Just when we seemed to start flying forward, Mercury slips into Scorpio’s depths on Saturday, December 1, followed by Venus on Sunday, December 2, pulling us through more shadows. The messenger planet is still in retrograde and shadow, casting a sepia hue on our thoughts. Can we do the healing work this incursion calls for? If we do, we’ll be prepared to ascend with December ascending light: a Sagittarius New Moon, aspects from Sun to psychic Neptune and intuitive Uranus, and the Winter Solstice, which is our local star’s birthday. From a place of inner wellness, these luminous portals can help clarify, reaffirm and retrieve our life mission.
Three weeks ago, fortunate Jupiter left the shadows of Scorpio and began his year-long trip through enthusiastic Sagittarius, expansive sign of his rule. Mercury the messenger as well as love planet Venus contributed to this energetic uplift, moving from Scorpio to Sag and Libra, respectively. But now, just when we could start getting a grip on our emotions, Venus too along with Mercury both return to the sign of shadows. Unless you’re a detective, an undertaker or a vampire, it probably doesn’t feel so great.
Not that last month didn’t have its shadows. The Archer’s underbelly is seen in the immigrant crisis and the California forest fires (Sagittarius rules foreigners, travel, fires and forests). And these issues call for healing.