Today is Friday, Dec. 22, 2017‘
Hebrew date is 4 Tevet 5778′
Islamic date is 4 Rabi’-II 1439
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 11 Manik”
Mayan Long Count is 126.96.36.199.7′
Julian Day is 2458110
Today’s Birthdays: Jean Racine (1639-1699), Sarada Devi (Sri Maa) (1853-1920), Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), Peggy Ashcroft (1907-1991), Hector Elizondo (1936), James Burke (1936), Diane Sawyer (1945), Lynne Thigpen (1948-2003), Maurice Gibb (1949-2003), Robin Gibb (1949-2012), Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), Luther Campbell (1960), Ralph Fiennes (1962), Luna H. Mitani (1963), Vanessa Paradis (1972), Jordin Sparks (1989), Meghan Trainor (1993).
“Love is not a fire to be shut up in a soul. Everything betrays us: voice, silence, eyes; half-covered fires burn all the brighter.”
– Jean Racine
Planets in a Minor Key
Dear Friend and Reader:
For the past two months in this series [see part one, and part two], we’ve been looking at the outer planet transits that take hold in 2018 and last years into the future. Saturn entered Capricorn on Dec. 19, which will be followed by Chiron entering Aries on April 17 and Uranus entering Taurus on May 15.
Just these three events, in such close proximity, describe a rapidly changing world. Distant outer planets describe the energy coming from the ground, as in figure-ground. They’re a background environmental factor that gradually manifests in tangible ways — or as the case may be, instantly.
To give two particularly stunning examples, the day Chiron entered Pisces in 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, leading to one of the worst oil spills in history. The day Uranus entered Aries in 2011, there was an earthquake that took out the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, resulting in several total meltdowns and the mess that followed.
Of course, most of the news that gets reported is bad news: by definition, that’s what news is. We don’t know what breakthroughs or discoveries happened those days. We don’t know what ideas were born. At least these two events put us on notice to pay attention to the sign changes of slow-moving planets.
While Saturn is not an outer planet, it’s the keeper of the edge between the inner and outer solar system; a reference point, boundary divider and the lord of chronological time. Saturn’s three-year run through Sagittarius ended Dec. 19 when, for the first time in a generation, it returned to a sign that it rules.
Moon Phase: Moon is in New Phase and enters Waxing Crescent phase today 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 Aquarius and enters Pisces on Dec. 23 at 6:42 am PST / 9:42 am EST (14:41:39 UTC).
Sun Degree: 1-2 Capricorn.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Mercury stations direct at 5:51 pm PST / 8:51 pm EST (01:50:40 Dec. 23 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Okyrhoe square Echeclus at 4:05 am PST / 7:05 am EST (12:05:10 UTC).
— Vesta sextile Pluto at 5:39 am PST / 8:39 am EST (13:38:43 UTC).
— Venus conjunct Galactic Center at 2:01 pm PST / 5:01 pm EST (22:01:05 UTC).
If Your Birthday is Dec. 22
(The Day of Continuity) | Capricorn Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
You are more than capable of thinking for yourself. At this stage of your life, relying on the opinions and approval of others does not suit your needs, or your growth. You must have the integrity to live your own life for your own reasons, and not be swayed from your personal truth by your friends or family. This may take courage, but not as much as you may think.
Written in the Planets
With Mercury stationing direct late tonight (or tomorrow in the wee hours for some time zones), you’re on notice to stay focused, patient and ready for detours and changes of mind through the weekend. If you happen to be awake at the moment when Mercury stations, pay attention for any new details that come to you — especially the kind that solve a mystery you did not even know you were working on. There’s a system of channeled symbols for each of the degrees of the zodiac called the Sabian Symbols. The one for Mercury’s station degree is, “The Great Pyramid and the Sphynx.” One of the notes made by astrologer Dane Rudhyar for this degree is, “The power of spiritual ancestry.” You might roll that image and idea around a while, and see if your synapses spark any connections to it in the next 24 hours. Venus conjunct the Galactic Core is beaming in some universal love with a cosmic twist; share it freely.