December 24th – 30th

This week is Christmas week and the week preceding New Year’s. With the energies operating this week, we could be focusing on parties and having a good time. People may be out shopping looking for bargains and willing to cast their financial fate to the winds. The sense of immediacy, with its aspect of immediate gratification, can be strong this week. Not only do we have the Leo Moon accentuating our right to fun and good times, but Mars is also involved propelling us to move faster, act in a hurry and to have several things going on at the same time.

The early part of the week may have us gathering with friends and family. Reconnections with people from our past can be pleasant, even if obligatory. Although this week may have us concentrating on good times and social get-togethers, in the back of our mind we’re considering where and how we want to proceed with our own personal interests.

The latter part of the week gives us the impetus to tie up loose ends of this past year. Not that we necessarily will clear the decks, but our intention is to bring to close this year and enter 2008 unencumbered. Our thoughts may reflect upon this passing year’s events.

This week is a good week to enjoy the festivities of this holiday season and to take care of outstanding matters by addressing their specifics and details.

For many of us, we might feel like saying ‘Devil, get thee behind me’, as we move toward to the end of 2007 and look forward to the start of 2008, a year of new beginnings.

Monday, December 24th – Preparing the Way – Sun, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, Uranus. Monday starts the week in overdrive. But what else is new? The Capricorn Sun opposes Mars in Cancer. We also have the Moon in Cancer opposed Mercury, sextile Saturn and trine Uranus. We may feel pulled between our usual responsibilities and preparations for tomorrow’s Christmas. Today is a day when it would be wise to make a ‘to do’ list and to prioritize. Although home and family matters might demand increased attention today, we could find that we can streamline operations if we have the entire blueprint of what needs to be done in front of us. We might be able to be more effective with less expenditure of energy. Planning today is essential for we might otherwise find that we’re going back and forth, going hither and yon, and being repetitive in our motions or doing the same thing more than once. Some wonderful surprises could also present themselves, so let’s be sure not to over schedule ourselves so that we can take advantage of unexpected opportunities. We may feel we’ve got a great deal to juggle today. If we pick up the pace without getting overwhelmed, we can juggle what needs to be done and still have time to add spontaneous moments of joy and contacts.

Tuesday, December 25th – Gathered Around the Hearth – Mercury, Saturn, Venus, Moon Void-of-Course. Tuesday is Christmas Day. Happy Christmas! The day starts with the Cancer Moon trine Venus. Our focus may be on the get-togethers with family and friends. Our home may be the center of gatherings as we look to spend some special moments with those special people in our lives. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for close to eleven hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Cancer and before entering Leo later in the day. There may not be a great deal of energy on this day. People might prefer quiet get-togethers without overly exerting themselves or feeling that they have to be on the fast track. This Christmas Day also has Mercury in Capricorn trine Saturn in Virgo. We have a Mutual Reception between Mercury and Saturn, for Mercury is transiting the Sign ruled by Saturn and Saturn is transiting the Sign ruled by Mercury. Our thoughts can be crystal clear and it would be wise for us to use some of the quiet of the day to go off, strategize, blueprint and give thought to where we are going. Let’s remember that while Christmas is an important holy day in Christian theology, it is also celebratory of the Winter Solstice, which heralds the birth of light from the darkness. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Solstice is the day when there is the least daylight but also celebrates the growing light that peaks at the Summer Solstice. For ourselves, it would be wise to consider what we want to birth as we enter this coming year of 2008, a universal year of a 1, a year of new beginnings.

Wednesday, December 26th – Back At It – Mars, Jupiter. Wednesday has the Leo Moon and Mars opposed Jupiter. If we took some time to catch our breath yesterday, then on this Wednesday we could find ourselves back at it, doing life at full tilt. We’re looking for fun and good times, wanting to put our creative mark on everything we do. We’re looking to stand out and not merely be part of the action. We want the action all right, but we might also be interested in being the circus master. If there is a party, a movie, a concert or some other pleasurable pursuit, we’re up for it. Although our responsibilities might be calling us, we’re unlikely to respond. We do have to watch for extravagance today. We might decide that today is a good day to seek out those after Christmas bargains and find ourselves meandering through malls, boutique shops and other repositories of stuff for us to purchase. It would be wise for us not to get caught up in the post-holiday frenzy. As if everyone took a deep breath, we’re likely to find that people are out and about in the early morning hours, having caught a second wind, and ready to go at it once again.

Thursday, December 27th – Cutting Through – Lunar T-Square, Neptune, Venus, Pluto. Thursday could be slightly confusing. We might feel like Wrong Way Corrigan heading off in an intended direction only to wind up somewhere completely different. We still have the Leo Moon during much of the day. So we’re still looking for some good times. Today’s Leo Moon creates a Fixed Sign T-Square as the Moon opposes Neptune and squares Venus. Our relationships might be dicey today. Either we could have expectations of other people or other people could have expectations of us. Either way, there can be a great deal of expectations that might not be based upon reality. People could get in a snit and even elements of resentment could come up. Today is not a day to draw comparisons, for we would be holding standards too high. Even some of our plans today might not do for us what we thought they would. We could be dealing with disappointments as things take longer than we would like. Scheduled appointments with other people could have us waiting for them or wondering why they didn’t show up on time. The main thing for today is to cut ourselves and other people some slack. The Moon also trines Pluto and that could be our saving grace. Instead of jumping at anything and everything that holds some element of allure, it would be wise for us to truly consider whether plans have any real meaning for us or are merely a use of our time that could be better used doing something else. Being discerning today would keep us from raising our expectations only to have our hopes dashed. As the evening approaches, the Moon exits Leo and moves into Virgo. Illusions and delusions drop away as we become more analytical and focused on the specifics.

Friday, December 28th – Putting Into Motion – Mars, Jupiter, Sun, Saturn. Friday could have us tidying up from the week’s activities and also preparing for New Year’s celebrations. We might take time to deal with outstanding matters and clear the clutter in order to bring less baggage of this passing year into the new year. The Virgo Moon sextiles Mars, trines Jupiter, trines the Sun and conjuncts Saturn. We might want to move forward on new projects and initiate new plans. But this Friday would be far better dealing with issues that have yet to be resolved. Although we may feel in harness tending to obligatory tasks and dealing with routine chores, it is far better that we tie up loose ends now rather than tripping over them in the new year.

Saturday, December 29th – Bright Ideas – Mercury, Uranus. Saturday could give us some of those ‘Eureka’ moments, those times of revelation when all the pieces seem to fit neatly into the puzzle. Mercury sextiles Uranus today. We might hear from people we haven’t heard from for awhile, or we could have some very interesting encounters. Our thoughts are scintillating and we have the ability to generate the most appropriate and expeditious means of accomplishing our goals. The Virgo Moon contributes to the mix by the Moon trining Mercury and opposing Uranus. Although we might be challenged to do things in an unfamiliar way, any stretch out of our comfort zone would also open the door to ways of being more productive with less expenditure of energy. We might feel our moods going through some ups and downs today, but the key element is to be open and willing to making necessary changes in our lives. The idea of ‘out with the old in with the new’ is not merely associated with the coming to the end of one year and the beginning of a new year. This attitude is also reflective of where we are in our lives, getting rid of the outworn and useless and concentrating of the new and exciting that is more in sync with whom we are becoming and where we want to go.

Sunday, December 30th – The Responsible One – Sun, Saturn, Pluto, Venus, Lunar T-Square, Mars, Jupiter, Venus Sagittarius. Sunday has the Sun trine Saturn. Whether we are enjoying a long weekend or just a usual weekend respite, this Sunday allows us to take care of business. We’re approaching the end of 2007 and the more we can put things in order, the better we shall enter the new year. We may find ourselves being called upon to attend to other people’s needs. Early in the day, the Virgo Moon squares Pluto and sextiles Venus. We may have to make choices, cut back on some of our plans and realize that we might have to learn to do more with less. The Moon then moves into Libra where it creates a Cardinal Sign T-Square with the Libra Moon square Mars in Cancer and square Jupiter in Capricorn. Our personal interests may have to take a back seat as we deal with obligatory commitments to family members and to our community. We may want to initiate plans and actions, but much of these start-ups may serve other people more than they serve ourselves. Venus exits Scorpio, a Sign of its Detriment where Venus is not comfortable, and enters Sagittarius. Suddenly, we may seem far more effusive, exuberant and interested in broadening our social realm to people of different backgrounds and different cultures. Although we might feel as though this Sunday has us responding to other people’s interests, in the long run such consideration can benefit our interests as well.