December is the great holy month and the first three weeks belong to the wisdom of Sagittarius, long associated with ecology and wisdom. Most of 2019 belongs to Sadge too, as the teacher Jupiter makes its way through its home sign. In other words – think big picture this month and into the next year – your key word is Vision. Consider alternative realities. It’s going to be a full year for Centaurs and their opposite: Gemini twins.
The month opens with Venus poised at the last degrees of beautiful Libra in an opposition with change-agent Uranus. Anything can happen! Nothing feels stable. Everything is a crap shoot, values are shifting. Get grounded, know what you want deep down inside because the next month Venus will travel through the fecund depth of the scorpion and bring you exactly what you desire.
On the 2nd Venus enters Scorpio charging the dynamic Sagittarian energy with a shot of passion and a viper’s sting. On the 2nd and 3rd, the Sun and Mars form an exact square, pushing the edges of tolerance. Mercury is retrograde until the coming New Moon and your job is to emanate love.
The 5th through the 8th is a power week. Mercury turns direct on the 6th giving you the green light for go; and a new Moon is birthed in Sagittarius on the 7th.
On the 5th the Sun and Neptune form a square and plans and energy may feel nebulous. Until the 8th it’s a time of mercy and compassion. It’s time to write your prayer for yourself, your family and the world as Mars and Neptune conjunct. Get to the sea, hot springs or some other body of water during this possibly confusing Piscean time. Temperature changes or storms may shift schedules. Be cautious with mind-altering drugs. The veil between worlds is thin. Keep your spirit protected.
The Sagittarian New Moon just after mid-night, early on December 7th (MST) holds powerful medicine for the dreamer. With squares to Neptune and Mars and support from Black Moon Lilith and Pluto, great magic can be done. Set your intention on life’s nectar. Enter the realm of spirit and give thanks as you plant your soul seeds.
A relatively quiet week follows with sobering duties to attend to on the 9th as the Moon meets Saturn and then, some hours later, Pluto. The Aquarian Moon lightens the load until the 12th when Mercury re-enters warm Sadge ready to say something. It’s time to make your opinion known. Write, chat, learn.
The next few days are tender and dreamy as the Moon floats through watery Pisces. Storms are possible, both emotionally and in the outer landscape. On the 15th the Moon squares the Sun, and a few hours later meets intuitive Chiron, encouraging you to let go of the past. Remember – you only look in the rearview mirror 10% of the time. Let it go.
The 16th and 17th bring a rush of momentum as the Moon travels through Aries. It’s a great time to do what you want to do. Late on the 17th (MT) expect break throughs in self-awareness as the Moon connects with Uranus and trines the Sun.
On the 20th Uranus and the Sagittarian Sun trine encouraging positive insights, life changes and bringing surprises. Be sure you know what your underlying needs and desires are to avoid shock. Mercury reconnects with wise Jupiter expanding your perception. Open! Grow! And remember, you don’t know it all so keep your proclamations personal.
Then, my most favorite time of year, winter solstice for us here in the Northern Hemisphere. In the land of my birth December 21st marks the summer solstice. Either way, celebrate! In the north this is the longest night of the year promising the return of the light as the following days grow incrementally longer. The Sun enters practical Capricorn now turning your attention to fundamentals, prudence and sensibility. The next month focuses your attention on the structures of your life: job, house and so on. This winter solstice Venus and Neptune play kissy kissy making the day extra sweet.
The following day on December 22nd, just after the Sun enters Capricorn, the Moon waxes to fullness in Cancer. This could be an emotional day and is best spent home pottering about and sorting things out. The Moon continues to travel through Cancer until Christmas Eve encouraging nesting and family connections. It’s time to slow down. Last minute gift purchases might be food related. Christmas Day the Moon is in warm and fun-loving Leo. Play games today. Laugh a lot. There’s a story about a monk who came rushing out of the inner sanctum where he’d been transcribing the sacred texts: “Big news! The word isn’t celibate! It’s celebrate!” I say Amen!
The last week of the year sees Mars in the final degrees of gentle Pisces and connecting with wounded healer Chiron. Use it to heal wounds of the spirit. The 29th is a particularly tender day and a good one in which to cherish the men in your life. Mars enters its home sign of fiery Aries on New Year’s Eve – how cool is that! Fresh start, beginners mind. This helps us transition from homo sapiens to homo luminous – our ultimate goal.
Speaking of which – I have three offerings for you this coming year. One is an opportunity to discover your Sacred Contract. The other is an informal presentation of what to expect in 2019 and 2020, and another is a monthly group dedicated to using the wisdom of your astro map to affect change and live boldly. Here’s the link: https://www.astrologybydulce.com/events/
Remember: you matter, we are all connected, Earth is our home and love is our destination.
A LITTLE YEAR END POST SCRIPT:
As I wrote this month’s blog, the subtle snake-body of Ophiuchus wound its coils around the energy field of our planet. This 13th sign has been axed from the mainstream as being too inconvenient to include in the status quo. I thought about all we’ve left out because our controlled environment — TV, endless gaming, meaningless work, addiction, chemically saturated food; you know — the hamster wheel of the mundane suppressed existence. As this year ends perhaps you might consider what have you cut out in order to make things fit in your programmed zeitgeist? Much of who you are is waiting in the wings preparing to step onto the stage of your life, changing it and global circumstances for the better. It’s not just the rich industrialists who are raping the wilderness, it’s us and our currently insatiable desire for more and our ignorance at its cost.
When Uranus re-enters Taurus mid-year next year, we’ll feel it. Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul doesn’t work when you need water, fresh air, and silence. Do everything you can to minimize your impact upon our home dear friends, think about what you’re buying and eating. We belong here, this is our home, but we can’t live here in ignorance.
Blessings abundant upon our beloved planet and all her beings and thank you for reading my work.