December 17th – 23rd, 2012

This week brings an end to Autumn and the beginning of Winter as the Sun moves into Capricorn at the Winter Solstice on Friday. This is also the day that ends the Mayan Calendar and, according to some, brings the end of the world. I am not convinced that the world comes to an end on that date, only that we become increasingly aware that “it’s the end of the world as we know it” as the lyrics from the classic R.E.M. song go and continue with the affirmation: “…and I feel fine.”

We are on the threshold of radical change, but we have already experienced radical change. There is a push-pull going on between old and new — the old paradigm of control and power-tripping and patriarchal mastery even by false prophets versus the new burgeoning of greater en-lightenment, fuller appreciation of the magic and miracles in the asequential and synchronistic universal unfolding and the boundless opportunities of creative self-expression for the individual. These are exciting times, volatile times, but within the dynamics of these times the potential of things changing swiftly and dramatically in less than a nanosecond of time. The old will not go quietly into the night, even if the old puts on the garbs, expressions and ways of the new. Old is old, new is new.

This week, like much of the ‘present times’, can be highly paradoxical. The week begins with a thrust towards change with a sense of idealism evident, some of which may be ill-placed. We may consider prospects and possibilities, but we might also question whether we are entertaining such abstract concepts in the idling of our mind without any practical manifestation backing up our intentions. On one hand, we may feel that we can no longer continue to go along to get along the way we have. We might be impelled to sense that there must be better ways for us to do our lives. The question as to whether we have the resources, stamina, persistence and time to devote to making radical changes could stymie us. I would suggest such considerations only revert to the old paradigm of ‘control’, ‘mastery’ and ‘our having to make things happen’ as opposed to the new paradigm of intention, acceptance, detachment and ‘going with the flow’ of universal unfolding with new doors, new opportunities, new possibilities always opening up to us, and some times in the most unexpected of ways.

It would be wise for us during the early part of this week to embrace the true spirit of this time — with the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year in the northern latitudes — and the recognition that in the dark the light is born. This time of year celebrates the Festival of Lights in Judaism and in Christianity the birth of Jesus, the indication that in the stable of animal passions the Christos, the christed consciousness is born — the inevitable journey for each of us towards eventual en-lightenment.

If we would take the time during the frenetic energy of shopping, parties and celebrations to quietly reflect on the more spiritual aspect of ourselves, we could better understand our true life purpose, engage our true being and resolve for the year ahead to embark on the ‘right’ path for our individual journey through this life experience.

Towards the end of the week, we may feel re-invigorated, our batteries recharged and our sense of self-determination further ignited. New beginnings are likely to be felt within ourselves, and we might want to affirm the concept that it is far more important to fire up the intentions than to assume that we know the details and the specifics of the way.

The weekend could have us back involved with the frenzy of this Hallmark holiday, with people out shopping, indulging and willing to go to excess to showcase their appearance, their presentation, their one-upmanship.

This week could prove to be another frenzied week with us likely to be touching various bases of our emotions, our engagements and our desire to step out of our mundane, ordinary realities. Is anyone wishing to play Walter Mitty? Is everyone?

Monday, December 17th – What it Could Be, What it Should Be – Sun, Moon Void-of-Course, Neptune, Mercury, Jupiter. Monday could start the week with good intentions. But like that wise old saying of ‘the pathway to hell is paved with good intentions’, it would be wise for us to consider whether possibilities are truly enlivening or if certain prospects being presented are more likely in the long run to be constrictive. This is a day for us to be a little skeptical and certainly consider both the source and their agenda. Some people may have some wondrous plans, but what do those plans entail? The day begins with the Moon in Aquarius sextile the Sun. People can wax philosophic about a ‘best practices’ approach, but we might maintain a jaded eye as to whether such a practice also entails increased control and restriction by the powers-that-be. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for six and a half hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Aquarius and before entering Pisces where the Moon today conjuncts Neptune. This day also has Mercury opposed Jupiter. There can be wild mood swings today. Our spiritual side can be engaged but we have to be wary of either extreme of playing either the savior or the martyr. Neither would do when our life’s journey is to find and maintain a sense of balance. And yet we find ourselves living in a time reminiscent of the 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi with music composed by Philip Glass and the title meaning ‘life out of balance’ in the Hopi language. Life seems out of balance both in the larger societal world but also seems, at times, out of balance in our own personal, individual worlds. This day calls for reflection and consideration, despite the fact that we might throw open wide the realm of possibilities and options.

Tuesday, December 18th – Focused Intent Despite Distractions Galore – Lunar T-Square, Venus, Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, Mercury. This day continues with the Pisces Moon. Today, the Pisces Moon creates a Mutable Sign T-Square with the Moon square both Venus and Mercury in Sagittarius and the Moon square Jupiter in Gemini. To balance off any tendency to increase our involvements and our activities, the Moon also trines Saturn and the Moon sextiles Pluto today. While we might see the world as our oyster, we have to avoid being seduced by the images, the presentations and people making promises they cannot keep. We could easily see things in a lovely bright hue, but it would be wise for us not to fall prey to possibilities without fully checking them out, doing our due diligence and recognizing that there are times when things seem too good to be true and turn out to be only illusions and delusions. We may be caught up in the holiday spirit, and there are in deed incredibly magical moments that can occur. Let’s enjoy the kaleidoscope of good times, good friends and the little miracles we witness along the way. While we might have our head in the clouds, let’s keep our feet firmly planted on the ground. If we are not distracted by the sparkle, glitter and gold, then we could be focused on what we need to do, be expeditious in the ways that we do it, and be resourceful in how we expend our energies. We may be full speed ahead today, but we might also be willing to apply braking action to any extreme moves. Good times do not necessitate extravagant spending. Sometimes, the best things in life are truly free. We just have to prevent ourselves from buying into the ultra-consumer sentiment and instead enjoy the spectacles of these holiday times that cost us very little.

Wednesday, December 19th – Holiday Preparations with a Little Serendipity – Mars, Venus, Uranus. Wednesday continues with the Pisces Moon, which today has the Moon sextile Mars. Venus trines Uranus. We may be fine tuning our holiday preparations, attending to the necessary details, and flushing out the specifics of our plans. We can be guided virtually by our intuitive sense of what needs to be done. Add into our pragmatic manner a bit of serendipity and we engage some sugar and spice to our wondrous day. Serendipitous meetings, synchronistic connections could invite some very interesting new people into our lives. They may be marching to their own drummer, but they could also provide an important reflection as to who we are becoming and how we are changing. Although we may be largely interested today in adding the finishing touches to our holiday celebration planning, this is also a day to be open to the magic and wonder of life in the twenty-first century. Unexpected situations could open some interesting doors to us. It would be wise for us not to get completely stuck in our ‘to do’ list but rather do what needs to be done, all the while that we see from peripheral vision and take advantage of surprising developments. This is a day when we can do what needs to be done, but also embrace the wondrous opportunities that are likely to come out of the blue.

Thursday, December 20th – Follow the Yellow Brick Road – Sun, Uranus, Venus, Pluto, Jupiter. Whatever unexpected situation arose in our lives yesterday could be the scent we choose to follow today. The day begins with the Moon finishing its transit of Pisces with a sextile to the Sun, which is in the last degree of Sagittarius about to enter Capricorn tomorrow with the Winter Solstice. The Moon then enters Aries where today the Moon conjuncts Uranus, trines Venus, squares Pluto and sextiles Jupiter. We could easily go on a bender today, negate the empirical signals of what is going on and engage the wondrous, unexpected and serendipitous that we might have been privy to yesterday. Today is a continuation of yesterday’s energies, and the energies that speak more to the fantastic and to surprising developments than to the ‘tried and true’. Yes, we have tried things in times past, may be tired of following that path and are looking for new developments, new trajectories and new ways of being that allow us greater autonomy and promise of significant change to how we are doing life. I mentioned above how these times are a battle between old and new, a time of conflicting characteristics between the old concept of mastering our world and the new acceptance of working with the natural unfolding of the energies no matter how outside the ‘norm’ they might be. Yesterday and today, we may have had our feet on the ground, at times even dispelling the notion of magic and miracles, but such little hints and indications of the wondrous may be far too appealing for us to totally negate. We may have tried to have our cake and eat it too yesterday, taking care of the practical and the obligations, all the while noting or slightly engaging the unexpected developments. Today, the balance between the two could be lost as we are far more entranced by the possibilities, the different and those sparkly things that entice us and lead us down new pathways. Today is a day to explore and engage possibilities. We just have to avoid getting carried away by the shining and the shimmering. Otherwise, like a fish in the water we could be ensnared by what looks so good but could turn out to be so bad for us.

Friday, December 21st – Light at the End of the Tunnel – Mercury, Winter Solstice, Sun Capricorn. In 1969, George Harrison wrote for The Beatles the song Here Comes the Sun. We might be humming or singing the song today, for this Friday has the Aries Moon trine Mercury and more importantly the start of the Winter season with the Winter Solstice and the Sun entering Capricorn. We are at the darkest day of the year in the northern latitudes, and this day represents the birthing of the light in the darkness, as the sun grows in brilliance in the northern latitudes from today until the longest day of the year at the Summer Solstice in June. We may be feeling upbeat and energized today. We can see possibilities for ourselves. Our perspective is broadened, and we are focused on how we can expand our interests in the days, months and year ahead. With the Sun exiting Sagittarius and entering Capricorn, we also have an end to the Stellium of three or more planets in Sagittarius and the beginning of a Stellium in Capricorn as the Sun joins Pluto and Mars in the Cardinal Earth Sign. This Stellium will be short-lived however, due to Mars exiting Capricorn next week. But for this day, we might find ourselves energized and looking to how we can implement our confidence and optimism and our desire to bring greater freedom of movement and autonomy into our daily lives. Each of us is going through our own metamorphosis. The old ways no longer work. New ways need to be discovered. What we need to realize is the fact that the new paradigm allows for a natural unfolding, nothing forced but rather a natural transformation like the caterpillar through the chrysalis and coming out as a butterfly. The process may not always be comfortable, but even if we initially scrape our wings upon the ground with the engrained conditioning of having been the caterpillar, eventually we shall have no alternative but to fly. This Friday and this weekend would be a good time for us to step off the track of the hurly-burly of holiday time and spend some time in contemplation of what could be — who we could be and what we could engage in the next phase of our life’s journey.

Saturday, December 22nd – A Little of This, a Lot of That – Mars, Moon Void-of-Course, Neptune, Sun, Venus, Jupiter. Today starts with the Moon in Aries and the Moon square Mars. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for five and a half hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Aries and before entering Taurus, where today the Moon sextiles Neptune and the Moon trines the Sun. The Sun trines Neptune today, and Venus opposes Jupiter. Our eyes may be wide in eager anticipation of all that we can do today. We might not want our wings to be clipped by our responsibilities or outstanding obligations. We want to do what we want to do, and we could easily justify our actions as our intended destiny. Justification comes easily, especially if we are enamored by our desires, our wishes and our hopes. Excess and indulgence could be strong today. We may take on more than we can possibly handle, and our eyes may be bigger than our stomach. Our confidence could know no bounds, and we are likely to be generous to ourselves and to everyone we meet along the way. The paradox of visionary focus and pleasurable indulgence can be in play today. It is not a question of caroming from one to the other but rather a blend, or integration, whereby we enjoy ourselves fully but keep our eye on the ball of the true circumstances operating around us. Even social interactions can serve to benefit our interests, our ambitions and our planned projects. We do not have to be manipulative or seeking to take advantage of other people. Instead, we can look to create win-win scenarios under a best practices approach of being resourceful and determined to realize our goals. We may have a lot going on today, but it would be wise for us to be selective as to where to place our energies.

Sunday, December 23rd – Last Minute Pulls and Pushing Away – Saturn, Pluto. Sunday continues with the Taurus Moon, which today has the Moon opposed Saturn and the Moon trine Pluto. This is a day where we might feel limited by our resources. We may still have some holiday expenditures, but we might be counting our dollars and seeing how we can get the best deal for the lowest prices. There could be some interesting sales today, as retailers look to prime the last moment shoppers with various bargains. With Capricorn and Saturn emphasized during this latter part of December we may find ourselves in a paradoxical situation. On one hand, we may be enjoying the holidays, taking time to step away from our daily routine functions and celebrating in good spirits with friends and colleagues. On the other hand, we may be considering how best to proceed with our goals and our ambitions, especially under a potentially changing landscape and backdrop to our operations. Maintaining vigilance all the while that we are enjoying this time of year may be our intention and would serve as good preparation for a modus operandi necessary to successfully navigate the swirling currents of the next few years. We can attend to our tasks at hand, the obligatory needs of our daily lives and our holiday celebrations, but we could also consider a best practices approach regarding our long-term goals and ambitions. Even during this holiday time, a fresh perspective detached from our daily routine could allow us to see things in a clearer and more focused light.