Pasatiempo - - STAR CODES - www.roan­rob­ Heather Roan Rob­bins

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.

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