This is another month that partakes very much of inner work, Scorpio, and ideation below the surface layers of your personality. You might be feeling a sense of participation mystique, whereby you recognize that what you logically drive toward is only a small part of the story. You are in the midst of major self-development, and yet are paradoxically tied to partnership as well, as an adjunct to your own evolution. You have been questioning the impact and the meaning of relationship in your life, and this current cycle serves to clarify these issues. Your values too have been somewhat up in the air, along with your finances. The higher meaning is that you take the material world less seriously and recognize the reality and even the primacy of other planes of awareness. You benefit by staying as open as you can to new realizations, and may well come to epiphanies regarding old patterns that have held you back from the fullest embodiment of that which you were always meant to accomplish.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
You have been dealing with significant changes in your relationships ever since Venus, ruler of your seventh house of love and relationships, turned retrograde in your home sign of Scorpio during the month of October. Now, as the month of December begins, and Venus is just separating from one last opposition to Uranus (between your 12th and 6th houses), you are once more visiting the themes of revolution, change, liberation, freedom, and originality in your relationships. It’s time to put the healing lessons you’ve been learning into action and to make good on the changes you’ve been promising yourself you would make over the last few months.
All month long the major planetary action is taking place in Sagittarius and Pisces, between your second and fifth houses. The second house is the house of finances, money, and resources, whereas the fifth is a place of joy, creativity, children and pregnancy. With Jupiter in your second house for the next year to come, you are likely bringing in more money or possibly spending more money. The key words, either way, are “bigness” and “expansion” related to your finances. But since Jupiter also rules your fifth house, it’s possible that you are also looking for new ways to enhance your joy and happiness, your creative life, or your connection to children, or perhaps even your own “inner child.” This month may boil down to a cost/benefit analysis: what do I need and want, what makes me happy, and what will this cost me in the long run'
On December 2nd, the Sun in Sagittarius in your second house will square Mars in Pisces in the fifth house, bringing the qualities of wisdom and childlike joy or exuberance together, but it may also require you to sacrifice something of your time, money, energy, or resources in the process.
Late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day, the New Moon will also fall in Sagittarius in your second house, making a square to the Mars/Neptune conjunction taking place in Pisces in your fifth house. Over the thirty days of this new lunation cycle, the questions are might ask are as follows. Can money really buy you freedom' In the final analysis, can love really be measured by what we own or the debts we’ve paid off or the rank we’ve achieved in our career' On the other hand, isn’t some investment, some level of sacrifice required for the sake of lasting happiness and peace' While you may be feeling like you want to put your full passion and energy into someone or something special right now, be careful that you don’t chase after a mirage. The real investment, leading to real happiness, and a real creative use of your resources, is to take more regular time out of your schedule to listen to the wisdom of your heart, which will always guide you home to the simplest and most economical place of contentment.
On December 20th, the Sun in Sagittarius in your second house will trine Uranus in Aries in your sixth house, bringing wisdom and action together in a rare but powerful moment of inspiration, independence, and innovation. You are going to find a brilliant way of using what you have in order to make substantive changes that will bring you greater freedom and independence.
On December 21st, Mercury will conjoin Jupiter in Sagittarius in your second house, perhaps signaling an important development, piece of news, announcement, message, or insight related to finances. Again, be careful of the tendency to think too big, to shoot for the Moon and fall off the boat, or to make a rushed decision in a moment of blind excitement.
On December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius will then square Neptune in Pisces in your fifth house, bringing last month’s Mercury Retrograde full circle, back to the place where it all got started. Again, right now you are sorting through issues related to the creative maneuvering of finances, perhaps in relation to children, or perhaps related to the desire for greater freedom or in order to actualize a creative vision or dream. It’s possible that you won’t be seeing things clearly or that themes of deception, confusion, and fantasy will be mingling closely with issues related to money, work, contracts, bills or expenses. With Venus in your first house all month, you need to be extra careful that your most immediate desires and impulses are not dictating choices you should be making with greater thoughtfulness and rationality. You’ve learned a lot in the past month, but this may be like a test. Have you really heard the message'
Other transits to think about this month include the Winter Solstice on December 21st, and the Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd. These two transits fall across your third and ninth house axis, the houses of the higher/lower mind, where eclipses will start taking place next month. You are entering a period where you will be learning, and relearning, many important spiritual and psychological lessons. Your faith and beliefs will be renewed and transformed, as your mind, perceptions, and ideas about yourself, and about reality itself, are transformed. Stay tuned for more on this next month!
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The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The astrology of Haumea seems to be related to love of the natural world and to the fecundity of natural process. This archetype thus signals profound connection to Nature, connection to Source, and a form of natural charisma.
The astrology of Makemake is related to love of the natural world and to the activism associated with defending the environment. This archetype thus signals a profound connection to nature that is quite similar to the archetype of Haumea, his fellow traveler in the Kuiper Belt, with the same astronomical designation and also named from the pantheon of indigenous gods and goddesses.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.