Full Circle

Full Circle

The week begins with a flurry of planetary activity.  Retrograde since election day, Mercury stations direct on Monday, righting communications.   The same day, however, Venus makes an emotionally challenging conjunction to Saturn in Scorpio.  Tuesday also sees a pair of exact aspects, as Mars conjoins potent Pluto in Capricorn under the reddened light of a  penumbral lunar eclipse in Gemini.   Thursday and Friday see Venus in Scorpio aspect both Pluto and Mars, while the weekend is dominated by the Sun in Sagittarius’ manic opposition with Jupiter in Gemini.

Mercury Stations Direct: Back To The Surface

Mercury stations direct on Monday 26th, bringing 3 weeks of retrograde motion to a close.  Clarity has been slowly collecting, but this resumption of forward motion is a call to put those insights in to action.  From here we move forward, guided by what we’ve learned about how to squeeze through the tight tunnels of the season.

 

Venus Conjunct Saturn: The River and Her Banks

Monday’s Mercury station shares space with Venus’s conjunction with Saturn in Scorpio. This is the morning star’s first conjunction with Saturn since he entered Scorpio.  Here the passions come into direct contact with the challenges we’ll be living with for the next two and a half years.   On the surface, this aspect will be emotionally heavy, pressurizing relationships.  Here we confront the limits that our current circumstances and the commitment we’ve made.  We may be getting it done, slaying the monsters and living through the challenges, but the adrenalized, survival oriented tunnel that Saturn in Scorpio has sent many of us down doesn’t always offer the downtime we need to process and accept what’s happening.  The result is an ongoing accumulation of stress which leads many to compensate with excessive and thereby unhealthy pleasures, as well as a snappish, defensive disposition.  This meeting between Venus and Saturn is about coming to terms with where you are, and are going to be, emotionally, and figuring out how you’re going to deal with it.  The key here is to find a rhythm, a pace you can live with.

Lunar Eclipse: Two Twins, One Stone

A penumbral Lunar Eclipse in Gemini occurs on the night of Tuesday, the 28th.  With visibility centered in the Pacific Ocean, not far off the East Coast of Asia, It will be fully visible in there, as well as in Australia.  Those in the Western half of the US and Canada will also catch some of the show, as will those living in Mexico.

On a mundane level, this eclipse adds its assent to the slowing trade and rising squabbles in East Asia over who owns what islands in the South China sea, which will see the entirety of the eclipse.

It is important to note that although the South Node, also know as the Dragon’s Tail or Ketu, moved into tropical Taurus at the end of August, this eclipse will be in Gemini.  It is the last of a series of Gemini-Sagittarius eclipses that began in the last days of 2010.  While the Solar Eclipse in Scorpio offered us a look down the tunnel of the future, this Lunar Eclipse asks us to finish up business with a cycle that is already behind us.   It is a call to let go of the baggage we simply can’t take with us on the road ahead, ideas whose time has passed, inaccurate maps.  On a psychological level, it is a last call for us to dissolve the divisions within ourselves that bifurcate us into good and bad, light and dark, acceptable and unacceptable.  You’re a single creature with a dizzying variety of qualities, and chances are, you don’t have the time to wage war against yourself.   Speaking of war…

Mars Conjunct Pluto: Underworld Chess

On the same day as the lunar eclipse in Gemini, Mars conjoins dark Pluto in Capricorn.  This conjunction adds to the darkness of the eclipse an intense, ruthlessly strategic current.  There are ambitions riding on these red and black wavelengths, as well as the power to become the person capable of realizing them.  While the lunar eclipse points toward what we would let go of, Mars’ intense conjunction with Pluto asks us what we want and how, exactly we plan to get it.  This aspect combines x-ray vision with a deep strategic intelligence.  As the Moon is temporarily stripped of her light, so are our illusions about the chess game we’re playing with that trio of ever-present ladies- Necessity, Fortune and Fate.

Sun Opposite Jupiter: Multiple Targets Acquired

As the weekend approaches, we emerge from the dark heart of November into December’s relatively placid terrain.  Although the month ends with a complicated Full Moon, the bulk of December is a stroll in the park, compared to November.

Sunday sees the Sun in Sagittarius oppose Jupiter in Gemini.  This aspect highlights the path we are treading and the many places it could go.  But even with the centaur’s four hooves, we can only walk down so many roads at once.  This is another riff on a theme that began in November and will continue for much of December – to what degree do we divide ourselves in order to pursue multiple goals?  To accomplish two goals is better than to accomplish a single one, but how much do we take on before we are chasing everything and catching nothing?

Coming, as it does, after a rather intense week, the Sun-Jupiter opposition asks whether we can bring everything we’ve signed up for over the finish line, or whether, even with our leaner, meaner, upgraded selves, we’re still going to need to leave something behind.   You might be able to do a lot, but you can’t do everything.

HOROSCOPES

Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. They are fun and can be reasonably accurate, however. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read from your Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out! I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at astro.com.
Aries: The Ram

Mercury stations direct on Monday, toning down the chaos a bit as answers are offered to some of the month’s mysteries. Venus’ conjunction with Saturn the same day highlights the exchanges between yourself and others.  There’s a knot developing here that could use a little loosening.

The lunar eclipse in Gemini on Tuesday asks that you let go of your short term goals that conflict with your real direction, while Mars’ conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn the same day helps reveal the deep outlines of your ambitions and what it will require you to become in order to accomplish them.

The weekend is dominated by the Sun in Sagittarius’s opposition to Jupiter in Gemini, which juxtaposes long terms goals with a multiplicity of short term tasks and distractions.

Taurus: The Bull

Mercury stations direct on Monday, brings an end to November’s short season of difficult communications and helps lends clarity to relationship matters.   Venus’ conjunction with Saturn the same day also speaks to relationships, asking you to address some clogged pipes there.

Tuesday holds the lunar eclipse in Gemini, asking you to let go of the ideas which are preventing you from really connecting with the people in your life, while Mars’ near simultaneous conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn cuts away at illusions you may have about what you need to do in order to achieve your long term goals.

The weekend is dominated by the Sun in Sagittarius’ opposition to Jupiter in Gemini, which highlights the flow of monies and resources, both what you bring to the table and what others add.

Gemini: The Twins

Mercury stations direct on Monday, bringing some clarity to your fiscal and physical situation.  Venus’ conjunction with Saturn the same day indicates that there may be some issue developing here- if you’ve let bad habits get the best of you over the last month, it’s time to bring yourself back in line.

The lunar eclipse in Gemini on Tuesday offers a chance to release yourself from memories and emotions which bind you to a worn out self definition.  The same day, Mars’ conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn reveals more about the potential power that a strategic alliance may hold for you.

The weekend is characterized  by the Sun’s opposition to Jupiter in Gemini, which energizes relationships to an almost manic point.

Cancer: The Crab

Mercury stations direct on Monday, bringing some clarity to the question of how to structure your energies.  These questions are in sore need of answering, as well, as Venus’ conjunction with Saturn in Scorpio the same day indicates you may be getting a little clogged.

The lunar eclipse in Gemini on Tuesday asks that you to let go of preoccupations with questions you can’t answer right now and reserve your energy for  the work directly ahead.  The same day, Mars conjoins Pluto in Capricorn, which pushes you to consider the power dynamics between yourself and those close to you.  Relationships may be a little touchy here.

The weekend holds the Sun in Sagittarius’ opposition to Jupiter in Gemini, which asks you to bring the various revelations descending this week to bear on concrete problems.

Leo: The Lion

Mercury stations direct on Monday, bringing a glimmer of clarity to living situations and family issues, which Venus’ conjunction with Saturn in Scorpio occurring nearly simultaneously, are likely in need of some sorting.

The lunar eclipse in Gemini on Tuesday asks that you release yourself from attachments to people and groups that serve to distract you from what’s really important to you right now, while Mars’ conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn the same day pushes you to consider how you’re going to solve the concrete issues in play.

The weekend is dominated by the Sun’s opposition to Jupiter in Gemini, which points towards the connection between your social time and your energy levels.  Make sure that the time you spend with people is worth the energy you’re putting into it.

Virgo: The Virgin

Mercury stations direct on Monday, helps put you get some flow back into your schedule.  With Venus conjoining Saturn the same day, the implication is that you’ve gotten a little clogged.   Consider it a calendar colonic.

The lunar eclipse in Gemini on Tuesday asks you to let go of professional aspirations that are not going anywhere.  Preserve your energies for viable routes.  The same day, Mars conjoins Pluto in Capricorn, which points toward how you might transform the way you marshal your energies.

A heavy week is followed by a weekend dominated by the Sun in Sagittarius’ opposition to Jupiter in Gemini, which juxtaposes the Sun’s emphasis on your family and home life with Jupiter’s focus on your professional life.

Libra: The Scales

Mercury stations direct on Monday, which should help get your finances flowing again.  With Venus and Saturn perfecting their conjunction on the same day, there are probably some clogs  and hairballs which could use a little Mercury-direct Draino.

The lunar eclipse in Gemini on Tuesday asks that you parr down your long term goals to a number you can actually accomplish.  The same day, Mars conjoins Pluto in Capricorn, pointing to how you might transform your approach to solving problems of home and hearth.

Over the weekend, the emphasis shifts toward the Sun in Sagittarius’ opposition to Jupiter in Gemini, which juxtaposes a small tasks with an emphasis on your long term goals.  The trick is to see the big move inside each little action.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

Monday sees Mercury station direct after long weeks retrograde , which lends some clarity to the cluster of personal questions brought up by Venus’ conjunction to Saturn the very same day.

Tuesday’s lunar eclipse in Gemini,  asks you to jettison arrangements with other people, as well as perspectives, that keep you  unnecessarily dependent or enmeshed with others.  The same day, Mars conjoins Pluto in Capricorn, pointing to how seemingly small accomplishments can lay the foundations for great ones.

The weekend is dominated by the Sun’s opposition to Jupiter in Gemini, which pushes you to consider not just what is yours, but also what others can offer you and what you might offer them.  The point here is not bondage to another, but collaboration with the spirit of mutual benefit.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

Mercury stations direct on Monday, shining a few piercing rays into the heart of the amorphous but troubling questions that have plagued the season.   Venus’ conjunction to Saturn in Scorpio the same day suggests that there’s some emotionally pressurized material needing to emerge here, and Mercury’s direct station is just the thing to lead insights up from your personal underworld.

Tuesday’s lunar eclipse in Gemini on Tuesday asks you to let go of relationships and approaches to relationships that no longer serve you.  Dynamics where you’re projecting cut off pieces of yourself onto others are particularly targeting for disintegration.  The same day, Mars conjoins Pluto in Capricorn, highlighting what you could accomplish if you upgrade the way you marshal your resources.

Over the weekend, the focus shifts towards  the Sun in Sagittarius’ opposition to Jupiter in Gemini , which highlights the important people in your life, and how awesome they are.

Capricorn: The Goat

Mercury stations direct on Monday, which helps answer some difficult questions about how to deal with your friends and contacts.  The structure of your social sphere is changing- work with it.

Tuesday’s lunar eclipse in Gemini  asks you to deprioritize the small problems and leave your eyes open for bigger game.  Meanwhile, Mars conjoins Pluto in Capricorn, exposing the ruthless depths of your personal power.  Whether you can accept it and what you choose to do with it are up to you.

By the weekend, the emphasis shifts to the Sun’s opposition with Jupiter in Gemini, which juxtaposes the importance of dealing with psychological and spiritual issues with a cluster of small tasks.   You might want to take a little time out to attend to your mental and physical health.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

Mercury stations direct on Monday, bringing some clarity to your professional affairs, which you may well need, as Venus’ conjunction Saturn the same day draws attention to some knotty issues there.

The lunar eclipse in Gemini on Tuesday asks you to take a look around and see if you aren’t still fragmenting your energy a little bit.  Look particularly toward over-commitment as a source of waste.

As the weekend approaches, the focus slides toward the Sun’s opposition to Jupiter in Gemini, which juxtaposes excitement about social affairs with a need to focus on what you’re doing with your creative energy.

Pisces: The Fish

Mercury stations direct on Monday, which sees answers emerge to this month’s perplexing philosophical and practical questions of direction.  Venus’ conjunction to Saturn the same day challenges you to bind your passions to the direction you choose to march in.

The lunar eclipse in Gemini on Tuesday asks you to accept changes to what home is and what home means.  You may be projecting some old childhood shit onto your current situation. The same day, Mars conjoins Pluto in Capricorn, highlighting the potential power of being part of the right social networks.  It’s not what you know...

By the time the weekend rolls around, it’s the Sun’s opposition to Jupiter in Gemini which comes into focus.  This aspect asks you to connect what’s happening in your career with the situation at home, though you may well feel pulled in two directions.  The trick is to find the hidden synergy.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.

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