“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period…..”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
The optimism, hope, and expectation of the New Moon in Sagittarius on December 5 combines with a strong planetary emphasis in Capricorn to make this holiday season even more complex than usual.
The beginning of the month starts out with a bang as Uranus, planet of revolutionary change, goes direct to finish out its time in Pisces on the day of the New Moon. This is the end of a major cycle (see Not Yet Crossing), and most of us are weary of the old and chomping at the bit to be released from whatever version of suffering we have been experiencing. We are excited about all kinds of possibilities.
We would like to believe (oh, how we want to believe!) that better times are around the corner and we are itching to welcome them in. All of our dreams and hopes are on the line here, and energy is available for us to aim high and reach for the stars. Take a risk. Spread your wings. Direct your energy with laser-like precision to reach your target. Release the arrow from its quiver and enjoy watching it fly directly to your target. Don’t be afraid to send a message in a bottle. You never know who might pick it up.
But what about those nagging fears? What if it’s all pie in the sky?
Fortunately, during this long transit of Pluto in Capricorn, we have learned that magical thinking is delusional. Idealism and strong belief needs to be backed up by pragmatic action, and Mercury’s conjunction with Pluto on the same day provides us with the depth we need to ground our vision.
With Mars energizing this same pattern on 12/13, these planets are screaming loud and clear, “Show me the money!” This is also a critical day for travel so be careful as you move through your day. Particularly if your ascendant or your sun sign is in the early degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn.
Mercury goes retrograde on 12/10. Use your time well before then to plant your seeds, back up your hard drive, make sure your car’s in tip-top shape, and check the details and paperwork for your travel plans. If you find yourself in a jam despite all your efforts, realize that it’s just the universe asking you to slow down. There’s a good chance that things might not go smoothly since Mercury backs up into Sagittarius on 12/18 and can’t be bothered with all the small details.
All of this is the prelude to the main event on 12/21 — the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in the last degree of Sagittarius/Gemini immediately followed by the entrance of the Sun into Capricorn. A lunar eclipse is by definition, a time when the moon’s light is blocked and some major cycle is over. The Moon represents the feeling sense, intuition, our emotional disposition, and sense of security and stability. During an eclipse, we are called on to trust the state of being in the dark. If your Ascendant or Sun sign is in the last degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, or Sagittarius, or the early degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn, reflect on the past 19 years and be willing to let go of whatever no longer works in your understanding of your life path. Pay close attention to your body’s needs for rest, nourishment, and downtime. Make a point of eating more root vegetables and nourishing broths and getting as much sleep as you need.Taoists believe that the solstice and equinox points are energetic gateways to heaven. Times of transition like sunrise, sunset, noon, and midnight, they signify different moments in the transformation of “chi”. Approximately three days before and 3 days after the winter solstice is the time of maximum Yin energy. A womb-like experience, it signifies a time of gestation before birth where you have a very strong energetic connection to the forces of nature, particularly the earth force. Don’t be afraid to go to this dark, extreme Yin state. The seed of yang is there. Make like a bear in winter. Stay quiet and soft, and when you’re ready to be roused, go toward the light, toward love and happiness.
Blessings and Happy Holidays!
December’s Important Dates (EST) :
12/5 –A Red Letter Day! New Moon in Sagittarius; Mercury conjunct Pluto in Capricorn; Uranus Direct at 26 Pisces
12/7 - Mars enters Capricorn
12/10 - Mercury retrograde at 5 Capricorn
12/13 – Another Red Letter Day! Mercury conjunct Pluto again; Mercury conjunct Mars; Mars conjunct Pluto
12/18 – Mercury backs up into Sagittarius
12/21 – Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse at 29 Gemini followed by the Winter Solstice
12/26 – Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn
12/30 – Mercury goes direct at 19 Sagittarius