SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT: The currents run deep this weekend; all can be well if we can feel the quiet inside and out. Find a way to share hearts without words — even more than presents. We need a moment of solitude to process feelings under this weekend’s Scorpio moon. We also can feel isolated, so let’s all bring someone who might otherwise feel lost or alone to our dinner table.
Mercury retrograde (from Dec. 19 to Jan. 8) increases the likelihood of misunderstandings, last minute snafus, and willful tugs of war. Kids may be feeling unusually private and not want to kiss strange relatives. Everyone resists being pushed into obligations, and our cranky response can become passive-aggressive with Venus and Mars in Pisces.
So don’t go there. Instead, speak with the heart and keep the agenda light. If people push and pull, feel their concerns and fears and cut them some slack. Walk away and take a moment alone if they escalate. And pad any schedule with time to locate lost items, fix broken things, and find the instructions.
A late dinner on Sunday looks like the easiest time for a big family shindig. As the moon enters upbeat Sagittarius, it brings us out of our shell, but also can introduce outrageously frank comments. Mars and Venus in Pisces can leave us unusually sensitive, so we need to speak with a light touch.
Now through New Year’s Eve it’s important to suspend the ordinary pace of life. The flow of energy has turned inward, and it’s time to reconnect with ourselves and strengthen our bonds with beloveds. Avoid analyzing relationships; make it safe to be sensitive with one another.
FRIDAY, DEC. 23: Single-minded focus can help us overcome obstacles and keep on track, but let’s not be more brusque than necessary, and prioritize reconnection with our roots, soul, and dear ones.
SATURDAY, DEC. 24: This could be a day for holiday miracles as Saturn trines Uranus. Something fundamental can change in our world or in our souls, but the direction it takes will be up to us. We may be absorbed in our memories on this first night of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve.
SUNDAY, DEC. 25: Emotions are a deep river; enjoy, but don’t crowd one another. Feel the potential healing of love and connective energy as Venus trines expansive Jupiter. Strange relatives, ugly sweaters, and offbeat friends will be more appreciated as the moon heads into Sagittarius tonight.
MONDAY, DEC. 26: Move and stretch today as the moon in active Sagittarius squares Mars. Keep an eye on world events, but balance this with family work. The afternoon calls for a nap or an escapist moment; tonight calls for dreaming together as Mercury sextiles intuitive Neptune.
TUESDAY, DEC. 27: We may hit the ground running and feel the need to get back to work as the sun sextiles Mars this morning. A new sense of responsibility and organization kicks in this afternoon; do gentle groundwork for next year’s dreams. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28: Assess decisions made this year and take stock of which were productive and which were dead ends. People are thoughtful, even grim or conniving on this strategic day. With self-responsibility, we can grow in wisdom under a Capricorn moon — right before tonight’s new moon.
THURSDAY, DEC. 29: Expect the unexpected. It’s good to mull over the future and tempting to launch a new project, but we need to wait until the second week in January to initiate the next chapter.