December 1st – 7th

We might start the week by making our holiday plans, prioritizing how we intend to spend our time during the festivities and checking our list of what we want to achieve before the year is out. The early part of the week would be well spent making our preparations for the upcoming holidays. Holiday gifts, cards, necessary phone calls can be easily accomplished and allow us to get important obligations out of the way.

Mid-week can be great fun. Let’s look to broaden our social interactions. If friends suggest a get-together, we should go for it. Pleasant times with other people could make us aware of new opportunities for our future. We may feel enthusiastic, exuberant about the possibilities, so let’s live it up.

The end of the week could prove dicey. We might find so much on our plate that we can’t take advantage of invitations or interests that come about unexpectedly. We may feel a pull between what we want to do on the spur of the moment and what we feel we should do. Giving a little time to each would help us avoid the tug of war between our responsibilities and our desires. If someone wants to be a grouch, let’s not engage them. Remember: misery loves company. But I always add: just don’t make it your company.

This week can be a productive week by getting things done early in the week, enjoying social interactions mid-week and adapting to changing plans as we end the week.

Monday, December 1st – Happy Days are Here Again – Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, Saturn, Moon Void-of-Course. Monday begins the month of December, and what a way to start! The two good guys of the zodiac, Venus and Jupiter, are in embrace as they conjunct each other in Capricorn. Added to this affectionate display, the Moon in Capricorn conjuncts both Jupiter and Venus and also sextiles Uranus and trines Saturn. Even our nemesis of the Saturn Uranus opposition is mitigated by the Moon today. This Monday can be an especially pleasant day when we can easily mix business with pleasure. We might ask for favors that are willingly given. We can accomplish a great deal for we are both considering tasks at hand and how to get things done in the most expeditious manner. We may be taking care of responsibilities, all the while that we are making our holiday plans and preparations. The one thing we do have to watch for today is excess. We could be generous to a fault and we might make assumptions based upon our good feelings rather than realistic appraisals. We need to watch that we don’t commit to more than we could possibly handle. The ease of the day, like greased wheels, might have us agreeing to accept certain errands or further involvements. While we start the day with a head of steam, as the day progresses the Moon goes Void-of-Course for thirteen hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Capricorn. The day starts off in high gear but then the energy may peter out. The more we can get done early in the day, the better it is. Today can be highly productive but we do need an attitude of carpe diem: seize the day.

Tuesday, December 2nd – Checking it Twice. After a flurry of activity early on Monday morning with high energy, the energy falters, slows down and we might find we can’t accomplish as much later on Monday as we did early on the day. Tuesday has the Moon in Aquarius but without the Moon making any planetary connections. Tuesday is not a high energy day and we might use this day more in regard to going over our ‘to do’ list rather than accomplishing a great deal. We might be thinking about things but there’s likely to be more action in our formulating concepts than our actually getting things done. This day is far better for our mental meanderings, but it would be wise not to take them too seriously. We can go over things, check them twice or thrice and do inventory taking. We might make calls to friends, do holiday cards or figure our schedule for the holidays. But it would be wise not to expect too much of ourselves today. We might have a lot of plans for today but we might not accomplish as much as we anticipate.

Wednesday, December 3rd – Going Beyond – Sun, Mars, Mercury, Neptune. Wednesday is a pleasant day with more of an uptick in energy and the energy fairly positive. Today has the Aquarius Moon sextile the Sagittarius-transiting planets of the Sun, Mars and Mercury. The Moon also conjuncts Neptune. This Wednesday can have us feeling very expansive, engaging more and more activities and seeking to reach beyond our normal routine. We might be exuberant, enthusiastic, optimistic and confident, and even assume that by our wishing will make it so. And that’s where the rub lies. We could be intoxicated by such a ‘feel good’ attitude that we lose sight of true reality believing that everything will turn out the way we want it to. A positive attitude goes a long way towards creating a positive outcome, and today we are likely to feel upbeat. We can do more today than normal just by reason of our sense of good-naturedness and a belief in things going our way. This Wednesday would be a good day to contact friends far and near, think about intended travel plans, and take time to consider possibilities for our future. We’re looking at moving beyond our daily routine and today we might feel like we’re riding a magic carpet.

Thursday, December 4th – Slow Starting – Moon Void-of-Course, Pluto. This week has some real up moments and some quiet, inactive moments. As the 1971 Jerry Reed song goes: ‘When you’re hot, you’re hot. And when you’re not, you’re not.’ Monday and Wednesday gave us some ‘hot’ times. Later on Monday, Tuesday gave us, and Thursday gives us, some ‘not’ times. We start Thursday with the Moon Void-of-Course making no planetary connections and thus a relatively quiet time as it finishes its transit of Aquarius and before entering Pisces where it sextiles Pluto. If we have been making our lists and figuring out those people we need to connect with during the upcoming holidays, then later on this Thursday we can set into motion our plans. While this day starts slowly, the energy picks up as we evaluate and focus on the truly meaningful for our holidays ahead. We can also use this day to bring completion to matters that we do not want to play forward into the new year. Completions, conclusions and resolutions can be accomplished now. We can strip away nonessentials and concentrate on what is important for us. This day is a good day to clear the decks, put into motion our holiday plans, and cut to the core.

Friday, December 5th – Don’t Touch This – Mercury, Uranus, Sun, Mars. Much of the week may seemed to have been rather placid, a few ripples here and there, but largely a pleasant and easy time. Not so for this Friday. Friday ramps up the energy considerably. Friday and Saturday are two days when the energy can be quite extreme. Perhaps it’s the holiday shoppers or getting into high gear for holiday festivities. But these two days could prove intense with unexpected situations cropping up and our dance between Saturn and Uranus engaged. Friday has Mercury square Uranus and tomorrow Mercury squares Saturn. The Mercury square Uranus is my least favorite energy for air travel. Communications can be off with misunderstandings likely and messages not even received. There is a high liability for computer glitches and problems with electronic equipment. And travel may have more than its share of difficulties with delays, alterations, accidents and postponements. Added to the Mercury square Uranus, and in orb a Mercury T-Square in the Mutable Signs with Mercury in Sagittarius square Uranus in Pisces and tomorrow Mercury square Saturn in Virgo; we have the Sun conjunct Mars. We may be champing at the bit wanting to get on with things and possibly forging ahead without considering our itinerary or our direction. We could find ourselves going by brawn rather than brain. Our energy and optimism may be high and we could feel that whatever we want and pursue we can accomplish. Nice concept but not necessarily reality. We might find ourselves banging our head against the wall, wanting things to bend to our will, all the while that unexpected situations crop up for us to attend to. Reinforcing the Sun Mars conjunction is the Moon in Pisces, which today squares both the Sun and Mars. We could have a sense of divine right that things should go the way we intend them to. Of course with unanticipated factors messing up the mix we might be hard pressed to control things and then could fall into a low state, feeling victimized as though we had been punched in the gut by events we could not even account for. This Friday is one to maintain vigilance, work with peripheral vision and be aware of shifting tides and changing circumstance. Being nimble and quick would be essential to surf today’s waves. Otherwise, we could easily wipe out and move into a dark space of defeatism.

Saturday, December 6th – For Real or… Not – Mercury, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, Lunar T-Square, Jupiter, Venus, Pluto. Saturday gives us the second leg of Mercury’s Mutable Sign T-Square as today Mercury squares Saturn, following yesterday’s Mercury square Uranus. If we feel battered by conditions not of our making and situations that came out of the blue for us to deal with, then today we could be nursing our wounds. If we weren’t able to go with the flow and deal with situations as they arose, then today we could feel bummed and our ego knocked down a rung or two. While Mercury squares Saturn today, Mercury also sextiles Neptune. Not being attached to outcomes or our having control over situations would allow us to acknowledge the ‘mysteriousness’ of life itself, somewhat akin to the ‘awe and wonder’ of childhood. Even if we have to deal with messes or commitments that seem repugnant obligations, we also have the ability of considering alternatives and our options. We might take a future look rather than being locked into our present reality. Early in the day, the Mercury, Saturn, Uranus T-Square is reinforced by the Pisces Moon which conjuncts Uranus, squares Mercury and opposes Saturn. If we didn’t get the lesson from the Mercury T-Square, then the Moon creating a T-Square with the same players will help us get it. It’s kind of like universal lessons whereby we are often tapped on the shoulder and if we don’t get the lesson we are tapped a little bit harder. If we still don’t get the lesson, then the universe gives us a lateral lobotomy, a whack on the side of the head. Eventually, we learn our lessons and once done so, we can move beyond them. The key to this Saturday is not to wallow in our disappointments or our frustrations. One of the beauties of astrology is about timing, that there are different phases. Like the oceans’ tides, there are times of crests and times of troughs. While this Saturday starts with us all over the place, feeling anxious and trying to get both what we wanted to accomplish for this day done along with unexpected situations that demand our attention; as the day progresses the energy settles down and the Moon sextiles Jupiter and sextiles Venus. Even if we feel on overwhelm during the early part of this Saturday, we can take care of those things that speak to us later in the day in a methodical manner. We end the day with the Moon moving into Aries where it squares Pluto. No matter what we have committed to, we are less likely to act out of obligation rather determining our behavior by our own self-interests and our desires.

Sunday, December 7th – Much Needed Rest – Venus Aquarius. Friday and Saturday could have proven to be whirlwind days of nonstop activity. It might have worn us out. This Sunday could provide a day of much needed rest. The Moon is in Aries but makes no planetary connections. We may be focused on what we want to do, free or freed by our own decision of obligations and commitments. This Sunday is a day for us. We may loll about reading the Sunday paper leisurely over a cup of coffee or tea. We might decide to take a drive and air out. We could go to shopping malls whether to actually buy something or to view the holiday decorations and spectacle. Whatever we choose to do on this Sunday, it is likely to be determined by our personal interests, what we want to do. This Sunday also has Venus move out of Capricorn and into Aquarius. Increasingly, our social interactions are less involved with people who may be socially appropriate and who can assist us in realizing our ambitions. We are becoming more interested in people who are themselves, marching to the beat of their own drum, emphasizing their individuality and expressing their uniqueness. We may be more willing to engage in social interactions and group activities that intrigue us. But this Sunday is one when we can catch a breather, reflect on the events of the past two days, and possibly see how our lives are in process of major changes.