In the Stars December 16-23, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: Winter Solstice, Full Moon

The holiday season shifts from exuberant, generous, party-oriented Sagittarius to taciturn, nose-to-the-grindstone Capricorn on Friday, December 21. This shift from mutable to cardinal signs marks the beginning of a new season–winter. The Moon culminates into a Full Moon on Saturday, the 22nd. As the holidays draw close, there is a big shift in energy from the glitter and excess of Sagittarius, to the practical, more restrained energy of Capricorn.

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A lot can be accomplished on this powerful Sunday with the energy of the cardinal, action-oriented Aries Moon. A benefic Mars-Pluto sextile packs additional punch. Get moving and you can complete numerous tasks quickly.

Get up early and head to the gym for vigorous exercise to energize your work week. Use the early morning Moon-Pluto square to challenge yourself. A flowing Sun-Moon trine helps smooth out the rough edges of the challenging aspects that bookend the day. Evening may bring a few surprises or disruptions.

A sensual Taurus Moon on Tuesday and Wednesday draws us toward beauty—beautiful sights, sounds, tastes, and smells. We want to nourish ourselves with delicious and nutritious food. A benefic Moon-Saturn trine on Tuesday grounds us, and helps us lean into our work and get a lot accomplished. A Moon-Juno conjunction on Wednesday fosters connections between those near and dear. Benefic lunar aspects with Neptune, Pluto, and Mars amplify the practical, dependable, and common-sense energy of the Taurus Moon. We seek ease and comfort, and a bit of luxury.

Thursday sparkles with the gregarious curiosity of the Gemini Moon. A powerful Sun-Uranus trine in fire signs Sagittarius and Aries gives crackling, inventive, adventurous energy which can burst forth surprises and awakenings.

The Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, is Friday when the Sun moves into Capricorn tropically. The movement of the Sun into cardinal, action-oriented Capricorn marks the beginning of winter. Numerous aspects, both benefic and challenging, make for an active day. A Venus-Neptune trine lifts us above the fray.  A Mercury-Jupiter conjunction results numerous possibilities. Celebrate the Winter Solstice with something uplifting and special. I’ll be attending the Windham Hill Winter Solstice concert at the Marin Civic Center.

Saturday is lit by the light of a Full Moon at 0:49 Capricorn-Cancer. When the Moon is full there is the greatest light in the sky, and symbolically, in our lives. It is a good time for manifestation and for important events. This Full Moon is graced by benefic aspects to Uranus which can bring something unusual or unexpected. Uranus in aspect to the Full Moon may bring disruptions or surprises; the Moon in Cancer fosters compassion and caring. If you have not done so already, Saturday or Sunday would be good days to write your year-end checks to your favorite charities.

As Christmas draws near, Sunday’s cardinal, action-oriented Cancer Moon focuses our attention on home and family. A Grand Water Trine between the Moon (in Cancer), Neptune (in Pisces), and Venus (in Scorpio) gives strong emotional energy, as well as vision. A Moon-Pluto opposition fuels emotional energy for things that matter.

It may be difficult to get going on Monday morning due to a two-hour Moon void-of-course period. However, at 8:58 a.m. PST the Moon moves into creative, playful Leo. Monday is Christmas Eve. Create, play, and enjoy. Widen your vision and open to new perspectives.

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Sunday: Action-oriented day to get a lot accomplished. Get moving!

Monday: Exercise vigorously and lean into the day. Expect a few surprises toward evening.

Tuesday: Sensual, grounded day to lean into work.

Wednesday:  Powerful, grounded, practical day. Seek ease.

Thursday: Inventive, adventurous day. Expect surprises.

Friday: Winter Solstice! Active, energetic day full of possibilities.

Saturday: Full Moon! Grounded, hard-working, yet surprising day.

Sunday: Emotionally volatile day.

Monday: Christmas Eve. Create, play, enjoy!


Ten Things to Do with Venus in Scorpio (December 2-January 6)

  1. Love deeply.
    2. Write a poem to express your deep feelings.
    3. Review your investments and research other investment options.
    4. Make a commitment to increase your savings and investments.
    5. Give generously to someone in need during the holidays.
    6. Purge your stuff and give things away.
    7. Get a massage.
    8. Listen deeply, and say only what is necessary.
    9. Read a deep, transformative biography.
    10. Enjoy the quiet of this darkest time of the year.


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 17 at 11:21 p.m. through Tuesday, December 18 at 1:37 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Wednesday, December 19 at 4:42 p.m. through Thursday, December 20 at 6:43 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, December 22: 6:21 a.m. – 8:28 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Monday, December 24: 6:50 a.m. – 8:58 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Wednesday, December 26: 7:36 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Friday. December 28: 8:27 a.m. – 12:23 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Sunday, December 30: 2:53 p.m. – 5:23 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Tuesday, January 1 at 2:26 p.m. through Wednesday, January 2 at 0:58 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Friday, January 4: 9:41 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Sunday, January 6: 10:20 p.m. – 10:46 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Wednesday, January 9: 8:53 a.m. – 11:44 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Friday, January 11 at 6:25 a.m. through Saturday, January 12 at 0:18 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Saturday, December 15 at 11:49 through Sunday, December 16 at 0:44 (Moon into Aries)

Tuesday, December 18; 7:21 – 8:37 (Moon into Taurus)

Thursday, December 20: 0:42 – 14:43 (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, December 22: 14:21 – 16:28 (Moon into Cancer)

Monday, December 24: 14:50 – 16:58 (Moon into Leo)

Wednesday, December 26: 15:36 – 17:50 (Moon into Virgo)

Friday. December 28: 16:27 – 20:23 (Moon into Libra)

Sunday, December 30 at 22:53 through Monday, December 31 at 1:23 (Moon into Scorpio)

Tuesday, January 1 at 22:26 through Wednesday, January 2 at 8:58 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Friday, January 4: 17:41 – 18:55 (Moon into Capricorn)

Monday, January 7: 6:20 – 6:46 (Moon into Aquarius)

Wednesday, January 9: 16:53 – 19:44 (Moon into Pisces)

Friday, January 11 at 14:25 through Saturday, January 12 at 8:18 (Moon into Aries)

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