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How We Respond to the World -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Dec. 14th - Sun., Dec. 20th, 2015

Please note that all times given below are Eastern Standard Time -- to change the listed times to your own timezone, I recommend clicking here for the time and date converter

Last Friday's New Moon definitely had a very different energy to most... In fact, it was so extroverted and restless, it almost felt like a Full Moon. Communication, Feedback, Self-care, Perspectives: For the next two to four weeks, these will all be great to focus on and explore. How easy (or hard) will that be? One trap we could fall into would be Fear; another would be giving our power away. 

A major way we do this is by focusing on things we don't have control over. The one thing we definitely do have control over is "ourselves", particularly how we respond to the world and what we put out by thought, deed and energy. When we put more of our focus on ourselves, we can make a change much greater than we can imagine. "Be the change that you want to see in the world"... Do not underestimate the power you have!

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This week's headline items: on Tuesday, we can start to take actions on last week's New Moon Intentions; on Friday late morning, the first Quarter Moon in Pisces becomes exact. On Saturday, Mercury enters its two-week shadow phase (prior to going retrograde) and Uranus's station intensifies.  

There will also be four Moon VoC phases this week: Monday until 7:59am EST, Wednesday very early morning (for 10.5 hours), Friday late morning (for a little over 6 hours), and Sunday afternoon (for a little over 2 hours).  

Monday: the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn and VoC until 7:59am ESTAt that time, the Moon moves into freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius,where it will journey until Wednesday very early morning. The energy of the Aquarian Moon relates to our instinct for improvement. 

Reactions are more intellectual than emotional; interactions more impersonal than personal. We are likely to have an increased fascination with the new and unusual. Social gatherings, anything connected with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas and methods, progress: all these are promoted during the time the Moon moves through Aquarius. 

Again: we have our eyes on the future -- or on outer space :-) Personal freedom becomes paramount.

Monday late morning, a challenging Sun/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 2:40pm EST. We started feeling this aspect build from last Friday on; it will be strong until this Thursday. This aspect says “stretch and grow!”. There is a feeling of enthusiasm and excitement in the air; it almost seems as if we could move mountains. 

Awareness is key: Be alert for undue optimism, that could lead to overextending or over-promising: As best as you can, stay connected to what's real — avoid exaggerations, especially when it comes to personal goals. This is a time when we can accomplish quite a bit -- if we don't let ourselves get too overwhelmed by all the thoughts and possibilities flooding our consciousness. As best as you can, take it one moment at a time, staying grounded in reality. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 19-25 degrees of Sagittarius, Virgo, Gemini or Pisces? If so, you will be more aware of this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Sagittarius (the Sun rules Leo; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius). 

Monday mid afternoon, an opportune Mercury/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 2:40pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Sunday morning on; it will be strong until Tuesday evening. This is an opportunity to bring compassion and an intuitive approach to our thinking process. Having faith and connecting to our Higher Selves will be of service to us at this time. 

Any artistic or spiritual endeavors are likely to do better at this time. Music might help us with our thinking process and our ability to get things done. Let yourself be inspired! A book, a song, a movie, someone else's words… allow the Universe to speak to you. Open your mind to a higher vibration -- opportunities are openings; they aren't necessarily handed to us -- we have to "take" them and make something of them.

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 5-9 degrees of Capricorn, Pisces, Scorpio or Taurus? If so, you may be more aware of this opportunity.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Pisces (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Neptune rules Pisces).

Tuesday: the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Monday morning for details).

Tuesday: If you set intentions last week Friday or Saturday, after the New Moon became exact, todaywill be the best time to take relevant actions. If you wrote your intentions down, go back and take another look at what came through intuitively. If you didn’t write anything down, get quiet for a moment and check in with yourself: What actions are calling to you?

Wednesday: the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius until 12:45pm EST (see Monday morning for details).

Wednesday at 2:17am EST, we enter a 10.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 12:45pm EST. This is an intuitive time that presents an opportunity to connect to innovative ideas and unique worldviews. Let your vision change your perspective. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan the first half of your day ahead of time ;-) 

Wednesday at 12:45pm EST, the Moon moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Friday afternoon. The energy of the Pisces Moon bears on the need for connection to our higher selves. It can be a wistful, sensitive and compassionate time; we are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns. 

Boundaries and walls come down; we feel energetically connected to everything around us. As best as you can, therefore, be kind to yourself and others -- surround yourself with loving energy. It's a time best used for spiritual or creative endeavors and for dissolving our fears and doubts. Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them ;-) This also starts the build up towards the first Quarter Moon (exact on Friday late morning) 

Thursday: the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Wednesday early afternoon for details). 

Thursday morning, an opportune Venus/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 6:19am EST. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday on; it will be strong until Friday night. We are focused and confident. In fact, we have an opportunity to bring all of our passion to what we value most -- to build something with deep emotional intent -- and we likewise appreciate depth of feeling and authenticity in our dealings with others.  

This could also be a powerful and passionate time in our romantic relationships. We have the opportunity to build something long-term and bring a good dose of passion to that process. Remember: this is an "opportunity" -- opportunities aren't necessarily handed to us, we have to make them happen.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 12-17 degrees of Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces or Virgo? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Scorpio (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio)

Friday: the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces until 4:26pm EST (see Wednesday early afternoon for details). 

Friday at 10:14am EST, the first Quarter Moon in 26 degrees of Pisces becomes exact. We started to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Pisces on Wednesday early afternoon. The Moon in creative, sensitive, compassionate Pisces makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius. 

We feel compelled to take action. Last Friday saw the New Moon, on Dec. 11th. If we seeded a project or initiative around then, it is probably off the ground by now -- and facing its first obstacles. This is therefore a time to stretch and grow -- and create some forward momentum. We may feel anxious or unusually busy. As best as you can, take it one breath at a time. Allow for changes, remain flexible and find creative solutions in your day-to-day interactions with others. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 24-28 degrees of Pisces, Sagittarius, Virgo or Gemini? If so, you will feel the effects of this first Quarter Moon more strongly than otherwise. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer (the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).

At that same time (10:14am EST), we also enter a  Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts a little over 6-hours, until 4:26pm EST. We are pulled in two quite different directions: On the one hand, a desire for silence, emotional oneness, and creativity flowing through us... And on the other, a desire for actively exploration... Use this intuitive time to make adjustments and find creative solutions when it comes to these energies. 

As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan your "working day" ahead of time ;-) 

Friday at 4:26pm EST, the Moon enters pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey until Sunday evening.The energy of the Aries Moon bears on starting something new. Our gut impulses are strong; we feel energetic, spontaneous, enthusiastic and brave -- and perhaps impatient and impulsive. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity.

Friday late evening, a somewhat challenging Venus/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 10:56pm EST.We started to feel this aspect from Thursday evening on; it will be strong until Saturday night. This aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice… so we need to develop inner awareness. 

Learning to let go of the past means being willing to release relationships we have outgrown. Learning ways to abruptly alter our circumstances without emotional turmoil: This is the way Uranus’s energy urges us to grow. We need freedom within our relationships, not from them. 

It's also time to reevaluate the ways we imprison ourselves in protective behaviors and then rebel against them. While "Different" is not always "improved", change is essential to our evolutionary process. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 15-18 degrees of Scorpio or Aries? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aquarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Uranus rules Aquarius)

Saturday is a big day: the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day (see Friday afternoon for details).

Mercury enters a 2-week shadow phase today (Saturday), as it reaches almost 15 degree of Capricorn.This precedes the retrograde phase, which will begin on Jan. 5th. If you want to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items -- especially connected to transportation (cars, airline tickets, etc.) or communication devices (phone, computer, iPad, etc.) -- be aware of the shadow periods as well as the retrograde phases. 

If possible, get these things done before Mercury enters it's shadow or wait until after the shadow phases are over (in this case: Feb.14th). Of course, if there is something that must get done during these phases, don't put your whole life on hold, just because Mercury is retrograde or in it's shadow. Sometimes things line up exactly at the “right” time. As best as you can, trust your intuition ;-)

Saturday late morning, a harmonious Venus/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 10:26am EST. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday on, it will be strong until Monday of next week. This brings the ability for compassion and understanding towards others. We are able also to heal some wounds from the past. 

We are more willing to be vulnerable, trusting that the other person has our best interest at heart. We also more easily see beauty in human weaknesses, rather than concern ourselves with fault -- it's a strong time for seeing potential in one another. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following placements: 14-20 degrees of Scorpio, Pisces or Cancer? If so, you are more blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra).

Saturday afternoon, a Mercury/Pluto alignment in 14.5 degrees of Capricornbecomes exact at 1:56pm EST. We started feeling it build from Thursday on -- and it will be strong until Monday of next week. With this alignment, an all-or-nothing attitude is very likely. We have tremendous mental focus — which could tip into obsession. 

Choose love over fear whenever possible. Connect to the things you feel passionate about -- and connect to others, empowering them with your passions. As best as you can, choose your words carefully -- if possible, speak from that deeply connected and empowered place.

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 11-18 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Libra or Cancer? If so, you may feel more connected to this alignment. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Scorpio (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Pluto rules Scorpio)

Lastly, also on Saturday, the Uranus station intensifies until Dec.31st. It will come to a halt on Dec. 25th (next week Friday) after its 5-month retrograde phase. When an outer planet stations, its energy gets more pronounced -- we become more aware of its impact on us -- and this can sometimes cause discomfort. We are being asked to hang out with that discomfort until the planet's energy has picked up speed again (around Jan.5th). 

Uranus is all about breaking away from traditional structures, moving towards a new future, a future that serves others as well as ourselves. Keyword: Freedom. We might have flashes of insight or new ideas about what needs to change in our lives. Definitely expect the unexpected. 

Uranus also rules electronics, technology and the internet, so don't be surprised if you experience some interruptions or short-term failures in these areas. Group activities are also ruled by Uranus, so these will also be more at the forefront of our awareness. As best as you can, stay open and flexible, go with the flow -- and pay attention to those messages from the Universe ;-) 

As best as you can, take a closer look at whatever is "in your face" for the next 2 weeks. Our intuitions will be very strong during this time and we have access to sudden insights and ideas. This gives us the opportunity to take a look to see how free we actually feel. 

Are we expressing our individuality to the fullest? Are we connecting to a larger vision? Is anything holding us back? What did you discover about visions and freedoms these past 5 months?

Is your Sun-sign or Ascendant in Aquarius? Or do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 14-19 degrees of Aries, Libra, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you are more affected by this station.

Sunday: the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries until 7:13pm EST (see Friday afternoon for details).

Sunday at 5:01pm EST, we enter a  Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 2-hours, until 7:13pm EST. Use this intuitive time to enjoy some new and exciting activity -- but plan it beforehand (as always with a Moon VoC, try not to start anything brand-new). If that's not possible, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow.

Sunday at 7:13pm EST, the Moon moves into steady, peaceful Taurus, where it will journey until Tuesday evening. With the Moon in Taurus, we seek serenity, security, peace, comfort: The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. 

Our basic impulse is to relax, resist change, get comfortable: Life… slows… down... We may also be stubborn and materialistic under this influence. As best you can, stop and smell the roses during this time -- enjoy life and its offerings ;-) 

Sunday late evening, a challenging Mercury/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 10:07pm EST. We have been feeling this aspect build from Friday on; it will be strong until Tuesday evening. We'll want to think outside the box, to stretch our thinking. There might be a tendency to act suddenly, without thought or consideration. This aspect could also create some restlessness and unease. 

We may feel mental tension, irritation or worry, stemming from a need to rebel or be controversial. Our ideas -- the way we think and communicate -- might feel different or unusual at this time; we may have an urge to break out of obsolete mental patterns. 
 
We could also channel that nervous energy into constructive pursuits. Since we might want to challenge established thought (or play devil's advocate) it helps to get in touch with our inner truth. Take a deep breath every now and again and stay grounded in your body. Turn fear into excitement and drop into your heart… Give your mind the space to re-organize. 

We can't expect much of anything during this transit… except the unexpected! Routines and plans will likely face disruption; this could stimulate new approaches. Revelations and breakthroughs are quite likely at this time -- the best mind for dealing with this transit is an open one: As best as you can, go with the flow. Stay open to the new and wonderfully unexpected. 

Avoid making major decisions for the time being, especially if they are hasty ;-) You can think of this as "reorganizing" time for the mind, like moving your desk to a new location. Try not to resist the reorganization... Enjoy the ride.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-20 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Aquarius (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Uranus rules Aquarius)

A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus all day(see Sunday evening for details). An opportune Mercury/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 8:39am EST. We have been feeling this aspect build from Saturday night on; it will be strong until Tuesday evening of next week. At 11:48pm EST, the Sun changes signs from optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius to practical, accomplishment-oriented, status-oriented Capricorn, where it will journey until Jan. 20th. More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

Another Head's Up: DEAL OF THE MONTH! (available until Dec. 31st): Hint: This is great for anyone who wants to be able to read their own birth chart and understand their Soul's Journey more fully. click here to check it out 

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Have a fantastic week!  
Many blessings,
Sonja

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