December Update With Joan Kiley

by Joan Kiley

Joan Kiley Astrologer

December always seems to me to be a potent month—the end of the calendar year, the month with the maximum amount of darkness, the Winter Solstice, and of course various other holidays with a lot of significance to many of us. If you think most Decembers are supposed to be busy, December 2010 will not disappoint.

We begin the month with the planet Mercury stationing. This means it has slowed down and is getting ready to go retrograde, which it will do on December 10th at 4:00 AM PST and then go direct again at 11:21 PM PST on December 29th. Any project you are planning to work on in December, you would do best to begin before the 10th. Projects actually started during the retrograde period can often times need major retooling, or a complete do over when Mercury goes direct. To make this particular retrograde period more interesting in regards to information and communication (Mercury’s forte), we take note that Mercury stations and goes retrograde conjoined with Pluto.

Pluto is the planet of power and intensity, the “brutal truth,” radical change, earthshaking events (both literally and figuratively), things formerly hidden being brought to light, and transformation, among other things. What has been happening in these very first days of December to bring hidden things to light? Information has been revealed that could certainly shake up the earth, politically speaking. We can hope the “truths” delivered by WikiLeaks ultimately bring about positive change. Given the timing with the Mercury retrograde period, we will no doubt still be talking about them 6 weeks from now when the direct Mercury reaches the degree it was in when the retrograde period began.

While Mercury continues to slow down, we will experience the New Moon in Sagittarius on December 5th at 9:37 AM PST. As with all New Moons this one is a time of new beginnings. Sagittarius inspires the spirit of adventure, perhaps a bit of impulsiveness, but with Mars still in Sagittarius, you’ll do better to put your body to work on an adventurous hike with that energy than to jump to conclusions about anything you may hear or read. Allow some time and patience for the full truth and implications to be revealed. Mars is square Uranus and Jupiter, so you may have some pent up energy, with insights coming in flashes, any time of day or night, including during your sleep. Take some notes.

Despite the season, don’t cram your schedule full of activity. Take some time to put your serious thoughts into planning and mapping out goals for yourself.

Another important event occurring this month is the planet Uranus moving from retrograde, where it spends about half its time, to direct motion. This also happens on December 5th, just hours after the New Moon! Called the Great Awakener, Uranus is the planet of liberation, breakthroughs, the unexpected and the urge for radical change. When paired, as it is now, with Jupiter, the planet of expansion and benefit, we can see how opportunities abound for huge changes in each of us, in the collective, and on the planet. Uranus is finalizing its seven year tour of the sign of Pisces, the sign of imagination, intuition, faith, sensitivity and sympathetic responses to others. The shadow side manifests as confusion, vagueness, and inability to assert the will or take a stand.

As Uranus goes direct in Pisces (Jupiter ruled) and the Sun and Moon are conjoined in Sagittarius (Jupiter ruled) it may be the moment we need to renew our faith, muster a little optimism and clarify our own personal truth. It’s important not to get bogged down in a loss of spirit, despite the confusing actions of those around us. The world is changing, and we can either shape and guide or stay in denial and fall behind.

December 20-21 marks another important point in the month. Three major events: 1) the Full Moon on December 21 at 12:14 AM PST; 2) the first total lunar eclipse since 2008, which starts just before midnight December 20; and 3) the Winter Solstice or the entry of the Sun into Capricorn, starting the season of Winter at 3:45 PM PST on December 21. Yes, a potent 24-hour period.

By the time of the Full Moon, Mercury has moved back into Sagittarius and conjuncts the Sun. Together they, plus the opposing Moon, form a T-Square to the Uranus/Jupiter conjunction, foreshadowing or mirroring a similar T-Square directly on the Aries point that we had last summer and will have again this coming spring. Yes, “the times they are a changin’.” If we are paying attention to our own inner life and the outer world, then we know we must remain adaptable, flexible, and be willing to make changes. Clinging to a paradigm or a lifestyle that is no longer sustainable will only create suffering.

Where do we fit into the world as it’s changing? Utilize the retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius to develop more mental agility by taking time for reflection. Pay attention to the insights at your disposal from the Uranus/Jupiter movement, and take the high road. Be prepared for the unexpected, especially if change is usually difficult for you. Be thoughtful and patient with yourself and others, for change is affecting us all, individually and collectively. If you wake up in the middle of the night December 13th or 14th, unable to sleep, step outside for the Geminid meteor showers. They might just help put things into perspective.

Best wishes to you all as the seasons change.