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Article Title: Gift Signs for the Holidays: Thoughts that Count
Date Published: 12/10/2007

Itís that time of year again, the time you really want to give something meaningful, a gift that comes from your caring heart into warmly receiving arms, providing smiles, surprise, satisfaction, and thanks. That requires knowing the person youíre giving to: what they like, what they want, what will please. It really is the thought, behind the gift, that counts, that shows you know and care.

Astrology, since it helps you know people better, should and can be a big help. But most astrological gift-giving guides (and there are a lot of them online) just give you stereotypical shopping lists of the latest gift items in the store that might, maybe, match up to somebodyís general Sun-sign qualities. But thereís a bit more to it than that, and if you use astrology to help you with the thought behind the gift, then you know youíre going to hit the mark. Here are some general approaches, then sign-by-sign tips and guidelines.

The two big things you want to consider in astrological gifting are: 1) whatís happening in the sky now and 2) your recipientís hidden desires. They both will let you avoid giving something thatís either redundant (they have it already) or doesnít keep on giving (itís about to be so yesterday) and allow you to surprise and charm with your intimate insight into your recipientís needs and, indeed, longings.

Gift Ahead

First, the general picture. Right in the middle of the holidays this year thereís a sea change going on in the sky. Saturn just went into Virgo in September, and now Jupiter and Pluto are both moving to Capricorn, the nodes are changing signs (from Pisces-Virgo to Aquarius-Leo), and Mars is backing off from Cancer into Gemini. This really impacts what people are going to want, and just how useful and memorable your gifts will be in only a few months. In fact, what people think they want at the beginning of December is likely to change by New Year, so think ahead and youíll be appreciated accordingly.

Although the pre-Christmas Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Sagittarius is all about cheery red ribbons and power-wrapping, whatís inside should be lean, mean, practical, and black. Yes, black is the new black (again, but this time more seriously), since both Jupiter (the latest taste) and Pluto (necessity) will be in dark and serious Capricorn. People want something they can use and that will last, with specific and hopefully multi-use possibilities (Saturn is in Virgo). Early December sales on HSN are a good indicator, where the durable (as opposed to disposable) items have sold out and, for instance, even in the usually white or brightly-colored kitchenware environment, the first to go have been in, you guessed it, black. Simple, black, enduring, and functional — thatís the key. Whether itís a black Swiss Army knife (not the red one) or a Blackberry, a black leather jacket or a shiny black iPhone, concentrated, mobile, durable, flexible, efficient, and application-specific are all major keywords this season for any gift you buy.

Another current key is the nodes. They apply to the direction of life destiny, where you think youíre headed in life, the inner and outer journey. Their sign change over the holidays draws attention to that, so give things intended to help with the future of the ones you care about, something that will accompany them there. That means tools they will use if theyíre going to college, off on a trip, starting a new career, launching a new pursuit, or just going to the store. You want your gifts to become a part of their lives in 2008 and beyond which will forever remind them that your spirit is along for the ride as a helpmate. What you give now will truly be remembered if it suits their new life journey, and if you think of it that way, it will. People remember the tokens that accompany them into their new worlds, and thatís whatís happening now, so give accordingly. Your gift should enable, not encumber, be essential, not disposable, and that will make it and you a part of anyoneís life forever.

Gift Inside

Since thatís about the general trends right now, that advice applies to everything you give, and everyone you give to. On the individual note, however, astrology offers you a window into each personís style, and not just through their obvious Sun-sign (raw personality). When you follow Sun-sign indicators, you buy to fit general personality traits, but as every astrologer knows, thereís more to a person than personality. For gifts, the signs of a personís Moon and Venus give you special insight into their feelings (Moon) and desires (Venus), which will show you what truly moves, amuses, and satisfies them. You may have astrological software already, so you can easily look up a personís Moon and Venus sign based on their birthday and year. If you have a full chart with exact birth time, youíll even have the Ascendant sign (physical appearance) which will help tune you in to what clothes to buy and colors/styles to pick. For instance, a cool Aquarius Sun who will probably be swamped with appropriately impersonal electronics items may also have a warm Sagittarius Moon, which is particularly attuned to humor, and yours could be the perfect and only present to make them laugh. Or an outgoing Sagittarius Sun that tends to be given outdoorsy gear may have Venus in Scorpio and secretly long for something more intimate and sexy. You can be the one to know and to memorably provide.

Gift the Person

But, simple Sun-sign qualities alone can be of real help if you make sure you apply them to the person and not the item. You donít necessarily buy Leo items for Leos, for instance — you buy the appropriate items to make them feel more Leo — like, not another set of royal robes but the keys to a new kingdom, something that helps put them or make them feel in charge. Like a V.I.P. pass for a box seat, not a ticket for the bleachers (in which an Aquarius, Leoís opposite, might feel more comfortable). Itís about playing to the personís style and picking something that will help emphasize and empower it. With that in mind, here are general suggestions for the individual signs, which you can apply to Sun-signs or to Moon, Venus, or Ascendants as well:

The essence of pleasing here is directly relative to the attention-span, which is intense but short, fast-moving and aggressive. Anything energetic or fast and dazzling. Videogames with action and shooting (not slow networking games, like SimCity), sports stuff, savage humor, tools, auto accessories, exercise gear, bright and delineated colors, especially red and black.
Classic car recommendation: Trans-Am, Ferrari, Shelby Cobra

Luxury and sufficiency is what to go for. Whatever is solid, tangible, has texture and heft. Velvets, brocades, rich or at least substantial foods, things that last. Wood, furniture, pillows, scarves, comforters, crockery, leather goods, ornate boxes, big bling, not small…rich, intense colors on the darker side…
Classic car recommendation: Porsche, later Thunderbirds

Things that move at the speed of thought are what you’re looking for – whether it’s a good read (or better, several, like a collection or a subscription), quick and easily adaptable clothing and accessories, tech stuff on the software side, language games, anything that keeps the mind agile and on the move. Accessory pairs and sets rather than singles. Colors tend toward blues and light tints, airy and on the move…
Classic car recommendation: MGB, Triumph TR-7

You want to warm the cockles of this heart, so go for things that are particularly personal or have individual memories attached or attachable. Framed pictures of family or other memorabilia, bedroom wear, snuggly sweaters, stuffed animals, comfort food (as opposed to spicy or exotic), intimate dinner out, protective enclosures (precious boxes, purses, wallets, wraps), personalized stationery or journal…colors are off-white, silver, pearl…
Classic car recommendation: Aston-Martin

Enhancing the sense of fun, as well as self-importance and value are key, so anything with lots of recreational value, including games, tickets, congratulatory items (with name, initials, title, etc. on them), portraits, important brand items, gold and gold-colored accessories, upgrades of any kind (the deluxe version), music and DVDs…colors are gold, sunny yellow, ochre, tan, red…
Classic car recommendation: Jag XKSS original 1956, 1956-57 T-bird

Specific and practical, caring yet demanding, you need to provide these folks with something applicable, which can be functional clothing (specific to garden, kitchen, snow, beach, whatever), food designed more for purpose than nourishment, delicate and detailed but classic designs in clothing or jewelry, health items, appliances, utensils, construction tools and kits, educational stuff, organizers…colors are wheat-grey to sandy brown, delineated rather than amorphous…
Classic car recommendation: Maserati

Interaction and competitive admiration is what these folks are looking for, so empower them with anything artistic, musical, entertaining and engaging not for its own sake but for the social situation it creates. Things that sparkle, glisten, reflect, echo and reverberate – like mirrors, reflective jewelry, lights of all sorts, recording devices, music and films, label goods and designers, social opportunities (tickets, invitations, lecture and discussion groups)…colors are green, pastel shades…
Classic car recommendation: BMW

Mystery and the ability to generate it (not solve it) are what you want to play to, so anything that’s on the dark or sensual side tends to please, from sexy silks to heavy leather to intense perfumes, big sunglasses and shadowy hats, anything sexually suggestive (but not too dumbly overt), things old and obscure, puzzles, control devices, spy stuff (cameras, recorders)…colors run dark from purples to browns to black…  
Classic car recommendation: D Jag consumer model, 1970s, sometimes Porsche Spyder

The urge to seem real, up-front, outgoing and ebullient is what you are trying to encourage, so this sign gets more outdoors and frontiersy stuff than they probably need. But humorous (if it’s genuine and clear) really works, so does unpolished leather (like suede, buckskin), concept-oriented books (latest attitudes, ideas, etc.), bigger is often better, too-introspective can be a bore…colors run in the browns, russet, orange, golden…
Classic car recommendation: Alfa Romeo, Mustang, Austin Healy 3000
Form and function, simplicity and effectiveness are what you want to enhance, so classic and traditional styling in anything always works, practical tools for life of any sort, method books and approaches, status symbols and monograms, old or historical items, maps, simple and concrete items with a dedicated function. Colors are grays, black, black-and-white contrast, delineated and stark lines…
Classic car recommendation: Mercedes 300 SL, most other models as well

What everyone is getting them are high-tech gizmos and computer gear, when what they are seeking is new but multiple approaches to life. Because they are natural explorers and networkers, you should appeal more to mind than body, but also as much to social as intellectual. Clever devices appeal to their sense of mystery (they like the solution part, not the mystery itself); anything that has multiple uses and applications fascinates, as does science in general, but particularly applicable science, electrical devices. Games, software, publications, planning and design, architecture, anything that can be figured out and shared is what they’d like to have. Colors run to light grays, silvers, and pale and cool pastel tones of yellow and green…
Classic car recommendation: Corvette

This sign specializes in implication and inferred, inserting meanings and descrying possibilities in places you can’t or wouldn’t, so give them something with lots of flexibility, a suggestible but basically blank canvas to embellish upon. Thus, all things spiritual (because they actually provide the spirit), music and art of most sorts (except the totally structural), works of the imagination, supple and light clothing, jewelry with depth (like crystals, not opaque), photography, most things aquatic, inner energy manipulation techniques and services. Colors run to light and misty greens and blues, aquamarine, changing or indiscernible hues… 
Classic car recommendation: Mazda Miata

Copyright: John Townley

Bio: John  Townley

Early in his astrological career, John Townley introduced the composite chart technique for analyzing relationships in his book The Composite Chart, and 20 years later wrote the definitive work on the subject, Composite Charts: The Astrology of Relationships. He has pioneered techniques for astrological cycle analysis and proposed a new, physical basis for astrology. He is also the author of Planets in Love, Dynamic Astrology, and Lunar Returns, has been the president of the Astrologers' Guild of America, was the editor of The Astrological Review, and is a contributor to professional and popular astrological magazines. His books have been translated into seven languages.
John is also a well-known journalist, elected member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, historian, preservationist, performer, and record producer. He can be regularly found, camera and microphone in hand, covering cultural and technological events ranging from the Consumer Electronics Show to the Toy Fair, from international music festivals to ocean sailing races. When he's not behind the camera and microphone, he's in front of them, performing at maritime concerts in the U.S. and across Europe.

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Other articles by John Townley:

2008 Primaries & Beyond: Composites and the Candidates   1/7/2008
A New Presidential Paradigm?   2/22/2008
Above Us, The Waves -- The Post-Election Weather Observer   11/6/2008
Aspects and Orbs   6/8/2007
Dark Days: The End of the Beginning   5/25/2007
Darning Your Threads Ö Rectification by Association   7/18/2007
Mars-Uranus, Redux   4/19/2007
Of Time and Tide, and the Flowering at the Flood   8/1/2007
Planetary Order I: ... rising ahead of the Sun   8/15/2007
Planetary Order II: Ö all your ducks in a row   9/5/2007
Planetary Order III: Islands in the Sky   10/1/2007
Ringing the Changes   2/8/2008
Stars Over Lebanon: An Interview With Carmen Chammas   5/11/2007
The (Not So) VOC Moon   7/25/2007
The Battle Finally Joined: Obama vs. McCain   7/8/2008
The Personal Void-of-Course Moon   4/26/2007
Threads of Destiny   7/6/2007
Tips for the Tempests of 2007!   4/13/2007
Which Side Are You On?   5/4/2007

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