note: all dates and times in this article are based on Universal Time Zone
This month’s ASTRO CALENDAR lists major planetary placements & patterns, together with movement of the Moon and void of course phases, on a daily basis.
Check this month’s HOROSCOPE for your Zodiac Sign, may the energies serve you well this month!
Sagittarius Season began on 22nd November and continues until the 21st of this month when, at this year’s second powerful solstice point, the Sun moves into the third earth sign Capricorn. December is a solar blend of fire and earth elements which enables us to turn potentials and possibilities into strategies for long term success. This optimistic yet realistic combination could help us to maximise the opportunities that appear in our lives.
Here are the highlights in this month’s astrological cycles. Invite them to guide and empower your manifestation projects and ask for their assistance when you struggle to cope with the harsher aspects of life on Planet Earth.
1-6 December Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius both square Neptune in Pisces & Ceres in Virgo and trine Eris in Aries. Try not to get confused when deciding which of your creative ideas must be given your full attention. You can be flexible about keeping all your options open, but your focus will be sharper if you keep it centred on one task at a time.
Venus also opposes Mars in Gemini and Mercury squares Jupiter in Pisces this week. Do not worry about falling behind your peers if you have to take time out to reflect on where your life is leading. It is far more important to clarify any doubts you might have about whether you are headed in the right direction.
Even though we may not be aware that we are directly involved in the movement that is creating a shift in consciousness on our home planet, we are all contributors in one way or another. Gradually, it is beginning to dawn on us that we have total control over our own perceptions and therefore over our own lives. We are channelling the influences from Neptune that are helping us to unlock the power of our imagination and change the state of our minds through the use of self-belief, positive thoughts and imagery. Many of us are receiving and transmitting inspirational energy while we are asleep, meditating, dozing or daydreaming.
Put your mind into planning mode. Use it to create strategies for long-term success. Draw on experience you have gained over time, and look to respected role models for their specialised guidance and instruction. This could be a good time to write your CV. Make sure that everything you put into it is relevant and of interest to authority figures who might be interviewing you in future. It is important to stress the reasoning that guides your decisions, especially if they do not appear to follow conventional routes to achievement. This is a process which requires care and attention as it gives structure and form to your aims, ambitions and prospects.
An educational programme, a sales or marketing idea, a communication or logistics project could be coming to fruition. It has passed through the elementary stage and is now ready to be taken to the next phase of development. This would be a good point to address any teething problems which may prevent you from moving your creation to a more advanced level. You could consider looking to contacts within your local community for imaginative input and emotional support.
As this Full Moon occurs very soon after a meetup with Planet Mars moving retrograde in Gemini, it is important not to skip over key stages in your endeavour. Acting on the premise that if you take rapid action now you will be able to fill in the gaps later could result in mistakes and misunderstandings which simply send you back to square one, to face the delays you thought you had avoided.
8 December Pluto in Capricorn trine Ceres in Virgo. Try not to take a single minute of your daily life for granted. Giving full attention to each of the assignments on your to-do list, no matter how simple, becomes a form of meditation. Your manifestation process is empowered by your conscious awareness, and you begin to feel capable of creating whatever it is you wish to achieve.
Please do not give into any unrealistic urges that encourage you to set off on an unplanned adventure into the unknown. This is not the time to avoid your responsibilities by doing a disappearing act. Consolidate on the preparations you made earlier in the year to apply your talents and abilities in ways which are designed to help you achieve your ambitions in life. You may need to rebalance any discordant energies within yourself, particularly those that create a tendency to criticise or to belittle the results you have produced so far. An honest evaluation of your efforts is helpful whereas the kind of harsh judgement that stifles your self-esteem is definitely not.
14-15 December Sun in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces & Ceres in Virgo, trine Eris in Aries. Try not to let nebulous doubts and uncertainties confuse you or weaken your self-respect. Stop concerning yourself with issues that are beyond your control and focus your energy on what can be accomplished. Take a strong stand against any unseen influences which undermine your confidence and self-belief and weaken your sense of wellbeing.
15-17 December Mercury in Capricorn square Chiron in Aries, trine North Node & Uranus in Taurus. If the degree of difficulty in your life seems to be getting evermore challenging it might be helpful to consider that you are enrolled on a tough but evolutionary Cosmic PhD course known as Earth Plane Existence in 3D Reality. Your ability to grapple with the gruelling stages in this degree programme and endure the tests it puts you through ensures that you will graduate with honours!
18 December Jupiter in Pisces opposing Ceres in Virgo. If you are approaching something which seems overwhelming in its enormity, do not presume that it is too big or too much for you. By downsizing it into a series of workable stages or phases you could find that the potential for a favourable outcome becomes far more feasible.
Caring Ceres has entered the sign of one to one relationships. Call on her for help if you are hoping to make your partnerships, whether personal or professional, more fertile and fulfilling. Under this placement, there is potential for all kinds of collaborative and cooperative projects to take root and flourish. But these seeds of growth need to be nurtured and protected. They will not thrive by being taken for granted, or left to their own devices. Mutual appreciation is the magic ingredient which sustains the type of harmonious relations that reap the richest rewards.
19-20 December Venus in Capricorn square Chiron in Aries trine North Node in Taurus. Your personal healing process hits a rough patch when it takes you to a time which forces you to confront painful wounds from your past. Be assured that this experience is written into your Soul Plan as an essential part of your evolutionary progress. But you are not expected to struggle through this testing time alone. It would not be a sign of weakness to seek support from a wise adviser, therapist or counsellor to help you uncover the true source of your unease.
This placement of the outward-bound planet favours the qualities of bravery and independence. Jupiter is encouraging you to take the initiative and to strike out on your own, even though you may doubt that your bold move will succeed.
The most intrepid and insatiable of planets in our solar system does not really care about hitting targets or winning prizes, he is far more interested in exploration and adventure. Jupiter offers you the chance to expand your horizons and embrace new opportunities. It brings a sense that anything is possible, provided you are ready to give it a go. But this exhilarating influence can take you on a roller coaster ride to recklessness if you are not careful to consider the full implications of any risks involved. There is a point when self-sufficiency can be taken to extremes and become self-destructive.
The best way to use this forward-moving intrepid energy is by channelling it into some form of personal growth training, especially the kind that helps you to develop your potential as an instigator, a motivator, or a coach. This is the type of knowledge that can be self-taught, as it originates from your individual character, qualities and experiences.
The Sun has entered the third and final Earth sign, which marks a milestone in your progress towards the manifestation of your goals. Once again you have reached the turning of the year so be of good cheer! You have come this far, regardless of all the obstacles and delays which blocked your way. You are ready to give yourself a pat on the back for surviving through the hard times and for optimising any opportunities that crossed your path. It is now time to evaluate your progress and formulate plans for the next stage of your endeavour. Try not to get drawn into negative doubts and fears about the future. Look to your own situation and play up the positivity within it. Simplify the stuff that complicates your life, especially if it has anything to do with worldly achievement, social status or impressing other people. Your personal happiness and fulfilment are paramount, and far more important than stressing about keeping up appearances.
22 December Sun in Capricorn squares Jupiter in Aries and Ceres in Libra. Achieving your ambitions in life is all about knowing when the best course of action is to forge ahead with a totally spontaneous, optimistic outlook and when it is time to carefully assess the pros and cons of a specific plan or proposal. A knack for negotiating the perfect balance between these two options puts you firmly on course to accomplishing your goals.
Venus in Capricorn trine Uranus in Taurus. The human talent that is probably most valuable and worthy of esteem is that which enables us to improvise and innovate using natural resources which are freely available to us. But in order to be truly sustainable this process should incorporate a enduring respect for those resources and a genuine commitment never to waste or exploit them.
This is the optimum time to set intentions and sow seeds for a fresh start which will generate new life in your vocation, career or profession. You are at the initial stage of creating schemes and strategies that provide the structure, goals and timelines to help sustain your progress. The first phase should involve selecting a recipe for achievement with its sights set on long-term results.
Be careful to find a balance between forging ahead before you have had a chance to formulate plans, and settling into a state of prolonged procrastination. Ideally, you can produce a well-defined design with clearly marked stages that provide you with the purpose and direction on which to build your blueprint for success.
When you initiate any self-healing procedure it is very important to remember that motivation is the magic ingredient which will ensure a successful outcome. Your willingness to win against the problems that plague your life determines the extent and effectiveness of your victory. There may be certain aspects of your process which cannot be carried out by you alone, and that require specialist input from others. Asking for assistance in these circumstances is not a display of weakness, it is a highly sensible move and a symptom of your self-awareness. The courage and enthusiasm you bring to your cure will enhance the abilities of any consultants, counsellors, therapists and practitioners who come to your aid, helping them to help you to help yourself!
27-31 December Mercury conjunct Venus in Capricorn square Eris in Aries. You can take an ambitious tone without alienating rivals who might start spreading vicious rumours about you. A wiser ploy would be to keep them on side, as they could prove to be supportive allies providing you with a useful networking source which produces important connections who may help to further your interests.
There could be certain aspects of your plans and projections, procedures and protocols which require revision. Do not see this as a setback but as a chance to reinforce the potential for success within your design. The effort you expend on streamlining your strategy will not be wasted. On the contrary, it should enhance the professionalism of your presentation. You may need to rethink your attitude to timing because moving too fast before all the essential boxes have been ticked might result in outcomes which create more problems than they solve.
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