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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 12/22/2011: Winter Solstice

More of the same from yesterday (read Tuesday’s forecast): Moon in Scorpio suggests the potential for depth of focus and emotion, combined with a need for knowledge for the sake of power and control.  No exact planetary aspects after 9:57AM ET until 12:30 AM Thursday — but we’re already feeling it.

The Sun begins its annual trek through Capricorn just after midnight tonight and we celebrate the Winter Solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, days will be getting longer and nights will be getting shorter. Hooray! Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season from an astrological point of view. The first day of each season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) corresponds with the first day (or first DEGREE) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called CARDINAL signs of the zodiac, with “cardinal” here suggesting (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  Cardinal signs take ACTION. They INITIATE. Nothing happens without ACTION. And action leads to  NECESSARY CHANGE. As in a change of seasons — suggested by solstices and equinoxes. Clear?

The first day of a  season is prominent in our culture, right? We make a big deal over it — yes? So can you see that in astrology, we observe that PLANETS that are at the first degree of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn), tend to pack a more powerful, prominent punch. They suggest ACTION which leads to CHANGE — prominently!

With the Sun in Capricorn, we are working with proactive, make-it-happen energy focused on societal, executive, corporate, patriarchal and governmental structures. On this particular Winter Solstice, we find the status quo disrupting planet URANUS in a tense challenge to that Capricorn Sun. And Uranus is at ZERO DEGREES of ARIES — the sign of the individual, the pioneer, the risk-taking, the leader, the inspiration, the spark, the warrior and the baby (to name a few keywords associated with Aries).  Do you think this is a planetary pattern that suggests things likely to HAPPEN? Yes! Just ask anyone you know born around the first day of Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn. Ask them what the past two years have been like for them. They won’t bore you!

Just a few days ago, Kim Jong Il was alive and well — and then — poof! Gone. Just like that. Things change! One day you’re fishing off the coast of the Japan, and the next day you’re homeless because your entire town has been washed away by a tsunami.  One day John Boehner is the Speaker of the House and the next day he’s leaving his wife for fitness guru Richard Simmons. OK, I don’t really see that one happening…but you get the idea of the erratic, unexpected, status quo-disrupting potential that is so…prominent in planetary patterns right now.

You may be feeling a build up of energy — but not sure where it’s going. That makes sense, given that we are in the dark side of the Moon. The New Moon — super super potent — happens Saturday morning at 1:06PM. Right now it’s a bit like the end of the last lunar cycle (recall November 22-24) when we had a ton of resources clamoring for a channel…but a lack of clarity on where exactly to direct it.

Wrap up your week and your New Moon agenda — and start brainstorming your intentions for January. We have a window of opportunity next month — no planets will be retrograde — so you want to make the most of it.  Also be alert. As my father once said, “the world needs more lerts”. More anon…

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 12/19/2011: Volatility

Moon entered people-pleasing Libra Sunday at 3:06AM ET, where efforts to be appreciated may have been dampened by a challenge between serious, disciplined Saturn and loving Venus…and also by a sudden jolt, flash of inspiration or break for independence several hours later.

Today, the only exact aspect is a stability-seeking connection between the Sun (life force) and Saturn. That should help expedite whatever lands on your desk this morning. However, note that Mars (constructive energy applied and/o anger, aggression) AND Pluto (depth of perspective & resourcefulness and/or explosive, vengeful, nefarious control freak from hell) continue to run wild, suggesting the potential for more than the usual amount of “if it bleeds, it leads” headlines too disturbing to reference in this forecast. If you read the headlines over the weekend, you know what I’m talking about.

Last month, when I first looked ahead to planetary patterns this week and next, I wondered what sudden, hugely prominent events and volatility we’d be seeing in the headlines. Why? Because the Sun (life force) is fast approaching the first degree of Capricorn, which corresponds to the Winter Solstice on December 22, AND it is challenged by intense, status quo-disrupting Uranus. Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are the signs that start the seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, respectively. A planet at the very beginning of those signs tends to command attention.

Interesting to note yesterday’s status quo-disrupting announcement of the death of North Korea’s Kim Jong Il. Already this news is inspiring “worry and anxiety”  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/20/world/asia/kim-jong-ils-death-inspires-anxiety.html?hp

Contrasting with the potential for upsets this week, other planetary patterns suggest peace, inspiration leading to soulful artistry and exuberant feelings of good cheer. Two of those patterns will be exact tomorrow. More anon….