Last Quarter Moon on Thursday, December 6th, 2012, at 10:31 AM EST.
Thursday morning, the Last Quarter Moon is exact, when the Sun in Sagittarius squares the Moon in Virgo. The Last Quarter Moon phase points to some sort of crisis of consciousness. After basking in the awareness symbolized by the full light of the Moon at the time of last week’s Full Moon, we disperse our knowledge and come to a point when we need to sort out what works for us–and what doesn’t–in preparation for next week’s New Moon, when something new is born once again. This is not the best time to start a major project, as the decreasing light of the Moon symbolizes a descent into unconsciousness. It’s time to begin finishing up the details of that which was conceived at the last New Moon on November 13th. What revelations did you have last week? What did they mean for you? What can be done now?
This phase of the Moon occurs at 6 degrees and 47 minutes of Sagittarius and Gemini, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 2 to 12 degrees of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) most significantly.
Nov 13, 2012 5:08 PM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Nov 20, 2012 9:31 AM Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Nov 28, 2012 9:46 AM Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Dec 6, 2012 10:31 AM Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Dec 13, 2012 3:42 AM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
(Times are Eastern Time)
The Sun is in Sagittarius; Mercury is in Scorpio; Venus is in Scorpio; Mars is in Capricorn.
The Sun is in Sagittarius from November 21-December 21. With the Sun in Sagittarius, our focus shifts from the need for an intimate connection with a person and with ourselves, to the desire to reach out to the world and connect with something larger than ourselves. While the Sun moves through this fiery, mutable sign, we can take steps to increase our understanding and awareness of the world around us. We are more able to muster up the courage to expand our horizons and branch out into new ways of thinking. We can gain more confidence and optimism by focusing on the “big picture” as we move away from our focus on the details of mundane existence. Although we may be prone to overdoing our expectations, we have the opportunity to nurture our faith, hope, and vision under this influence.
Mercury retrograded back into the sign of Scorpio on November 14th, and will continue to transit Scorpio until December 10th (Mercury turns direct on November 26th). When Mercury is in Scorpio, our thoughts and communications are more probing and intense. While Mercury in Libra urged us to find balance and to arrive at fair solutions, Mercury in Scorpio instinctively knows that life simply isn’t fair. Mercury in Scorpio seeks truths in all that is hidden and undercover. We tend to probe, observe, and focus our thoughts under this influence. Looking for motivations–the more deeply buried the better–satisfies an intellectual need now. Our thoughts are profound. We throw away superficial manners of communicating in favor of deep conversations. Scorpio is extremely sharp, profound, and analytical. Thinking is inclined to be one-track minded, focused, and even obsessive.
Venus is in Scorpio from November 21-December 15. Deeply passionate relations are the focus with Venus in Scorpio. Superficial flirtations and contacts do not satisfy now, as we yearn for “body and soul” contact with someone special–contact that breaks the taboos, that is extreme and intense, and that is unforgettable. This is a highly emotional position for Venus. It is a passionate, sensual, and intense energy. Our relationships are immensely important to us, and we may even feel that they consume us. In fact, we tend to want to be consumed by them! Our drive is toward intense closeness, but blind faith in our partners is extremely hard for us now. Fears of being too vulnerable or of giving up our own power to others are strong. Scorpio is an “all or nothing” energy, and relationships tend to be somewhat of a rollercoaster ride as a result. Disdain for mediocrity and superficiality can compel us to create crises in order to feel alive and vital.
Mars is in Capricorn from November 16-December 25. Mars in Capricorn is deliberate, persistent energy. We consider the future and the consequences before taking action during this cycle. Our energy is reliable and faithful. We are slow to anger, but can be quite cold if we are frustrated. The shadow side of Mars in Capricorn is rigidity.
Saturn entered Scorpio on October 5, 2012 and will transit the sign until 2015. Read about Saturn’s transit through Scorpio here.
Jupiter is in Gemini from June 11th, 2012 to June, 2013. Read about Jupiter’s transit through Gemini here.
Uranus entered Aries on March 11th, 2011. The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong with Uranus in Aries.
Romance & Relationships
Venus is in Scorpio from November 21-December 15. Deeply passionate relations are the focus with Venus in Scorpio. Superficial flirtations and contacts do not satisfy now, as we yearn for “body and soul” contact with someone special–contact that breaks the taboos, that is extreme and intense, and that is unforgettable. This is a highly emotional position for Venus. It is a passionate, sensual, and intense energy. Our relationships are immensely important to us, and we may even feel that they consume us. In fact, we tend to want to be consumed by them! Our drive is toward intense closeness, but blind faith in our partners is extremely hard for us now. Fears of being too vulnerable or of giving up our own power to others are strong. Scorpio is an “all or nothing” energy, and relationships tend to be somewhat of a rollercoaster ride as a result. Disdain for mediocrity and superficiality can compel us to create crises in order to feel alive and vital. If a relationship becomes too settled or predictable, we may crave more intensity and catalytic experience. Jealousies, fears of betrayal, and power games are the shadow side of Venus in Scorpio. We may easily become obsessed with a fear that our partners might be betraying us, or that they are not as consumed and dedicated to the relationship as us. This can lead us to try to uncover the “truth”, reading too many negative possibilities in our partners’ actions and words.
This week: On Friday, Venus in challenging aspect to Uranus can pull up our fears of closeness and intimacy. We can be experimental and have a tendency to act upon whims.
Venus, the Goddess of Love: Highlights in the Coming Week:
Venus in Scorpio November 21-December 15. This is way beyond love, all the way to obsession – that’s the nature of the cycle that now takes hold in your life. We’re not talking just lukewarm WANT here; we’re talking red-hot GOT TO HAVE! Passion, jealousy, possession: these are the kinds of experiences that can flow from the intensity that courses through you at one level or another now – voracious.
Venus quincunx Jupiter November 30-December 1. A strong desire for the pleasures of life is with us now, although our eyes are often bigger than our stomachs. Troubles in relationships now are likely due to overblown expectations. It can be challenging to find a balance between responsibilities and the desire for self-gratification.
Venus sesquiquadrate Uranus December 7. Uncertainty about the desire to be close to someone. Freedom versus closeness. A desire to experiment in the romance department may be fleeting and ultimately unsatisfying or frustrating.
Venus semi-square Pluto December 10. Tendencies to look for something wrong in a relationship. Jealousy raises its ugly head.
Venus square Neptune December 16. Relationship ups and downs characterize this transit–a time when romantic mirages are more than likely. We see what we hope to see, rather than what really is. The “highs” of a relationship begun under this energy may be thrilling, but the accompanying “lows” are bound to set in, and they can be extremely draining. Be careful not to set yourself up for disappointment.
The Moon & Timing
The Void-of-Course Moon this Week:
Void-of-course Moon on Sunday, December 2nd, from 1:56 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Mercury), until the Moon enters Leo at 8:58 PM EST.
VOC Moon on Tuesday, December 4th, from 5:09 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Mercury), until the Moon enters Virgo the next day, Wednesday, December 5th, at 6:53 AM EST.
VOC Moon on Friday, December 7th, from 5:37 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Mercury), until the Moon enters Libra at 1:37 PM EST.
VOC Moon on Saturday, December 8th, from 7:38 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Scorpio the next day, Sunday, December 9th, at 4:52 PM EST.
Void of Course Moon Table for December 2012:
Timing with the Moon – Better Periods this Week for Electing New Initiatives
The Moon is waning after the Full Moon on the 28th — a period that is generally considered unfavorable for new beginnings, with some exceptions. (See Best Time to Start a Business for more details).
According to the principles of timing with the Moon, a window of opportunity occurs from Saturday, December 1st, at approximately 9 AM EST, until Sunday, December 2nd, at approximately 1:55 AM EST, while the Moon is in Cancer. Another window occurs from Thursday, December 6th, at approximately 11:30 AM EST, until Friday, December 7th, at approximately 5:30 AM EST, while the Moon is in Virgo.
Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses:
Oct 29th: Mercury enters Sagittarius 2:18 AM
Nov 6th: Mercury Retrograde 6:04 PM
Nov 11th: Neptune Direct 2:53 AM
Nov 14th: Mercury Retrograde enters Scorpio 2:42 AM
Nov 14th: Chiron Direct 3:36 PM
Nov 16th: Mars enters Capricorn 9:36 PM
Nov 21st: Sun enters Sagittarius 4:50 PM
Nov 21st: Venus enters Scorpio 8:20 PM
Nov 26th: Mercury Direct 5:48 PM
Dec 10th: Mercury enters Sagittarius 8:40 PM
Dec 13th: Uranus Direct 7:02 AM
Dec 15th: Venus enters Sagittarius 11:38 PM
Dec 21st: Sun enters Capricorn 6:12 AM
Dec 25th: Mars enters Aquarius 7:49 PM
Dec 31st: Mercury enters Capricorn 9:03 AM
See also: The Astrology of 2012 – Overview.
Note: Times given ET.
This Week’s Calendar
Sun opposition Jupiter. Conflicting urges with regards to what we think we should do and what we want to do can be frustrating now. There can be a tendency to go overboard and to indulge in extravagances. Watch for overestimating your capabilities now. Culminations or surprising changes in a project or ambition might occur now. The urge to grow and expand is strong, but we might overreach.
Mercury semi-square Pluto. “Suspicious minds” characterize this transit, although if we harness the energy, we can develop strategies to get to the bottom of any matter. Mistrust, investigations. Some level of mental stress and pressure. A troubled mind.
Mars semi-square Neptune. Disorganization, lack of drive, lack of forethought, impracticality, and carelessness. Energy and time are too easily wasted. Passive-aggressiveness. It’s hard to know what we want and where we’re headed under this influence.
Venus sesquiquadrate Uranus. Unusual attractions (to people and things) can have us acting on a whim. We may deal with freedom versus closeness issues in our relationships.
Note: Times given in the table/calendar above are Eastern Time (ET).
See below for day-by-day forecasts and planets in signs.
What’s In Store By the Stars – Daily Astrology Trends
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The Moon is in protective Cancer until 8:58 PM EST, when it enters expressive Leo. The Sun opposes Jupiter today, and we can experience conflicting urges with regards to what we think we should do and what we want to do. There can be a tendency to go overboard and to indulge in extravagances. Watch for overestimating your capabilities now. Culminations or surprising changes in a project or ambition might occur now, particularly those begun around the time of the Sun-Jupiter conjunction in May. The urge to grow and expand is strong, but we might overreach, or we may let pride interfere with healthy interactions.
A void of course Moon occurs from 1:56 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Mercury), until the Moon enters Leo at 8:58 PM EST.
The Moon is in Leo all day, and our desire to show and share is strong. The Moon’s square to Saturn this morning, however, can lead to some stiffness due to insecurity. Nevertheless, we have the chance to slow down and reconsider our methods. Later today, the Moon harmonizes with Jupiter and the Sun. We are feeling generous, affectionate, and proud. We want to have fun, play, entertain, and get noticed. This is a time when we seek attention–when we want to stand out for our special qualities. It’s a strong time for romance and any creative activity as well. People tend to be cooperative and friendly.
The Moon is in expressive, affectionate Leo all day. Dignity prevents us from pettiness, and the desire to impress others is with us now. We are on stage, our feelings are grand, and we appreciate some drama in our lives. We are easily threatened by anything that seems to be impersonal. The Moon’s square to Mercury late afternoon (EST) can point to some minor issues with communications and transportation. What feels right can clash with logic right now. What we say may be a misrepresentation of your true feelings and emotions. Avoid getting stressed out over the little things.
A void of course Moon occurs from 5:09 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Mercury), until the Moon enters Virgo tomorrow, Wednesday, December 5th, at 6:53 AM EST.
The void period of the Moon ends when the Moon enters Virgo at 6:53 AM EST.
A void of course Moon occurs from 5:37 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Mercury), until the Moon enters Libra at 1:37 PM EST.
A void of course Moon occurs from 7:38 PM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Scorpio tomorrow, Sunday, December 9th, at 4:52 PM EST.
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Moon Signs This Week:
When the Moon is in Cancer
The restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. A feeling of belonging and safety is what motivates us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us.
The Moon in Cancer generally favors the following activities: Domestic activities, those that involve awareness of personal needs. Home decor, family get-togethers.
When the Moon is in Leo
The Moon in Leo speaks to our “inner child”. It’s a warm, generous, whole-heartedly loving position. Pride keeps us from pettiness, but it can also prevent us from opening up and revealing how we are truly feeling. We are on stage, our feelings are grand, and we appreciate some drama in our lives. We are easily threatened by anything that seems to be impersonal. This is a time when we seek attention–when we want to stand out for our special qualities. It’s a strong time for romance and any creative activity as well.
The Moon in Leo generally favors the following activities: Creative activities, activities involving children, generous undertakings, undertakings in which personal recognition is desired, and risk-taking.
When the Moon is in Virgo
We instinctually gravitate towards practical activities under the influence of a Virgo Moon. In an urge to set things right, we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others. Health matters might come into focus. We notice the smaller parts that make up the whole, and instead of letting nagging details bother us, we might work on ironing them out so that we can feel more confident moving ahead.
The Moon in Virgo generally favors the following activities: Mental pursuits, work activities, services, and routines. Activities that would benefit from tending to details.
When the Moon is in Libra
Creating order is the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others’ approval is another.
The Moon in Libra generally favors the following activities: Relationship and partnership issues, activities involving teamwork and cooperation, activities that involve self-examination, activities related to beauty.
Venus in Scorpio This is way beyond love, all the way to obsession – that’s the nature of the cycle that now takes hold in your life. We’re not talking just lukewarm WANT here; we’re talking red-hot GOT TO HAVE! Passion, jealousy, possession: these are the kinds of experiences that can flow from the intensity that courses through you at one level or another now – voracious.
Mars in Capricorn With this new cycle taking hold in your life now, taking charge and being in control become more important issues for you. You want to get things organized, and you have the initiative to do it. This is a time of ambition and responsibility, a time to keep your cool and pace yourself. Working hard is smart, but working smart is better.
Jupiter in Gemini Facilitating the transfer of ideas and information takes on a special priority for you now. Writing, studying, and communicating play a bigger role in your life as a result. The belief that well-informed people will make the right decisions becomes an article of faith. Just remember: sometimes people know the right thing to do and STILL do something different!
Saturn in Scorpio This new cycle signals a need to recognize that there are powers beyond your control, that things are not what they seem on the surface. Trying to stay in control and on top only sets you up for a fall. There is a need for the resources of others. Failure to recognize this and deal with it can stop you in your tracks.
Uranus in Aries A clean break with the past in some respects is signaled by the cycle you have just begun. What YOU need, YOUR freedom and independence, shattering old molds: these are the things that energize you and take priority in your life. Uniqueness and originality set you apart.
Neptune in Pisces Things spiritual and psychic take the driver’s seat of your imagination as you begin a new cycle. The fine arts and all manner of fantasies assume a larger-than-life importance. Surrendering to fate, karma, and other powers greater than merely mortal may be seen as the ultimate liberation. If all is maya (illusion), what is the reality that gives rise to the world of appearances?
Pluto in Capricorn As this new phase dawns for you, the pursuit of social/political power and status has a way of seeming necessary and inevitable – and let nothing stand in its way. It starts out small, but has bigger consequences than you’d think. Ambition, responsibility, a place for everyone and everyone in their place…
The interpretations in this box are from the Day Watch software.