by Heather Roan Robbins
Communication is key this week, don’t take it for granted; cherish every moment of understanding. As Mercury turns retrograde (Dec.2-22) and the Sun squares intuitive but confusing Neptune, we step out of ordinary reality and into mythic time. While this can help us create our holiday magic, we may feel like we’re walking through a foggy hall of mirrors and can’t quite see what’s going on. At the same time, Mars opposes Uranus which increases our ingenuity, but also our pool of irritability and the likelihood of accidents.
The planets offer us a few saving graces at the moment as they encourage both a deep and abiding curiosity to help us look past any misinformation until we find a deeper truth, and an opportunity to drop below tension and differences, and drop into an intuitive sense of connection underneath as Jupiter trines Neptune.
As Mercury and Venus are both now in frank and curious Sagittarius we want to believe in honesty but it can be really hard to figure out what is real. People believe their stories, but each story has so many facets. Our biases will show, but we can choose to engage our critical thinking capacity and investigate deeper as Mercury conjuncts serious Saturn this week and twice more before mid-January as Mercury goes back and forth in its retrograde cycle. Let’s be careful what we say, as with this aspect our words will have weight. Our decisions have impact. All while our thinking is cloudy and reactive, and the facts hard to see.
Many people are now speaking out who have held secrets close to the heart and felt oppressed by them. We can see it in the news. But we may also hear of a long festering hurt from our spouse or friend. Even casual allegations are changing people’s lives. With this Mercury retrograde digging through the past, it is particularly important to try to nail down some objective facts underneath in a cloud of feeling, and slow down our decision until we get a bigger picture.
Meanwhile, it’s time to kick our Mercury retrograde survival skills into gear. Confirm all reservations, get winter holiday orders in early so to manage delays or return mistakes. Keep the lines of communication open, and if relationships start to feel frayed or confused, let’s assume it’s based on a misunderstanding or the triggering of an old wound. Open the aperture of the heart and listen with the soul. Keep timetables loose, let travel be an adventure, and keep a book nearby for delays. Do not jump to conclusions, but always look for more information and other side of the story.
Prioritize safety as the weekend begins and we cope with that innovative, revolutionary, shocking, temperamental, accident-prone Mars-Uranus opposition. Discontent can help us launch a project spontaneously, but proceed with care and safety goggles. On Sunday a full Moon in verbal Gemini can stir up emotions and jumble information, so let’s not say anything unforgivable. Let any radical emotional decision percolate until the new year before acting upon it.
Early next week a caring if guarded Cancer Moon can slow us down and help us take care of ourselves, or bring out a more self-protective edge, but the week ends on a more upbeat outgoing Leo Moon as a stabilizing Mars sextiles Saturn and helps us do the right thing, call for the right thing to be done, and put passion into our work.
Friday, December 1: The mood is basically good-natured but with a potential impatient and righteous streak early on. Tend to practicalities and stay grounded as things begin to get weird. Watch out for an impatient, righteous, accident-prone vibe this morning; notice any passive-aggressive edges and step away from the irritant. Use the nervous momentum to clear the deck, pay the bills, and keep lines of communication open with beloveds.
Venus enters Sagittarius 1:14 AM, Mars opposes Uranus 2:05 AM, Moon opposes Jupiter 7:07 AM, Moon sextiles Neptune 7:36 AM, Moon trines Pluto 5:53 PM.
Saturday, December 2: Don’t hold one another responsible for delays or mistakes, instead hold hands and deal with them together. Forget efficiency this morning as a series of minor aspects subtly shifts our agenda and slows process. The mood lightens as the Moon enters verbal Gemini, this afternoon, but though an irritable thread remains and the fog thickens. Conversation can spin in circles, Long talks late into the night can be diverting, just don’t expect to come to any conclusions.
Moon enters Gemini 1:20 PM, the Sun semi-squares Mars 3:22 PM, Moon opposes Venus 4:37 PM, Jupiter trine’s Neptune 6:19 PM. Mercury stations to turn retrograde11:34 PM.
Sunday, December 3: Our nervous systems spin, our hearts may be affectionate, melancholic, with an impractical desire to push and shift the shape of events while Venus semi-squares Pluto. But like a gyroscope spinning, safety can be found in the balance of the center.
Sun squares Neptune 3:43 AM, Moon squares Neptune 7:30 AM, Moon opposes Sun 7:46 AM, Venus semi-squares Pluto 8:11 AM.
Monday, December 4: Keep it simple; multitasking can leave us feeling spread thin, collision of interests can pull us in many directions this morning while the Moon opposes Saturn and Mercury. This afternoon, we can get touchy if things aren’t going the way we’d hoped. Offer a hug, a sense of humor; remember were all in this together.
Moon sextile Uranus 4:37 AM, Moon trine Mars 7:56 AM, Moon opposed Saturn 9:45 AM, Moon opposed Mercury 11:12 AM, Moon enters Cancer 12:36 PM.
Tuesday, December 5: We have a chance for magic this morning, the magic the healing power of compassion, the sweetness of sympathy, a chance to feel the angels around us as the Moon forms a grand trine with Jupiter and Neptune. Or we could sink further into an illusion we cling to. Our energies may pull in around dinner time; don’t take it personally, do ask what would help feel more supported as the Moon opposes Pluto.
Chiron turns direct 1:46 AM, Moon trine Neptune 6:50 AM, Moon trines Jupiter 7:38 AM, Moon opposed Pluto 5:06 PM.
Wednesday, December 6: Begin a project, just stay flexible and ready to adjust. Make decisions and speed progress as Mercury conjunct Saturn and sextiles busy Mars. Take responsibility and hold people accountable, but don’t waste energy on rancor. Trust that there are good people in the world, look for them and choose to work with them as Mars sextile Saturn. Tonight, as the Moon enters warm-hearted Leo sympathize, laugh together, and offer appreciation, because we all need it.
Mercury conjuncts Saturn 4:05 AM, Moon square Uranus 4:15 AM, Mercury sextile Mars 7:57 AM, Moon square Mars 9:55 AM, Moon enters Leo 12:37 PM, Mars sextiles Saturn 1:20 PM.
Thursday, December 7: A little flattery will encourage people to be more cooperative under this Leo Moon. Completing ongoing projects can feel like herding cats, when we get one going in the right direction, another wanders off. It’s important to follow up and manage loose ends; be entertained, but stay on target as Mercury semi-squares Jupiter and distracts us with a multiplicity of possibilities.
Moon trine Venus 1:01 AM, Moon square Jupiter 9:10 AM, Mercury semi-square Jupiter 12:05 PM, Moon trine Sun 3:14 PM.
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