|This monthly newsletter looks at the next New Moon and the main astrological activity over the coming lunar month.
The 24 hours immediately following any New Moon is a very powerful time for manifestation, so put out your intentions!
Full Moon in Cancer on Christmas Day - expect the unexpected!
& Mercury goes retro ...
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The New Moon on Fri 11 Dec falls in Sagittarius, bringing a fresh burst of enthusiasm for adventure and exploration, as well as the need to enjoy life to the full. This is a good time to start on a spiritual quest, a programme of study or overseas travel - anything that expands your horizons.
If your birthday falls close to the date of this New Moon, this marks an important year of new beginnings in your life, particularly with regard to your identity, your sense of self and your purpose in life.
If you have a planet at 19 degrees of Sagittarius (within a degree either side) this marks the beginning of a new cycle in whatever that planet symbolises (eg relationships for Venus).
Remember to put out your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 8.29pm AEST.
The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year (and the shortest night) in the southern hemisphere, when the Sun reaches its southernmost position overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn, named after the Sun’s passage into the zodiac sign of Capricorn on this day. This is the traditional mid-season time of celebration and feasting. In the northern hemisphere it is of course the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night. This year the solstice falls on Tues 22 Dec at 2.48pm Queensland time.
The Full Moon falls in Cancer on Christmas Day, an appropriately nurturing time focused on home and family. The Cancer Full Moon invites us to find a balance between the deep emotional connection of family, even if this is family of choice rather than blood, and outer, worldly achievement. This Full Moon also highlights our emotional attachment to the past – a time when deep feelings may be stirred again, giving us the opportunity to honour and release the past. This is an opportunity for us to reassess our unconscious, “autopilot” responses, and change any behaviour that is no longer appropriate. The Full Moon is exact at 9.11pm AEST.
Meanwhile Uranus comes to a standstill on the very same day, so this Full Moon is likely to usher in significant shifts in our awareness, maybe even pulling a few surprises on us. The catchphrase with Uranus is always: Expect the Unexpected!
Uranus is the Great Awakener, shaking up any sense we have of security or permanence. Uranus forces us into unexplored territory, and as it turns direct again for the next 7 months, that’s where we’re heading. Uranus brings new insights and a higher level of awareness, yet it can also be disruptive, shaking things to their very foundation - sometimes even bringing down the whole structure in the urge to bring about revolutionary change. In the words of Leonard Cohen, “there is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”. The more conscious we can be, and the more open we are to the changes that the Universe is demanding of us, the less disruptive this energy is likely to be.
As Uranus rules Aquarius, people born under this sign might feel like they are going nowhere for a while until Uranus picks up speed towards the end of Jan next year. If you are born around 6 April, or have 16 Aries strong in your chart, this Uranus standstill is likely to affect you deeply – a time to reflect on your own authenticity, your ability to be true to yourself, and a cosmic opportunity to reinvent yourself.
The lovers Venus and Mars begin this lunar month in the signs of Scorpio and Libra respectively, indicating a certain tension between them. In Scorpio, Venus relates with depth, intensity and passion, sometimes to the point of obsession. Meanwhile Mars in Libra is smooth, charming and diplomatic, a tad cool compared to the emotional depths of Venus. When Venus moves into Sagittarius on Wed 30 Dec, she becomes a free-spirited, fun-loving adventurer – much more fun for Mars in Libra to be with. It’s short-lived though, as he himself changes signs by going into Scorpio on Mon 4 Jan. Once again there is a clash of temperaments between the lovers.
Mercury goes retrograde on Tues 5 Jan for 3 weeks, bringing the potential for confusion, mistakes and delays. Double-check appointments and flight times, that you have your keys with you, and that messages get through OK. This is not a good time to make any major purchases or sign contracts, unless you’re prepared to revise your plans - or take purchases back to the shop - down the track. The upside of Mercury retro is that it is a great time to catch up on all your paperwork and reorganize so you can be more streamlined. Mercury goes direct again on Tues 26 Jan.
Looking ahead to next lunar month
The next New Moon falls in Capricorn on Sun 10 Jan 2016 at 11.30am AEST at 19 degrees Capricorn.
If you’d like to know how the astrological energies are affecting you personally in 2016, book a personal astrology consultation with me now.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year!
Times given are for Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), 10 hours ahead of GMT.
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