This Month: Astrological Trends * Nourishing Recommendations
April 5 – July 14 / November 20, 2019 – May 8, 2020 (exact January 12, 2020) Saturn in Capricorn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: The opportunity to deconstruct and reconstruct a new world. A steady and consistent effort can provide a way to work within the world that will honor our values in a noble way. Nature is larger than man, and we need to align with a higher vision as we make a new world, culture, society, and systems. The idea that men are machines or the ideas that our parents and the world has transmitted are not aligned with higher values. Saturn is the lord of karma and Pluto is the great destroyer/transformer/re-maker. Together, they can embody some larger conversations among nature and mankind is part of nature.
August 11 – January 10, 2020 Uranus Retrograde in Taurus: The latter part of the year is going to be a time of reflection on how we are planting the seeds that will become the future of planet earth. We may surprise ourselves with the innovations that are coming about and what that will mean for human comfort, and for human being. This can be seen on a personal level, as well. What is immovable in your life? Does it need to remain so, or can you find flexible places? Likely you are going to need to change things you were not expecting to change. Uranus usually bring anxiety and Uranus rules electricity, lightning, all your brilliance, and your highest-minded activity. Fast-moving Uranus and slowest-moving Taurus are together for about 7 years so it will be interesting to see how they integrate together. It is the energy of the moment of lightning striking the earth.
October 1 – December 10 (Exact November 8) Saturn in Capricorn sextile Retrograde Neptune in Pisces: A sense that the pressures we’ve been feeling will be loosened a little bit with Neptune’s timelessness and Saturn’s Timelord meeting up. Work on making progress on the many life-changing tasks before you but enjoy this time frame’s easing of the stress and feelings that time is compressed. Enjoy the thoughts that there is enough time, and things will happen in divine time.
November 26 – December 3 (exact November 29) Mercury in Scorpio sextile Saturn in Capricorn: What a nice bump of motivation to awaken us to our compass that tells us about what we believe. After our family gatherings (if you’re in the U.S.), it’s natural we will look at how we conceive of what’s moral and important in our development. It’s overall a time to see where we are at in out development and test the waters for the next phase of what we might build and become. We may get a glimpse of what we are ready for working toward.
November 24-December 2 (exact November 28) Mercury DIRECT in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces: This is a transcendent time when you can link into higher divine mind if you meditate, use automatic writing, or pay attention to your daydreams. Pay attention to how you feel and your intuition.
November 28- December 8 (exact December 3) Venus in Capricorn sextile Mars in Scorpio: Venus relates to Mars in a very elegant dance in this aspect, opening up new possibilities for us to relate to one another. Venus is the planet that activates our relationships and Mars is the planet that is our actions. What this says is that there will be plenty of support for positive interactions to build and promote relationships through depth and doing the hardest parts of things. You can approach and tackle the subjects you have been unable to approach in the past, taboo places, with confidence and success, during this time frame.
November 29-December 9 (exact December 3) Mars in Scorpio trine the North Node in Cancer; Sextile the South Node in Capricorn: Mars provides karmic information here that the actions we take to heal relationships will be the highest actions when we approach them in a nurturing and safe way. If we provide a soft landing for everyone around us, we will be on the path for our highest and best good. If we find ourselves pushing and feeling the sense of single-minded purpose, we are on the Capricorn and South-Node side. There is energy for that, but it is not the highest and best use of our wisdom according to astrology. Use the mother earth, water, Gaia energies. Use water logic to remain flexible. Don’t cling to the shore when faced with whatever you are faced with—allow the current to teach you how to swim in the uncertainty of the river.
December 2019 Astrology Trends
Chiron turns from retrograde to direct this month at a critical degree of Aries. This Chiron energy is most active from the beginning of the month through December 12, when Chiron stations and turns direct at 1 degree Aries, and about a week after: As we examine our painful ego structures, we are seeing Chiron at the most powerful point of the zodiac to confront the obstructions within us that need to be encompassed, understood, resolved, and to be integrated this December. Habits are challenged, and unprocessed residue from the past encountered–Inherited structures, ancestral energies, past lives, witnessing and letting go, whatever it takes to do so. Temporal and timeless energy is involved. Creating positive structures for a deeper sense of purpose. Peeling the onion to reveal layers of meaning in our lifetime and identifying the self–who it is doing the living. Pressures that separate us from our tribal identities. We may find thought shifts such as: we are for health instead of against illness, etc. Chiron represents a healing journey. Deeply personal and then transpersonal. Most powerful time is for the three weeks when Chiron is turning direct or retrograde, and Chiron turns direct on December 12. The key is to give space to your internal process. Center yourself in contemplation and allow the process to reveal itself to you. Hard aspects are easiest to see—they mean pressure, conflict and urgency. The hard aspects to Chiron for everyone right now are Chiron square Jupiter (and earlier in the month, Venus and later in the month, the Sun and then Mercury) in Capricorn (90 degrees). Chiron Sesquisquare Mars in Scorpio (135 degrees). Chiron oppose the moon on December 19 (180 degrees). Easy aspects are: Venus sextile Chiron, Moon sextile Chiron December 28. Mars Trine Chiron January 1.
December 1- 4 (exact December 3) Mercury in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn: The timing to trigger you to think about your deepest fears and wounds. Have you even thought about being altruistic lately, asks Pluto, in the face of everything that you are lacking, in the face of your own deepest pain?
December 2 Jupiter in Capricorn: Because there is a work party happening and you received an invitation, doesn’t mean you opened the envelope. It doesn’t mean you took the interview, the position, prepared for the job, or even met your team. It doesn’t mean you earned your degree or have decided on a course of study yet. However, Jupiter has entered Capricorn, the sign that talks to the great work of our lives. The mountain we are meant to climb. Have you looked into preparing for the journey? Almost all the planets are moving into Capricorn in December.
December 2-28 (Exact December 15) Jupiter in Capricorn trine retrograde Uranus in Taurus: Your calling is calling. Jupiter expands the whisper to a yodel. To a full-on choir of show tunes. If you haven’t heard your particular call-to-order, if you haven’t opened the envelope…Your envelope is about to turn into a Tardis. Your Sherpa guide is about to show up. It’s likely to look and sound something like Dr. Who. Entirely confusing and wacky and ready to go to a lot of dimensions. I mean, what were we going to do in the time between time anyway?
December 1-6 (exact December 3) Venus in Capricorn conjunct South Node / Oppose the North Node in Cancer: Let’s talk through how relationships can be integrated to be easier on everyone. It’s easy to think you should “work on your relationships.” This is looking at the higher order of relationships, which says that it’s really easy to wound others. Look to be mindful and give it a rest. Try easier when it comes to others. Cancer energy reminds us that the core of people can be super sensitive. We are all family, after all. Capricorn can be pretty focused on the task instead of the heart. That would be the lower path, even though it would be the easy way out. The North Node is trying to teach us that the divine feminine is the higher path at this time.
December 5-10 (exact December 8) Sun in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces: We can be deceived or clouded by something that seems to make perfect sense to us, a philosophical, expansive, or international / educational endeavor. There’s something at cross purposes not letting us marry expansion and integration.
December 6-11 (exact December 8) Venus in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces: Here is a boost of energy for your relationships from the divine. You can use your resources to work on relational issues or to boost your creativity. It can also be a time for connecting to resources that are divinely inspired. Align chakras, get grounded, seek nature.
December 7-14 (exact December 11) Venus in Capricorn Conjunct Saturn in Capricorn: This is a good time to “reset” the way you would reset your clock or watch. Your internal clock needs to be reset as well. Use this energy to perform some crystal energy work or to balance yourself somehow—a chakra meditation, a massage, or something physical and first-chakra-oriented. Attend to financial matters. Balance your checkbook, too.
December 10-15 (exact December 13) Venus in Capricorn Conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: Here is the time to allow yourself to interact with the larger forces of life that are beyond your personal level of control. How are you experiencing “The Force?”
December 9 Mercury enters Sagittarius: You may start asking the big questions. What is the meaning of life? When can I travel out of the country? What degree do I wish to get next?
December 11/12 Full Moon in Gemini: While the Sun is still in Sagittarius, the Gemini Moon asks us to enjoy ourselves a bit. Venus situates herself between Saturn and Pluto and is still in conversation with Mars, so there is the idea of relaxing a bit before almost the entire retinue of planets enters Capricorn and says to us let’s climb a mountain, folks. For this Full Moon, we can still take our shoes off and dance around in the meadow, although we should be careful not to step on any sharp objects. Let’s take advantage of the down time and do some fun activities for the Full Moon because Gemini doesn’t like to take things so seriously (nor does the Sagittarius Sun). Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn may want us to be serious in the back of our minds so also don’t overdo any indulgence such as food or drink or spending—but within limits—take a break here on this day. If you’re thinking of holiday celebrations, this is the time of month to get together with people. Later in the month, it’s going to be much more challenging.
December 2-25 (exact December 9) Jupiter in Capricorn square Chiron in Aries: Overconfidence can create a crisis here. Perhaps overextended. This can lead to opportunities for healing and regeneration as well. We need to use imagination and see where we have been underestimating ourselves and our abilities. Aries is the wound that said: “I should not be.” Who told us we should not be? How can we heal from that each day as we stop compensating for existing and use Mars energy to pioneer a new feeling of aliveness?
December 9-10 Mercury in Sagittarius trine Chiron in Aries: Being able to accelerate your healing without focusing too hard or overthinking.
December 8-18 (exact December 13) Mars in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces: You can use your energy in concert with higher intelligence during this period. You will be able to act in tune with the environment around you, taking the cues as they come and feeling in the flow of things.
December 14-24 (exact December 19) Mars in Scorpio sextile Saturn in Capricorn: Here is controlled transformation. There is a lot of energy that has been building for asserting what we want to build and change as we climb our mountain into the future. Saturn is letting us know what limits we have, and Mars is letting us know what we need to let go of, so this looks like they’re working together in a death and transformation process along with Pluto in Capricorn.
December 18-21 (Exact December 20) Mercury in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces: We may encounter the push-pull of circumstances that require a lot of mental energy that is somewhat exhausting, or dreams that are disconcerting. It’s like the sulfur hot geyser underground that suddenly erupts and smells funky. You would rather be able to see through the steam and have a predictable time.
December 20 Venus in Aquarius: We are able to take a step back from the sober way we have been interacting and now we can make our relating a little cooler and more intellectual. We may feel more distant but also more ready to make commitments.
December 17-26 (exact December 22) Mars in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn: Mars and Pluto are trying to work in the same direction in a death and transformation process. This is about letting go in a transpersonal process. If you are at a place where you can see this, then you are likely not causing harm during this process.
December 22 Sun in Capricorn: The Sun enters the sign of work and planning, systems and governments. This is a big time of effort and looking at the great work of our lifetime. Whatever you care about—it is astrologically time to focus on that element of living. It doesn’t need to be what you get paid for, by the way. That may not be the “work” of your lifetime, or your calling. There needn’t be a link between a paycheck and what is valuable.
December 22-26 (Exact December 23) Sun in Capricorn square Chiron in Aries: We may allow the fact that we have been hurt and don’t believe in the worth of our dreams to belay our progress forward. That would be a shame, so let’s try to maintain our healing and focus on growth and moving through the ways we have been wounded by those who held a negative view of us in the past.
December 22-28 (exact December 24 Sun in Capricorn trine Uranus retrograde in Taurus: A time when our individual pursuits have a lot of support and we can feel quite stimulated to move forward independently. Creatively, we can depend on our own resources, plans, and two hands. A good time for hard work.
December 25 – 30 (exact December 27) Sun Conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn: Get down to business. Do quiet tasks. Build stuff. Bring your plans into the physical realm. Expand your dreams.
December 25-January 17 (exact January 6, 2020) Jupiter conjunct South Node in Capricorn and Oppose North Node in Cancer: One of the things to watch out for as Jupiter approaches Saturn and Pluto is a sense of lulling ourselves to sleep—that we don’t need to worry about being sensitive to the “other.” That the Cancerian, or sensitive, side of the zodiac, will take care of itself while we accomplish the great works of our lives. The North Node is in Cancer. Cancer is the sign of the mother, of family, of emotions, of sensitivities, of the base of life. With expansive Jupiter in Capricorn—the outer world where we have a chance to build our reputation and do our great works—we can build systems and build ourselves right out of our comforts. We can fall prey to overconfidence and arrogance through the Capricorn South Node conjunction. We can over-work and under-rest. We can bask in the work and lose our selves.
Solar Eclipse – New Moon in Capricorn on December 26: The New Moon is conjunct Jupiter, so what you experience and feel and whatever you bring to life or build, will be multiplied at this time. It’s a good idea to be mindful about what you put energy toward this Christmas and on the day after Christmas. Doing something with your hands—making art, working on a cherished project, etc.—is a nice way to use the New Moon energy. Do and build something that is important to you.
December 27 (exact December 30) Sun conjunct South Node in Capricorn and Oppose North Node in Cancer: This brings energy for work while also asking the questions again about work-life balance.
December 28 Mercury in Capricorn: Now our thoughts move into the sign of Capricorn as well. We slow down and think about the big projects and goals of our lifetimes. What matters to us? Our minds can focus and think about how to structure the future.
December 29-30 Mercury in Capricorn square Chiron in Aries: Now we can change our minds and change our beliefs even if those around us don’t believe in us. Just let that be the fuel to believe in ourselves even more. Eventually, “if we build it, they will come.”
December 30-31 Mercury in Capricorn trine Uranus in Taurus: Our unique mind can provide insights that are truly beneficial and we can see clearly to how to bring forth some great new inventions or build some new projects that can develop into helpful things for the environment around us.
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