Guest article By Dorene Carrel
December is highlighted by a significant Winter Solstice that aligns with the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This event signifies the ending of a 26,000-year world cycle, according to the Mayan and other traditional calendars. Uranus also turns direct in mid-month, followed by a unique planetary pattern in the latter part. These cycles indicate a turning of the ages, indicating a shift in consciousness and openness to more unifying ways of thinking and being.
We begin the month still under the November Scorpio New Moon for another couple of weeks. This lunation theme involves bringing deeper feelings, needs and fears to the surface for reviewing and releasing. It was also a Solar Eclipse and a SuperMoon, which intensifies emotions, events and earth changes.
By now it should be evident what is being stirred up in our lives so we can be more open to greater awareness and transformation.
It’s time to tune in on deeper levels as we finish this Scorpio cycle. This will be facilitated by a Sun/Jupiter opposition on December 2 that will help us see our lives from a broader perspective. On December 7 Mercury aligns with the North Node in Scorpio, which can bring opportunities for deepening our communications or forming cooperative alliances. The Venus/Node connection on December 12 can bring a new romantic interest or the chance to form a closer emotional bond within an existing relationship.
The New Moon occurs on December 13 at 22 Sagittarius. The focus is on the Sagittarian traits of expansion, freedom and truth-seeking, along with being optimistic, idealistic and benevolent. The shadow side is being arrogant and judgmental. It is favorable to discover where we can aim higher this month. On this same day, Uranus also turns direct at 5 Aries, which encourages originality and self-confidence. This day contains strong fiery energy that will help us move forward with new beginnings. The Sabian symbol for this degree, “A Chinese Laundry,” suggests the idea of cleansing on all levels in preparation for the coming shifts. It can also indicate becoming more aware of our special strengths so we can survive and prosper more easily in a changing environment.
The Mercury/Jupiter opposition on December 17 favors meeting others who expand our horizons. With favorable Venus aspects, December 22 will be a good time for social events and networking. However, there is a danger of overextending ourselves and information overload.
The Winter Solstice arrives on December 21 (at 3:12 am PST) when the Sun moves into Capricorn. At this time Jupiter in Gemini forms a yod, or “Finger of God” aspect, with Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. Saturn and Pluto represent our older patterns that need to be restructured or released. Both point to Jupiter as the focal point, which indicates the path of discovering and following our higher truth and ideals. Saturn and Pluto will help us deepen the process and release old beliefs and fears. The favorable sextile between Saturn and Pluto, exact on December 26, helps us stay grounded while encountering change. This aspect is also exact two more times in March and September 2013.
The Full Moon occurs on December 28 at 7 Cancer. This period will likely enhance activities centered on home and family, along with concerns about personal foundations of safety and security. The ongoing Pluto square Uranus aspect is activated, which brings increased prospects for major life changes. Finding better sources of inner support will bring positive change to our outer experiences. The Sabian symbols emphasize this theme: “In a sun-lit home domesticated birds sing joyously,” and “A group of rabbits dressed in human clothes walk as if on parade; the tendency in all forms of life to imitate higher forms as a stimulus to growth.”
The Sun/Pluto alignment on December 30 brings focus to issues of personal empowerment and transformation. By now we realize the December Solstice didn’t signify any imminent catastrophe, but a rebirth into greater possibilities. The Mars/Uranus sextile on December 31 provides an energized drive for the transition into the next year. Blessings for a wonderful and prosperous New Year!
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Dorene Carrel is a professional astrologer with over thirty years of experience, offering birth chart, transits/progressions and relocation astrology readings. She is certified in Astrocartography. For more information, contact Dorene at email@example.com. Paypal accepted. Donations also appreciated, especially for equipment upgrades.
All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar.
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