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FULL MOON - Dec. 8-14, 2014

(March 21 to April 19)

This is truly a splendid Full Moon that will reveal that the time has come to move forward. Strike out boldly towards the new, leaving old fears and traps behind. It is time to tear off the mask of that Wizard of Oz to find that he is just a harmless old man. The doubts about not being able to do it alone, which have swayed so many of your choices in recent years, are about to vanish, leaving you the possibility to finally soar high and higher.
TEMPO: allegrissimo accelerando

(April 20 to May 20)

After almost two years in opposition to Taurus, it’s time to say goodbye to Saturn. During this time, personal and professional relationships have thrown the spotlight on aspects of your personality — both good and bad — that you had never fully acknowledged before. Now that Saturn is bidding you farewell, your personal convictions will have to come from you, and you alone. If you understand this, much can be achieved.
TEMPO: andante deciso

(May 21 to June 21)

This Full Moon, in your sign no less, will be a blur of emotions, opening your eyes to who you are, who you are becoming and where you are going. Six months have passed since your last birthday, and you are halfway through your year. Under this strong sentimental influence, the new things to come will bring you to tears, and the old baggage to be left behind will irritate you beyond belief. Listen to your emotional compass: It speaks the truth.
TEMPO: allegretto crescendo

(June 22 to July 22)

You are fertile and full of creative energy. What may not yet be clear is exactly how to harness these forces. This Full Moon will shine light on your deepest emotions and the world of your vast imagination. You need to shape this surge of energy so that your creations can be shared and appreciated by others. You will need to find the right balance to bring order to your creative chaos.

TEMPO: marcia sostenuta

(July 23 to August 22)

The beams of this mighty Full Moon are like a powerful spotlight illuminating you on stage as the leader you are. If you have played your cards right and seized opportunities with wisdom and humility, you will finally receive the recognition you deserve. If, however, you gave into the temptation to take a shortcut to success, you may be about to be found out.
TEMPO: vivace grandioso

(August 23 to September 22)

Of late, your horoscope has been dogged by a recurring problem: Your energy is regularly sapped by parasites and freeloaders. This needs to stop. Could it be that others take advantage of you because you hide all your human weaknesses from the world without leaving a trace — like some Superman or Wonder Woman? This Full Moon suggests that maybe it’s time to revert back to being a common mortal and show your needs rather than your super powers!
TEMPO: andante eroico

(September 23 to October 23)

This potent Full Moon brings great satisfaction in the workplace, especially for Librans whose work is related to communication. Your "works of art" are ready to take flight; it’s time to publish, reprint or even translate them into other languages. The Full Moon’s rays will light up new paths to increase the range of your activities overseas. Mars gives you grit and the healthy sense of competition which you are sometimes lacking. As Aladdin sang to Jasmine on the flying carpet: “A whole new world!”
TEMPO: marcia grandiosa

(October 24 to November 20)

Caught in the beam of this powerful Full Moon, don’t make the mistake of judging yourself based on other people’s feedback, especially because this week the very people closest to your heart could send you distorted and contradictory messages. You will find them ambiguous and evasive and this could unsettle you. Invest a extra dash of confidence in yourself and in your talents!
TEMPO: adagio solista

(November 21 to December 22)

December’s Full Moon recommends choosing with care who will be allowed onto your personal Noah’s Ark. You are about to set sail for new destinations, and those who love will follow or wait eagerly for your return. Those who don’t understand you can be left behind. Full speed ahead! A new continent is waiting to be conquered.
TEMPO: velocissimo crescendo

(December 23 to January 20)

Confusion reigns, and inspiration comes and goes with the extremes of a rollercoaster. A bit of order is required. Put one foot in front of the other and take small steps forward. Very soon the sun will come back to your sign, bringing with it a wave of renewed energy. For the time being, expect lots of inspiration and little certainty. Treasure your intuitions, because next week it will be time to transform them from feeling into reality.
TEMPO: marcetta confusa

(January 21 to February 21)

This will be a beautiful Full Moon for Aquarians. You will feel more satisfied and your popularity will grow. Those Aquarians who work in the public eye will see their approval ratings rise. If you work in a team, you will be given a leadership role. Don’t allow the search for approval to compromise your spontaneous creative expression, however. Be yourself, and success will follow. In love, flirtation is in the air and a need for frivolity. Having fun is not a crime!
TEMPO: crescendo trionfale

(February 22 to March 20)

This Full Moon will bring a touch of anxiety and worry. Some unexpected expenses could hit your wallet hard, even as you continue to carry the weight of everyone’s problems, from your closest family members to your most distant colleagues. Try to step back and avoid absorbing the anxiety that surrounds you. As of mid-December, life will take a lighter tone and harmony will return.
TEMPO: andantino agitato

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