Practice makes comfort. Expand your experiences regularly
so every stretch won’t feel like your first.
Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for your context. It’s akin to bringing an umbrella with you when rain is expected, but it also helps us to not take the weather personally. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’t have to do it for us. Choose to be con(with)-siderate(the stars).
December is here already! Well, it looks to be a decently challenging month. It’s pushing us to get over ourselves in many ways, while also asking us to reconnect with ourselves: Which means we should be gentle with others and prodding towards ourselves. However, there’s also a whole love and appreciation theme that requires conscious attention. Practice gratitude towards others and give credit to ourselves where due. It could a very productive month if we work with it and don’t get distracted.
Mercury trines Uranus on the 1st at 6:00 am (pacific), helping us make some breakthroughs around how our minds process emotions and anxiety. Now is our chance to drastically change how we stay in touch with our intuition and feelings in the midst of wackiness and uncertainty. Flexibility and open-mindedness are key.
Mercury squares Jupiter on the 4th at 4:52 am (pacific), pushing us to expand our mental horizons. Come up with some novel improvements to long-standing issues; think outside the box; brainstorm with friends; and just generally open up your mind. Think big with an eye for details that could put a snag in plans.
Venus moves into Scorpio on the 4th at 8:15 pm (pacific), where she will stay until the 29th. This will be an intense time suited to undoing resistances to self-love and appreciation in general. The idea is to focus on our internal programming and what needs altering instead of on other people’s issues and our reactions to them. Dance through the darkness.
The Sun sextiles Mars on the 6th at 2:14 am (pacific), ramping up the speed and danger levels. Be mindful about word choices and avoid stepping on people’s toes. Do something active to channel this energy healthfully. Practice patience.
Mars squares Pluto on the 6th at 12:47 pm (pacific), forcing us to confront our fears and re-assess our motivation levels. Let’s try to undo some of our paranoid tendencies by challenging their validity and opting for more trust and openness to goodness. Also, let’s get the Rocky theme song playing in our heads to revitalize our determination to keep on growing and improving our worlds.
The Sun trines Uranus on the 8th at 6:38 pm (pacific), tossing a dose of unpredictability into the mix. The simple strategy is to stay lose, don’t believe the hype, and stay true to the evolving version of you in this moment.
Mercury moves into Capricorn on the 9th at 6:35 pm (pacific), where he will stay until January 1st, and then revisit from January 8th until February 13th. This is asking us to start making loose and adaptable plans, for the retrograde will change some things up quite a bit. But make an outline and start taking steps towards concrete goals.
Mars opposes Uranus on the 10th at 5:30 pm (pacific), shaking us out of any stupor we may have slipped into. The crux is to stay respectful and conscientious of others as we navigate this tempestuous day. Do something unique and strange, get some exercise, have a friendly debate, and stay cautious. Get excited.
Venus trines Neptune on the 10th at 10:14 pm (pacific), prompting some relaxation and entertainment. Make some space and time to enjoy something peaceful, spiritual, or inspiring. Try to release any accumulated stresses through emotional music or film, or a nice bath.
The New Moon is on the 11th at 2:29 am in 19 degrees of Sagittarius. This lunation could be rather exciting if we embrace the call to adventure and experiment. The old stand-bys won’t be as rewarding right now. Study something weird, discover more of your own quirks, go someplace unusual, but definitely stretch the boundaries. Expand it out.
The Sun squares Jupiter on the 14th at 7:02 am (pacific), demanding a course correction, or possibly many. Where have we been neglecting energy and attention? What small adjustments could make our lives smoother and simpler? Get rid of any clutter; whether it be physical, mental, or egoic. Clear it out.
Mercury sextiles Neptune on the 14th at 11:40 am (pacific), giving us a chance to relax our mental narrative and rely on the deeper parts of the brain to figure things out for us. Now is the time to under-think through our lists and such. Let it stew in the under-areas and we’ll have more clarity when we revisit these issues.
Venus sextiles Pluto on the 17th at 3:17 am (pacific), giving us a chance to take our relationships deeper. The focus is on connecting with people on a more profound level and with plenty of respect. On the other hand, this could bring up financial concerns and other general fears that should not be indulged.
Mercury conjoins Pluto on the 19th at 10:54 am (pacific), frothing up some old and funky issues to begin processing. We have all of January to process through this junk, but it is important to start excavating now. Thought and communication patterns are most in need of an overhaul, but any closets and clutter-busting strategies would also help.
Mercury squares Uranus on the 20th at 7:07 pm (pacific), zapping us into a tizzy if we can’t stay loose and in the moment. The key is to be ruthlessly present and mindful. Don’t get stirred up into worrying about crap that hasn’t happened. Instead, keep your focus on the prize of self-actualization and proper self-care. Don’t rush it.
The Sun moves into Capricorn on the 21st at 8:49 pm (pacific), starting us into another season of grow-up-or-get-out. This run around the Sun focuses on expanding our definition of ourselves and our goals. Incremental progress is the name of the game, so proceed with regular application of energy and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Venus sextiles Jupiter on the 24th at 2:03 am (pacific), letting us feel a little more buoyant about ongoing challenges. Positive expectations and openness to goodness are important right now. But the opposite—acknowledging our hurts and aches—is also relevant. Find the balance and pay attention to the improvements.
The Full Moon is on the 25th at 3:11 am (pacific) in 3 degrees of Cancer. This promises to be a peaceful lunation that emphasizes familial love and respect in general. Feelings are a little extra tender though, so be careful if old grievances are around. All in all though, it’s a time to recharge and enjoy our lives.
Mercury trines Jupiter on the 25th at 12:19 pm (pacific), lending an optimistic bent to the day. Think big, plan big, and work through whatever wrinkles arise in our systems. But don’t overdo anything, and keep it practical.
Uranus stations direct on the 25th at 7:53 pm (pacific), adding some extra zing to this casserole of a day. If you’re comfortable with the unknowns and like it spicy, then it should be exciting and promising. Otherwise, stay flexible and don’t get suckered into any unnecessary disruptions. Dance with it.
The Sun sextiles Neptune on the 29th at 5:18 am (pacific), requesting that we take some space and time to ourselves to unfurl and digest recent happenings. Don’t try to do anything too technical. Instead, enjoy the arts, film, music, poetry, et cetera. Relax into yourself.
Mercury squares Mars on the 29th at 6:54 am (pacific), throwing some spiciness all around. Most of all watch your mouth and drive carefully. This is not the time for flippancy or risk taking. Challenge yourself first and foremost and see what logical fallacies you can undo.
Venus moves into Sagittarius on the 29th at 11:17 pm (pacific), where she will stay until January 23rd. More expansion of our horizons is needed: new studies, new foods, new cities, and new everything. Spice things up and try things out. There’s not much to lose by experimenting.
So yeah, December. Well, it’s rather hard to say how it will turn out since it’s going to be especially relative to the individuals and contexts. It is definitely a challenging month, but it’s rife with potential if we can figure out how to use it wisely. Don’t rely too much on the old ways and the standard narratives. We should all be stretching into new ways of handling our worlds. So, hopefully, we can all thrive and get geared up for a whole other year of shenanigans. Stay open to planetary grace.