Cosmic Calendar Highlights - December 2013
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Highlights of the Cosmic Calendar for December 2013
by Mark Lerner
December can be considered a challenging month for humanity for the following good reason: The lofty idealism of Solar Sagittarius at the onset becomes either the valued manifestation or harsh reality of Capricorn Sun as the year reaches its conclusion. December 2013 has some of the same quirky surprises of the December from 2012. If you remember, a large percentage of our species wondered if the so-called end of the Mayan Calendar -- seemingly scheduled for the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere last year -- might actually occur, ushering in a torrent of disasters around the globe. It turned out to be a lot of hype that -- fortunately -- never came true. However, in September of 2012, a comet was discovered in Russia -- named ISON -- that was scheduled for a rendezvous with our Sun between Thanksgiving and Christmas of this year, and many researchers in the astronomical and scientific fields believed it might appear larger than the Full Moon in our skies, a potential "Comet of the Century." And now that, too, has fizzled out with only a vague trail of dust and debris invisible to the eye before dawn this month.
Even though the so-called end of the Mayan Calendar has come and gone, and Comet ISON has melted like the wings of Icarus, December 2013 can still be considered a month of both rising anxiety and power. Here's why.
The New Moon of December 2 at 11 degrees of Sagittarius will reach its culmination at the Full Moon of December 17 -- energizing 26 degrees of Sagittarius and Gemini. Every Full Moon offers humanity the choice between following the path of spiritual enlightenment or internal fragmentation. But this month's solar-lunar crescendo is not only closely aligned with the unknown dynamism of our galactic heart center (located in late Sagittarius), it also occurs on the day that revolutionary, intuition-enhancing and shock-inducing Uranus shifts from reverse to direct in fiery Aries. How unusual is it for a planetary station (which ramps up the potency of a celestial body) to occur at a Full Moon? Let's put it this way -- celestial bodies will have made 23 stops or pauses in their zodiacal motion relative to the Earth this year, and it is only on December 17 that one celestial body -- Uranus -- will be motionless in concert with a Full Moon. The unpredictable Uranian force-field is part of the reason this month has an extra dose of anxiety affecting the psychic atmosphere of humanity.
Only four days after the Full Moon, this year's solstice on December 21 reveals Venus starting a six-week reversal in Capricorn on the same day that Venus parallels Pluto -- an alignment similar to a zodiacal conjunction. In many ways, this is the opening act of an emotionally-dramatic and mentally-stimulating Christmas to New Year clash of the celestial titans as Mars opposes Uranus (December 25), the Sun and Mercury reach their Superior Conjunction (December 28), the Sun squares Uranus (December 29), Mars squares Pluto (December 30), Mercury conjuncts Pluto and squares Mars (December 31), the Capricorn New Moon unites with Pluto -- in the closest Sun-Pluto union on a New Year’s Day in 247 years (January 1), and the Sun squares Mars while Mercury opposes Jupiter (January 2).
The bottom line is that during this December you will need everything in your reservoir of psychological and healing support systems to stay focused on reaching long-sought goals and rising to stardom in your fields of expertise. See this month as an opportunity to think outside the box (Uranus) and eventually tune into your spiritual willpower and mental concentration (Pluto) as 2014 dawns not with a whimper but a bang.
Copyright 2013 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved.
Mark Lerner has been a professional astrologer since 1972.
He publishes Earth Aquarius News, an online astrology journal
with a major focus on Mundane Astrology and has been
writing the Daily Cosmic Calendar since 1981. More about Mark.