In the Stars December 10-17, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

I have sympathy with those experiencing the wildfires in Southern California. This is a continuing influence of the August 21 Total Solar Eclipse, as several planets aligned with the eclipse degrees. Better news is that the euphoria and expansion of the Jupiter-Neptune trine lingers with us for another week. The Sun, flanked by Venus, Saturn, and Mercury in sunny Sagittarius, keeps our spirits high. Mercury remains retrograde until December 22, so continue to reflect and revise plans and projects. The Mercury retrograde period is conjunct Saturn, calling for serious, discerning focus on all aspects of our lives. Next weekend, just before the Winter Solstice, glows with possibility, as the Sun and Saturn form a benefic trine with Uranus and Pallas Athena. You can open up to new creative endeavors and manifest change. Listen to your intuition. Overall, the planetary alignments support the joy and generosity of the season. Be sure to share your bounty with friends, and with those less fortunate.

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While there were holiday parties over the weekend, the stage is set for getting a lot accomplished. Take advantage of the efficient, organized energy of the Virgo Moon on Sunday to get your Christmas shopping done, cards written, decorations up, and baking done. We can literally accomplish most or all of our holiday preparations. Mars leaves Libra, where it does not function at its best, and enters Scorpio, where it functions well. This shift fills our sails. A Mercury-Uranus trine colors Sunday brilliant and exciting. However, at the same time a Venus-Neptune and a Mercury-Chiron square may foster uncertainty. Lunar squares to Mercury and Saturn may present obstacles. In the midst of various mixed energies this last day of the weekend, hold to the insight and clarity of the Mercury-Uranus trine, and meet any obstacles in your path with skillfulness and intelligence.

Monday is a peaceful, quiet day. A benefic sextile between the Moon and Venus in the evening sets the stage for a sweet evening with your partner or friends, especially women friends.

The tide turns on Tuesday with the cardinal, action-oriented Moon opposing Uranus and squaring Pluto, creating restless and edgy planetary energy . Although the Libra Moon makes us languorous, the planetary aspects are a call to action. Things may not go as expected. Mercury is energized by the Sun’s exact conjunction. Diplomacy guides our way through troubles.

After Tuesday’s stormy alignments, we may still feel emotionally volatile Wednesday. The Moon is in Scorpio, tropically, Wednesday through Friday, stirring our emotions. Mars adds heat, and can make us feel strong and courageous, and able to deal with whatever issues are before us.

Jupiter conjuncts the Moon on Thursday, a lucky monthly alignment that is sure to give some blessings. Benefic aspects to Neptune and Pluto give us strength and vision.

The Moon is void of course all day Friday, so attend to routine tasks and don’t waste your time on meetings, holiday shopping, or anything requiring decisions. At 5:07 p.m. the Moon bounces into sunny Sagittarius. Then it’s time to party! Plan something for Friday night that is special for the season.

Saturday is a stellar day as the Sun exactly forms a benefic trine to Uranus and makes a benefic trine with Saturn and Pallas Athena in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. This is a powerful alignment for thinking about travel, exploring creativity, and thinking about your goals for 2018. Positive planetary forces are with you. May you think about how to move your life a big leap forward, and to make it more exciting. It is an excellent day for Outlook 2018, a forecasting event sponsored by the National Council on Geocosmic Research (NCGR) San Francisco.

Sunday is another splendid astral day! The Moon aligns with the Sun at the Galactic Center to form a New Moon, and also conjuncts Mercury, Venus, and Saturn. This is a golden day for new beginnings. If you have been thinking about more education, this is a time to plan it. Are there hobbies, new fields of endeavor or avocation you have contemplated broaching? How can you uplift your spiritual life? How can you expand the cultural diversity in your life?

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Mixed energy day, with some challenges, but the brilliant and exciting Mercury-Uranus trine reigns.

Monday: Quiet day; socialize in the evening with women friends.

Tuesday: Restless, edgy day. Get moving! Expect surprises!

Wednesday: Emotionally hot, steamy day. Be courageous about what matters.

Thursday: Lucky day, boosted with courage and vision.

Friday: Moon VoC all day until 5:07 p.m. PDT. Then it’s time to let loose and party!

Saturday: Stellar day! Grand Fire Trine. Take a giant leap forward.

Sunday: Golden day! New Moon in Sagittarius. How do you want to uplift your life?

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Sagittarius (December 1-24, 2017): 1. Invite someone to dinner who is from a different culture or has a different religion. 2. Express appreciation to your in-laws. 3. Plan your next long-distance trip (or make a wish list). 4. Read a book about a far-away country, culture, or religion. 5. Expand your knowledge of metaphysics. 6. Write—and publish. 7. Visit a religious art exhibit, or one from another country or culture. 8. Explore a philosophy through a book, book-on-tape, or a lecture. 9. Take a hike (Sagittarius rules the thighs). 10. Venus in Sagittarius is idealistic in love: read some love poems that transport you to the ideal!

Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com      

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 10: 7:02 p.m.-9:01 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Wednesday, December 13: 4:27 a.m.-5:59 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Thursday, December 14 at 5:42 p.m. through Friday, December 15 at 5:07 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, December 18: 5:10 a.m.-5:33 a.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, December 20: 7:37 a.m.-6:29 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, December 23: 2:13 a.m.-6:42 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Sunday, December 24 at 6:48 p.m. through Monday, December 25 at 4:27 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, December 27: 12:57 p.m.-10:23 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, December 29 at 6:00 a.m. through Saturday, December 30 at 0:31 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, December 31 at 3:38 p.m. through Monday, January 1 at 0:10 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2: 2:46 p.m.-11:22 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 3:10 p.m. through Friday, January 5 at 0:12 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

Saturday, January 6 at 6:51 p.m. through Sunday, January 7 at 4:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

 

GMT:

Monday, December 11: 3:02-5:01 (Moon into Libra)

Wednesday, December 13: 12:27-13:59 (Moon into Scorpio)

Friday, December 15 at 1:42 through Saturday, December 16 at 1:07 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, December 18: 13:10-13:33 (Moon into Capricorn)

Wednesday, December 20 at 15:37 through Thursday, December 21 at 2:29 (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, December 23: 10:13 a.m.-14:42 (Moon into Pisces)

Monday, December 25 at 2:48 through Tuesday, December 26 at 0:27 (Moon into Aries)

Wednesday, December 27 at 12:57 through Thursday, December 28 at 6:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Friday, December 29 at 14:00 through Saturday, December 30 at 8:31 (Moon into Gemini)

Sunday, December 31 at 23:38 through Monday, January 1 at 8:10 (Moon into Cancer)

Tuesday, January 2 at 22:46 through Wednesday, January 3 at 7:22 (Moon into Leo)

Thursday, January 4 at 23:10 through Friday, January 5 at 8:12 (Moon into Virgo)

Sunday, January 7: 2:51-12:14 a.m. (Moon into Libra)

 

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