From the 3rd quarter Moon conflict or crisis on Tuesday, indicating a conflict in resolution, this is the concluding week of the soli-lunar cycle which began at the New Moon on November 13th. Mercury slows in apparent motion to reverse its track after December 14th. Mercury, a neutral planet, symbolizes communication. It plays an important role in the affairs of the week, contacting by aspect Jupiter and Venus. Venus in an opposition aspect to Jupiter indicates that good fortune may be achieved. The opposition aspect is one of conflict, but Mercury has the good sense to intervene and bring peace to fruition. We should all be on board with this.
December 13th — Mercury goes retrograde
December 22nd — Sun ingress to Capricorn
December 23rd — Mercury retro ingress Sagittarius
December 27th — Full Moon in Cancer
December 29th — Venus ingress Sagittarius
December 31st — Jupiter turns direct transit.
Summary of major aspects of the week
Wednesday December 6th — With just a short time left to finish details, you hope your plan will be successful. The Moon in Virgo signifies attention to details, and the trine aspect to Pluto in the last hours before the Moon ingress to Libra, you might put finish on the details. The change is about to happen, and so be ready. The Moon ingress to Libra immediately makes a quincunx aspect to Saturn in Pisces, as you can try to balance the disagreeable events that could derail your plan. Be prepared for adjustments at the last minute, paring down your expectations for a less extravagant compensation. Mercury in Capricorn trine aspect to Jupiter in Taurus enhances communication for a grounded agreement to result. Venus in Scorpio separates from the trine aspect to Saturn, as you focus on relationships and letting go. The Moon in Libra makes a square aspect to Mercury (both in cardinal signs) as bitterness is likely to be expressed. It is better to release powerful emotions in a supportive environment when you face disappointment. The Sun in Sagittarius doubly approaches the trine aspect to Chiron retro in Aries. A moment arrives when you speak truth to power. Neptune in Pisces returns to direct motion, leaving the past decomposition to find inspiration for the future.
Thursday December 7th — Mercury in Capricorn is in a favorable trine aspect to Jupiter retro in Taurus. A resumption of communication yields progress. The Moon in Libra makes a sextile aspect to Mars in Sagittarius early today, as work to balance aggressive instincts keeps you emotionally in check. If out of balance, anger may be expressed in a self-righteous manner. The Moon then makes a sextile aspect to the Sun in Sagittarius, the Sun is trine aspect to Chiron in Aries, and the Moon in an opposition aspect to Chiron, as realistic decisions are made that require internal integration as you search for a way forward.
Friday December 8th — Mercury maintains the trine aspect to Jupiter retro in Taurus, as Mercury begins to slow before its turn to retrograde. Jupiter also slows as the benefic planet will return to direct motion on December 31st. Venus, the lesser benefic planet in Scorpio is in an approaching opposition aspect to Jupiter retro. The Moon in Libra is in the final quarter of the soli-lunar cycle, quincunx aspect to Uranus in Taurus early today, before dawn US time zones, afternoon in the Middle East. Revenge attacks that could derail the peace talks are thwarted. The Moon in conjunction aspect with Ketu, a few hours later indicates the depth of negotiations, as remedies are sought. The Moon quincunx aspect to Neptune completes a Yod formation with the Moon quincunx aspect to Uranus, neutralizing the aggressive instincts. Moon in a square aspect to Pluto twelve hours later. Emotional power struggles ensue, with manipulative behavior. Compulsive behavior results. Inner work on personal emotions is a positive way to work with this influence, and transformation may result. The Moon ingress to Scorpio and makes a trine aspect to Saturn in Pisces, as conflicts are halted.
Saturday December 9th — Mercury in Capricorn supersedes the trine aspect to Jupiter retro in Taurus, just as the Moon in Scorpio conjunction aspect to Venus makes an opposition aspect to Jupiter in Taurus early today US time zones (afternoon hours in Europe and the Middle East). The fruits of the agreements are actualized. The Moon makes a sextile aspect to Mercury in Capricorn, as speeches proclaim the agreement and implementation of an exchange of captive hostages and prisoners. Venus progresses to the sextile aspect with Mercury, as agreements are ratified.
Sunday December 10th — Venus in Scorpio maintains the opposition aspect to Jupiter retro in Taurus, as the Moon makes the semi-sextile aspect to the Sun in Sadge, in the balsamic phase, a seed moment of the cycle, in preparation for the New Moon on Tuesday, and makes an opposition aspect to Uranus retro in Taurus, as aggressive motions are defused. Venus in an approaching sextile aspect to Mercury in Capricorn indicates that incentives are given to solidify peace.
Monday December 11th — The Moon in Sagittarius is square aspect to Saturn in Pisces morning hours US time zones, afternoon in Europe and the ME. Complaints or discouragement can be felt now, although the seeds of the New Moon and the cycle of time recreated is imminent. The Sun in Sagittarius is quincunx aspect to Uranus retro in Taurus. Venus in Scorpio doubly separating from the opposition aspect to Jupiter retro in Taurus, makes a sextile aspect to Mercury in Capricorn, ensuring stability. The afterglow of the Venus/Jupiter opposition aspect, although separating now, continues to be felt, as the implementation of the agreements reached have far-reaching consequences. A philosophical attitude prevails, with the Sun, Moon, Mars, and Ceres in Sagittarius.
New Moon in Sagittarius
December 12, 2023
Tuesday December 12th — The Moon in Sagittarius is conjunction aspect to Mars in Sadge early today, as disagreements over territory, or property rights are expressed in courts of law. By the evening New Moon, settlements are agreed upon. The New Moon [see chart insert] in a quincunx aspect to Uranus retro in Taurus agreements made include hostage release and safeguards against future aggressions. Saturn in Pisces semi-square aspect to Chiron in Aries implies caution, Venus in Scorpio semi-square aspect to the Moon, as the Moon separates from the conjunction aspect to the Sun, might be a symbol of remorse. Ceres semi-sextile aspect to Mercury and Venus sextile aspect to Mercury are working aspects representing therapeutic approaches for recovery.
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December 5, 2023