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Planetary Illuminations - December 2018

Planetary Illuminations - December 2018

MAJOR DECEMBER EVENTS

Mercury:  Mercury, ruler of communication and teller of tales, begins the month in retrograde motion and shifts from Sagittarius back into Scorpio where secrets are revealed and truths are exposed. Mercury turns direct on December 6th and completes the job in Scorpio when it re-enters Sagittarius on the 12th.  There is a shadow period of about a week on either side (here is an article explaining what that means).

Once Mercury moves back into Sagittarius on the 12th the mood will lighten.  Until then, we can use the Scorpionic intensity of the retrograde for research projects, analysis, reflection, and solving problems which have evaded us until now. 

Uranus has been retrograde, as it is for half of every year, and it will turn direct on January 6th.  As it slows down to change direction its influence will be more strongly felt than usual.  Uranus inspires us to break free of routines and inspires innovation and new ideas, so don't be surprised if around the middle of the month you suddenly spring into action, filled with enthusiasm for a new project or a big shift in your life. 

Full Moon Winter Solstice:  The astrological Solstice occurs when the Sun enters Capricorn (for my Southern Hemisphere friends this is actually the Summer Solstice).  Solstices and Equinoxes are important energetic gateways having to do with the balance of light and darkness.  At the Winter Solstice, the days are at their shortest and as humans we are pulled inwards into deep soul reflection. 

This year, a Full Moon at zero degrees Cancer marks the entry of the Sun into Capricorn.  The Full Moon is the height of the lunar cycle - the lunar energy of instinct and emotional truth is maximized, and the power fueled by the realm of feelings is at its height.  At the same time, the cycle of darkness and light is at its nadir.  The combination of these two effects opens a portal of energy which we can use to effect powerful change in our own life.  And I believe, in the world around us.  

DECEMBER DETAILS

With Mercury retrograding back into Scorpio on December 1st, you may notice a shift in the quality of communication and in the depth of your thinking.  Suddenly problems may seem bigger than they did even a few days ago, and answers required more urgently.  When Venus moves into Scorpio on the 2nd, the way we relate to each other may also feel more intense, and passions may run high.  

In addition, Pluto is aligned with the Black Moon Lilith during the first week of December.  Since the  Black Moon Lilith represents the primal feminine and Pluto inspires complete and total transformation, this first week of the month will bring a depth and unforgiving need for Truth into our relations with others.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it may be somewhat uncomfortable.  Ideally we will want to learn to speak our Truth from a place of compassion and understanding, rather than wait and wait until it explodes in a volcano of rage.

The 4th is a good day for patching up disagreements or medical procedures.  We may also find ourselves more easily able to understand another's point of view until some confusion thanks to Neptune arises on the 5th which may cloud the issue.  This potential for confusion will last through the New Moon on the 7th as Neptune interacts with both the Sun and Mars.   

The Sagittarius New Moon is an opportunity to begin a new adventure, and while we may feel lucky under the auspices Sagittarius that Neptune influence will make everything feel a little murky and unclear.  This is the perfect time for creative endeavors, or to spend time in meditation or absorbed in music and other forms of beauty which expand the heart.  But it's not the best time to begin a business transaction or to make definite plans of any kind.  

The fog will clear by December 10th, and the energies of the New Moon will still be available to pursue your adventure dreams.

Mercury enters Sagittarius on the 12th which will help us to expand our vision and enhance the positivity of our general outlook. 

Throughout the month Neptune and Pluto harmonize with Ceres, supporting our endeavors to feed ourselves with love and nutrition.  This is not a time for the ascetism of fasting or restrictin - it's a time when we can connect spiritually and become transformed through the love of food and nourishment. 

The 15th through 17th are generally harmonious days of comfort and ease, but on the 19th we may feel a bit out of sorts for a day or so and could be more vulnerable to colds and flu of the season.  This will clear up on the 20th. 

The Full Moon in Cancer marks the Solstice as the Sun enters Capricorn (see the Major Events section above for more details about that, and watch for more information at Astrological Musings.

The Cancerian Full Moon is packed full of feeling and emotion, and the power of that emotion has the potential to transform your life for good and for ill.  When we harness our emotions to our Will, we create magic.  A little bit of intention can go a long way towards creating a lasting and positive transformation. 

Following the power of the Solstice Full Moon portal, we have a day of potential confusion on the 24th followed by a few days of gentle planetary movements that support but leave no lasting effect.  Watch for hurt feelings on the 29th, and then just after the New Year Uranus, planet of change, will reverse course and help to propel us firmly into the New Year.

PLANETARY CALENDAR (dates and times are Eastern time zone)

12/1  Mercury Rx enters Scorpio
12/2  Mercury trine North Node
          Venus enters Scorpio
          Sun square Mars
12/4  Mercury trine Chiron
12/5  Sun square Neptune
12/6  Mercury turns direct
12/7  New Moon 15 Sagittarius, 2:20 am
          Mars conjunct Neptune
12/9  Chiron turns direct
12/10  Mercury trine North Node
12/12  Mercury enters Sagittarius
12/13  Neptune trine Ceres
12/16  Venus sextile Saturn
12/17  Mars sextile Pluto
12/19  Sun square Chiron
12/20  Sun trine Uranus
12/21  Venus trine Neptune
           Mercury conjunct Jupiter
           Sun enters Capricorn (Winter Solstice)
12/22  Full Moon 1 Cancer, 12:48 pm
12/23  Chiron trine North Node
12/24  Mercury square Neptune
12/27  Venus conjunct Ceres
12/28  Mars trine North Node
           Venus sextile Pluto
12/29  Mars conjunct Chiron
12/30  Pluto sextile Ceres
12/31  Mars enters Aries
1/2      Sun conjunct Saturn 
1/6      Uranus turns direct

Lynn Hayes has been a consulting astrologer since the mid-1980s, working with clients to achieve greater self-understanding and empowerment. She uses the birthchart to identify psychological and evolutionary patterns and systems, and then uses a process using a powerful combination of methods including "vision crafting" to permit breakthroughs in all areas of your life and heal old wounds that can prevent you from moving forward. Clients report rapid progress in breaking through areas where they formerly felt "stuck," and achieving a level of self-understanding not before known. http://www.astrodynamics.net

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