December 14—Crescent Moon: Beginning. Aquarius (fixed air) is another sign that can give way to bold thoughts of hope. To be accurate, this sign can also be incredibly cynical, but I think cynicism is just the disappointed side of hope. Belief that the future holds hope is still an Aquarian foible. The Moon in Aquarius catches the fever of hope in this phase of the lunar cycle. It’s OK; every sign is necessary, right? Hope is sometimes scary for those of us who think disaster lurks around every corner. The Sun in Sagittarius (mutable fire) forms a square to Jupiter in Virgo (mutable earth). This square intensifies current tension and conflict in the realms of hope and despair. Jupiter itself is all about hope (ruler of Sagittarius), but in the very pragmatic sign of Virgo, this Jupiter is confused about which aspect of his personality to exhibit. More confusion, more stress, more anxiety about choice and direction could result. On the other hand, another option is to discover a workable way to hold your hopes and despairs in balance. Mercury in Capricorn (cardinal earth) is making a favorable aspect with Neptune in Pisces (mutable water). These two planets work together to help us stay both grounded and expansive in the realm of thought and inspiration. Heart-opening insight can come your way.
Tuesday, December 15. The square between the Moon in Aquarius (fixed air) and Venus in Scorpio (fixes water) may get us started on the cranky side this morning (CST). Venus is not in the mood to suffer fools. Welcome the challenge of authentic emotion as you plan to change the world today. Later the Moon makes favorable aspects with Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire) and Mars in Libra (cardinal air), creating an eagerness for change that is hard to stifle.
Wednesday, December 16. The Moon enters Pisces (mutable water) around noon (CST) and makes no aspects with any other planet for the whole day, in the CST time zone. Use this time to recharge and release tension. The concerns of the world are still happening but we have the opportunity to refocus where we place our attentions. Pisces invites softening our focus. Not everything needs to be done immediately. Sometimes we need to unplug and exhale. Take those moments today. Self-care pays dividends. We may notice grief or despair arising when we slow down. Stay present and enfold yourself in compassion.
Thursday, December 17. An adjustment between sober reality and fantasy is made today. Neptune is one of those planets that has so much to give and represents so many of our shortcomings. What I mean is that we have the opportunity this year to reclaim Neptune’s power to connect us through our hearts and spirits by dispelling the myths of isolation, escapism, and disappointment. Accepting the vulnerability of grief is important work while Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) forms a square to Neptune in Pisces (mutable water) this year. These themes may be noticeable today as the Moon in Pisces makes a connection to Neptune and Saturn. A lot of planetary energies are woven together. Venus in Scorpio (fixed water) forms a sextile aspect with Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth). Venus demands honesty and authenticity around emotions and especially in the area of relationship. The power of healing and transformation is strong if we are willing to show up completely. Mercury in Capricorn is an intermediary in negotiations. Be grounded in your values and aspirations as you speak.
December 18—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. In the practice of holding mindful intention for this lunar cycle, I have committed to holding the paradox of hope and despair. Under this phase of the Moon, we have the opportunity to begin changing our realities through manifestation. The result of holding the paradox of hope and despair begins to show up in choices and attitudes. How am I different? How has the world changed as I begin to tell a new story? We reach a turning point today, not just because the Moon in the last degrees of Pisces (mutable water) forms a square to the Sun in the last degrees of Sagittarius (mutable fire). The Sun also forms a square to the nodes of the Moon, which are currently in Virgo (mutable earth) and Pisces. This point is potent. The nodes describe a growing edge of evolution. With the North node in Virgo and the South in Pisces, we are given the opportunity to reframe our beliefs, our wounds, our despairs into pragmatic service. In other words, we have a choice—learn from grief and act in accord with those lessons. Wholeness does not mean perfection. Virgo wholeness means we accept ourselves wholly and get on with our work, whatever that is. Be gentle with yourself as this is a big integration and we have several more months of the nodes transiting through these signs to figure out what it means to each of us. Today’s transits could reveal a lot about our healing and integrating journeys.
Saturday, December 19. Cardinal signs push agendas. That may be why squares and oppositions between cardinal signs can be fraught with conflict. Today’s transits include a lot of such aspects. The Moon and Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire) push the agenda of bold action. Change for the sake of change, conflict around identity, even aggression can be part of the Aries agenda. The other side is courage to act, taking responsibility for leadership, and encouraging self-expression for everyone. Mercury and Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth) join forces to communicate expectations, claim authority and power, and frame reality through stories of legacy and tradition. The shadow side of Capricorn exudes judgment, disapproval, and a need to control. As these planets trigger the best and worst in each other, we see the dynamics between individual action and collective expectation. Is there a way to find balance here?
Sunday, December 20. Yesterday, the communication planet, Mercury conjoined Pluto in Capricorn to bring structure and power to our thoughts. Today that Mercury forms a square to Uranus in Aries, taking the power of structure into the innovative realms of possibility and change. The Mercury/Uranus energy can feel like uncontrolled electricity. How do you channel your overactive mind into productive insights? The Moon in Taurus (fixed earth) provides grounding for this electric transit. It is good to remember that the body has ways of knowing too. Listen.