Forecast for December 2016

Long-Term Shifts in 2016

In 2016, a gathering of four planets in Mutable signs—Chiron, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune—assures that the world’s Virgos, Pisceans, Geminis and Sagittarians will not be allowed to sit still for long (as if they ever could!). Natives of these signs will be going through a lot of changes over a 3-year period, in which we are presently in year 2.

Saturn is traveling through Sagittarius this year. Thank goodness it’s done with Scorpio! Fixed natives (Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius) can finally relax their vigilance—Saturn won’t be bothering you for another 5 years. Now Mutable natives come under the gun because while in Sagittarius, Saturn squares Neptune—see  this: Fear Turns Dreams Into Nightmares.

This year Jupiter has traveled back and forth in Virgo, bringing luck and fortune to Mutable signs everywhere (Virgos, Geminis, Pisceans, Sagittarians). While in Virgo, Jupiter trined Pluto, opposed Chiron and squared Saturn. Jupiter has now moved out of Virgo and has entered Libra, getting ready to spread the love to Cardinal signs everywhere as we move into 2017.

Want to know more about the planetary influences of this year? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits in the Year 2016.

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts.  Will they affect you?  Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Planetary Stations and Retrogrades

2016 goes out with a bang: late in the month, three connections occur between slow-moving planets. These will be the dominating themes of 2017 and they all initiate during the holiday season.

First, on December 24th, Saturn trines Uranus. People with this alignment in their birth chart have a natural ability to change the system from within, because for them, innovation joins forces with tradition. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if some progressive changes are integrated smoothly with “the way we’ve always done it” this year?

Following quick on the heels of that one, Jupiter opposes Uranus on December 26th. This pits faith against reason, zealotry against fact and religion against science. Turbulence ahead, folks!

And finally, on December 28th, Saturn squares Chiron, bringing the archetype of the Wounded Authority to the fore. Will leadership harm or heal? It remains to be seen. December’s This is the first pass of three, finishing in November and somewhat ominously perhaps, it precisely conjuncts Donald Trump’s Moon at 21º Sagittarius and closely opposes his Sun at 20º Gemini.

Other interesting stuff this month includes Mercury going retrograde on December 19th and Uranus going direct on the 29th. Taken all together, the second half of this month will set up the “whole new ball game” that is to be 2017.

This Month’s Free Teleclass: The Moon in Sagittarius

Your Moon sign is the key to contentment, happiness and the ability to rest deeply. When you engage in the self-care suggested by your Moon sign, you feel deeply secure because the Moon describes how you like to be mothered.

If you’ve got the Moon in Sag (say it “Sadge”) in your natal chart, you are a free spirit. Having big spaces around you and being “free to move about the cabin” is more than just a want with you—it’s a need. Your sunny nature opens door wherever you go. But while keeping it light and positive soothes you, beware of squashing or ignoring the darker emotions when they occur. We all need to grieve sometimes and “putting on a happy face” will only hinder that process.

More about the Moon in Sagittarius here.

Register for a free teleclass all about YOUR Moon sign.

If you don’t know what sign your Moon is in, this page will help you find out:  How to use Astro.com to cast your free astrology chart.

Mercury Watch

Mercury begins December moving at a good clip, but soon slows down in preparation for a retrograde journey beginning on December 19. How can you prepare for the possible snarl-ups and miscommunications to come? Mercury will be retrograde in Capricorn which brings career miscommunications and mistakes. You can batten down the hatches by reading about it here: This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades.

Seasons

Sagittarius begins the month of December with a bright, fiery mood generated by this Mutable Fire sign. Cheerful Sagittarius is the sign most associated with hope and faith. In the season of Sagittarius we consume the last of the perishables we have harvested before hunkering down for a serious winter mood in Capricorn.  In Sagittarius we feast and grow fat, so that we have enough to carry us through the dark of the year. We are generous to our neighbors, because they will huddle with us round the fire and help us keep the spark alive. This year Sagittarius runs until December 21.

The first day of Capricorn is also the winter solstice, the day when the “sun stands” still (that’s what “solstice” means) in its yearly journey north and south of the equator. On the winter solstice the sun reaches the southernmost point in its path, warming the southern hemisphere and creating summer there, while its absence cools the northern hemisphere and creates winter there. Capricorn nights are long in the north and the winter solstice is the longest, darkest one. Thus does Capricorn remind us to take a serious look at life and prepare to achieve under the difficult conditions of winter.

Lunations

Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

Full Moon in 22º Gemini: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

December’s Full Moon fills in 5 points of a six-pointed star—a tremendously harmonious and even lucky configuration, with just enough stress to be interesting. The Gemini Moon trines Jupiter and Mars in Air signs while Saturn conjuncts the Sun in Sagittarius and Uranus trines it. Strong coalitions involving angry logic will face off against volatile rebels for an epic “clash of the titans.” This is likely to cause said coalitions to become further entrenched in their views. I wonder what new stories will appear?

New Moon in 7º Capricorn: Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Mars is moving swiftly this month and manages to align with the Moon again at her new phase, this time by harmonious sextile aspect. Fortunately, in Pisces Mars is likely to be more gentle but watch for more battles involving faith versus logic, as Mars is conjunct the Piscean South Node while the Moon trines the more rational Virgo North Node. Perhaps such battles can be resolved with a minimum of bloodshed or verbal violence?

December’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Long Nights Moon.

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12/1/2016, Mars trines Jupiter: Enjoy an extra dose of gusto and enthusiasm today! You’ll have the confidence to take that leap of faith.

12/2/2016, Mercury, planet of communication, enters the practical sign of Capricorn. Thoughts flow better with structure.

12/3/2016, Mars sextiles Saturn: Your energy is revitalized by having a clear focus. More is accomplished when you organize your tasks.

12/6/2016, Mars sextiles Uranus: You may be making quick and unexpected decisions today. Your impulses are aligned for fast action.

12/7/2016, Venus enters Aquarius: The planet of romance enters the quirky sign of Aquarius. Woo your boo with an unusual and unique surprise!

12/9/2016, Sun sextiles Jupiter: Great Sagittarian energy out there today! Enjoy it—expand your horizons in whichever way you want them to go.

12/10/2016, Mercury sextiles Neptune: Dream as big as you want. Once you have the vision, the practical steps can come clear later.

12/10/2016, Sun conjuncts Saturn: Feeling blocked or self-conscious? Don’t judge yourself. Funner times are coming, but not today.

12/11/2016, Sun trines Uranus: Feeling the need to break free from whatever confines you? Today you’ll find a constructive way.

12/11/2016, Sun squares Chiron: Has your ego taken a hit? Go ahead and lick your wounds, you can’t feel on top of it all every day.

12/13/2016, Full Moon in Gemini: This Full Moon should be a culminating point for any lingering conversations you may have with your partner.

12/16/2016, It’s one of those sometimes eerie days when the Moon makes no exact aspects. The feel is one of being emotionally adrift.

12/19/2016, Mars, planet of energy and drive, enters the dreamy sign of Pisces. How do you fuel your visions?

12/19/2016, Mercury turns retrograde: Don’t forget to save a copy of everything your are working on—lest technical difficulties erase your work.

12/21/2016, Sun enters Capricorn/Winter Solstice: The cold of winter is here—work consciously towards self sufficiency.

12/24/2016, Saturn trines Uranus: How can you integrate the old, established traditions with the progressive avant garde? Today may hold the answer.

12/25/2016, Venus trines Jupiter: Happy Holidays! These two planets will create a festive atmosphere with lots of gifts.

12/25/2016, Venus sextiles Uranus: Expect to open some zany presents this year. Wow, that gift from your mom was quite a surprise!

12/25/2016, Venus sextiles Saturn: It’s great to be surrounded by old friends and family at winter holiday time. The familiarity feels cozy and warm.

12/26/2016, Jupiter opposes Uranus: How have your beliefs been challenged lately? Has something unexpected shaken your foundation?

12/26/2016, Mercury sextiles Neptune: Flights of fancy can liberate your imagination. Creative juices are flowing—so pick up that pen or paintbrush!

12/27/2016, Sun sextiles Mars: The inner warrior in you is rearing and ready to go. You’ve got the confidence and drive to overcome your opponent.

12/28/2016, Sun conjuncts Mercury: Epiphany Day is here! What great discovery have you made since Mercury’s last retrograde?

12/28/2016, Mercury sextiles Mars: Your decision-making is super efficient and quick today. No time to deliberate on a subject—just do it!

12/28/2016, Saturn squares Chiron: Feeling like you are not completing your life’s mission can be extremely painful. Use that pain to forward change.

12/28/2016, New Moon in Capricorn: Jump start the coming year with new work projects and clarified ambition.

12/29/2016, Uranus turns stationary direct: Ready to implement changes lingering from last year before the new year begins? Today’s the day.

12/30/2016, Sun sextiles Neptune: What vision do you have for 2017? Make your resolutions today with water; toast them tomorrow with champagne.

12/31/2016, Mars conjuncts Neptune: It’s going to be a boozy New Year’s party! The drive of Mars is fueling the intoxicating influence of Neptune.

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