December 27th, 2010 – January 2nd, 2011

We might use this week to catch up with good friends, take some special time with those significant people in our lives, tie up various loose ends and consider how best to expand into the new year. This week we may feel betwixt and between, and in deed we are. Not only is this the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It is also the week that brings closure to the year 2010 and begins the new year of 2011.

The week starts off a little dicey. But then the past two Mondays and Tuesdays may have provided us with various challenges, some of which have been unexpected incidents. So why should this Monday and Tuesday be any different than the last two? And to a large degree, they are not. We may be in full gear as we begin the week. Various tasks could demand our attention, and we might feel as though we are trying to roll a boulder up a mountain as we contend with details left undone and address needs of other people that are not of our making.

Although this time of year tends to bring out the compassion in all of us, we do have to be careful and not get overly entangled in other people’s issues. It’s important for us to check the source and note their agenda, for we might be involved with people who enjoy the emotional drama and have great difficulty letting go of their problems. As the saying goes, ‘misery loves company’, but I always add the addendum: ‘just don’t make it your company’.

These times are challenging but also exciting. We can meet any unexpected problems and use them as catalysts to fast forward.

The latter part of the week provides the energy for us to streamline our operations, clean up and clear out the clutter of this passing year in preparation for the new year ahead.

New Year’s Eve and the beginning of the new year can start with us feeling optimistic, confident and wanting to broaden our interest and expand our activities. Let’s consider our new year resolutions, keeping in mind that we may not be out of the woods regarding the transformation during these transitional times. It would be important that we engage as our keywords for this new year ‘adaptability’, ‘flexibility’, ‘awareness’ and ‘mindfulness’.

Monday, December 27th – Taking Care of What Needs to Be Done – Jupiter, Uranus, Moon Void-of-Course, Pluto, Sun. The last two Mondays and Tuesdays may have had us juggling, running and dealing with a number of different things. This Monday picks up that same theme. The day begins with the Virgo Moon opposed both Jupiter and Uranus. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for over five hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Virgo and before entering Libra where it squares both Pluto and the Sun. Whatever our plans for this Monday may be, we may realize that certain matters we thought resolved might demand our attention. We do have to watch for extravagance and indulgence today. Yes, we are in the holiday time period and that could seem to give license to splurging and celebrating more than might be appropriate. Let’s keep in mind the saying that ‘if you dance to the music, you pay to the piper’. People may be back at the malls, shopping and gourging and having a good old time. Not that we shouldn’t enjoy our selves, but it would be wise for us to temper our excesses with the recognition that any such extremes could leave us with a hangover, whether heartburn, headaches or future financial concerns. ‘Moderation in all things’ is a good mantram for today but not one that is likely to be fully heeded. Although we might be fast out of the gate to start the day, the direction could be not what we had planned as much as unexpected twists and turns to our day. Later in the day, we might feel the obligations we have to other people. We may want to engage with other people but we could also find that we are becoming the sounding board for other people’s anxieties and concerns.

Tuesday, December 28th – Slow Going – Mars, Saturn, Mercury. The first three days of this week could have us champing at the bit, wanting to get on with things but unable to move as quickly as we would like. Weather issues and unexpected developments could slow us down and delay our progress forward. Tuesday has the Moon in Libra square Mars, conjunct Saturn and sextile Mercury. We are also moving towards the stationary Mercury, as Mercury is about to end its three-week retrograde cycle and turn direct on Wednesday. We may feel ‘as slow as molasses in January’. Things may take longer. We might have to deal with various delays. We could also find that other people are making demands on us. Although we might feel blocked or restricted in regard to moving as fast as we would want to, this is a day for us to conceptualize, plan and consider our future plans. Although things may take longer on the physical level, we could find this day to be highly productive in regard to making our expansionary plans for the future. If we have things to attend to, let’s do so without giving too much concern regarding how long our projects might take. If we grouse and focus on the delays, then we shall just frustrate ourselves. We can make our ‘to do’ lists today, plan our future projects and consider where we want to go, all the while realizing that this day could be a slow-moving one.

Wednesday, December 29th – Banging Our Head – Mars, Saturn, Neptune, Moon Void-of-Course. The sense of frustration could ratchet up today and build on any of yesterday’s frustrations. This Wednesday has Mars square Saturn. The Moon in Libra trines Neptune and then the Moon goes Void-of-Course for almost six hours, making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Libra and before entering Scorpio. We may feel like we’re spinning our wheels today. Our energy level can be on high but our productivity may be minimal. If we have things to complete before the new year, this Wednesday is a good day to hunker down and take care of business. We could also be easily entangled in other people’s problems, accepting this holiday’s theme of helping other people in need. Such a sentiment is a wonderful attitude but we should be discerning regarding where we place our energy and whom we seek to help. It would be important for us to keep in mind the question as to whether the people we seek to assist are truly interested in solving their problems or are more attached to the emotional drama that such matters provide them. Some people are more interested in whining and moaning than actually solving their problems. Later in the day, we can become highly resourceful. If we have used the past three days to bring completion to outstanding issues, then this Wednesday allows us to consider how we can best streamline our operations, be more effective with less expenditure of energy and cut away the dross from our lives to concentrate on the fundamentals.

Thursday, December 30th – Going Through Piles and Ridding the Extraneous – Pluto, Sun, Mars, Mercury direct. Thursday is a good day to work on closing out 2010. The Moon in Scorpio sextiles the Stellium of three or more planets in Capricorn as the Moon sextiles Pluto, the Sun and Mars. This is also the day that Mercury ends its three-week retrograde cycle and turns direct. Although Mercury is now in process of moving forward, and consequently communications and movement can be far easier than they might have been over the past three weeks, let’s keep in mind that whenever Mercury changes direction, whether going from direct to retrograde motion or vice versa, communication issues, travel difficulties and computer problems can ratchet up severalfold. Besides, this day and tomorrow during the day may be far better spent clearing out the clutter, cleaning off our desks, and tying up loose ends more associated with 2010. We do not want to bring excess baggage and outstanding issues into the new year. Today is a good day for inventory taking, seeing what really works for us and those things that are outmoded or no longer productive. We can then do our dump runs or place things in the garbage. We can also recycle and take items that other people might be able to use to any of the thrift stores.

Friday, December 31st – The Wonder of it All – Venus, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, Moon Void-of-Course. Friday is the last day of 2010 and what better way to end it than with the Moon in Scorpio, which today conjuncts Venus, trines Jupiter, squares Neptune and trines Uranus. We can continue with our cleanup and clear-out that helps bring closure and completion to the year of 2010. In so doing, we might also discover those items that truly have meaning for us. This day also allows us to see those mini-miracles that sprinkle our lives with delight. Such mini-miracles may not be as dramatic as the parting of the Red Sea, but we can witness and experience those magic moments when new doors open up to us, unexpected surprises are there for us to engage, and wondrous happenings are occurring all around us. Things may not go totally according to our plan, but we might discover that the natural unfolding has far greater plans for us today than we could even imagine for ourselves. Today is a day for us not to be upset if our plans change but rather to be open to acting spontaneously, even impulsively, to exciting opportunities. As the day progresses, the Moon goes Void-of-Course for close to five and a half hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Scorpio and before entering Sagittarius. In the US, we end the year with the Sagittarius Moon. In continental Europe and East, the year ends with the Moon in Scorpio and just about to enter Sagittarius. We start the New Year confident and optimistic that we can make our dreams come true. Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 1st – Start All Over Again. Saturday is the first day of the New Year. The Moon is in Sagittarius but makes no connections to the planets today. Perhaps we are sleeping in after our New Year’s celebrations of last night and into this day’s early morning hours. Maybe we are just relaxing, resting and enjoying the first day of this new year. Certainly, we are likely to be feeling more upbeat, listening and affirming that this year has far greater potential than the years that have gone before. We may take a drive out of our familiar terrain, go for a walk in the woods, or a hike up a mountain. But whatever we do today, we’re not looking at pushing ourselves or putting too great a demand on our time or our energy. We want to savor the flavor of enthusiasm, exuberance and good feelings. We are looking to broaden our reach this year, stretch our parameters and move forward with projects that have real meaning for us. We may feel that the past is past and that this day is a new beginning. We are not looking at re-creating our past, or even interested in do-overs. We are far more interested in starting fresh, beginning new and expanding beyond our normal parameters.

Sunday, January 2nd – Good Feelings with Unexpected Glitches – Saturn, Mercury, Neptune, Jupiter, Uranus. Sunday continues with the Sagittarius Moon, which today sextiles Saturn, conjuncts Mercury, sextiles Neptune and squares both Jupiter and Uranus. We may want to spend time with friends and loved ones on this Sunday, brainstorming about prospects and considering the ways to widen our scope. We may be feeling very upbeat and we might find ourselves seeking out the mutual admiration society whereby we encourage and are encouraged by those people who are inspiring, uplifting and full of beans. Where a problem could arise is in unanticipated variables throwing curveballs at our plans and forcing us to address issues that may not be so much of our making as much as just the circumstances around us. Yes, there can be speed bumps on the autobahn, glitches along the way, but any such sudden interruptions or impediments could also be seen as honing and tempering processes, enforcing a sense of humility and helping us to avoid getting carried away with our own sense of invincibility and mastery. It is important that we always keep in mind that in this paradigm shift we are moving away from a sense of control over situations and into a sense of co-creating with the natural unfolding. If we forget the parameters in this new paradigm, the universe is likely to tap us on the shoulder to remind us and have us re-engage our humility. If we don’t heed the tap, the universe may tap a little harder. If we still don’t understand the formats of the new parameters, we might get one of those lateral lobotomies, or whacks on the side of the head, until we do get it. These are times of magic and miracles but in order to engage them we need to work with peripheral vision, appreciate the asequential reality of these times, the sense of synchronicity and serendipity, and be open to receive with a large measure of humility.