In the Stars December 17-24, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Sagittarius; Winter Solstice

There are several significant planetary events this week: the New Moon on December 17/18, Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn on December 19, the Winter Solstice when the Sun ingresses into Capricorn on December 21, and Mercury turning direct on December 22. The expansive Jupiter-Neptune trine lingers, though loosely, giving vision, possibility, and idealism. These days before the Winter Solstice glow with possibility, as the Sun and Saturn form a benefic trine with Uranus and Pallas Athena. You can open up to new creative endeavors and manifest change. Listen to your intuition. The planetary alignments are strong. They support hard work, compassion, and generosity. In the spirit of the season, share your bounty with friends and with those less fortunate, and make the most of this week with significant planetary alignments.


The week begins with the glow of a New Moon in Sagittarius, exact at 10:30 p.m. Saturday evening PST, or 1:30 a.m. Sunday EST. Sunday is a splendid astral day! The Moon aligns with the Sun at the Galactic Center, and also conjuncts Mercury, Venus, and Saturn. There are five planets in sunny, optimistic Sagittarius! The Sun, Moon, and Saturn are near the powerful galactic center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Some say that planets at these degrees symbolize truth-telling. Uranus is trine this New Moon/Saturn, making a powerful alignment for exploring creative, new ideas, and thinking about far-reaching goals for 2018. This is a golden day for new beginnings and big leaps forward. If you have been thinking about more education, this is a time to plan it. Are there hobbies, new fields of endeavor or avocation you have contemplated broaching? Where would you like to travel and explore new territory and cultures? How can you uplift your spiritual life? How can you expand the cultural diversity in your life?

Monday continues to shine with the brilliant glow of the New Moon’s alignments. Saturn’s conjunction with the Sun and Moon, and an opportune lunar sextile to Mars make Monday a day of determination and action. Get moving on your goals for this new lunar month, and finish your holiday preparations.

Powerful, capable, creative, and inspiring are adjectives for Tuesday’s energies and potential. The hard-working Capricorn Moon makes opportunistic sextiles to Neptune and Jupiter. After two and a half years in Sagittarius, Saturn ingresses into Capricorn, the sign it rules, where It is serious, hard-working, and high-functioning the next two and a half years. If there are matters and habits in your life that you want to change, this is an excellent day to make a commitment to change them—and to get started. This is a day to move mountains.

Wednesday is a day to pause and focus on routine tasks while the Moon is void of course for a long day from 7:37 a.m. through 6:29 p.m PST. However, expect the unexpected, as Uranus trines Venus. You could be surprised by the re-connection of an old friend, or you could initiate the rekindling of a friendship. From Wednesday evening (when the Moon goes into Aquarius at 6:29) through Friday is a period tailored for friendship.

The Winter Solstice is Thursday, when the Sun ingresses into Capricorn. This is the darkest day of the year, and the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere. Saturn exactly conjuncts the Sun at 0 degrees of Capricorn. I bolded this note, as this alignment as it is extremely significant. The Winter Solstice marks the beginning of a new year. Astrologer Rio Olesky, in a lecture on 2018 to the San Francisco NCGR group December 16, said that the Winter Solstice should be considered the beginning of a new year rather than January 1, as it marks the darkest day of the year and the beginning of increasing light. The fact that Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn is conjunct the Sun on this day is unusual and extremely significant. The tone of the season dramatically shifts from the exuberant glow of Sagittarius, to the taciturn, serious nature of Capricorn. This winter season calls for maturity, self-discipline, and achievement through hard work. It would be wise to amend or alter your routine to afford yourself time for forward-oriented, quiet contemplation. Celebrate the solstice, and the alignment with Saturn, in a reflective, meaningful way.

Mercury turns direct on Friday. Communication should start to clear over the next couple of weeks; but, at this time when the planet is stationary, its strong shifting energies can result in mix-ups and mistakes. Therefore, continue to be patient with problems. Jupiter and Uranus aspect the Moon, so be open to the mystery of the day, and expect a few astonishing ideas to manifest.

Saturday’s colors are beautiful…light and easy. The Moon is in sweet Pisces and makes facile, flowing aspects to Venus, Saturn, and the Sun. This is the Saturday before Christmas, likely full of celebration with friends and family. Be inspired and share your glow with the world around you.

Sunday, Christmas Eve, is an energetic day full of mixed aspects, both flowing and challenging. The Pisces Moon is idealistically compassionate and generous. Use this care and compassion of the Pisces Moon to give time and/or money to those in need as a holiday gesture of kindness. This would be a good day to write out your year-end checks for organizations whose missions serve your soul. Christmas Day’s energies are edgy, so center yourself on Sunday in love and compassion.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Golden day! New Moon in Sagittarius. How do you want to uplift your life?

Monday: Fueled by determination and commitment, and a love for work, get going on your goals.

Tuesday: Powerful, creative, hard-working day. You can move mountains. Saturn into Capricorn.

Wednesday: VoC Moon all day. Focus on getting routine tasks done.

Thursday: Winter Solstice, beginning of winter. Sun into Capricorn.

Friday: Mercury turns direct. Expect a few surprises.

Saturday: Easy, compassionate day of the heart. Give generously to others.

Sunday: Mixed day, full of energy.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Sagittarius (December 1-24, 2017): 1. Invite someone to dinner who is from a different culture or has a different religion. 2. Express appreciation to your in-laws. 3. Plan your next long-distance trip (or make a wish list). 4. Read a book about a far-away country, culture, or religion. 5. Expand your knowledge of metaphysics. 6. Write—and publish. 7. Visit a religious art exhibit, or one from another country or culture. 8. Explore a philosophy through a book, book-on-tape, or a lecture. 9. Take a hike (Sagittarius rules the thighs). 10. Venus in Sagittarius is idealistic in love: read some love poems that transport you to the ideal!

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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 18: 5:10 a.m.-5:33 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, December 20: 7:37 a.m.-6:29 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, December 23: 2:13 a.m.-6:42 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, December 24 at 6:48 p.m. through Monday, December 25 at 4:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, December 27: 12:57 p.m.-10:23 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, December 29 at 6:00 a.m. through Saturday, December 30 at 0:31 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, December 31 at 3:38 p.m. through Monday, January 1 at 0:10 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2: 2:46 p.m.-11:22 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 3:10 p.m. through Friday, January 5 at 0:12 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, January 6 at 6:51 p.m. through Sunday, January 7 at 4:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 8:12 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11: 6:53 a.m.-11:04 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 0:48 a.m. – 11:42 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)


Monday, December 18: 13:10-13:33 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, December 20 at 15:37 through Thursday, December 21 at 2:29 (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, December 23: 10:13 a.m.-14:42 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, December 25 at 2:48 through Tuesday, December 26 at 0:27 (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, December 27 at 12:57 through Thursday, December 28 at 6:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, December 29 at 14:00 through Saturday, December 30 at 8:31 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, December 31 at 23:38 through Monday, January 1 at 8:10 (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2 at 22:46 through Wednesday, January 3 at 7:22 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 23:10 through Friday, January 5 at 8:12 (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, January 7: 2:51-12:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Tuesday, January 9: 12:12 – 22:05 (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, January 11 at 14:53 through Friday, January 12 at 7:04 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Sunday, January 14: 8:48 -19:42 (Moon into Capricorn)


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One Response to In the Stars December 17-24, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon in Sagittarius; Winter Solstice

  1. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    This may sound like a moronic question, but do we “count” 0 degrees? E.g. we’re talking about 0 degrees Capricorn in this post, so when I count to my ASC of 7 degrees Capricorn, do I need to count 0 to 7 as 8 degrees? (I never have done so, but as I was reading the post I started to wonder. I guess “not,” because 0 never “counts” as a number. I should have asked about this many, many years ago!)

    Actually, I’m just glad to get Saturn off my personal planets (Sun, Venus and Mercury, the latter conjunct at 26 Sagittarius). But of course it will go onto the ASC when it reaches 7 degrees. The movement of first Pluto and then Saturn through the 12th house and over personal planets seemed excruciating. The last time I had Saturn transit my 12th house and go over the ASC, things felt better and “resolved” as Saturn moved into Capricorn and on down through the first house. Nevertheless, this transit (Saturn through the 12th, over personal planets there, and then on over the ASC and into the first) feels quite devastating until a “resolution” is reached for the many problems that plague one as Saturn moves on.

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