This sparkling holiday season has so many layers. The top note brings an energized, occasionally funny and spontaneous busyness. In the mid-note, our relationships can be pleasant if not particularly intimate, occasionally upstaged by our community demands. And all this happens over a deeper, long-term base note of true cultural transformation.
This weekend’s Virgo Moon brings a nervy energy which asked us to critique our world’s politics and our personal habits, and improve. People can be a little high strung, in need of a dash of sympathy and a soupçon of reassurance.
The Sun and Mercury in energized and honest Sagittarius can carry us along where we express ourselves freely. But this Sagittarian truth can be a compulsive and hasty honesty; if we feel we’re not being heard, or if our truth has been discarded, denied, or invalidated, we can get seriously ticked off.
Early next week the Libra Moon can use our ordinary social interactions and can make us more comfortable but turns up the volume on the question of what’s fair and beautiful, and what’s not. Midweek, we need to take care of business or we can easily get off-centered and reactive. It is a good time to rediscover the gift of solitude before the winter Solstice.
All this seasonal activity hovers over the deeper, transformational aspects that stir real socio-political change around the globe. We may also feel it personally as large, sweeping changes swirl in the background of our lives. We can feel the wheel turn, catalyzed by the ongoing great Uranus square to Pluto from 2012 through 2015, with an exact station this week. The world is changing.
Wherever we feel safe and can move and speak our truth freely, the vibe will be up-beat and positive. The Sun and Mercury in energized and honest Sagittarius can help us process through the work as long as we can express ourselves. But this Sagittarian truth can be a compulsive and hasty honesty; if we feel we’re not being heard, or our truth has been in any way discarded, denied, or invalidated, we can get seriously ticked off.
Mars in sociable, philosophical Aquarius sextile revolutionary Uranus in Aries keeps our minds on social justice, and keeps us both a little emotionally a bit distanced from emotionally intimate situations but keeps us engaged on what’s going down in our community and in the world around us. With Mars in Aquarius we’re willing to stand up for a radical sense of community, however we define that. And our very definition of community may be in expanding metamorphosis.
Venus in Capricorn can leave our heart heavy sometimes, but also help us stay grounded this season through steady work, through persistence, and through tradition. Check in with old friends, reminisce, and build new traditions for the years ahead. Venus moves into a conjunction with Pluto early the following week, our hearts may ache, we remember the losses which remind us of precariousness of life but can choose to let this break open our heart to the true vastness within. We know the pain of history well; we can also look for the loving edge of history and find a way to turn the fullness of our heart into quiet and steady support.
Friday, December 12: We can be nervy and excited today and have access to a streak of problem-solving ingenuity as Mercury trines Jupiter midday. Information flies quickly, so stay on top of both the news and interpersonal text messages. Lift spirits and help a fellow human have hope or see farther horizons. Mid-day our intellect sharpens and we want to analyze the present situation. If we feel our critique is not accepted, whether over dinner, and work, or in our country, our temper can spike quickly. Although we grow a little touchy and defensive, overtures are appreciated this afternoon as the Moon trines Venus, and this can take us into a potentially magical (if rather low-energy) evening as the Moon opposes Neptune.
Saturday, December 13: So how can this be a healing day? If we don’t direct our efforts to healing mind, body, or country, a grumpy streak can find fault with how with just about anything and anyone as the Moon opposes Chiron. Criticize wisely and, if cranky, acknowledged the mood rather than take the running internal commentary too seriously. If on emotional overload, stand back, get a bird’s eye view, and see the power of the overall pattern.
Sunday, December 14: Such a beautiful potential for change in the long run if we are willing to open our hearts. The exact Uranus-Pluto square reminds us of the big sweeping work of our era. The Moon enters Libra calling for peace and justice and kindness. The Sun trines Jupiter and can help us open our hearts with hope, and feel the pain even more acutely if our hopes are dashed. It encourages us to be bigger, act prouder, spend more time, energy, and money. Don’t waste resources, but support the vision of the bigger picture.
Monday, December 15: Let’s be the change we want in our world in small ways and large. Underneath the otherwise sociable seasonal business, take a moment to think about and work towards the bigger changes on the personal, professional and political levels. The clutch is in-what gear do we want to shift? But also take a moment to be present, heart-to-heart, with friends and family who might be feeling ignored in recent bustle.
Tuesday, December 16: It’s a day to follow-up on unfinished business, get the package in the mail, petition signed, agreements made. Work towards cosmic completion and finishing cycles. Follow through on upcoming travel arrangements and international contacts. If we have unpalatable truths to speak or tuck subjects to discuss, let’s do so now, with spaciousness and patience, while Mercury is still in Sagittarius. Tonight Mercury enters Capricorn we grow more serious and feel the need to plan ahead, but those plans will need adjustment later.
Wednesday, December 17: The mood is more introspective, reserved, serious, and, at times, no holds barred as the Moon enters Scorpio. It furthers to have something to obsess upon in a healthy way; whether detailed work or a cause. Think positive. Otherwise, revenge fantasies and strange memories from the past can get stuck in our craw. Tonight as the Moon trines Neptune we can let go of an old conception and imagine something better, or just get lost in our imagination.
Thursday, December 18: If our hearts are strangely stormy, our moods overcast, let‘s let those existential feelings flow through rather dish out blame. We may have good reason to feel heavy, but this also allows our heart to empathize compassionately. It’s not just our pain we feel as Venus approaches a conjunction with Capricorn. It can help to redirect our efforts to practical work: with that fresh Mercury in Capricorn awareness of structure, make lists and check them twice. Re-examine upcoming plans and see what preparations are needed now. Take the opportunity to repair something from the past, whether broken ornament or broken friendship.
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Get the dialogue going. Mediate. Write prose or engage a poetry slam. Blog outrage. Conference. Witness. Flirt. Do anything but try and have a quiet silent retreat this weekend as the Moon waxes full in talkative Gemini while mental Mercury trines Uranus, the electrifying planet that seeks difference. We won’t feel like sitting still, but will be open to new ways of perceiving, and will get really ticked off if we can’t engage the conversation.
Conversations begun this week can really make a difference (in the long run) and the United States certainly need this evolution. The great Uranus/Aries-Pluto/Capricorn square of 2012 through 2015 (with 7 exact squares spread throughout), the major aspect of our time, is catalyzing change sociopolitical and personal change at a really deep level around the world, though we may not be able to see any improvement for a while. Often, when we experience a Pluto transit to our own chart, we can experience great stress in our lives, but later on we see it has catalyzed us into new growth and awareness, or created long-term health problems from the stress sustained, or both; we can only see the true results in retrospect, a few years down the road. The same pattern will hold true for the country.
When we use the chart for the mythic American birth on July 4, 1776, America was born with the square between the Sun (identity) and the planet Saturn (structure, authority, systems), which gives us issues of authority, control, and a tendency to play parent to the world, but gives our country stability and gravitas.
This ongoing great Uranus/Pluto square danced on America’s chart with steel-toed boots last April, backed off through the summer, and now cooks us again through the spring. Transiting Pluto opposes America’s natal Sun and squares America’s Saturn. Uranus opposes the American Saturn, and squares our Sun.
It’s a big deal. This energy tosses us about in the waves. It is upsetting, destabilizing, and exciting; dysfunctions in our systems (Saturn) are being exposed, our identity as a country is being challenged (Sun), and challenged to grow. Uranus in Aries creates a flashpoint wherever transformation is stuck, and where power is being misused (square to Pluto in Capricorn), but really facilitates transformation once we get going. USA hasn’t felt anything like the potential of this transformation from within since the mid 1960’s when Uranus and Pluto conjunct, and both and squared Mars in the natal chart of the USA. Uranus and Pluto will make two more exact squares on December 14 and March 16, they hum in the background underneath all else we do. To use this transit well, we need to take our deepest held values and create a lighthouse to guide us, help us keep our eye on the prize and take us closer as we work our way across this turbulent bay. Let’s make the most of it.
Meanwhile, life can have pleasant and conversational moments in the foreground. Saturday calls for multitasking splendor. Gemini is versatile, so this is a good weekend to deck the halls, run errands, and make any adjustments needed for the holidays ahead. We’ll tend to think more and sound bites and tweets than in-depth, but spontaneous ideas do percolate up from deep within, and some of these ideas will be worth their weight in gold.
Nervous energy can keep us twitchy and awake this week. If we’re feeling a little too scattered or stretched thin, like marmalade scraped on toast, let’s stop, collect, and prioritize. A burst of physical activity, like a workout or quick dog walk, helps burn off the surface nerve energy and helps us be more productive.
Mars has just left determined Capricorn and moves into more collective, sociable, stubborn, intellectual Aquarius and the collective nature of anger shifts; it can be less destructive and more theoretical, if no less intense. With Mars in stubborn if intellectual Aquarius can inspire us truly get angry about a philosophical belief, and become passionate about our desire to be to live in a more egalitarian and mutually supportive world, although everyone may have different ideas on what that will look like. The trick with Mars in Aquarius will be to listen; we need to stay open and in our hearts, not just in our heads.
We’ll need more rest and consideration on Sunday as the Moon enters more domestic, introspective Cancer, and can be crabby if we don’t get either. Return to what nurtures. Early next week our heart and mind can both be busy but head in separate directions; we feel a lot, we communicate easily, but may find it hard to talk about what we feel.
Venus enters Capricorn and the Moon enters Leo midweek brings a more determined time of great time to decorate for the holidays or in some other way express eight bring our attention to our home hearth fire and put practicality together with our design sense. But with Venus in Capricorn we may tend to manipulate our love ones under stress, or have great ideas about what they should be doing, which is usually deadly for romance.
This Venus also calls us to share our affection in solid and practical ways, but let’s not overdo it when buying presents; tire jacks and vacuums may be wonderful ways to say we care, but won’t bring romantic gratitude.
This week begins and ends with great party moments under a Gemini full Moon Friday and Saturday, and next Thursday as the extraverted Leo Moon conjuncts Jupiter. Now any party moment can be spent in odd and personal emotional displays, we may just need to act out. But if we can act out together and so create warmth and fond memories, we may be able to smooth out some lumps and bond together for the work ahead.
Friday, Dec 5: On this nervy, funny morning lots of pots bubble on the stove, but we can waste our energy running between projects rather than seeing anything through. It’s good to get any PR or publishing questions settled now and invitations sent out today on the waxing Gemini Moon and before Jupiter turns retrograde on Monday. Attention spans are short so present ideas but keep it short and to the point. Many people will need to let off steam today, let them vent. Using a lighter and more humorous touch can get us farther in our personal while we process deep collective tensions. Tonight, sleep may well be fugitive as communicative Mercury trines electrical Uranus so we might as well go collaborate and celebrate.
Saturday, December 6: People tend to run on their own tracks and have trouble coordinating as the Gemini Moon opposes Mercury and the Sun. In the snippets of conversation a chance to shift some old lump within can arise as Mercury squares the healing asteroid Chiron. Let the conversation flow around old blocks and wear them away rather than confront to push. All the major transits are done early in the day, we resonate but may feel a little fried for the rest of the afternoon, start too many things and finish nothing. But that may be just the point. Don’t worry about high efficiency. Enjoy the wandering conversation.
Sunday, December 7: The Moon enters more domestic Cancer, trines Neptune midmorning and calls for true day of rest. We become more self-protective and cranky if pushed or taken for granted. Do not ask us to defend ourselves. Catch up on sleep, on the soul, on the content of each other’s hearts. Nest.
Monday, December 8: Have a little patience this morning, work won’t happen sequentially and it may not look like we’re getting to the point, but could explore a breakthrough in a roundabout way. Sun and Mercury conjunct in Sagittarius and our actions and thoughts can align. Or we can put our foot in our mouth in the name of honesty. Don’t use truth to wound as the Moon opposes Pluto and squares Uranus midday. If radical honesty is called for, make it a healing moment and respond with equal honesty rather than defense. Tonight, we need to mull things over internally and may be distracted.
Tuesday, December 9: On this more serious day we may be painfully aware about what makes us uncomfortable in our home or home community, and either want to run away or begin to shoulder a fresh responsibility (or both) as the Cancer Moon trine Saturn. Beloveds can be a little touchy and hear criticism where none was meant. A little comfort food and sympathy goes a long way, let people know they have allies. Spirits lift tonight as the Moon enters more celebratory Leo.
Wednesday, December 10: The energy shifts care and we move into a more determined approach to the holiday season as aesthetic Venus enters competent Capricorn. Get organized, expressed leadership but watch the tendency to become a drill sergeant. Early morning crankiness as the Moon opposes Mars shifts into more productive activity as the Moon trines Uranus tonight.
Thursday, December 11: If we can stay in our heart, keep our egos in check and pace ourselves, this can be a magical day where doors open and possibilities manifest as the Leo Moon trines the Sun and Mercury then forms a beautiful conjunction with Jupiter, visible rising in the east late tonight. Use collective enthusiasm in a good way, but don’t forget a little extra attention towards those close at home; we need to be acknowledged and appreciated. Briefly but sincerely will do.
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Hang on to your hats, 2014 has a wild birth chart, and looks to be a wild ride. We’re right in heart of metamorphosis now.
by Heather Roan Robbin
Our new year’s resolutions will be particularly important this year. As 2014 dawns, Pluto, Mercury, Sun and Moon conjunct in determined Capricorn, and all four oppose bountiful Jupiter and square both change-master Uranus and assertive Mars to form four corners of a grand square. Together they begin a new if unsettling cycle, remind us that we’re smack in the transition stage of societal transformation. 2012-2015 Uranus in Aries calls us to innovate and revolt, and wrestles with Pluto in Capricorn as it pulls us to reorganize structure and government while remembering the old ways.
It won’t help to fight the changes. It will help to honor the sadness for what’s leaving, let the ache flow through, and then look for what’s being born in its place.
These planets encourage us to confront uncomfortable problems squarely, but can also help us make unusually wonderful progress. All year long we can expect action in many cultural hot-spots, like women’s rights, gay rights, racial equality, indigenous rights, and sustainable economies. A surge of freedom-seeking politics (Uranus in Aries) can trigger opposing efforts to crack down (Pluto in Capricorn). A gap between generations widens with political, cultural and technological advances, but can be breached wherever we work together.
This change is not just political. Saturn, the planet of structure and training, in profound Scorpio until next December, challenges us to take this work deep within our souls and develop a lodestar composed of our deepest goals and brightest guiding lights, then use that lodestar to navigate the changing, sometimes storm-tossed landscape.
Mars spends an unusually long time in Venus-ruled Libra (where it already resides-12/9/13-7/28/14) dancing back (retrograde 3/2-5/20) and forth in that grand square with Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter. It invites us to dance this revolution, to take a creative Venusian, heart-centered, egalitarian approach.
Spring stays unsettled and blustery, so find balance between the wind gusts. That grand square perfects again in April. It’ll be a rocky month; we can expect fireworks, but we can accomplish great shifts if we ride its waves.
Late spring a helpful grand trine between Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron allows us to make headway through unusual alliances and encourages healthier architecture and economic structure. Jupiter enters Leo mid-July and waltzes with Venus, our hearts will long for more love, compassion, and time with our muse, but can flare melodramatically when conflicted.
Jupiter trines Uranus in the fall and supports all that go back to school or turn their work towards their bliss. Technological inventiveness can leap forward and leave us and our equipment feeling out of date, but may provide solutions to key problems.
Tend to relationships of all kind in the fall, make sure all is on track, equal, and that dreams are shared, because the Sun squares Pluto and opposes Uranus Oct. 3- 9 and dances on our interpersonal tender spots. Let’s work together next fall rather than let it wedge us apart.