This week is bookended between two eclipses, one on December 25th and the next on Janaury 10th. With the Sun’s recent entry into Capricorn, winter is here. The seven planets in Capricorn (Mercury, Sun, Jupiter, Ceres, Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node) will keep us grounded, practical, and cautious, pointing us toward responsibilities, plans, and goals. Capricorn symbolizes structures, government, and rules; structural change is in process through the workings of the strong collective energy in Capricorn. Mars is still in Scorpio through January 3rd. giving drive, passion, and focus. Sun-Jupiter and Uranus remain in trine aspect in earth signs, positive, innovative energy for practical change. Saturn is closing in on Pluto, growing toward their first exact powerful conjunction on January 12th. The strong alignments at the New Year call us to take serious stock of our lives, and enable great potential for change and transformation.
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Mercury enters Capricorn on Sunday, focusing our mind 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, innovative ideas just in time for the New Year.
New Year’s Eve, the last day of the year, is a dreamy, romantic day colored by a Moon-Neptune conjunction. Be inspired! Watch your alcohol intake at the New Year’s Eve party, and have a designated driver or call a Lyft. Exercise mindfulness, as we are prone to drift toward unawareness. On the positive side, conversations will glow with sweetness and compassion.
New Year’s Day is a soft, easy day. The Moon continues in Pisces and there are few aspects. Allow yourself to imagine the year ahead that you want to create. Winds of change are blowing, as are between two eclipses and the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Things pick up in the evening when the Moon trines Mars and then bounces into Aries at 8:00 p.m. PST.
We are cautiously optimistic on Thursday in light of a Mercury-Jupiter conjunction. However, we may feel uncomfortable, irritable, and impatient due to the Moon’s edgy square to Mercury and Jupiter. One deliberate step at a time gets the job done.
Mars moves into Sagittarius on Friday, bringing a drive for adventure. The Aries Moon makes an challenging square to Saturn and Pluto. With Sun and Moon in fire signs, we are enthusiastic and more open to risks. The optimism and buoyancy of planets in fire signs gives some levity to the weight of many planets in Capricorn. Employ this dynamic, challenging energy to get a lot accomplished.
When the Moon moves into Taurus Saturday morning it aligns well with the many planets in Capricorn, and enables us to get a lot accomplished. Put away holiday décor and get your house in order. We may be in for a surprise in our routine in the afternoon (Moon conjunct Uranus).The day ends on a high note as the Moon forms a benefic trine to Jupiter. Taurus loves sensual pleasures, so delight in some.
Sunday’s Taurus Moon and numerous aspects call us to create order before the first post-holiday week of the New Year. Plan and prepare for the week ahead. Cook some nourishing food and make extra for next week’s meals.
Monday the Moon is void of course all day. This week meetings will work better if they are on not on Monday. The Moon moves into Gemini at 6:12 p.m. PST, just in time for lively dinner conversations.
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The Week in Short:
Sunday: Friendly, easy day. Make year-end contributions to your favorite charities.
Monday: Brilliant, innovative ideas abound. Trust your intuition.
New Year’s Eve Tuesday: Dreamy, romantic day. Be mindful.
New Year’s Day Wednesday: Soft, easy day amidst winds of change.
Thursday: Cautiously optimistic day with some irritations to handle.
Friday: Enthusiasm and optimism encourage productivity.
Saturday: Dynamic, practical energy enables us to get a lot accomplished.
Sunday: Strong, grounded energy for planning and preparing the week ahead.
Monday: Moon VoC all day until 6:10 p.m. PST. Plan meetings for a different day this week. Evening invites conversation.
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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 charities.
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:
Monday, December 30: 2:24 a.m. – 7:41 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)
Wednesday, January 1: 6:13 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Moon into Aries)
Friday, January 3 at 5:17 p.m. through Saturday, January 4 at 8:14 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)
Monday, January 6: 4:07 a.m. – 6:12 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)
Wednesday, January 8 at 2:15 p.m. through Thursday, January 9 at 0:44 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, January 10 at 3:58 p.m. through Saturday, January 11 at 4:17 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. – 10:21 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
Sunday, January 19: 1:21 p.m. – 2:41 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)
Monday, January 20 at 8:45 p.m. through Tuesday, January 22 at 9:01 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)
Thursday, January 23 at 6:08 p.m. through Friday, January 24 at 5:21 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)
Saturday, January 25 at 11:06 a.m. through Sunday, January 26 at 3:44 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
Monday, December 30: 10:24 – 15:41 (Moon into Pisces)
Thursday, January 2: 2:13 – 4:00 (Moon into Aries)
Saturday, January 4: 1:17 – 16:14 (Moon into Taurus)
Monday, January 6: at 12:07 through Tuesday, January 7 at 2:12 (Moon into Gemini)
Wednesday, January 8 at 22:15 through Thursday, January 9 at 8:44 (Moon into Cancer)
Friday, January 10 at 23:58 through Saturday, January 11 at 12:17 (Moon into Leo)
Monday, January 13: 13:42 – 14:06 (Moon into Virgo)
Wednesday, January 15: 12:12 – 15:43 (Moon into Libra)
Friday, January 17: 12:58 – 18:21 (Moon into Scorpio)
Sunday, January 19: 21:21 – 22:41 (Moon into Sagittarius)
Tuesday, January 21 at 4:45 through Wednesday, January 23 at 5:01 (Moon into Capricorn)
Friday, January 24 at 2:08 through Saturday, January 25 at 13:21 (Moon into Aquarius)
Saturday, January 25 at 19:06 through Sunday, January 26 at 23:44 (Moon into Pisces)