“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” Attributed to Rabbi Tarfon 70-135 CE.
The astrology of the moment improves after the winter solstice Sunset on December 21, but in the meantime, love the few wonderful moments and treat one another with as much compassion as possible. Headlines scream at us with evidence of just how truly nasty humankind can be. We are in the midst of some difficult aspects, but we can navigate them successfully if we pay attention and keep our heart open.
This last week’s urgent Mars/Pluto/Uranus t-square (activating Mars in Libra opposed electrical Uranus in Aries, both square powerful Pluto- 11/25-12/20) has energized us but also inflamed rhetoric and hate crimes, but we don’t have to pour oil on those fires.
This t-square hammers our attention back to the big issues of our time, and calls for a new layer of work. Everything feels urgent. But this T-square also gives us the bravery and energy to do what needs to be done, and along with the present Mercury in Capricorn’s industrious and Venus in Scorpio’s focus, we can be remarkably productive between now and the new year. We need to deal with all conflicts directly, cleanly and with maturity though, otherwise violence percolates, resentment churns, and once we’re triggered, it will take extra effort to control our impulses.
It’s time to practice and integrate all we’ve learned over the last couple of years. We’ll be talking over this process relentlessly as Mercury moves towards a conjunction with Pluto and reverberates with that T-square by the end of this week. And in the tension we can find seeds of camaraderie and mutual support to solve these problems. We need to use this momentum positively so we don’t hook into the negative momentum. We also need to be honest and clear about our feelings and responsible for our own emotional contentment.
This morning a New Moon in Sagittarius makes us want to start over, to let go of some old baggage and create a new approach that is clear, simple, and direct. The new moon calls for honesty, but that may be not all that easy. Recent tumultuous aspects have really stirred the pot in both the cultural and personal sense; our feelings may be our truth, but may not reflect the facts. We need to stay curious and look into the layers of the truth at hand.
This new Moon in Sagittarius also reminds us take a step back and get a larger, more global perspective, and know that our local experience is not separate, our weather, our politics, our food chain is inextricably connected to the big picture. It bring us a chance to break through with a new level of transparency, honesty, and willingness to listen to another person’s truth with an open mind as Pluto conjunction the asteroid Pallas Athena and Mars in Libra quincunx the healing asteroid Chiron. This same aspect also will make us less tolerant of an effort to cover, to obfuscate or hide what’s going on, even if it’s just Christmas presents.
But along with all this tough political work, the Sagittarius new Moon also encourages gratitude, brings in seasonal cheer and can help lighten our otherwise heavy hearts with acts of kindness, and even acts of silliness. Sagittarius encourages us to believe in the healing power of laughter, something that’s been a little thin on the ground these days.
The weekend is may be too businesslike for holiday parties under a Capricorn Moon with Venus semi-sextile Saturn. Don’t get grim while hanging the mistletoe. Traditions and organization can help us feel more in control, more grounded and connected. This industriousness is great for rituals or more formal gatherings, and for personal work.
Even though we continue to grapple with the big issues of our time, the holiday enthusiasm also picks up early next week as the Sun squares generous Jupiter and Mercury sextiles Neptune. We may feel the spirit, feel inspired to do something generous and idealistic, and certainly will feel the season more if we extend our hearts. Because Mercury is now in practical, dour Capricorn, it helps to do something tangibly good, not just theoretically good. Bake cookies for the homeless shelter, contact a mosque or welcome a refugee, or speak up articulately for something we believe in.
Midweek brings us lots of emotional processing as the Moon enters Pisces on Wednesday as Venus sextiles Pluto, lord of the depths. We can get positively squishy-hearted. Let us empathize, but not be overwhelmed.
Mercury sets off that T-square at the end of the week. We may feel the enormity of the world’s grief, and feel our sanity and logic head in one direction, while our call to action heads in another. We can hang in there with every bit of durability and ability to transform that is the silver lining of these tough transits.
These will not be the most extroverted of winter holidays. We may be feeling unusually internal, or quiet, longing for simple things like safety and security and peace on earth. By strange paradox, with Venus in Scorpio this longing for peace can provoke resentment for those that disturb our peace; tempting us to think that specific others are to blame, and our life would be so much better if only they were not in it. We can certainly see this on the political level, but let’s watch this pattern also in in our personal relationships. Yes, we need moments of solitude, but watch a tendency to isolate or pull back from our beloveds just when we need to move in and hold on. The winter solstice seasonal holidays remind us, in these longest and darkest few weeks, that when the light returns, it returns to us all. Hold hands and walk through the tricky aspects this week, compassion will make all the difference.
Friday, December 11: The new Moon in Sagittarius calls us to review and renew our world view. We will feel restless with old ideals and habits, but it’s up to us whether we expand or contract in response to the challenging world events. We want the truth, and in some cases that sets us free, but in other cases people will take it as a chance to be truly terrible in the name of honesty. Just because it’s true doesn’t mean we need to say it; ask if it is necessary and if it’s kind. Sore points chafe this morning, impatience pushes us, but enthusiasm once to leak through and small moments of lovely joy weaves in between. The solstice season kicks into high gear on this new Moon; release some old baggage and step forward.
Pluto conjunct Pallas Athena 12:52 AM, new Moon in Sagittarius 3:29 AM, Moon square Jupiter 9:05 AM, Mars quincunx Chiron 9:43 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 11 PM,
Saturday, December 12: This is competent day. We can work hard, but get a little grim over the tinsel this morning as Venus semi-sextiles Saturn under and industrious Capricorn Moon. Our recent stress or sense of overwhelmed can come out in our control issues; let’s see if we can laugh when we see them, be kind to our stress, and co-create rather than control. Keep priorities clear, keep purpose in mind, focus on why and relax about how. Evening softens and sparkles as the Moon sextiles Venus, but moods deepen later on and trouble can stir overnight.
Moon conjunct Mercury 4:02 AM, Venus semi-sextile Saturn 11:32 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 12:55 PM, Moon sextile Venus 4:36 PM.
Sunday, December 13: We may feel like we just have to do something, anything about what bothers us this morning as the Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus. Notice the feelings, but don’t take their anxiety and/or control issues out close to home. Let’s acknowledge the bigger issues that are not controllable, and do what we can close to home. The mood opens up this afternoon and encourages a more generous and philosophical perspective as the Moon trines Jupiter. Our concerns return late tonight, but improve if we can make some tangible plans for the weekend ahead.
Moon conjunct Pluto 2:03 AM, Moon square Uranus 6:01 AM, Moon square Mars 8:47 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 4:07 PM, Moon semi-square Saturn 7:28 PM.
Monday, December 14: We need our community, our team, and want to feel a sense of collaboration under an Aquarius Moon and as the Sun squares far-seeing Jupiter. Mercury sextiles Neptune and we want to believe, we have access to great imagination, but may also have moments when the world looks alien to us, or we just want to escape from all the stress and hard edges of the world. We may also have reason to deeply empathize with those in pain, those without security or safety. Let’s manifest in the microcosm what we’d like to see on the macrocosm. Find peace within, then share it without.
Moon enters Aquarius 5:58 AM, Sun square Jupiter 8:02 AM, Mercury sextile Neptune 12:39 PM, Moon semi-square Sun 7:47 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 10:22 PM,
Tuesday, December 15: This can be a pleasant day in a difficult week; the foreground aspects can ease our situation and allow life to flow more comfortably and more cooperatively, even though the bigger aspects are still brooding on the major issues. Take advantage of this flow; make agreements, run errands and smile while you do it, let’s see if we can stir that goodwill into a pleasant warm flame. Our minds can get more brittle, our worries ratchet up this evening as Mercury semi-sextile Saturn; keep tasks small and more gets done.
Moon square Venus 3:26 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 11:19 AM, Moon trine Mars 4:23 PM, Mercury semi-sextile Saturn 10:46 PM.
Wednesday, December 16: We move into a more vulnerable, sensitive and potentially melancholic mood as the Moon enters sensitive Pisces while Mercury approaches Pluto. We may feel flooded, literally or figuratively. Go gently with one another, bring the focus back to what works, to the random acts of kindness and beauty as a way of staying hopeful and constructive. Celebrate small victories, prayer, and intuitive connections. A shared sense of hope or faith furthers tonight as the Moon conjuncts Neptune.
Moon semi-square Pluto 9:55 AM Moon enters Pisces 10:44 AM, Moon semi-squares Uranus 1:31 PM, Moon conjunct Neptune 11:19 PM.
Thursday, December 17: What radical act of compassion can we express today as Venus sextiles Pluto and calls us to our heart. What wildly creative outburst of seasonal craft or angst filled art can we express. It is easy to feel old or creaky this morning, or feel easily discouraged until mid-day. The Moon then trines Venus, conjuncts Chiron, and brings more hope, and more great advice; we feel better when we offer someone the pearls of wisdom of our experience, or garner the jewels of theirs.
Moon square Saturn 3:13 AM, Venus sextile Pluto 4:19 AM, Mercury sextile the Moon 4 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 11:58 AM, Moon trine Venus 12:39 PM, Moon conjunct Chiron at 4:20 PM.