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STARGAZER DECEMBER OVERVIEW – VENUS IN SCORPIO: INTO THE CHASM
Mercury goes into shadow on December 20th, on a conjunction to Pluto at 14 Cap. This will be one of the predominant themes of the upcoming retrograde cycle (January 6 – 26) and matters that enter negotiations now will experience modifications through January 31. Events and conversations today will signal the beginning of this process. Mercury with Pluto adds intensification to our thinking, and suggests much is going on in secret, perhaps even subversively. With Venus in Scorpio adding allure to that which is hidden and mysterious, this particular cycle is about depth and reaching far beyond the shallow artifices of the material realm.
Saturn in Scorpio brought a profound appraisal of intimacy and sexuality and taught us the value of the connections and the commitments we make with others. The message was not to take them lightly, nor take them for granted. With Saturn having moved on and this the first transit of Venus since, we are given the opportunity to build on these lessons and now cultivate a more passionate bond with our lover, spouse or mate. There is the potential of healing now through intimacy as well as the relationships through which we experience them. The transformational power of love is heightened and the experiences we have through sexual relationships brings us into a direct confrontation with the depths of our very being. A significant catharsis occurs now. Venus trine Neptune, Venus sextile Pluto and Jupiter as well as Venus trine Chiron (Dec. 20th- 17 Scorpio/Pisces) transits stimulate a very potent ambience for cultivating deeply meaningful romantic bonds.
Sagittarius Sun and Libra Mars continue to bestow a very optimistic and generous social ambience. The mood is upbeat and outgoing. The New Moon on the 11th portends a very beneficial but likely unanticipated event. Connections to Mars (sextile) and Uranus (in opposition) indicate an opportunity timing back to an innovative project we began around March 11th when Mars – Uranus conjoined at 14 Aries. There are some really stimulating and electrifying currents to be sure. Mars square Pluto earlier in the week suggests there are some obstacles to overcome, and even a confrontation with very obstinate and oppositional forces. We may find we have the courage or conviction to fight against the restrictions we have been living with and stand up for ourselves.
Sun (Dec. 19) and Mercury (Dec. 8) square to the Nodes signals a need to reorient ourselves to the evolutionary intent of North Node in Virgo. We got clues to these changes in March and September during the eclipses. Because we don’t know what the future looks like yet, we likely experience this more as a reminder of what we must release and let go of to get there. Although these transits can be some what painful, (letting go is always tough!) the awareness stimulated now is very useful, allowing us to check in with ourselves and see where we are headed. Intuition is strong during these transits and much can be learned from engaging the sensitivity we encounter.
Uranus goes direct on the 26th, bringing the forces of liberation back into the midst. For 12 days ONLY (Jupiter goes retrograde on January 8th,) ALL THE PLANETS are direct!
Mercury trine Uranus 16 Sag/Aries
4th Quarter Moon 10’ 48” Virgo
Venus – Scorpio
Mercury square Jupiter 21 Sag/Pisces
Sun sextile Mars 13 Sag/Libra
Mars square Pluto 14 Libra/Cap
Sun trine Uranus 16 Sag/Aries
Mercury square Nodes 27 Sagittarius/Virgo-Pisces
Mercury – Capricorn
Mars opposite Uranus 16 Libra/Aries
New Moon 19’ 03” Sagittarius
Venus trine Neptune 7 Scorpio/Pisces
Sun square Jupiter 22 Sag/Virgo
Mercury sextile Neptune 7 Capricorn/Pisces
Venus sextile Pluto 14 Scorpio/Capricorn
2nd Quarter Moon 26’ 22” Pisces
Mercury conjunct Pluto 14 Capricorn
Sun square Nodes 26 Sagittarius/Virgo-Pisces
Mercury square Uranus 16 Cap/Aries
December 21 WINTER SOLSTICE
Sun – Capricorn
Venus sextile Jupiter 22 Scorpio/Virgo
Full Moon 3’ 20” Cancer
Mercury trine Jupiter 22 Capricorn/Virgo
URANUS DIRECT 16’ 34” Aries
Sun sextile Neptune 7 Cap/Pisces
Mercury square Mars 26 Cap/Libra
Venus – Sagittarius
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
ARIES – You continue to devote your energy to a partnership, and intimacy can deepen in this phase for you and your love interest. A great deal of passionate energy is surfacing in a close relationship, though this can be a period of friction if you don’t see eye to eye. Work, business and finance continue to be significant topics, with much due to percolate for you around New Years in your professional sphere. 2016 – 2017 will be about moving towards a new plateau in your career, and returning to college, travel or teaching may be in the works over the coming months so that you may prepare yourself for the professional role you will soon be undertaking. A great deal of commitment is involved, but the rewards are enormous if you stay the course. 2015 managed to settle a great deal of relational issues for you, and you have hopefully had some truly magical and loving moments with someone you can hold dear to you as you move into the future.
TAURUS – Romance and revelry will be on your mind throughout December: the 11th and 24th feature the most auspicious alinements you can possibly get as a relationship deepens and converges harmoniously. You went through a lot of challenges within your intimate relationships over the last few years, this will be a period of positive interaction and perhaps a kindred meeting is in the midst for you. Travel may be in view during the final week, keep your itinerary open. You are still busy on the job throughout, screwball comedy and clashes of will will keep the workplace interesting to say the least. Try for “sick days” on the 6th and 10th, when this peaks in intensity. Really stunning moments to tap into the source of pleasure and express your feelings on the 25th and 29th. The Full Moon collaborates here and your heart will feel quite at ease as the year comes to an end.
GEMINI – With domestic issues resolved, attention turns to your mate, (past, present or future,) not to be confused with the ghosts who haunted Ebenezer Scrooge, though it may feel that way at times with Saturn transiting your 7th house. There is very good potential during the Sagittarius New Moon on the 11th to meet someone who shares your hopes, wishes and dreams, and while you may feel a bit sentimental, if you want to tune into the future, it’s right in front of you. Mars is still active in your house of pleasure and romance, and there can be some exciting moments for you as the year comes to an end. Even more stunning developments are in store for January, stay tuned! Positive professional indications on the 11th and 29th bring a soothing overtone to the conclusion of 2015. Domestic and residential matters continue to be a significant emphasis though you may feel at a crossroads about where you are headed on the 8th or 19th.
CANCER – While there is still a strong emphasis (and possibly some friction) in the residential situation this month, a far more pleasurable undertone takes over when Venus moves into Scorpio on the 6th. Self expression, creativity and love preoccupy you as winter unfolds, and there will be memorable and loving moments, particularly on the 11th and 24th. Children feature and you will experience genuine joy through your connection to them. Conversations with a partner from the 11th help resolve any outstanding issues that may remain as the year comes to closure. You shine on the job on the 8th, and a new work assignment is possible during the New Moon on the 11th. You may also be adopting new, better habits associated with your health and productivity at this time. An adjustment in the work/life dynamic on the 10th makes this possible. By the time of the Full Moon in your opposing sign on the 25th, you are really ready to resolve any long standing issues and ring in a bright new year.
LEO – You are off on a grand adventure at the time of the Sagittarius New Moon on the 11th. An opportunity for travel, even at a short distance, and perhaps to take an opportunity to express your creativity is possible. The spoken word is highlighted. A very rewarding love experience can also be expected. Shared interests and expression of your hearts deepest longings bring you closer to someone in this phase, with even bigger developments in January. Home is where the heart is for the time being, and the 1st, 8th and 11th all see very eclectic developments in your intimate life. Very auspicious financial news may also arrive and events over the over the last week of December demonstrate how far you have come over the last year. You’ll be in a retiring and reflective phase on the 25th, when a Full Moon in Cancer brings closure and release through your subconscious and most private life.
VIRGO – A New Moon on the 11th allows you to begin to confront domestic issues that may have arisen last month. You have faced certain facts about your situation and now feel the impetus to address your residential goals. Unanticipated financial turns around the time of the New Moon equally suggest an unexpected expense or sudden revenue, possibly through a spouse or legacy. Resources may come through that help you make your residential transition. A transit of Venus through Scorpio beginning on the 6th suggests very positive social occasions in store as winter draws to a close, and the 11th, 17th and 24th are enticingly romantic. You can deepen a commitment at this time, and enjoy numerous pleasures with a loved one. A Full Moon on the 25th sees you celebrating with those nearest and dearest. The Moon in your sign on New Years suggests a stunning personal culmination to one of the more years on record for you, with more exceptional developments in store in 2016.
LIBRA – You remain a powerhouse, as Mars in your sign you very busy pushing a personal agenda through the New Year. The 6th and 10th may see you at odds with others if you push that agenda too hard. Choose your battles accordingly. A Sagittarius New Moon on the 11th sees you attending or hosting a fabulous holiday party. Mercury and Uranus conspire to bring sparkling electricity and vibrant conversation to an event at this time. It’s possible contract or negotiation is successful now as well. Expansive overtones are present. Your social life is lit quite brilliantly for the first few weeks, from the 23rd you’ll be more withdrawn, so make time for friends and festivities while you can. Venus from Scorpio through the 6th – 30th indicates earnings are strong and likely come in through a creative enterprises. You can really indulge in retail therapy now – clothing and decor in particular, and spoil your loved ones accordingly. The 11th, 17th and 24th are remarkable for turning up items of beauty and lasting value, or securing a lucrative position connected to the arts or a personal creative vision.
SCORPIO – You can set new financial goals around the time of the Sagittarius New Moon on the 11th. Very positive developments come from a personal enterprise as Venus transits your sign between the 6th and 30th, bringing favor and good fortune. You make a good impression in this phase, the 1st and 8th can see very good developments on the job and in your profession. The 11th, 17th and 24th are very auspicious for incredible romantic developments within in a love relationship. Affections can deepen in this phase, you find it easier to give and receive affection than you have in years. A long transit of Mercury in Capricorn from the 11th revitalizes your interactions and will bring many invitations your way. Day to day life will be full of exciting conversations and adventures. The last week is wonderful for attending events and getting together with friends and loved ones. At the end of a very hard working year, you will savor the company of those with whom you can share your new found success.
SAGITTARIUS – The air clears as a New Moon in your sign on the 11th allows for a new way of life to reveal itself. Venus comes to occupy Scorpio and the area of secrets and endings on the 6th, impacting you on a soul level to release the burdens of the past to make room for the new and improved. The 11th, 17th and 24th are all very powerful for rumination, detoxification and even a ritual devoted to release. Stimulating aspects from your sign to Uranus on the 1st and 8th see your inventive and creative impulses come out to play. Following a hardworking phase, it will do you well to engage pleasure pursuits. Mars continues to transit Libra, and there will be many social activities and invitations throughout the month. Mercury in Capricorn from the 11th will prompt a review of financial goals and arrangements. This is a long phase that will continue through January. Very positive aspects on the 20th and 25th will be auspicious for budgeting and coming up with ideas that will bring prosperity. Residential issues see reconciliation on the 11th and 29th. A Full Moon on the 25th harmonizes to Neptune in the domestic sector of your chart, offering some serenity in your private life as the year draws to conclusion.
CAPRICORN – Emphasis of Sagittarius this month signals a shift of attention to more private affairs. Mars still activates a strong drive for success, and this will nonetheless be a hard working phase for you, so there isn’t too much time for hibernation. A promotion is possible, look to sudden and remarkable events to unfold between the 11th and 16th. A social atmosphere comes in around the 6th, as Venus transits Scorpio. Busy Capricorn can make a lovely romantic connection through a networking event on the 11th, 17th or 24th. This is also a very favorable time to connect with friends and spread some holiday cheer. Business and pleasure weigh equally on the agenda, as an 8 week transit of Mercury through your sign from the 11th suggests a brisk and exciting pace through mid February. A lot of communication takes place over the coming months! You can make your point with conviction on the 20th, but contentious vibrations emerge on the 6th and 10th if you push your agenda too hard or too quick. Let people come around to your perspective, this will be an ongoing process that lasts through the end of January. You may entertain at home to marvelous result on the 1st or 8th. A Full Moon on the 25th features a really vitalizing culmination within a close partnership. Neptune enhances romantic vibrations. Celebrate love.
AQUARIUS – A strong social emphasis in the first half of the month gives way to more personal and private considerations as Mercury transits Capricorn beginning on the 11th. Thinking and communication become more esoteric in this phase, with the Sun joining on the 23rd. Your subconscious realm speaks volumes as you release the considerations of the prior year cycle to make room for new beginnings in 2016. Mars from Libra continues to activate the dimension of travel, study and publishing, so these pursuits will still feature for you in December. An astonishing and unexpected development on the 10th can send you on an unanticipated adventure. Venus in Scorpio sees your professional status on the rise, very positive developments on the 17th and 24th augment your position in your industry and you can showcase your talents effectively and to wonderful reception. A financial goal connected to your creativity can come true on the 11th, or you may splurge on a loved one over the holidays.
PISCES – A professional emphasis is developing in the final month of the year. A Sagittarius New Moon on the 11th sets the pace, though a lot of information was revealed and agendas put into motion last month. A transit of Venus through Scorpio from the 6th through New Years brings a satisfying ambience of ease and comfort, especially in love relationships. This is also a favorable time for promotional activities, and this is a good influence particularly if you are in the midst of a significant career enterprise, as good press for your accomplishments is a likelihood. Romance shines and takes you far from home on the 11th, 17th and 24th. If a relationship has been culminating, the Cancer Full Moon in your house of True Romance on the 25th, are perfect for sealing the deal and setting the date. With Mars steaming up your 8th house of intimacy, (a transit that will not occur again during this eclipse cycle,) this is the perfect time to get to know someone up close and personal. Happy New Year!