December 1, 2016
Happy Holiday Season Friends!
It’s hard to believe we’ve arrived at last month of 2016, but here we are at the end of another year. Time flows along like a big cosmic river and I know I feel fortunate to have astrology, the science of timing, to help make sense of this never ending flow and since you’re reading this, I’ll bet you do too.
The astrology for December begins on a lovely upbeat note perfect for your holiday mood, then later in the month energies start to slow down and relax when Mercury begins his last retro period of the year and Mars enters slow-motion Pisces. At the end of the month, electric Uranus marches forward again valiantly leading us into the new year. Aquarius, and Libra get a nice lift, Sagittarius and Aries do too. And of course heads up Gemini and Virgo whenever Mercury goes retro and Capricorn too since Merc turns around in your sign.
As always on December 1st, the Sun rides high in Sagittarius the 3rd fire sign whose symbol is the noble Centaur – half-horse, half-man. Mighty Jupiter is the planetary ruler of Sagittarius who lends his large optimistic energy to this outgoing enthusiastic sign. All signs have their wonderful qualities, but Sagittarius taps into the pure thrill of adventure and joy like no other. Yes, Saggies can be obnoxious at times – they are the truth speakers of the zodiac and sometimes need help with diplomacy, but if you have any Sagittarians in your life you know how they help you move through doldrums and grab pleasure out of life again. They are just fun to be around!
Sagittarius is born to be a beacon of exuberant life force. If you are born with Sun in Sagittarius you are here to be a living example of how to move through emotions which pull others down and to help teach them (and yourself!) how to get unstuck and keep on going with a song in your heart. You are learning life is as wonderful as you make it and that good luck and opportunity come to those who believe! The magic recipe for Sagittarius is to always stay active in mind, body and spirit. When you remember to move through life this way, life flows through and with you, carrying you exactly where you need to be. What is better than this?!
These quotes from well known Sun in Sagittarius natives reflect this uplifting energy:
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson
You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~ Mark Twain
Become more and more innocent, less knowledgeable and more childlike. Take life as fun – because that’s precisely what it is! ~ Osho
In this last month of the year, I want to thank you all for your interest in astrology and your support of Heavenly Messages. I write it for you and appreciate everyone who reads it. May you have the most blessed and wonderful of holidays – Bright Solstice, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa to all!
With holiday cheer and lots of love,
Heavenly Messages for December 2016
Your Handy Astro Facts: The Full Moon (at 22° Gemini ) is on 12/13 at 7:05p The New Moon (8° Capricorn) is on 12/29 at 1:53a (on 12/28 at 10:53p PT) Chiron turns direct on 12/1 (at 20° Pisces), Mars enters Pisces on 12/19 (thru 1/28/17), Mercury turns retrograde on 12/19 at 15° Capricorn (thru1/8/17). The Sun enters Capricorn at the Winter Solstice on 12/21 5:45a and Uranus turns direct on 12/29 (at 20° Aries). Unless noted all times are ET. Read December’s Individual Sign Messages HERE
December’s astrology influence offers up an interesting cosmic holiday cocktail – spicy spirits drizzled with dreamy nog. The month dawns on a hot Sagittarius new Moon which quickly enters chilly Capricorn, setting the tone for this blended month, which includes Mercury retrograde, Mars shifting to Pisces, the Winter Solstice and Uranus turning direct.
December’s vibes begin with asteroid Juno (commitment), the Sun, Saturn and Mercury all in optimistic Sagittarius on 12/1 setting the tone for plenty of Saggie positivity all month. On the same day motivational Mars in crystal clear Aquarius forms an exact trine to magnificent Jupiter in lovely Libra to add more uplifting vibes for the month. This positive configuration brings out sparkling conversation and the friends to exchange wonderful ideas with, just in time to liven up holiday gatherings.
Venus begins the month in earthy Capricorn, with a helpful reminder to stay within the holiday spending budget you set. Then on 12/7 she enters Aquarius where she too begins to harmonize with jolly Jupiter. Lovely energy for sure, but you may easily expand beyond those budget limits! At the same time Jupiter forms a conflicting square to potent Pluto, so the whole idea of expanding beyond set limits is a ripe one this month. (As in expanding away from campaign promises, perhaps?) Balance is the key to the castle here, not just in holiday spending, but in all areas of life, including health too. Balance all that nog with exercise and B vitamins!
On 12/2 mental Mercury enters Capricorn to help you stick to any goals you’ve set, but as the month moves on the nog part of this cosmic cocktail starts to surface. On 12/19 Mercury goes retrograde for the 4th time this year. Mercury turns around midway through Capricorn at 15° at 5:55a ET on the 19th, stays in Cap through December, re-enters Sagittarius on 1/4/17 before turning direct on 1/8/17 at 29° Sagittarius.
Mercury governs communication and just about everyone knows Merc retro can cause wonky communication effects along with confusing travel plans. Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo too, so for you and everyone else the pertinent advice is to be more awake and aware than usual and remember to check, check and double-check things, especially any important documents and other forms of communication. And since Merc backs through Capricorn and re-enters that last bit of Sagittarius too, you goats and centaurs need to stay more alert too. But of course the irony is that you don’t want to be more alert, you’d rather drift off, and with the holiday season in full force then, it might be easier to do so! Read my Mercury Retrograde article for more general information, and Mercury retro dates for 2017.
The same day Mercury goes retro on 12/19 Mars dives into watery Pisces for the first time since January 2015. Mars is the planet of action which rules Aries and co-rules Scorpio. Mars loves to be in active fire signs while Pisces is an emotional, extremely sensitive and deeply spiritual water sign. Mars in Pisces is the artist, musician, poet and spiritual dreamer who excels in the art of Being versus Doing. Mars in Pisces takes the high road but can refuse to see mundane facts that need equal attention. In other words, Mars in Pisces loves to sing and dance, but will forget to take out the garbage. Some famous people born with Mars in Pisces are Michelangelo, Vincent Van Gogh, Simone de Beauvoir, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Dylan, Denzel Washington, Mitt Romney and Elton John.
Mars will be in Pisces from 12/19 through 1/28/17 and during his travels will meet up with Neptune and Chiron in their long term Pisces journeys and will clash with Saturn in Sagittarius which is a story for January’s issue. Mars’ Pisces story for December is a calmer one, which along with Mercury retro creates a peaceful energy perfect for relaxing with family and friends and offers a mellow holiday time.
Perhaps some of you political junkies will note that December 19th when Mercury and Mars make their moves, happens to be the same date the US Electoral College must finalize their votes for the President. At this point Hillary Clinton leads in the popular vote by over 2 million votes, which means Donald Trump will have the least percentage of votes won since the election of 1824 and there are several movements currently urging the Electoral College members not to vote for Donald Trump, which is apparently possible to do. Mercury retrograde can reverse or delay something which took place earlier, and Mars in Pisces is known for murky, even incomprehensible action, so this certainly adds an interesting twist to this whole weirder than weird election cycle.
On 12/21 the Sun enters Capricorn at the Winter Solstice (Summer in the Southern hemisphere) at 5:45a ET. I’ll be posting an article on the astrology of this new season close to that date, so stay tuned for that.
On 12/25 which is of course is Christmas day, a beautiful heavenly gift arrives – a perfect trine between Venus at 20° Aquarius and Jupiter at 20° Libra. Trines are flowing aspects of ease and harmony. Venus and Jupiter are considered cosmic good luck charms and a trine between these planets on such an auspicious day is lovely indeed! And since Aquarius and Libra are air signs, you can almost hear the angelic heavenly choir singing sweetly across the globe. How nice! After the contentious US election, this energy has the potential to lift hearts and minds to a higher level. Let it be so!
Then on 12/29 Uranus turns direct. Uranus stays in a sign 7 years and takes 84 years to go around the zodiac wheel. Uranus has been traveling in Aries since March 2011 and remains in this volatile, Mars ruled fire sign until March 2019. Uranus reverses for around 5 months each year, and went retrograde this year on 7/29 at 24° and moves forward again at 20° Aries on 12/29. Uranus rules Aquarius, so Aquarians perk up and feel charged for the future again when Uranus moves forward, and generally everyone’s brain waves get less static and our electronic tools and toys operate better too. Although since Mercury will be retro then, don’t count too much on that. Stay away from those exploding battery items for sure!
Anyone born with Sun in Aries from April 9-14 will re-experience a once in a lifetime Uranus pass which can feel thrilling and exceptionally motivating, or like standing inside an electric pylon carrying thousands of volts! If this is you, it’s time to leave tired old routines behind and – ready or not – embrace the future! If your rising sign or any other important planet is close to these same degrees (20° – 24° Aries) you’ll notice similar effects.
Uranus is the planet of revolution and chaos. When Uranus entered Aries in March 2011 it acted like a match which lit the Arab Spring, the wild fire from which the world is still burning. This is the side of Uranus/Aries which ego driven, rage filled, narcissists tap all too readily, as we can see in examples like Bashar al-Ashad of Syria who is bombing his own citizens into oblivion, ISIL terrorists and others like Boko Haram in Nigeria who are like angry ego filled boys gleefully spreading mayhem and death, acting out evil incarnate.
Uranus also represents enlightenment and Aries is the pioneer forging fearlessly into the future. A conscious and aware Uranus/Aries is able to tap into new ways of doing things and encourages ready acceptance of innovative ideas and methods. If only we humans would shift emphasis from the billions spent on the deadly and destructive war machine along with the untold lives lost, to putting those same resources and bright minds into what helps humanity and the planet – imagine what a world it would be! Jimi Hendrix born with Sun in Sagittarius knew it well when he said, When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. May peace and love be with you this holiday season and throughout your life!
IMAGE NOTE: When I think of Sagittarius I envision wide open territory with space for people and horses to gallop free. This photograph by Edward Curtis captures this feeling. Curtis who happens to have both Moon and Saturn in Sagittarius in his birth chart related to this need to feel unfettered and free. He took this photo of Canyon de Chelly in Arizona in 1909 in the waning era of the wide open Wild West and the waning era of Native Americans too. How fortunate Curtis captured these haunting images for all time. The current protests by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters at the North Dakota Pipeline reveal Native American rights are still being stolen away even today.