The Moon is our constantly changing companion. She lifts our tides and lights our nights. She reflects our needs, moods and daily deeds.
StarIQ cofounder Jeff Jawer looks at astrological events for this lunar cycle to describe energy patterns for the month ahead. This is a big picture view of the general cosmic weather that affects us all.
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New Moon in Sagittarius
Monday, December 2, 4:22 pm PST, 7:22 pm EST
Sagittarius is a sign of hope. The Archer's arrow aims toward a better tomorrow where our highest aspirations can be realized. This New Moon reminds us of these optimistic instincts and the ever-present potential for learning and growth. Surprising insights and philosophical breakthroughs are potential plusses with inventive Uranus' harmonious trine to this Sun-Moon conjunction. We may be freed from the limits of old beliefs as we blaze a path toward exciting new ones. Expressing the truths we discover while respecting the ideas of others is key to avoiding the intolerance that comes when we think that we have all the answers.
Mercury in Sagittarius
Wednesday, December 4, 6:43 pm PST, 9:43 pm EST
Cerebral Mercury, the master of data and details, is less concerned with practical matters during its three-week transit in big-thinking Sagittarius. This farsighted point of view is useful for spurring intuition, inspiration and recognizing lofty principles, but can make us less effective at dealing with facts. Aspirations may blossom in this high-minded environment, yet a failure to ground them in reality is a possible risk..
Mars in Libra
Saturday, December 7, 12:42 pm PST, 3:42 pm EST
Energetic Mars usually blasts through a sign in about seven weeks but this time stays in lovable Libra until July 25, 2014. This extended visit is due to the warrior planet's retrograde period from March 1 until May 19. Mars is generally not comfortable in this diplomatic sign where its spontaneity, independence and aggression are cooled by the need to compromise and accommodate others. Yet this also enables us to build more effective relationships and be more strategic in our approach to others. We can still initiate projects with Mars in Libra, but greater social awareness and cooperation are required to get them off the ground.
Jupiter trine Saturn
Thursday, December 12
Gigantic Jupiter and reserved Saturn represent expansion and contraction. This favorable aspect is the second in a series of three that first occurred on July 17 and will happen again next May 24, making this a ten-month process of aligning Jupiterian aspirations with Saturnian discipline. Solidifying a long-term plan, making a major career move and committing to a cause work well with this ideal balance of optimism and realism. This trine occurs in the sensitive water signs of Cancer and Scorpio, indicating that an emotional investment is needed to capitalize on its potential.
Full Moon in Gemini
Tuesday, December 17, 4:22 pm PST, 7:22 pm EST
The mentally mobile Gemini Moon's opposition to the Sun in philosophical Sagittarius represents a contrast between two different ways of thinking. The Twins are concerned with the here and now and the Archer is interested in the big picture. On the downside, this Full Moon can overload us with information about the present that distracts attention from larger issues or we become so concerned with principles that we ignore basic facts. On the other hand, this lunation inspires us to initiate meaningful discussions with others. It can also trigger an internal dialogue that allows us to find meaning in the moment and to recognize how today's perceptions shape tomorrow's events.
Tuesday, December 17
The planet of revolution's return to forward motion will make radical changes easier to execute in the months to come. Some of the rebellious thoughts and innovative ideas floating in our heads can be more readily expressed, freeing us to reinvent ourselves. However, Uranus' ongoing square with potent Pluto reminds us to be selective about which rules, patterns and habits we choose to break as the impact could be greater than anticipated.
Sun in Capricorn
Saturday, December 21, 9:11 am PST, 12:11 pm EST
The Sun's entry into earthy Capricorn marks the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer below the equator. This Saturn-ruled sign, associated with ambition, order, rules and authority, demands that we take care of business. Attaining security through visible accomplishments is one of its central goals. But you don't have to be gifted to advance your interests in tenacious Capricorn where persistent effort is worth more than raw talent. Being accountable and behaving maturely earn the respect that is another benefit of this month-long transit.
Saturday, December 21
Sweet Venus is somewhat restrained in sober Capricorn and her retrograde period, lasting until January 31, adds another dose of introversion. While we may be feeling less sociable during this time, it's an excellent opportunity to reassess our values. If working hard to get ahead is unsatisfying, finding inner happiness becomes a desirable alternative. Relationships are also up for review as the memories of past partnerships resurface. Reconnections with lost friends, old lovers and creative allies are likely to be more common now.
Mercury in Capricorn
Tuesday, December 24, 2:13 am PST, 5:13 am EST
Ideas are put into order and communications focus more on facts than feelings with Mercury in authoritative Capricorn. This transit is excellent for streamlining systems, setting priorities and establishing productive procedures. Conversations, though, are likely to be less casual if people try to prove their mental superiority instead of sharing information among equals.
Sun conjunct Mercury
Saturday, December 28. 10:28 pm PST, Sunday, December 29, 1:28 am EST
The alignment of the planets of identity and intellect in structured Capricorn is normally helpful for seeing and communicating clearly. Yet both planets form stressful squares with volatile Uranus on December 29 to rattle thinking and shake up communication patterns. This is one of several year-ending aspects that include a demanding Mars-Pluto square on the 30th and Mercury's suspicious conjunction with Pluto on the 31st. Minor issues can provoke unreasonably intense reactions, so choose your words and your battles carefully.
The New Moon in Sagittarius raises the bar on possibilities, lifting our hearts and minds to a higher level of expectation and awareness. It's a time when we are motivated by a spirit of adventure that burns off old doubts and clears a path to a more positive picture of the future.
Have a great month!
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