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Today is Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Hebrew date is 30 Kislev 5778
Islamic date is 30 Rabi’-I 1439
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 7 Ak’b’al
Mayan Long Count is 184.108.40.206.3
Julian Day is 2458106
Today’s Birthdays: Henrietta Edwards (1849-1931), Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890-1954), J. J. Thomson (1856-1940), Saki (1870-1916), Paul Klee (1879-1940), Ossie Davis (1917-2005), Cicely Tyson (1924), Harold Land (1928-2001), Keith Richards (1943), Steve Biko (1946-1977), Steven Spielberg (1946), Ray Liotta (1954), Jonathan Cainer (1957-2016), Brad Pitt (1963), Rachel Griffiths (1968), Katie Holmes (1978), Christina Aguilera (1980).
“The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”
— Steve Biko
The Case of the Capricorn Solstice
This could be the most interesting week in quite a while — and that’s saying a lot. I guess “interesting” is a charitable way to describe the rise of tyranny by ignorance, chaos and pixels, and any possible resistance, and events that seem outside our control — but it’s the holiday season.On Tuesday, Saturn enters Capricorn, making contact with the Aries Point and commencing the Saturn-Pluto conjunction that will shape and in some way define our lives for the next three years.
Then 36 hours later, the Sun reaches solstice, aligning with the Tropic of Capricorn, thereby entering the sign Capricorn and making a conjunction with Saturn; ramping up the Aries Point activation by an order of magnitude.
Then Friday, Mercury stations direct, releasing a dam of pent-up energy that’s been collecting through these exceedingly eventful few weeks that it’s been retrograde. Mercury is currently stationing direct in mid-Sagittarius, conjunct a deep-space point called Laniakea/Great Attractor, one of the most prodigious, mysterious and indeed massive elements in all of astronomy.
Moon Phase: Moon is in New Phase and enters Waxing Crescent phase on Dec. 22 at 2:18 am PST / 5:18 am EST (10:18:17 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Cancer on Jan. 1-2 at 6:24 pm PST / 9:24 pm EST (02:24:00 UTC).
Corresponding New Moon in Capricorn is on Jan. 16-17 at 6:17 pm PST / 9:17 pm EST (02:17:09 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Sagittarius and enters Capricorn today at 5:33 am PST / 8:33 am EST (13:33:17 UTC).
Sun Degree: 27-28 Sagittarius.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Moon enters Capricorn at 5:33 am PST / 8:33 am EST (13:33:17 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Mars square Crantor 6:59 am PST / 9:59 am EST (14:59:00 UTC).
— Sun conjunct Galactic Center 11:58 pm PST / 2:58 pm EST (19:58:37 UTC).
— Venus conjunct Klotho at 4:12 pm PST / 7:12 pm EST (00:12:23 Dec. 19 UTC).
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If Your Birthday is Dec. 18
(The Day of Mammoth Projects) | Sagittarius Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
A magnificent New Moon on your birth anniversary is a reminder to wake up and face each day as a new experience. You’re bestowed with a rare gift of optimism that has deep roots in your life purpose. While you may wonder whether you’re really having an influence in the world, set those concerns aside, and strive to improve your immediate surroundings.
Written in the Planets
We’re approaching the New Year, and today’s New Moon conjunct the Galactic Core might well induce you to consider some early resolutions. Not the absolutist kind, which everyone breaks within the first week, but the more profound sort. This rare transit may be viewed as a way for us all to align ourselves with the cosmos. What that translates to could be something like readjusting the way you use your time, so as to do more toward whatever you see as your actual life mission; or making changes in your world that bring you closer to your truth. The past 12 months, terrible though they have been for many, have at least perhaps laid bare how prone we all are to lying to ourselves, and accepting bullshit and half-assed compromises. The time for that is over. Be unashamedly, completely and vividly yourself.
I was reading through Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s resolutions, that go from “wash teeth, if any” to “make up your mind” and ” wake up and fight.” That seems like a good place for most of us to start thinking about how we can make a difference in 2018. I just read this morning that the president signed an executive order to abolish all labor-management councils at the Federal level, and OPM sent out the guidelines that unless a collaboration brings a benefit to the agency, it should be disregarded and most collaborative efforts should simply be abolished. The top brass (assuming the President was asked to work on this) appears to be disinclined to think the workers can have a helpful role in decision-making. I’m not sure how much I even want to fight at this stage of my life, but I can’t not fight. I still have my teeth, and I’ve made up my mind. This was a similar order to one signed by Bush, and probably simply undoes some of the Obama legacy. But why oh why do we keep traveling backward? Choose new council members, add a little group focus training, or whatever is needed, but don’t abolish! http://www.govexec.com/management/2017/12/opm-tells-agencies-stop-working-collaboratively-unions/144617/?oref=channelriver
Those rich dudes’ tax breaks have to be paid for somehow, Patricia. No point having labor-management councils that might recommend better pay for ants.
This only applies to federal union groups. They already have good pay, for the most part. But the perspective can be horribly lop-sided. Discussions can shed a lot of light on problems. Of course, union busting has been going on for quite awhile. New models are needed, especially ones that show collaborative efforts result in reduced accidents, more effective training, employee satisfaction (what’s in it for me?) and protection of company profits.
Thanks for the clarification, Patricia. These terms sometimes have different social contexts on either side of the pond.
Union busting has, to some extent, fallen off the political agenda in Britain since the rise in support for right-wing Ukip against that for the Labour party among some Union members. This was evidenced by Brexit, the vote to leave the European Union. Perhaps it’s a different kind of Union bashing that’s going on over here at the moment.