Like pencil lines measuring growing children on a kitchen door jam, holidays mark our progress. This Christmas Day could brim with warmth and bring up conflicting feelings as the sun conjuncts Pluto under a restless Aries moon, triggering a deep reassessment of our lives. We may wonder what it takes to make another round on the wheel of life and be grateful we’ve made it thus far.
This conjunction can also trigger some interesting power plays, like a grandmother strong-arming the family to visit and kids refusing to cooperate. Or it could trigger some intense transition that continues through New Year’s Day as Venus conjuncts Pluto and stimulates the whole family to rise to the occasion. The more leeway we allow for spontaneity and funny moments of acceptance, the more joyous a time it can be.
Mercury retrogrades on Saturday and asks us to slow down for a few weeks. Practice basic Mercury retrograde skills: confirm appointments, keep track of keys, keep schedules loose, and make contingency plans.
Early next week the mood grows less hectic and more heartfelt. As Venus conjuncts Pluto and then squares Saturn, we may be reminded of missing people or times gone by, and this can encourage us to love more than ever.
Midweek, it’s easy to talk about what we feel but harder to show it as Venus squares taciturn Saturn. We’re spread thin, mentally active, and easily distracted. Work or responsibilities can get in the way of our love life or our creative urges but must be honored now.
New Year’s Eve is unusually subdued; we’re not naturally outgoing as the Cancer moon opposes Pluto. We celebrate the end of a tough decade, but what we need more than a wild party is comfort, support, and a chance to share our vision for the New Year. Friday, Dec. 25: Everything seems magnified as the sun conjuncts Pluto. This afternoon, we get tired of reining in our individuality for others’ convenience as the Aries moon trines Mars. Tonight, prioritize safety and mutual acceptance. Saturday, Dec. 26: We are impatient in the morning but relax later as the moon enters Taurus and Mercury retrogrades. Don’t try to finish the conversation— just toss around ideas and let them ripen. Everything gets slower if we hurry. Sunday, Dec. 27: Play today like it’s an exercise of the soul and build some muscles. Responsibility is the point this morning. Later we do better when we get out of ourselves and focus on the larger purpose as Venus conjuncts Pluto. Monday, Dec. 28: Drop judgments and use irritation with others as a vehicle for self-improvement. In the afternoon, pierce the confusion or seek a healing vision as the moon squares Jupiter, Neptune, and Chiron. Relationships can feel tested or out of sync, but don’t take it personally. Tuesday, Dec. 29: Improve the situation and the mood as Venus squares Saturn. Talk things out; the past is easier to understand than the present. Mutual responsibility can heal a recently tested trust. Wednesday, Dec. 30: Plans change this morning as the moon squares Uranus. Impatience about the future can leave us easily irritated unless we own our real concerns. A doorway opens midday as the moon trines Jupiter. Coordinate carefully on this creative, confusing evening. Thursday, Dec. 31: Let little tribulations roll off our backs. We can review the past but can’t see very far ahead just yet. Comfort, support, and feed one another as a symbolic way of feeding the new year ahead.