"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Full Moon Lunar Eclipse & Winter Solstice All Wrapped Up Together!

  The coming week is highlighted and over-shadowed by several celestial events on Tuesday, the 21st. A Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is a big deal all by itself... and then, throw in the Winter Solstice for added emphasis and we get a mighty powerful time indeed!  Making time to review the game plan for yourself in the coming year is what this energy is about. Think of this time as the doorway to the season of hibernation and an opportunity to go within to clarify how you  are doing with the goals you had previously set for yourself just two weeks ago at the New Moon. Are you taking some steps to move in the direction you want? Have you let go of unnecessary or unwanted influences that impede your progress? What new steps can you incorporate into your strategy for success?

  This kind of celestial occurrence, a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, doesn't happen often and just four days before Christmas... well, there may be a whole lot of un-wrapping to do!! To encapsulate, let me just say that this week's energy is about your inner Light and the willingness to do the work ahead of you to achieve what it is you think you want in order to have peace of mind. That's a mouthful, so let me break it down for you...

  The Moon has to do with our sense of security and the Sun with where we direct our energy. They also represent our feeling nature and our self-expression respectively. What we're really talking about here is how the inner and outer are reflected both in ourselves and as shown to us by others - that's what a Full Moon reveals to us. But when the inner Light is eclipsed by the Earth moving between the Sun and the Moon, a shadow is cast over us and we have to trust our feelings to find our way in the dark.

  No need to panic here, just a chance to really get in touch with your true feelings and eliminate what isn't working for you. The Moon will be at the last degree of Gemini, an Air sign having to do with communication and agreements and the Sun will be opposite at the last degree of Sagittarius, having to do with long-range goals, philosophy and expansion. Ask yourself, what remains unsaid or undone, that you may need to express or complete before starting over? Just a reminder here, Mercury, ruling Gemini, is still retrograde, so don't make new commitments just yet; adopt a wait-and-see attitude until the New Moon Solar Eclipse on January 4th.

  The Sun has been moving through the fiery sign of Sagittarius, expanding our visions of the future and our sense of hopefulness. As it enters Capricorn, at the Winter Solstice, when the night is longer than the day, we have to prepare to roll up our sleeves and do the work it takes to get what we want for job, career or social standing. Capricorn's ruling planet is Saturn, who asks for "just the facts ma'am"... and is presently wending his way slowly through Libra seeking balance and harmony in relationships. I like to think of Saturnine energy as the response-ability we have to have in order to work with others and attain our goals. And, especially in Libra, that may mean not always getting our way, but being ready, willing and able to participate, co-operate and do our part in maintaining the equilibrium.

  Other aspects Tuesday lend impact to what we potentially create and they are Mercury squaring off with Jupiter and harmonizing with Neptune. Jolly old St. Nick (Jupiter) may be in a generous mood, freely handing out hopes and wishes, but be wary of over-indulgence and/or making promises (Mercury) you are pretty sure you can't keep.  In other words, watch out for the kick in that eggnog!! Softening the impact is Mercury's connection to Neptune, reminding us that if we can't imagine it, we can't have it... go easy on yourself and others and don't stomp on anyone's dreams, especially your own.

  After the Moon opposes the Sun (full moon), on Tuesday, it has a void-of-course phase until it enters watery Cancer for the next two days, highlighting home, hearth and food, not to mention, the emotions. Then the Moon, which rules the public as well, enters into fun-loving Leo on Thursday where it stays until early Christmas morning, when it again becomes void-of-course as it makes it's last aspect to dreamy Neptune, making us want to stay in bed with visions of sugar-plums...etc., etc...before it moves into fastidious Virgo at 10:14 a.m. A healthy brunch is in order Christmas morning as Virgo rules over the digestive tract; also remember to keep handy a garbage bag for all the trash from wrapping paper, etc. because orderliness is the way to keep the peace for the next couple of days.

  I wish you all a happy, healthy and merrie Christmas with whatever blessings of family or friends you have in your life! As always, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!

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