I have been writing this column for over twenty-five years now and in order to better assist readers who are not students of astrology I offer some suggestions as to how to use the monthly summary.

Read the summary with your calendar that shows the whole month on one page. Read through the intro and make note of the days that I point out. Mark the new Moon and the full Moon. The days between the new Moon and the full Moon are when you generally want to start something that you want to grow. Do look at that Moon void chart and take a rest on those days. I have discovered that no matter what I plan, it turns out another way on a Moon void day. Anything you try to accomplish will turn out with unexpected results.

Make note of the three days before the new Moon. People usually get anxious during these days because the phone does not ring or they feel confused or simply nothing is happen. That is because it is wind down time before the new Moon. You will usually notice that the action of life picks up once the new Moon occurs. Also note the days that planets change directions, especially Mercury retrograde.

Hopefully these suggestions will give you a bit of a start to maneuvering through life with astrology.

December 2019 - Eclipse!

The zodiac is gearing for big events this month with a new Moon eclipse and Jupiter moving through Capricorn December 2, 2019 until December 20, 2020 . Jupiter was last in Capricorn from December 2007 to January 2009.

Jupiter rules Sagittarius. Jupiter is an expansive planet and brings opportunities to our door. Sagittarius is adventurous and spontaneous. Jupiter in Sagittarius says buy drinks for the house and use the good champagne. Jupiter does not love being in Capricorn. Jupiter in Capricorn says buy the good champagne for the first round and once they are drunk serve the cheap stuff because no one will know.

Jupiter in Capricorn still brings opportunities, but they are of a more serious nature. Work can flourish and you may land in the boardroom but you don’t want to wear flip flops and a t-shirt. Jupiter in Capricorn is especially beneficial for Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo. Sagittarius will have Jupiter moving through the second house of money and other creature comforts. Sagittarius can make more money, but must make wise decisions when spending and investing.

Right off the bat Jupiter is trine Uranus in Taurus December 15. Uranus is called the great awakener. Uranus throws us a curve ball in life and the incident makes us more aware once we recover from the unexpected incident.

Jupiter trine Uranus is very lucky especially for Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo, and Sagittarius. This is a great time for all of us to embrace new opportunities. This good luck aspect lasts all month long.

The new Moon eclipse December 25 at 11:13 pm CST at 4 degrees Capricorn is conjunct Jupiter and trine Uranus. This accentuates the good luck of Jupiter trine Uranus. Many of us will be embarking on new adventures in the year to come. Grab the brass ring of life when your turn comes. This can be a wonderful time of moving beyond the life you now lead and into the dreams you have held dear. Even before the new Moon, the Sun is trine Uranus December 24. This is a great time to step out of the normal holiday routine.

During the first week of the month, Mars will be sextile the south node of the Moon and trine the North node of the Moon. Venus will be crossing the South node of the Moon. Sometimes it pays to go back and revisit something from the past. It can give us completions. During this time we will be busy making adjustments and compromises so that progress can be accomplished. People from the past will come back around. Some of us may feel stalked.

On another note, prepare for the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. The aspect is exact January 12 but we feel it from December 5 to February 18, 2020. We felt them influencing each other this year from April 6 to May 28.

Remember that Saturn is restriction and limitation. If you make friends with this boss planet you can get so much done and you will do it well. Pluto is controlling and can be extremely willful. Somewhere in our lives we will have to deal with the intensity of these two power playing planets battling. This will be a time that we have to do things we don’t want to do but at the same time progress can and will happen. I have incorporated this aspect into the individual horoscopes this month. When the big bad wolf approaches you may want to throw some honey on the situation. It can slow down the torture and manipulation we will all experience. Do not fall under the influence of said big bad wolf. This aspect last occurred November 7, 1982.

December 3
Mercury is in Scorpio and sextile Pluto in Capricorn. This productive aspect brings us information that can further our cause. Do some research but also listen to that voice in your head.

At the same time Venus in Capricorn is sextile Mars in Scorpio and both are angling the nodes of the Moon. Venus and Mars at this angle has many of us feeling happy and excited. Younger people may feel themselves attracted to older people and vice versa. Remember that Venus and Mars began a two year cycle with one another this past August 24 and here they are playing nice with one another. You can play nice too. Enjoy the flirtation now, it can lead to something more serious.

December 8

The Sun in Sagittarius is square Neptune in Pisces. This can be a confusing time. Watch out for scammers and vet that handsome prince before you make a date. If you do that, then Venus in Capricorn sextile Neptune pays off with good dates and connections. Just keep your wits about yourself and don’t be fooled.

December 9
Mercury moves through Sagittarius December 9 - 28. Mercury does not love to be in Sagittarius so even though he is direct, we may have some challenges with travel and in-laws. Mercury is independent in Sagittarius. This means that many of us want to do something different much to the chagrin of those who have expectations of us. This is a good time to practice acceptance and let others be who they need to be.

Mercury moves through Capricorn
December 28 - January 16. Mercury in Capricorn has us thinking and acting in practical ways. However, Mercury is trine Uranus December 30 and that is sure to bring flashes of our genius self to the forefront. Do not dismiss alternative ideas and plans here late in the month.

December 11
Venus is conjunct Saturn in Capricorn. This is a tough aspect because it makes us feel weighted down by the responsibilities we have to those we love. It may be extra tough to do what that special someone needs from us. At the same time Saturn helps us make a commitment. Connections and commitments made now can last for a very long time. Don’t be surprised if you meet someone out of your normal age range. The heart will want what the heart wants but be mature about the tasks and people you take on at this point.

The full Moon
Full Moon occurs in Gemini December 11 at nineteen degrees Gemini at 11:12 pm CST. The full Moon is the peak of the current cycle. Gemini, and Sagittarius, and Cancer will have something they must express. Some of us will have meltdowns.

Many of us will have too many tasks that must be accomplished. Juggling life will be a challenge but you can do it. Once the full Moon occurs try to hold off on initiating new projects until the new Moon December 25/26.

December 13
Mars in Scorpio is trine Neptune in Pisces. Kindness will be sexy especially for Scorpio and Pisces. A lot can be accomplished but one must do so in the context of compassion and spirituality.

At the same time Venus is conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. This is a passionate aspect that can go positive or negative. Some of us will feel the hottest passion while others will want to control and manipulate. I suggest we all concentrate on the former, not the latter.

December 19
Mars in Scorpio is sextile Saturn in Capricorn. Mars has an agenda and Saturn says use solid methods and you can do anything. Today can be productive especially if you are Scorpio or Capricorn.

Mercury in Sagittarius will be square Neptune in Pisces, though, so this can cause some confusion. Be very clear when doling out instructions.

December 20
Venus moves through Aquarius December 20 - January 13. While Venus moves through Aquarius we will want freedom in our relationships. This is not the time to be clingy. Love can come out of friendship. Be open to all sorts of relationships now. This will all be quite evident when Venus comes to square Uranus December 22. Commitments will feel shaky. It is a good time to roll with the tide. Take your time before pushing any one away.

December 21
The Sun moves through Capricorn December 21 - January 20. December 21 is the shortest day of the year as you probably know. We are now at a kick off point headed towards the longest day of the year next June. Now is a good time to consider your responsibilities and future goals. At the same time take stock as to what you have accomplished in the past year, but don’t be too hard on yourself.

December 22
Mars sextile Pluto December 22 supports our efforts to accomplish our desires. This is a good time to hide out in the garage assembling those holiday gifts.