With the Gemini Full Moon behind us, we’re really down to one major (and distinctive, as in new) event remaining in 2014 — the ingress of Saturn into Sagittarius. This is a change of pace from recent years around the time of the year-end/Yule type of holidays lately, when we’ve had all kinds of stormy weather, eclipses and inner planetary retrogrades in the vicinity (Mercury, Venus, Mars).
I propose that this is the right moment for arranging your plans and your activities to wrap up your year-end business and to make some choices for a sane holiday season.
This seems to be an unavoidable cultural ritual for much of the Western world. Though it’s been watered down some in recent decades, there are still the associated rituals of travel, of spending a lot of money, and of obligation. Those are purely the social level. Were you willing to think through these rituals and make up your mind what you really want, I think you would find that you have more freedom than you think.
The whole topic of family obligations around the time of the holidays deserves a good airing out and I propose we have it here on the pages of Planet Waves.
On what you might think of as the psychic or environmental level, the days are very short this time of year where many population centers are focused in the U.S. — the entire Northeast up to metro-Montreal and Toronto; across to Chicago and the San Francisco Bay area. I know you may be watering your plants in Australia these days, though for many people there is an intense veil of darkness that surrounds us — sometime seeming to cocoon, sometimes to subsume and swallow.
These short days are compressed, and there is potentially the biological sensation of panic about where the heck the Sun went. As the Earth approaches solstice, there is a sensation of compression, and of something having spun out to an extreme — one that we haven’t quite reached yet but will soon.
That acceleration is compounded by the Sun’s alignment with the Great Attractor (a deep-space point, happening right now) and with the Galactic Core (the center of our galaxy, happening Thursday, Dec. 18, at 8:32 pm EST). For its part, the Galactic Core is also a supermassive black hole, which can bend time and space, swallow stars and warp consciousness.
So, take it easy. Put some jazz on the phonograph. Make a pot of soup.
Slow down and feel the energy, and move with it if you can. Use the relatively placid (planetary) astrology to pace yourself. Be grateful you’re not navigating Mercury retrograde or an eclipse (or both) on the way to wherever to visit whomever. Get ahead a bit if you can, delegate what you can, simplify and focus the intention of resolution and transition.
As for the current week: over the next few days we get the Moon in Cancer (now through Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 10:14 pm EST or the 10th at 3:13 UTC). Then the Moon moves through Leo, ending with the Virgo ingress on Friday, Dec. 12, at 10:18 am EST (15:18 UTC). It’s in Virgo for most of the weekend.
The Sun is making many aspects and exploring many possibilities in Sagittarius as it makes conjunctions to the impressive collection of minor planets there. Mars is newly in Aquarius, and Venus is about to ingress Capricorn on Wednesday. Mars can be innovative, broad thinking and egalitarian in Aquarius, though steer clear of petty tyrants. Venus in Capricorn is a return to an earth sign, and a return to the night side of Venus — where we meet her as companion, lover and confidante.