Awake a New Year! The New Moon in Sagittarius this past Tuesday opens the month with a fresh cycle and sense of opportunity. Harmonizing nicely to the rising Yuletide and the Winter Solstice and leading right up to the end of the year! You may be already be experiencing the first glimmers of the coming Mercury Retrograde shadow beginning on the 19th. It is probably a good idea to try and make and travel plans or send any packages before then! Later in the month, on the 21st, the Sun enters Capricorn beginning the Winter Solstice! Light a candle to welcome the return of our big bright star. Then watch as the days become filled with more light and warmth. December is ruled by the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter. Representing a great energy of expansion, higher learning, and growth. This reminds us to be as wonderfully positive as possible! Focus this Jupiter energy on allowing gratitude to fill your heart and begin planning your 2017 escapades! Plants to try: Plants for this month promote positivity and mind expansion: Juniper (for protection and cleansing), Agrimony (for nerve tension), and Sage (to ward off any impurities).