By Bernadette Evans
December is a month of celebration for some and introspection for others. We get to enjoy the holidays with the people we love while remembering our loved ones who are no longer with us. Projects that have been on the back burner are slow to get rolling, as Mercury is still Retrograde for a few days in December and takes a few weeks before gathering up enough steam to move forward. Continue with your preparations by writing down all the ideas that come to you and be patient, everything will happen in due time. In the meantime, enjoy all the rewards, the bounty that you do have right now and treasure these moments with your loved ones.
On Dec. 21, we celebrate the Winter Solstice; the day with the shortest amount of light and the longest amount of darkness in the Northern Hemisphere. The darkness gives us the opportunity to look within and discover new meanings, so that we will be renewed and refreshed when the Summer Solstice arrives.
When the New Moon is in Sagittarius, it asks us what we believe in, where do we put our faith? It speaks honestly and bluntly, sometimes getting itself into trouble. Traveling or going on an adventure in the spur of the moment is a possibility with the Sagittarius New Moon; as is going back to school to pursue a higher education.
Our Full Moon is in Cancer this month and asks us what we want to release. Cancer can be sensitive, intuitive, emotional and nurturing. What emotions do you need to release that may be keeping you stuck? Are there family matters that need releasing and healing? When we release these stuck emotions, we make room in our body/mind for new experiences. Healing can help you move forward in a more balanced and healthier mindset.
Saturday, December 1
When the Moon is in Libra, we’re looking for harmony, beauty and balance when connecting with others. Remember to balance the needs of others with your needs. Mercury Retrogrades back into Scorpio at 5:12 a.m.; conversations may run deep. Moon is VoC 8:34 a.m. for a few minutes until it enters the sign of Libra at 8:49 a.m.
Sunday, December 2
Venus enters Scorpio at 11:02 a.m. and is there for approximately five weeks. Venus in Scorpio may be passionate, intense, jealous and possessive; she can also be fiercely loyal and laser focused. You can use that passion and focus when building your relationships, it may facilitate something quite deep.
Monday, December 3
The Moon-Venus conjunction asks you to pay attention to what you love to do. Whatever it is, do it with enthusiasm and passion and bask in the sheer bliss of doing what you love. Moon VoC at 12:16 p.m. until 1:55 p.m. when it enters Scorpio.
Tuesday, December 4
You may be feeling emotional with the Moon in Scorpio trining Mars and Neptune. It takes courage to acknowledge buried feelings. Find the time to gain perspective and clarity when it comes to understanding your feelings.
Wednesday, December 5
You may want to immerse yourself in something artistic. The Sun-Neptune square can be a mash-up of desire and imagination that creates something magical. If the arts aren’t your thing, what other areas of your life could you enhance with a little imaginative juice? Moon VoC 3:53 p.m. until 8:49 p.m. when it enters the sign of Sagittarius.
Thursday, December 6
The atmosphere is friendly, sociable, and generous when Jupiter cozies up to the Moon. Pay attention that you don’t overdo it and burn yourselves out, by running from one social engagement to another. Mercury Stations Direct at 3:22 pm.
Friday, December 7
The Sagittarius New Moon speaks to us about knowledge. Whether we are pursuing a new subject that we’ve always been fascinated by or sharing our wisdom with others, there is joy to be found in both! New Moon at 1:20 a.m.
Saturday, December 8
The Moon in Capricorn can bring a slower, more grounded energy to the day. It can be good to plant our feet on the ground and be practical to finish our tasks. Who said being practical and resourceful isn’t sexy? Moon is VoC at 4:00 a.m. and enters Capricorn at 6:01 a.m.
Sunday, December 9
We can’t always find a solution when we are pushing against the problem. Take a breath, quiet your mind and go inward for the inspiration to solve the dilemma. You may suddenly see things from a different perspective with the Moon-Neptune sextile.
Monday, December 10
The Moon-Mercury sextile gives us an opportunity to put our ideas to practical use, they could yield some wonderful rewards. Moon VoC at 3:27 p.m. until it enters Aquarius at 5:39 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11
The Moon in Aquarius acknowledges its uniqueness, its desire for liberation and independence. You may feel your ideas are far too wild; too far out there for the general public with the Mercury-Uranus quincunx. Something is not quite clicking, you can taste it. It’s that close, but the idea is just out of reach. You keep making adjustment after adjustment.
Wednesday, December 12
Mercury enters the sign of Sagittarius at 5:43 p.m. When Mercury is in Sagittarius, we can explore new philosophies and ideologies. It’s a time of being direct and truthful. Some people may not appreciate the way you cut to the quick, you don’t suffer fools and say so.
Thursday, December 13
There may be disagreements today with the Moon-Mercury square. You may feel your voice is not being heard over the din of everyone else’s opinion. Retreat for a time and listen to your heart. Moon goes VoC at 4:20 a.m. until 6:40 a.m. when it enters Pisces.
Friday, December 14
Heightened sensitivities abound when the Moon conjuncts Neptune. Enjoy the day with friends, go dancing, play a game, get together for a paint night or see a movie. The shadow side is the potential of losing yourself in drugs or alcohol. You get to decide how to use the energy.
Saturday, December 15
The moon is void for most of the day in Pisces. You may be feeling some tension with the Moon-Sun square and have very little patience. Try to relax as everything will soon fall into place. Moon VoC at 5:49 a.m. until 6:44 p.m. when it enters Aries.
Sunday, December 16
Whether you’re teaming up with someone to work on a project or tapping into your own inspiration to create your own masterpiece when Venus sextiles Saturn, you have the opportunity to get results when you put in the time and work.
Monday, December 17
With the Moon-Pluto square, acting on a hunch or letting go of an old belief could be just what you need to bring about some change that could transform your life.
Tuesday, December 18
We may want to spoil ourselves by buying a beautiful pair of shoes or indulge in a decadent dessert when the Moon’s in Taurus. Everything slows down a little today and we get to enjoy the finer things in life. Moon VoC at 1:21 a.m. until 3:37 a.m. when it enters Taurus.
Wednesday, December 19
Your strength, passion and intensity may shine through for everyone to see with the Moon-Pluto trine. You’re sensitive to the emotional currents of the day and can be very persuasive when you want to. Moon VoC at 6:42 p.m. and is void for the rest of the evening.
Thursday, December 20
The Sun trines Uranus today which may be the reason we’re feeling inspired, energetic and enthusiastic. It feels as if the energies of the day have sped up and we have goals we still want to manifest. The Gemini Moon may mean we have many irons in the fire, just try not to be scattered. Moon enters Gemini at 8:34 a.m.
Friday, December 21
There are a lot of different energies floating around the Universe today, but first, let me say Happy Birthday, Capricorn! When Mercury conjuncts Jupiter, the ideas and conversations are flowing, so much so, you might not be able to turn off the faucet! Then add in the Venus-Neptune trine and it just makes for a fun night out with friends. Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! The Sun enters Capricorn at 4:23 p.m.
Saturday, December 22
Moon VoC at 8:21 a.m. until 10:28 a.m. when the Moon enters Cancer followed by our Full Moon at 11:49 a.m. You could be feeling extra sensitive, so a word of caution, try not to take offense to what others say, as well as take care you don’t hurt others when speaking. There’s a need to nurture ourselves today. We may be feeling nostalgic about family traditions and crave the comforts that only our family and home can provide.
Sunday, December 23
Are dreams of sugar cookies and other confections floating through your head? Why not use your creativity to make yummy cookies or do some beautiful gift wrapping for your loved ones? Enjoy the homey atmosphere, just remember to stay grounded and to have good boundaries. All the watery energy means we could be picking up other people’s feelings.
Monday, December 24
There may be moments of confusion or miscommunications when Mercury squares Neptune; maybe we’re not seeing something clearly. Don’t jump to any conclusions, ask for clarity on the situation or wait for the fog to lift. Moon VoC at 8:50 a.m. until 10:59 a.m. when it enters Leo.
Tuesday, December 25
Merry Christmas! The Moon is in generous and playful Leo all day. It’s wonderful spending time with family and friends, enjoying each other’s company and good food. Everyone is exuberant and bubbly and sometimes some of our relatives enjoy the limelight more than others. Be magnanimous and let them have their “15 minutes” if it keeps the peace.
Wednesday, December 26
Time to assemble toys, figure out how the new devices work and generally get organized, after all the festivities. What a great use of that Virgo Moon energy! You might want to plan an outing with friends or family; just don’t criticize other people’s ideas if someone else is the event planner for the day. Moon VoC at 9:37 a.m. until 11:50 a.m. when the Moon enters the sign of Virgo.
Thursday, December 27
With the Moon-Neptune opposition, we can be idealistic and possibly self-sacrificing. Tap into this fluid energy and you could emerge with some magnificent ideas that you could use in the real world for everyone’s benefit.
Friday, December 28
We have a push/pull with wanting to have a deep connection with another person, and the Venus-Pluto sextile may just give us that opportunity. Let go of control, open up your heart, and you never know who will show up. Moon VoC at 10:27 a.m. until it enters the Libra at 2:23 p.m.
Saturday, December 29
When Mars conjuncts Chiron, old wounds that you may not even be conscious of (or that you have been pushing down and ignoring) could create some internal pressure and you react explosively. Instead, look into the shadows of your soul, face your fears and allow the healing to take place. Pay attention to what you’re feeling, where it is in your body and what elicited the response in the first place and choose a healthy way to express it. Remember, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Sunday, December 30
Today calls for diplomacy, along with reasoning and logic in our relationships with the Moon in Libra. Communicate your ideas, your wisdom and be sure to let your colleagues share their knowledge as well. Cooperation and compromise can go a long way in maintaining good partnerships. Moon VoC at 4:53 p.m. until 7:23 p.m. when it enters Scorpio.
Monday, December 31
Celebrating and counting our blessings at the year’s end is a common tradition and it feels fitting to have the Sun-Moon sextile to do so. It’s also the perfect time to look back at all you accomplished this year; as well as thinking about what you want to create in the new year. Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! Mars enters Aries tonight at 8:20 p.m.
Bernadette Evans is a practicing astrologer, hypnotherapist, Registered Professional Counsellor and writer. She has studied with many great teachers, including Steven Forrest. She can be contacted at 780-289-7398 or Bbevans001@gmail.com.