December 17th – 23rd, 2018

The astrology for this week of December 17th through the 23rd of 2018 brings us to the end of the autumn season and into the winter season at the time of the Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year in the northern latitudes.

This week begins with us intent on getting as much done as possible. We have the determination and the persistence to virtually move mountains. Although we can be gung-ho, optimistic and confident of our abilities, that does not mean that we won’t meet impediments along our way.

Not to be disheartened by any obstacles that we encounter, we can go over, under, around or through our blockages. We are more interested in getting where we are going than how we are getting there.

This sense of drive may find us using alternate approaches but all of them well considered before we start off.

This week is a highly productive week, if we avoid being distracted by holiday celebrations, shopping or merry making.

Towards the end of the week we may give thought to what we intend to resolve for us during this coming year. The sense of greater independence and autonomy in our decision-making might stir the fires of our passion for our plans. Before we engage our future ventures, we have the requisite holiday parties, social get-togethers and holiday events to attend.

This may be a shortened week as we step away from our regular routine to embrace holiday spirits and good cheer. Whether we take off early for Christmas or stay where we are, we are likely to be more involved in the festivities than our usual fare.

The Sun enters Capricorn on Friday to herald the start of winter, followed on Saturday by the Cancer Full Moon. The weekend could be a time of home fires burning, doing the last minute runaround to gather the necessary components of our Christmas plans, and with us seeking respites in the comfort and nurture of home and family.

Monday, December 17th – Out of the Way – Pluto, Sun, Mars. We begin the week with the Aries Moon square Pluto and the Moon trine the Sun. Mars sextiles Pluto. We may be fast out of the gate as we start this day and this week. We have any number of things to attend to, many of which could be pet projects and personal interests, as well as holiday preparations and involvements. Demands may be placed upon us, and we might find braking action delaying some of our movement. But this is a day when we are not going to be stopped. We are in the mode of completions and bringing matters to conclusion, no matter the obstacles that might stand in our way. Although much of our attention is geared to what needs to be done, we also have an eye on faraway places and considering our options for over the holidays and into the new year. We are likely to be feeling optimistic and confident with a ‘can do’ attitude.

Tuesday, December 18th – All Together Now – Uranus, Saturn. The early morning hours of this Tuesday have the Aries Moon conjunct Uranus. The Moon then goes into Taurus where today the Moon trines Saturn. We might have some ‘ah-ha’ moments as we begin this day, those flashes of insight that add sparkle to our everyday life. We can think of some additional tweak to our plans, ways to bring thrills and excitement into the holidays. We want something fun, something different, to add some spice to our plans. Surprising opportunities at a distance could have us casting our glance to far-off regions and far-out involvements. While we might be looking at taking ‘the path less traveled’, we are unlikely to go blindly into the night. On the contrary, alternate trajectories can be engaged with a grounded methodology and a solid reasoning behind our shifting course. This is a day for us to blend new and old together to create an exciting outcome. Let’s keep our antennae up and be receptive to the unexpected today. We could find some interesting bargains along the way.

Wednesday, December 19th – All the Right Touches – Venus, Neptune, Pluto, Mars. There is something about this holiday time that brings out our connection to spirit and enhances our soulful expression. Wednesday has the Taurus Moon opposed Venus, the Moon sextile both Neptune and Mars both in Pisces, and the Moon trine Pluto. Although we might be extravagant in our holiday shopping, our generosity will not go unnoticed but rather highly appreciated. Even if we dismiss our concern about holiday spending and go overboard on our purchases, the sentiments behind our intentions are likely to be well rewarded. While gifting may seem more like a material presentation, the outreach and engagement reveal something far deeper — our love and respect for the person we are gifting. We might spend more today than what we intended, but the return on investment can be a lot greater than what we imagined. This is a day when people show their true emotions and indicate their depth of being. Spirit may shine through matter.

Thursday, December 20th – Off to the Races – Sun, Uranus. Thursday has the Moon moving into Gemini, and we might ratchet up our engagements and our involvements. We could be going from one thing to another to another. We may be winding down our usual responsibilities, far more interested in engaging the holiday celebrations. This Thursday has the Sun trine Uranus. Even if we are enmeshed in the hurly-burly of holiday events, we are also likely to be considering new projects and new trajectories for ourselves, and giving thought to our intended resolutions for the new year. ‘Out with the old, in with the new’ may be our mantram today, but it is a general attitude rather than a defined delineation of what we plan to do in the year ahead. The desire for greater autonomy and the ability to express our individuality could be at the heart of our resolutions for the new year. We may not know the way or the how but we are fully cognizant of the why — new formats for imprinting our personal mark on our activities.

Friday, December 21st – In the Heart of Darkness, the Light is Born – Lunar T-Square, Mercury, Jupiter, Neptune, Venus, Winter Solstice, Sun Capricorn. Friday continues with the Moon’s transit of Gemini with the Moon today triggering a Mutable Sign T-Square as the Moon opposes both Mercury and Jupiter both in Sagittarius, and the Moon squares Neptune in Pisces. We could be scurrying around on this Friday with a sense that we have so much to do and that too much is not enough. Our well-devised plans may go out the window as we feel the pressure to get things together for the holidays. Many of us may be heading out of town for a long Christmas holiday. Some of us may be staying put but still heading off from our daily routine. Before we focus on our immediate circle of family and friends with whom we are likely to spend the holidays, this Friday is a day of cheerful social gatherings with warm wishes of upbeat holiday sentiment. Venus trines Neptune, and Mercury conjuncts Jupiter. We can be feeling good about things and willing to express our love and deep-seated sentiments to that special someone and those special people in our life. This is also the day of the Winter Solstice, the beginning of the winter season and the darkest day in the northern latitudes, the day that the Sun exits Sagittarius to enter Capricorn. In doing so, the Sun ends the Stellium of three planets in Sagittarius and the Sun triggers a Stellium in Capricorn as the Sun joins Saturn and Pluto in the Cardinal Earth Sign. The darkest day in the northern latitudes, the Sun will grow in brilliance from now to the Summer Solstice in June. In the dark, the light is born. Although this shift from Sagittarius into Capricorn might create a greater seriousness in our approach to our life, such seriousness is for another day. For today, we are more interested in getting together with good friends and participating in good times.

Saturday, December 22nd – Finishing Touches – Mars, Uranus, Cancer Full Moon, Sun. The early morning hours of this Saturday has the Moon completing its transit of Gemini, and as it does so the Moon squares Mars and the Moon sextiles Uranus. The Moon then moves into Cancer and opposes the Sun at the time of the Cancer Full Moon. Last minute preparations for our holidays can have us racing around in the early morning hours with unanticipated news heralding the holidays. As the day progresses, we might seek out the comfort and warmth of home and family and close friends. We may feel that we have taken care of all the necessary matters and are able to take a respite from the frantic pace of the holidays and truly enjoy the company of those we love. That might be our preference but we have to be wary of not getting caught up in the holiday frenzy with the belief that there is just one more thing we need to do. Some quiet time can recharge our batteries. We just have to avoid getting dragged into certain family obligations and taking care of other people’s responsibilities.

Sunday, December 23rd – Perfection of Imperfection – Saturn, Pluto, Lunar Grand Trine, Neptune, Venus. In a perfect world, everything would be perfect. Nice concept, but such a scenario seems like an idyllic pipedream. In the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, there is the appreciation of the perfection of imperfection. That is why Japanese potters will often have a thumbprint in their pottery. We also see it with Muslim carpet weavers who leave a thread dangling, thereby giving indication that only Allah is perfect. And we have the Buddhist monks with their sand paintings, which once constructed are destroyed to illustrate the Buddhist belief that one should not be attached to the material world. This Sunday is a prime example of what often appears to be the dichotomy between the material world and the spiritual realm. Sunday has the Cancer Moon opposing both Saturn and Pluto both in Capricorn. The Cancer Moon also triggers a Water Grand Trine with the Moon trine Venus in Scorpio and the Moon trine Neptune in Pisces. This Sunday could have us running around, taking care of certain matters, and trying to complete tasks at hand. The holidays are upon us and there might just be one last thing we need to deal with. Or, this Sunday can be a day when we truly embrace the spirit of this time of year — the concept that in matter spirit grows in strength, the idea of the winter solstice whereby in the darkness the light is born. Christians celebrate this natural phenomenon with Christmas heralding the birth of Jesus, who would become the christed consciousness, the sun of god. It would be wise for us to both appreciate the perfection of imperfection in the mundane world and embrace the depth of the soul and spirit that resides in each of us. This is a day for us to offer to other people ‘namaste’, acknowledging the soul in the other person by the soul in our self.