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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