A FULL MOON IN CANCER early on Christmas morning brings an emotional high tide. Whether we celebrate the holiday or not, all our hopes and fears around home and homeland can course through us like reindeer through the night sky. Let the memories float by rather than getting attached to any one thought — we’re processing so much of the world’s feelings as well as our own.
Over the weekend our imagination is stirred by seasonal magic and personal projection as Mercury challenges Neptune, an aspect which can either leave us a little weepy or willing to let the sugarplum fairies dance in our heads. It’s a lovely aspect for those tucked safely in a warm and cozy home, but can otherwise highlight our vulnerability.
Mercury in industrious Capricorn challenges Saturn on Sunday, and our work knocks on our psyche’s door. Let’s tend to what we have to, but give our friends and family, and our own deep need for renewal, the attention they deserve. We may need extra time alone to re-enter ourselves, even when we are with those we love. If jealousy or possessiveness show up at strange times, we can acknowledge these odd feelings and hold ourselves gently without letting them run the show. Our time together will be richer if we let everyone go to neutral corners when they need to.
Venus enters Sagittarius on Wednesday and can bring back a playful enthusiasm that was missing from most of December. Now is the time to go cross-country skiing and travel. The moon enters sociable Libra close to midnight on New Year’s Eve and brings our hearts to an egalitarian, social-justice loving, relationship-oriented New Year ahead.
FRIDAY, DEC. 25: Emotions run at high tide under an early full moon in domestic Cancer — we like our family traditions and rituals. We may have one foot in the past and one in the future this morning, but begin to arrive in the present this afternoon as Mercury trines upbeat Jupiter. The unexpected flickers as Uranus turns direct tonight.
SATURDAY, DEC. 26: Just when we’d like to curl up and rest, we must juggle competing needs and balance our responsibilities and desires. Communication glitches around suppertime need patience — figure out what information is really needed. Practice acceptance tonight.
SUNDAY, DEC. 27: The moon enters Leo this morning and encourages extroverted display. Work knocks on our door, but don’t use it as an excuse to disconnect emotionally.
MONDAY, DEC. 28: Look for a pleasant change of scene this morning as the moon trines Uranus. Be willing to engage in important but potentially difficult conversations as Mercury squares Mars; keep it focused and solution-oriented.
TUESDAY, DEC. 29: Walk in a winter wonderland. As the sun sextiles Neptune we’d rather be walking in our fantasies then grappling with problems on Earth, but we need to find time for both. Midday the Virgo moon reminds us of unfinished business.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30: Our hearts may ache early this morning as Venus challenges Pluto. Then the energy shifts as Venus enters Sagittarius. If we have felt stretched too thin our health may need extra attention. Midday complications smooth out toward dinnertime if we come back to what matters.
THURSDAY, DEC. 31: It’s time to reassess ourselves and our past year to prepare for New Year’s resolutions. Excitement begins to waft through the air as Venus challenges Uranus. Let’s roll with it, make the best of New Year’s Eve, forget about doing anything perfectly, and enjoy a sociable midnight as the moon enters friendly Libra.