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, and January 13, and some issue or problem may weigh heavily on our minds throughout this time.
This Mercury-Saturn conjunction can manifest in great concentration or a leap of maturity and responsibility that allows us to make progress on an important topic. Or it can bring a heaviness or depression as we feel the weight of our issue. Or an irritable twitch can make it hard to rest. Our tempers can inflame easily, triggered by mishaps or miscommunications.
On a personal level, let’s be extra careful of one another’s heart for the next few weeks. It can be so easy for even a loving couple or comfortable best buddy to get out of sync or so distracted by work or some burning issue that they get withdrawn or snappish, and the other takes it personally. We can feel miffed and underappreciated oh so easily. But we can get past this if we keep clearing the backlog of our work and clearing the hurt out of the energy fields between us. And find the humor in it all.
On the work and political levels let’s continuously ask tough questions and keep everyone on track and honest throughout the month. We will need to work on important things, even though decisions made now will probably need to be adjusted later. We could feel an urgent itch to get down to something, but may not be sure what. In all fields, strive to give an appropriate response to an irritant, and do not bring out the bazookas unnecessarily.
It will be particularly important to keep our hearts open and our guards ready as Mars, arbiter of our energy and temper, enters Scorpio tonight. This Mars plays hardball, it can bring out a mean streak if we feel poked, one nasty response can escalate to another one. If the people around us become temporarily impossible, it probably won’t help to try and talk it out just then. Instead try a Sagittarian cure and go commune with nature, be generous, or dance with the lights and mistletoe and leave the difficult people alone for the moment.
Now Mercury retrograde is wonderful for going back and picking up loose threads or warming old contacts. So, let’s connect with old friends or family and check in with old clients. Reminisce as we pull out Christmas decorations or winter solstice traditions and let the memories warm our hearts.
Friday, December 8: An exciting Leo Moon forms a grand trine in fire signs with Saturn and Mercury at one corner and Uranus at the other. We may have a lot of work to do, but long for an exciting or spontaneous moment, a laugh, cry, or find ourselves distracted by dramas unfolding on the national stage. Notice evidence that the world is changing, but remember we don’t know which way. Appreciate a wave of competence this afternoon and then noticed the Moon enters Virgo around dinnertime, refining our thoughts and senses, possibly leaving us our mind sharp but our body little tired. Tonight, have great conversations and refill the wells.
Moon trine Uranus 7:12 AM, Moon trine Mercury 10:20 AM, Moon trine Saturn 1:49 AM, Moon sextile Mars 3:40 PM, Moon enters Virgo 4:08 PM.
Saturday, December 9: Afternoon brings a festive note, but this morning our personal work or chore list can feel irritatingly long and we’d rather spend time alone than working through obligations as Mars enters Scorpio and the Moon opposes Venus. Slack off midday or misunderstandings and mistakes can proliferate as the Moon opposes Neptune. We can find our sense of humor more easily by midafternoon as the Moon sextiles Jupiter. Create room for debate, for healthy conversation tonight, as Mercury approaches a trine to Uranus but do be kind in the process. It furthers to work consciously with our imagination as Venus squares Neptune tonight; we may not be realistic around relationships, but we can appreciate the twinkle in the holiday lights.
Mars enters Scorpio 1:59 AM, Moon squares Venus 10:36 AM, Moon opposes Neptune 12:28 PM, Moon sextiles Jupiter 2:49 PM.
Sunday, December 10: Keep looking for the truth underneath the story on this complicated day. We have a chance to change a situation where an old scar gets triggered as Mercury squares Chiron and trines Uranus. If a familiar scenario shows up, don’t go looking for fault; try a different approach, almost any different approach, and break old pattern to allow for new growth. Moods can sweeten tonight as the Moon enters Libra.
Moon trine Pluto 12:11 AM, Moon square Sun 12:51 AM, Mercury trine Uranus to 20 8 AM, Venus square Neptune 6:47 AM, Mercury square Chiron 11:32 AM, Moon square Mercury 11:34 AM, Moon square Saturn 8:02 PM, Moon enters Libra 10 PM.
Monday, December 11: Repair relationships and regain equilibrium as the Libra Moon sextiles Venus. Catch up on loose ends and check in with our working team, it will save a lot of time later on to get on the same page today. Do not distract people who are on a mission, as many people are starting to run behind on their schedules.
Moon sextiles Venus 11:41 PM.
Tuesday, December 12: Look for a declaration of intent, a revelation, a new understanding of the past as retrograde Mercury conjuncts the sun. But do not overgeneralize suspicion. Also, many people are processing a lot of emotions as the Libra Moon squares Pluto today, and will appreciate some support. We’re looking for fairness in job, fairness in relationships, and feeling are a little touchy, but we don’t want to have to put our defenses up. If we do, they’ll be intense.
Moon square Pluto 8:09 AM, Moon sextile Sun 1:38 PM, Moon sextile Mercury 2:32 PM, Sun conjunct Mercury 6:48 PM, Moon opposed Uranus 8:49 PM.
Wednesday, December 13: Batten the hatches and get ready for a snarky storm ahead. The Moon enters broody Scorpio and joins Mars today, which can give us unusual focus but leave us irritable if we’re interrupted or thwarted. Trust issues are on high alert. Retribution may look sweet, but will have but will escalate the situation. Be direct, fair, and find something worthy to focus upon.
Moon sextile Saturn 5:26 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 6:58 AM, Moon conjuncts Mars 12:23 PM. Thursday, December 14: Moon trine Neptune 5:38 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 9:58 AM.
Thursday, December 14: We can find more space in our souls today as the Moon conjuncts Jupiter, but still may be feeling surgical and reactive as Mars semi-squares Mercury. It is a good day to for demolition. Just make sure not to demolish someone accidentally or say inflaming things just because it feels good. Work with machinery and sharp items or sharp tongues carefully around dinner time. Take a moment to assess the situation and congratulate each other on work well done tonight.
Moon trine Neptune 5:38 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 9:58 AM, Moon semi-square Saturn 11:04 AM, Mercury semi-square Mars 6:06 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 6:42 PM.