In the Stars December 23-30, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

The holiday season has shifted from exuberant, generous, social-oriented Sagittarius to taciturn, conservative, responsible Capricorn. This shift from mutable to cardinal signs marks the beginning of a new season–winter. Cosmic alignments are well-synced with the holiday week ahead. The Moon is in Cancer on Sunday, focusing us on home and family as we settle into the Christmas holiday. The Moon is in playful, creative Leo on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, framing those days for fun and games, and an orientation toward children. The three days immediately after Christmas are graced with a Virgo Moon, helping us to clean up and get things back in order. We can relax in the light of a Libra Moon on Friday afternoon through Sunday after everything is cleaned up and ready for the new year. Monday, December 31, the last day of 2018 holds a Scorpio Moon, symbolizing letting go of the old, the year past. Mars moves into Aries, igniting our enthusiasm for the new year ahead.

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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.

Christmas Day Tuesday will be playful and creative, and buoyed by benefic lunar trines to Jupiter and Mercury. An edgy lunar square to Venus may bring out differences. Enjoy some games with friends and family, and refrain from pushing your own agenda if things get tense.

The Virgo Moon emerges at a perfect time to help with Christmas clean-up. After the fun we have had for the past couple of days, we are now ready to get our homes and lives back in good order. A Sun-Moon trine in earth signs Capricorn and Virgo give us a sense of satisfaction that all is well.

Thursday is an active day with numerous aspects, both benefic and challenging, to the usually efficient and hard-working Virgo Moon. A Saturn-Moon trine draws us into the work that needs to be done; however challenging lunar aspects to Neptune and Jupiter can take us off track. If you can follow where the energy flows, you may be able to get a lot accomplished.

The Moon is void of course Friday morning, so focus on routine tasks. Wait until the Moon goes into Libra at 12:23 p.m. PDT before returning and exchanging holiday gifts, After-Christmas shopping is favored in the afternoon. The Libra Moon focuses us on relationships, so plan to enjoy a Venusian evening with your beloved on Venus’ Day, Friday (Viernes). Venus and Pluto are in benefic sextile aspect. Sextiles are opportunities, and Friday and Saturday are good days to focus on finances and realign them.

We may feel somewhat dissatisfied Saturday due to edgy lunar squares to the Sun and Saturn, A Mercury-Pallas Athena sextile gives ability to negotiate and come to agreement. The arts are favored. Do something to bring more beauty to your life, and enjoy an elegant dinner with those you love.

Relationships are the focus of Sunday’s planetary energy. A Moon-Uranus opposition at 2:53 p.m. PST may bring something unexpected, and heralds a three-hour void Moon period. At 5:23 p.m. PST the Moon moves into the deep, dark waters of Scorpio. You may feel compelled to have a deep conversation and sort some things out.

Monday, the last day of 2018, holds a Scorpio Moon. Scorpio symbolizes death, or endings, and transformation. It is a day for clearing out what is outworn and no longer useful, in preparation for a new year. Mars enters Aries in the evening—just in time to energize a move in new directions. A benefic Moon-Neptune trine fires up our imagination, as we consider the year ahead.

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Sunday: Emotionally volatile day.

Monday: Christmas Eve. Create, play, enjoy!

Tuesday: Playful, creative Christmas.

Wednesday: Time to clean up from the Christmas festivities; the Virgo Moon helps us put things in order with efficiency and effectiveness.

Thursday: A desire to clean up and get organized may be compromised by distractions that take us off track. However, still a lot can be accomplished.

Friday: Moon VoC 8:27 a.m. – 12:23 p.m. PST. Focus on taking care of routine tasks in the morning. The afternoon is good for after-Christmas shopping.

Saturday: We may feel dissatisfied. Good day for negotiating. Bring beauty to your life.

Sunday: Relationships are the focus. Moon VoC 2:53 p.m. – 5:23 p.m. PST.  Feelings run deep after 5:23 p.m. when the Moon moves into Scorpio.

Monday: Ring out the old! Let go, and get fired up for the new year. Imagine new possibilities for 2019.


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

  1. Love deeply.
    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 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)

Monday, January 14: 7:56 a.m. – 10:31 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Wednesday, January 16: 10:34 a.m. – 5:06 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Friday, January 18: 5:32 p.m. – 7:44 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Sunday, January 20: 5:50 p.m. – 7:54 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

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)

Monday, January 14: 15:56 – 18:31 (Moon into Taurus)

Wednesday, January 16 at 18:34 through Thursday, January 17 at 1:06 (Moon into Gemini)

Saturday, January 19: 1:32 – 15:44 (Moon into Cancer)

Monday, January 20: 1:50 – 2:54 (Moon into Leo)

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