by Joan Kiley
As we slipped into the final month of 2012, Jupiter, our largest planet and the ruler of Sagittarius, was at its closest point to the earth until December 1 of 2021! (http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earth-and-jupiter-closer-on-december-1-2012-than-until-2021 )
What a great way to start December! Our earth and Jupiter at their most chummy! Sounds much better to me than all the doomsday prophecies about 12/21/12! And who started that nonsense anyway? From what I’ve read about the Mayan long calendar running out, there’s nothing about the literal end of the world. However, if you view it metaphorically, then yes, the old ways of the world have definitely taken their toll, and we’d best be changing our modes of operation on most every level...STAT!
It’s a bit unclear to me that 12/21/12 is the precise date of the end of a 5,125 year cycle. Seems it’s more like a consensus date for celebrating it. That’s okay with me, in that I love the Winter Solstice! The start of a new cycle of seasons, particularly the “seed time” is particularly apt for a turning point in the shift of the collective toward a more heart-centered and socially conscious way of being.
But let’s look at the chart for December 1. Certainly for those individuals committed to inner work there’s a lot of encouragement for their progress, if they can stay strong, aware, and willing. Mars was still conjunct Pluto, and Uranus was still square them both. Jupiter was opposed the Sun. Saturn was trine Chiron, and though less closely, Neptune. The Moon moved through its own sign of Cancer, giving emphasis to both the water trine and the cardinal square. Stress, intensity, the need to look inward, movement, as well as potential benevolence…all ingredients for increasing consciousness, IF one is so inclined. If not, well, plenty of bumbling along, possibly sensitive and/or resentful, taking impulsive and/or risky action.
During the entire first 10 days of December while the Moon moves through the signs of Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio, lots of attention is being placed on the tense quality of squares and the intensity of three planets in Scorpio. This has had many people feeling as though they are on the edge of something big and threatening. Headlines are reflecting this with over-the-top focus on the “fiscal cliff” and the threats to President Obama’s possible nominee for Secretary of State. There was acceleration of the Israeli/Palestinian crisis, increasing devastation in the Syrian civil war with accompanying threats of unnamed “consequences,” and the Egyptian people “threatening” President Morsi for taking more power for himself than is consistent with the ideals of democracy.
Are there lessons in these political scenarios for us as individuals? Are there situations where we operate in old, self-protective ways that do not benefit the greater good? Yet we resist changing our views because: 1) “we’ve always done it that way”; or 2) we resist trying a new method because it isn’t our idea; or 3) we can’t trust showing a different side of ourselves in public even if it is more consistent with who we are inside.
On December 13, we have the New Moon at 21 degrees Sagittarius, at 12:41 AM PST. Amazingly, it is unaspected to any planets. However, it is in fairly strong aspect to all the primary asteroids, Ceres, Juno, Pallas and Vesta. If one has in mind that the great “shift” in consciousness coming with the “new” age arriving with a “new” Mayan calendar might have something to do with the archetypal feminine, this New Moon is a major validation for that theory. Each of those asteroids represent different aspects of the feminine.
The same day as the New Moon, we have feisty Uranus stationing direct in Aries. Despite the fact that the Uranus/Pluto square is less intense this late in the year, the rebellious urges remain strong. The quincunx that Uranus makes to Saturn through the end of the year creates continuing inner discord, manifested outwardly as uncompromising resistance. Our antidote is taking space, breathing deep, and cultivating flexibility. A willingness to let go may follow.
Mid-month, the personal planets Mercury and Venus move out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius. This relaxes some of the emotional intensity, some, but definitely not all, because Saturn will continue to sit in Scorpio as the stern taskmaster for two+ more years. Nevertheless, the trines between Mercury and Uranus, and Venus and Uranus, do challenge us to explore new ideas beyond our conditioning and to begin articulating them with passion. The squares of these planets to Neptune and their opposition to Jupiter encourage us to get beyond our childhood wounds and dream of a better world with each of us as actors in the script! Yes, we are more, so much more, than who we were conditioned to believe we are.
The days leading up to the Winter Solstice continue the T-Square between the personal planets Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Gemini, and the Neptune/Chiron conjunction (joined by the Moon for a day) in Pisces. Tension mounts, yet this emphasis on Mutable energy helps us remain flexible with the capacity to accept the need for, to make, and then to adjust to, major changes in our lives, our relationships, and our world.
The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 at 3:12 AM PST. As the Sun moves into Cardinal Capricorn it will sextile Neptune at 0 degrees Pisces, widely conjunct Pluto at 8 degrees Capricorn and square Uranus at 4 degrees Aries. The most interesting formation in the chart is the perfect YOD, or "Finger of God" pointing to Jupiter. The base of the Yod is the Saturn at 8 degrees Scorpio sextile Pluto at 8 degrees Capricorn. They are both quincunx Jupiter at 8 degrees Gemini, forming a triangle which appears to point towards Jupiter. This formation implies that the intense pressure to transform or change (Pluto/Saturn) our old habits and conditioning, challenges our faith (Jupiter) and trust in life. Thus, in that darkest day of the year, we must find a quiet space, muster our strength, and plant a seed for change that will carry us forward into a new cycle.
Interesting also is that while the Yod is very dominant, there is also an opposition between Jupiter and the personal planets, Venus and Mercury. It’s not as exact in aspect, yet the personal nature of those planets increases the likelihood that we will in fact, experience this Solstice event as personal and social in nature. Given the information from the Mayans, and the intuitive information so many conscious beings on the planet have received, this particular Solstice would be a very important time to spend with like-minded souls. Meditate together, celebrate together, make intentions to work together for a better world, one that focuses on the greater good of all, and not just individual accomplishment.
The entire holiday week between the Solstice and the New Moon on December 28 echoes this same theme, but gradually eases the pressure, so it is likely we can enjoy ourselves despite the dire state of so many of our fellow beings in the world. Doing something with others, for others, will be a most satisfying way of celebrating.
On December 28 at 2:21 AM PST we’ll have the Full Moon in Cancer. The Sun at 7 degrees Capricorn conjoins Pluto at 9 degrees, while the Moon is at 7 degrees Cancer. Uranus is a few degrees off the square, but can still weigh in at 4 degrees of Aries. Meanwhile, Saturn at 9 degrees Scorpio, is trine the Moon and sextile the Sun/Pluto conjunction. Add Chiron at 5 degrees Pisces, and we have a spectacular Kite formation! A Grand Trine in emotional water signs, plus the Sun/Pluto conjunction in practical earth. We can ground the fullness of our emotions in practical ideas.
Could this mean that the Full Moon astrology might reflect something practical and sensible emerging from the current fiscal stalemate in Congress? We can only hope.
Meanwhile, let the fullness of your own feelings nurture yourself and others. Take time to experience your own feelings of vulnerability around all the changes you sense in your world, and plan your “feet on the ground” approach to creatively deal with them. Talking with others about your vision will help you make strong intentions and stick to them.
The Moon is in dramatic, generous-hearted Leo for New Year’s Eve, and trine to Venus in Sagittarius, denoting enjoyment with friends! There have been enough somber notes played this month. Take a break and plan a fun evening with someone(s) you love!
Best wishes for 2013!