In December, Venus, Mars, and Saturn are positioned strongly in their respective signs: Libra, Scorpio, and Aquarius. This brings back certain strengths that have been lacking. Yet despite Mars being powerful in its own sign, it is combust (hidden by the Sun) and in a square aspect to Saturn. This introduces a lot of tension into the mix. What you do with that will alter how you experience it. How do you usually deal with tension?
A positive Venus-Jupiter opposition on Dec 12 adds a more buoyant feel as tensions persist elsewhere. The more tense one feels, the more likely indulgence creeps in to compensate.
The journey from Scorpio's dystopian to Aquarius' utopian views is a long and arduous one. This journey takes us from our worst fears to the invention of something new. This journey will feel especially relevant by the end of the year, I imagine.
Mercury stations retrograde on Dec 13 in Sagittarius, prompting a year-end review, aligning with Jupiter's retrograde in Aries to reconnect with more meaningful pursuits. While this is initially more positive, Mercury must backtrack into Scorpio, where Mars meets with it as it leaves the sign. This occurs on Dec 27, a complex juncture in the month and year.
Mercury and Mars conjunctions are already challenging; one wants to talk about it but cannot; one wants to fight. Both conjoining between Scorpio and Sagittarius is complex but it does offer a means to slip out of the gap between our worst fears and our hopes for something better, to observe both extreme predictions. It probably also offers very real expressions of both of these extremes.
Despite the setbacks of Mercury’s retrograde, there is much to be grateful for in December. Perhaps it’s because of the setbacks that we take a breath and see what we’ve been missing all along. The downtime offer a pause to reconsider how lucky we are.
Practically, however, you may find you are unable to do business as usual, even if you experience it as a nice break because of the delay. Some may use the time to impulsively book a last-minute break, while others find last-minute changes to their plans work out better. Hey, I’m trying to put a positive spin on this! If you are travelling, make sure to keep an open mind about how things pan out.
Venus in Scorpio offers a cushion to help absorb more difficult emotions, yet it may also make us feel them more intensely. We must trust we are as somewhere we need to be.
As December and the year ends, Mars's strength in Sagittarius, in a trine to Jupiter in Aries, we can foster a positive outlook, promoting self-assured steps forward. This is more the case for certain signs than others, as Mars and Jupiter exchange signs.
On Dec 31, Jupiter stations direct, positively influencing (aspecting) Mars and the Sun in Sagittarius. This may feel like we can tap into the silence within, however noisy it is without.
All the while, Saturn's aspect to Jupiter poses a challenge, but a much needed restraint. Without Saturn in 2023, I feel things would have been much worse- in wars, and the economy. With Saturn, we can take a long, hard look at our own lives and how we wish to continue.
Yet still, we must expect unexpected surprises all along, which are primarily driven by Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, propelling us forward, one way or another.
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All calculations are based on the sidereal zodiac and UTC.