An astrological analysis of the week to help you make the most of the moment.
What a good week for holidays. If we can work through a few technical difficulties and drive safely, we can look forward to some extraordinary moments. Logistical difficulties still abound as the weekend begins. If we run around, we’ll be running in circles as Mercury appears to hold still against the zodiac. Mercury has appeared retrograde for the last three weeks, but it turns direct tonight. After a brief, several-day hesitant tumult, all things Mercurial, like travel, communication, timing, technology, package-arrival, and mutual understanding, can begin to straighten out. In the meantime, while Mercury appears to hold still, travel with care, humor, and reading materiel for delays. Know when to take a moment alone. With Mars in Scorpio now, we’ll all need a dash of solitude between our social obligations, and will tend to remain painfully aware of the world’s woes even as we celebrate. Today is a great day… Read More
The Sun is a distant orb this darkest week of the year. The energy ebbs until the winter solstice, when the Sun enters Capricorn and appears to hold still for three days before the days begin to grow longer again. Saturn, the planet that symbolizes our bones and teeth, the traditions, structure, and rules that shape our society, enters its home sign of Capricorn for the next three years. We sit on the edge of a change, so let’s make friends with the gift of Capricorn and keep our eyes open for its shadow. Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign whose determined, ambitious and competent energy is symbolized by an intriguing mer-goat, a creature with a mermaid’s tail that dives down to the bottom of the ocean of our collective consciousness to find a dream, and then walks it to the highest mountain. In Capricorn time, we need clear goals,… Read More
It may be the season to be jolly, but there are a lot of zingers flying through the air to test our joy. With the Sun, retrograde Mercury, Venus, and Saturn all now in positive outspoken Sagittarius, impatient curiosity and frank directness can help us keep a twinkle in our eyes, but we may sparkle under duress. Under this Sagittarian lineup we can feel a compulsion to speak out and share our truth, whether our friend or senator wants to hear it or not. But truth is a complicated thing, and it can be tempting to oversimplify. Mercury retrograde easily clouds our communication (December 2-22) while a conjunction between Saturn and Mercury brings a new seriousness to our words and weight to our decisions, from the national tax package to far subtler personal choices. Because of Mercury’s retrograde cycle, that Mercury-Saturn conjunction becomes exact three times, November 28, December 6,… Read More
Communication is key this week, don’t take it for granted; cherish every moment of understanding. As Mercury turns retrograde (Dec.2-22) and the Sun squares intuitive but confusing Neptune, we step out of ordinary reality and into mythic time. While this can help us create our holiday magic, we may feel like we’re walking through a foggy hall of mirrors and can’t quite see what’s going on. At the same time, Mars opposes Uranus which increases our ingenuity, but also our pool of irritability and the likelihood of accidents. The planets offer us a few saving graces at the moment as they encourage both a deep and abiding curiosity to help us look past any misinformation until we find a deeper truth, and an opportunity to drop below tension and differences, and drop into an intuitive sense of connection underneath as Jupiter trines Neptune. As Mercury and Venus are both now in… Read More
We’re done with one holiday and barreling on to the next, all while the world churns. The beginning of December has the astrological potential to be pretty tumultuous, so let’s get on good terms with one another and get organized for the winter holidays as soon as possible. Mercury retrogrades from December 3- December 22. Even now, as Mercury runs through its shadow (the part of the zodiac it is about to back through), transportation and communication already takes more time and attention But we can savor this community-oriented postprandial weekend first. The Moon is in friendly and collective Aquarius through Saturday where it encourages us to work in groups and have family dinners and football games. Bond in camaraderie but don’t expect anyone to get too close and personal. An ambient competitive edge can make televised sports interesting, but could bring a touchy note to family board games as… Read More
Right before Thanksgiving, every year, our energy swirls in preparation. Like the last of autumn’s leaves our work and term papers churn in a last-minute reckoning before we dash to organize, travel, or cook while the Sun finishes its tour of Scorpio. The Sun then enters the spacious energy-field of Sagittarius around November 21 and calls us to travel, count our blessings, and be on good behavior with friends and family. This cycle is intensified this year by a focused, deep, soul-searching new Moon in Scorpio over this weekend, which is perfect for divination and exploration. But this New Moon could also bring out a rash of new investigative reports that make our blood boil. This brooding, thoughtful, haunted New Moon is underscored by a tough Mars-Pluto square early in the week which can fuel any ongoing conflicts and also easily set off our holiday control issues. Power struggles, frustration,… Read More