In the Stars December 15-22, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week

There is tremendous positive energy this week. Strong alignments offer great potential for ardent, creative, and transformative expression. Saturn is closing in on Pluto, only two degrees away, growing toward their first exact powerful conjunction on January 12th. Jupiter, Venus, Ceres, and the South Node are in Capricorn as well, and the Sun will join the sober gathering on December 21st/22nd, the Winter Solstice. Mars in Scorpio is ambitious, focused, and driven, and much can be accomplished while it is in this sign through January 3rd. There is an annular Solar Eclipse on December 25th. Uranus and Jupiter are in trine aspect in earth signs, innovative energy for practical change. Mars and Neptune are trine in water signs, heightening intuition, compassion, and determination.

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Sunday is playful, fun, and exciting, colored by a Leo Moon. Jupiter and Uranus perfect in trine aspect. Unexpected good luck is in the air. Be open to new ideas. A Jupiter-Uranus trine is an aspect of sudden good fortune.

In the light of a fiery, playful Leo Moon, roll out of bed early and get some vigorous exercise. Work that Moon-Mars square through physical movement; otherwise it could manifest in frustration and heated emotion. At 2:10 p.m. PST the Moon becomes void of course, so then focus on routine tasks.

Tuesday and Wednesday the Moon is in mutable earth Virgo, the zodiac sign and the time of the month to put your life in order. In preparation for the holidays, the planetary alignments these days will help you get a lot accomplished—quickly and efficiently. On Tuesday the Virgo Moon forms a Grand Earth Trine with Jupiter in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus. This Grand Trine is a fortunate, expansive and innovative, especially welcome in the face of the coming Solar Eclipse and the closing Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Make the most of it.

Wednesday holds super-productive cosmic alignments. An early morning Moon-Mars sextile calls us to vigorous exercise. Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn make a benefic trine to the Virgo Moon. We can get a lot accomplished—maybe even move a mountain. Use the great energy of this day to help you prepare well for the coming holidays.

Mars makes a benefic sextile to Saturn on Thursday, calling us to focus on our responsibilities and get things accomplished. On the other hand, a Mercury-Neptune square makes us dreamy and unfocused. Blending these energies, we are invited to focus on work duties during the day and later, in the evening, relax and watch a movie.

Friday bears the alignment of the Moon in its angular weekly aspect to Saturn and Pluto. This aspect bears emotional intensity. What in your life calls out for big change? The Moon is in Libra, and wants to be with others, especially the beloved or close friends. Make it a social evening in a beautiful setting.

The Winter Solstice arrives on Saturday evening, December 21st, as the Sun moves into Capricorn tropically. The Moon moves into the deep, dark waters of Scorpio, and forms a tense T-square with Venus and Uranus. This could be an emotionally intense day, including perhaps some feeling of jealousy. Try to take this day easy. and give yourself a lot of emotional space. When the Moon is in Scorpio, we need some solitude.

Sunday, Hanukkah, is an extremely active day in the cosmos with numerous planetary aspects. Venus-square-Uranus most likely will result in something surprising! Mars makes a benefic sextile to Pluto, good for getting a lot accomplished. There may be a lot on your “to do” list this last weekend day before Christmas. If so, take advantage of the strong energy: lean in, and you can accomplish miracles.

On Monday morning the Moon bounces into optimistic Sagittarius, and makes a benefic trine to healer Chiron. Get some strong exercise. A benefic Moon-Venus sextile softens our focus, and draws us to attend to the remainder of our shopping list, and relax a bit before the intensity of the holidays—and Solar Eclipse—ahead.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Playful, exciting day with unexpected good luck.

Monday: Energetic start, and then after 2:10 p.m. focus on routine tasks.

Tuesday: Fortunate, expansive, innovative day when much can be accomplished.

Wednesday: Super-productive day to move mountains.

Thursday: Apply focus and work hard, and later in the day, relax and let your mind wander.

Friday:  Demanding, challenging day. Get to work.

Saturday: Winter Solstice. Sun into Capricorn. Take some solitude in this emotionally intense day.

Sunday: Extra strong work day with a few surprises. Emotionally intense day. Take some solitude.

Monday: Optimism and high energy at hand. Finish your holiday shopping and relax.

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Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:                  

Monday, December 16: 2:10 p.m. – 11:16 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, December 19: 0:07 a.m. – 2:04 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, December 21: 3:45 a.m. – 4:57 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, December at 7:27 p.m. through Monday, December 23 at 8:34 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, December 25th: 3:18 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.(Moon into Capricorn) – SOLAR ECLIPSE

Friday, December 27th:  1:03 p.m. – 9:21 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, December 30: 2:24 a.m. – 7:41 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, January 1: 9:13 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Friday, January 3 at 8:17 p.m. through Saturday, January 4 at 11:14 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, January 6: 7:07 a.m. – 9:12 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Wednesday, January 8 at 5:15 p.m. through Thursday, January 9 at 3:44 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Friday, January 10 at 6:58 p.m. through Saturday, January 11 at 7:17 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Saturday, December 14 at 15:57 through Sunday, December 15 at 2:56 (Moon into Leo)

Monday, December 16 at 22:10 through Tuesday, December 17 at 7:16 (Moon into Virgo)

Thursday, December 19: 8:07 – 10:04 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, December 21: 11:45 – 12:57 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, December 23: 3:27 – 16:34 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, December 25: 11:18 – 21:45 (Moon into Capricorn) – SOLAR ECLIPSE

Friday, December 27 at 21:03 through Saturday, December 28 at 6:21 (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, December 30: 10:24 – 15:41 (Moon into Pisces)

Thursday, January 2: 5:13 – 7:00 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, January 4: 4:17 – 19:14 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, January 6 at 15:07 through Tuesday, January 7 at 6:12 (Moon into Gemini)

Thursday, January 9: 1: 15 – 11:44 (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, January 11: 2:58 – 15:17 (Moon into Leo)

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