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Con­sider this week an ex­per­i­ment in grat­i­tude; no­tice how lovely it can be when we look for ways to feel grate­ful. We feel the wheel of life turn­ing this year — be aware of who’s missing from the ta­ble, who may not be here next year, and who joins us for the first time as the sun con­juncts Pluto in Capri­corn.

The week­end be­gins un­der a cel­e­bra­tory Leo moon. Christ­mas Eve is so­cia­ble and glit­ter­ing. Christ­mas Day may be more brit­tle as the moon en­ters Virgo un­less we can let go of the hol­i­day ideal and main­tain that at­ti­tude of grat­i­tude. To feel our best, it helps to be in­dul­gent on Christ­mas Eve and then take a break from rich hol­i­day fare for a few days. If relatives get dif­fi­cult, haul out the mem­o­ries and find some­thing in the past ev­ery­one can tell funny sto­ries about.

For those not Christ­mas-prone, Fri­day is a great party night. The next three days are a won­der­ful time for tak­ing per­sonal health re­treats, clean­ing up our homes and acts, and pre­par­ing for the new year ahead.

The hol­i­days are usu­ally when fam­ily and friends gather across the gen­er­a­tions, os­ten­si­bly to en­joy the com­pany but of­ten to judge how ev­ery­one is do­ing. We don’t need to bother with our pro­nounce­ments; this sun-Pluto con­junc­tion has us do­ing our home­work, pon­der­ing what we re­ally came here to do.

The end of the week is lovely if we rest but frus­trat­ing if we stick to sched­ules as Mars squares Saturn and Mer­cury turns di­rect. The harder we work, the more tangled our ef­forts get. Con­sider wait­ing to buy or ex­change any elec­tronic gadgets. Next week is gang­busters as we take this week’s thought­ful re­assess­ment and kick it into gear. For now, let’s re­late, love, and let the in­ner worlds do their work­ing.

Fri­day, Dec. 24: Morn­ing starts fraz­zled and grows more pro­duc­tive as the Leo moon sex­tiles Saturn. Com­pli­ments smooth awk­ward ex­pec­ta­tions mid­day as the moon squares Venus. Evening sparkles if we stay out of our heads and into our hearts. Don’t take dear ones for granted.

Satur­day, Dec. 25: Dreams of sugar plums dance this morn­ing as the moon op­poses Nep­tune. Mid­day, keep the mood loose and friendly, drop per­fec­thol­i­day il­lu­sions, and en­joy the moment as the moon en­ters Virgo. Rest this af­ter­noon. Deep con­nec­tions are pos­si­ble tonight as the moon trines the sun and Pluto.

Sun­day, Dec. 26: It’s a day to as­sess our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Clean up the en­vi­ron­ment as the Virgo moon trines Mars this morn­ing. Give quiet room to process our deep­est feel­ings as the sun con­juncts Pluto later. Build trust rather than test it. At din­ner­time, com­mu­ni­ca­tion hits snags as the moon squares Mer­cury; the flow re­turns later.

Mon­day, Dec. 27: A prob­lem we thought solved may come back and need prompt at­ten­tion. Our work and our re­la­tion­ships can feel at odds, but we do both bet­ter as bal­anced souls.

Tues­day, Dec. 28: Re­lax — noth­ing goes as planned. Re­la­tion­ships need ex­tra at­ten­tion and ac­cep­tance as Venus semisquares Pluto. Work around midafter­noon an­tag­o­nism.

Wed­nes­day, Dec. 29: A sweet if con­fus­ing morn­ing turns edgy mid­day as the moon en­ters broody Scor­pio and Mars squares Saturn. Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and de­sires may col­lide. Keep pri­or­i­ties straight. Legs eas­ily be­come in­jured; let all ex­er­cise be a med­i­ta­tion in dy­namic safety.

Thurs­day, Dec. 30: Pa­tience, pa­tience. Any com­ment can be taken the wrong way, so smile and make kind ges­tures. An in­tran­si­gent prob­lem needs care now and ef­fort later. The morn­ing is tangled as Mer­cury turns di­rect. The af­ter­noon un­folds slowly. Lis­ten for new in­for­ma­tion and get clear on real feel­ings.

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