc that most people are happy to see the last month of this year roll around. Some Mercury retrograde cycles leave one with a Mercury retrograde hangover; meaning, it feels like the retrograde is still going on. This could be because Mercury doesn’t quite return to normal until it passes again over the point of the zodiac where it first turned retrograde. That occurs on December 7th so the Mercury retrograde hangover should then give way to the usual early holiday celebration hangovers. Those can’t be blamed on astrology.
Nothing really should be blamed on astrology. There is a great misunderstanding worldwide that astrologers believe planets and stars make people do things or go through things. That is nonsense, but sometimes it is easier to use this kind of language to explain an astrological cycle. Astrology as practiced by most modern astrologers is an art form that uses measurable natural laws and cycles to suggest what could happen based on observations of what happened during the same or similar previous cycles. This kind of logic is used all the time, most notably in weather prediction.
In many ways, astrology is more like meteorology than astronomy. The ongoing interactions between the celestial bodies traveling through the ecliptic circle that surrounds the Earth are as ever-changing as weather patterns. Instead of high and low pressure cycles, polar vortices and anomalous weather patterns astrologers study the cycles and spatial connections between the zodiac signs, house locations, and planets in relationship to one another. Astrology is comprised of a near infinite amount of observations, theories and practices. For that matter so is psychology and both are able to be applied therapeutically and to predict or modify behaviour.
The astrology offered here is a generalised form of personal astrology which offers advice to individuals. Mundane astrology caters to world events and is impersonal. Monthly or daily horoscope forecasts are to astrology what merely taking a pain reliever is to medicine. In other words, a very tiny piece of a fascinating and comprehensive larger body of knowledge.
Coming soon will be more pages explaining the basics of astrology, and also opportunity for readers to ask for online personal advice from an astrologer with over 30 years’ experience.
Click on your sign or any sign below for the astrological weather conditions for December 2019.
Astrology has been popular off and on for over 5000 years and has evolved over 5 millennia to become 3 separate primary branches. Ayurvedic (or Vedic) astrology, perhaps the progenitor of all modern astrological systems, is one of the oldest forms and is generally practiced and followed in India and Hindu cultures around the world. Chinese astrology is derived from Ayurvedic astrology and is widely followed in countries with large Asian populations, originating in China. Western astrology was developed through Persian and Greco-Roman influences over the last 2500 years, with these ancient cultures applying their own names and interpretations of the signs and planets now so familiar.
Historically, most every indigenous culture worldwide developed their own unique form of astrology, often independently from other cultures, such as Celtic astrology, North American First Nations animal medicine astrology, Egyptian, Mayan and Aztec astrology.
Although all 3 primary systems of astrology are quite different from one another, it’s interesting to note that they correspond with the 3 primary branches of medicine; Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and modern allopathic (Western) medicine. In the Americas, Europe and parts of Oceania, Western astrology is most widely followed.