Cosmic Calendar: The Latest
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.
MON DEC 22 Sunday’s universal hullabaloo may have you perplexed as this new workweek begins. Uranian lightning bolts are still flashing while the Capricorn New Moon attempts to assist you in putting key professional plans into the hopper. Flack is arriving early to test your resolve as Pallas makes a dicey, 45-degree link to underground-agent Pluto (2:04AM) while Venus and Saturn attempt to settle old scores via their own 45-degree clash (5:18AM). Fortunately, these gnarly wake-up calls are possibly neutralized by the monthly communication-enhancing Moon-Mercury union in Capricorn (7:58AM) – followed a few hours later by the Moon also forming a conjunction with insurance-savvy and investment-focused Vesta (10:31AM). The Moon with Vesta is also a boost for taking care of safety and security matters around your residence and business location. Sisterhood themes are promoted. Tune into your spiritual willpower and mental concentration while conducting important research projects as the Moon moves on to unite with Pluto (2:46PM). This kind of work can prove vastly productive since Ceres forms an inspirational, 72-degree rapport with Neptune two minutes earlier (2:44PM). Keep away from anyone who has temper issues as the Moon parallels Mars (3:18PM). Exactly four hours later, the Moon makes its fourth official union of the day – a conjunction with traditional beauty queen and romance-director Venus (7:18PM). While the creative, artistic and sensitive emotional build-up to this monthly Moon-Venus merger can be powerful, the alignment itself starts a void lunar discomfort zone that continues for nearly 24 hours until 6:53PM tomorrow. Take time-outs overnight in order to avoid exhausting your vital resources.
TUE DEC 23 It is wise to always keep track of void lunar cycles – particularly when they are lengthy, as this void Moon transit through Capricorn continues until 6:53PM (when the lunar orb enters service-oriented Aquarius). In the meantime, you may want to enjoy a whirlpool treatment or soothing hot-tub experience as the Sun makes an inspirational, 72-degree tie with Chiron (2:34AM). You could use the relaxation since Saturn temporarily leaves intense Scorpio (where it has been for the last 2+ years) for Sagittarius (8:35AM). Saturn stays in Sagittarius until June 14, 2015, when it flips back into the end of Scorpio. Saturn’s return visit to Scorpio then continues to September 17, 2015 when it rejoins the beginning of Sagittarius and then staying here until December 19, 2017. All things considered, it is probably better for Saturn to be in fiery, upbeat Sagittarius than in watery, intense Scorpio – but this may not be the case for people born with the Sun or several planets in the sign of the celestial archer. Today is also notable because Mercury unites with Vesta at 11 degrees of Capricorn (5:32PM). Utilize this springboard toward materializing key investment plans once the Moon is safely in Aquarius (6:53PM and afterwards). Be extra cautious regarding primary partnerships tonight as Venus forms an off-kilter, 150-degree tie with Juno (9:31PM).
WED DEC 24 Easy does it! The cosmos is heading into a rather tricky and intense energy-field during the next five days and no one is immune to the shadowy fallout. Right now celestial challenges are building up in the early hours and while the Moon in Aquarius points you in the direction of group projects, team sports, community events, and global causes close to your heart and mind. A creative, artistic, and heart-centered Sun-Venus parallel (5:15PM) seems to confer a rosy aura to the later hours, but shortly thereafter Mercury squares Uranus (5:32PM) and conjuncts Pluto (10:55PM) while, in between those two possibly shocking and stormy encounters, the Moon deals its own hand of rowdiness by uniting with the red planet Mars (8:37PM). Accentuate crystal clear communication in your discussions and watch out for a rising tide of anxiety. A second parallel by Venus – this time to nurturing Ceres (11:11PM) – may have the capacity to neutralize some of the abrasiveness that can be pervading through the psychic atmosphere with Mercury at loggerheads with two of three of the outer planets. Utilize the Venus-Ceres merger to deepen your understanding of the best dietary and nutritional approaches that strengthen your stamina and immune system.
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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with a major focus on Mundane Astrology and has been
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