Note: These influences are working during the entire month, and form a substrate for each individual day.
December is a month when we draw closer together, and celebrate family and fraternal connections. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the darkest time of the year, and we look to our human bonds for warmth and comfort. We open our hearts to love, good wishes for everyone, and the joy of giving.
December is a Sagittarian month, when we can easily contact the holy spirit within.
During this December, we have a special opportunity to connect with our inner (higher) selves, for during part of the month, three of the personal planets are traveling retrograde, encouraging internalization of our experiences and emotions.
At the same time, the planets are pushing for action in the outer, or social world. We can combine inner motivation with practical moves to change society and to change our lives. The result will be emotional release, and crumbling power structures, within and around us.
Surrender is the key word. Surrender of what? Of dearly held ego notionsof who we think we are and of what society should be. There will be struggles among parts of ourselves, among people, among social groups, and among nations, and something will have to give. Face it now. Prioritize. What might you be willing to let go of in a crisis? What is vital to retain in your life?
The actions, movements, and ideas initiated or promoted in December are central. They will be with us throughout 2006.
The core of these changes is shown by the fixed T-cross which includes Jupiter, freshly into Scorpio, Saturn in Leo, and Neptune in Aquarius. This challenging configuration is in effect for the next year. During December and January, Mars traveling in Taurus, the fourth fixed sign, creates a grand fixed square. Pressure, folks. For many, the biggest pressure may be a combination of severe winter weather plus the high cost of heat. Also, simple survival. Even in the relatively affluent U.S., jobs and benefits are fast going down the drain.
At the same time, stresses and challenges bring many opportunities. Always, opportunities for spiritual growth. Often, opportunities for personal and social growth that might not have been otherwise realized. New creative impulses, and with them renewed vitality, can arise. New paradigms, new experiences, and new people can enrich our lives. We may enlarge our compassion, vital in reaching out to others. We can become better people, more ready for that better world for which many of us are yearning and striving.
Jupiter and Saturn are the big guys in the sky which together run affairs on earthgovernment, business, economics, religionall of those institutions and activities which make society work. This includes our own work and our own social niche. When they are in square aspect, as they are now and during this coming year, those arenas become both more vital and more stressful. Power centers are rebalanced and relocated, not without some wrenching, as in the movement of geologic faultswhich sometimes results in earthquakes.
Saturn is the accountant and the realist. Jupiter is the strategist and the visionary. They provide a necessary balance to one another. Jupiter is associated with Sagittarius, Decembers theme sign, and Saturn is associated with Capricorn, Januarys sign. Saturn is also a ruler of Aquarius, and Jupiter of Pisces. Thus all of the winter signs are especially influenced by the current square between these two big planets.
Those four signs are termed universal signs, and their activities, scope, and interests refer to society at large more than to our personal lives. The world is our major focus now.
George and Laura Bush are especially impacted by this square. They both were born during times of Jupiter-Saturn squares, and this makes them particularly sensitive to this configuration. Lauras square in particular is close, fixed, and caught up in the degrees which are central now and during the coming year. She was born on November 4, 1946, and her Scorpio Sun is also caught in this pressure cooker.
Fixed sign planets (Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus, and Leo) are stressed the most, particularly those in the first 15 degrees of the signs. Of the 10 major planets, Laura Bush has five planets in fixed signs and Dick Cheney has six.
The current Nodes of the Moon are also part of this major square. This means that actions now have repercussions in the larger worldpast, present, and future, seen and unseen. Those Nodes are in the Aries-Libra polarity, telling us that the larger issues now are about rebalancing relationships, about social justice and equality, about equal opportunity for each individual.
Saturn, the arbiter of conscience, has just stationed and turned retrograde on George Bushs Pluto in Leo. It will hang out there all during December, and Bushs use of power will continue to be called to account. Dick Cheney is having a first Saturn square. This represents a crisis in responsible action. Laura is beginning a Saturn return, which is a time of release and of changing course. These transits, remember, are active for all of 2006.
Actually, their pressure is off after the 2006 elections. For many, then, in the U.S, the current challenges represent working to win elections in 2006. The groundwork is laid now. An example of this determination is the nurses in California. They worked hard to defeat Gov. Schwarzeneggers special election in November, with great success, and they are not resting on their laurels. They say that they will continue to accompany the Governor wherever he goes.
Mars, who pushes things right along, turns direct at 9 Taurus on December 9. It dances with Jupiter and Saturn all month, and makes exact aspects on December 4 and December 27. In the meantime, Jupiter squares Saturn on December 17. This is the first of three such squares, and initiates a process which will finish on November 1, 2006, as Jupiter is about to exit Scorpio.
Mars is further highlighted by being occulted, or eclipsed, by Moon on December 13. This can change, or eclipse, Mars action. It is like clipping Mars wings just after it has taken flight.
Chiron, the Maverick, has been testing the waters of Aquarius since early in the year. It now enters Aquarius for good on December 5, and will remain there until 2010. As it moves into Aquarius, it is carrying on an intimate affair with Venus, which is apt to lead it into new and progressive directions. Chiron in Aquarius opens us to the galaxy in a new way.
Venus is important this month, as is its friend, Moon. This indicates the prominence of women in the world. Moon also indicates the people, and they will be heard. Moon is out-of-boundsorbiting outside of the eclipticfor the entire month. Things could get a little crazy, as both people and weather, also associated with Moon, express themselves freely.
Two new moons during the month will give us beginnings of two new cycles, the first in Sagittarius, where we expand, and the second in Capricorn, where we pull in and contract.
On December 14-15, Sun and Pluto have their annual conjunction. This is when Pluto gets its power instructions for the following year. We will be very conscious then, for Full Moon in Gemini frames this power seeding. Look for revelations, and transformations of beliefs and attitudes.
In summary, during December there are not a multitude of minor transits, which keep us on our toes, but there are major and important planetary configurations which will give our deeper consciousness much food for thought.
We can use Decembers energies to initiate projects and to plant seeds, even if only in concept, planning, or making connections. On Christmas Eve, Venus begins a six-week retrograde journey. During that time, we can fine-tune our goals and our priorities.
In the meantime, we can continually work towards harmonious resolution of conflicts, both within ourselves, and in the world around us. Remember the power of forgiveness.
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THURSDAY DECEMBER 1
New Moon at 10 Sagittarius occurs at 10:01 a.m. EST. With this New Moon, we come into the light of spirit. We have gone through the tunnel of darkness, and now we can feel ourselves uplifted and supported in new ways.
The Sabian Symbol for 10 Sagittarius is:
Moon conjoins Pluto this morning to give us a power jolt. There can be an explosion or a power struggle as Pluto is emotionally stimulated. Then, at 10:17 a.m. EST, Moon goes VOC for the remainder of the day. We are left hanging with this subconscious irritation of Pluto, unresolved. Relief comes when Moon enters Capricorn at 8:42 p.m., and we meet mundane reality.
The New Moons promise of Sun trine Saturn occurs today, and we will be determined to set something in motion. This is an excellent work day, with aspects favoring success. We can use the great creativity of the fixed T-cross positively and productively.
Moon continues in ambitious Capricorn, with loving aspects this morning. Enjoy a special brunch with somebody you care for. At 1:56 p.m. EST, Moon goes VOC, and remains void for the rest of the day. This can be a very pleasant day, and we can particularly enjoy family, in unusual ways. Its also a good day to exercise, or at least be active. Tonight Mars opposes Jupiter, and warrior energy is on the loose. We can find ourselves in conflict, or being impulsive. Instead, choose a goal today, and go for it. If anger arises, dont let it be destructive.
Moon in Aquarius sets in motion the grand fixed square. Humanitarian ideals, and bottom-line values are the two major aspects of this square. Today the focus is on the ideals, and we may feel a need to struggle for their expression. Our nervous systems begin running in high gear now, for tonight Chiron, the Rainbow Bridge between personal and transpersonal, enters the sign of Aquarius. It will travel through Aquarius until 2010.
Moon continues in Aquarius with far-out aspects. Listen to your intuition; new ideas and images can come flooding in. We are communicative and want to talk, and perhaps argue, with others. On that note, at 4:58 p.m., Moon goes VOC, and we can relax with friends.
Today we go with the flow, with Moon in Pisces. Although Pisces isnt exactly a smooth flow these days, with Uranus adding unpredictability and excitement to that sign. Once we hit the Uranus bump, around noon EST, the rest of the day should be smooth sailing. We can be open to a sense of renewed power, and images of new possibilities.
First Quarter Moon at 17 Pisces occurs at 4:36 a.m. First Quarter is when we make the breakthroughs necessary to fulfill the new moon cycle. We tend to feel energized and goal-oriented. Both Sagittarius and Pisces can be expansive, and spacey, and our various options may feel confusing. Perhaps there are too many choices. What do we choose for a focus? We may feel beset by subconscious, unseen urges which are hard to define. Late this afternoon Moon squares powerful Pluto, and we could erupt with explosive impact as we release those subconscious forces. Compassion also comes to the fore today, and perhaps anger with cruelty as well.
This would be a great day for stream-of-consciousness journal writing, where we can let it all hang out. Tonights aspects are soft and loving, and super for being involved with music or film.
The Sabian Symbol for 17 Pisces is:
Each day we feature a DAILY SPECIAL. Todays Daily Special is Mars at long last turning direct, at 9 Taurus, after nearly nine weeks of traveling retrograde! Aries is Mars sign, and Moon is obligingly in Aries today. Even so, we might be a bit hesitant, for Mars doesnt make its turn until tonight. Times of directional change are conducive to wakefulness.
Moon continues in energetic Aries with fine aspects. Activity today is strong and successful. The productive long-lasting sextile of Mercury and Venus is exact again. We can make gains in getting what we want.
Moon enters earthy Taurus at 8:46 a.m. EST, and at the same time Ceres enters organized Capricorn. Adventurous fire signs dominate this month, and its calming to bring some earth into the mix. In addition, Moons aspects today are with asteroids, who are concerned with daily life. If you can, relax a bit. This is a high-strung month.
Moon continues in Taurus, the money sign. At noon it squares Neptune, the planet of dreams, and we may be ready for a siesta after lunch. Moons aspects today are primarily with Vesta in Cancer and Ceres in Capricorn. Security, and taking care of business have top priority.
A good breakfast, and some loving connections, are in the air this morning. Information is on our minds this afternoon, and some revelations may shake us up. Tonight we access Pallas Athena in Sagittariusthe visionary strategist. All in all, an interesting and varied day.
Moon is in quicksilver Gemini, and her lively aspects start very early this morning. Communication of all kinds is favored today, and it may well be weighty, important information which needs conveying.
Full Moon at 24 Gemini occurs at 11:15 a.m. EST. Gemini Moon concerns specific information which grounds the philosophical Sagittarius Suns energy. The Gemini-Sagittarius axis is a mental polarity, and we can be sure that our minds will be busy. They will be not only busy, but renovated and transformed.
This is also the Suns annual conjunction with Pluto, when powerful Pluto gets its marching orders for the coming year from Sun, director of the show. Whatever is illuminated with todays Full Moon will be the basic theme of the years transformation process.
Not only is the fixed grand cross alive and well, but the super-significant first Jupiter-Saturn square is moving into exactness, which triggers action in regard to social challenge. (The second and third squares, continuing the process, will occur in June and October of 2006.) Again, in Washington DC we have the 2nd through 8th houses of money and finances involved, as well as the 6th house of problem-solving.
In Washington, Uranus is rising, indicating that surprises are in store. Sun and Pluto are in the 10th house, showing the power of the U.S. government.
(This Moon could bring to prominence John Edwards War on Poverty. John Edwards was John Kerrys running mate, for which he quit the Senate. He could have returned to his lucrative profession of suing big corporations on behalf of little people (successfullyhe was skillful), but instead he has been campaigning to eliminate poverty in the U.S. This is a return to the traditional progressive Democratic Party roots, and I suspect that it will catch fire when the time is right. John Edwards is a strong Gemini.)
This Moon family began with the June 17 New Moon of 2004. On that day the Summer of Truth was launched, with whistleblowers Sybil Edmunds and Daniel Ellsberg speaking out.
We are certainly set up to experience a Full Moon of Truth now. This refers to the truth of our own lives as well as to the world in which we live.
At 12:11 p.m., Moon goes VOC for the rest of the day, and we have a lot to absorb. Late tonight, the Pluto aspects set in. Sleep may not be peaceful.
The Sabian Symbol for 24 Gemini is
Moon in sensitive Cancer has easy aspects. There is a harmonious flow of energy, especially in regard to memories, home, and family matters. At the same time there is the enormous pressure of the exact hit of the major Jupiter-Saturn square, which occurs late tonight. Perhaps too much has been exposed. Can we accept the reality which has come our way? What can we do about it? Do we feel a need to make changes in ourselves or in our world? Are they being made for us, and do we need to accept them? We may be feeling stressed out and irritable. Today we can get in touch with those feelings. Moon goes VOC at 7:33 p.m. EST, and remains void until Sunday morning.
The exact Jupiter-Saturn square occurs just after midnight, which puts it between yesterday and today. Mars is very much in the picture, so that we have a Jupiter-Mars opposition ready to conquer the world. And there sits Saturn squaring them, putting a lid on both of them. We may feel our enthusiasms limited or restricted in some way. But Saturn deals with reality, and those limitations show how things really are. Reality is sometimes disappointing.
Moon enters Leo at 9:18 a.m., and we can regain our balance. However, immediately Moon opposes Chiron and Venus to bring their long seeding process to our attention. Venus is moving very slowly now, and our likes, loves, values, affinities, and finances will be prominent in our lives. Notice now what is important to you. Mercury dominates this day, and our minds are moving quickly and with new ideas. Perhaps our bodies are moving as well. We may be wakeful tonight.
Moon in passionate, determined Leo is moving through the fixed square, illuminating our conflicts and responsibilities. Afternoon and evening favor tuning into higher channels. This may be a difficult day, and some time alone would be helpful.
This is a very busy day, with much going on. Virgo Moon, todays influence, always has much to do. Again we have a very active Mercury. Once Mercury and Mars turned direct, they really set out to express themselves this month! Together they can hurt, so do be careful about what you might say, especially when youre angry.
In the midst of the hubbub occurs Winter Solstice.
Winter Solstice celebrates one of the years four great seasonal power gates. This is, essentially, how we measure the Suns annual cycle. The new year is born at Winter Solstice, when the Sun is at its lowest point of the year. This is like a new moon, but it is a New Sun. (The Son is born.) At Spring Equinox the Sun has its first quarter, the most dynamic moment of the cycle. At Summer Solstice, there is fulfillment, similar to the full moon for Moon, and at Autumnal Equinox, we harvest the years wisdom, and begin to release that which is no longer needed, as at the fourth quarter moon.
Neptune and Uranus, which facilitate deep changes in consciousness, are in the 11th house of Congress and of corporations. This is hopeful for positive public change. And in fact, Uranus there has an exact opposition to Moon in Virgo, showing that the peoples need for better problem-solving will push Congresspeople towards more independence.
The 2nd and 8th houses of money, resources, and finances show much illusion and greed still governing that arena. Pluto in the 8th, and conjoined the Sun, indicates transformation of investments. The entire economic arena is likely to be a major sector of change. Mercury conjoined Pallas Athena there gives us excellent strategic abilities in meeting financial problems.
Vesta herself in the bottom of the chart shows how basic is protecting the home front, and all of those things which mean security.
The prominence of Mars shows extreme weather, and frequent storms. The earth signs, and Saturn, bring cold. This chart promises a severe winter. An ominous sign of lack of preparation by the U.S. is the U.S. boycott of a major climate conference in Montreal, happening as I write, to set new global goals to deal with greenhouse gasesnow said by scientists to be the highest in the last 650,000 years.
Moon continues in workaholic Virgo, and we are newly energized by yesterdays aspects. This is an intense day, with perhaps a power explosion tonight, as emotions become overloaded. At this time, 11:30 p.m. EST, Moon goes VOC until tomorrow morning.
Moon goes into Libra at 10:26 a.m. EST. Shortly afterwards it reaches Last Quarter at 3 Libra. There it gives the Solstice Sun a go-ahead.
The Sabian Symbol for 3 Libra is
Moon continues in sociable Libra with really excellent aspects. Our intuition us operating at high speed, and at the same time we can be grounded and practical.
Christmas Day, and we continue with the daily specials. Today it is Venus, just having turned retrograde, conjoining Chiron for the second time. When Venus was direct, and just into Aquarius, she conjoined Chiron on December 18. This entire last week has been a strong Venus-Chiron week, and life has not been normal. This will be a very different Christmas. Venus and Chiron will have their third and final conjunction in mid-March, again with money houses emphasized. That will complete the values-realignment process which is beginning now.
Moon goes VOC at 10:52 a.m. EST, perhaps after a discussion of weighty matters, and remains VOC in Libra for the entire day. We will want to talk and discuss with people, and we will have plenty to talk about. Tonight at 9:04 p.m., Moon enters Scorpio. Soon after, at 11:42 p.m., Moon in Scorpio squares the newly-retrograde Venus in Aquarius, and there may be fireworksand excitement. This is the main message which Venus will carry with her on her retrograde journey.
Moon is in intense Scorpio, and we can delve into mysteries and dark hidden recesses. This morning we get ourselves in gear, and this afternoon we work hard. Just as Christmas was an odd day, this will be an odd day. We may want to finish it tonight with some soothing music.
Moon is VOC in Scorpio for the entire day. VOC means that life does not go as planned. There are unexpected happenings and turns. However, we are still under the dynamic, probing Scorpio influence. This evening we have another daily feature: Mars squares Saturn to push us along in our current social transformation. Mars is overhead in Washington, and Saturn is rising. This is a harsh combination.
Oh, relief! We move out of the heavy Scorpio vibration into lighter, more optimistic Sagittarius. Feelings are beneficent and freedom-seeking. We do still have our daily specials to keep us on our toes: Today three of the asteroids are prominent, and women may be featured in the news. Religion and labor may be the contexts of their activities. A strong desire for freedom may enter into the relationship calculus. The torture situation may come to a head. Weather, too, may be highlighted. Tonight life is serious.
Moon in adventurous Sag has conscious-changing aspects. We can move our brains into new realms of awareness. Tonight power is in the aira tango kind of vibration. Visualize what you intend to manifest with the coming new moon.
Moon is in serious Capricorn today. It is dark-of-the-moon time, and we can relax and simply give ourselves up to the universe. (Dont let conscientious Capricornthe 24/7 on-duty signgive us a hard time about it!)
The Sabian Symbol for 10 Capricorn is
Did you think we were through with daily specials? Not yet. Moon continues in ambitious Capricorn, but it is VOC for the entire day. However, another important conjunction occurs in the midst of a VOC moonwhich renders its outcome unpredictable. Today we have the exact conjunction of Mercury and Pluto. This sets in motion a cycle of mental extremism which lasts for the next year.
© Copyright 20002005 Maya del Mar, Daykeeper Journal.