Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.
~J. Donald Walters
Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the date of occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for one’s context. Some slower interactions can be felt a month in advance, so it’s wise to read ahead and ritual up. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’t have to do it for us.
Well, the year is almost over. December looks like life should stay busy and interesting, (though seeing that requires work.) The first half is rather dangerous if the momentums are resisted. A level head and steady application of effort is the standard protocol–along with some deep breathing for patience. The second half continues with that volatility but adds a lot more urgency to get ready and get moving or get over it. The whole month wants us to begin preparations now for the coming Spring and the festivities it has in store for us.
Venus conjoins Pluto on the 1st, frothing up some old hang-ups and fears for processing and, hopefully, removal. This is definitely not a good time to indulge in fears or judgments. But it would facilitate taking our passions to a deeper layer. Stay focused on improving yourself.
The Sun squares Mars on the 2nd, making for some rambunctious and possibly dangerous scenarios. If the stagnation is yours, then start breaking it up; if it’s in others, stay out of the way and do not engage. The key is to keep your self occupied; and the easiest would be health, exercise, or personal energy processing.
Mercury conjoins the Sun on the 4th, offering a chance to undo some inner-monologue wackiness. Too much rumination over the same material can hinder a more thorough digestion and assimilation. Pay attention to the messages of the body and emotions and be open to some challenging adjustments. Choose and choose again.
Mercury squares Mars on the 4th, bringing some sharpness out into the open. This can be used to cut through our own silliness and find new realizations while removing clutter. Or, without an outlet, it could erupt into conflict or drama. Stay focused and clear and keep it moving.
Venus trines Mars on the 5th, facilitating some smoother relations and adding buoyancy to our moods. This opportunity could easily slide by unnoticed, but it could also be used to make sure that mutual respect and appreciation is understood between loved ones. Cut everybody some slack; especially you.
Uranus stations direct on the 9th. This starts us on a resolution phase where we can reconfigure all sorts of various parts of ourselves into our greater whole. Though some pieces have gone through alterations; we need to figure out how to make a whole again, before the next round of the breakthrough or breakdown game begins.
There is a total Lunar Eclipse on the 10th at 6:36 am in 18 degrees Gemini. This is yet another pointed and volatile energy that is pushing us hard to get into the new groove. The emphasis will vary widely between people, but the general focus is on how we interpret what comes to us and what we choose to ignore. Keep your eyes open while attending to the peripheral; not everything can be perceived from the center of our vision.
Mercury stations direct on the 13th, prompting to us to figure out what in the craziness has really been going on for the last 6 weeks. If we got the message, great, now get down to the business of living it as perpetually as possible. If we are still unclear on the lessons, then dig around until you find them. Know that most things cannot be known before their time.
Venus squares Saturn on the 18th, grinding us down to the solid core of our beings. If we have not been cleansing our worlds of non-essentials, then it’s time to catch up. However, if the way is cleared, then we can savor the lightness and feel how much easier it is to support ourselves without as many burdens on our shoulders.
The Sun sextiles Saturn on the 19th, giving us a chance to gauge our progress. But, it’s important to view all this in its proper context; which means cutting much slack and giving more credit than our inner hard-ass would. It is better to measure progress and learning than failure and setbacks. It’s all part of the process.
Venus enters Aquarius on the 20th, where she will stay until January 13th. This will lend itself to socialization and connections. It’s the break after the grind; when we can relax a bit and find inspiration and new ideas from the multitudes around us. Keep asking questions.
The Sun sextiles Neptune on the 20th, blurring the lines of awareness just enough that we could see our predicaments in a fresh light. However, this light is bent like that which shines through water, so don’t go making precision measurements. Instead, marvel at the beauty of the world’s distortions; it adds textural richness and can delight the soul.
Venus squares Jupiter and sextiles Uranus also on the 20th. This one could be very interesting, but, as per usual, demands openness to new adventures of being. If the day is seized, new visions of creativity and satisfaction could be germinated, but we have to be flexible enough to bend with the flow. I guess the idea is to simply lean towards the positive, while keeping the middle ground; like leaning forward while walking and letting the gravity help us along. And check out Venus in the Southwest and Jupiter high in the East as evening ‘stars’ for some more inspiration.
The Sun moves into Capricorn on the 21st, calling us to integrate and act on the recent developments, ideas and issues. Awareness is almost nothing without follow up and follow through. Just keep doing what you can with steady application of will. And remember to support yourself with confidence and auto-pats on the back.
The Sun trines Jupiter and squares Uranus on the 22nd, stirring some restless wanderlust from deep down. We may want to rebel from the reality of certain situations and/or how much work they would actually require to make feasible and awesome. But, this should only concern us if we have been indulging in impractical fantasies. Otherwise, keep one eye on each step and one eye on the horizon as best you can.
The New Moon is on the 24th, at 10:06 am (Pacific) in 2 degrees of Capricorn. This offers a renewal of our capacity to understand ourselves and the multifarious facets that make up our lives. Especially prominent is contemplation of our family and cultural heritage and how we came to be shaped from and in contrast to our origins. Respect it all as best you are able and own it.
Jupiter stations direct on the 25th, starting us down the path of integration. It’s a time to reflect on what the year has brought us, especially the second half of it. Now it’s time to further climb into our own lives; with the perspective of the observer, but not a spectator. Be fully involved, but lucid.
The Sun conjoins Pluto on the 28th, prompting us to get stirring up some muck for filtering and removal. You could think of it as New Year’s resolutions or just commitments to invest in oneself. Either way, get planning the next way of purging and purification. Stay grateful.
Mercury squares Mars on the 31st, tossing an erratic spark into the mix. Be wary of people with pent-up angst, it’s not a good time to engage in dangerous liaisons. Instead, focus on the positive; laugh about it, have a good time and look forward to more good work opportunities to come.
So, December. It will probably keep us pretty darned busy and may fly by as a result. It could be ultra productive and rich with learning for those ready to blast through themselves and stay undistracted. On the other hand, it could be somewhat excruciating for those who have shirked the calls to act, clear, and lighten. Either way, the cleansing will continue and there will be ample opportunity for learning and becoming more whole. Don’t forget to take care of the physical vehicle. Find a good steady pace.