Cosmic Weather Horoscope: December 2017 by Jane Lyle.
Thought for December:
“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.” – Dr. Carl Jung
December opens with intensity, and a shape-shifting full Moon in tricky Gemini.
Image: Illustration from ‘The Wonderful Adventures of Little Prince TooFat’ by Robert Lawson (1922)
The first few days of December pack four important cosmic patterns into a short space of time. It’s a dynamic, eventful start:
1) Sudden Actions: Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries
These are uncertain days, with impulsive acts and unexpected upheavals flagged up by the stand-off between warrior Mars and rebellious Uranus. This connection symbolises electrifying moments, sudden outbursts, and more than a whiff of excitement at best, accidents, fights, and danger at worst. Anyway, more haste, less speed – and take it easy. Alongside this, there’s the hallucinogenic supermoon – full on 3rd December – but heightening emotions and craziness from 1st to 5th December.
2) Gift from the Sea: Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces
‘The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach- waiting for a gift from the sea.’
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh, ‘Gift from the Sea’ (1955)
I’ve written about the beautiful potential of Jupiter and Neptune in the Cosmic Weather horoscope for November. It’s wonderful for creativity and spiritual adventures, yet generally very dodgy when it comes to delusions, financial bubbles, and unwise investments of love, cash, or belief.
In honour of this watery, magical astrology I’ve chosen the work of three mystical women artists for three of the illustrations this month. They are – Georgiana Houghton, Ethel Le Rossignol, and Hilma af Klint.
Jupiter and Neptune have all the glamorous allure and danger of fairy gold. This aspect repeats again exactly in May and August, 2018.
Image: ‘Glory be to God’ by Georgiana Houghton, artist and Victorian spirit medium (1814-1884) via Courtauld.ac.uk
3) Invisible Hands: Full Moon, Supermoon in Gemini, 3rd December 2017
‘Hardcore spirits have been exorcised with the vacuum cleaner of secular psychology, but what can we do if their invisible hand sometimes still wants to reach out to ours and shake it?’
- Marco Pasi, Associate Professor in History of Hermetic Philosophy, University of Amsterdam. From ‘The Hidden Hand, Tate Etc. Summer 2016’
Here’s a chaotic full Moon at 11 degrees of Gemini, spilling over with wild gossip, high spirits, and mesmerising words. Many of us will feel a little unhinged – mostly in a delightful way, I hope. December is full of magical folklore and ghostly tales, and this full Moon favours a few otherworldly Yuletide adventures.
This is a supermoon, closer to us here on Earth – with clear winter skies, it should look stunning. There’s much more about it in the Moon Diary.
Image: detail from ‘Wisdom, Harmony, Unity, Omnipresent God’ (1920-33) by Ethel Le Rossignol via Tate.org.uk/College of Psychic Studies, London
4) Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius
Mercury backtracks through the sign of travellers, philosophers, sportsmen and women, humorists and adventurers. I don’t think it bodes well for seamless holiday travel plans – strikes, cancellations, and other delays or hold-ups are very likely. Making careful plans, allowing plenty of time, and seeing the funny side should help.
Things tend to backfire when Mercury travels in reverse – and in Sagittarius this includes jokes, social media posts, and generally tactless remarks. Avoiding social media when intoxicated is always wise, and never more so than right now.
Mercury retrograde is always a helpful time to review things. If something needs more research, or a fresh point of view, now’s the time to tackle that.
Mercury is retrograde from 3rd December until 23rd December.
Traveller’s Tales: New Moon rises in Sagittarius, 26 degrees
This exciting, fiery new Moon offers inspiration for the month ahead, particularly over the next two weeks. It favours what’s unconventional, and loves spontaneity and the far horizons. The far horizons of your own imagination will be just as important as real-world travelling. There’s more in the Moon Diary.
Image: ‘Young Girl Holding a Fan’ by Simon Willem Maris (1873-1935) via Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands/Wikimedia Commons. PD
Saturn Comes Home to Capricorn
It’s an extremely important astrological moment, right on the cusp of the Winter Solstice. This is Saturn’s season, when the Roman Saturnalia meant that the god Saturn was unchained, and bacchanalian mayhem celebrated his temporary release from bondage. In 2017, Saturn enters the sign of the Sea Goat for the first time since 1988. Here, Saturn is rock solid – perfectly at home in the sign it rules, and master of earthly powers. Saturn in Capricorn will be part of our lives and culture until 2020.
Seven Saturn in Capricorn characteristics:
Ambition and love of status and social success
Hard work, veering towards workaholic habits
Eleven Saturn in Capricorn themes:
Building – strong foundations and lasting structures can be created
Budgeting – Saturn in Capricorn can be particularly frugal and risk averse.
Banking and finance – Saturn in Capricorn wants to see stricter controls and rules in these areas.
Authority – Saturn represents the archetypal, old-fashioned father-figure.
Science – Saturn is all about structure and foundations, so scientific work that examines these is favoured - for example, in physics, chemistry, and genetics.
Medical and archaeological research involving bones and fossils is also highlighted.
History and archaeology in general are favoured by Saturn in Capricorn.
Older people and the stories of our ancestors
There’s more about Saturn in Capricorn in the Cosmic Weather for 2018.
Winter Solstice - Sun enters Capricorn
Human beings have celebrated the Winter Solstice for thousands of years. The Sun dies, the Sun is reborn – it’s just such a powerful moment for life here on Earth.
This year, the astrological Capricorn flavour is strong. The Sun, Saturn, and Pluto are in Capricorn, joined by Venus on Christmas Day to make a serious line-up in this, the most serious of signs. It’s a dynamic Solstice season, favouring realistic, rational plans and ambitions. Yet Capricorn is also musical, has a quirky, often dry, sense of humour, and admires stylish glamour. The determined goat climbs, the fish-tailed part of Capricorn dips into the waters of wisdom and universal knowledge.
If you’re a December Capricorn, March Aries, June Cancerian, or September Libran this is a notable turning point time for you – now, and on into 2018.
Image: ‘Altarpiece nr 1, Group 10’ (1907), by Hilma af Klint, artist and mystic, via Wikimedia Commons
25th December: Happy Christmas!
We’re drawn to tales of the past, and the romance of wild places this Christmas.
Venus enters earthy Capricorn today, joining the Sun, Saturn, and Pluto in this dynamic cardinal sign. The Moon is in mystical, musical Pisces. In many ways, it’s a sentimental Yuletide holiday this year with a strong feeling for tradition and ritual.
2018 has much positive potential for quiet achievements and massively important changes in finance and politics. It will be a very tough year for those who resist restructuring and rebuilding – what needs reforming is already obvious, so if we can work with that, then changes can be made more constructively and have lasting value. As ever, we can always hope. Wishing you a very happy, fulfilling 2018!
Image: Illustration by Charles Robinson from ‘The Happy Prince and Other Tales’ by Oscar Wilde (1913). PD