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December 14 to 20, 2014


 

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This week's Moon phase
Planets in signs and in aspect
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This week's astrology calendar
Timing with the Moon
Romance & Relationship Report
Daily Trends


A LAST QUARTER Moon occurs on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 7:51 AM EST.

On Sunday morning, the Last Quarter Moon is exact, when the Sun in Sagittarius squares the Moon in Virgo. The Last Quarter Moon phase points to some sort of crisis of consciousness. After basking in the awareness symbolized by the full light of the Moon at the time of last week's Full Moon, we disperse our knowledge and come to a point when we need to sort out what works for us--and what doesn't--in preparation for next week's New Moon, when something new is born once again. This is not the best time to start a major project, as the decreasing light of the Moon symbolizes a descent into unconsciousness. It's time to begin finishing up the details of that which was conceived at the last New Moon on November 22nd. What revelations did you have last week? What did they mean for you? What can be done now?

This phase of the Moon occurs at 22 degrees and 26 minutes of Virgo square the Sun at 22 degrees and 26 minutes of Sagittarius, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 20 to 24 degrees of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) most significantly.

Moon phase cycle: Bigger picture:
Nov 22, 2014     7:32 AM  Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Nov 29, 2014     5:06 AM   Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Dec  6, 2014     7:27 AM  Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Dec 14, 2014     7:51 AM  Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Dec 21, 2014     8:36 PM  Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)

(Times are Eastern)


The Sun is in Sagittarius; Mercury is in Sagittarius until December 16th, when it enters Capricorn; Venus is in Capricorn; Mars is in Aquarius.

The Sun is in Sagittarius from November 22-December 21. With the Sun in Sagittarius, our focus shifts from the need for an intimate connection with a person and with ourselves, to the desire to reach out to the world and connect with something larger than ourselves. While the Sun moves through this fiery, mutable sign, we can take steps to increase our understanding and awareness of the world around us. We are more able to muster up the courage to expand our horizons and branch out into new ways of thinking. We can gain more confidence and optimism by focusing on the "big picture" as we move away from our focus on the details of mundane existence. Although we may be prone to overdoing our expectations, we have the opportunity to nurture our faith, hope, and vision under this influence.

Mercury is in Sagittarius from November 27-December 16. When Mercury is in Sagittarius, our thinking shifts from a need to plumb the depths of any given situation to the desire to learn about a wide range of topics. Ideals are sought, our thinking is more optimistic, and our faith increases. We are more equipped to believe and to persuade. What is fair and unfair concerns us most now. However, we are not always very precise under this influence.

Mercury is in Capricorn from December 16-January 4. When Mercury is in Capricorn, our thinking is methodical and our focus is sober and practical. It is easier to concentrate on the task at hand under this influence. Our conversations may be quite realistic or focused on business/practical matters. Our thought patterns and communication styles become more logical, orderly, and organized. We are more able to sort out what is relevant and essential. Realism enters the picture, our speech is no-nonsense, and precision becomes important to us. We need to be wary of becoming too rigid in our thinking. We may come across as cold or harsh. For some, there is fine line between realism and pessimism.

Venus is in Capricorn December 10-January 3. Getting serious about our finances and boosting our relations with business partners and/or co-workers will be easier than usual under this influence. Our talents for creating artistic structure and form are enhanced, and our ability to form connections with people who support our ambitions is increased. We value enduring connections, reliability, and faithfulness. We take expressing our feelings seriously, and we take our time to warm up to others. We generally keep our "cool" in relationships.

Mars is in Aquarius from December 4-January 12. Dynamic yet erratic energy levels, achieving our goals through hit or miss tactics, and impersonal expression of anger are characteristics of Mars in Aquarius. We are team players--cooperative and less concerned about personal power. We are attracted to unconventional methods, and tend to approach problems from an intellectual, detached perspective.

Saturn transits Scorpio from October 5, 2012 to December 23, 2014, and then from June 14 to September 17, 2015. Read about Saturn's transit through Scorpio here.

Saturn will transit Sagittarius from December 23, 2014, to June 14, 2015, and then from September 17, 2015 to December 20, 2017. Read about Saturn's transit through Sagittarius here.

Jupiter entered Leo on July 16th, where it will transit until August 11th, 2015. Read about Jupiter's transit through Leo here. Jupiter will transit Virgo from August 11, 2015 to September 9, 2016.

Uranus entered Aries on March 11th, 2011. The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong with Uranus in Aries.


Romance & Relationships

Venus is in Capricorn from December 10-January 3. Venus in Capricorn is a cycle in which security and stability in our relationships is paramount. We are more cautious with our emotions, and somewhat skeptical of both our own feelings and others' expressions of affection. Longevity is important to us under this influence. There is a formality to Capricorn that can make personal expressions seem awkward and forced. However, this cycle offers us the opportunity to consider some of the practical issues of our relations and to work on making our partnerships work in the real world. A dose of realism in our personal lives can help us to feel more grounded and secure in the long run.
 

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Venus, the Goddess of Love: Highlights in the Coming Week:


Venus in Capricorn December 10-January 3. Marry for money and then learn to love 'em: that's what your heart tells you now, as a new cycle gets underway in your life. Does that sound cynical? Maybe so - but it does reflect the yearning you feel for security and stability now, and it suggests the kind of compromises you may be willing to make to accomplish these objectives.
Venus sextile Neptune December 14. Unusual attractions that add imagination, inspiration, and emotional "color" to our lives may occur now. We are attuned to the subtleties of human interaction, and we are more inclined to naturally cooperate with others. An imaginative, romantic time.
Venus sesquiquadrate Jupiter December 16. We experience a strong desire for more pleasure in our lives, which can be excessive. Take care not to overstate your feelings or to set up unrealistic expectations in your partnerships.
Venus square Uranus December 20. We might have to deal with issues of freedom versus intimacy during this period. Peculiar or impulsive attractions are exciting, but unlikely to last very long. Treat them as passing fancies, and enjoy them while they last--but try to hold off on making any big decisions with regards to love today.
Venus conjunct Pluto December 20. An extraordinarily passionate time for relationships. We are focused and confident. There is a tendency to want--and to demand--a lot from a partnership or friendship. Powerful and uplifting time for romantic/sexual relationships. New insights into relationships and love. Strong attractions. Relationships begun under this influence are intense and passionate, deep and far from superficial, and can be quite possessive as well.
Venus sextile Chiron December 20-21. Love has the power to heal old wounds. We are open to romantic feelings and more willing to act upon them.


The Moon & Timing

The Void of Course Moon is the period of time after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters a new sign. During Void of Course Moon periods, it is generally wise to stick to routine rather than to begin new projects. The last aspect the Moon makes before changing signs is indicated here, and is indicative of the "outcome" of the matter (whether that is a new project begun before the void period, or the answer to a question in Horary Astrology). Void of Course in Horary Astrology: If you were asking a question and making a chart for the answer, as you do in Horary astrology, it is said that since the Moon is not looking forward to any more aspects in this sign, you would have to say that the answer is not forthcoming; any questions asked at this time would not come to pass. The Moon being Void is one of the Strictures against Judgment in Horary Astrology. 
 

The Void-of-Course Moon this Week:

Void-of-course Moon on Sunday, December 14th, from 9:11 PM EST, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Saturn), until the Moon enters Libra at 11:05 PM EST.

VOC Moon on Wednesday, December 17th, from 12:40 AM EST, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Scorpio at 9:52 AM EST.

VOC Moon on Friday, December 19th, from 4:12 PM EST, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to Saturn), until the Moon enters Sagittarius at 4:56 PM EST.

Void of Course Moon Table for December 2014:

Timing with the Moon - Better Periods this Week for Electing New Initiatives

The Moon is waning this week - a period that is generally considered unfavorable for new beginnings, with exceptions. (See Best Time to Start a Business for more details).

According to principles of timing with the Moon,

Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses:

 
Nov 16th:     2:05 AM                Neptune Direct
Nov 16th:     2:03 PM               Venus enters Sagittarius
Nov 22nd:     4:38 AM               Sun enters Sagittarius
Nov 23rd:     6:44 PM                Chiron Direct
Nov 27th:     9:26 PM               Mercury enters Sagittarius
Dec  4th:     6:57 PM               Mars enters Aquarius
Dec  8th:     3:41 PM                Jupiter Rx
Dec 10th:    11:42 AM               Venus enters Capricorn
Dec 16th:    10:53 PM               Mercury enters Capricorn
Dec 21st:     5:45 PM                Uranus Direct
Dec 21st:     6:03 PM               Sun enters Capricorn
Dec 23rd:    11:34 AM               Saturn enters Sagittarius
Jan  3rd:     9:48 AM               Venus enters Aquarius
Jan  4th:     8:08 PM               Mercury enters Aquarius
Jan 12th:     5:20 AM               Mars enters Pisces
Jan 20th:     4:43 AM               Sun enters Aquarius
Jan 21st:    10:54 AM                Mercury Rx

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See also: The Astrology of 2014 - Overview.

Note: Times given Eastern Time (ET).
 

This Week's Calendar

 

 

This Week's Aspects

Sunsemi-squareMars Sun semi-square Mars. Circumstances spur us into action. Aggressiveness and conflicts are possible now. As long as we channel the excess energy constructively, instead of wasting our time arguing, we can accomplish much. We may have "spring fever" now, no matter what the season! We could find ourselves driven by a restless desire to do something; but without a well-defined goal, we tend towards impulsive actions and get ourselves into needless arguments.

SuntrineJupiter Sun trine Jupiter. This influence is about growth and expansiveness. We are more aware of moral issues, and have a desire to improve and learn. Optimism and confidence are basic elements in the energy of this transit. We are more willing to take a risk or two, and we are motivated by a desire to impress others. Enthusiasm runs high, and cooperation comes easy. This is generally a good time to schedule new beginnings in business, education, personal relationships, marriage, creative projects, and so forth, all things equal.

VenussextileNeptune Venus sextile Neptune. We are more imaginative and attuned to the world of beauty and romance today. Gentleness with others is the best way to harness this energy. A "magical" time on a romantic and social level is possible now.

UranussquarePluto  Uranus square Pluto. This aspect can stimulate dissatisfaction with the way we've been living our lives, and with what we consider to be restrictions, whether these are internal or external ones. We may no longer be satisfied with superficial elements of our lives, humdrum routines, or situations that keep us feeling tied down or locked in. Buried feelings and motives can surface now, possibly erratically. Major changes can occur, and these help us to break out of monotony and to break bad habits. This is not the best time to make major commitments.

VenussesquiquadrateJupiter Venus sesquiquadrate Jupiter. We might take great strides to get noticed. Avoid impulsive buying. Problems in our personal life likely won't get resolved under this influence. Avoid hasty (or haughty!) decisions. We might overstate our feelings or promise more than we can deliver, and the tendency to overdo is strong.

MercurysextileNeptune Mercury sextile Neptune. Intuition runs high; we are more sensitive artistically; imagination is stirred; and we have an increased appreciation for subtleties. We are inspired and we are able to inspire others with our words.

VenussquareUranus Venus square Uranus. Values and tastes may clash, and group activities may suffer as a result. Impulsive attractions to both people and material goods can lead us astray. Avoid impulse buys at this time. Some instability, restlessness, and rebelliousness is probable in romantic relationships. We may not see eye to eye, and we might be taken off guard by unexpected events. This is not a favorable aspect for beauty treatments because they could have unexpected results. We may struggle with freedom versus intimacy issues at this time. Hold off on decision-making with regards to finances.

VenusPluto Venus conjunct Pluto. This is an "all or nothing" energy. We have the power of attraction at our disposal. Things shouldn't be forced, even though the desire to sway, coerce, and manipulate others may be present. Passions are strong and intense. There is a tendency to want--and to demand--a lot from a partnership or friendship. This is a time when we can be focused and confident, especially when it comes to handling business and finances, as well as with regards to love and partnership.

MarssextileUranus Mars sextile Uranus. This is a period in which we are more willing than usual to take risks and to make necessary changes in our lives. We are naturally bold and assertive, willing to experiment, and conscious of a need to act independently. Our ideas may be ground-breaking, and at the very least progressive. A strong desire to make things happen is with us now.

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Note: Times given in the table/calendar above are Eastern Time (ET).

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DECEMBER 14
The Sun is semi-square Mars early today, and we should watch for impatience. The Last Quarter Moon is exact this morning, and points to some sort of crisis of consciousness. After basking in the awareness symbolized by the full light of the Moon at the time of last week's Full Moon, we disperse our knowledge and come to a point when we need to sort out what works for us, and what doesn't, in preparation for next week's New Moon, when something new is born once again. This is not the best time to start a major project, as the decreasing light of the Moon symbolizes a descent into unconsciousness. The Sun trines Jupiter and Venus sextiles Neptune today. These positive influences stimulate our faith. We see the best in people, and in ourselves. With Sun-Jupiter, we may be trying to impress people, and with Venus-Neptune, we see beauty in imperfection. However, Uranus and Pluto are moving towards a square, exact early tomorrow, and tension can be in the air. We know we have to make changes, but we need a plan. The Moon is in Virgo until 11:05 PM EST, when it enters Libra.

A void of course Moon occurs from 9:11 PM EST, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Saturn), until the Moon enters Libra at 11:05 PM EST.

DECEMBER 15
Uranus squares Pluto early today. This aspect first occurred in June 2012, and is now nearing an end (it will perfect for the last time in March 2015). Uranus-Pluto can stimulate dissatisfaction with the way we've been living our lives, and with what we consider to be restrictions, whether these are internal or external ones. We may no longer be satisfied with superficial elements of our lives, humdrum routines, or situations that keep us feeling tied down or locked in. Buried feelings and motives can surface now, possibly erratically. Major changes can occur, and these help us to break out of monotony and to break bad habits. This is not the best time to make major commitments, however. The Moon is in Libra all day, harmonizing with Mars this afternoon, making it a good time for getting things done, particularly with others or a partner. Interactions can nevertheless be tense with the Moon playing into the Uranus-Pluto square early into the day tomorrow.

DECEMBER 16
 

DECEMBER 17
 

A void of course Moon occurs from 12:40 AM EST, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Scorpio at 9:52 AM EST.

DECEMBER 18
 

DECEMBER 19
 

A void of course Moon occurs from 4:12 PM EST, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a conjunction to Saturn), until the Moon enters Sagittarius at 4:56 PM EST.

DECEMBER 20
 

 

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Moon Signs This Week:
 

When the Moon is in Virgo

MoonVirgoWe instinctually gravitate towards practical activities under the influence of a Virgo Moon. In an urge to set things right, we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others. Health matters might come into focus. We notice the smaller parts that make up the whole, and instead of letting nagging details bother us, we might work on ironing them out so that we can feel more confident moving ahead.  

The Moon in Virgo generally favors the following activities: Mental pursuits, work activities, services, and routines. Activities that would benefit from tending to details.

When the Moon is in Libra

MoonLibraCreating order is the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others' approval is another.

The Moon in Libra generally favors the following activities: Relationship and partnership issues, activities involving teamwork and cooperation, activities that involve self-examination, activities related to beauty.

When the Moon is in Scorpio

MoonScorpioIntensity is what the Moon in Scorpio is all about. Whether it's passion, elation, sorrow, or desire, emotions are felt on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things, and we instinctively read between the lines. Superficiality won't work for us now. The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power, and it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. It can be an intimate and passionate time. Avoid manipulative tactics, brooding, and suspiciousness.

The Moon in Scorpio generally favors the following activities: Taxes, accounting, intimacy issues, psychological examinations, research, self-examination, getting rid of old things.

When the Moon is in Sagittarius

MoonSagittariusThe Moon is at her most optimistic and upbeat in Sagittarius. We are motivated by a need to seek the truth, and we are ready to pursue a new vision. We are not interested in details just now. Instead, we focus on the big picture. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. Spontaneity is the key. We may also be inclined toward overdoing and overstating. We don't want to plan ahead, and prefer to "wing it".

The Moon in Sagittarius generally favors the following activities: Adventurous activities that involve "winging it", travel, higher education, starting publishing projects, advertising, sports, physical activity.

 

When the Moon is in...Transits of the Moon through the Signs.

This Week's Planetary Positions By Sign (General Trends):

Sun in Sagittarius You're now embarking on a trek into a land of dreams - not passive daydreams, but vibrant visions of what may be. The time has come to stop looking at the world as it is and asking why. Now's the time to imagine the world as it could be, and the question has become: "Why not?" You also cannot do everything you imagine now, but you cannot do anything you don't KNOW you can do - so believe, and dare to make it happen! This means expanding your mind, your belief system, your whole base of knowledge and experience. Time's a wastin' - let no grass grow between your toes!

Mercury in Sagittarius A time of expanding your mental horizons is at hand. Religion, philosophy, law, and education are some of the things that may have special importance for you now. Being in touch with  faraway people and places satisfies an intellectual yearning - curiosity will take you anywhere and maybe everywhere.

Mercury in Capricorn Figuring out how to organize projects and people is apt to become a topic of special interest - and a challenge - at a time like this. Opinions are not enough for you now: they must be backed by authority or evidence, and above all they must have practical worth and application. A period of intense study and thought.

Venus in Capricorn Marry for money and then learn to love 'em: that's what your heart tells you now, as a new cycle gets underway in your life. Does that sound cynical? Maybe so - but it does reflect the yearning you feel for security and stability now, and it suggests the kind of compromises you may be willing to make to accomplish these objectives.

Mars in Aquarius The reformer, the inventor, the engineer, the revolutionary - these are important archetypes for you as a new cycle gets underway in your life. They are icons of the ambitions that stir you at a time like this. Independence, freedom from past patterns, and a daring readiness to innovate: such are the paths of achievement for you now.

Jupiter in Leo High drama, big romance, a creative bonanza: this is the stuff dreams are made of now. The world is your stage, the spotlight is your goal, and the love and appreciation of others is the air you breathe. Children, lovers, admirers: these are the people who figure large in your life as this cycle progresses. A willingness to gamble on the future.

Saturn in Scorpio This new cycle signals a need to recognize that there are powers beyond your control, that things are not what they seem on the surface. Trying to stay in control and on top only sets you up for a fall. There is a need for the resources of others. Failure to recognize this and deal with it can stop you in your tracks.

Uranus in Aries
A clean break with the past in some respects is signaled by the cycle you have just begun. What YOU need, YOUR freedom and independence, shattering old molds: these are the things that energize you and take priority in your life. Uniqueness and originality set you apart.

Neptune in Pisces Things spiritual and psychic take the driver's seat of your imagination as you begin a new cycle. The fine arts and all manner of fantasies assume a larger-than-life importance. Surrendering to fate, karma, and other powers greater than merely mortal may be seen as the ultimate liberation. If all is maya (illusion), what is the reality that gives rise to the world of appearances?

Pluto in Capricorn As this new phase dawns for you, the pursuit of social/political power and status has a way of seeming necessary and inevitable - and let nothing stand in its way. It starts out small, but has bigger consequences than you'd think. Ambition, responsibility, a place for everyone and everyone in their place...

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