by Heather Roan Robbins
There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
– Willa Cather
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, which takes imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for caring that ideal into practice.
– Arnold Toynbee
Let’s look at the lay of the land as 2016 dawns. Cultural earthquakes rumble on and momentum builds for the changes already in progress, but the dust is still so stirred up we can’t see the new pathways. We’re resonating from the 7 squares formed between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn between 2012-15, now waning but still within orb throughout the year, and the aftershocks will be with us for several more. Think back to the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1965-68 (our last major Uranus-Pluto interaction), the enormous cultural shifts stimulated then resonated and revolutionized our culture and politics through the early ’70s.
Pluto in Capricorn (2008-24) asks us to renovate our approach to political, financial, and personal power around the globe. We see an effort to crack down and tighten rule, debates on how governing structures, from political parties to our own circles. Rebellion will naturally foment in response, energized by revolutionary, anarchistic Uranus in independent Aries (2010-18). Over and over again we’ll learn the lesson that only a third perspective, where all parties can be heard and empowered, takes us beyond struggle and into creation.
The separating Uranus-Pluto square is still a powerful engine, it can amp up any fight or war we let get started. It can also leave us depressed or pushy if we don’t have clear goals. But it can also give us the charge we need to tackle our work and change our world for the better. We have an incredible potential to change how we do what we do around the globe.
Every time one of the faster moving personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) hits Pluto or Uranus, they sound off that square and our whole world vibrates; we are thrown a few wildcards and all our ongoing cultural changes are stirred up again. We saw this as Mars rang that bell in November and December of 2015, as Mercury conjunct Pluto and twang our issues of mortality and power a week before Christmas, and we will feel it again next week as the Sun conjuncts Pluto and rings that bell again on January 6, 2016, just as Mercury turns retrograde.
Uranus in Aries strangely attracts people to drastic solutions. Lightning bolts can crack open our sky and shock us with sudden challenges or exciting opportunities. A new generation needs to sort out their relationship to violence, and we can help them choose peace if we encourage this urgent hope towards a balance of power, and prove that people will listen, that they don’t have to resort to violence to be heard. If we don’t give them faith in this process, we can expect the revolutionary momentum to build.
Underneath this compelling search for new answers, Neptune in Pisces (2011-25) lets the veil between the worlds stay thin. Our imagination and spiritual hunger sit like a welcoming pool, waiting for us, though we have to consciously reach in to activate. Neptune in Pisces also highlights water issues of all type. Water quality, availability, pollution, floods and droughts; and all this is underlined and emphasized as Saturn squares Neptune on and off from November 2015 through September 2016.
As Saturn in Neptune square we see how permeable all boundaries are, the boundaries of our immune system, the boundaries between countries. We see they are an illusion, that we are all one, and that what happens to the least of us happens to all of us.
Saturn in Sagittarius (2015-18) puts on the front burner and gives us a chance to work on a restructure all international relationships, educational and legal systems. On a personal level Saturn in Sagittarius wants us to be honest about our work and asks us to walk, dance, and bring disciplined joy to our movement. Saturn in Sagittarius will support any effort we make towards greener transportation methods.
Jupiter in Virgo (until 9/10) spurs the urge for public health and encourages publishing and education on all health-related matters, and gives us visceral examples to show how our health and our work are deeply intertwined. Our work can set us free. Jupiter in Libra (after 9/10) encourages us to explore expanded concepts of partnership.
Just after New Year’s, the Sun conjuncts Pluto (1/4) and asks us to face our discouragement, work through it, integrate conflicting needs and find a productive and powerful way forward with unusual imagination and honesty. The Quadrantids meteor shower (1/3, 4) encourages new solutions outside our normal purview. Mid-January as Mars trines Neptune, let’s let go of an inappropriate anger, a place where we’ve held other people responsible for our happiness, and take the reins back.
Stay cool, calm, and collected this week, especially under stress, because although the mood can be focused and determined at peace, it could get really volatile in the face of accident, confusion, or anger. Sunday, Mars enters Scorpio, then the sun conjuncts Plutoon Tuesday as Mercury stations turning retrograde. Misunderstandings or missteps occurred easily, just as our temper sharpens. If a major international incident occurs around this time, it will have long ranging long-term effects. We may be tested by an event, realization, or by a flood of memories, but Mercury encourages us to work through our discouragement, integrate conflicting needs and take an unusually honest and imaginative approach.
Mercury, arbiter of communications, nervous systems, and transportation, usually retrogrades three times a year, but this year we’re lucky and get four, starting Tuesday. Mercury retrogrades 1/5-1/25, 4/28-5/22, 8/30-9/21, and 12/19-1/8/17. Throughout January let’s finish projects already in the works, review last year’s events, and change our plans based on this new understanding.
Leave the rest of the week to unravel and recollect. Keep the schedule loose and mobile, and be ready to respond to unusual short-term demands. Do not let little things snowball into big snafus, keep priorities clear. Let’s remember what we’re doing and where we want to go, and clear the decks of unfinished business. February launches a new chapter.
Friday, January 1: Let this morning be quiet and contemplative as the waning Libra Moon squares the Sun and Pluto. We need to sleep in. Review more than plan- and make resolutions on the following weekend’s New Moon in Capricorn. As Mercury trines the asteroid of Hygeia tonight and Mercury enters more philosophical Aquarius, our minds are brought to how do we make our lives healthier, and the world around us were connected. Collaborative dialogue picks up.
Moon sextile Venus 5:05 AM, Mercury trine Hygeia 7:07 PM, Mercury enters Aquarius7:19 PM, Moon square Sun 10:30 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 10:35 PM, Sun semi-sextile Saturn 11:34 PM.
Saturday, January 2: Tie up loose ends, further ongoing conversations but keep the schedule loose, expectations low, and relationships prioritized. Uncomfortable thoughts or events may be likely early in the morning as the moon squares Pluto and opposes Uranus, but then the energy becomes more free-form and floating. Our brains may feel like a puddle and make it more comfortable to rattle around, do art projects and meander together.
Moon square Pluto 6:22 AM, Moon opposed Uranus 9:23 AM.
Sunday, January 3: Our tails twitch, crowds bug us, and we may have had enough of our relatives as the Moon and Mars both enter solitude- loving, serious Scorpio and conjunct. If we talk, we need to get real and get deep. Speak from compassion though, because confrontations and attempts to control will escalate. It may help to take a solitary journey or disappear with a good mystery story.
Mars enters Scorpio 7:32 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 12:35 PM, Moon conjuncts Mars12:50 PM, Moon square Mercury 2:11 PM. Mars semi-sextile Hygeia 7:08 PM
Monday, January 4: The morning could be surly and uncooperative; low-level anxiety is distracting people. Give them room to be cranky and stay focused on the few things that actually need to be done. We may feel overextended, as if we have been doing too much for others and not taking care of ourselves as Venus trines Vesta and a day to renew the wells can make a difference.
Jupiter trine Pallas Athena 1:40 AM, Moon trine Neptune 3:56 AM, Moon sextile Sun 4:33 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 6:59 PM, Venus trine Vesta 9:20 PM, Moon trine Chiron 11:45 PM.
Tuesday, January 5: Safety first, it’s very easy to say the wrong thing and set people off on this tricky, emotional day as Mercury retrogrades and conjuncts Mars and the Sun conjuncts Pluto. We are not really able to see a healthy balance between our needs and others with Venus square Neptune, and are likely to project our feelings, our hopes and fears, on one another rather than perceive each other clearly. Drive safely, speak consciously, cut everyone a lot of slack, and check in on depressed friends.
Mercury square Mars 5 AM, Mercury retrograde 6:05 AM, Venus square Neptune 7:33 AM, Moon sextile Jupiter 10:47 AM, Sun conjunct Pluto 8:28 PM, Moon enters Sagittarius11:56 PM.
Wednesday, January 6: The Moon enters Sagittarius and lightens the mood. It’s a bit easier to see what’s really going on with one another, or to speak up when we realize a misperception. Deal with present emergencies and begin a discussion about the future, just keep any plans adjustable through the end of the month.
Moon sextile Mercury 1:49 AM, Venus semi-square Pallas Athena 12:15 PM, Moon square Neptune 2:39 PM, Neptune trine Juno 4:59 PM, Moon conjunct Venus 5:54 PM, Moon conjunct Saturn 10:26 PM,
Thursday, January 7: An interesting shift in perspective lets us look at past events with fresh eyes as the Sun squares Uranus, we may need to correct or adjust projects already in the works, or wake up to our role in a former difficulty. If so, rather than beat ourselves up about the past, let this offer tools to make the future better. A temporary change in routine furthers. Issues of publishing, broadcasting, or PR may need to be put on hold briefly.
Mercury trine Hygeia for 20 4 AM, Sun square Uranus 5:22 AM, Moon trine Uranus 7:28 AM, Moon square Chiron 9:27 AM, Moon square Jupiter 7:44 PM, Jupiter retrogrades 9:40 PM,
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by Heather Roan Robbins
It is plain indeed that in spite of later estrangement Hobbits are relatives of ours: far nearer to us than Elves, or even than Dwarves. Of old they spoke the languages of Men, after their own fashion, and liked and disliked much the same things as Men did. But what exactly our relationship is can no longer be discovered.
– R. R. Tolkien
A full Moon in domestic Cancer early on Christmas morning brings an emotional a high tide. Whether we celebrate the holiday or not, all our hopes and fears around the joy or trouble of family, home and homeland can course through us like reindeer through the night sky. We may long for true family as this full Moon illuminates our heart, though our relatives may look like elves, dwarves, and hobbits to us. If we can accept their strangeness, rather than wish they understood us better, we’ll be more successful in finding them intriguing. This is also true of people from faraway places and people with very different politics than ours. We are all related, even if what exactly our relationship is can no longer be discovered.
A very magical but confusing semi-square between Mercury and Neptune on Christmas morning can either leave us a little weepy or willing to let the sugarplum fairies dance in our heads. This is a lovely combination for those who wake up in the bosom of a healthy family, safe tucked safe in their own home, with no major troubles in sight.
For those for whom this is not an option, or for those whose this is not their holiday, we can ride the crest of these feelings, honor the ache and the memories, and let them flow through like snowflakes passing by the window. Let’s not get attached to any one thought or memory, because we’re processing so much of the world’s feelings as well as our own on this full Moon morning.
A helpful meditation will be to explore the concept that who we are is enough, what we bring to the table matters. No matter what a difficult relative or our inner critic might say. Mercury trines optimistic Jupiter on Christmas afternoon which brings a celebratory note and can help us stay more in the present with one another.
Uranus turns direct late on Christmas day after many months retrograde and deals out some unexpected, unusual, or mobilizing wildcards. Crazy stuff comes out the closets. So does Aunt Edna’s real wishes for her funeral and other family secrets, along with flashes of laughter and moments of joy.
We stay in this emotional family morass, or cocoon, depending upon it how it feels to us, until the Moon enters Leo on Sunday morning. The stars encourage us to look ahead, dally with friends, travel, or sneak off to catch up with our work. Mercury is in industrious Capricorn as it forms a semi-square to Saturn on Sunday and early next week, and our responsibilities begin to nag us. It may feel very satisfying to build something assembled the train set or work on the household projects.
Just remember that while the Moon is in sociable Leo, friends and family will get easily miffed if we do not give them the attention they deserve. If beloveds are acting out, it’s a good time to practice some basic dog training skills, withhold attention briefly when people are misbehaving, catch them doing something right and poor positive energy like maple syrup on pancakes.
If our beloveds try to sneak away to work, let’s entertain ourselves and forgive them their industriousness. We can let them know when we specifically need their time; they’ll be so much more willing to give it once they deal with their concerns. This pattern of internal distraction intensifies on Tuesday as Mercury squares Mars and can leave us truly irritable and somewhat accident prone, and if cornered or pressured, we will snap back.
We may need moments of solitude laced through this holiday season, a walk by ourselves or time on our computer to bring our antennae in and refill our wells while Venus is in Scorpio. Jealousy or possessiveness can show up at the strangest times, we can acknowledge these feelings and hold ourselves gently without letting them run the show. Let everybody go to neutral corners when they need to without harassment and the time together will be more rich and pleasant.
Venus enters Sagittarius for the last few days of the year and can bring a trace of enthusiasm and playfulness that was missing from most of December. Now is the time to go cross-country skiing, travel, or connect with people from faraway places. The Moon enters sociable Libra right before midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Thoughtful Mercury remains in serious Capricorn throughout the week, though it’s pulling away from last week’s fatalistic Mercury-Pluto conjunction. The Sun heads towards a conjunction with Pluto early in January, reminding us to pick back up all of the world’s woes and work to make progress in the new year.
Friday, December 25: Emotions are at high tide, memories search under this full Moon in Cancer, we like our family traditions and rituals, comfort foods. One foot in the past and one foot in the present, we can be unusually touchy or cozy, unusually defensive or nurture, depending on which buttons pushed. Our moods and conversation look more to the presence and possible this afternoon as Mercury trines Jupiter. Watch for a flicker of the unexpected as Uranus turns direct tonight.
Mercury semi-square Neptune 2:51 AM, Moon opposes Sun for 11 AM, Moon trine Neptune 11:17 AM, Mercury trine Jupiter 1:18 PM, Uranus turns direct 8:52 PM,
Saturday, December 26: We may need to juggle competing needs today as Mars semi-squares Saturn. Just when we’d like to curl up and rest, differing needs tap on our window, we need to find a balanced and integrated way and integrated way to balance our responsibilities and our desires, so we’re not frustrated. Communication glitches around suppertime need patience; figure out what information is really needed, and then discussed later. Practice acceptance not expectations tonight.
Moon opposed Pluto 12:21 AM, Moon square Uranus 3:22 AM, Mars semi-square Saturn7:57 AM, Venus semi-sextile Mars 7:58 AM, Moon sextile Jupiter 2:51 PM, Moon opposed Mercury 5:20 PM, Moon square Mars 7:57 PM, Moon trine Venus 8:35 PM.
Sunday, December 27: Now the party get started as the Moon in Leo encourages more extroversion and display. If a relative starts getting cranky, ask leading questions and get them to tell their own story. If work or longer-term responsibilities knock on our door, Let’s do what needs to be done, but not use workaholism as an excuse to disconnect emotionally. No matter how tempting it is with beloveds acting out or needing attention.
Moon enters Leo 3:30 AM, Mercury semi-square Saturn 9:22 PM, Moon trine Saturn 11:17 PM.
Monday, December 28: Look for a pleasant change of scene or of cast characters this morning as the Moon trines Uranus. We need to change out something, some preset or habit that’s not working, and streamline our work as the Moon trines Uranus. Important but potentially difficult conversations need to happen now as Mercury squares Mars. If some people bluster because they’re feeling out of control, keep the conversation focused and solution oriented. Be careful traveling with strange weather conditions.
Moon trine Uranus 10:13 AM,
Tuesday, December 29: Walk in a winter wonderland; as the Sun sextiles Neptune, we’d rather be walking in our fantasies than grappling here on earth, but may need to find time for both. Continue to pay attention when driving, traveling, or handling sharp knives and weed out any bombastic rhetoric on the news or from a relative. It can feel like we can either be truthful or we can be diplomatic, but actually we’d best be diplomatically truthful. Morning is more playful, around noon time the Virgo Moon taps us on the shoulder and reminds us of unfinished business. Balance the day between heart and work.
Sun sextile Neptune 6:17 AM, Moon sextile Mars 6:32 AM, Mercury square Mars 7:52 AM, Moon square Venus 10:37 AM, Moon enters Virgo 11:58 AM.
Wednesday, December 30: An early morning heart ache Venus Pluto semi-square, then the energy shifts and we’d rather be traveling (or playing) as Venus enters Sagittarius. Get thee to the dog park. Though our health may need a little extra coddling (exercise and clean simple food), a vacation from our vacation as the Virgo Moon opposes Chiron and we feel the effects of a break in routine, holiday food, and too many requests on our energy. Midday complications smooth out towards dinner as we let go of details and come back to what matters.
Venus semi-square Pluto 12:04 AM, Venus enters Sagittarius 12:16 AM, Moon opposes Neptune 2:39 AM, Moon square Sun 4:28 AM, Moon square Saturn 9:33 AM, Moon semi-square Mars 1:21 PM, Moon trine Pluto 5:31 PM.
Thursday, December 31: This Virgo Moon is good for self-assessment and for reviewing our year behind before we make commitments for our new year. But there is a social charge in the air as Venus challenges Uranus, along with a desire to have everything both exciting and just right, but no way of controlling it. Let’s roll with it, make the best of our New Year’s Eve, forget about doing anything perfectly and enjoy the lightening of the mood close to midnight as the Moon enters sociable Libra. Bring the talk around to how the new year can be more Libra- more beautiful , fair, equitable, just, balanced, and romantic.
Venus semi-square Uranus 7:22 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 9:49 AM, Moon trine Mercury10:33 PM, Moon enters Libra 11:40 PM.
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We are in the darkest week of the year in this northern hemisphere. On Monday the sun appears to stand still for three days, and then it turns back, and the days grow longer—a promise of hope through the coldest weeks of the year. We are offered one more year to make it or break it, another chance to turn the tide.
Our western tradition is to also pause- to go home, or go where we can reconnect with ourselves, our roots and renew, slog through karma friends or family, remember our spiritual path- whatever that is (or celebrate Festivus) and then launch that new year next month.
Every year as the Sun enters Capricorn this rebirth of the Sun is honored as a replay of the first light, the birth of our world. And then there was light. We can use whatever cultural traditions we come from to celebrate the return of the light and carry that light within and without to nurture our world and hold the warmth until the summer Sun returns.
But first we have these longest nights. Mercury conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus this weekend and can leave us overwhelmed, overextended, and staring into the darkest corners of our life. Look for intense debate around the right use of suspicion, investigation, communication and the power of speech. This aspect can also bring little tricks and problems of communication, computer difficulties, missed messages, tricky driving, and unfortunate slips of the tongue; pay attention when working with any machinery or speaking and delicate situations. We may feel some crisis about how we think, where our mind perseverates; this can be tricky on people with delicate psyches, so let’s be kind to ourselves and check in with one another.
We don’t need to get stuck in these feelings. Fresh energy and resistance kick in over the weekend under a fiery Aries Moon. Listen to people hum the theme music to Star Wars, it’s not just the corporate hype around the movie, they are responding to an astrological need for mythology of camaraderie and resistance. But the movie can also feed into the Mars/Uranus/Pluto mythology that we have to go to war and fight in order to survive.
Comforts and security are more important as the Moon enters Taurus early in the week. Suddenly we may want to pull out grandma’s recipes and find extra pretty things to stuff the stockings. Maybe we have too much to do and too little time to do it; if so, let’s accept what is feasible and what is not, and find the joy therein.
The Moon enters Gemini on Wednesday and helps us make last-minute adjustments, travel, and enjoy a more sociable buzz as Venus sextiles Jupiter. We’ll still need time alone, time with the deep stuff, and yet can be fed by the glitter of the season. To make the most of the days of Christmas we have to let go of our expectations on what holiday should be, and feel the medicine of what it can be, this year in the midst of a changing world.
Depression can around the edges of this holiday; it will be easy to feel temporarily hopeless about the world’s problems- or our own, unless we tune into our deep durability underneath. Let’s honor those who were once with us at the holidays but are now gone before us, and choose fresh camaraderie in the days ahead. We are in an era of constant and great change; it is up to us which way the boat turns in the year ahead.
Friday, Dec 18: We’re so ready for the weekend and may feel soft, squishy, and amorphous and easily overwhelmed this morning. But we can get a second wind to act, rebel and enliven as the Moon enters Aries midafternoon. Honor a desire to stay busy and festive to skate over the dark waters of our feelings this afternoon, which may be the best approach as Venus quincunx Uranus. Any art project or actively compassionate act furthers.
Moon opposed Jupiter 1:41 AM, Moon square Sun 8:14 AM, Moon enters Aries 2:26 PM, Venus quincunx Uranus 8:56 PM.
Saturday, Dec 19: Expect emotional extremes, a Mercury-Pluto conjunction demands that we look deep within and at the dark places, the mines is of we what we have yet to do, and hurries us with a sense of urgent deadline. Some people will need to express, some need to keep busy, some need to ritualize these depths. Just don’t believe a voice that says it’s no use; it furthers to throw oneself into a worthy effort. Communication glitches can make midafternoon tricky, go to neutral corners and take a moment to listen to one’s own heart if tension starts. The mood shifts and potentially lightens tonight, as long as we break our usual routine, when the Moon conjuncts Uranus in Aries.
Moon trine Saturn 7:01 AM, Venus trine Chiron 8:26 AM, Mercury conjunct Pluto 11:55 AM, Moon square Pluto 3:18 PM, Moon square Mercury 3:41 PM, Moon conjunct Uranus 6:35 PM.
Sunday, Dec 20: The mood is generally imaginative and headstrong; we may need to deal with shocking news, sudden and questionable decision, or tricky mechanical issues. Confusion or difficult weather can complicate the afternoon, though it may be a wonderful time for a movie matinee. Evening brings a more sensual and grounded vibe as the earthy Taurus Moon offers tangible support. But we can too easily slip on ice or on a misunderstanding, move or speak suddenly and abruptly, and pay for it later. So walk smoothly and ask good questions all day as Mercury squares Uranus.
Moon opposed Mars 3:50 AM, Mars sesqui- quadrate Neptune 2:48 PM, Moon trine Sun 3 PM, Moon conjunct Taurus 5:12 PM, Mercury square Uranus 8:07 PM.
Monday, Dec 21: On this shortest day with the palest light we want to be cozy, feel our strength and safety, and eat cookies or otherwise feed the senses as the Taurus Moon trines Mercury and Pluto. Just watch the temptation to drown sorrows in spiked eggnog. Use any delays as an opportunity to re-center. Take a moment to rest in a profound way, reflect over all let’s take a moment to rest in a profound way, and reflect over the roots of our life. The Sun enters Capricorn 9:47 pm MST.
Mercury sextile Chiron 6:38 AM, Mars semi-sextile Jupiter 9:13 AM, Moon trine Pluto 5:52 PM, Sun enters Capricorn 9:47 PM, Moon sextile Chiron 10:03 PM, Moon trine Mercury 11:43 PM,
Tuesday, Dec 22: The vibe is earthy and sociable with the materialistic streak as the Taurus Moon opposes Venus this morning. Take an important moment to witness for truth as Mercury conjunct Pallas Athena. It may not change anyone’s opinion, and to argue back probably won’t get anywhere under this stubborn Taurus Moon, but we need to be willing to stand in an honest place and speak our truth will further. A more relaxed conversation picks up as the Moon enters Gemini tonight, the holiday spirit and other distractions break our focus, though he may feel scattered and need to make sure important things don’t slip through the cracks.
Moon opposed Venus 3:36 AM, Mercury conjunct Pallas Athena 4:03 AM, Moon enters Gemini 7:30 PM.
Wednesday, December 23: on this busy and disjointed day, follow through can be tricky. Pare down to essentials, and follow through carefully on the few things that actually matter. Midday things just don’t go as we plan as the Moon opposes Saturn, and we can get discouraged over little things and big. If this happens, keep moving. Let’s do what we can and except for what we can’t. Later in the day hearts warm, creative solutions are found, and we can forgive ourselves and others more easily.
Moon square Neptune 7:54 AM, Moon opposed Saturn at 12:44 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 11:27 PM.
Thursday, December 24: The Sun sets a minute later, the mood is relatively funny and sociable under a Gemini Moon and as Venus sextiles Jupiter, though the deep work still homes underneath us. We will still need a mix of time alone in with others, but can get quite sociable midday. The evening bubbles, we can surprise ourselves and truly enjoy time in the company of fellow souls. And then need to tuck in at home, with our memories or let the reindeers dance across our night sky as the Moon enters Cancer late tonight.
Venus sextile Jupiter 3:02 AM, Moon square Jupiter 10:15 AM, Moon trine Mars 1:03 PM, Moon enters Cancer 10:26 PM.
by Heather Roan Robbins
Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.
– Attributed to Rabbi Tarfon 70-1235 CE.
The astrology of the moment improves after the winter solstice Sunset on December 21, but in the meantime, love the few wonderful moments and treat one another with as much compassion as possible. Headlines scream at us with evidence of just how truly nasty humankind can be. We are in the midst of some difficult aspects, but we can navigate them successfully if we pay attention and keep our heart open.
This last week’s urgent Mars/Pluto/Uranus t-square (activating Mars in Libra opposed electrical Uranus in Aries, both square powerful Pluto- 11/25-12/20) has energized us but also inflamed rhetoric and hate crimes, but we don’t have to pour oil on those fires.
This t-square hammers our attention back to the big issues of our time, and calls for a new layer of work. Everything feels urgent. But this T-square also gives us the bravery and energy to do what needs to be done, and along with the present Mercury in Capricorn’s industrious and Venus in Scorpio’s focus, we can be remarkably productive between now and the new year. We need to deal with all conflicts directly, cleanly and with maturity though, otherwise violence percolates, resentment churns, and once we’re triggered, it will take extra effort to control our impulses.
It’s time to practice and integrate all we’ve learned over the last couple of years. We’ll be talking over this process relentlessly as Mercury moves towards a conjunction with Pluto and reverberates with that T-square by the end of this week. And in the tension we can find seeds of camaraderie and mutual support to solve these problems. We need to use this momentum positively so we don’t hook into the negative momentum. We also need to be honest and clear about our feelings and responsible for our own emotional contentment.
This morning a New Moon in Sagittarius makes us want to start over, to let go of some old baggage and create a new approach that is clear, simple, and direct. The new moon calls for honesty, but that may be not all that easy. Recent tumultuous aspects have really stirred the pot in both the cultural and personal sense; our feelings may be our truth, but may not reflect the facts. We need to stay curious and look into the layers of the truth at hand.
This new Moon in Sagittarius also reminds us take a step back and get a larger, more global perspective, and know that our local experience is not separate, our weather, our politics, our food chain is inextricably connected to the big picture. It bring us a chance to break through with a new level of transparency, honesty, and willingness to listen to another person’s truth with an open mind as Pluto conjunction the asteroid Pallas Athena and Mars in Libra quincunx the healing asteroid Chiron. This same aspect also will make us less tolerant of an effort to cover, to obfuscate or hide what’s going on, even if it’s just Christmas presents.
But along with all this tough political work, the Sagittarius new Moon also encourages gratitude, brings in seasonal cheer and can help lighten our otherwise heavy hearts with acts of kindness, and even acts of silliness. Sagittarius encourages us to believe in the healing power of laughter, something that’s been a little thin on the ground these days.
The weekend is may be too businesslike for holiday parties under a Capricorn Moon with Venus semi-sextile Saturn. Don’t get grim while hanging the mistletoe. Traditions and organization can help us feel more in control, more grounded and connected. This industriousness is great for rituals or more formal gatherings, and for personal work.
Even though we continue to grapple with the big issues of our time, the holiday enthusiasm also picks up early next week as the Sun squares generous Jupiter and Mercury sextiles Neptune. We may feel the spirit, feel inspired to do something generous and idealistic, and certainly will feel the season more if we extend our hearts. Because Mercury is now in practical, dour Capricorn, it helps to do something tangibly good, not just theoretically good. Bake cookies for the homeless shelter, contact a mosque or welcome a refugee, or speak up articulately for something we believe in.
Midweek brings us lots of emotional processing as the Moon enters Pisces on Wednesdayas Venus sextiles Pluto, lord of the depths. We can get positively squishy-hearted. Let us empathize, but not be overwhelmed.
Mercury sets off that T-square at the end of the week. We may feel the enormity of the world’s grief, and feel our sanity and logic head in one direction, while our call to action heads in another. We can hang in there with every bit of durability and ability to transform that is the silver lining of these tough transits.
These will not be the most extroverted of winter holidays. We may be feeling unusually internal, or quiet, longing for simple things like safety and security and peace on earth. By strange paradox, with Venus in Scorpio this longing for peace can provoke resentment for those that disturb our peace; tempting us to think that specific others are to blame, and our life would be so much better if only they were not in it. We can certainly see this on the political level, but let’s watch this pattern also in in our personal relationships. Yes, we need moments of solitude, but watch a tendency to isolate or pull back from our beloveds just when we need to move in and hold on. The winter solstice seasonal holidays remind us, in these longest and darkest few weeks, that when the light returns, it returns to us all. Hold hands and walk through the tricky aspects this week, compassion will make all the difference.
Friday, December 11: The new Moon in Sagittarius calls us to review and renew our world view. We will feel restless with old ideals and habits, but it’s up to us whether we expand or contract in response to the challenging world events. We want the truth, and in some cases that sets us free, but in other cases people will take it as a chance to be truly terrible in the name of honesty. Just because it’s true doesn’t mean we need to say it; ask if it is necessary and if it’s kind. Sore points chafe this morning, impatience pushes us, but enthusiasm once to leak through and small moments of lovely joy weaves in between. The solstice season kicks into high gear on this new Moon; release some old baggage and step forward.
Pluto conjunct Pallas Athena 12:52 AM, new Moon in Sagittarius 3:29 AM, Moon square Jupiter 9:05 AM, Mars quincunx Chiron 9:43 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 11 PM,
Saturday, December 12: This is competent day. We can work hard, but get a little grim over the tinsel this morning as Venus semi-sextiles Saturn under and industrious Capricorn Moon. Our recent stress or sense of overwhelmed can come out in our control issues; let’s see if we can laugh when we see them, be kind to our stress, and co-create rather than control. Keep priorities clear, keep purpose in mind, focus on why and relax about how. Evening softens and sparkles as the Moon sextiles Venus, but moods deepen later on and trouble can stir overnight.
Moon conjunct Mercury 4:02 AM, Venus semi-sextile Saturn 11:32 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 12:55 PM, Moon sextile Venus 4:36 PM.
Sunday, December 13: We may feel like we just have to do something, anything about what bothers us this morning as the Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus. Notice the feelings, but don’t take their anxiety and/or control issues out close to home. Let’s acknowledge the bigger issues that are not controllable, and do what we can close to home. The mood opens up this afternoon and encourages a more generous and philosophical perspective as the Moon trines Jupiter. Our concerns return late tonight, but improve if we can make some tangible plans for the weekend ahead.
Moon conjunct Pluto 2:03 AM, Moon square Uranus 6:01 AM, Moon square Mars 8:47 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 4:07 PM, Moon semi-square Saturn 7:28 PM.
Monday, December 14: We need our community, our team, and want to feel a sense of collaboration under an Aquarius Moon and as the Sun squares far-seeing Jupiter. Mercury sextiles Neptune and we want to believe, we have access to great imagination, but may also have moments when the world looks alien to us, or we just want to escape from all the stress and hard edges of the world. We may also have reason to deeply empathize with those in pain, those without security or safety. Let’s manifest in the microcosm what we’d like to see on the macrocosm. Find peace within, then share it without.
Moon enters Aquarius 5:58 AM, Sun square Jupiter 8:02 AM, Mercury sextile Neptune12:39 PM, Moon semi-square Sun 7:47 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 10:22 PM,
Tuesday, December 15: This can be a pleasant day in a difficult week; the foreground aspects can ease our situation and allow life to flow more comfortably and more cooperatively, even though the bigger aspects are still brooding on the major issues. Take advantage of this flow; make agreements, run errands and smile while you do it, let’s see if we can stir that goodwill into a pleasant warm flame. Our minds can get more brittle, our worries ratchet up this evening as Mercury semi-sextile Saturn; keep tasks small and more gets done.
Moon square Venus 3:26 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 11:19 AM, Moon trine Mars 4:23 PM, Mercury semi-sextile Saturn 10:46 PM.
Wednesday, December 16: We move into a more vulnerable, sensitive and potentially melancholic mood as the Moon enters sensitive Pisces while Mercury approaches Pluto. We may feel flooded, literally or figuratively. Go gently with one another, bring the focus back to what works, to the random acts of kindness and beauty as a way of staying hopeful and constructive. Celebrate small victories, prayer, and intuitive connections. A shared sense of hope or faith furthers tonight as the Moon conjuncts Neptune.
Moon semi-square Pluto 9:55 AM Moon enters Pisces 10:44 AM, Moon semi-squares Uranus 1:31 PM, Moon conjunct Neptune 11:19 PM.
Thursday, December 17: What radical act of compassion can we express today as Venus sextiles Pluto and calls us to our heart. What wildly creative outburst of seasonal craft or angst filled art can we express. It is easy to feel old or creaky this morning, or feel easily discouraged until mid-day. The Moon then trines Venus, conjuncts Chiron, and brings more hope, and more great advice; we feel better when we offer someone the pearls of wisdom of our experience, or garner the jewels of theirs.
Moon square Saturn 3:13 AM, Venus sextile Pluto 4:19 AM, Mercury sextile the Moon 4 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 11:58 AM, Moon trine Venus 12:39 PM, Moon conjunct Chiron at4:20 PM.
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