CafeAstrology – This Week In Astrology 23-29December2012


Full Moon on Friday, December 28th, 2012, at 5:21 AM EST.

Early Friday, a Full Moon occurs when the Cancer Moon exactly opposes the Capricorn Sun. The Cancer-Capricorn polarity deals with the balance between the private life, domesticity, the need for a home base, and nurturance (represented by Cancer) versus the public life, career, reputation, and accountability (represented by Capricorn). Attachments and love are ruled by Cancer, while achievements and rewards/punishments are ruled by Capricorn. In some ways, this polarity deals with the balance between unconditional love and conditional love. The Cancer Moon encourages us to value our home base and our roots, while Capricorn persuades us to consider our sense of duty and responsibility along public lines. While Cancer may be content to be dependent, Capricorn urges us to be grown-up and responsible. Neglecting either end of the axis will surely backfire on us. Ideally, a balance should be found between the two energies, and this is what the Full Moon invites us to do. This Full Moon is about balancing our commitment to our career and families. Something has been building inside of us, and now is the time when the energy of the cosmos fairly demands that we let it out. Over the next two weeks, we will discover what this means for us. For now, we can’t sit on our feelings. We need to express them.

The Full Moon is a time of culmination and the promise of fulfillment of that which was started at the New Moon. It is an emotional time–a time of romance, fertilization, and relationships. This Full Moon harmonizes with Mars, suggesting that we can rather easily channel its energy positively.

This phase of the Moon occurs at 7 degrees and 6 minutes of Cancer opposition the Sun at 7 degrees and 6 minutes of Capricorn, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 4 to 10 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) most significantly.

Moon phase cycle: Bigger picture:
Dec 13, 2012     3:42 AM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Dec 20, 2012    12:19 AM Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Dec 28, 2012     5:21 AM Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Jan  4, 2013    10:58 PM  Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Jan 11, 2013     2:44 PM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)

(Times are Eastern Time)

The Sun is in Capricorn; Mercury is in Sagittarius; Venus is in Sagittarius; Mars is in Capricorn until December 25th, when it enters Aquarius.

The Sun is in Capricorn from December 21-January 19. We are motivated by feelings of responsibility, ambition, and respect for law and order. Capricorn derives much satisfaction in completion and accomplishment. Standards, structures, and an appreciation for order are Capricorn themes. Capricorn wants tangible results, knows what is feasible and what is not, and is most comfortable working within an established framework and known boundaries or limits. Working towards a long-term goal is most satisfying with this influence.

Mercury is in Sagittarius from December 10-31. When Mercury is in Sagittarius, our thinking shifts from a need to plumb the depths of any given situation to the desire to learn about a wide range of topics. Ideals are sought, our thinking is more optimistic, and our faith increases. We are more equipped to believe and to persuade. What is fair and unfair concerns us most now.

Venus is in Sagittarius from December 15-January 8. Moving from Scorpio to Sagittarius, romantic energy shifts from intense to buoyant. Sagittarius, of course, has its intense moments, considering it is a fire sign. However, its energy is considerably less focused; and, while Scorpio is most concerned with intimacy with a specific person, Sagittarius’ love is of a more universal kind. Romantic adventures, as well as a straightforward–even blunt–approach to love, are on the agenda. Gone are the intricacy and complexity of Venus in Scorpio. Truth and higher meaning are things that take priority with Sagittarius.

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.

Mars is in Aquarius from December 25-February 1. Dynamic yet erratic energy levels, achieving our goals through hit or miss tactics, and impersonal expression of anger are characteristics of Mars in Aquarius. We are team players–cooperative and less concerned about personal power. We are attracted to unconventional methods, and tend to approach problems from an intellectual, detached perspective.

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 25, 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 Sagittarius from December 15-January 8. Moving from Scorpio to Sagittarius, romantic energy changes from intense to buoyant. Sagittarius, of course, has its intense moments, considering it is a fire sign. However, its energy is considerably less focused; and, while Scorpio is most concerned with intimacy with a specific person, Sagittarius’ love is of a more universal kind. Romantic adventures, as well as a straightforward–even blunt–approach to love, are on the agenda. Gone are the intricacy and complexity of Venus in Scorpio. Truth and higher meaning are focal points for Sagittarius. Venus in Sagittarius is forward-looking, not very specific, outgoing, and energetic. Freedom is most important in our love relationships now. We take a happy and enthusiastic approach to love, and we might find too much intensity or seriousness depressing. We have a taste for the exotic as well as for adventure with Venus in Sagittarius. The shadow side of this position is restlessness, the inability to “settle down”, and endlessly searching for something bigger and “better”.

This week: On Sunday,

Venus, the Goddess of Love: Highlights in the Coming Week:

Venus in Sagittarius December 15-January 8. A yearning for adventure and far horizons stirs in you now. To roam, to wander and wonder, to seek freedom and go where no one has gone before – these things are deep and powerful longings. A time of romantic crusades, a universal love that might not be too particular.
Venus square Chiron December 20. Not a commitment-friendly transit. We are somewhat fearful of investing ourselves emotionally in a relationship.
Venus opposition Jupiter December 22. We are easily bored with the everyday responsibilities and routines of our love lives, and are now inclined to dramatize our lives. As a result, our love natures are strong, but insatiable. We may overstate our feelings as we temporarily overvalue someone; or we face challenges in our relationships due to overblown expectations. We are itching for adventure and fun, but the wisest course of action is to avoid ignoring our responsibilities (and reality) in our efforts towards self-gratification.
Venus parallel Mars December 25-26. Favors romantic and sexual relationships. Intense passions.
Venus semi-square Mars December 30-31. Tensions in relationships. Attempting to satisfy romantic needs and assertive/sexual needs simultaneously can be challenging.
The Moon & Timing

The Void of Course Moon is the period of time after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters a new sign. During Void of Course Moon periods, it is generally wise to stick to routine rather than to begin new projects. The last aspect the Moon makes before changing signs is indicated here, and is indicative of the “outcome” of the matter (whether that is a new project begun before the void period, or the answer to a question in Horary Astrology). Void of Course in Horary Astrology: If you were asking a question and making a chart for the answer, as you do in Horary astrology, it is said that since the Moon is not looking forward to any more aspects in this sign, you would have to say that the answer is not forthcoming; any questions asked at this time would not come to pass. The Moon being Void is one of the Strictures against Judgment in Horary Astrology. 

 

The Void-of-Course Moon this Week:

Void-of-course Moon on Tuesday, December 25th, from 12:59 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Mars), until the Moon enters Gemini at 2:14 AM EST.

VOC Moon on Thursday, December 27th, from 1:52 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (an opposition to Mercury), until the Moon enters Cancer at 3:08 PM EST.

VOC Moon on Friday, December 28th, from 9:44 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Saturn), until the Moon enters Leo on Sunday, December 30th, at 2:47 AM EST.

Void of Course Moon Table for December 2012:

Timing with the Moon – Better Periods this Week for Electing New Initiatives

The Moon is waxing this week until the Full Moon on the morning of the 28th — a period that is generally considered favorable for new beginnings, with some exceptions. The Moon is waning this week after the Full Moon on the morning of 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, there are no good windows of opportunity occurring this week.

Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses:

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
Jan  8th: Venus enters Capricorn 11:11 PM
Jan 19th: Mercury enters Aquarius 2:25 AM
Jan 19th: Sun enters Aquarius 4:52 PM
Jan 30th: Jupiter Direct 6:37 AM
Feb  1st: Mars enters Pisces 8:54 PM
Feb  1st: Venus enters Aquarius 9:47 PM
Feb  5th: Mercury enters Pisces 9:55 AM
Feb 18th: Sun enters Pisces 7:02 AM
Feb 18th: Saturn Retrograde 12:02 PM
Feb 23rd: Mercury Retrograde 4:41 AM
Feb 25th: Venus enters Pisces 9:03 PM
See also: The Astrology of 2013 – Overview.

Note: Times given Eastern Time (ET).

This Week’s Calendar

 

SunsquareUranus Sun square Uranus. We can’t expect much of anything when the Sun squares Uranus, except the unexpected! Disrupted routines and plans are in order, which help to stimulate the adoption of new approaches. During this transit, we feel the need for action, but if we don’t know where we’re headed, we might take the wrong turn. Unexpected changes in plans or events can test our patience, and we might feel a bit out of control. However, they could stimulate us to try new approaches and they certainly act to cut boredom. This transit could offer us the drive to do something new, but avoid making hasty major decisions for the time being.

Pluto  Saturn sextile Pluto. This is a time when dedication and commitment to goals runs high. We are more productive in a reliable and consistent way. We derive satisfaction from a job well done, especially if we can readily attach meaning to it. We are more able to concentrate. We can see ourselves, and our purpose, very clearly. This is an excellent time to cultivate patience as well as to weed out the unnecessary in order to focus on what really matters.

SunsextileChiron Sun sextile Chiron. An opportunity to find a sense of purpose or a “mission” arises now, increasing our confidence. The desire to learn and grow through experiences and through others is strong. Problem solving is favored.

Mercury Mercury semi-square Saturn. Red tape, re-doing tasks we thought we had finished, problems getting from point A to point B, delays in communication, negative thinking, hyper-sensitivity and criticism–these are all potentials now. The energy is best used for focusing on fixing errors rather than harping on how irritating they are!

Sunquincunx Sun inconjunct (quincunx) Jupiter. The desire to experience something new or for more freedom to explore can amount to restlessness if we don’t know what it is we want. This is a time of adjustments, and perhaps of letting go of old habits, so that we can free ourselves up for different experiences.

 

Last Week

Note: Times given in the table/calendar above are Eastern Time (ET).

Daily Trends Calendar

See below for day-by-day forecasts and planets in signs.


What’s In Store By the Stars – Daily Astrology Trends

(as featured on our site’s main page and in our Daily Trends Calendar)

December 23
The Moon is in constant Taurus all day, and we are more aware of our need to enjoy the sensual pleasures of life–eating, drinking, listening to music, and so forth. Our emotions are steady, and common sense rules when it comes to handling domestic matters, money, and work. We tend to resist change and to fall back on old habits and patterns under this influence. With the Moon’s opposition to Saturn and trine to Pluto this morning, we may be feeling blocked or restricted, or that our emotions or efforts are going unrewarded. Nevertheless, we might take the time now for getting organized, downsizing, or otherwise improving our lives. This is a time to engage in some sort of transformation in which you weed out the bad in order to more effectively use the good.

December 24
The Moon is in steady, sensual Taurus all day, forming no major aspects with the major planets. We tend to preserve our poise if faced with external stresses and pressures. Earthy activities and sensual pleasures appeal now more than usual, and we find a sense of peace and contentment with that which is familiar and reliable. We instinctively know that patience is required for matters to naturally move forward. Finances and possessions might come into stronger focus now. With Venus contraparallel Jupiter today, we are generous and sociable, and perhaps indulgent.

December 25

A void of course Moon occurs from 12:59 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Mars), until the Moon enters Gemini at 2:14 AM EST.

December 26
December 27
A void of course Moon occurs from 1:52 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (an opposition to Mercury), until the Moon enters Cancer at 3:08 PM EST.

December 28
A void of course Moon occurs from 9:44 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Saturn), until the Moon enters Leo on Sunday, December 30th, at 2:47 AM EST.

December 29

The Moon is void all day.
Daily Trends Calendar

If it’s your birthday today, see our feature, If Today is Your Birthday Forecasts, for a free forecast for the upcoming year.

Moon Signs This Week:

When the Moon is in Taurus

MoonTaurusWe are motivated by the desire for serenity, security, peace, and comfort. The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. Our basic impulses are to relax, resist change, and “stop to smell the roses”. Life slows down a little, and we get comfortable. We may also be inclined to stubbornness and materialism under this influence.

The Moon in Taurus generally favors the following activities: Substantial and material actions that yield solid results. Financial activities, and those involving personal possessions, applying for a loan, beginning a potentially long-term relationship, music, home decor.

When the Moon is in Gemini

MoonGeminiOur basic instinct is to communicate, think, and learn under the influence of Moon in Gemini. We are motivated by a desire for variety and by an instinctive curiosity. The Moon in Gemini is light-hearted, breezy, and curious, but it can also be restless and fickle.

The Moon in Gemini generally favors the following activities: Mental and communicative actions, and more than one activity at once. Reading, learning, letters and emails, errands, writing, teaching, making connections, short trips.

When the Moon is in Cancer

MoonCancerThe 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…Transits of the Moon through the Signs.

This Week’s Planetary Positions By Sign (General Trends):Sun in Capricorn You see what’s wrong and you know what to do now: the time has come to make it real, and it’s a lot bigger than any one person. This means cooperation and organization, authority and discipline, responsibility – and all these things are what it takes to get you where you know you must go. But take care! If your vision is only for yourself, what you create cannot last: it must be for some greater good. Ambition, practicality, and achievement are admirable, but they are means to an end – not ends in themselves.

Mercury in Sagittarius A time of expanding your mental horizons is at hand. Religion, philosophy, law, and education are some of the things that may have special importance for you now. Being in touch with  faraway people and places satisfies an intellectual yearning – curiosity will take you anywhere and maybe everywhere.

Venus in Sagittarius A yearning for adventure and far horizons stirs in you now. To roam, to wander and wonder, to seek freedom and go where no one has gone before – these things are deep and powerful longings. A time of romantic crusades, a universal love that might not be too particular.

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.

Mars in Aquarius The reformer, the inventor, the engineer, the revolutionary – these are important archetypes for you as a new cycle gets underway in your life. They are icons of the ambitions that stir you at a time like this. Independence, freedom from past patterns, and a daring readiness to innovate: such are the paths of achievement for you now.

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.

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