THU DEC 18 Once in a while the universe backs off from its often intense barrage of challenging alignments and offers earthlings a cream-puff kind of day. Working in your favor is the Moon-Venus supportive 60-degree liaison (1:00AM) that was referred to at the end of yesterday’s calendar entry. Love vibrations increase in frequency. Today’s lone trouble spot arrives shortly thereafter when the Moon in Scorpio squares off with Mars in Aquarius (2:30AM). If you respect dear ones, friends, and colleagues – offering help rather than condemnation – all should be well. Deflate angry feelings by tuning into your compassionate soul-nature. Enjoy a soothing healing treatment as the Moon trines Chiron in water signs (7:56AM). Every year around this date, the Sun connects with an area toward the end of the sign of Sagittarius where the heart center of our Milky Way galaxy is located. Strive to lift up your consciousness to the point where a spectacular tide of love-wisdom energy arrives to change your life substantially for the highest good.
FRI DEC 19 Insights abound this morning – thanks to the monthly Moon-Pallas union in Scorpio (8:01AM). Pallas super-strong not only can endow you with a powerful intuition, but it ratchets up your problem-solving skills and strategic thinking. Crafts like weaving, needlepoint, and pottery are back in style. Board, card and words games are a natural fit with the lunar orb embracing Pallas. Later on you want to follow the straight-and-narrow path of logic and reason as the Moon moves on to make its monthly conjunction with time-keeper Saturn (1:12PM). However, the Moon merger with the beautiful ringed planet also begins a 44-minute void lunar cycle that lasts until 1:56PM. Hold off on any key decision-making while the Moon holds court in the thirtieth degree of often icy and dangerous Scorpio. Mars forming a constructive, 72-degree tie with Saturn (1:37PM) during the void time-span may be lost in the shuffle. However, once the Moon reaches fiery Sagittarian terrain (1:56PM), the next two days offer you several chances to rise to new heights as a mover and shaker in the world. Tweak a 45-degree tie between Venus and Pallas (8:06PM) to reinforce this morning’s positive and ingenious Moon-Pallas embrace. Get ready for a weekend on cosmic overload when eleven major solar and planetary alignments put the kibosh on run-of-the-mill family plans.
SAT DEC 20 There are some weekends that put you on the celestial defensive and don’t let up for a full 48 hours. This is one of them. Under the enthusiastic and goal-oriented aegis of Sagittarius Moon, here is a list of today’s foremost alignments: Mercury forms a supportive, 60-degree tie with Neptune (1:32AM); Venus squares Uranus (9:09AM); the Moon parallels Saturn (1:05PM); Venus unites with Pluto at 13 degrees of Capricorn (1:11PM); the Moon parallels Mars (2:28PM); Ceres trines Jupiter (4:26PM); Mars parallels Saturn (7:48PM) while, at the same minute, Mars makes a 60-degree constructive link with Uranus (7:48PM). It is hard to get one’s mind around such a profound group of celestial alignments. Even though the Mercury-Neptune, Ceres-Jupiter, and Mars-Uranus configurations appear benign, soulful, and enriching across the board, you still have to contend with two unsettling Venusian connections to outer planets and the Moon assisting Mars and Saturn to join forces via a parallel (similar to a conjunction in the zodiac). One option is to work specifically with very exact timing and utilize the nurturing-creative alignments to your advantage while slowing way down and taking time-outs when the going gets tough. Since Mars-Saturn via parallel happens simultaneously when Mars favorably connects to outside-the-box and wild-card Uranus (7:48PM), you still need to handle these two cosmic happenings with kid gloves. If you are also sensing an immense change about to occur, you are not mistaken. Tomorrow brings about a Uranus station (shifting from reverse to direct in Aries) while the Sun enters the final earth sign of Capricorn just prior to the occurrence of a New Moon. It makes sense to be expecting the unexpected.
SUN DEC 21 If you made it through yesterday’s cosmic slugfest relatively unscathed, give yourself a row of virtual gold stars. Now you have another 24 hours to conquer with a very deft touch since the universe is going all in right now with a mega-dose of celestial madness. First of all, keep in mind that several of Saturday’s difficult sky configurations are still on the astro-psychic radar screen – only more undercover. Now Venus forming a supportive, 60-degree link with healing maestro Chiron (2:04AM) followed 2+ hours later by the Moon in Sagittarius forming a harmonious trine to buoyant and optimistic Jupiter in Leo (4:36AM) makes it seem that all is well, but this 120-degree contact also begins a long void lunar uncertainty cycle that lasts until 5:26PM (when the Moon enters Capricorn). Ceres gets into the act, too, by converging with the Moon (5:00AM) – adding another note of supposed calm and productivity. Then a few hours later, the testing of humanity begins in earnest as Mercury forms a potentially abrasive, 135-degree tie with Jupiter (11:03AM), Uranus halts its recent retrograde motion at 13 degrees of Aries (2:46PM) to begin a forward-moving cycle that lasts until July 26, 2015, the Sun switch its allegiance from fiery Sagittarius to earthy Capricorn (3:04PM), and the New Moon materializes 2+ hours after that (5:37PM and energizing 1 degree of Capricorn). A station of Uranus – the key planet of shocks, surprises, anarchy, rebellion, revolution, genius, intuition, high-technology, jokers, wild cards, out-of-the-box thinking and behavior, the multi-media, the nervous system, anxiety, breakthroughs in consciousness or breakdowns – is not exactly compatible with the Sun and Moon striding forcefully into Capricorn (the key sign of the zodiac ruled over by Saturn). Therefore, this sacred turning point of the year – the solstice, when the Sun appears to stand still in its vertical arc – is receiving an unusually high injection of adversarial energies (represented by play-by-the-rules Saturn and always-unpredictable Uranus). Do your best to pursue your objectives today with self-confidence and a calm demeanor. Like the Little Engine That Could, keep affirming the mantra of I think I can.
Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Tim. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.
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Highlights of the December 2014 Cosmic Calendar
By Mark Lerner
Last month I described the unusual situation of both Chiron and Neptune making stations (halts in the zodiac) during November for many years in a row. These stopping points – with the celestial bodies shifting direction from retrograde to direct in Pisces – have been increasing the healing-shamanic (Chiron) and psychic-imaginative (Neptune) vibrations that human souls can then pick up on (during the eleventh month of the year) and utilize for their evolutionary development.
When it comes to December, there is another planetary archetype that has been quietly, behind-the-scenes energizing the twelfth month of the year since 2009. That heavenly orb is none other than Uranus – the first outer planet beyond Saturn to be discovered back on March 13, 1781. Five years ago, the planet of revolution, shock waves, surprises, high-technology and the multi-media, lightning-like revelations, flashes of genius, eccentricity, wild cards, jokers as well as nervous anxiety, and breakthroughs or breakdowns in consciousness began its slowdown in retrograde motion, station, and shift forward during December. This continues in force through 2016, and then 2018 – 2025 (a 7-year cycle or one-twelfth of a full 84-year Uranus orbit through the zodiac) will bring the Uranus retrograde-to-direct stations into the month of January.
While the first thirteen days of December 2014 are notable for the enlightening Full Moon of Sagittarius-Gemini on Saturday the 5th and giant Jupiter shifting into reverse in Leo (for a four-month cycle) on the 8th, Uranus proceeds to give humanity two electrifying wake-up calls – on two Sundays in a row, the 14th and the 21st. On December 14, Uranus squares Pluto for their stunning and potentially volatile-explosive, sixth of seventh 90-degree confrontations occurring since June 2012 and concluding in March 2015. On December 21, Uranus completes this year’s retrograding time-cycle, pauses at 13 degrees of Aries, and begins its forward march that lasts for 7 months until July 26, 2015. Plus, this year’s date in December of 2014 – the 21st – contains the Sun entering Capricorn (beginning winter in the Northern Hemisphere) as well as a potent Capricorn New Moon happening only a couple of hours later. [Note: If your religious, philosophical and metaphysical perspectives include watching the Christmas Day cycles every year, be forewarned that December 25, 2015 will treat humanity to a Full Moon and the next Uranian retrograde-to-direct station at 17 degrees of Aries.]
While Uranus is forcing so many of us to do more out-of-the-box thinking and attempt to radically change our day-to-day realities this month, its ancient nemesis – Saturn – is also making some news. On Tuesday December 23, the chronological time-keeper of the solar system enters Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius. Saturn spends around two and one-half years in each sign of the zodiac (during its 29.5-year cycle around the Sun), but this initial entry into fiery, upbeat, and goal-oriented Sagittarius is really a peek-a-boo experience as Saturn is in this sign until June 14, 2015 – when it re-enters late-Scorpio until September 17, 2015. By the way, the Saturn-in-Sagittarius main cycle then runs from September 17, 2015 until December 19, 2017 and then, two days later, on the Winter Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere in that year, the Sun and Saturn will converge at 0+ degrees of Capricorn for what might be one of the chilliest winter seasons for us earthly “northerners” in many years, if not decades.
2014 ends on festive December 31 with a reasonably peaceful Taurus Moon in a harmonious trine of 120-degrees to Messenger of the Gods Mercury in Capricorn, and with the promise of a flowing, lunar trine to love-and-beauty goddess Venus in Capricorn as the first major alignment of the New Year. You will want to tune into these richly creative and resourceful geometric configuration as turbulent 2014 (which began with a very rare Capricorn New Moon conjunct underworld-ruling Pluto) morphs into a hopefully more benevolent and progressive twelve-month experience in 2015.
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