New Moon December – DANCING IN LIGHT

By M. Kelley Hunter

The NEW MOON of December16 (USA 7:02am EST, 12:02pm GMT, 10:02pm AEDT) dazzles with the inspirational fire light of Sagittarius. Venus close by to the Sun-Moon bespeaks the presence of the goddess and her quality of emotional intelligence in this moon cycle that takes us across into the New Year.

This is one of a number of juicy New Moons coming up that have surprisingly energetic patterns involving the most dynamic planets. This New Moon picks up on radical Uranus energy, in a very close square formation that changes things up. Uranus is like a wild card, you never quite know what unexpected impact is likely. This “odd ball” planet rotates on its side with its south pole pointing toward the Sun. It stays in a sign for seven years, presenting us with a revolutionary theme experienced on a global level. Uranus has been in Pisces since 2003-2004. It is one factor contributing to the global sensation of the psychic internet, to the flow of heightened energy that has swept in waves, literally, across our blue planet to awaken our sense that we are all in this together.

A Sagittarian moon stimulates the imagination and intuition, a state enhanced by Uranus in the dream-time sign of Pisces. This Moon offers a great opportunity to envision the New Year and even further out. Like a bolt of lightning, Uranus will shock us into present awareness if we get too spacey. A social revolution is afoot (Pisces rules the feet), and we’re all in its flow, whether we are trying to kick upstream or go with the rapid current.

keeps us on track, as we continue into the era of Pluto in Capricorn, necessarily addressing pragmatic choices which face us early in the New Year. Sagittarius is idealistic. As you aim your arrows into the New Year, take a good and serious look at your life before moving too fast forward. In this era we are called to reshape our collective experience in relation to our place in the Cosmos. This New Moon opens a powerful window to create a heart-felt vision of your personal goals to keep you on track when the going gets rough and decisions loom. What action will bring you closer to your goal?

That’s a relevant question, as red action planet Mars turns retrograde on December 20, as if celebrating Solstice. Seeming to move backwards through more than half of fire sign Leo, Mars energizes the New Moon and especially Venus. How nice to have the two mythic lovers in rapport at such an interesting moment. Imagine that Mars is stepping back to let Venus dancing gracefully across the threshold of the New Year. So close to the Sun as to be invisible to us, Venus is bathed in the radiance of the Sun.

Retrograde Mars can be frustrated as its energy is turned inward and internalized. It’s a time for the “taming of the shrew” for each of us, as we need to step back from our personal agenda to see more clearly our part in the larger drama. Sometimes we have to stroke our little selves like a cat with fur turned up to tame that rampant lion that wants it all to be its own way. May your sense of humor bubble up from a deep well, and may the Great Spirit, the All-That-Is, the God/dess channel through you beyond the parameters your ego would allow.

This New Moon tunes beautifully into the rare Aquarian conjunction of the Big Planet Jupiter, quantum Chiron and mystical Neptune that signals the global dimensions of the change you may be feeling. December 7 featured the exact conjunction of Jupiter and Chiron, with its potential of quantum leap in belief systems. That’s part of the existential quality of this timeless moment: what do you believe as what we call reality shimmers around you? So many people are feeling overwhelmed by the roller coaster sensation of daily life these days. A critical shift of consciousness inevitably ripples into the mundane. We are each responsible for our participation and will each reap appropriate results.

The next full moon is a Blue Moon with a partial eclipse on New Year’s Eve. More commentary on that next time. May love light your way into the New Year!

Your mini-forecast for the New Year

SAGITTARIUS—HAPPY BIRTHDAY, fun-loving and generous-spirited Philosophers of the Zodiac. Fill the holidays with adventure. Find creative ways to celebrate that don’t overly challenge your bank account or you may find yourself in trouble at the new year.

CAPRICORN—Mercury goes retrograde in your sign, suggesting careful planning. You have already started on a new plan. More information comes as you consolidate your progress and get ready to take next steps.

AQUARIUS—Your feisty side may come out in spite of your calm and cool exterior. You may need to carve out some private time in the thick of holidays to breathe deeply and find your space. And you may need a new outlet for your energy.

PISCES—In the continuing flow of change for you Fishes, a regrouping is called for in your social sector. Professionally this may mean restructuring in your organization. Personally, you may see old friends you haven’t seen for a while.

ARIES—The thrust of change in your life has entered a new phase. Take plenty of time to plan your strategy and look for the right spark to ignite. Make sure you keep others in the loop and give them time to get on board.

TAURUS—Enjoy the holidays with good times and friends. To maintain your calm amidst much surrounding angst, use your stubborn streak to resist being pulled into the drama of others. especially siblings and co-workers.

GEMINI—Creative connections, helpful information and perspectives come into view. Consider the practical merit and expectations placed on you, before signing on the dotted line or joining any lengthy project.

CANCER—Are you feeling the need for further developments in your life? Several power planets are pointing in your direction. Not one to make quick decisions, you have plenty of time to consider what other people have to offer, further new friendships, talk to your partner.

LEO—With Mars in your sign for an extended period, your creative juices are stimulated. Listen to your heart for what calls you most truly. Co-creating with others can bring most joy and fulfillment.

VIRGO—You need a break. Make sure you really take the holidays for relaxing, even getting away. Some time off can be well used to see where you are at without having to respond to everyone else and the pressures around you.

LIBRA—Expectations of others can feel particularly burdensome. It is time to please yourself. It’s not being selfish, it’s more about being clear and true to yourself. After due consideration, you will find the right way to say what needs to be said.

SCORPIO—Mars is your planet. When it turns backward, you turn inside. A deep process works its way through your system as you find a core of creative strength that will reveal its implications in the spring.

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