Cross-posted from Aloha Astro
Your week begins on a mixed note Monday, December 13th, with the sun in eager Sagittarius square to the moon in dreamy Pisces. This emotional water sign moon joins expansive Jupiter and erratic Uranus, also in Pisces. What you would like to do or have happen may not be realistic or possible due to the challenging energy the square from the sun generates. Your intentions are sincere, but you may want to avoid overextending yourself or promising too much now while there is a planetary equivalent of a roadblock standing in the way of your ability to deliver. The communication and transportation planet, Mercury, is retrograde conjunct Pluto, the planet of intensity, and Mars, the planet of action, all in the cardinal earth sign of Capricorn. There is a strong practical and purpose-driven mental focus behind this Mercury retrograde that brings older plans to completion and works out kinks in existing structures or routines that stand in the way of perfection and success. On the downside, this Mercury retrograde can trigger outbursts of dictator-like temper tantrums, intolerant attitudes, and unexpected or inappropriate rudeness whenever people cross swords. Aggressive driving and road rage are possible, as well. You can look upon the challenges of this particular Mercury retrograde period as a test of character and maturity. An appropriate book to read, which can be of assistance this week, is Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements. The tempering effect of a sextile between Venus in Scorpio and the Three Musketeers of Mars, Pluto, and Mercury in Capricorn is fading now. This sextile kept things polite, but now the gloves are off, so to speak, and people may become more blunt and forward when communicating.
Contention and aggravation can increase on Tuesday, December 14th, when the moon in the demanding fire sign of Aries forms a challenging square aspect to Mercury, Pluto, and Mars in Capricorn. A me-first attitude or demanding to have things done your way without making friendly or inclusive overtures first can meet with resistance. The challenge is to walk the tightrope between having things your way in the midst of rules, regulations, and others’ plans. With the sun in Sagittarius squaring Jupiter and Uranus conjunct in Pisces until Christmas Eve, retailers hoping to see more sales could be disappointed. This aspect pattern can cut back on spending due to feelings of uncertainty surrounding the future. The biggest shopping days of the season have passed and this aspect will cause people to tighten belts and keep an eye on their budget. That being said, retailers may resort to desperation discounts and, if you have the extra money to spend, you may find unbelievable bargains this week. This afternoon, moon contra-parallel Chiron and moon in Aries quincunx Venus in Scorpio form just as the square between the moon and Mercury/Pluto/Mars fades. Arguments lose their intensity and it is time to forgive and forget, kiss and make up. A feeling of relief settles in and it is a good time to enjoy friends, family, and intimate relationships. The power of physical touch to combat stress is strong. Receiving a massage or cuddling with your pet is therapeutic.
On Wednesday, December 15th, the sun in Sagittarius forms a supportive sextile to Neptune conjunct Chiron in Aquarius, which acts as a release valve for the challenging sun/Jupiter square. It will increase your ability to move toward an unknown future with faith instead of fear. The moon in the independent fire sign of Aries opposes Saturn in the relationship-minded air sign of Libra. The cooling effect of Saturn influencing the moon can turn happy moods to serious or blue. The affection and sexual energy of Venus contra-parallel the moon and the sun parallel Mars indicate the moon/Saturn friction could be between lovers or partners. Timing could be the problem, with one person’s mind focusing on work or flying solo while the other person desires some personal attention or shared time together. By dinner time, the moon continues on its way and the opposition fades while a contra-parallel between the moon and Neptune allows romance to win the battle. The moon in Aries exchanges a friendly trine to the sun in Sagittarius this evening, lifting spirits and lightening hearts.
A pleasant, productive, and emotionally stable day is forecast for Thursday, December 16th. The moon in Aries exchanges gentle sextile energy with Neptune in Aquarius and a semi-sextile to Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces this morning. Things just seem to flow more easily and people are more positive as a result of this planetary harmony. Later this afternoon, the moon moves into the abundant earth sign of Taurus and trines Mercury/Pluto/Mars in Capricorn. I see an image of The Little Engine That Could when I look at this aspect pattern. People are on their best behavior now and, if you have to ask for favors or assistance, you will be met with smiles and willing attitudes. Taurus loves to eat well, so this moon sign influence is the ideal time to shop the supermarket, liquor store, or specialty store for items on your holiday food list. You may enjoy baking holiday goodies, too. Venus parallel Neptune increases romantic feelings and opportunity as well as creativity. If you fill your home with the wonderful smells of baking, you could stir up some evening passion because the old expression that, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” has a strong element of truth.
Some emotional seesaw energy dominates the morning on Friday, December 17th. The Taurus moon is in a supportive trine to Mars, but opposes Venus in Scorpio. I believe you will want to linger over something delightful this morning, but like it or not, duty calling takes precedence over pleasurable pursuits. This afternoon, the moon begins to shift attention away from Venus when it forms a quincunx to Saturn in Libra. Your responsibility to family or a relationship keeps you busy with tasks or chores – it’s a, “Yes, dear,” aspect. During the course of the entire day, the moon contra-parallel to Pluto boosts your self-esteem and strengthens willpower and confidence.
A splendid sextile between the moon in Taurus and Jupiter in Pisces on Saturday, December 18th, gets the morning off to a happy start. I said happy, not early! Sleep in if you can – this aspect supports you in your indulgences. Make the most of this hedonistic, feel-good aspect, even if you still have to adhere to a strict schedule today. Treat yourself to your favorite breakfast or bring a box of pastries in to work and make everyone happy this morning. No need to feel like you are slacking, as you will have plenty to do after lunchtime when the moon in Taurus squares Neptune/Chiron, presenting you with problems to solve. The moon also creates a quincunx to the sun and Mercury in Sagittarius. People will be asking for your time and attention later today and you will not be able to refuse them. Retrograde Mercury is no longer in the earth sign of Capricorn, but is now in the adventure-seeking fire sign of Sagittarius, where it teams up with the sun. Life can feel like a comedy of errors and you can expect to hear nearly unbelievable stories and excuses for transportation and communication mishaps. Double-check your travel plans today.
The Three Musketeers – Mercury, Pluto, and Mars in Capricorn – are disbanding as of Sunday, December 19th. Pluto and Mars are still conjunct in Capricorn, but not for too much longer. Mercury has left Capricorn and now joins the sun in Sagittarius. Instead of an earth trio of planets, we now have a pair of earth planets and a pair of fire planets. Feels different, doesn’t it? This morning, the moon in Gemini is quincunx Pluto/Mars in Capricorn and you may be intellectually inspecting and analyzing your life because you sense a shift of energy has happened and you are wondering what that means for you overall. For now, your curiosity and interest are piqued, but you can’t make any judgment calls yet. You do sense control lessening and more flexibility and open-mindedness taking its place. You choose to take a wait-and-see stance and allow things to unfold as they may. This evening, when the moon advances, it forms a quincunx with Venus in Scorpio. Some flirtatious teasing and pillow talk is possible for couples. Singles may meet some mentally stimulating potential partners on dating sites or at a club.