December 21—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. Winter Solstice (11:47 pm CST)
Tuesday, December 22. Keeping it real is much better than pretending you’ve got it all under control. The day starts under the influence of the Moon in Taurus (fixed earth) opposing Venus in Scorpio (fixed water), which draws out the contrast between emotional stability vs. authentic interactions with others. We may be drawn to an edge only to find that if we risk releasing control, we find much more stability. This uncomfortable aspect is soon followed by a trine between Jupiter in Virgo (mutable earth) and the Moon. Earth wins the battle, which may result in extravagant spending. You’ve been warned.
Wednesday, December 23. Ahh, those mutable signs, so fun-loving (usually) and so prone to jittery nerves. Today is all about that contrast. The Moon in Gemini (mutable air) forms a challenging t-square aspect with Neptune in Pisces (mutable water) and Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire). It is possible to turn off the over-stimulating input and find a way to enjoy every encounter today. Remember to satisfy your need to share and learn while anchoring into inner peace (Neptune). Saturn encourages honest self-reflection.
Thursday, December 24. Much of the conflict for the last couple of weeks appears to be behind us. But, if you’ve been repressing anger, then today’s transits could loosen your control over your frustrations. The Moon in Gemini (mutable air) makes a square aspect to the nodes. This happens twice a month, but could be all the fuel we need to trigger a release. With the Moon in Gemini for most of the day, the focus may be on communication. How frustrating is it to understand others? People may show their exasperating side today. Not all is stressful. Last minute Christmas shopping is stimulated by a sextile between Venus in Scorpio (fixed water) and Jupiter in Virgo (mutable earth). Just remember, everyone else will be in the stores too. If you are the type who enjoys crowds, go for it. Otherwise, you may use the time to notice what is motivating the need to buy more right now. Uncomfortable emotion (Scorpio) and feelings of imperfection (Virgo) could be behind the impulse.
December 25—Full Moon: Illuminating. Remember the Taoist symbol for yin and yang today under this winter Full Moon. The swirling image of a circle of light and dark with small contrasting dots shows that within any extreme, the seed of the opposite quality resides. There is no good and bad between the extremes, only information and potential when we can integrate them. Today, the Moon in Cancer opposes the Sun in Capricorn showing us the extremes of summer’s abundance (Cancer season) with winter’s restrictions (Capricorn’s season). Other qualities are in opposition too. As a water sign, Cancer processes through emotion, providing nurturance and support. As an earth sign, Capricorn process through judgment, weighing the pros and cons and outcomes. This law of opposites helps us with intention as well as self-awareness. If I want to have more Capricornian authority then, it would be a good idea to look at my needs to mother and caretake others. They are related. Being in good balance with my authority and my obligations to others, helps me to access both qualities in my life.
Saturday, December 26. The Cancer (cardinal water) Moon comes out fighting today. The issue may very well be that we don’t feel appreciated enough. This is place Cancer knows well and is a warning sign that we aren’t doing enough self-care. Today, the Moon opposes Pluto, squares Uranus, opposes Mercury, and squares Mars. Your experience may be that someone else is resentful of taking care of you. The best qualities of the cardinal signs will take responsibility for themselves when they are reminded. Relationships may need some honest airing of frustrations today. In the public arena, people may be feeling even more polarized and defensive. Give others room to vent.
Sunday, December 27. The Moon entering Leo (fixed fire) will most likely feel like a breath of fresh air. After an intensive experience of hearth and family, we are ready for some fun and self-expression. Fortunately, the Moon makes no major aspects with any other planet today (in the CST zone), and the only aspect it does make in western time zones is a helpful trine with Saturn. Saturn’s influence will encourage temperance as we let loose a little.