Monthly Forecast for December 2013
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The new moon on December 2nd is in the sign of Sagittarius. It’s a good time to focus on goals having to do with travel, philosophy, and education. Mercury is in the last degrees of Scorpio at this new moon, adding a bit of extra intensity to the usually quiet period.
Mars begins an extended stay in Libra on the 7th. In the sign of balance and social graces, the Warrior can feel a bit out of place, but this placement can help us to be a bit more reserved and civil in our interactions, something we can use right now. The downside of Mars in Libra is the possibility of passive-aggressive behavior. Still, we’re more likely to dash off a terse memo than resort to fisticuffs, and that’s a good thing. Mars will retrograde in Libra, keeping him in the sign until early summer of 2014. While in the sign of the scales, he will be touching off the Uranus-Pluto square, adding to that already intense combination. He'll also be heating things up for those with Libra suns and ascendants. Here's a video on Mars in Libra from the last time he was in the sign - most of the stuff holds for this trip.
Mercury trines Uranus on the 10th, opening up our insight and fostering creative possibilities. A constructive trine between Jupiter and Saturn on the 12th may go unnoticed, but it holds great potential for harmonious action on financial, political, and social issues. It’s a constructive aspect that will help to bring the insights of the 10th down to earth.
Tuning in to potential and constructive energy is important, because the end of the month has very charged energy that will be difficult to handle if we haven’t reached a decision about where to go and what to do. If you’ve got a goal in mind, it’s time to get moving, but free-floating energy could be very problematic. There’s too much energy to sit still, impatience is high, and rash actions may predominate. Just as the holiday season peaks, independence and concern for our individual needs and wants is likely to be far stronger than the pull towards collective agreement.
The kickoff is on the 17th, when Uranus stations to move direct on a full moon. Uranus stations feature impatient, edgy energy that urges us to move forward. We tap our inner revolutionary, and collectively we may see an upsurge in individuals and groups going to extremes. The full moon energy will only add to the intensity of the day, bringing to light issues that have been simmering on the back burner and adding an emotional charge.
Two events highlight the 21st. First, the winter solstice occurs at 12:10 p.m., EST. The days are at their darkest and the sun is furthest south, but it is just at this time that we turn and begin heading towards the light of summer. A few hours later, Venus stations to retrograde for 40 days. Venus retrogrades are times to reflect on relationship rather than move forward with new partnerships. We may reconsider what we want and what we value, and may revisit past relationships in order to resolve incomplete emotions. Venus retrogrades are also tricky times for getting things assessed and recognizing value. Click here for more on Venus retrograde.
Reflection is unlikely to be prominent in other areas over the next week as fiery hot aspects among the sun, Mercury, Mars, Uranus, and Pluto keep the burner on high. Although aspects may form on particular days, expect the general mood to prevail through New Year's Day.
The 25th is marked by a challenging opposition of Mars and Uranus. Social constraints are no match for the independent energy of these two planets, and strong words could fly across the holiday table. Give yourself and others some space.
Mercury squares Uranus on the 29th, opening up the potential for brilliant insights, if anyone will listen, as this aspect also has a tendency for wearing patience down to the bone. The sun's square to Uranus early on the 30th can amp up the tension between individual needs and society's expectations, and add action to words.
The year ends with a new moon, a time of endings and beginnings, in the early morning of January 1st. In the preceding three days, however, Mercury and the sun begin setting off the Uranus-Pluto square, making for what might be the most intense time since early October (and early November).
Wishing you a joyous 2014!
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