STAR CODES

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - Heather Roan Rob­bins

This hol­i­day sea­son shim­mers cheer­fully over deep, rolling, bit­ter­sweet emo­tions. As Venus, the moon, and Mer­cury con­junct Pluto this week, we are asked to look into our col­lec­tive souls and ask what we want to do in the face of life and death. The stars want us come up with a good an­swer.

Pluto works in many ways to wake our hearts: We can re­mem­ber those who walked with us on hol­i­days past, feel the strug­gle for fair­ness in the face of re­cent loss around the world, or face some deep per­sonal con­cern. Moody lone­li­ness is a prob­lem un­less we con­sciously tap into Capricorn re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­pe­tence and be there for one another.

If we reach out to one another with authenticity, help out a char­ity, or support a neigh­bor, good things hap­pen. The glow re­turns.

The mood is gen­er­ally up­beat, im­pa­tient, and out­spo­ken from Fri­day through early Sun­day with the sun and moon in re­splen­dently hon­est and ac­tive Sagittarius. The en­ergy shifts rad­i­cally on Sun­day af­ter­noon as the sun and moon en­ter Capricorn. The new moon on win­ter sol­stice brings the dark­est, long­est night of the year. Our thoughts turn to safety, se­cu­rity, fa­mil­iar tra­di­tions, and fam­ily karma.

Tues­day night the moon en­ters so­cia­ble Aquarius and brings a re­ally ir­rev­er­ent and ec­cen­tric note. Re­spond to un­ex­pected op­por­tu­ni­ties, but play ev­ery­thing on the safe side as mo­bile Mer­cury con­juncts Pluto. Get there in one piece, even if it means run­ning off sched­ule. Choose safety, san­ity, and com­pas­sion and be­lieve that the pro­found changes we are be­gin­ning to see around the world can move us for­ward. Fri­day, Dec. 19: The mood is fast-paced, hon­est, se­ri­ous, and di­rect. Have a mo­ment of ca­ma­raderie while bustling through the day. Tonight the mood sparkles — if we are open. Satur­day, Dec. 20: The en­ergy is heart­felt, quick, and funny as Venus con­juncts Pluto and squares Uranus. Look for changes in al­liances. This is a great day for hol­i­day gath­er­ings, as long as we are will­ing to be real with one another. Sun­day, Dec. 21: Gather with ten­der com­mu­nity this af­ter­noon. The mood sud­denly turns quiet, deep, and per­sonal as the sun en­ters Capricorn at 5:03 p.m.; the moon fol­lows at 7:24 p.m. On this long­est night of the year, we be­gin a new cy­cle around foun­da­tions and roots. Mon­day, Dec. 22: This is a highly ef­fi­cient, if anx­ious, time. Tidy up de­tails, come to agree­ments, and use the next two days to clear the decks while keep­ing con­trol is­sues reined in. Tues­day, Dec. 23: Let down your guard and share bur­dens, with­out de­mand­ing that oth­ers help in a par­tic­u­lar way. Don’t hurry an­swers. If oth­ers be­come con­trol­ling, look for the anx­i­ety un­der­neath. Wed­nes­day, Dec. 24: It helps to cre­ate tan­gi­ble, prag­matic magic. The Aquarius moon helps us con­nect with friends and strangers. Con­tem­plate the ghosts of Christ­mas past as Mer­cury con­juncts Pluto near mid­night. Thurs­day, Dec. 25: We can feel time’s wa­ter rush­ing un­der the bridge and the wheel of life turn­ing. Mid­morn­ing is gen­tly gen­er­ous as the moon op­poses Jupiter, and the day grows more sen­ti­men­tal and maudlin as the moon en­ters Pisces tonight.

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