Astrology Report for Dec 2016 ~ Full Moon, Mercury Retro and More…
There is a lot of friendly energy this month, making it a great holiday month to connect with old friends, meet new acquaintances, and to try out groups and organizations to expand your circle of people. Venus is in Aquarius December 7-January 2, and Mars is in Aquarius until December 19th. This is the sign where you get out of the house and share your higher ideals and aspirations. Aquarius is the sign that tends to know people on a lighter level (first name, not their family secrets). At the beginning of December, Mercury moves into the shadow of its coming retrograde cycle, December 19-January 8. While it is in Sagittarius, you are looking at your philosophy and beliefs to decide where you are ready to expand. During the Capricorn part of this communications breakdown cycle, you look at the very foundation of your life. Something is definitely being revised for the coming year. Winter Solstice on the 21st has a social Libra moon, making it a good time for a celebration. December 25th has the moon in its quiet void-of-course phase all day, and in private Scorpio. However, there are lots of happy Venus aspects on Christmas Day, so there is a mix of social time and private time. New Year’s Even has a friendly Aquarius moon but a small challenge between impatient Mars and spacey Neptune- great for a New Year’s Eve meditation but not great for drinking and driving.
Note #1: Scroll down to see the new quarterly forecast. This is published in New Consciousness Review.ncreview.com
Note #2: The Winter Solstice Quarterly Astromark Newsletter will be ready for your reading pleasure sometime after the 15th.
Note #3: Mark will be doing his annual “Planetary Shifts of 2017” talk in January in Tacoma and Bellevue, Washington on Jan. 19 & 20; and Portland, Oregon on Jan. 13. Details are on page 6 of the Quarterly Astromark Newsletter (fall issue is up early in December and the Winter issue will be uploaded before solstice. The talk will be recorded for out of area friends.
Note #4: There is a small price increase coming in 2017: $10 on the hourly rate for astrology and Earthlines ACG relocation astrology maps, and no increase on many of the services. Either schedule your consultation in December, or contact Mark in December to schedule your consultation before the end of January, and I shall hold the 201 rate. You can also purchase a gift certificate during December to use anytime in 2017.
Mercury just moved into the shadow period prior to turning retrograde December 19-January 8. During the shadow period prior to Mercury turning retrograde, you get a hint about what you will be doing during the retrograde. For holiday travelers, make certain that your vehicle is in good working order. You could also do advance research on communications and technology equipment you want to purchase during end of the year sales. On the evening of December 1, ambitious Mars in social Aquarius is trine Jupiter in relationship-seeking Libra. This is great for fun events and fun exercise (hikes in nature, skiing, dance, etc.). On Friday, mental Mercury moves into Capricorn, the sign it will spend most of its retrograde cycle in starting December 19th. Look at the core foundation of your life. This can include long term remodeling (self or property), future budget needs, and where you need to be responsible and/or communicate healthy boundaries in the year ahead. The moon is also in serious Capricorn on Thursday and Friday, so be sure to accomplish something tangible. The moon moves into Aquarius on Saturday to stimulate activities with friends, groups and organizations.
Get out of the house on Sunday to try something new and different under an experimental Aquarius moon. On Monday, the moon is void-of-course all day long, so tend to existing projects and humble tasks under this introspective influence. Tuesday evening is more playful if you want to meet a friend or lover for dinner and a movie. The moon is in Pisces Tuesday and Wednesday which supports music, meditation and movies. Tuesday evening has a gentle relationship with Mars and Uranus. Don’t do not want to do the same old boring stuff. On Wednesday, Venus moves into Aquarius until January 2. Although this is a friendly energy, Aquarius can initially be difficult to pin down as it can keep moving from person to person, and conversation to conversation. Use this harmonious combination to explore new groups and connect with new people, and wait until next month to determine who will stick around. It should be an interesting weekend as the energetic Sun makes harmony with optimistic Jupiter on Friday, urging you to do something expansive and outgoing. Then on Saturday, the Sun aligns with restrictive Saturn. Combine that with an earthy Taurus moon, and you will want to accomplish practical tasks this weekend. So it is a weekend of mixing play and pragmatism. Saturday morning is more work focused and the evening opens up for play.
Expect a few minor ups and downs on Sunday. The moon is in Taurus and wants to tend to tangible projects. At the same time, the activating Sun makes a harmonious trine to “I’ll try anything once” Uranus in “don’t bore me to death Aries.” One part of you wants to step out of your responsibilities and be wild & crazy, and another part of you has to much on your “to do” list to run off into eccentric land. It’s best to do something practical so you don’t feel guilty when your mind has had enough of the mundane world.
The Gemini-Sagittarius Full Moon is on Tuesday December 13th at 4:05 PM PST (23 degrees). Normally, this is a full moon for parties and social activity, especially with the holidays in sight. However, restrictive Saturn is tied into this full moon as is wounded-healer Chiron. On one level, you open to higher philosophical ideas and share with others in a light-hearted way. On another level, Saturn brings a certain seriousness to conversations, seeking to bring higher thoughts into the world in a way that actually works. People can be optimistic one moment and pessimistic the next. Utopian ideals get a taste of enlightened ideas but Saturnian patience is required with the world as it is today. Add a challenge from wounded healer Chiron into the mix, and you can create half-step solutions to problems and goals. If you are a centaur, half horse and half human, you are caught between worlds-the more idealistic world of Sagittarius and Gemini, and the pragmatic world of Saturn. Practice being in harmony with the timing of the universe rather than the speed you think the universe should be going. Still, it is a fun full moon. Get out and share with people but know there will be a mixture of joyful and serious topics of conversation. Know that many people are feeling wounded from the nasty election process. Let them share their fears of the future, but don’t dwell on it. Sagittarius and Gemini are positive-thinking signs, but Saturn often sees the negative and fearful side of life. Also be certain to tend to details and double check communications now, because Mercury begins its retrograde cycle on the 19th.
Moon in Cancer on Wednesday and Thursday most likely has you staying close to home, or going to dinner with your inner circle of family and friends. Moon in Leo for the weekend is great for play and social activities. Saturday is the stronger party day with happy, emotional moon aspects all day.
Keep life simple on Sunday, preparing for a busy week ahead. During the early hours of Monday morning, Mars moves into psychic Pisces until January 27th and Mercury turns retrograde in Capricorn/Sagittarius until January 8. Mars in Pisces is not a comfortable combination, but it is not bad. On one level, you look at your higher vision and determine what actions need to be taken to accomplish that higher vision. But it can also be a sleepy, dreamy combination where you are not motivated in any big way. Bring out your spiritual warrior for the next several weeks in order to take on a higher vibration project or goal. With Mercury retrograde, do behind the scenes planning. Review your year, and start to formulate ideas for what you would like to do in 2017. (As an example of good use of Mercury retrograde: I shall be preparing my January talk on Planetary Shifts of 2017– doing the behind the scenes preparation now for presentation after Mercury turns direct in January).
Winter Solstice is on December 21 at 2:45 AM PST. In a chart cast for the next three months, the moon has just entered the last quarter phase. That is an energy of consolidation, where you remove things, activities and people that are draining your energy- or at least improving your boundaries to reduce the outflow. The moon is in social Libra, so it is good to meet new people and open to new relationships of all kinds. There is an abundance of “cardinal signs.” These are the action oriented signs with Aries, Libra and Capricorn being emphasized now (and the other one is Cancer, not emphasized now). You get to re-balance your self-identity needs, your partnership needs, and your worldly responsibility requirements. Remember that Mercury is retrograde, so allow wiggle room in your future plans so you can adapt as your ideas evolve. Mercury is aligned with Pluto in the solstice chart, so decide what you must release in the months ahead (attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, weight, people, etc.). Jupiter and Uranus oppose each other now, a complicated combination that was involved in recent Presidential elections. It is like trying to mix harmony with revolution in your life now. On a very pleasant note, Venus is trine Jupiter in friendly Aquarius and relationship Libra. This supports meeting new people and expanding your circle of friends and associations. Overall, there is a mixture of bring your higher vision down to earth, reviewing your practical world, and letting go/bringing in relationships that are in philosophical harmony for the coming three months.
On Friday, the moon moves into Scorpio for the weekend. This is good for a quiet Christmas eve celebration for the introspective side of you. Also on the 24th, Saturn makes a trine to Uranus, combining stability and change in a good way. Tradition and traditional beliefs/views are in harmony with more eclectic views. (So you can still have three wise Babylonian astrologers at the manger, even though that was a myth created for the three gifts brought by scores of wise sages according to old Syriannic texts in the Vatican library.)
The moon is in its quiet void-of-course phase all day Sunday the 25th. However, there are three harmonious Venus aspects which make for a very pleasant day. It is an interesting Christmas Day with a private Scorpio moon and social Venus connections. Perhaps a combination of time with loved ones and quiet times is a good mix. On Monday, the moon is Sagittarius combined with Jupiter opposite Uranus is a wild day. Sagittarius believes in doing it big, so watch the budget if shopping on the 26th. Jupiter has been building to opposition with Uranus since the Presidential elections. Uranus is “expect the unexpected” and Jupiter believes that bigger is better. Consider where you need more freedom and innovation in your life as neither of these planets is happy when trapped in a closed environment.
The New Moon at 8 degrees Capricorn is on December 28th at 10:53 PM PST. The sun is also aligned with Mercury, representing the halfway point of the current Mercury retrograde cycle started back on the 19th. There are two clusters of planets in very different signs. Mars aligns with Neptune in dreamy Pisces. This is great for psychics and visionaries, but particularly bad for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You receive help in combining your ambition and your vision for the new year. At the same time, there is a strong, pragmatic Capricorn influence telling you to be practical. If you can find a way to bring the intuitive visionary together with mundane application of that higher vision, no one will get in your way in the coming month. However, it is also normal to float around in a space cadet way while waiting for your vision to come to you. Help it come to you through meditation or introspective ceremony, but don’t try to force it. There is also an ongoing trifecta challenge for the past two months through Uranus shaking up your reality, Jupiter pushing you to transform your belief systems, and Pluto asking you to “Let go and Let God.” The combination of the three planets is re-balancing your relationships, time for your Self, and the need to be in your power. Initially, this is a complicated mix, but you will be much stronger when you figure out how to get them working together. Mark will have more to say on these planets in his January talk “Planetary Shifts of 2017.”
Revolutionary Uranus ends his retrograde cycle (started in late July) on Thursday the 29th. Since it occurs very early in the morning, you may have trouble sleeping, or just have weird dreams. In the weeks ahead, this shift helps you open to innovative concepts, new technology, and exploring new friends and organizations. The moon moves into Aquarius on Friday and through New Year’s Eve. This continues the social energy of most of December, asking you to reach out beyond your comfort zone. On New Year’s Eve, Mars exactly aligns with Neptune. Avoid excessive alcohol or drugs all week under this combination. Bringing forth your spiritual warrior is a good thing for ambitious Mars and psychic Neptune. However, it can also represent a split- part of you that wants to stay up for the new year and a part of you just wants to go to sleep and put the old year behind you.
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