In the Stars December 9-16, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

The holiday season continues to sparkle with the glow of the Sun and Jupiter in exuberant, optimistic Sagittarius, and Mercury joins the Sagittarian party on Wednesday. Mercury is now direct, though still in its shadow phase through December 24th, so until then there is still some of the retrograde effect. However, we can now begin to move forward with the plans we re-thought and re-worked over the last few weeks. The aspect of the week is the Uranus-Neptune semi-square that perfects on Tuesday. This aspect symbolizes higher consciousness, wisdom, vision, and imagination. Consider how you could tap into this uplifting, creative energy. The Moon is void of course in Pisces all day on Saturday; plan to attend an artful holiday event that day. Do Christmas shopping on Sunday rather than on Saturday, as it is difficult to make clear choices when the Moon is void.

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The weekend 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 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 try to make things happen. At 3:39 p.m. the Moon moves into Aquarius tropically, opening us to other points of views, and turning us toward our friendships. Meet a friend for happy hour or dinner.

Tuesday is a friendly, high-spirited day, thanks to a Jupiter-Moon sextile. An edgy Mercury-Uranus quintile aspect may make us jittery and distracted, though Mercury-Uranus aspects are electric and creative. We can detach and ponder loftier goals. Wednesday is yet another friendly, sunny day, colored by an opportunistic, freedom-loving Sun-Moon sextile. Tuesday and Wednesday are good days to consider the charities you want to support before the year’s end and make donations.

Thursday and Friday are colored beautiful by a sensitive Pisces Moon. Thursday’s aspects are mixed, with some benefic, and others challenging. We wake up inspired and uplifted on Friday, and are carried through the day on a cloud of possibilities. Toward evening we become more focused and determined. Relationship issues are highlighted. Enjoy a film and an elegant dinner with someone you love.

The Moon is void of course all day on Saturday from 3:49 a.m. through 4:44 p.m. PST.  Although you may want to go Christmas shopping since we are 10 days away from Christmas, this is not a good day to do it. When the Moon is void of course our decision making is clouded. Purchases often need to be returned due to the wrong size or color, or simply a poor choice. Better, spend the time attending a holiday play or concert. I’ll be visiting an art exhibit at San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum, and having high tea with friends. The Moon makes a fresh start in bold Aries at 4:44 p.m. PST. If you do not already have plans, do something energizing and sparkling, spontaneously.

A lot can be accomplished on this powerful Sunday with the energy of the cardinal, action-oriented Aries Moon. A benefic Mars-Pluto sextile packs additional punch. Get moving and you can complete numerous tasks quickly.

On Monday, get up early and head to the gym for vigorous exercise to energize your work week. Use the early morning Moon-Pluto square to challenge yourself. A flowing Sun-Moon trine helps smooth out the rough edges of the challenging aspects that bookend the day. Evening may bring a few surprises or disruptions.

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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.

Tuesday: Friendly, high-spirited day.

Wednesday: Another friendly, freedom-loving day. Make a contribution to a favorite charity.

Thursday: See the beauty in this day of mixed challenging and benefic aspects.

Friday: Inspiring, uplifting day. Nurture relationships.

Saturday: Moon VoC most of the day from 3:49 a.m. – 4:44 p.m, Not a day for shopping, attend an artistic holiday event.

Sunday: Action-oriented day to get a lot accomplished. Get moving!

Monday: Exercise vigorously and lean into the day. Expect a few surprises toward 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 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)

Monday, January 1 at 2:26 p.m. through Tuesday, 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)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

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)

Monday, January 1 at 22:26 through Tuesday, 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)

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