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COSMIC WATCH:

With the Moon still in charming, playful Leo today and making a flowing trine to the exploratory Sun in Sagittarius (11:07 am EST) we are encouraged to pursue fun and adventure, perhaps as a healing form of rejuvenation. Although, an evening opposition to fantasy Neptune (8:20 pm EST) cautions us not to read more into a situation than what really exists. Moon-Neptune can always be a little tricky to navigate.

Later, the Moon’s entrance into discerning, fact-finding Virgo (10:59 pm EST) and a follow-up trine to philosophical Jupiter helps us to achieve a broader, but clear-cut perspective (11:55 pm EST). Additionally, Moon-Jupiter is an aspect of abundance, with Jupiter often regarded as the “Cosmic Santa Claus.” Interestingly, Jupiter will also be stationing direct, this year, exactly on Christmas Day. Wonder if there is any special significance to that? I like to think that there is and that it is all good.

“Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.” Marge Piercy

Today’s Affirmation: I embrace new possibilities for myself and am guided by the wisdom of my own inner truth.

Celebrity News: The late Elizabeth Taylor’s legendary collection of precious jewels went to auction on Tuesday evening at Christie’s in New York, just as the Moon was appropriately entering glitzy, glamorous Leo.

The auction marathon began with the Leo Moon square to expansive Jupiter in Taurus, the sign of money and possessions. This aspect often correlates with our overspending, as opulent Jupiter can incline us to want to do things on a lavish or extravagant scale. (Wonder if any of the successful bidders have any buyer’s remorse now?) The Leo Moon was also making a trine to electrifying Uranus. Uranus influences often provide us with singular, one-of-a-kind experiences.

Too, Elizabeth Taylor natally had Venus, which happens to rule jewelry and things of beauty, exactly conjunct Uranus in Aries in her birth chart, perhaps helping her to amass her original, “out of this world” collection in the first place. Of course, multiple marriages to wealthy, generous men did not hurt her cause any either. :) Venus-Uranus can also bring about “out of the norm” romance and whirlwind courtships. (As a child, I was always so enraptured and fully mesmerized by her marriage to Richard Burton, who I also had a major crush on.)

So far, the jewelry sale on Tuesday and Wednesday (Leo Moon both days) has fetched $137.2 million, reportedly making it the most valuable sale of jewelry in auction history. (Unfortunately, due to a temporary shortage of funds, yours truly was, regrettably, unable to partake in any of the bidding, even though my Leo Moon would have loved to have done so.)

Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry that holds a lot of sentimental value for you?

BTW, last week, someone generously dropped a diamond ring valued at $3,500 into a Salvation Army kettle near where I live. Pretty neat, huh? We should all be so inclined. ‘Tis the season.

Patrice Thompson

Copyright 2011

Source Notes:

jewel photo: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1155210

Elizabeth Taylor sale: http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonydemarco/2011/12/15/elizabeth-taylor-jewelry-sale-is-most-valuable-in-auction-history/

Taylor quote: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/e/elizabeth_taylor.html

Piercy quote:  http://www.wisdomquotes.com/topics/life/

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