In the Stars December 22-29, 2019…shining light on the astrology of the week: Solar Eclipse

Winter is upon us, opened by Saturday evening’s Winter Solstice, the Sun’s entry into Capricorn. The Sun joins Jupiter, Venus, Ceres, Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node in Capricorn, pointing us toward responsibilities, plans, and goals. Yes, six planets and the South Node in Capricorn! Capricorn symbolizes structures, government, and rules; change is in process through the workings of the strong collective energy in Capricorn. What structures in your own life do you want to change?  The impeachment proceedings in Washington are playing out against this landscape, as is the Brexit vote. Mars is still in Scorpio through January 3rd. giving drive, passion, and focus. There is an annular Solar Eclipse on December 25th. Sun/Jupiter and Uranus are in trine aspect in earth signs, innovative energy for practical change. Saturn is closing in on Pluto, only one degree apart by the end of the week, growing toward their first exact powerful conjunction on January 12th. There is tremendous positive energy again this week with the Sun-Jupiter-Uranus alignment, along with the dynamic energy of the Solar Eclipse and Saturn-Pluto conjunction. These strong alignments offer great potential for ardent, creative, and transformative expression.

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Sunday, Hanukkah, is an extremely active day 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 will amaze yourself at all you can accomplish.

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 holiday—and Solar Eclipse—ahead.

Christmas Eve the Moon is in free-spirited Sagittarius, an optimal day to fly off for the holidays which is what I will be doing to spend the holidays with my son and his family in Boston. The Sun makes a benefic trine to Uranus, We want to break free of responsibilities; may it be so for a joyful holiday. Expect a few surprises and open to an awesome Christmas Eve. The Moon is dark, so find some quiet space and time in the midst of the holiday celebrations.

Christmas Day is cosmically eventful, as it holds a Solar Eclipse in taciturn Capricorn, with expansive Jupiter in close conjunction. The Moon also makes a benefic trine to Uranus, an aspect of surprise, truth, and awakening. There are seven planetary bodies in Capricorn, and ten in close proximity, focusing a lot of planetary in one segment of the sky, and influencing our horoscopes. Eclipses may not result in events or realizations exactly on the day. This eclipse energy may be influenced by events from the last eclipses in July 2019. The strong and poignant alignments in Capricorn call for reforming structures.

Thursday carries some ease, allowing us to rest from the intensity of the eclipse and Christmas Day activities, and before the intensity of the Moon’s conjunctions with Saturn and Pluto tomorrow. The Moon and Ceres conjunct, the two planets having to do with nourishment. The Moon aligns with Neptune Thursday evening, calling us to relax. Make it a homey evening with family. You may want to watch an inspiring movie or read a book.

You may as well rise early Friday and make the most of the demanding lunar alignments with Saturn and Pluto. Thankfully, they all make benefic alignments with get-up-and-go Mars. Sun conjuncts Jupiter, adding verve and spirit to the day. Friday is a bold, dynamic day. With powerful alignments in hard-working Capricorn, the day has much to offer. Make it count. You can get a lot accomplished.

We get some distance from demands when the Moon moves into Aquarius on Saturday, and we focus on the future and a world we would like to make possible. The Moon is conjunct Venus, good energy for enjoying friends and conversation.

Mercury enters Capricorn on Sunday, focusing us again on plans, goals, and responsibilities for the next few weeks through January 16th. Sunday is another friendly, easy day. When the Moon is in Aquarius, we are concerned about social and political causes and want to contribute to the welfare of others. As we are near the end of the year, this would be a great day to consider what organizations you care about, and make your year-end donations.

The Moon drifts into Pisces on Monday morning, and makes benefic aspects to Mercury, Uranus, and Jupiter, showering us with positive, generative energy, and strong intuition. A Mercury-Uranus trine is the aspect of the day, sure to deliver brilliant, innovate ideas just in time for the new year.

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The Week in Short:

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

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

Christmas Eve Tuesday: Break free and get your holiday going. Be open to surprises.

Christmas Day Wednesday: Solar Eclipse! Day of strong energy and new beginnings. Tune in to your intuition and truth.

Thursday: Allow yourself to be nourished on this restful, easy day.

Friday: Demanding day with great potential for accomplishment. Make it count.

Saturday: Lighten up and enjoy a sweet, social day with friends.

Sunday: Make year-end contributions to your favorite social causes.

Monday: Brilliant, innovative ideas abound. Trust your intuition, as it runs strong.

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Ten Things to Do with Venus in Aquarius (December 19-January 13)

  1. Express love and appreciation to your friends.
  2. Change your dress toward more colorful and unique.
  3. Diversify your portfolio.
  4. Read a book about a different culture, or a person of a different race or ethnicity.
  5. Gather with friends more often during this period—and enjoy them.
  6. Consider joining a new group to expand your life.
  7. Make a contribution to one or more of your favorite social causes.
  8. Broaden your understanding of the political landscape.
  9. Make new friends.
  10. Host a dinner party with a group of diverse friends.

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:                  

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)

Monday, January 13: 5:42 a.m. – 6:06 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, January 15: 4:12 a.m. – 7:43 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

Friday, January 17: 4:58 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Sunday, January 19: 1:22 p.m. – 2:41 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

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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