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.