Dr. G’s December Flute Horoscopes by Rachel Taylor Geier

Happy December! The drama of last month will soon dissipate as we get into December. Whatever was uncomfortable or unexpected in November will likely be ironed out by mid-month. Jupiter changing signs last month has shifted your focus quite dramatically to another section of your chart, and in December it will be joined by both a New Moon and Mercury. There is certainly some type of expansion about to happen in your flute playing world and you are eager to get to work and start sharing your new ideas with others. Wait until Mercury goes direct on December 7th, however, before taking your ideas to social media. Mercury retrograde likes to create miscommunications and bring out the haters. Do not take their criticism to heart – try to find the useful constructive criticism buried deep within their comments (Is there, in fact, a better way to teach Mozart flute cadenzas?). The energy of the Sun and Moon at the end of the month will bring a number of poetic beginnings and endings. Let go what no longer serves you and look forward to fresh challenges in the New Year.

 

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Jupiter is in your sign all month. New projects (both musical and otherwise) that are particularly meaningful to you will be taking a more prominent place in your life. Are you recording a CD? Preparing for a recital? Jupiter will help you construct something great!

Venus is moving into your 12th house of behind the scenes projects on December 3rd. This is a great time to work on sound quality and tone colors in the practice room. Experiment and find something new and beautiful in your sound.

Mercury will be going direct on December 7th in your 12th house. Technical passages that may have been causing some frustration over the past few weeks will begin to smooth themselves out.

A New Moon appears in your sign on December 7th, followed by Mercury also moving into your sign on December 13th. This is the perfect time to reinvent yourself and your flute playing. Use the period between December 7th and December 13th to think about fresh new ideas to bring into your life. What activities can you let go of? From December 13th onward, begin to communicate your new goals and priorities to others. Bring in the positive and shift your thinking to the future. Leave the past in the past.

Mars is in your 4th house all month.Get to work on any home improvement or studio renovation projects that have been on the back-burner. Decorate your office for the holidays!

A Full Moon appears in your 8th house of finance while the Sun moves into your 2nd house of income on December 22nd. Your focus will be on increasing the money coming in through your job to bring you closer to achieving larger financial goals. You could be receiving a promotion or landing a new teaching job, ultimately resulting in a pay bump. As you gather your list of New Year’s Resolutions, begin to consider reasonable ways to finally purchase that new flute or headjoint with your new income.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Jupiter is in your 12th house of behind the scenes projects all month. Remove yourself from the chaos of the holidays by setting up shop in the practice room. There is a ton of new repertoire and interesting new techniques that you would like to start working on and do not want to wait until the New Year to get the ball rolling.

Venus is moving into your 11th house of groups and communities on December 3rd. You will likely be knee-deep in holiday performances during this time (but having a great time). Venus will help you spread the holiday spirit amongst your colleagues, regardless of any missed notes. You will genuinely enjoy creating beautiful music with your fellow musicians during this time.

Mercury will be going direct on December 7th in your 11th house. Strike up conversations with your colleagues about possible future collaborations. Would you like to start up a chamber group in the New Year? Are there any upcoming opportunities to collaborate on a performance or co-host a masterclass series? Start brainstorming before the holiday break.

A New Moon appears in your 12th house of behind the scenes projects on December 7th, followed by Mercury also moving into your 12th house on December 13th. When the New Moon moves into the 12thhouse, you will likely be locking yourself in the practice room to work on a really inspiring new idea or to practice a piece of music that ignites all of your best flute playing techniques. A few days later when Mercury joins the mix, you will want to share your new approaches with the world. Write a blog or an article sharing your best practice techniques.

Mars is in your 3rd house all month.You are in the mood to publish. Have you started a flute blog yet? Set up a YouTube channel? This is the perfect time to share your creative work or thoughtful insights with a larger community.

A Full Moon appears in your 7th house of relationships while the Sun moves into your sign on December 22nd. Just in time for the holidays! You will be strengthening your most important relationships during this time, both professional and personal. Shower gifts upon those who have meant the most to you this year. Who makes you want to be a better person? Who makes you want to be a better musician? What can you learn from these individuals to bring more positivity into your life moving forward?

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Jupiter is in your 11th house of groups and communities all month. Over the next 12 months, you will likely be auditioning for a number of new ensembles and performing with a variety of smaller chamber groups. This is a great time to start considering what types of groups you would like to join and what the audition requirements are. Start practicing!

Venus is moving into your 10th house of careers on December 3rd. If you have been thinking about applying for a promotion or auditioning for a top level orchestra, now is the time to make your move. You are super charming and popular whenever Venus is in this house, making your flute playing a bit sweeter to the ears of all your listeners.

Mercury will be going direct on December 7th in your 10th house. If you had applied for a job recently and thought your application was in a trash bin somewhere long forgotten, you might be surprised to discover an interview invitation in your email when Mercury goes direct. Seize this moment! The Universe is showing you a path forward.

A New Moon appears in your 11th house of groups and communities on December 7th, followed by Mercury also moving into your 11th house on December 13th. There is a new ensemble that you would like to join. Use the energy of the New Moon to research audition requirements and deadlines. When Mercury also moves into this sector, use your networking skills to contact other musicians in this group, the ensemble director, and any other important key personnel. Make some new connections!

Mars is in your 2nd house of income all month.You will be getting some valuable hands-on training to take your career to the next step this month. This may be in the form of student teaching or a substitute contract agreement with a local orchestra.

A Full Moon appears in your 6th house of daily work and health routines while the Sun moves into your 12th house of behind the scenes activities on December 22nd. How can you reorganize your daily schedule to make more time to practice? What activities in your daily life can you eliminate that do not really serve you (Netflix – I’m looking at you)?

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Jupiter is in your 10th house of careers all month. You will finally be moving forward in your career over the next 12 months (about time!). This is a great time to reprioritize your most important career objectives and construct realistic action plans to achieve your goals. Do you wish to play principal flute in a major orchestra? What are the audition requirements? Would you like to perform at the NFA? Are there competition opportunities available to you?

Venus is moving into your 9th house of travel on December 3rd. Venus in the 9th is an ideal placement for planning a vacation to a fun or meaningful destination. Vienna in the Spring to attend a symphony performance? Start pricing tickets on this date.

Mercury will be going direct on December 7th in your 9th house. If possible, try waiting until after Mercury goes direct to purchase plane tickets or make solid travel commitments. Mercury likes to create delays and miscommunications when it comes to travel. For example, during a Mercury retro you may accidentally book a flight for 12:00 AM instead of 12:00 PM and not realize it until you are checking into your flight (!).

A New Moon appears in your 10th house of careers on December 7th, followed by Mercury also moving into your 10th house on December 13th. You are about to embark on a new journey in your career and are quite excited about the doors that are opening. It is possible that you are offered a promotion around this time (bumped up to principal flute for next season?). When Mercury joins the party in your 10th house, you will be encouraged to sit down with your new supervisor and discuss expectations and career goals.

Mars is in your sign all month.  You will likely be the proverbial Energizer bunny this month. Whatever needs to be done, you will do it. Practice 4 hours a day? Done! Pack in extra rehearsals before the holiday break? You’re there! Sub for a performance of Handel’s Messiah on short notice. No problem!

A Full Moon appears in your 5th house of joy, children, and creativity while the Sun moves into your 11th house of groups and communities on December 22nd. This is the Universe telling you to throw a party for your friends and colleagues. Enjoy yourself and spread the joy of the season amongst your fellow flutists. Flute-shaped Christmas cookies, anybody?

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Jupiter is in your 9th house of travel all month. Pack your bags, Aries! You will likely be traveling to a number of new, interesting locations over the next 12 months. Use this month to brainstorm travel plans. Search for travel grant opportunities and research budget requirements. Would you like to study baroque flute playing in Germany? Research the origins of the Boehm flute in Paris? How will you get there?

Venus is moving into your 8th house of finance, banking, and loans on December 3rd. This is a great time to open a savings account to prepare for your travel expenses or sign up for a credit card that is accepted internationally. You will want to make sure that you save up enough money to keep yourself afloat while traveling.

Mercury will be going direct on December 7th in your 8th house. It is best to wait until after this date to purchase anything in connection to travel. Discuss your plans with a financial planner at your local banking institution after Mercury goes direct. They will help you consider alternative ways to purchase items on credit or using alternative payment plans.

A New Moon appears in your 9th house of travel on December 7th, followed by Mercury also moving into your 9th house on December 13th. Travel, travel, and more travel! This is a great time to price plane tickets, rental cars, train passes, and other taxi or Uber needs. Mercury will help you create an itinerary after the 13th to pass along to grant agencies, supervisors, colleagues, and family members.

Mars is in your 12th house of behind the scenes projects all month. Although travel may be on your mind all month, you are still spending a lot of time in the practice room preparing for recitals and holiday performances. The practice room will be somewhat of a sanctuary for you and you will feel energized by the daily work put into improving your tone and technique.

A Full Moon appears in your 4th house of home and family while the Sun moves into your 10th house of careers on December 22nd. You will no doubt be spending a great deal of time with your family at the end of the month, celebrating the holidays, eating good food, unwrapping presents, etc., but your mind may be drifting towards career matters. Use the last few days of December to create a New Year’s Resolution list for your flute playing. Where would you like your career to go in the next 12 months?

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Jupiter is in your 8th house of finance all month. There is a good chance that you will be making a major purchase over the next 12 months. This could be as simple as a new flute or as complicated as a new house. Use the energy of this month to create a financial plan. Research loans and payment plans.

Venus is moving into your 7th house of relationships on December 3rd. This is a great time to connect with friends new and old. Venus will help make all of your interactions quite pleasant. If you have been putting off doing some good, old fashion networking with other flutists, use this energy to strike up a conversation with someone new.

Mercury will be going direct on December 7th in your 7th house. Be careful with your words before this date as Mercury retrograde tends to create miscommunications left at right. Proofread emails. Avoid commenting on forums on social media. Keep conversations short and simple. After Mercury goes direct, however, you may begin to clear up any miscommunications that occurred during the retrograde period while creating new connections with others both online and offline.

A New Moon appears in your 8th house of finance on December 7th, followed by Mercury also moving into your 8th house on December 13th. Your focus is dead set on this new purchase (2019 is the year of the new flute!). When the New Moon moves into your 8th house, set up trials for new flutes or, if you are purchasing a new house, spend some time on real estate websites to get an idea about features in your price range. When Mercury enters the 8th house, set up meetings with a real estate broker (or flute teacher if you are purchasing a new instrument) to discuss your options.

Mars is in your 11th house of groups and communities all month.You are knee-deep in holiday performances this month. There may be extra rehearsals during this time but you are energized and ready to hit that stage.

A Full Moon appears in your 3rd house of communications while the Sun moves into your 9th house of travel on December 22nd.You may be wrapping up a writing project during this time that eventually will lead to a travel opportunity. This combination suggests a conference paper presentation or a CD signing. The Universe will help you meet all of your deadlines and prepare a great presentation.

 

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Jupiter is in your 7th house of relationships all month. As Jupiter is the planet of expansion, you will likely be expanding your social circle and adding important flute friends to your list of contacts. Time to make some new friends!

Venus is moving into your 6th house of daily work and health routines on December 3rd. You will begin working on a project or piece of music that you really enjoy during this time. Do you secretly (or not so secretly) enjoy performing holiday music? Have fun!

Mercury will be going direct on December 7th in your 6th house. Be patient until this date with communications at work. Emails will likely be held up and your colleagues may not understand what you are saying. When Mercury goes direct, you can clear up any misunderstandings and collaborate more effectively with your fellow musicians. Save your sectional rehearsals for this time.

A New Moon appears in your 7th house of relationships on December 7th, followed by Mercury also moving into your 7th house on December 13th. Attend all of the holiday parties you are invited to, whether they are professional (make some new flute friends) or personal (Happy Holidays, Gma!). You are likely to strike up interesting conversations with potential future collaborators.

Mars is in your 10th house of careers all month.While discussing future projects with your new friends and colleagues, Mars will also encourage you to consider how these new endeavors fit into your broader career goals. What other activities can you do to bring you closer to your goals? Roll up your sleeves and get to work (or practice).

A Full Moon appears in your 2nd house of income while the Sun moves into your 8th house of finance on December 22nd.You have money on your mind at the end of the month. A performing contract may be coming to an end and you are eager to find another work opportunity ASAP. With the Sun in your 8thhouse of finance, you may be saving up to make a large purchase. If necessary, revise your payment plans so they are easier on your wallet until you secure your next contract.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Jupiter is in your 6th house of daily work and health routines all month. This is the year of the promotion and it all begins in December. What is the next step in your career? Are you teaching privately but wish to teach at a larger institution? Use Jupiter’s influence this month to update your CV and research teaching opportunities at local colleges.

Venus is moving into your 5th house of joy, children, and creativity on December 3rd. Venus is quite at home in the 5th house. This is a great time to work on any meaningful creative projects (including compositions, CD projects, or culminating recital performances). Work from the heart!

Mercury will be going direct on December 7th in your 5th house. Try to avoid signing any contracts in connection with your creative work until after December 7th. Network and share your ideas with others after this date for useful outside opinions and guidance.

A New Moon appears in your 6th house of daily work and health routines on December 7th, followed by Mercury also moving into your 6th house on December 13th. Both the Moon and Mercury are supporting you this month on your journey to a better job. Audition for any open calls and apply to any open teaching opportunities. When Mercury moves into this zone on December 13th, find some time to sit down with a mentor or a career counselor to review your CV and cover letter documents. What can you clarify or improve?

Mars is in your 9th house of travel all month.You may be traveling a bit this month or planning upcoming trips in the New Year (auditions, interviews, etc.). Make sure to double check all itineraries and arrive plenty early for all flights.

A Full Moon appears in your sign while the Sun moves into your 7th house of relationships on December 22nd. The end of December will see you hosting a number of gatherings (both personal and professional) where you are quite likely to make important new contacts. Chat up fellow musicians for possible future projects together or useful tips, tricks, and other techniques to use in your studio practice.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Jupiter is in your 5th house of joy, children, and creativity all month. December marks the beginning of a 12-month journey into an important creative project. This could be composition, a CD, a book, a video series, or something else very near and dear to your heart. Begin to assemble the foundations for this project (software, hardware, rough draft outlines, etc.).

Venus is moving into your 4th house of home and family on December 3rd. The colder winter months will likely drive you out of the icy isolation of an office practice room and into the comfort and warmth of your home studio. Light a holiday candle and practice some Chaminade in your PJs.

Mercury will be going direct on December 7th in your 4th house. When Mercury goes direct, you may start to consider home renovations (or at least furniture upgrades) that make your home studio a more inviting and productive place to practice and teach. Discuss some of your ideas with your family – they may have some great ideas!

A New Moon appears in your 5th house of joy, children, and creativity on December 7th, followed by Mercury also moving into your 5th house on December 13th. Time to roll up your sleeves and start working on that creative project! The New Moon will give you the energy to get started, but it is best to wait until Mercury moves into this house on December 13th to ask your fellow flutists or mentors for input on your work.

Mars is in your 8th house of finance all month. You know it is coming – the dreaded end of the year expenses, write-offs, and info gathering for tax season. Mars will help you be proactive this month. Remember: any charitable contributions you make now during the holiday season will count toward your 2018 taxes, making this a good time to donate to your local symphony.

A Full Moon appears in your 12th house of behind the scenes projects while the Sun moves into your 6th house of daily work and health routines on December 22nd. The end of the month will have you spending some quality time in the practice room preparing for the upcoming performing season. You have likely been assigned some pretty difficult parts and are eager to iron out all of the technical bits prior to the first rehearsal next month.

 

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Jupiter is in your 4th house of home and family all month. Jupiter will inspire you to make some major home and/or studio renovations over the next year. You may even be moving to a bigger home, a different environment, or relocating for a new job. Use the energy of this month to clean out your closets, donating all slightly used items to local charities.

Venus is moving into your 3rd house of communications on December 3rd. Mercury retrograde may have caused some serious miscommunications online with your colleagues. When Venus moves into the 3rd house, you may begin to smooth out some of these issues. Invite your fellow flutists out for coffee and seasonal pastries to clear the air.

Mercury will be going direct on December 7th in your 3rd house. All of your other communications, online or otherwise, will also begin to smooth out on this date. If you have had a bit of writer’s block on your flute blog lately, your head will be much clearer when Mercury goes direct. This is a good day to brainstorm.

A New Moon appears in your 4th house of home and family on December 7th, followed by Mercury also moving into your 4th house on December 13th. Spend some time researching new housing opportunities beginning on the 7th. What are your needs and wants for your “ideal home”? What is your price point? Will you be teaching from home? What does your home studio require? When Mercury moves into this house on December 13th, strike up a conversation with your family about their own needs and timelines.

Mars is in your 7th house of relationships all month. Get those holiday cards out. Organize those end-of-the-year celebrations. Attend all of the parties. Call your grandma. Spend some time on social media connecting with other interesting flute friends from around the globe. Mars wants you to do all of the things for the others in your life.

A Full Moon appears in your 11th house of groups and communities while the Sun moves into your 5th house of joy, children, and creativity on December 22nd. You will be wrapping up a number of group performances during this time and taking some time off to enjoy the last few days of the month with your loved ones. You have been burning the candle at both ends this year (performing, teaching, writing, composing, etc.) and are in need of some chill time. Take your family to a performance of the Nutcracker and have a good time!

 

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Jupiter is in your 3rd house of communications all month. Are you about to write a book? Start a flute blog? Jupiter will give you the inspiration to get cracking on that first chapter. You have a lot to say and will be writing up a storm over the next 12 months.

Venus is moving into your 2nd house of income on December 3rd. Your job is going to be quite enjoyable this month and you could even be receiving a holiday bonus or a raise. Everybody seems to be in a good mood!

Mercury will be going direct on December 7th in your 2nd house. If you are in a position to receive a possible promotion or raise, wait until Mercury goes direct to approach your boss and/or conductor. With Venus also in your house of income, they will be inclined to give you an opportunity for advancement, but if this happens during the Mercury retrograde, you may find yourself with a mountain of paperwork that could hold up the process.

A New Moon appears in your 3rd house of communications on December 7th, followed by Mercury also moving into your 3rd house on December 13th. How is that first chapter of your book coming? The New Moon will give you even more inspiration to continue on to chapters 2-3. You are on a writing roll! Just make sure to hold off sending drafts to your publisher or posting your content online until Mercury moves into this house on December 13th to avoid an onslaught of complicated, yet necessary, corrections.

Mars is in your 6th house of daily work and health routines all month. Mars will want you to be a workaholic this month. You may be working yourself into exhaustion (too many performances, too many student recitals, too many extra rehearsals, too much to practice and not enough time, etc.). Mars gives you the energy to get it all done, but make sure you are taking breaks, eating well, and squeezing in a workout here and there to maintain your sanity.

A Full Moon appears in your 10th house of careers while the Sun moves into your 4th house of home and family on December 22nd. At the end of the month you may be questioning if there are any practical ways to reduce your work commitments in order to spend more quality time with your family in the New Year. Can you reduce your schedule to 75% time or work remotely on Fridays? Can you cap your studio numbers temporarily or bow out of certain performances until next Spring? Your family may be feeling neglected…

 

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Jupiter is in your 2nd house of income all month. It is finally time to show Scorpios the money! You have been working very hard on yourself and learning all of the things you need to learn to secure a promotion. Now that Jupiter is in this house, opportunities to increase your income (more performances, more students, teaching positions, orchestra positions, etc.) will start coming in. Use the energy of this month to check the job boards.

Venus is moving into your sign on December 3rd. You are quite popular during this time. This is a great time to host an end of the year recital! Pack in a few holiday tunes for crowd-pleaser encores. Your audience will love the opportunity to sing along.

Mercury will be going direct on December 7th in your sign. Put off sending important emails or signing contracts until after this date to avoid any miscommunications or delays. Everybody will want to ask your advice on practice, performance, and pedagogy suggestions. If possible, wait until Mercury goes direct before hitting “post” or “submit.”

A New Moon appears in your 2nd house of income on December 7th, followed by Mercury also moving into your 2nd house on December 13th. New job opportunities may be flooding in during this time. Use the days between December 7th and 13th to update your CV, practice your excerpts, sharpen your sight reading skills, and prepare responses to typical interview questions. When Mercury moves into your 2nd house, send off all of those applications and schedule any auditions.

Mars is in your 5th house of creativity all month.You may be working on a creative project this month (a composition, a CD project, a book, etc.). Mars will help you roll up your sleeves and do all the things. Brainstorm to your heart’s content! No idea is a bad idea during this time.

A Full Moon appears in your 9th house of travel while the Sun moves into your 3rd house of communication on December 22nd. This energy suggests that you will be traveling for interviews or auditions at the end of the month (or at least booking trips for future travel). Continue to sharpen your interviewing skills by asking colleagues to participate in mock interviews. If you are auditioning for an orchestra position, ask your family to serve as “judges” and hold a mock audition. They will enjoy being part of your preparation.

Happy December and happiest of holidays!

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