Uranus opposite Mars, a change of purpose? Neptune Dreams & Solstice Celebrations

Sunrise-SpaceDuring early December as the Sun approaches the Solstice, it’s nearly midwinter for us in the northern hemisphere and a perfect opportunity to view the pre-dawn sky, particularly if you’re not a naturally early riser! The late sunrise and clear cold skies will give a chance to see the waning crescent Moon drop a little further each day, past the bright planets, Jupiter, then Mars and finally Venus before it joins with the Sun at the New Moon phase. Saturn, rising just ahead of the Sun is so close now it’s not visible. Taking some quiet time to star gaze can really help to put things into perspective. This is especially so when there’s such demand for our attention now with the short days, busy pre Christmas preparations and world news broadcasts creating fear and stress as we imagine the worst.

With the current astrological “weather” it is even more important to keep a check on what we focus on. Become aware of how much mental and emotional energy is given to worry, anxiety, fear and a sense of helplessness. Take advantage of the astrological climate to change those thoughts into something more positive and empowering now. The challenging aspect between Saturn and Neptune began to make its self known in mid November and will continue in the background throughout the next year. The shifts and changes seem to be intensified and there can be a growing sense of unreality. Bombarded with too much information, the world around us can seem quite surreal. Keeping a grip on reality is the personal challenge.

It will become increasingly apparent that so much in our world is actually no more than a creation of imagination or ideas that are believed to be true, or just something that everyone agrees with and never paused to question. Taking “time to stand and stare” or pause and reflect quietly has become a lost art for many, but it is an essential practice during the coming weeks and months. The New Moon on the 11th is in Sagittarius and in a natural placement to begin a sincere quest for truth.

Over the whole New Moon phase and into the next weeks the effect of Mars in opposition to Uranus will be apparent. There may be struggles or argument as the forceful will of Mars is in direct conflict with the unpredictable nature of Uranus. This is certainly a time when a sudden change of direction or purpose is likely. It can have a very positive effect, once things have settled. When two high energy planets clash like this it can be disruptive and seem to happen beyond any individual control. It may create chaos as the old goal or objective is blown out, in favour of new, more liberal ideals. Self-centred or self serving desires of an individual or group can be overridden by a “live and let live” attitude but there is likely to be some shocking news, incident or revelation that forces a change in perspective first.

Also on the same day, we have Venus in Scorpio in a supportive trine aspect with Neptune in Pisces. This highlights the things that are important, going deeply into things, what we value in life and what higher ideals we have. It supports compassion, inclusion and love regardless of differences and despite social taboo. Start looking out beyond what’s immediately apparent and seek new dreams, ideas or beliefs. Read uplifting words. Research new facts rather than automatically accept what is simply repetition. Think up your next question instead of responding with the ready answer. These options are ways to antidote some of the more challenging aspects involving Mars and Uranus and to ensure the balance is tipped towards a positive experience for the Solstice and Full Moon Midwinter festivities.

The December New Moon is at 20° Sagittarius on the 11th at 10:31am. The Full Moon is at 4° Cancer on the 25th at 11:11am. (UT)

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Triple Conjunction at Midwinter Solstice 2009

The first Full Moon this month is at 10° Gemini on the 2nd December at 7:31 am. The New Moon is at 25° Sagittarius on the 16th December at 12:02 pm. The second Full Moon is at 10° Cancer on the 31st December at 7:14 pm and is also eclipsed.

This December we get to see two Full Moons and the culmination of a planetary conjunction that has been part of this year’s theme. The month begins with Uranus starting its forward motion once more. It has been in retrograde since early July and this change of energy occurs just in time for the Full Moon on the 2nd. The Uranian spark could bring quite a lively addition to the already busy Gemini Moon. Expect the unexpected particularly when it comes to messages, conversations and communications generally. The last New Moon of the year in Sagittarius on the 16th is a good time to consider your direction for the New Year ahead. The darkest days of the year approach with the winter solstice on the 21st. Focus is on the inner life, review progress, make plans and plant the seeds of aspiration. The Solstice also sees the final phase of the triple conjunction that has been a major astrological theme in 2009. Jupiter connects with Neptune at 25° Aquarius before moving on into Pisces in January. The first two conjunctions were on May 27 and July 10. Jupiter takes about 12 years to orbit the sun, and Neptune requires about 165 years to complete one revolution. The last time this occurred was in 1843. This year Chiron was closely involved with the union. Those born with critical points or planets between 22–29 degrees Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio experience the dynamic most strongly. Aquarius, the sign of the water bearer represents the flow of wisdom from the divine wellspring, the sum of our shared experience. It’s an impersonal sign that represents the principles of equality for the masses and the possibility of a bright new world and future caring more for the good of all than individual needs. Sometimes though it becomes fixated with its own ideals or opinions believing they are the only and right version of democracy, human rights or freedom. In mythology Chiron had extraordinary powers to heal others, but couldn’t heal himself. In Astrology he represents the emotional, physical and mental pain and suffering that is part of the human condition and also the sincere urge to help those most affected. Other worldly Neptune inclines us towards romantic thoughts, forgiveness, ideals and the need to escape into a place without pain, deception, delusion or brain washing. Throw Jupiter the expansive planet of hope and optimism into the mix and we get the potential for something quite magical at least or at worst, misguided altruism. This significant planetary trio is urging us to deal with issues of our own wounded self-esteem and stop inflicting pain on others through over compensating for our perceived inadequacies and personal delusions. Working towards a more inclusive and brighter future in which we know how to manage our social and cultural affairs is the prompt. Difficult emotions can be resolved as an awareness of negative patterns in relationships from the past become apparent. We glimpse our true potential but be aware of the inclination to expect too much of ourselves and of others. If our expectations are too high we may feel we were deceived when our human side lets us down again. Resist the knee jerk urge to rebuild the defences once more, allow a new possibility to emerge.

December 2008 Grand Cross

The month of December has an energetic start comparable to a whirlwind. Coinciding with the New Moon of November Uranus started to move forward again, allowing a sudden release of energy. This is quickly followed in December with both the fiery planets Mars and the Sun conjunct in the fire sign of Sagittarius on the 5th. Use this assertive energy to initiate plans or start a vigorous physical exercise routine. Be aware that this is a powerful and possibly volatile combination too and can cause heightened tempers, impatience, arrogance and impulsive behaviour. The trend continues when the Full Moon in Gemini opposite the Sun in Sagittarius forms a cross pattern with Saturn in Virgo opposite Uranus in Pisces on the 12th. This is a tense dynamic that brings issues highlighted over the last few weeks to a head. People who were born in early March, June, August and December, as well as people with personal planets around 21° of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will be most strongly affected. On an individual level we can expect to sense the need for making adjustments in areas of our lives that are not flowing or no longer express our true selves. Personally and globally we are gearing up for the many changes that we need to make over the next few years. Mars takes two years to complete a full cycle and is a critical trigger for timing events as it makes its aspects to other planets. Mars moves into an exact square angle to Saturn mid month, keeping up the pressure. The danger for those who are pushing too hard to get what they want without consideration for others is that they are likely to come up against unmovable obstacles. This is compounded just after we turn the year at Solstice on 21st December as the Sun moves into Capricorn to start its journey back towards midsummer. Following the darkest day the Sun conjuncts Pluto on December 22nd. This is probably the first obvious expression of Pluto in Capricorn. This brings a strong constructive push towards cooperation and organisation, discipline and authority, responsibility and all the things that take you where you know you must go. But take care. If your vision is only for yourself, what you create can’t last as Pluto insists it must be for some greater good. Ambition, practicality, and achievement are admirable, but they are means to an end, not ends in themselves. With all this forceful energy flying around watch out for ruthless power plays and bullying actions as the destructive side of Pluto is activated by a conjunction with Mars on the 28th.