The next few weeks (until New Year’s Day) might be hard to navigate for the oddest of reasons: compassion.  ‘Tis the season, after all… Yet the milk of human kindness has the distinct likelihood of curdling, if we are not careful.

Let me explain: we want to be kind, we want to be good, we want to help our fellow souls on the planet.  But what exactly that means in execution is mightily unclear these days, as Jupiter in early Sagittarius—the sign of enthusiasm—moves to square Mars in misty Pisces.  We get sentimental during the holidays; we mean well.  We see that others may not have seen what is in their best interests.  Retrograde Mercury—also in Sagittarius, squaring Neptune in Pisces, doesn’t help. So we blunder in—always with the best intentions—TO HELP.

It is not likely—tho’ Saturn in Capricorn may help us ponder what is really ours to tackle—that we will have the foggiest notion of what help is or should be.  And we may actually HINDER—and not be thanked for our pains.

A different choice—in fact, what’s probably best—is what used to be called a “watching brief”: waiting until it becomes clear how it is that we may truly be of service.  Stopping; observing—no matter how tempting giving advice may be—and waiting until we are ASKED for help—which may not happen, unfortunately.  Such is the prerogative of the beleaguered individuals we have chosen to befriend: …dammit…they get to choose their own salvation, even if we think we know better.

Sometimes the kindest thing is to leave well enough alone, lest we make a right muck of things, which—in the end—are not ours to mar.