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Se­ri­ous thoughts weave through the hol­i­day glit­ter as Mer­cury con­juncts Pluto this week. An astrological weather sys­tem that be­gan in early Novem­ber and in­sisted that un­ex­pected bits of truth pour out — a cos­mic Wik­iLeaks on a per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal level — fin­ishes with a flour­ish this week­end and asks us what we want to do with this new un­der­stand­ing.

Some turn­ing point or de­ci­sion may seem im­mi­nent. But res­o­lu­tion may not be as close as it seems. Mer­cury leaves Sagit­tar­ius and en­ters Capri­corn, con­juncts Pluto midweek, and then ret­ro­grades on Dec. 10 and con­juncts Pluto again.

Be­cause Mer­cury soon turns ret­ro­grade and can com­pli­cate pre-hol­i­day shop­ping, mail­ing, and trav­el­ing, it pays to make sure hol­i­day pack­ages are well wrapped, la­beled, and out early. Fi­nal­ize travel plans, but be ready to keep them flex­i­ble.

The week­end starts out with a ruggedly in­di­vid­u­al­ist Mars-Uranus square that can give us the gump­tion to take on tough chal­lenges but can also spark flammable sit­u­a­tions. We may be go­ing along feel­ing happy and fo­cused un­der these stars, but if some­one chal­lenges us it can be real dif­fi­cult not to re­spond in kind.

Midweek, we get a chance to re­think ear­lier im­pul­sive de­ci­sions and as­sess what needs to be done next. We may be in­spired to do a flurry of work as Mars and the moon join Mer­cury in am­bi­tious Capri­corn, but we have to use this will­ful mus­cle wisely and avoid the temp­ta­tion to be ma­nip­u­la­tive. We can be hard on our­selves now — let’s cel­e­brate ev­ery­thing we have ac­com­plished.

Fri­day, Dec. 3: It’s an out­spo­ken, abra­sive day with ex­plo­sive un­der­tones as Mars squares Uranus un­der a Scor­pio moon. Mid­day, hold on to hope. Tonight, we need ex­pres­sions of trust­wor­thi­ness.

Satur­day, Dec. 4: In the early morn­ing, ec­cen­tric­ity en­cour­ages pos­i­tive changes. Op­tions open mid­day as the moon en­ters Sagit­tar­ius. Think glob­ally and act lo­cally; pay at­ten­tion to world news and at­tend to travel plans. Our spir­its are ex­pan­sive.

Sun­day, Dec. 5: De­pres­sion sniffs at the edges even as the new moon in Sagit­tar­ius gets us mov­ing in body, mind, or soul. If we’ve felt stuck be­fore, we don’t now. Put safety first. Be aware that some psy­ches are feel­ing ex­posed. A de­ci­sion made to­day may need to be re­con­sid­ered or worked upon again and again.

Mon­day, Dec. 6: It’s a co­op­er­a­tive morn­ing. Re­flexes soar mid­day; snap de­ci­sions may be faulty but sud­den in­sights may be truth break­ing through as the moon con­juncts Mars. Later, we see what needs work but may try to ma­nip­u­late oth­ers into do­ing things for us as the moon en­ters Capri­corn. Tonight, we need our ef­forts ap­pre­ci­ated.

Tues­day, Dec. 7: It’s a pro­duc­tive, de­ter­mined, and tough but lov­ing day. Re­think re­cent im­pul­sive de­ci­sions and plan the next step. Shoot for steady ac­com­plish­ments, don’t try to do too much, and cel­e­brate each step as a sun-Saturn sex­tile boosts our work. Deal with any bu­reau­cra­cies or stray lo­gis­tics now.

Wed­nes­day, Dec. 8: Hearts can feel ten­der as Venus sex­tiles Pluto, but this may pry open our hearts. Look for tan­gi­ble ways to ex­press feel­ings later in the day. Ges­tures reach the empty spots bet­ter than words do.

Thurs­day, Dec. 9: Er­ratic com­mu­ni­ca­tions re­mind us that it’s time to back up com­put­ers and make sure we’re all on the same page. If re­la­tion­ship is­sues flare up mid­day, soothe rather than feed the fire. Roll with changes this quirky evening.

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