Astrology of December 2018

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OVERVIEW OF THE MONTH

December has us revisiting the past, tying up loose ends and visioning into the future.

Mercury (retro) & Venus both return to the intense waters of Scorpio at the beginning of the month. The co-presence of these personal planets in Scorpio have the potential to reanimate themes and issues that were active in mid September & late October, bringing closure to some part of your life that has been deepened by this year’s Venus retrograde.

This month also brings a turn of the seasons when the Sun moves into Capricorn on December 21st. Solstice, whether Winter or Summer, is a a peak moment in the solar/earth cycle. The word solstice (stand still) invites you to take a moment to pause and reflect on the past year no matter what hemisphere you are celebrating in. A Jupiter/Mercury conjunction in Sagittarius on Solstice will help you see in the dark.

We end the year with Mars moving into Aries, adding a little rocket fuel to our entry into 2019. We’ll also be in eclipse season, preparing for 2 eclipses in January, a partial solar eclipse on January 5th and a total lunar eclipse on January 21st. More on those next month!

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NEW & FULL MOONS IN DECEMBER

The last New Moon of the year arrives on December 6th/7th in Sagittarius. It’s time to dream big and trust your instincts as you begin to vision into 2019. The archer rarely looks down, yet a tight square to a Mars/Neptune conjunction in Pisces provides just enough tension to require sincere effort to realize your goals. Look for the cracks in the foundation and begin strategizing now on how to make your dreams a reality.

The final Full Moon of the year is in Cancer, lighting up the sky on December 22nd. Feelings are front and center with this lunation. There is the potential to get a bit maudlin or prickly, especially if the libations are flowing. Finding safe & non-harmful ways to let your feelings flow rather than damming them up inside of you will help you move any stuck energy. This is a beautiful Full Moon to share a meal with friends and family, as Cancer rules the home and loves to nurture.

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CELESTIAL MOVES (all dates PST)

12/1: MERCURY RX ENTERS SCORPIO

Mercury was in Scorpio in from October 8th - 31st this year. What was on your mind back then? What conversations were you intent on having? You may see a reactivation of some of these topics in early December.

Mercury retrograde in Scorpio can result in some mental heaviness or verbal power struggles, or just a general intensity to thought processes & communications. This is especially true for anyone with planets in late Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus or Leo.

12/1: VESTA ENTERS AQUARIUS

Vesta is one of the many asteroid goddesses residing in the asteroid belt. As the Goddess of the hearth fire, Vesta carries the eternal flame. Astrologically, she describes the ways we face issues of work, devotion, and creative/sexual energy.

Her movement into Aquarius highlights renewed commitment to humanitarianism and freedom for the collective. She brings heightened rebellion against authority figures, and will be in Aquarius for the Women’s March in 2019.

12/2: VENUS ENTERS SCORPIO

Venus continues her journey through her own retrograde shadow, arriving in Scorpio just a day behind Mercury. Her re-entry into Scorpio has the potential to stir up some muddy waters in your lotus heart.

It will be very important to stay in a place of fierce compassion while navigating any shadow realms you may revisit. She will travel over her cazimi (conjunction with the Sun) degree on December 8th, reanimating the moment when she began this new cycle.

Her return to Scorpio, and especially revisiting this conception degree will bring some clarity, insights leading to breakthroughs and closure on what the Venus retrograde was about for you. Venus will remain in Scorpio until January 8th, 2019.

12/6: MERCURY STATIONS DIRECT IN SCORPIO

Mercury is almost at a standstill when it stations direct, so things might be more retrogradey then usual today. Look for resolutions to any places you feel stuck in mental power struggles as Mercury moves slowly forward. Mercury will stay in Scorpio until December 12th.

12/8: CHIRON STATIONS DIRECT IN PISCES

Chiron stations direct in Pisces on the heels of the New Moon. It is no coincidence that the Fourth National Climate Assessment was released during the last weeks of Chiron’s retrograde in Pisces, highlighting our collective wound of the anthropocene.

This station direct invites us into finding the medicine that soothes our wounds, the compassion to tend to our breaking hearts and the ability to move forward into the action of finding healing solutions, for one and for all.

12/12: MERCURY ENTERS SAGITTARIUS

This move will uplift the mind and lighten mental states. Bonuses include passionate conversations and inspired thinking. Shadows may show up as self-righteous, fanatical speeches and/or monologues.

Watch out for overspending! We would do well to remember that Mercury rules commerce, and Mercury in Sagittarius could take a big bite out of your wallet if you aren’t careful.

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12/21: SUN ENTERS CAPRICORN { WINTER / SUMMER SOLSTICE }

The Sun’s movement into Capricorn heralds the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest night down under. This year, solstice arrives the day after a Sun in Sagittarius trine to Uranus (retro) in Aries. This aspect lingers into Solstice and brings a strong intuitive capacity, flashes of brilliance and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone.

Capricorn season is a great time to address structural issues in your life, to reassess foundations and to plan for the future. Winter/Summer Solstice has got some inspiration and love vibes happening, with a Mercury/Jupiter conjunction in Sagittarius and a Venus in Scorpio trine to Neptune in Pisces. Take a moment to bask in the inner warmth of hope & optimism.

12/31: MARS ENTERS ARIES

We are ending the year with an upswing of energy as Mars enters Aries New Year’s Eve on the West Coast and New Year’s Day for the rest of the world. Mars was super meandering this year because of it’s retrograde from June 26th - August 27th.

Mars will help you find the courage to move toward your goals and assert your needs. Watch out for domination games & impulsive actions, especially during eclipse season in January. Mars will spend 6 weeks in Aries, moving into Taurus on February 14th. Should make for a very interesting Valentine’s day!

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END OF THE YEAR PLANETARY INVENTORY

We’re ending the year with a lot of forward momentum as all the main planets except for Uranus are direct, and Uranus will station direct on January 6th! This is a golden opportunity to work with the forward motion of the celestials. Lunar Cycle Strategy Coaching can help you make the most of this energy as it is activating your chart.

Planetary lineup on New Year’s Eve 2018

SUN IN CAPRICORN

MOON (WANING) IN SCORPIO

TRUE/NORTH NODE IN CANCER

SOUTH NODE IN CAPRICORN

MERCURY (DIRECT) IN SAGITTARIUS

VENUS (DIRECT) IN SCORPIO

MARS (DIRECT) IN ARIES

JUPITER (DIRECT) IN SAGITTARIUS

SATURN (DIRECT) IN CAPRICORN

URANUS (RETROGRADE) IN ARIES

NEPTUNE (DIRECT) IN PISCES

PLUTO (DIRECT) IN CAPRICORN

CHIRON (DIRECT) IN PISCES

CERES (DIRECT) IN SCORPIO

PALLAS (DIRECT) IN LIBRA

JUNO (DIRECT) IN TAURUS

VESTA (DIRECT) IN AQUARIUS

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