There is one word that most aptly describes this week: YOWZERS! Yes, this week can keep us hopping with an underlining of intense. There is so much going on this week with the stars that it might be hard to keep up with all of it.
The Sagittarius Stellium [a Stellium being three or more planets in one Sign], which was ratcheted up with the Sagittarius New Moon back on the 9th when we had five planets in Sagittarius, ends as three planets this week leave Sagittarius and enter Capricorn to create a Stellium in Capricorn. Jupiter ends its year transit of its own Sign of Sagittarius and enters Capricorn on the 18th. Mercury enters Capricorn on the 20th and the Sun follows suit on the 22nd bringing in the winter season. Can we say from the sublime to the ridiculous? Probably not. It might be more appropriate to say that we’re going from exuberance, even to the point of irrational exuberance, into hard, cold reality. We might feel as though a dash of cold water has been thrown in our face, providing a wake-up call to move from what we want to what we can make happen for ourselves.
This week also has Capricorn-ruling Saturn turning retrograde slowing things down, creating delays and beginning a winter hibernation when it might be far better to go back over things rather than fully initiating new things.
Add to the mix a couple of Pluto conjunctions this week and we certainly are spicing up the week with a high degree of intensity.
There are various planetary interactions that can have us caroming from one thing to another all leading up to the Cancer Full Moon at the end of the weekend. Various conjunctions with the Sun and Mercury as trigger points can only increase the volatility that we’ve been experiencing. But this week we might ratchet it up severalfold as Mercury then the Sun each hit off Pluto and Jupiter. We also have Venus trine Uranus, Venus square Neptune and Mercury opposed Mars to complement the week. Of course, such a diverse array of planetary influences may not be so much a compliment as nerve-wracking.
As Bette Davis said in the classic movie All About Eve: “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” The quote has been altered in recent times substituting ride for night, but we can go one better and suggest that we substitute week for both ride and night.
Yes, in deed, we may find this week to be high on the list of extremes and fitting the exclamation of: Yowzers!
Monday, December 17th – Covering the Bases – Mercury, Sun, Pluto, Jupiter, Mars. Monday begins the week with Mercury conjunct the Sun in the late degrees of Sagittarius. Our thoughts may revolve around merry-making, but with so much going on we could feel intoxicated by all that we have to do. The early part of the day has the Pisces Moon squaring the Sagittarius Stellium as the Moon squares Mercury, the Sun, Pluto and Jupiter. We may feel that we haven’t covered all the bases. We could be somewhat anxious regarding all the plans we’ve made and all the things we need to accomplish to bring our plans to fruition. The early part of the day could have us running around like Alice’s Mad Hatter feeling that “we’re late, we’re late for a very important date”. Extraneous circumstances, well beyond our control, might have thrown a monkeywrench in the spokes of our wheels, and this Monday could find us playing catch-up as we try to deal with those things that we’ve had to put on hold, yet maintain a brisk pace of things we’ve scheduled for today. As the day progresses, the Moon exits Pisces and enters Aries where the Moon squares Mars. The Moon and Mars are now in Mutual Reception with the Moon being in the Sign ruled by Mars and Mars in the Sign ruled by the Moon. We may find that we have to put ourselves out there even though we might be more interested in being at home, by a warm fire with a snuggly blanket pulled up to our chin.
Tuesday, December 18th – The Magic of it All – Venus, Uranus, Neptune, Jupiter Capricorn. Tuesday can be an especially pleasant day. Venus trines Uranus and the Aries Moon sextiles Neptune. Interesting contacts can be made today. The sense of synchronicity, things coming out from the blue, could be strong today. This Tuesday is one of those days when things just seem to happen without our having to make them happen. It gives us the perspective of magic and miracles whereby the universe works and we just happen to be in the right place at the right time. This day can be a fun day to get together with friends, consider prospects and to realize that nothing is impossible unless we believe it to be. Today also has Jupiter leaving its own Sign of Sagittarius and entering Capricorn for its year-long transit. The sense of winter encroaching may be evident, and we could find ourselves wanting to focus our passion and our enthusiasm into something practical and put our spirit into action. We can consider all possibilities, yet also take into account the true reality of anything under consideration.
Wednesday, December 19th – Forward, Back, Stop – Mercury, Pluto, Sun, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn retrograde. The most important characteristic of this Wednesday is the movement of Saturn going from direct into retrograde motion. Suddenly, we might feel as though some things have come to a screeching halt or are taking way longer than we had ever surmised or experienced. There can be a real slowing down now. With Saturn retrograde through the winter period, we could find that things are far better in restructuring and reworking projects already initiated than beginning new projects. Although the universal forces are suggesting a slow down, we may still feel gung-ho to put our imprint on things and start things up. For this Wednesday has the Aries Moon trine the remaining planets in the Sagittarius Stellium of the Sun, Pluto and Mercury. As opposed to Monday when we might have felt we were juggling as many balls as were being thrown to us, today we might feel more on top of things and want to add more to the mix. After all, it’s the holiday season with the underlying theme of: the more, the merrier. And the fact is that we can juggle quickly and effectively, especially as the Moon moves into Taurus where it trines Jupiter just recently in Capricorn and sextiles Mars. We can indeed find the right format and provide the right presentation for what we intend to accomplish. Wednesday also has Mercury conjunct Pluto. Our thoughts and our concentration can be laser-like with the ability to get to the core of any situation. We do have to watch that our tongue isn’t sharp and that we aren’t a little self-righteous assuming that what we want and what we believe come from divine interception. Today is a good day to plan, blueprint and strategize. It would be wise to go slow and be certain that we’re putting one foot in front of the other and not getting insistent as to what we want and how we want it. Otherwise, we could be like a metronome going from one thing to another, feeling blocked and then switching gears, yet never really moving forward but rather just in the process of busyness.
Thursday, December 20th – Shapeshifting – Mercury, Jupiter, Sun, Pluto, Saturn, Uranus, Venus, Mercury Capricorn. This Thursday we lose the Sagittarius Stellium as Mercury leaves Sagittarius to enter Capricorn. As it does so, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter. We may feel ambitious and look to any social gatherings as a way to improve our standing in our community. People may be putting on the ritz, out in their wardrobe best and looking at all opportunities to advance themselves. The Sun conjuncts Pluto today. While we might feel driven, we are also looking at what really speaks to us, what is fundamentally important to our lives and to our living. We’re not interested in the superfluous or the ornamental. We want to get to the core and part of that process is our own transformation. This year has been a year of incredible swings and challenges and now we can take a moment to see what it has meant in the stripping away of the unimportant. Yes, like a stalk of wheat, we too have had the chaff stripped from us. Amidst our challenges this past year, we have been able to let go of elements that no longer work for us. We may have felt that there’s been too much stripping away, but it’s really allowed us to come back to our essence. Thursday has the Taurus Moon trine Saturn, sextile Uranus and opposed Venus. If we will make a ‘to do’ list and plan things out, we can take care of a number of necessary details. We could also come across some interesting bargains or find ourselves investigating new ways of presenting ourselves. We do have to be careful not to step on other people’s toes today. We’re a force to be reckoned with but with our intense energy we do not have to bring the house down.
Friday, December 21st – A Brief Respite – Neptune, Moon Void-of-Course. Friday is probably the least eventful day of this week — energywise. The only planetary configuration operating today is the Taurus Moon square Neptune and that occurs in the wee small hours of the morning. Our sleep state might have us tossing and turning and no matter what our plans for today might be, we could consider just taking time for ourselves, catching up on last minute preparations for the holidays or just tuning out from the whole she-bang. The Moon goes Void-of-Course for over sixteen hours today making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Taurus and before moving into Gemini. Today may be a day to catch our breath and disengage from the craziness of these times. Evening hours can be spent socializing. Whether we go from person to person, or party to party, or event to event, the daytime respite may quickly end as we get back on the fast track of holiday celebrations.
Saturday, December 22nd – The Winter of Our Discontent – Venus, Neptune, Mercury, Mars, Lunar T-Square, Saturn, Uranus, Sun Capricorn. Saturday [or the late evening hours of Friday night in the western United States] gives us the Winter Solstice when the Sun moves into Capricorn ushering in the season of winter. With the Sun entering Capricorn, we now have a Stellium of three or more planets in the Cardinal Earth Sign as the Sun joins Mercury and Jupiter in Capricorn. Our focus may turn more serious. We might be far more interested in what we are doing in the world and how we can best navigate the volatile currents swirling around us. This Saturday can be intense, for we are also moving toward tomorrow’s Cancer Full Moon [Monday in Europe]. Not only do we have the impact of the forthcoming Full Moon, but this Saturday has Venus square Neptune and Mercury opposed Mars. Relationships can prove problematic. We might feel that people have disappointed us, are not living up to their promises or to our expectations. We may see people in a different light today, and we might even go so far as to tell them so. We could feel pulled between our responsibilities to our families and our involvements in the world. Any way we slice it, we’re likely to feel somewhat discontent. We have a particular configuration today that we’ll have to get used to. This configuration is triggered by the Gemini Moon which creates a Mutable Sign T-Square by squaring Saturn in Virgo and squaring Uranus in Pisces. During this next year, the Saturn Uranus opposition will become exact. For today, let’s recognize the possible experience and truth in the saying that if you want to make god laugh, tell god your plans. No matter what our intentions for this day might be, we could find that our plans go awry. Our desire to do our own thing on the spur of the moment may be in sharp contrast with our scheduled commitments. We may try to do it all, but we do have to watch that we don’t trigger other people’s resentment of us. The more we can juggle and the better we can juggle, then we’re more likely to keep up with all of it. Of course, we might ask ourselves: what’s the point? Yes, winter has arrived and with it, we might feel a sense of discontent.
Sunday, December 23rd – Over the Top – Sun, Jupiter, Cancer Full Moon, Neptune, Pluto, Mars. Is that reindeer we hear over our house? Not today it isn’t. It’s more likely that people are going over the top for a grandiose show of their holiday celebrations. This Sunday has the Sun conjunct Jupiter. We’re looking at making our mark, standing out and even one upping other people. Everything today may be a little too much, taking indulgence and extravagance to an extreme. If we go out shopping today, it would be wise to keep our budget firmly in mind. Today is one of those days when we could easily go overboard both in our spending and in our display of emotions. Today we have the Moon in Gemini trine Neptune and opposed Pluto. We could be trying to cover all our bases and then some, going from one mall to another and trying to engage as many of our friends as possible. The Moon then moves into Cancer where we have the Cancer Full Moon as the Moon conjuncts Mars and opposes both Jupiter and the Sun. We may be nearing the Christmas holy day, but like a marathon runner, we may feel like making a sprint toward the finish line by expending incredible energy and in the process shopping til we drop and partying all night long. Oh, well, it comes once a year… fortunately.