Category: Astrological News
As the editor of the Astrology Arizona newsletter, I compose an overview of each month. Today we take a look at the primary factors for the month.
The Overview for December
This year the month of December brings major changes, with Mars leaving Scorpio and entering Sagittarius, activating the effects of the recent Lunar and Solar eclipses in huge ways! Add Venus going retrograde and Jupiter’s final transit of the Transfiguration Zone en route to re-entering its home sign of Pisces, and it’s easy to see there’s going to be major changes in all of us!
Now that Mercury is past the Superior Conjunction and out in front of the Sun, it’s begun to slow in speed, preparing to go retrograde in mid-January. Venus is slow all month, and with its retrograde we’ll take a look back at all things Venusian in our Capricorn sector with an eye to why we believe we like certain things, or are holding on to our Venusian expression in that life area. As Mercury enters its shadow zone at the end of the month with Venus already well into its retrograde period, we’ll begin to see things from the past with an entirely different understanding about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.
The Solar Eclipse at the beginning of the month kicks off 4 years of the “Cosmic recyclers” visiting our mid-Sagittarius sector, with great gifts and serendipitous interactions promised by this very favorable Total Solar Eclipse. It’s long and strong and extraordinarily beneficial, so accept your rewards for “discharging your duties under abnormal conditions” as you eliminate everything in your life which would obstruct your “inspired Self” to come forth.
This period of the year begins the next “grand compression” of planets as the inners close in on the outer planet span between late Capricorn and mid-Taurus. Over the next few weeks we’re going to have a crowded house wherever we have Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius!
This month Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius are the main focus, with all the visible planets in those signs. Because of the coming compression of planets in January and February, this month continues the Bowl pattern except when the Moon is outside the span between December 19 and 28. The creator of the 7 possible patterns, Marc Edmund Jones, states the Bowl pattern is marked by a division between the known and unknown, what we have to offer and what needs to be filled. By January this will become a Bundle pattern, with everything clustered in about a third of the zodiac.
We’re still experiencing the aftermath of Saturn’s station on a degree of “a child born out of the Cosmic Egg,” promising manifestations from Cosmos not “born of a local tradition!” We are now moving toward “the appearance” of something representing Aquarian energy arising from all which we haven’t realized so far. This will begin to manifest as the inner planets transit 7 Aquarius between early January and mid-March.
We’ve also begun our current Jupiterian “training to pick up and deliver spiritual power,” which will find the “promise of expression” of our ability to deliver forms of that power in managed ways in early December. We will see these begin to take shape as the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars roll through the end of Aquarius between late February and mid-April.
Since April, we’ve all been through forms of major transfiguration accelerating our spiritual growth. We’ve now all “graduated into a new realm of Being” and this month Jupiter transits “the Transfiguration Zone” for a third time, opening doors which will be powered up between the middle of February and the middle of April 2022. Saturn will show us how this is part of our larger destiny in 2023 and beyond.
Saturn has now shown us techniques of direct accomplishment and an acceleration of our evolutionary potential once we have a vision, a plan, and a good time to execute the procedure. As Saturn rules Capricorn and Aquarius, those parts of our chart are where we’re now moving into a new expression of “Cosmos” and a new sense of what we’re here to accomplish which fulfills our purpose. In 2022, Saturn will “make real” what Jupiter has promised this year.
Planets Slowing Down and Shifting Signs
December begins with Uranus retrograde, Neptune stationary direct, and Venus slowing to retrograde. Because Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all direct, they’re speeding up, and giving us a third look at the degrees they’re in. This month Neptune remains on its stationary degree, showing us we’ve reached a platform of expansive “tactile awareness” in our ability to “feeling-connect” pretty much any way we want. Pluto’s back on the degree of the World Soul, reinforcing our core connection to Source. Venus retrograde will give us a look back at all the Capricorn conjunction cycles we’ve been in since January/March 2020 so we can review what we appreciate about where we’re at, and the value of those disciplines and structures as we prepare to leap forward in 2022.
As Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and the Sun change signs this month, it indicates that the rulers of EIGHT of our houses and signs (Aries, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Pisces; the Sun is the spiritual co-ruler of Cancer) will experience a distinctive change in those areas of our chart. Mercury, ruler of Gemini and Virgo, will give us two sign experiences (Sagittarius and Capricorn), Mars, ruler of Aries and Scorpio, will give us two sign experiences (Scorpio and Sagittarius), Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius and Pisces, will give us two sign experiences (Aquarius and Pisces), and the Sun, ruler of Leo and Cancer, will give us two (Sagittarius and Capricorn). This clearly indicates a lot of activity in the Sagittarius and Capricorn sectors of our chart!
Mars in Scorpio is in its “home” sign, so it’s naturally familiar with those intense energies. Mars, the planet of direct action, supposedly does well in Scorpio, but we must remember that all intensity and no relaxation makes for a tense life, particularly in our relationships. Mars in Scorpio is good for concentrated focus, but while it’s still in the last decan of Scorpio during the first half of December, it will prove agitating to those with planets in the last 10 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.
It moves into Sagittarius at mid-month, and moves through the first 13 degrees of that sign during the last half of December, when it will agitate planets we may have in the first 13 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, and Sagittarius. Mars is harmonious in Sagittarius, as per the fire side of Mars’ nature. Mars in Sag with its ruler Jupiter in Aquarius will be a far different experience than Mars in Scorpio ruling itself!
In December, Mars makes a mixed bag of aspects, beginning the month with a sextile to Pluto and square to Jupiter. That’s followed by Mars quintile Saturn from December 4-12, and then Mars tredecile Neptune from December 14-19. Mars septiles Venus from December 17-23, and then triseptiles Uranus and biseptiles Neptune between December 20-26. The last week of the month shows Mars binovile Jupiter, novile Mercury, semisquare Pluto, quincunx Uranus, and semisquare Mercury (which continues that aspect to Pluto.)
As I’ve offered before, when Mars is within a degree of forming or separating while making a hard aspect with a planet, slow down and show deliberation and caution in how you use force, with an eye to moderating or antidoting impulsiveness and impatience. Mars aspects this month show great serendipity, followed by the intense friction of the squares, requiring good Leo energies in all of us.
December is a month when the first half features one combination and the second half another. We begin the month with a late Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn accent. After the sign changes in mid-month, the spotlight is on Sagittarius and Capricorn. Along with Jupiter and Saturn both in Aquarius, it continues to put a heavy emphasis on those parts of our chart.
The Aquarius-Taurus Tension This Year
The square is exact this month! While the T-squares are done for the year except for those made by the Moon, the square is again exact all month, putting major action into sectors where we have 9-14 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. This square shows the need to stay focused on what’s really pertinent while disregarding older or unimportant interference. After this final square of 2021, Saturn and Uranus will move into a binovile by late February, with one final square to come beginning August and lasting until early December 2022.
The first square from Saturn to Uranus in February was from 8 Aquarius to 8 Taurus; the second was in June, with Saturn retrograde at 14 Aquarius square Uranus at 14 Taurus; the third happens just after the December 2021 Solstice with Saturn direct at 12 Aquarius and Uranus retrograde at 12 Taurus. These waning (upper) squares between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus mark the culmination of the cycle of these power planets which was set into motion when Saturn conjuncted Uranus in 1988. Interestingly, in 1999-2000 Saturn in Taurus made its waxing (lower) square to Uranus in Aquarius, so this year activates conflicts dating back 20 years.
Jupiter’s transit of 17-24 Aquarius in March opened what Saturn will secure in 2022, and Jupiter’s transit of 25-29 Aquarius in April opened what Saturn will secure initially between May and July 2022, and fully crystallize in January, February, and early March 2023. This month Jupiter will make its final pass through the span between 26 Aquarius and 1 Pisces, showing we’re on our way to the third “open door to Transfiguration,” so make the most of it!
We’re Actors On A New Stage With A New Set
The Grand Mutation of Jupiter conjunct Saturn at 1 Aquarius began a new 20 year Aquarian Era in December 2020, as well as a new 200 year Era, moving global energies out of Earth and into Air. We’ve begun to grow beyond the materialism of the past 200 years and have entered two centuries of Air emphasis, with its qualities of relatedness, receptivity, versatility, movability, lightness, and cooperative ideas, visions, and ideals.
The 2020 Solar eclipse on the Summer Solstice is still facilitating a grand reorientation in our lives, including an acceptance of new allegiances and life directions, and the December 2020 Solar eclipse at 24 Sagittarius is still helping us remove blocks to our happiness. The June Solar eclipse at 20 Gemini is already removing irrelevant and extraneous ideas and considerations from our decision making process, and the extremely beneficial Total Solar Eclipse at 13 Sagittarius in early December promises major gifts and unique interactive opportunities which will be perfect for whatever we need. Rewards are coming these next 4 years!
We’re still "under the beams" of the Solar Eclipses we experienced in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, and these “cosmic recyclers” continue to remove all that we no longer need in our lives. Take note of where you have 1 Cancer, 24 and 13 Sagittarius, and 20 Gemini, since 1 Cancer aligns us with a larger reality, 24 Sagittarius helps us find happiness, 13 Sagittarius gives us a new identity and love, and 20 Gemini removes what cannot be assimilated or communicated.
The mid-June Solar Eclipse at 20 Gemini continues to shut down parts of our lives in that sector for 5 years to come. All the eclipses in Gemini and Sagittarius are removing old ideas, old perspectives, old truths, and old futures. The recent Lunar Eclipse at 28 Taurus/Scorpio will remove blockages to our ability to connect with source and find genuine rejuvenation these next few months. All in all, these are some very favorable eclipses wherever they fall in our charts!
As we study how successive Eclipses have affected various areas of our charts and lives, we can get a sense of the utility of these “Cosmic Recyclers” in removing what we no longer needed in those areas, creating a void which attracted new life experiences. They invite us to look back, and then forward, to see the continuity of “letting go, taking in, letting go, taking in” across the years.
The Grand Irrationality
In December the Sun, Mercury, and Mars trigger the 7-pointed “Star of Destiny" I’ve termed The Grand Irrationality in a big way! The first activation happens at the end of November and first two days of December when Mercury and the Sun triseptile Uranus and biseptile Neptune. This is repeated by Mars between December 20 and 26 when Mars makes the same aspects. As you know by now, these aspects represent “forks in the road of destiny,” affecting individuals and nations wherever the seven zones in the configuration occur in our charts.
All the septile-series 7th harmonic aspects trigger crucial choices and changes at “forks in the road of destiny.” I have written extensively about “The Grand Irrationality” which has been active for many years at this site and why all of humanity is forging its future destiny at this time. If you have a planet or point near any of the seven zones, your life is sure to be affected. In December these zones are around 28 Capricorn – 2 Aquarius, 19-23 Pisces, 10-14 Taurus, 4-8 Cancer, 25-29 Leo, 16-20 Libra, and 7-11 Sagittarius.
If things seem irrational and don’t make much sense, there’s always a septile-series aspect in the mix. During the periods these 7th harmonic aspects are in play, if things get a little weird or crazy, just go slow and be clear about the choices you’re making. While a lot won’t “make sense,” it doesn’t have to; all we must do is be clear about what we’re doing and why. Even though it may bring interactions with unreasonable or irrational people, we still have the power to respond in productive ways.
As with “hard” aspects to and from Mars, if that planet (or really any planet) is involved in any non-rational aspect, whether one to our natal Mars or transiting Mars making a non-rational aspect to one of our planets, it’s a time to be cautious during the period when the aspect is within a degree of forming or separating. Things have a way of getting strange during 7th harmonic aspects, so those are times to be especially deliberate and thoughtful in choosing our responses.
Primary Action Beats for the First Half of the Month
December begins with Mercury and the Sun quincunx Uranus and quintile Pluto, showing specialization of “economy of energy” helping us get things done, even if adjustments must be made and health needs to be managed. Because Mars is square Jupiter, we can build the “quintessential elements of Being” through the Sag quintile to Jupiter and release those specialized gifts through Mars. While the Mars/Jupiter square puts pressure on planets or points we may have near 24-28 Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, as well as 9-13 Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn, it will also bring strength, harmony, understanding, and productivity to planets or points we have near 24-28 of ALL the signs due to Mars harmonizing planets in the late degrees of the Earth and Water signs and Jupiter harmonizing planets in the late degrees of the Fire and Air signs.
The first three days of December are an “Old Moon,” so pull back, consolidate, and prepare for the “widow stirred into a rebirth of love,” which will “reveal a new identity” after the New Moon Total Solar Eclipse on December 3 (December 4 in most of the world). That is an incredibly favorable eclipse, as was the recent Lunar eclipse, so prepare for renewal, rejuvenation, and a new life.
The entire first week is dominated by the Solar eclipse, Mars sextile Pluto, Mercury square Neptune, and Mars square Jupiter. Again, the Mars/Pluto aspect favors all planets we have in the last decan of the Earth and Water signs, and Mars releases the favorable Jupiter energies, so this aspect can be very favorable. Mercury square Neptune requires that we stay clear about what roles we are or aren’t playing, as well as be alert while driving, since this is a classic “space out” aspect!
The second week features the first Venus conjunct Pluto, Mercury sextile Jupiter, and Sun square Neptune. Welcome to a time of purification and seeing to the core of things! Mercury sextile Jupiter “brings the news” and creates productive coordination in the areas ruled by these two planets which will be reinforced by the Solar sextile the third week of the month. Again, stay clear, open to enlightened views of the collective fields, pay attention to details, and remember there are many ways to interpret and communicate any given thing. The second week closes out with Mercury entering Capricorn and Mars entering Sagittarius.
Primary Action Beats for the Second Half of the Month
The third week of the month brings us Mercury square Chiron on the day of the Full Moon. That Full Moon will show us the light of combining beauty with functionality, expressed through a release from old pressures we no longer need to bear. December 19 brings Venus retrograde and Chiron direct, beginning a swirl of a look back on Venusian areas and a resumption of forward motion in our process of healing into our higher Self through knowing how to concentrate to see the whole picture. That day also has Sun sextile Jupiter, harmonizing all our charts in the late Fire and Air sectors.
The third week ends with Mercury trine Uranus and the Winter Solstice. The Solstice chart shows a powerful “disjunctive Yod,” with the Moon quincunx Jupiter in Aquarius and quincunx the Sun in Capricorn just past its sextile to Jupiter. That implies the Moon in late Cancer and early Leo will put a “double expansion through sacrifice” focus in that part of our chart for the 90 days following the Solstice.
The last 10 days of the month put us in the heart of Saturn square Uranus throwing voids into 12 Leo and Scorpio, so accept what you’ve left behind in 2021 because of where you’re at on the “evolutionary ladder,” and continue to meet and greet others at the highest “ambassadorial” level of interaction. Mars trine Chiron with Venus RX conjunct Pluto on Christmas Day should help us understand the inspiration we need to heal into our Higher Self, and if emotions get intense, it’s just burning up whatever would block your heart from manifesting in the future. Strong memories could come up with Venus again conjunct Pluto, so accept the truth the Sage George Harrison sang all those years ago, “all things must pass away.”
The month closes with Mercury sextile Neptune on the 26th, Mars quincunx Uranus and Jupiter enters Pisces on the 28th, Mercury conjunct Venus, Sun square Chiron, and Mars sextile Saturn on the 29th, and Mercury conjunct Pluto on December 30th. Intuition and x-ray vision are easy to access at that time, and plans made should be solid. Just play it a bit cautious on New Year’s Eve, as the Moon is conjunct Mars and square Neptune! Even the Sun trine Uranus must be managed, since Saturn is still in powerful square to Uranus, so build through the Sun and release through Uranus.
This is the twentieth and last month of the North Node in Gemini era, showing that we’re finishing the line of greatest evolutionary development through seeing the countless ways there are to learn and communicate, especially with an eye to actional discoveries leading us to unexpected gifts and blessings.
Because Saturn is now dominating the stage of life as the final dispositor to all planets except Neptune, keep demonstrating patience and vision based in how you’ve lightened and brightened your life where you have Aquarius in your chart. As I’ve mentioned in past newsletters, this year we’re being tested to use the (almost) non-stop friction of the Taurus/Aquarius square to launch new visions, new models, new interactions, and new teamwork.
With that square throwing voids into Leo and Scorpio, take heart and be strong, since nothing can defeat our inner spiritual warrior! BE the “Light and Mind” of Leo and Scorpio; show heart, take heart, trust the heart, strengthen the heart, and radiate the Love you ARE to your world, expressed through your conscious focus, concentration, and intention.
Because of the recent eclipses, we have an extraordinarily beneficial, serendipitous, and specializing period ahead of us. This month we continue our transfiguration process, vision, and adventure and expand into the emergent field of “Cosmic Mutations” resulting from Saturn’s station in October. Having eliminated and regenerated through the Scorpio T-squares to Saturn and Uranus, we can now freely embrace the adventures promised in Sagittarius. The expanding group work continues, so remember we're all more aware, capable, and stronger together than we are separately.
The Sun in Sagittarius is a time to see the Light of a greater future and greater truths as the ultimate goal of the emergent Aquarian energy. We now finish the first year of the new Aquarian era, and move through our third and final “graduation into a new realm of Being,” with new openings for those who are willing to live as a unique spark of Light within infinite fields of Light.
As we’ve launched into a new 20 year and 200 year cycle, remember a new era has dawned, so have courage and take the initiative to leave the Earth and fly free into the Air of what’s opening as the Grand Mutation expands its promise into the Divine transfigured ideal of a more just truth and future we glimpsed in Libra, concentrated into focused power in Scorpio, expanded into new truths and futures in Sagittarius to be crafted into forms of personal power in Capricorn.
Since I also include this in the newsletter, I’ll offer it to you here:
PLANETARY MOTIONS IN DECEMBER 2021
SUN – 10 Sagittarius To 11 Capricorn
MERCURY – 11 Sagittarius to 28 Capricorn
VENUS – 21 Capricorn to 27 Capricorn back to 24 Capricorn
MARS – 22 Scorpio to 13 Sagittarius
JUPITER – 26 Aquarius to 1 Pisces
SATURN – 10 to 12 Aquarius
URANUS – 12 back to 11 Taurus
NEPTUNE – 21 Pisces (all month)
PLUTO – 26 Capricorn (all month)
TRUE NORTH NODE – 2 Gemini (all month)
SIGNIFICANT ASTROLOGICAL OCCURRENCES IN DECEMBER 2021
NEPTUNE STATIONARY DIRECT; December 1 at 21 Pisces
NEW MOON SOLAR ECLIPSE – December 3/4; Sun and Moon at 13 Sagittarius
MARS ENTERS SAGITTARIUS; December 13
MERCURY ENTERS CAPRICORN; December 13
FULL MOON – December 18; Sun 28 Sagittarius, Moon 28 Gemini
VENUS STATIONARY RETROGRADE; December 19 at 27 Capricorn
CHIRON STATIONARY DIRECT; December 19 at 9 Aries
SUN ENTERS CAPRICORN/WINTER SOLSTICE; December 21
MERCURY ENTERS ITS SHADOW ZONE; December 29 at 25 Capricorn
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November was an extraordinary roundtable discussion on the recent Lunar Eclipse and the coming Solar eclipse, as well as how solar return positions might influence or be influenced by the progressed positions. December we’ll take a look back at the “Predictions for 2021” which was the topic of our January 2021 meeting, preparing us for our January 2022 meeting where we’ll again feature predictions from dozens of astrologer for what to expect next year! Please consider joining the group and coming to the party! Membership allows you a discount on all talks, and a free ad for your business on our website. You can find out more at our website or by writing me.
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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