In the Stars December 20-27…shining light on the astrology of the week: Full Moon

Saturday, December 19, Mercury entered the shadow zone of its next retrograde movement. Mercury actually turns retrograde on the 5th of January, so now is the time to get things completed that call for announcements, travel plans, and any coordination of details for projects already in motion. These next couple of weeks–when Mercury is slowing down before it turns retrograde–will likely be very busy.

Sunday is an edgy, active day. Creative thinking abounds; capitalize on it. The end of the weekend invites new ideas about how to navigate your life ahead. Sunday night is the last party night under the glow of the exuberant Sagittarius Sun.

Monday is the Winter Solstice, the shortest and most dark day of the year. The solstice is also the Sun’s entry into Capricorn. It is the ingress of the Sun into Capricorn tropically. Now we ground and rein in our energy. We start to think about our New Year’s resolutions and our goals for the new year. The day sports a magnificent, buoyant grand earth trine. There is also a challenging, action-oriented cardinal T-square (with Mars, Pluto, and Uranus involved). The Moon is in sensual Taurus. There is a lot of energy in the Solstice horoscope, promising a fully energized winter season ahead.

Tuesday the Moon is VoC all day for 12 hours, from 6:26AM through 6:31 PM PST. Take care of routine tasks, and don’t waste your time shopping or trying to make definitive things happen. Wrap gifts, clean your house, and prepare all you can ahead of time for your holiday gatherings. Last minute shopping will yield much better results on Wednesday than on Tuesday.

Wednesday and Thursday the Moon is in Gemini, making these gregarious days. Families will begin to come together for the holidays, and the Gemini Moon will encourage conversation and connection. A Venus-Jupiter sextile expands our feelings of love and generosity. There will be a tendency to overspend, so stay conscious about your choices. Our hearts are open, and ‘tis the season…

It’s Christmas on Friday! The Moon is Full in Cancer (Sun in Capricorn), giving a warm, nostalgic, family-oriented theme for the day. However, Uranus, the planet that symbolizes reversals and surprises, is stationary, turning direct in motion. This means that this energy is amplified, so expect the unexpected. Curtail alcohol consumption and plan to retire early, as the Moon makes an opposition to Pluto in the evening, and the emotional weather will be stormy.

Saturday, the first of the seven days of Kwanzaa, continues to embrace the celebration of family in the light of the Cancer Moon. It is a day of mixed aspects, some challenging and testy (Moon square Uranus and Mars), and others delightful (Moon sextile Jupiter and trine Venus). A holiday hike would be a great activity to make good use of the challenging energy and to create some space in family togetherness.

Sunday the Moon is in exuberant Leo, coloring the day fun and playful. Leo rules the Sun. If there is sunshine available where you live, take some in through outdoor activities. The Moon trines Saturn in the evening, promising a responsible closure to the holiday weekend.

The Week in Short:
Sunday: Think creatively and generate new ideas to move your life forward in the new year.
Monday: Winter Solstice. Darkest day of the year. Action-packed day.
Tuesday: Moon VoC all day. Focus on routine tasks and put last-minute shopping off until tomorrow.
Wednesday: Hearts are open and conversation flows.
Thursday (Christmas Eve): Glowing, benefic, energetic day. Make it fun!
Christmas Day (Friday): Full Moon in Cancer. Cozy up and enjoy a warm family celebration. Uranus stations direct. Expect surprises!
Saturday: Both benefic and challenge aspects energize this day. Celebrate family togetherness, but take precautions against inciting conflict.
Sunday: A playful day to soak up some sunshine.

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Scorpio (December 5-29)
1. Love deeply.
2. Write a poem to express your deep feelings.
3. Review your investments and research 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 and 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 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. You will more easily get lost or meander if you’re 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.
Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:
Pacific Standard Time:
Sunday, December 20: 2:01-4:13 PM (Moon into Taurus)
Tuesday, December 22: 6:26 AM-6:31 PM (Moon into Gemini)
Thursday, December 24: 12:04 PM-9:26 PM (Moon into Cancer)
Saturday, December 26 at 7:36 PM through Sunday, December 27 at 2:31 AM (Moon into Leo)
Tuesday, December 29: 9:38-10:58 AM (Moon into Virgo)
Thursday, December 31: 9:33 PM-10:41 PM (Moon into Libra)
Saturday, January 2 at 8:23 AM through Sunday, January 3 at 11:36 AM (Moon into Scorpio)
Tuesday, January 5: 9:47 AM-10:56 PM (Moon into Sagittarius)
Thursday, January 7 at 6:44 PM through Friday, January 8 at 7:07 AM (Moon into Capricorn)
Sunday, January 10: 9:39 AM-12:23 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

GMT :
Sunday, December 20 at 22:01 through Monday, December 21 at 0:13 (Moon into Taurus)
Tuesday, December 22, at 14:26 through Wednesday, December 23 at 2:31 (Moon into Gemini)
Thursday, December 24, at 20:04 PM through Friday, December 25 at 5:26 (Moon into Cancer)
Sunday, December 27; 3:36- 10:31 AM (Moon into Leo)
Tuesday, December 29: 17:38-18:58 (Moon into Virgo)
Friday, January 1: 5:33-6:41 (Moon into Libra)
Saturday, January 2 at 16:23 through Sunday, January 3 at 19:36 (Moon into Scorpio)
Tuesday, January 5 at 17:47 through Wednesday, January 6 at 6:56 (Moon into Sagittarius)
Friday, January 7: 2:44-15:07 (Moon into Capricorn)
Sunday, January 10: 17:39 AM-20:23 (Moon into Aquarius)

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

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