Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - Heather Roan Rob­bins www.roan­rob­

HAPPY WIN­TER SOL­STICE! Mon­day brings the long­est night of the year as the sun en­ters Capri­corn. Soon the days will grow longer with the prom­ise of hope through the year’s cold­est weeks, offering us one more year to make it or break it, and an­other chance to turn the tide.

Western tra­di­tions ask us to pause around the win­ter sol­stice to re­con­nect and re­new with friends and fam­ily, re­mem­ber our spir­i­tual path (what­ever that is), and pre­pare to launch that new year. But first, th­ese long­est nights may feel un­usu­ally dark this year.

Venus, now in in­ter­nal Scor­pio, en­cour­ages us to take some thought­ful time alone. Men­tal Mer­cury re­minds us of the un­set­tling sto­ries of our time as it con­juncts Pluto and squares Uranus this week. Look for in­tense de­bate around how we use and abuse the power of speech. On a per­sonal level, we may feel the anx­i­ety or weari­ness of the sea­sonal crunch, or be­come painfully aware of the changes in our fam­ily. Let’s check in with friends and take care of our­selves.

Af­ter an ac­tive and re­sis­tance-filled week­end un­der the Aries moon, we find com­fort and se­cu­rity more im­por­tant as the moon en­ters Tau­rus. We also may want to catch those last-minute sales, though we have too much to do with too lit­tle time. Let’s ac­cept what’s fea­si­ble and what’s not, and find the joy therein.

FRI­DAY, DEC. 18: We’re so ready for the week­end, feel­ing eas­ily over­whelmed, but get a sec­ond wind to en­liven the af­ter­noon as the moon en­ters Aries. We may want to stay proac­tive and fes­tive to ease anx­i­ety and skate over dark emo­tional wa­ters, but that could ac­tu­ally be ther­a­peu­tic.

SATUR­DAY, DEC. 19: Ex­pect emo­tional ex­tremes; the Mer­cury-Pluto con­junc­tion de­mands that we look deep within and at the dark places to fig­ure out what’s wrong. Don’t be­lieve a voice that says it’s no use; it’s a wor­thy ef­fort. The mood shifts tonight as long as we break our rou­tine.

SUN­DAY, DEC. 20: We can slip on ice or on a mis­un­der­stand­ing, so walk smoothly and ask good ques­tions as Mer­cury squares Uranus. Be pre­pared to deal with shock­ing news, sud­den and ques­tion­able de­ci­sions, or tricky me­chan­i­cal is­sues. Evening of­fers a more grounded, sen­sual vibe as the moon en­ters earthy Tau­rus.

MON­DAY, DEC. 21: On this short­est day with the palest light, we want to be cozy, feel safe, and eat cook­ies, or oth­er­wise work steadily and feed the senses. Just watch the temp­ta­tion to drown sor­rows in the spiked eg­gnog.

TUES­DAY, DEC. 22: The mood leans to­ward the earthy and so­cia­ble with a ma­te­ri­al­is­tic streak as the Tau­rus moon op­poses Venus. Mid­day we may be called to wit­ness for truth. Tonight the Gem­ini moon speeds up con­ver­sa­tion and trans­porta­tion, break­ing our fo­cus but feed­ing the hol­i­day spirit.

WED­NES­DAY, DEC. 23: Morn­ing can be busy and dis­jointed. Mid­day, if things just don’t go as planned, don’t get dis­cour­aged, but do keep mov­ing. Ad­just expectations and feel the free­dom. Tonight we have more ac­cess to friendly cre­ative so­lu­tions, and can for­give more eas­ily.

THURS­DAY, DEC. 24: The mood is rel­a­tively funny, flex­i­ble, and so­cia­ble as friendly Venus sex­tiles ex­pan­sive Jupiter, though we may still need mo­ments alone. Early tonight, we can sur­prise our­selves and truly enjoy time in the com­pany of fel­low souls, and then feel the need to tuck in at home or with our mem­o­ries as the moon en­ters do­mes­tic Can­cer.

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