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By Stella Woods, 01-10-2008

Hello and welcome to the Stella Starwoman December AstroUpdate!

Firstly a big thank you to all of you who sent your good wishes and congratulations on my website launch. I’ve been blown away and humbled by the response.

Antonella and I have been busy preparing and sending out Personal Birth Charts to the 300+ of you who filled in our AstroUpdate survey. (If you haven’t received your chart within a fortnight, please let me know.)

The survey has thrown up all sorts of interesting information. Over half of you said you were interested in lunar cycles and finding emotional balance. With that in mind, I’ve organised a special Christmas offer for you.... read on for more details!

Also in this edition you can find out about the powerhouse Jupiter-Pluto-Galactic Centre conjunction and how to deal with Sagittarians...



Iris and Gisela from Moontime Diary have a fabulous offer for AstroUpdate subscribers! If you order a copy of their 2008 Moontime Diary and mention that you are an AstroUpdate subscriber, they will send you a 2008 Moon Planner Wall Chart absolutely FREE! With Christmas just around the corner, this could be the perfect, low-stress shopping solution to beat PCT (Pre-Christmas Tension).

I have a copy of the diary myself and can tell you how good it is. Spiral bound and printed in Australia on 100% recycled paper, it’s packed with information about how to fine tune your life to the cycles of the moon. The entry for the 1st January with the Moon in Libra says: “A wonderful day to reflect on the past year and gracefully dance into the new. Drink teas that support the kidneys e.g. nettle. Keep communications pleasant.” And for the following day as the Moon moves into Scorpio: “Nourish and soothe your soul. Water, mulch and fertilise plants. Eat light and simple meals” The diary is very practical, very accessible and very well researched. It also has a weekly ephemeris, for those who like to track planetary positions.

To take advantage of this special offer, send an email with your order to: Make sure you mention you are an AstroUpdate subscriber and want a free Moon Planner Wall Chart. Total Cost $28 (includes P & P anywhere in Australia). For more information visit:


On the 19th of this month, after a one-year stint in over-the-top Sagittarius, Jupiter moves into sober earth sign Capricorn followed by Pluto only a month later. With Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn all in earth signs, 2008 promises to be a year of economic and political realignment based on practical and financial considerations, rather than wild or unrealistic speculation. Strengthen your financial position by curbing spending, reducing debt and avoiding speculative investments or over-exposure when borrowing money. Those who like to blame government, banks or other authorities for their situation are in for a challenging and confronting year. Those with planets in Capricorn should experience a period of growth, opportunity and harvest.


From 23rd November to 22nd December, the Sun travels through fire sign Sagittarius, a lucky, intuitive sign noted for its vision, adventurous nature and a love of philosophy. Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the zodiac with keywords “I seek” and “I expand”. Those born under the sign of the Archer often struggle to integrate their animal nature with their more lofty human side. Sagittarians seek expansion on all levels, mental, physical, emotional and spiritual, and can usually be found travelling, studying and exploring life’s big issues. They love to share their wisdom and are often talented writers or teachers. At best they are intelligent, honest, generous and inspirational. Negatively, they can be tactless, self indulgent, coarse and hypocritical. In medical astrology, Sagittarius rules the liver, hips and thighs and sacral regions of the spine. When Sagittarians are out of balance they can suffer from sciatica, hip diseases, rheumatism and weight gain. The Sagittarian colours are purple and deep blue. Sagittarius’s greatest lessons are moderation and tact.

If you’re having trouble dealing with a Sagittarian, ask yourself – “Am I talking to the human or the horse?”. An appeal to fairness usually works (especially when they persistently turn up late, don’t keep their commitments or drink your wine cellar). Failing this a stern lecture on how their behaviour is affecting you will have their bravado crumbling in no time. Just remember they mean well.... (I should know, because I’m one of them....)


December is an action packed month dominated by a Jupiter-Pluto-Galactic Centre conjunction in the final degrees of Sagittarius that reaches its peak on the 12th December. Jupiter is king of heaven and Pluto, lord of death and the underworld. The combination of these two planets is one of the most powerful imaginable. Those of you with birthdays from the 8th – 23rd December and 8th –23rd June will be particularly affected by the energy. And this planetary line-up is right at the centre of our universe, meaning it has the power to change our destiny as a planet.

The motto for Jupiter Pluto is: “Win the lot or lose the lot”. Those who have laid careful foundations this year will clean up in December, while those with inflated expectations or poor preparation will be eating humble pie. The Jupiter Pluto conjunction reaches its peak on the 12th. German astrologer Reinhold Ebertin defines its effects as follows:

The desire for power on a spiritual, mental or material level. The desire to lead the masses. An appreciation of the need for social or religious reform. A brilliant gift for organisation. Spiritual and intellectual leadership.

Loss of social standing and wealth. Conflicts with authorities and government. The misfortune to lose everything. The desire to exploit the masses. Wastefulness.

On a global scale we will come to understand the social and legal implications of the brave new world we have created and how our destiny as a planet is more important than the destiny of individual nations. And as Jupiter rules international and global affairs and Pluto represents death and transformation, there could be some international crisis, such as a market crash that brings that message home. On a more optimistic note, we could see some powerful spiritual and humanitarian shifts.

The Sagittarian planetary line-up is conjunct a similar line-up in Australia’s Federation chart. I believe this period marks the beginning of a new maturity for Australia as a nation. We can be part of the breakthrough in consciousness, but we have to grow up first! This means dealing with tricky Sagittarian issues such as racism, environment, immigration, indigenous affairs, human rights and justice. With the recent change of government, we are embarking on a new era!


Launch projects at the New Moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the Full Moon to the Third Quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next New Moon.

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