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 2018

Play Nice!

December opens with Mercury retrograde until December 6. Once Mercury backs out of Sagittarius and into Scorpio December 1, many of us will begin to have feelings and thoughts that are irrational. If you suddenly feel like you cannot trust someone, it just may be Mercury retrograde bringing up old wounds that need to be exercised. This will come in the form of acting out with those you feel closest to in life. In fact those issues need to exorcised. Watch those disconcerting insecurities. They may or may not be valid.

Venus joins Mercury in Scorpio December 2 and moves through there until January 7. Venus is not at her best in Scorpio because she can cause us to be possessive and vengeful. This is especially true for Taurus, Leo, and Aquarius. If you find yourself wrestling with obsessive behavior, make note and take a deep breath; it is just Venus out of control in your life. Do not let obsessive thoughts control you.

On the same day the Sun in Sagittarius is square Mars while the Moon in Libra is square Pluto. December 2 surely is an emotional day. Many of us will delve into deep emotions considering what is and is not in our best interest. Though that process we will come to understand what is and is not good for our well being.

The Sun in Sagittarius is square Neptune in Pisces December 5. Situations are just not what they appear to be now. Life seems confusing and since December 4-6 is the dark of the Moon many situations are at a standstill. Sit with your feelings for now and don’t make a move or open your mouth. Codependence and insecurity will come out with every word. Instead, complete tasks at hand. Clear off your desk and prepare for the coming lunar cycle.

Once Mercury goes direct December 6, our thoughts and deeds become a bit clearer. Other people’s actions seem more normal and those who have disappeared come back into the picture.

Mercury moves through Sagittarius December 12 to January 4. We move from searching for answers at the bottom of a well to looking at the big picture of life. Our circumstances seem less heavy and more optimistic. Travel should be easier especially when Mercury crosses Jupiter December 21.

The new Moon occurs December 7 at 1:20 am CST in Sagittarius. This new Moon is associated with making new connections, but the event is over shadowed by the fact that the new Moon is square Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces. This new Moon begins a cycle wherein we must avoid dishonest and controlling behavior. Start new life adventures but take a moment before you choose to employ unsavory tactics. Watch out for the angry ones among us who will do anything to win. Ideas and issues around the election process are sure to come light and be addressed.

Venus in Scorpio is sextile Saturn December 16. Venus and Saturn at this distance have us thinking about the practical aspects of our relationships. This is a time when you will realize whether love is worth pursuing with a certain someone. It will be a quiet understanding where a word or simple action advises us to our next course of action.

Mars in Pisces is sextile Pluto in Capricorn December 17. Mars and Pluto at sixty degrees apart affords us the conditions to accomplish what it is we desire. Remember, though, that we are in a lunar cycle where some of us are acting aggressively. Let nature take its course as opposed to pushing for an outcome.

Right before the winter solstice, the Sun in Sagittarius is one hundred twenty degrees from Uranus retrograde in Aries December 20. Get out of the usual routine especially if you are Sagittarius or Aries. This is a great time to make your own holiday traditions.

Venus in Scorpio is trine Neptune in Pisces and Mercury is conjunct Jupiter December 21. The winter solstice is at 4:23 pm CST when the Sun moves into Capricorn. Venus and Neptune suggest you put small bills in your pocket to give to the homeless on the way to that romantic lunch you are going to have with someone special. Mercury and Jupiter say you are going to get good news while you are at the said romantic picnic. Once the Sun moves into Capricorn we have to get back to the business of closing out one year and starting a new one over the next 30 days. Practical and organizational matters will take precedence over while the Sun moves through Capricorn until January 20.

The full Moon occurs at zero degrees Cancer at 11:49 am CST December 22. This is the peak of the cycle that began with that difficult new Moon December 7. This full Moon is sextile Uranus which means we are all going to lighten up after the stress of the past two weeks.

Mercury in Sagittarius is square Neptune in Pisces December 24. Many of us will feel confused and maybe forgetful. Just remember to double check your to do list. Travel plans are also confusing. Use caution when crossing the water. Accidents around the water are sure to occur.

Venus in Scorpio is sextile Pluto in Capricorn December 28. Relationships of all sorts take on a deeper meaning. Maybe it’s the holiday influence but it seems like the atmosphere is ripe for some true feelings to be expressed.

Mars moves through Aries December 31 to February 14. While Mars moved through Pisces since mid November, many of us felt like we had to do everything in a round about way. Now that Mars is in Aries we can get right to the point and take the most direct route to the finish line. Many of us will want to win at any cost. Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn will take bold action.