It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means it's an ultra busy week for many brides. Don't let all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, on top of wedding plans, get you super stressed out though. Enjoy your time off with family and friends and accomplish only what you can. Astrologer Joan Porte offers up her best celestial guidance below.
__Aries (March 21 - April 19) __
It's best to spend a few days meditating before the holidays, as your ruler, Mars, is in quirky Aquarius right now, and between the normal holiday stress and the extra work of planning a wedding, you might have one of those Mars temper explosions at the worst time possible. The old "take a breath and count to 10" method should be a go-to for you this week.
__Taurus (April 20 - May 20) __
With ruling planet, Venus, in staid and organized Capricorn, take advantage of any work breaks to do the whole Santa routine, make your list and check it twice. Capricorn is nothing if not orderly so sneak into a quiet room by the fire and create your wedding plan of attack for 2015.
__Gemini (May 21 - June 20) __
Mercury is also in Capricorn and hugging close to Venus for a few days, making now the perfect time to write your vows, pick your music out and compose any thank you letters or notes to those near and dear to your heart. Venus adds a beauty and ease with words to the natural communication skills of Mercury. This coupling does not last long, so make the most of it while you can!
__Cancer (June 21 - July 22) __
Your ruler, the Moon, is currently in Aquarius, a placement it definitely doesn't enjoy. The Moon, our emotion barometer, loves peace and calm, and Aquarius is sort of the rebellious teenager of the zodiac so this isn't an opportune time to pick a fight with a wedding vendor or talk to your future mother-in-law about her dress. Leave those touchy topics for another few days when the Moon is back in placid Pisces.
__Leo (July 23 - August 22) __
This week it's all about focus! With your ruler, the Sun, in structured Capricorn and conjunct the dynamo asteroid Vesta, symbol of the burning heart's desire, your ability to plow through seemingly endless details has never been stronger. Being prepared for the New Year will be a snap for you if you take advantage of this wonderful energy.
__Virgo (August 23 - September 22) __
In addition to the intense interaction Vesta, the asteroid that rules Virgo, is having with the Sun right now, it's also conjuncting Pluto. This could be a little too much organizational energy for you since you already carry a consistently heavy workload. Get your stuff done and some wedding details knocked out, but remember that these are holidays and you should be having fun with family.
__Libra (September 23 - October 22) __
Since Venus is in the ninth house that deals with reaching across our borders and finding new and unique ways of doing things, take some time to explore some foreign rituals that you might want to incorporate into your ceremony. Do you need to reach some relatives in Europe and tell them about your big day? Do it now.
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__Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) __
Do you have any "difficult conversations" that need to be made before the ceremony? Do you need to tell someone that they aren't, in fact, invited? Or do you just hate your sister's idea for a bachelorette party? Speak now or forever hold your peace.
__Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) __
Your ruler, Jupiter, is trailing Juno, the asteroid goddess of loyalty, right now. Unfortunately, both are in retrograde, which mutes their energy. Jupiter and Juno together generally increase happiness and companionship but this retrograde can make for some quieter times. Use this energy to smooth over any areas where you feel your future spouse is not being as joyous or, dare I say, as loyal as you are.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Your planetary ruler, Saturn, has just snuck into the expansive sign of Sagittarius. Since you are normally a workaholic, why not just enjoy the move from somewhat dour Scorpio into joyous Sagittarius and go have another holiday cocktail? You will get back to the wedding planning soon enough; you can't help yourself, after all.
__Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) __
Look out for some people and experiences to come into your life that seem even more out of left field than is usual for you. They're coming from your past lives and may bring lessons that are both beneficial and painful. You're curious, Aquarius and will want to see what the universe holds for you.
__Pisces (February 19 - March 20) __
Your guiding star, Neptune, is near the Moon, bringing a lot of watery, emotional energy with it, perhaps a bit more than you can handle right now. I suggest a cup of tea, holiday movies and a warm blanket by the fire until this passes. Wedding plans can wait.