You are experiencing a life-affirming and essentially magical time this month, Aries, a continuation of the past two and a half weeks of the Scorpio New Moon cycle originating in your intimacy sector. You are fiercely loyal to cherished partners, and ultimately to yourself. There could be conflicts that arise and yet these may yield to your sense of higher purpose, which is also currently palpable. With Mars, your ruler, so prominent in the recent Scorpio New Moon from last month, now entered into the Sagittarius sign, corresponding to your sector of higher mind, beliefs, and worldview, this holiday month including Christmas is indeed a holy one for you – although this sense of spiritual destiny you feel could take many almost-pagan forms, corresponding to a sense of Nature itself as a higher power. Mid-month, after the 12th, Mercury retrogrades in your career sector, so that you will likely be questioning your vocation and your outer world persona. You are transforming in the way that you see yourself, and your world, and it affects everything. Most particularly, you are coming into an attitude that the way that you act upon the world around you must derive strictly from your most sincere principles and values, arising from the very depths of your being, before becoming meaningful for you in the long run.
The following was written by our guest columnist Elodie St-Onge Aubut of Ninth House Astrology
The month of December begins halfway through the lunation cycle that was initiated by the Scorpio New Moon from mid-November emphasizing relational themes and particularly the benefits or, on the other hand, the drawbacks that come along with your various partnerships. This was a powerful reset that came in with this New Moon and that continues to color the first third of the December month. Trickster Uranus in Taurus was once again greatly emphasized, so that you could find yourself with many choices as well as revelations in your resources and finances, or find your time divided between novel autonomous projects and collaborations. As you wrestle with the inner meaning of what partners in your life bring to the table, intimacy issues are more likely to come up than not. Your values and what you have to work with could be important topics that continue to emphasize your reliance on others versus your need to have greater governance over your own affairs.
Mercury enters Capricorn on the 1st and forms a supportive aspect with Saturn in Pisces from the 1st to the 2nd. There is a great deal of perspective to be had at the beginning of the month especially for things pertaining to your personal goals. On one hand you may be more inclined to sacrifice yourself for the greater good at this time yet you may also be acutely aware of how this tendency is not always serving your best interest.
Venus enters Scorpio on the 4th and forms a trine with Saturn in Pisces from the 4th to the 6th, which emphasizes your empathetic side but also the frustrations or problems that come along with your receptive inclinations. Business partnerships could be an important topic right now as there is active collaboration going on, with inner process emphasized also. Intimacy with important partners is also symbolized by this aspect, and your thoughts could easily turn to daydreaming while you seek greater scope for a broader horizon. Negotiations may be in the cards as well at this timing, or there may be a need to find an equilibrium between emerging vision and pre-existing commitments.
The Sagittarius New Moon in takes place on the 12th, in your sector of higher mind, signaling the beginning of a new lunation cycle that relates to expansion and discovery. You may not yet know exactly what this mid-month timing implies although a need for adventure could be knocking at your door. Wanderlust takes all sorts of forms and this could relate to learning or getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Jupiter, located in Taurus, or your values sector, rules over the New Moon while Venus in Scorpio forms an opposition with Jupiter, emphasizing financial-related themes and partnership contributions for this next thirty-day lunation cycle.
Mercury turns retrograde in the sign of Capricorn on the late evening of the 12th and will be moving backward through the zodiac until the evening of the 1st of January. For you, this retrograde is introspective and thought-provoking, perhaps indicating mechanical breakdowns or missed connections, while linking together the vocational part of your chart with your academic and philosophical sector auguring a period of assessment relevant to your career, your goals, an educational pursuit or long-distance travel. This is by no means a negative process so that you may find that the next few weeks actually bring clarity and perspective as long as you can be honest with yourself and with others about what you really want and need at this time.
The Sun enters Capricorn on the 21st signaling the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere or the longest night of the year. This is an important place on the Zodiac and this year, Mercury Retrograde meets the Sun as it enters Capricorn which could bring illuminating insights surrounding this time especially as they pertain to your goals and your overall direction.
The Cancer Full Moon in arrives a few days later on the 26th culminating in your domestic sector, emphasizing themes related to your home, your roots and your family. A supportive trine from Saturn in Pisces may bring more introspective influences for you and you may enjoy some quiet moments at home or surrounded with the people you love. A contemplative and nostalgic mood may permeate the days surrounding this Full Moon as we prepare to transition into 2024. In this Full Moon configuration as well, the Sun in Capricorn forms a supportive aspect to Jupiter in Taurus emphasizing values, ambitions and your material well-being.
Hope and potentiality could permeate the end of the year as Venus’s entry into Sagittarius on the 29th followed by the station to direct motion of Jupiter on the 30th reinforce this sense of real possibilities for what lies ahead.
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