Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - Heather Roan-Rob­bins

The moon waxes full

this week­end, bathing our world in cold win­ter moon­light in this dark­est week of the year. It’s a won­der­ful time to take a per­sonal re­treat and lis­ten to the trees in the wind, to the soul’s de­mands, and to the cries of the world. Come to a stop this Mer­cury ret­ro­grade sea­son, and then gear back up for the New Year.

The mood is gen­er­ally sweet this week un­til Mer­cury chal­lenges us: some mis­di­rected emails trip us up, a hol­i­day present ar­rives three sizes too small, or we feel mo­men­tar­ily mis­un­der­stood. We eas­ily tap into snarky en­ergy run­ning close to the sur­face as Mars con­juncts Pluto but can let it drop just as eas­ily.

For­give peo­ple their snits. Let ev­ery lit­tle chal­lenge be a bond­ing moment; our at­ti­tude of grat­i­tude will make the dif­fer­ence be­tween joy and dis­gruntle­ment. Mer­cury moves into Sagit­tar­ius and re­turns a taste of ca­sual, glit­tery cel­e­bra­tion to the sea­son.

The week­end be­gins cud­dly and prac­ti­cal; deal with ne­ces­si­ties and com­forts un­der a Tau­rus moon. Friends may be pos­ses­sive and need re­as­sur­ance. Mars con­juncts Pluto and adds power and de­ter­mi­na­tion — with a ma­nip­u­la­tive un­der­tone — once we get go­ing. We watch the power plays across the head­lines, but we can use this Mars-Pluto as­pect to be­come ef­fi­cient rather than con­trol­ling.

Sun­day through Mon­day night is great for a party un­der a vol­u­ble full Gem­ini moon. So­cial­ize now but don’t get over­tired. On Tues­day, the full Gem­ini moon is eclipsed at 1:15 a.m. and en­ters Can­cer an hour later; one story ends and a new one be­gins. The sun en­ters Capri­corn at 4:15 p.m., and we fo­cus on tra­di­tion and fam­ily. Peo­ple need to know they are ac­cepted for the con­tents of their hearts, not their pock­et­books.

Stay loose and be pre­pared to change minds and plans all week as Mer­cury squares Uranus. It is bet­ter to slow down, do less, and do it with heart or not at all.

Fri­day, Dec. 17:

Prac­ti­cal­i­ties de­mand at­ten­tion this moody, needy morn­ing. For­give so­cial awk­ward­ness and avoid aes­thetic de­ci­sions mid­day as the moon op­poses Venus. If con­ver­sa­tion lags this evening, bring up a con­tro­ver­sial topic.

Satur­day, Dec. 18:

The sun squares Uranus and brings sur­pris­ing switches and un­ex­pected hur­dles; be care­ful un­der pres­sure. In the af­ter­noon, our ef­forts feel cir­cu­lar, but evening sparkles as the moon en­ters Gem­ini. Ac­cept or send an in­vi­ta­tion.

Sun­day, Dec. 19:

Our nerves vi­brate if we get too busy, stretch­ing us thin. It’s hard to find the right words, so we tend to use a lot of them, and un­ex­pected in­for­ma­tion can pour out in the process.

Mon­day, Dec. 20:

Make the list and check it twice; find out who’s naughty and who’s late this snafu-filled day as Mer­cury squares Uranus. Con­front a mis­con­cep­tion. Break­throughs are pos­si­ble tonight if we’re hon­est.

Tues­day, Dec. 21:

Fig­ure out what changed overnight. Our en­ergy turns in­ward on this short­est day. Our chal­lenge is to make the present the best as pos­si­ble.

Thurs­day, Dec. 23:

Make cook­ies, work in a soup kitchen, or buy a bag of rice for the women’s shel­ter un­der this Can­cer moon. Mem­o­ries flicker; if this leaves us feel­ing sorry for our­selves while Mars semisquares Nep­tune, the best medicine is to help some­one else.

Wed­nes­day, Dec. 22:

A Leo moon adds sparkle to our cel­e­bra­tions and melo­drama to fam­ily ar­gu­ments. We can feel at loose ends. We see the early stages of some emo­tional drama or com­edy that plays out through­out the week­end. Let’s love with all our be­ing.

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