In the Stars December 21-28, 2014…shining light on the astrology of the week: Solstice New Moon

The sixth of seven bold Pluto-Uranus square dynamos arrived last Sunday evening and set the tone for big change, probably moving you out of your comfort zone. The alignment is extremely close the next three months, until the seventh and last exact square on March 17. The next three months hold powerful, commanding energies. This could be a turbulent period, especially if you have personal planets from 12-15 degrees of Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn). These compelling energies can help us make or complete positive changes and transitions.

If you have last-minute shopping to accomplish, or anything else to accomplish this holiday week, plan it carefully, as there’s a lot of void Moon time—four full days, every other day. All day Sunday, the 21st, and Tuesday the Moon is VoC, as well as Thursday, Christmas, and Saturday the 27th. Plan to do any last-minute shopping or errands on Monday or Wednesday, and returns or after-Christmas shopping on Friday or Sunday, not Saturday.

The New Moon at the Winter Solstice symbolizes a new season—Winter—and in this case both a new lunar cycle and a new solar cycle.  The 21st begins the next lunar month framed by the symbolism of Capricorn: focused work, responsibility, accomplishment, and mastery.

Sunday, the 21st, is the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year. The day is powered by a lift-off of the Moon-trine-Jupiter in the early morning, and then the Moon is Void-of-Course most of the day until it joins with Capricorn in the early evening to form a New Moon. This is not a day to shop or try to do anything calling for decisions—much better to socialize at a holiday party and raise a toast to the possibilities of a new season. Another feature of this potent day is Uranus turning direct in motion, highlighting its potential that symbolizes revolutionary change. Invention, intuition, and breakthroughs abound! The New Moon in Capricorn symbolizes new beginnings, born out of the potent insights of the day. Many possibilities are bursting forth from the tight Uranus-Pluto square, and the exuberant, creative events of the weekend. Open your senses, and let your mind be a sponge.

The Moon continues in Capricorn Monday and Tuesday. Monday is the high-powered, edgy day in which the light of the Moon emboldens the Uranus-Pluto square. This is an excellent day to set the tone for discipline, focus, and achievement for the month ahead. Monday evening (7:17 PM Pacific Time) the Moon becomes Void-of-Course just after joining Venus, ushering in a nearly 24-hour void Moon period through 6:52 PM Tuesday. On this day I’ll be at a memorial honoring the transition of our next-door neighbor of 25 years, Stephen Benko, who was a dedicated college history professor. His life of discipline, focus, and achievement is a fitting source of inspiration and celebration with the symbolism of the day.

Tuesday has a major long-term event with Saturn moving into the sign of Sagittarius tropically. Saturn symbolizes contraction and limits, while Sagitarrius symbolizes expansion, possibilities, truth, and higher wisdom. Saturn’s entry into Sagittarius marks the beginning of a three-year period through December 2017 that highlights religious truths, purposeful travel, and reforms in higher education. There is a period from June 16-September 19, 2015, when Saturn retrogrades back into Scorpio for a final dance, but as of Tuesday, we’re moving forward into an emergent cycle of Saturn-in-Sagittarius.

On a more immediate level, Tuesday is a good day for tidying up your office and your home, oriented for the holidays. The void Moon energy is meandering, so don’t expect it to feel like a highly productive day. Be content with small, focused attainment. Tuesday evening offers some grounding to get some things accomplished when the Moon sextiles Saturn, just after it enter Aquarius.

Wednesday and Thursday, Christmas Eve and Day, the Moon is in Aquarius. Mercury combines with the Uranus-Pluto square to generate brilliant conversations…and radical ideas. A Moon-Mars conjunction is feisty. Families and friends will be gathering on Christmas Eve (also the last night of Hanukkah this year), and cultural, political, and religious differences will all be at the party.  Edgy conversations will be easily ignited for better or worse, so think twice before you speak. Open your mind to new ways of thinking and enjoy the differences. Be on the alert for incendiary arguments. Be prepared to take a few steps back and help everyone see what they can learn from one another with curiosity and objectivity.

A Moon-Jupiter opposition lights up Christmas Day with joy and optimism, but the Moon is VoC all day. Don’t expect the day to unfold like clockwork. There will likely be delays and meanderings…so relax. Just enjoy the diversity of people and what they bring to the table.

Friday and Saturday the Moon is in dreamy, compassionate, inspired Pisces. On Friday, the Sun is conjunct Neptune: such days are colored with idealism imagination, and inspiration. The planetary energies are well-timed with the first day of Kwanzaa, the day in which the principle of “Unity” is celebrated. The Kwanzaa principle of unity calls us to strive for unity in the family, the community, and the nation. Pisces symbolizes cosmic oneness. Light a candle for Unity on Friday. On a mundane level, if you have Christmas gifts to return, this is a good day to do it. Sunday is the next good possibility. Returning gifts is not the thing to do on Saturday.

Saturday is a chill day. Go to an art museum, or take a meditative walk in nature, or play music. Be inspired. Write your thank-you notes, as you’ll easily channel gratitude and enjoy the process. This is the second day of Kwanzaa—the one that highlights Self-determination.  Light a candle for Self-determination, and set intentions.

Sunday is crowned with the brilliance and boldness of an Aries Moon but is a potentially volatile day. A first-quarter Moon-square-Sun combined with the Moon’s conjunction with Uranus and square Pluto may deliver breakthroughs, but impatience and risk-taking are tendencies. Therefore, be mindful, and think before you act. The demanding energy can fuel dynamic plans for the last few days of the year and for the coming new year. This third day of Kwanzaa highlights Collective Work and Responsibility. Give some thought to the problems and challenges of the world around you and light a candle for collective problem solving and working together.

The Hanukkah/Christmas/Kwanzaa Holiday Week in Short: Sunday: Exuberant day with a Uranus station—surprise and reversals. Sunday evening delivers New Moon in Capricorn-new, focused, reverent period begins.

Monday: High-powered, edgy day for discipline, focus, achievement—and breakthrough. Do any last-minute shopping or preparation calling for decisions.

Tuesday: Moon VoC all day—a meandering day to tidy up your office and home before the holiday break. Not a good day for last-minute shopping.

Wednesday: Hannukah ends; Christmas Eve: Appreciate differences and think before you speak.

Thursday: Christmas Day; Moon VoC all day.  Relax and enjoy the pleasures and people who gather to celebrate.

Friday: Inspired, imaginative day. Create. Play music and dream possibilities. First Day of Kwanzaa: Unity

Saturday: Chill day. Walk in nature. Write thank-you notes and fill your heart with gratitude. Moon VoC all day. Second day of Kwanzaa: light a candle for Self-responsibility.

Sunday: Brilliant, bold, volatile day. Plan the last few days of the year and the year ahead. Think before you act. Third day of Kwanzaa:  Light a Candle for Collective Work and Responsibility.


Ten Things to Do with Venus in Capricorn (December 11-January 4) 1. Love your work—or if you don’t, make plans to change it. 2. Be conservative with spending. 3. Make your business cards and marketing—more beautiful and expressive. 4. Beautify your office. 5. Give some love to an elderly person. 6. Build more graciousness into your business. 7. Exercise greater discipline with what you eat. 8. Give an inspiring talk. 9. Shop for good value at after-Christmas sales. 10. Balance duty and pleasure.

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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 21: 4:35 AM-5:25 PM (Moon into Capricorn) <br/>Monday, December 22 at 7:17 PM through Tuesday, December 23 at 6:52 PM (Moon into Aquarius)<br/> Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25: 7:11 AM-8:07 PM (Moon into Pisces) <br/>Saturday, December 27: 7:44 AM-10:35 PM (Moon into Aries) <br/>Monday, December 29 at 4:46 PM through Tuesday, December 30 at 2:56 AM (Moon into Taurus) <br/>New Year’s Day Thursday, January 1: 4:19-9:09 AM (Moon into Gemini) <br/>Saturday, January 3: 3:55 AM-5:08 PM (Moon into Cancer) <br/>Sunday, January 4 at 8:53 PM through Tuesday, January 6 at 3:03 AM (Moon into Leo) <br/>Thursday, January 8: 9:04 AM-2:58 PM (Moon into Virgo) <br/>Saturday, January 10 at 7:45 AM through Sunday, January 11 at 3:57 AM (Moon into Libra)<br/>Tuesday, January 13: 1:46 AM-3:44 PM (Moon into Scorpio)<br/>Thursday, January 15 at 3:52 PM through Friday, January 16 at 12:01AM (Moon into Sagittarius)<br/>Saturday, January 17 at 11:25 AM through Sunday, January 18 at 4:04 AM (Moon into Capricorn)

GMT : <br/>Sunday, December 21: 12:35 through Monday, December 22 at 1:25 (Moon into Capricorn) <br/>Tuesday, December 22: 3:17 PM through Wednesday, December 23 at 2:52 (Moon into Aquarius) <br/>Thursday, December 25: 15:11 through Friday, December 26 at 4:07 (Moon into Pisces) <br/>Saturday, December 27: 15:44 AM through Sunday, December 28 at 6:35 (Moon into Aries) <br/>Tuesday, December 29: 0:46–10:56 (Moon into Taurus) <br/>New Year’s Day Thursday, January 1: 12:19-17:09 (Moon into Gemini) <br/>Saturday, January 3: 13:55 through Sunday, January 4 at 1:08 (Moon into Cancer) <br/>Monday, January 4 at 4:53 through Tuesday, January 6 at 11:03 (Moon into Leo) <br/>Thursday, January 8: 17:04–22:58 (Moon into Virgo)<br/> Saturday, January 10 at 15:45 through Sunday, January 11 at 11:57 (Moon into Libra)<br/>Tuesday, January 13: 9:46 -23:44 (Moon into Scorpio)<br/>Thursday, January 15 at 23:52 through Friday, January 16 at 8:01 (Moon into Sagittarius)<br/>Saturday, January 17 at 19:25 through Sunday, January 18 at 12:04 (Moon into Capricorn)


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