Consider this week an experiment in gratitude; notice how lovely it can be when we look for ways to feel grateful. We feel the wheel of life turning this year — be aware of who’s missing from the table, who may not be here next year, and who joins us for the first time as the sun conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn.
The weekend begins under a celebratory Leo moon. Christmas Eve is sociable and glittering. Christmas Day may be more brittle as the moon enters Virgo unless we can let go of the holiday ideal and maintain that attitude of gratitude. To feel our best, it helps to be indulgent on Christmas Eve and then take a break from rich holiday fare for a few days. If relatives get difficult, haul out the memories and find something in the past everyone can tell funny stories about.
For those not Christmas-prone, Friday is a great party night. The next three days are a wonderful time for taking personal health retreats, cleaning up our homes and acts, and preparing for the new year ahead.
The holidays are usually when family and friends gather across the generations, ostensibly to enjoy the company but often to judge how everyone is doing. We don’t need to bother with our pronouncements; this sun-Pluto conjunction has us doing our homework, pondering what we really came here to do.
The end of the week is lovely if we rest but frustrating if we stick to schedules as Mars squares Saturn and Mercury turns direct. The harder we work, the more tangled our efforts get. Consider waiting to buy or exchange any electronic gadgets. Next week is gangbusters as we take this week’s thoughtful reassessment and kick it into gear. For now, let’s relate, love, and let the inner worlds do their working.
Friday, Dec. 24: Morning starts frazzled and grows more productive as the Leo moon sextiles Saturn. Compliments smooth awkward expectations midday as the moon squares Venus. Evening sparkles if we stay out of our heads and into our hearts. Don’t take dear ones for granted.
Saturday, Dec. 25: Dreams of sugar plums dance this morning as the moon opposes Neptune. Midday, keep the mood loose and friendly, drop perfectholiday illusions, and enjoy the moment as the moon enters Virgo. Rest this afternoon. Deep connections are possible tonight as the moon trines the sun and Pluto.
Sunday, Dec. 26: It’s a day to assess our responsibilities. Clean up the environment as the Virgo moon trines Mars this morning. Give quiet room to process our deepest feelings as the sun conjuncts Pluto later. Build trust rather than test it. At dinnertime, communication hits snags as the moon squares Mercury; the flow returns later.
Monday, Dec. 27: A problem we thought solved may come back and need prompt attention. Our work and our relationships can feel at odds, but we do both better as balanced souls.
Tuesday, Dec. 28: Relax — nothing goes as planned. Relationships need extra attention and acceptance as Venus semisquares Pluto. Work around midafternoon antagonism.
Wednesday, Dec. 29: A sweet if confusing morning turns edgy midday as the moon enters broody Scorpio and Mars squares Saturn. Responsibilities and desires may collide. Keep priorities straight. Legs easily become injured; let all exercise be a meditation in dynamic safety.
Thursday, Dec. 30: Patience, patience. Any comment can be taken the wrong way, so smile and make kind gestures. An intransigent problem needs care now and effort later. The morning is tangled as Mercury turns direct. The afternoon unfolds slowly. Listen for new information and get clear on real feelings.