In the Stars December 2-9, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week: New Moon

‘Tis the season, with the Sun and Jupiter in sunny, optimistic Sagittarius, combining with the Sun this week to form an exuberant, hopeful New Moon. We can say “Yes” to the holidays. Jupiter in Sagittarius encourages us to expand our knowledge through travel, study, and adventure. Mercury turns direct  on December 6th, and then communications will begin to clear. Enjoy the expansiveness and the sparkle of the holiday season ahead.

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Sunday is an edgy, volatile day. Lean into your work and keep moving. Venus moves into passionate Scorpio. The Sun makes a pushy square to Mars, and the Moon adds to the troubling energy when it makes a square aspect to Pluto. Use this volatile energy to get a lot of work accomplished, rather than bottling it up and then releasing it in some less-than-desirable way. Be careful about what you do and say, as this strong, hot, aggressive energy abounds on Sunday. Plan carefully how you will release tension appropriately.

Monday, December 3, the Libra Moon is opposed by Uranus, possibly knocking many things off balance. After a two-hour void of course Moon late morning (10:16 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.), then Luna moves into the deep, dark waters of Scorpio, joining Venus, amplifying our emotions and passions. A benefic Mercury-Chiron trine enables healing conversations.

Emotional sensitivity and compassionate understanding infuse our lives through benefic aspects in water signs on Tuesday. The Scorpio Moon makes a flowing trine to Mars and Neptune, and retrograde Mercury (in Scorpio) makes benefic aspects to the Moon’s nodes. Intuition and understanding are strong. Fences can be mended today. Issues with strong emotional content can be addressed successfully. Express the love and appreciation that you feel.

Wednesday is a day to pause, and drink in the beauty that surrounds you. Inspiration infuses you. Allow the day to be easy. The Moon is void of course from 1:52 p.m. through 6:49 p.m. PDT, a time period framed for routine tasks rather than meetings and definitive actions. After the Moon bursts into Sagittarius at 6:49 p.m. PDT, you may get a few things accomplished before bedtime.

We bounce out of bed with vim, vigor, and enthusiasm on Thursday, buoyed by a Moon-Jupiter conjunction in the sunny sign of Sagittarius. Later in the evening the Moon joins the Sun to make a New Moon at 15:07 Sagittarius. Mercury turns direct in motion, and communication will start to clear and be more straightforward in the coming days. This New Moon in Sagittarius uplifts us toward greater spiritual aspirations. Sagittarius symbolizes world-wide cultures, philosophies, religions, and spirituality, as well as travel. Sagittarius loves adventure, and expanding worldviews and consciousness. How will you lift your life higher in one or more of these areas? Today is the day to set new intentions for the next month in these areas or themes.

Mars and Neptune, two planets with quite different agendas, are exactly conjunct in the sign of Pisces on Friday. While this alignment can compromise energy, and lead to nowhere, or confusion, in its higher manifestation it can encourages us to give ourselves to selfless service. I’ve done this by recently being elected to the Sonoma Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, in addition to my service to the astrological community as president of the San Francisco NCGR (National Council for Geocosmic Research) Consider how you could spring into public service. Mars is activating the Uranus-Neptune semi-square that perfects December 15, and continues through mid-2019. The Uranus-Neptune semi-square symbolizes raising consciousness, and enables us to move beyond the limitations of the physical plane.

Although it is the weekend, Saturday is framed for work, The Moon is in cardinal earth Capricorn, symbolizing work and accomplishment. Take advantage of this serious, driven energy to get many tasks on your holiday list accomplished. The Moon conjuncts Saturn, drawing us to our duties. At the end of this day, look back, satisfied, about how much you accomplished.

The weekend work grind continues on Sunday with more demands for serious, hard work from the Capricorn Moon. Morning is a little softer as a result of a benefic lunar aspect to Neptune. However, Sunday evening’s lunar conjunction to Pluto is a serious, strong, demanding end to the weekend. Lean into your goals and tasks for the week ahead and make a strong plan for great, or at least satisfying, accomplishment.

Feeding off the serious, hard-working Capricorn Moon, we get a good, practical, goal-oriented start on Monday morning. Then, we have a void of course Moon period from 1:27 p.m. to 3:39 p.m. when we can relax into routine tasks, rather than trying to make things happen. At 3:39 p.m. the Moon goes into Aquarius, opening us to other points of views, and turning us toward our friendships. Meet a friend for happy hour or dinner.

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Sunday: Challenging, testy, volatile day. Exercise and work hard, and watch what you do and say.

Monday: Surprising morning. Moon VoC 10:16 a.m.-11:55 a.m. PST. Passionate afternoon and evening. Healing conversations are possible.

Tuesday: Emotionally sensitive, compassionate day. Express love and appreciation.

Wednesday: Pause, and drink in the beauty of the day.

Thursday: New Moon in Sagittarius. Positive, uplifting day. Mercury turns direct. Communication will begin to clear.

Friday: Give yourself to selfless service, and open to higher consciousness.

Saturday: Although it’s the weekend, focus on work and accomplishment.

Sunday: Another demanding work day. Dig in, and give your all.

Monday: Lean into hard work at the start of the week—in the morning. From 1:27-3:39 p.m. PST the Moon is void of course. After 3:39 p.m. PST the Moon is in friendly Aquarius, so meet up with friends in the evening.


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 3: 10:16 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, December 5: 1:53 p.m. – 6:49 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, December 8: 2:00 a.m. – 4:01 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Monday, December 10: 1:27 p.m. – 3:39 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, December 13: 2:20 a.m. – 4:40 a,m, (Moon into Pisces)

Saturday, December 15: 3:49 a.m. – 4:44 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

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)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

Monday, December 3: 18:16 – 19:55 (Moon into Scorpio)

Wednesday, December 5 at 21:53 through Thursday, December 6 at 2:49 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Saturday, December 8: 10:00 – 12:01 (Moon into Capricorn)

Monday, December 10: 22:27 – 23:39 (Moon into Aquarius)

Thursday, December 13: 10:20 – 12:40 (Moon into Pisces)

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)

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