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Sowing seeds of destiny: Astrology of Dec. 12 – Dec. 18, 2017

This week features the New Moon in Sagittarius on Dec. 17, 2017 at 10:31pm Pacific, which is preceded by a few days with potential for hot emotions or situations which have been close to boiling finally erupting. The Moon swings into Scorpio at 6am Pacific on Dec. 13, immediately encountering Mars who just entered that sign on Dec. 9. Scorpio is a fairly powerful position for Mars, bringing his passion, heat and aggressive qualities to bear on the otherwise fairly open-minded Sagittarian scene. The Moon’s conjunction with Mars may provide a “trigger” that sets off whatever transiting Mars is aspecting in your personal chart, or it may symbolize an unreflective expression of anger or other high-energy emotion.  You may feel righteous in your angry or high-energy pursuits, and justified in meting out punishments or doing whatever it takes to achieve your goals—and there may be some truth in your actions, but don’t expect you won’t receive a reaction, pushback or a few of your own shortcomings called out in kind.

Not long after the Moon leaves the powerful depths of Scorpio on Dec. 15, the Sun will square Chiron and provide an opportunity to bring some healing through self-reflection on what role you may have played in the previous days’ fury—be it an interpersonal or merely an internal kerfuffle. Even if you were just a witness to something, you may feel a sense of responsibility for what went down. Avoid the temptation to take on more responsibility for a hurt or an unfortunate situation than is yours to take on. Free yourself from too-limited perspectives—whether it’s a perspective which says you are only a victim, or one that reduces you to a mere perpetrator.

2017’s New Moon in Sagittarius

New Moon in Sagittarius ritual
This New Moon has the special honor of conjoining Saturn as Saturn spends its last two days in the sign of Sagittarius, having entered Sagg on Sept. 17, 2015 for its 2 ½ year stay. Combined with the Mercury retrograde period underway, it would be a fitting and good use of this potential to prepare a ritual based on your reflections on the last 2 ½ years.

To harness the particular qualities of this New Moon, your reflections could focus on any or all of the following areas of your life: your destiny and the nature of your service to the flourishing of Earth Community; your relational sphere in terms of intimate or romantic relations, your economic arrangements, and the way in which you give and receive support; your source of optimism and faith in life, and your growth or your stagnation; and your relationship to your core wounding. Has your sense of destiny come into sharper focus, or do you need to continue deeper explorations? Do you feel connected to your much-needed offering to this world which is so hungry for your Soul-infused gifts? What will support that connection to Soul? How have you fostered harmony and tolerated the necessary discord and social disruption that can sometimes accompany becoming who you truly are? What has fueled your optimism and faith in life over these past 2 ½ years? What have been the actual consequences of that orientation? And be honest with yourself! You will suffer the most from too-grandiose notions. What has fueled or impeded your growth? And, finally, what is your relationship to your core wounding? A core wound is one around which our identity forms. What wounding has defined your life, and how does that fit into your philosophy of the way the world works? Does that orientation still serve you? If so, how? If not, what has changed?

Taking time to sort through how any or all of these life areas have changed, grown, fallen away or become more integrated and organized can then inform a ritual to plant seeds for Saturn’s ingress into Capricorn on Dec. 19. You could plant seeds of determination to carry forth these important lessons of Saturn in Sagittarius, to create new patterns to help embody what you have learned. Honor what has passed away during this time and witness how it served you up to this time. This will provide a good ground for integrating and continuing to receive benefit from those former ways of being in the world.

The final Mercury retrograde period of 2017
Key dates:
Nov. 14 Mercury enters its own shadow at 13° Sagittarius
Dec. 3 Mercury stations retrograde at 29° Sagittarius
Dec. 22 Mercury stations direct at 13° Sagittarius
Jan. 10 Mercury exits its own shadow at 29° Sagittarius

A change of perspective: Astrology of Nov. 21 – Nov. 27, 2017

We start this week off with the Sun entering Sagittarius—and we do rejoice! Not that we could or should skip over the revelations of this past season of Scorpio (Oct. 22 – Nov. 21), but Sagittarian influences will begin to bring some new perspectives and insights into our situation. A more generous, inclusive and flexible portion of ourselves will be more readily available to get down with the business of living within a changed reality, and using our higher principles to shape the meaning of those changes. There is the possibility of feeling some hope of moving through the heaviness, and noticing that horizons stretch out farther than those which may have previously felt like they were collapsing in on you.

This process of integration could be helped by minding any gap between one’s abstract ideals and the messiness that life can bring us. The Moon’s square with the Sun on Sunday, Nov. 26 suggests that solutions to such gaps may appear if we examine where our needs (Moon) conflict with our desires (Sun). For example, if we need to shelter and protect a previously traumatized part of ourselves, and yet feel called by our principles to put ourselves in situations which challenge the well-being of that unintegrated part of ourselves, we might want to reflect on any patterns of self-sacrifice and martyrdom. Is that what is driving the desire to “make a stand?” Mercury’s movement through Sagittarius, aspecting the roughly year long square between Chiron in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius which is completing this week, signals the importance of locating our mature resources in order to identify and enact our responsibilities to others. This never involves getting rid of old survival patterns, but rather being able to notice when they want to arise, thanking them for their desire to protect, and then choosing to do something different.

This week, Neptune is also appearing to stand still in the sky, stationing to move into direct motion at 11° of Pisces on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Although the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) spend a relatively large amount of time stationing, the week or so surrounding their stations can be especially drenched with their significations. Life may become dreamy, almost aquatic, as if moving slowly through another world where mundane notions of time have little relevance. For some, healing will come through surrendering to this dream state and allowing the intuitive mode to propel your efforts—or to simply float motionless. You might channel this into more artistic or spiritually-oriented outlets. For others, relying on routine and set schedules can help you weather any intensification of your already imaginative or free-floating experience of life. This could be healing through improving ways of coping well with an industrial growth society which would rather label you unproductive or unwell—findi the ways that work for you to balance your spiritual being and material needs.

Prickly truths: Astrology of Nov. 7 – Nov. 13, 2017

While some of us may still be trying to recover from the emotional tides of last week’s full moon, Mercury saunters into happy-go-lucky Sagittarius on November 5, bringing an optimistic outlook. And instead of the usual three-week stay in Sagittarius, Mercury will camp out there for over two months, due to the upcoming December retrograde through Sagittarius. If we take care now to tether this optimistic Mercury to our more sobering realities, we are in a better position to get the most out of the Sagittarian tendency to expand our views, possibilities and horizons.

Sagittarius is future-oriented, philosophical and adventurous but both the Sun and the traditional ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter, remain in broody and sometimes swampy Scorpio. Scorpio will be asking us about the ways in which we are compromised and where we should be more cautious than carefree in the ways that we portray ourselves, as we grow into and reach for the future. Venus’s entry into the mysterious and spicy realms of Scorpio (Nov. 5 – Dec. 1) suggests we also tread carefully where others’ hearts and wallets are concerned. Venus governs reciprocity, and all areas of giving and receiving and when she’s in Scorpio, she can be rather guarded and quick to anger. Boundaries are more permeable, and vulnerabilities are closer to the surface. Old resentments, insecurities and relational patterns that need to be tested or released rise up.

Under these influences, thinking, strategizing or communication which is too superficial or grandiose is likely to be called out. The details and nuance which we are missing and the areas or actors we are neglecting will be pointed out by others. It’s worth taking some extra time to be thoughtful, and to choose carefully when and how you communicate. If something you put out into the world is flung back at you in ferocious rejection or accusation, experiment with choosing curiosity, compassion and careful engagement—who knows what deeply liberating relational shift could be occurring. Also try to notice if you are taking the “high road” to avoid the discomfort of seeing more of the whole picture. Mercury in Sagittarius can be filled with so many principles and lofty ideals and yet lacking in basic empathy—not out of spite or ill will, but just out of assuming the best about oneself and the world. The other person really understands that you mean well, right? Venus in Scorpio gives a resounding NO and wants solid reassurance of intentions, or where there is simply a disagreement, she asks for a little more gentleness and compassion than blunt and direct Mercury in Sagittarius may naturally provide.

In longer-term influences, the final of three exact trines between the planet of stability and responsibility, Saturn, and the planet of change and freedom, Uranus, occurs in a near exact grand fire trine with the Moon in Leo on November 11. The Saturn-Uranus trine (Dec. 2016 – Dec. 2017) has lent ease to transitions, or has perhaps appeared more as a shape-shifting or elusive transition that may now be taking more shape as Saturn begins to speed towards ambitious Capricorn. The chart for this final exact trine speaks to our responsibilities to our philosophy or worldview, and enacting or performing it not only for personal benefit but for the welfare of the whole. Any double standards are likely to be exposed this week, so careful with any swagger as Mystery may step in to take you down a few notches.

Finally, it’s important to consider that a failure to live up to one’s own ideals doesn’t mean that others’ failures should be overlooked—and vice versa. Co-dependency will be especially painful in this season. Pristine perfection isn’t required, but rather recognizing what needs to change. Make Mercury in Sagittarius your ally in this, by being generous with your own faults and incredibly perceptive of others’. What really needs to change here? Let me say it again: Co-dependency will be especially painful at this time. Do not confuse real responsibility with uninspired duty or a sense of obligation driven by guilt.