December 1st Last Quarter Moon
This has a Moon-Saturn conjunction in early Virgo, so that the sense of limitation frequently imposed by Saturn will be emotionally very present for us at this time. This is magnified for those with the Sun or a natal planet located early in a Mutable sign. Mercury also moves into Sagittarius at this time, heightening the consciousness of our situation generally. Of course, as always with Saturn, if we have done our homework and been good boys and girls over the past seven years the effect of Saturn’s large hand clamping down upon us will be less noticeable. During this beginning December timeframe, Jupiter is drawing quite close to Pluto as well, so those with planets later in the Mutable signs will begin to experience, if they haven’t already, the dawning realization that something major in their lives is about to shift.
December 9th New Moon
This dynamic New Moon of course features the Jupiter – Pluto conjunction, which becomes exact the very next day. This New Moon also squares Uranus, which is just beginning to pick up speed in terms of forward motion, so that surprises may abound, especially for those Mutable signs (again). Anyone born with Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or Virgo Sun signs will have plenty of soul-level activity to deal with this entire month, and very definitely during these first ten days. This New Moon also features a Sagittarius line-up, with Mercury about to conjunct the Sun and the Sun about to conjunct Pluto, a configuration that becomes tighter as the first week of the New Moon unfolds. Since this New Moon also sextiles Neptune, we will be more open than usual to the information from the other planes of existence that comes into our lives during this period.
December 17th First Quarter Moon
This First Quarter Moon, representing the testing time of trials, when the impulse generated at the time of the New Moon gets its sea legs so to speak, also features these same four Sagittarius planets in a row, with Mercury, Sun, Jupiter and Pluto drawing so close together in the heavens that little more than four degrees separates them. There is at this time a certain tension in the mix of energies, representing the necessary limits to what we can achieve. It may prove to be a very exciting time, especially as Venus in Scorpio trines Uranus and Mars approaches its opposition with Jupiter and Pluto, signifying that the relationships in our lives are up for examination and renewal.
December 21st Winter Solstice
This is traditionally an important time, and can be used to signify the chart for the year ahead, much like the New Year’s Day chart. It is an especially good time for rituals for this reason, as we collectively center our thoughts for our personal year to come. This year, the Sun is accompanied by a very close conjunction with Jupiter, and Mercury, both newly entered into Capricorn, with Pluto also nearby in Sagittarius as well, so the indications are quite powerful. This is an excellent time to set intentions for the coming year.
December 23rd Full Moon
Closely following the Winter Solstice, this dynamic Capricorn – Cancer Full Moon lines up almost exactly with the opposition between Mars and Jupiter, just a degree away. There is loads of energy for moving forward, and also some reservations that we will experience at this time as to the ultimate direction of that forward movement, since Mars remains retrograde. Generally speaking we will be more ready to share our experience with others around us at this time. Venus also squares Neptune, so that there is a spiritualizing influence, and confusion as well, in regard to our relationship goals.
December 30th Last Quarter Moon
This configuration definitely reflects the possibility of greater consciousness, coming as it does on the heels of so much volatility during December. We are one day away from the New Year. This Quarter is traditionally a time to get our mental ducks in a row, absorbing the lessons of the past three weeks since the New Moon, and of what we can and cannot accomplish in this timeframe. We may be learning the lessons of relationship, or of social activism, or of humility at this time, depending on how we react to the present moment in our lives, and on our ability to accept massive change. With a prominent Jupiter in early Capricorn, and with Venus just entering Jupiter’s sign of Sagittarius, an increase in awareness is definitely up for all of us, to the extent that we can absorb it.