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December 2017

Move Towards Mastery -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Jan.1st - Sun., Jan.7th , 2018.

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

First off: Happy New Year! We are entering 2018! Wow! Want to know what's in store for 2018? We will look at what's coming up for the whole year in more detail during my  Monthly Forecasting Forum on Jan. 3rd.  Feel free to join us --  you can register here

If you would like to join live, please keep in mind that registration will close an hour before the live event begins, if you register after 3pm EST on Wednesday you will receive the mp4-video presentation of the webinar. Please note thatwe will be talking about what's coming up in 2018 -- a look a head at the whole year!

This week's headline items: the Full Moon in Cancer becomes exact on Monday evening, Uranus comes to halt (ending its 5-month retrograde phase) on Tuesday late morning; Mars aligns with Jupiter in Scorpio on Saturday evening.

There will also be four Moon VoC phases this week: Monday very early morning until 3:10am EST, Tuesday early evening (for a little over 8.5 hours), Thursday early evening (for 9 hours), and Saturday late evening (for almost 9.5 hours). 

Monday (January 1st): the Moon remains in chatty, versatile Gemini and VoC until 3:10am EST. At that time, the Moon moves into protective, nurturing Cancer, where it will journey until Tuesday late evening. With this Moon placement, we are more sensitive to what people say and therefore our feelings are more easily hurt -- so be kind to yourself and others. Self-Care is key for the next two and half days ;-)

Emotional safety is important to us as well; we like connecting to the familiar and we enjoy nurturing ourselves and others -- home and family call to us, for instance. Make sure though, that your glass is filled before letting others drink from it, otherwise you might start to feel drained and resentful.This Moon placement also starts the build-up towards the Full Moon (exact later that evening). Click here to watch my Full Moon video
 
Monday evening, at 9:24pm EST, the Moon opposes the Sun (in 11.5 degrees of Cancer/Capricorn). As mentioned above, the entrance of the Moon into Cancer (Monday, very early in the morning) began the energetic build up towards this Full Moon

This will be another "Super" Full Moon! The Moon is at its closest point to the Earth and therefore the gravitational pull is stronger; we experience this on the physical, emotional and psychic levels.

Relationships of all kinds are highlighted during this time — but with this Full Moon, there is a particularly strong emphasis on family- and business-relationships. 

With the Sun in Capricorn for the past 1.5 weeks, we are looking for balance, and are more aware than ever that something needs to be brought back into alignment. The balance we seek is between the Capricorn-Cancer polarity.

Capricorn teaches us to honor all aspects of the physical world; it also urges us to create and build something of long-term use to everyone. Cancer, on the other hand,represents the formation of the emotional body and an understanding of our feelings and needs; this helps us navigate life by building an awareness of what is healthy or harmful to us.

In order to emerge as healthy beings, we need to be able to nurture ourselves and others, in part by taking care of our feelings and our "inner baby" (Cancer) — yet we also need to be able to evolve into responsible adults, able to provide for ourselves and others (Capricorn). 

Capricorn asks us to step into our power and mature to the point where we no longer need to look outside of ourselves for approval or validation -- to become the master of our own lives. 

Questions you can ask yourself: Am I more connected to what nurtures me -- or to my "shoulds"? Does my current environment support my inner growth? Does it provide me with nourishing bonds to others?

You could say that Cancer is about healthy roots, while Capricorn is about sharing the fruits of our labor -- and both signs represent feminine, receptive energies, that require of us to generate from the inside out.

As well as illuminating our path towards greater spiritual alignment, Full Moons illuminate the shadow side of each sign -- for the next two weeks, ask yourself these questions: Am I taking too little or too much responsibility in a particular area of my life? When do I have a tendency to blame, shame or feel guilty? Where do I tend to get defensive? Where do I need to set better boundaries?

In order to develop a healthy inner Capricorn, we must learn to listen to our feelings and honor our needs, rather than disregarding them. Only then can we build something of value and move towards mastery. 

Ask yourself (and as best as you can, be really honest with yourself): Where and when do I tend to look for permission outside of myself? In what moments of my life did I abdicate my authority, or project it onto others? How important is status, control or winning to me? 

Cancer seeks to create a sense of home and family, the experience of nourishing bonds, and surroundings that support our growth. Ask yourself: When do I have the tendency to hold on to the past? When do I resist change? What happens when I don't allow myself to feel my feelings? 

As we cultivate our inner life, our soul light builds and radiates out to nurture others; we ultimately discover that our true ‘home’ is actually the light inside our own heart. Feel free to also watch Full Moon/SuperMoon video

This Full Moon points to several energy patterns:

The first one is a Grand Trine in Water, involving the Moon in Cancer, Neptune in Pisces, and Mars/Jupiter in Scorpio. This brings a feminine emphasis towards the flow of compassion, psychic/intuitive sensing, and with it a desire for emotional fulfillment and empowerment within our relationships.

This Grand Trine will help us raise our vibrations, if we choose to do so; it will make it easier to embrace shadow issues and redefine them -- we get a chance to bring awareness and acceptance to any places in us that have felt closed off to the public, neglected, ignored. 

Seeking help from trusted support systems or healers during this process is not only recommended, it is also wise if we seek to heal our insecurities and those inner places of disconnect. So… for the next two weeks, ask yourself: What if I listened to myself, nurtured myself, treated myself with the respect, understanding and love I would show my dearest friend? What would I be guided to do? How might others benefit from that?

The second of those energy patterns is aStellium in Capricorn: the Sun aligns with Pluto, Venus and Saturn. As the third earth sign, Capricorn (at its highest vibration) seeks to create forms that are based on spiritual truths — that all matter is composed of energy, and it is our collective duty to use all energy responsibly. 

Ask yourself: What am I likely to manifest in my own world, given the energies that are part of my creative process every day?

We are being asked to bring conscious awareness to our essence and purpose (Pluto), to our roles, rules, responsibilities and boundaries (Saturn), and finally to our values and how we relate to ourselves and others (Venus). 

This provides an opportunity to truly align with what brings emotional and material security to our world. As best as you can, focus on dedication, wholeness and truth -- devote yourself to your true passions, to your heart. We are more likely to want to work towards a goal, to achieve things, give form to something in the external world that aligns with those values. 

Ask yourself: What lies between me and my Authentic Self? Can I actually find any such obstacle if I let go of memories and concepts, and just look here and now?

It’s also worth noting: Success and rewards will come in direct proportion to the amount of authentic passion, integrity and maturity we bring to the world. Ask yourself: Where do I need to commit more deeply to what really matters? How authentic am I when it comes to my long-term goals? How passionate? How truthful? 

And of course, as always when Cancer and Capricorn are involved: take baby-steps (or if you prefer "take it one day at a time" ;-) Ask yourself: Why would I sprint if I can get there at the perfect time by walking? Where does the urge for rushing or "getting there" come from? Is it based in fear or love? What if I brought 5% more self-love to every moment while working towards my achievement? Could I do that just by checking in with myself from time to time?

The third major energy pattern that this Full Moon points to is the Pluto/Uranus square -- which is only 5 degrees apart again, due to Uranus's Retrograde motion and station phase at the time of this Full Moon. As mentioned in these forecasts many times since 2011, this square is an invitation for us all to make a giant step forward, both individually and collectively — we are ready for major changes in our own lives and on a global level. 

This is all about each of us stepping up, stretching ourselves, making a difference, one by one -- we feel a deep inner need to create personal and global change -- we detect shifts in the world at large. Authenticity and individual self-expression are paramount. The meaning of "Leadership" is changing: We must all lead now, in our own lives and in the world, for the good of all.

Ask yourself: Where could I play a bigger game? Where am I being called to step up? 

This aspect carries an extra charge, because Uranus stations direct at 24 degrees of Arieson Jan. 2nd, only one day after the Full Moon becomes exact. It’s time to make a real (not merely cosmetic) change in at least one area of our life. Uranus in Aries exhorts us to be bold, think for ourselves, and not be dependent on external approval. 

Ask yourself: Am I expressing my individuality to the fullest? Am I connecting to a larger vision for my future? Is anything holding me back? 

If we insist on holding onto a job, relationship, or situation we have outgrown, an unexpected turn of events may force us to go in a new direction. Uranus stationed retrograde on August 3rd at 28.5° of Aries; reflect on the weeks around that date. Ask yourself: What needs to change in my life, small or large? What is asking for a quantum leap?

As best as you can, be brave enough to step out... This is also a great time to work with your own astrological chart, or seek other ways to elevate your consciousness, create your own reality and experience freedom from within. Ask yourself: Where do I feel the desire to break free? Where have I denied myself permission to be free? Unique? Simply "myself"?

With this much erratic energy moving through our bodies, we are best off staying in movement and "shaking it out". Flexibility, Courage, Self-Empowerment: these are the watchwords! Remember: what you do for you, you do for everyone… and what you do for everyone, you do for you!

Mars, the archetype of desire and courage, willpower and assertion, is in almost 15 degrees of Scorpio and is squaring the Moon Nodes, just as Jupiter did at the last Lunation. 

Squares mark turning points -- and this one is a turning point in our collective, spiritual journey. It's asking us to find a balance between feminine and masculine energies — when we look at this, taking Scorpio into account, we can see that we are actually being invited to transform our inner masculine. Ask yourself: What does assertiveness look like when fear is not present? How can we use our masculine energies in a empowering way? 

In order to get to a place of greater joy on an individual and collective level, one where we truly feel grateful for our lives, we need to first transform our approach towards passion, assertion, and leadership. 

Ask yourself: What does true leadership mean to me? Where might I locate this energy within me? If I found it, what might I do with it? What small (or large) steps could I take to empower myself and others in my various communities?

During this time of change and transformation, self-care is definitely worth our attention… Make sure you get plenty of rest, affection, water and healthy nutritious foods ;-)  

To sum it all up: Tap into your inner courage. Honor your feelings and needs, so you can build something of value -- and share the fruits of your labor with the world.  

Ask yourself: What might the balance lie between nurturing and self-care, versus achieving my goals? Am I doing what I want to do, or what I think I should do? As best as you can, be kind and gentle, compassionate, and accepting of yourself -- this will help balance the Cancer/Capricorn polarities. Again, feel free to also watch Full Moon/SuperMoon video

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 9-14 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Aries and Libra? If so, you are more affected by this month's Full Moon. 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).
 
Tuesday (Jan. 2nd): the Moon remains in protective, nurturing Cancer all day (see Monday very early morning for details). 
 
Tuesday early morning, an opportune Sun/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 4:37am EST. We started to feel this aspect from last Sunday on; it will remain strong until this Thursday. This aspect is an opportunity both to dissolve what no longer serves us, and to connect to our intuition. We definitely feel inspired. It’s also a great time to bring a sense of flow and faith to long-term plans.

Our capacity for compassion (both toward ourselves and others) is quite strong, especially if we are able to acknowledge it. Dreams and reality find a way to work together now -- any spiritual or creative endeavors that are started during this time will most likely do very well -- and it feels great to donate time or money to favored causes. 

Remember that this is an "opportunity" -- it isn't just handed to us, we have to make it happen.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 10-14 degrees of Capricorn, Pisces, Taurus or Scorpio? 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 Leo or Pisces (the Sun rules Leo; Neptune is the ruler of Pisces).
 
Tuesday morning, at 9:13am EST, Uranus comes to a halt in 24.5 degrees of Aries, turning direct again after its 5-month retrograde phase. We've had 5 months to reevaluate certain things: goals, group causes, issues around freedom. We've also reflected on our vision for the future, and where the obstacles to that vision might lie. 

We are now ready to take into the world all that we have learned and make some progress. Uranus will be back to its usual speed by Jan. 14th; at that point you could say its “Change or be changed” -- change is inevitable, so it might as well be change you’ve chosen consciously. Note that Uranus also rules electronics, technology and the internet; these may all be influenced by the planet's slower movement. 

Is your Sun sign or Ascendant in Aquarius? Or do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 22-27 degrees of Aries,Libra, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you will feel more connected to the Uranus station.
 
Tuesday at 5:46pm EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 8.5 hours, until 2:23am EST (Wednesday very early morning). Use this intuitive time to make adjustments and (as best as you can) find creative solutions to seemingly insoluble situations. Make space both for going after your vision and for taking care of emotional or family issues. 
 
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 Tuesday evening and night ahead of time ;-) 
 
Wednesday (Jan. 3rd): the Moon remains in protective, nurturing Cancer and VoC until 2:23am EST (see Monday very early morning for details). 
 
Wednesday at 2:23am EST, the Moon moves into fun and attention-loving Leo, where it will journey until Friday very early morning. We may lack objectivity and struggle with backing down or compromising. 

We all love to be admired -- or at the very least acknowledged -- for our greatness :-) So hand out some compliments -- let people know how proud you are of them, tell them how much you love them. Come from the heart in this and all other things... be honest and authentic, as best you can. 

Fun, games and romance are a big part of this energy as well. You might also enjoy spending time with little ones. If there are no "outer children" around, how about getting in touch with your "inner child" -- it's definitely easier for the next two days. What are you most grateful for today? What would be heaps and heaps of fun? What would be so much fun, you let out a tiny squeak, just thinking of it? 
 
Wednesday early afternoon, an opportune Venus/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 12:38pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Monday evening on; it will remain strong until Thursday night. This is an opportunity for compassion and kindness in our social and work-related interactions. We are more attuned to the subtleties of human interaction, and are more inclined to naturally cooperate with others. 

We tend to "feel" each other on an energetic level now, a sensitive approach is therefore recommended. This is also an opportunity for imaginative or romantic interactions. Remember: 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 10-14 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 Taurus, Libra or Pisces (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Neptune rules Pisces).
 
Thursday (Jan. 4th): the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo all day (see Wednesday very early morning for details). 
 
Thursday at 6:10pm EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for 9 hours, until 3:12am EST (Friday very early morning). During this intuitive time, have fun connecting with others and doing things that bring you joy — explore, take a risk. 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 Thursday evening and night ahead of time ;-) 
 
Friday (Jan. 5th): the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo and VoC until 3:12am EST (see Wednesday very early morning for details). 
 
Friday at 3:12am EST, the Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Sunday morning; turning our focus toward the practical and wholesome. We are generous with our time/services and we love to help others. We also have a fondness for science and anything that makes sense in our world -- things and knowledge we can apply and use. 

Health might come also into focus at this time. We notice the parts that make up the whole; this is a great time to see if our daily routines (eating, work, self-care, etc.) align with our long-term goals. 
 
Saturday (Jan. 6th): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Friday very early morning for details). 
 
Saturday evening, a harmonious Mercury/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 6:39pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday night on; it will remain strong until next week, Monday night (Jan. 8th) This aspect supports a connection between our higher mind and our day-to-day mind. We are able to receive inspiration from higher places and maybe even look into the future. We are able to communicate our vision for a better future; insights arise from these communications. 

Original, creative insights and ideas can appear out of nowhere; as best as you can, stay open to these unique "downloads" -- they might change how you see and proceed with life ;-) This is a good time to communicate online, engage in computer-related activities or scientific projects, and also for anything metaphysical. Group activities like Meetups are great things to be involved with right now -- especially if they allow us to share our vision for a better future.  

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 21-28 degrees of Sagittarius, Aries or Leo? If so, you will feel especially blessed by this connection. 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 is the ruler of Aquarius)
 
Also on Saturday evening, a Mars/Jupiter alignment in almost 18 degrees of Scorpio becomes exact at 7:39pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Monday evening on; it will remain strong until next week, Thursday evening (Jan. 11th). Mars's energy combines with Jupiter's expansiveness to increase our enthusiasm, liveliness, and optimism.

We enjoy travel, flying, the outdoors, competitive work, vigorous exercise and other Jupiter-ruled pursuits a lot more right now -- especially when they also happen to fit in with our deeper emotional desires for connection and the healing of old traumas. 

We are more likely to bring a self-confident "can-do" attitude, even a certain relish, to life's deeper issues -- and to any resources shared with others in areas where we exhibit a strong will to excel. We don't rest on our laurels: we keep going on to even bigger and better things. 

Particularly when it comes to intimate partnerships and shared financial matters, this could prove a very productive and busy time; indeed, given our capacity for skillfully handling a wide variety of tasks at the same time, we risk overextending. Don't worry: Just pace yourself and go after your goals in the most practical and precise manner you can muster... Tomorrow is another day ;-)

The last Mars/Jupiter conjunction took place on Oct 17th, 2015. What did you begin then? How could that now be deepened? What if that could now go to the next level? How might that come about?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 15-21 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Leo or Aquarius? 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 Aries or Sagittarius (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius)
 
Saturday at 9:51pm EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 9.5 hours, until 7:15am EST (Sunday morning). Do your best to use this intuitive time to make some adjustments in your life and find creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable situations. 

Make space both for looking at your life philosophies, and for organizing your daily routines. 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 Saturday late evening and night ahead of time ;-) 
 
Saturday late evening, a challenging Mercury/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 11:06pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday night on; it will remain strong until next week, Monday night (Jan. 8th). This combination might bring up some insecurities in our verbal, in-person or email interactions. 

That said, this could also be an opportunity for healing; we are energized to move past harsh criticism of ourselves or others, towards more loving and compassionate structures for thinking and communicating. As best as you can, stretch yourself -- and be open to bringing love and understanding to it all (and that includes you) :-) 

Due to Mercury's Retrograde phase in December, we are experiencing this particular aspect for the third time within the last 6 weeks (the first two times were between Nov. 21st -- 27th and Dec. 7th -- 12th.) As you look back to those time periods, ask yourself: Did any conversations bring up (or even trigger) wounds, hurts, or insecurities from the past? Did I have any insight about myself in regards to those wounds or insecurities? What steps am I ready to take now?

Take a look at my Chiron workshop for some healing and understanding about your own inner wounded child -- you can click here to purchase

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point or any personal planets in 22-28 degrees of Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo or Gemini? If so, you are more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini or Virgo (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo).
 
Sunday (Jan. 7th): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo and VoC until 7:15am EST (see Friday very early morning for details). 
 
Sunday at 7:15am EST, the Moon moves into relationship-oriented, harmony-seeking Libra, where it will journey until next week, Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 9th). The energy of the Libra Moon helps us be naturally courteous and diplomatic; we are more polite at this time, as we seek the approval of others. 

We very much want to maintain equal, fair relationships at this time, and are therefore open to making compromises and negotiating. These next two days are a great time for mediation -- but our need for peace and accompanying aversion to direct conflict could pull us to "yes" more easily than we might like. 

We may also be able see both sides of the equation so well that we can't make decisions. As best as you can, find an inner balance with this and communicate what needs to be said with grace and charm -- even if it's "No" ;-) One last quick note: this is also a great time for anything to do with visual arts. This Moon placement also starts the build-up towards the last Quarter Moon (which, will be exact Monday early evening...)
 
A head's up for next Monday (Jan. 8th): the Moon remains in relationship-oriented, harmony-seekingLibraall day (see Sunday morning for details). In the morning, an opportune Sun/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 7:07am EST. We started to feel this aspect from Saturday on; it will remain strong until Wednesday (Jan. 10th). In the late morning, an opportune Venus/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 11:13am EST. We started to feel this aspect from Saturday evening on; it will remain strong until Tuesday night (Jan.9th).  
 
Mid-afternoon, an opportune Mars/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 2:59pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Friday evening on; it will remain strong until Thursday evening (Jan. 11th). In the early evening, at 5:25pm EST, the Last Quarter Moon in Libra becomes exact. The Moon in Libra makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in Capricorn. We started to feel this aspect build from the moment the Moon entered Libra Sunday morning. More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

One Final Announcement:
Last chance to join me for my next FORECASTING FORUM, Wednesday, Jan. 3rd, 2018 at 1pmPST/ 4pm EST/9pm GMT (London-time). Please note thatwe will be talking about what's coming up in 2018 -- a look a head at the whole year!

If you want to know how to align yourself with the energies of 2018, join me live or sign up for the mp4-video presentation. Other than booking a reading with me, this is the highest level of support you can get -- and it's still only $24 for the 90-minute webinar. To register now, click here 

Here is a testimonial from one of our participants right after joining our most recent Forum:
Thank you for the last Forecasting Forum. Your explanation is always very easy to understand and I really appreciated it!  Also, thank you for mentioning my questions and answered them during the webinar!! Thanks a lot!!-- Keiko 

Have a fantastic week! 
Many blessings,
Sonja

PS: To apply my forecasts and videos to your own birth chart, watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read Your Birth Chart" and feel free to go to my Facebook Fan page for my daily forecasts ;-) 

Full Moon/ SuperMoon in Cancer Jan. 2018 -- Do you feel supported?

If you are seeing this page from a smart phone or device that doesn't support flash player, click here to watch my video directly on Youtube: https://youtu.be/_N03uZ8Iq7s

Join Sonja as she shares about several upcoming astrological events: 
* Full Moon/SuperMoon in 11.5º of Cancer (exact on Jan. 1st, 2018 at 9:24pm EST)
* Uranus is coming to a halt on Jan. 2nd, 2018, after a 5-month retrograde phase 
* A Grand Trine in the Water element: Moon, Neptune, Jupiter/Mars
* A Stellium in Capricorn: Sun, Pluto, Saturn and Venus
* Pluto/Uranus square
* Mars in almost 15 degrees of Scorpio squares the Moon Nodes in Leo/Aquarius

Are you more connected to what nurtures you -- or to your "shoulds"? 
Does your current environment support your inner growth?
What happens when you don't allow yourself to feel your feelings?

Do you have an Ascendant (or any personal planets) in 9-14 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Aries or Libra?

Feel free to also watch my Saturn in Capricorn webinar for more insight: To watch a 30-minute except, click here
To purchase the whole 90+ min. webinar for a more in depth understanding of how this will impact you personally, click here

Sonja's next MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM -- which is a 90-minute webinar -- will be on Wednesday, Jan 3rd, 2018 at 1pm PST/4pm EST/9pm GMT (London-time). We will take a look at what's ahead in 2018.

If you want to align yourself with the planetary movements in 2018, sign up to join the webinar live, or register to receive an mp4/video presentation within 24 hours of the live event. Other than booking a reading with Sonja, this is the maximum level of support she offers -- and it's only $24 for the 90-minute webinar. To register now, click here

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Daily Astrological posts & announcements for best time to set Intentions after each New Moon becomes exact:

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The Things We Value -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Dec. 25th - Sun., Dec. 31st, 2017

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

The theme of last week for me was "don't rush into anything, take it one moment at a time, and know that all is well" :-) Happy Holidays, everyone!

This week's headline items: Venus changes signs (from Sagittarius to Capricorn) on Monday, very early morning. The Uranus station intensifies on Tuesday, while the first Quarter Moon in Aries becomes exact early morning that same day. Mercury's station ends on Wednesday. 

There will also be four Moon VoC phases this week: Monday until 7:27pm EST, Wednesday late afternoon (for almost 9.5 hours), Friday morning (for 18.5 hours), and Sunday evening (for a little over 8.5 hours). 

Monday (December 25th): the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces and VoC until 7:27pm EST. This Moon placement often finds us more sensitive, intuitive, idealistic and imaginative than normal. We also have a greater capacity for compassion, sympathy and affection for all -- but especially for those who suffer or can be regarded as the underdog. 

But... that very idealism could also be our downfall at this time: We tend to see the best in everyone and everything, and when reality doesn't match our idyllic vision, we might feel upset and even victimized by those harsh realities. A way out of this is to channel our idealism into spiritual or creative endeavors. 

It's also a great time for releasing fears -- especially the ones based on a sense of separation -- and experiencing "oneness". Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them -- in fact, "going with the flow" is the best way to go for the next couple of days. 
 
Monday very early morning, at 12:26am EST, Venus changes signs from optimistic, adventurous Sagittarius to realistic, prestige-and-accomplishment-oriented Capricorn. Venus will be traveling through Capricorn until Jan. 18th, 2018. With this placement, our relationships tend to be more practical in nature: We see people for who they are and are not afraid to lay the facts on the table; we take things more seriously. 

We take our time warming up to others, appreciate maturity in relationships, and can make long-term commitments. There is a strong focus on business relationships. Venus is also connected to finances and the things we value; it’s therefore a perfect time to get serious and make long-term plans in these areas: As best as you can, get real about what comes in and what goes out ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra? If so, you will feel more serious and focused for the next 4 weeks; your heart will want to make practical, attainable long-term plans. If you are a Capricorn Sun-sign or Rising-sign, for as long as Venus is in your sign, you will attract more love, abundance and beauty into your life.
 
Monday early afternoon, a Venus/Saturn alignment in 0.5 degrees of Capricorn becomes exact at 12:55pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from last Friday on; it will remain strong until this Thursday. This alignment brings a sense of maturity and commitment to our relationships and the things we most value. Relationships feel stable and steady, although feelings are expressed reservedly, formally, or sparingly. 

We experience a new sense of realism in existing partnerships. A sense of duty may lead us to sacrifice a personal pleasure to a "cause" or long-term goal. 

We are ready to face any problems in personal relationships that have been swept under the carpet -- and they will likely surface. Renewed ties to old friends, business partners or lovers are possible, as is a new sense of responsibility in existing relationships. This is not the best time to start a brand-new relationship.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (MC) or personal planets in the following: 27-29 degrees of of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo, Pisces, or 0-4 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra? If so, you will feel the effects of this aspect more strongly than otherwise. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Capricorn (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn) 
 
Monday at 7:27pm EST, the Moon enters pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey until Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning. 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. This Moon placement starts the build up towards the first Quarter Moon (exact on Tuesday early morning).
 
Tuesday (Dec. 26th): the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day (see Monday evening for details).

Tuesday early morning, at 4:20am EST, the first Quarter Moon in almost 16 degrees of Aries becomes exact. We started to feel this aspect build from the moment the Moon entered Aries Monday evening. The Moon in pioneering, enthusiastic, fast-paced Aries makes a challenging aspect to the Sun practical, cautious, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn. 

We feel compelled to take action. Last week on Dec. 18th, the New Moon in Sagittarius was exact: "Seeds" planted then are probably "sprouting" by now -- and making their first real contact with the outside world. 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, go one breath at a time. Allow for changes, remain flexible (as much as possible), and find creative solutions for your day-to-day interactions with others.  

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 3-7 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra or Cancer? 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 inLeoorCancer(the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer)
 
Also on Tuesday, the Uranus station intensifies until Jan. 8th.It will come to a halt on Jan. 2nd (next week Tuesday) 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 22-27 degrees of Aries, Libra, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you are more affected by this station.
 
Wednesday (Dec. 27th): the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day (see Monday evening for details). 
 
Wednesday at 3:57pm EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 9.5 hours, until 1:23am EST (Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning). Use this intuitive time to connect to people that can enthusiastically support your projects and share with them what you have going on.
 
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 Wednesday late afternoon, evening and night ahead of time ;-)
 
Also on Wednesday, Mercury resumes its normal pace through the sky, ending its station. Communication and transportation is now back to “normal”, as are any associated gadgets, vehicles, etc. 

New ideas and information received during the Mercury retrograde phase (Dec. 3rd - 22nd) can now be reviewed. What did you discover about your inner dialogue -- especially when it comes to your perspective and attitudes about life — during that time? 
 
Thursday (Dec. 28th): the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries and VoC until 1:23am EST (see Monday evening for details). 
 
Thursday very early morning, a harmonious Mars/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 12:59am EST. We started to feel this aspect from last Friday night (Dec. 22nd) on; it will remain strong until next week Monday evening (Jan. 1st, 2018). This aspect brings the ability to endow what we feel passionate about with our creativity -- and connect it to a higher love. 

Our animalistic nature is able to connect to compassion and understanding. We can now bring light to all of our inner dark places; through loving ourselves, we can transform that darkness into the gift of feeling powerfully connected to ourselves. 

As this aspect is taking place in Scorpio and Pisces, we are connecting to our goals and dreams from an emotional place that is deeply spiritual and transformational. We are able to let go of our fears and attachments and are able to have faith that everything will turn out just as it needs to. 

Those of us who have their Ascendent (or personal planets) in 8-15 degrees of Scorpio, Pisces or Cancer will be touched in a particularly beautiful way by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Pisces (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Neptune rules Pisces)
 
Thursday at 1:23am EST, the Moon moves into steady, peaceful Taurus, where it will be until Saturday very early morning. We love all physical comforts, prefer consistency, and would rather stick with what we know works well. In other words: change is not our favorite thing and "rushing things" goes against our grain. What is our favorite thing for the next two days? It's probably, slowing down and getting in touch with whatever delights our senses ;-) 
 
Friday (Dec. 29th): the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus all day (see Thursday very early morning for details). 
 
Friday at 9:01am EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for 18.5 hours, until 3:31am EST (Saturday very early morning). Use this intuitive time to empower each other in regards to earthly issues and mutually support each other in practical ways. 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 Friday all day and night ahead of time ;-) 
 
Saturday (Dec. 30th): the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus and VoCuntil 3:31am EST (see Thursday very early morning for details).
 
Saturday at 3:31am EST, the Moon moves into chatty, versatile Gemini, where it will journey until Monday very early morning (Jan. 1st, 2018). For the next two days, we like to learn, connect and interact as much as possible. "Busy" feels good: connecting online, on the phone, or sharing face-to-face, preferably multi-tasking all the way... The one thing we can do without is boredom: If our mind is not engaged in some way, we might as well curl up and play dead :-) 
 
Sunday (Dec. 31st): the Moon remains in chatty, versatile Gemini all day (see Saturday very early morning for details).
 
Sunday at 6:38pm EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 8.5 hours, until 3:10am EST (Monday very early morning). Use this intuitive time to connect to others and share your vision -- or simply exchange information and move personal projects forward. 

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 Sunday evening and night ahead of time ;-)

Sunday night/Monday very early morning, at 3:10am EST, the Moon moves into protective, nurturing Cancer, where it will journey until Tuesday late evening. With this Moon placement, we are more sensitive to what people say and therefore our feelings are more easily hurt -- so be kind to yourself and others. Self-Care is key for the next two and half days ;-)

Emotional safety is important to us as well; we like connecting to the familiar and we enjoy nurturing ourselves and others -- home and family call to us, for instance. Make sure though, that your glass is filled before letting others drink from it, otherwise you might start to feel drained and resentful.This Moon placement also starts the build-up towards the Full Moon (exact on Monday evening). Click here to watch my Full Moon video (will be posted by Dec. 27th)
 
A head's up for nextMonday (Jan. 1st): theMoon remains in chatty, versatile Geminiand VoC until 3:10am EST (see Saturday very early morning for details). At that time, the Moon moves into protective, nurturing Cancer, where it will journey until Tuesday late evening. At 9:24pm EST, the Full Moon in 11.5 degrees of Cancer becomes exact. We started to feel this aspect build from the moment the Moon entered Cancer very early Monday morning. More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-)

One Last Announcement:
Join me for my upcoming FORECASTING FORUM, Wednesday, Jan. 3rd, 2018 at 1pmPST/ 4pm EST/9pm GMT (London-time). Please note thatwe will be talking about what's coming up in 2018 -- a look a head at the whole year!

If you want to know how to align yourself with the energies of 2018, join me live or sign up for the mp4-video presentation. Other than booking a reading with me, this is the highest level of support you can get -- and it's only $24 for the 90-minute webinar. To register now, click here 

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Have a fantastic week! 
Many blessings,
Sonja

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Saturn’s Journey through Capricorn until Dec. 2020!

Dec. 19th, 2017 at 11:49pm EST, Saturn changes signs from adventurous, truth-seeking and enthusiastic Sagittarius to practical, accomplishment-oriented and responsible Capricornwhere it will journey until Dec. 2020 (except for the period between March and July of 2020, when it will temporarily move into Aquarius, giving us preview of what’s to come beyond Capricorn)

Saturn feels quite comfortable in Capricorn, as that planet "rules" this earth sign; you might say that Capricorn and Saturn have a lot in common and understand each other.Here are some key characteristics that apply to both: 

Building long-lasting structures, diligence, effort, persistence in the face of no immediate rewards (i.e. deferred gratification), resilience, achievement, ambition, being goal-oriented, planning ahead, self-discipline, a mature, realistic approach, patience, hard work, integrity, manifestation through consistent application, setting heathy boundaries, focusing on what's within our control, taking our time, slowing down, karma (you reap what you sow), working towards becoming an authority of some kind... You get the idea :-)

So, between now and Dec. 2020, we are invited to look for practical applications for our ambitions. We may well be firming up our long-term goals -- this transit is a time to focus on building a secure foundation in our professional lives.

Saturn in Capricorn also reminds us that in order to build or bring forth our visions, we need to look at the practical implications -- we need to slow down and take our time, if we are to manifest something that can withstand the test of time -- something that is of value to society, not just to a few. 

However, before we can know exactly what path to take, we must know where we currently stand -- we have to be realistic about "where we're at" to know what steps to take. 

It's a time when we are working hard, taking on our fair share of duties and responsibilities, and either reaping some of the rewards of our hard work or facing the consequences of poor choices. We are invited, individually and collectively, to apply our newly refined ethics and life perspectives in a healthy and productive way. 

Think back to the period between Nov. 1988 and Feb. 1991 -- the last time Saturn made this journey: What did you accomplish back then, in regards to long-term goals, or the building of healthy foundations in your life? What area of life got a lot of your attention and focus in those days? Where did you have to apply yourself and have patience?

By the way, if you were born during that time period, you will experience your first "Saturn Return" within the next three years... (and if you were born between January, 1959 and January, 1962, you're coming up on your second Saturn Return).  

If you want to know how Saturn's journey in Capricorn will impact you personally in the next three years, feel free to purchase my 90+ minute webinar on the subject, click here or for a quick preview check out this 30-minute excerpt of the webinar
 
Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Capricorn or Aquarius? If so, you will most likely feel a greater sense of responsibility, a need to be more realistic, serious and mature.

The Wider View -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Dec. 18th - Sun., Dec. 24th, 2017

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 week, I allowed myself to notice that my feeling body cannot be managed by my desire to move forward and "get over it" -- rather, it needs compassion and acceptance to process and heal. It felt like quite a "Chiron-ish" week, if there is such a thing ;-) Another Chiron-related theme for the week was my bringing greater awareness to my emotional triggers and how I deal with them. I'm happy to say that I got lots of amazing support with all of this -- thank you, to all the angels in my life :-)

Before we get to this week's forecast:
I would like to share with you some important announcements for 2018. The first announcement is about my new Astrology Online Community that I am in the process of creating, the second announcement it about the Forecasting Forum in January 2018: a look ahead at the whole Year! Click here to watch a brief video for more details

This week's headline items: the New Moon in Sagittarius becomes exact on Monday, very early in the morning -- and the Chiron Station ends that day as well. Mercury begins its station-phase on Tuesday, and comes to a halt on Friday evening -- ending its 3-week retrograde phase. Saturn changes signs from Sagittarius to Capricorn, Tuesday late evening and Uranus begins its station-phase on Thursday -- slowing down and preparing to change direction. The Sun changes signs from Sagittarius to Capricorn on Thursday, late in the morning, marking the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. 

There will only be four Moon VoC phases this week: Monday morning (for 23 minutes), Wednesday late morning (for a little over 10.5 hours), Saturday early morning (for almost 4.5 hours), and Sunday late evening (for a little over 21.5 hours). 

Monday (December 18th): the Moon remains in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius until 8:33am EST.  
 
Sunday night/Monday very early morning, at 1:30am EST, the New Moon in 26.5 degrees of Sagittarius becomes exact.With the New Moon in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius, we seek to expand our day-to-day knowledge and look for the larger truth. Also feel free to watch my New Moon video on the subject

Ask yourself: What might I see if I zoomed out for the wider view? Does my life as it is now reflect my philosophy -- and vice versa?

The New Moon closely aligns with Saturn and Venus in Sagittarius, and Mercury is still retrograde in Sagittarius as well. This spurs us to question our assumptions. Ask yourself: What fundamental assumptions do I make about others? About life itself? Love? My relationships? What does my direct experience show me?

Take a look at your conditioning and programming too: What messages did I receive from my parents, teachers, religion, and culture? How does my actual experience differ from what I was taught? Where do I still follow old programming, rather than listening to the wisdom of my heart and soul?

Saturn is in its last degree of Sagittarius and is therefore exalted at the time of the New Moon; it will move into Capricorn until 2020, a little less than two days after this New Moon becomes exact! 

This heightens the universal request for us to take responsibility for our own perceptions and attitudes towards life -- to take a good look at our horizons and think again -- but this time, with maturity and realism. It directs us to discard outdated beliefs and determine our own indicators for progress, truth, and fulfillment.  

Ask yourself: What do I see from where I stand? What is my understanding about life? How has my perception of myself and my life changed in the last three years? 

If you want to know how Saturn's journey in Capricorn will impact you personally in the next three years, feel free to purchase my 90+ minute webinar on the subject, click here or for a quick preview check out this 30-minute excerpt of the webinar

The Sun and Moon in Sagittarius also trine Uranus in Aries and square Chiron in Pisces. 

The Trine to Uranus connects excitement to our vision for the future and our willingness to try something new and break away from "old" outdated ways of doing things. You could ask yourself: What if I took 5% more responsibility for my own reality? It ways could this be the key to creating a better future?

The Square to Chiron, aka the "Wounded Healer", is asking us to take a closer look at any old wounds and memories of shame or separation. If we get triggered, we can look to see where in the past the trigger originated; then, as best as we can, bring compassion and understanding to that wounded, shamed, or abandoned part of ourselves. 

As humans, we experience pain, shame, and separation, but can heal through the unconditional love and self-acceptance of the spirit-human alliance. Ask yourself: What might be possible if I was willing to just "be with" my insecurities and past wounding, without needing to fix them? What if my attempts to fix them was what was actually keeping me from seeing the divine perfection of it all?

Rather than looking to be saved, we are learning to ultimately embody our own divinity — to realize that we are all divine beings, and to live accordingly, knowing that everyone and everything is connected.

For those of you who want to have a better understanding of your personal healing journey, feel free to get the recording of my Chiron-workshop: "Healing with Astrology" Click here for more info

As the ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter features strongly in this New Moon chart; the planet is currently in Scorpio, making a trine to Neptune in Pisces and squaring the Moon Nodes.

Jupiter's Trine to Neptune supports the opening of our heart and mind to spiritual realities beyond the borders of our previous understandings. Neptune represents unconditional love -- this is not based on personality or preference, but on the remembrance that we are all one with the Cosmos, eternally exploring and evolving.

Neptune in Pisces asks us to have faith in the infinite support we receive every day from the universe — whether our mind understands it or not (what we understand with the mind is very different from what we comprehend with the heart).

Seeing through the illusion of separation from the divine is perhaps the greatest perspective shift of all. What might be possible if we allowed ourselves to glance past our filters and glimpse the truth of who we are? 

Jupiter in Scorpio also squares the Moon Nodes in Leo/Aquarius, asking us to share our deepest secrets, in order to help transform past traumas. We are being asked to take a 90-degree turn, to gain a new perspective, to explore different avenues, leading to different outcomes, especially in regards to our intimate relationships, our ability to connect on a deep emotional level, and in regards to sharing our resources with others.  

We are experiencing two quite different needs, pulling us in different directions: On the one hand, we want to focus on having more fun, joy and self-expression in our lives; on the other, we are asked to expand and learn about our inner experiences, our deeper issues — and to find a new perspective for who we are deep down, then communicate and share this, so we can shine consciousness and light on it.

In order to get to a place of greater joy on an individual level, one where we truly feel grateful for our lives, we need to first transform our perspective on old traumas and other deep issues from our past. 

If this New Moon had a core message, it would be: Honor old patterns and struggles while releasing your attachments to them. As best as you can, provide yourself with compassion and understanding -- embrace your humanity in all its extraordinary capabilities and in its healing capacity. Ask yourself: Why am I here? Where am I going? What beliefs call out for reassessment? What do I believe -- and what do I simply “know”? Where do I need to take a leap of faith... or simply trust? 

Be open to shifting your perceptions. Where have I made assumptions? Which one of my "filters" could I do without for a while, just as an exercise in freedom?  

Keep looking at what needs to heal and keep taking responsibility for the "deeper" issues in your life. Where am I being challenged to "be with what is"? What does "spiritual maturity" mean to me?  Again, feel free to watch my New Moon video on the subject

Do you have your Ascendant (or any personal planets) in 24-29 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo, Pisces? If so, you may feel the effects of this New Moon more strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign inLeoorCancer(the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).

The New Moon is also the best time to set some powerful intentions for this month's Moon cycle. Intentions are best done soon after the New Moon becomes exact -- and definitely not during a Moon void of course phase. So this month, the best time to set intentions would be any time between 1:30am until 8:10am EST Monday morning (Dec. 18th); and then again from 8:33am EST on Monday (Dec. 18th) until 1:30am EST Wednesday very early morning (Dec. 20th).
 
Monday at 8:10am EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for 23 minutes, until 8:33am EST.Use this intuitive time to focus on long-term projects that involve a truthful perspective or an adventure into the truth. 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.
 
Monday at 8:33am ESTthe Moon moves into practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn, where it will journey until Wednesday evening. We tend to be more realistic, serious, cautious; this can support practical endeavors and financial matters. 

Our ambition surges and brings with it a need for structure and planning; when you add in the pragmatism this aspect supports, you can see how this could be a very productive time for business and long-term goals. Our reputation becomes very important to us. 

As best as you can during this aspect, avoid "should-ing" on yourself. Take the pressure off, perhaps by saying "I am doing the best I can and that's all I can ever do" ;-)

Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn; it's still transiting through Sagittarius until Tuesday late evening, making this a great time to take a long, last look at our belief structures, explore limiting beliefs and bust through conditioned thought structures. It's also a great time to take a more serious look at the "meaning of life". 

As best as you can, be authentic about your beliefs: Do they actually match your direct experience of life -- as it is for you now, rather than 5 or 10 years ago? What is true as of now? What is not? 
 
Tuesday (Dec. 19th): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn all day (see Monday morning for details). If you haven't set your New Moon Intentions yet, today (Tuesday all day) is still time to do so during the most potent time... If you'd like some input on how to do that, check out this article -- you could also (re-)watch my New Moon video
 
Tuesday at 11:49pm EST, Saturn changes signs from adventurous, truth-seeking and enthusiastic Sagittarius to practical, accomplishment-oriented and responsible Capricorn, where it will journey until Dec., 2020 (except for the period between March and July of 2020, when it will temporarily move into Aquarius, giving us preview of what's to come beyond Capricorn)

Saturn feels quite comfortable in Capricorn, as that planet "rules" this earth sign; you might say that Capricorn and Saturn have a lot in common and understand each other.Here are some key characteristics that apply to both: 

Building long-lasting structures, diligence, effort, persistence in the face of no immediate rewards (i.e. deferred gratification), resilience, achievement, ambition, being goal-oriented, planning ahead, self-discipline, a mature, realistic approach, patience, hard work, integrity, manifestation through consistent application, setting heathy boundaries, focusing on what's within our control, taking our time, slowing down, karma (you reap what you sow), working towards becoming an authority of some kind... You get the idea :-)

So, between now and Dec. 2020, we are invited to look for practical applications for our ambitions. We may well be firming up our long-term goals -- this transit is a time to focus on building a secure foundation in our professional lives.

Saturn in Capricorn also reminds us that in order to build or bring forth our visions, we need to look at the practical implications -- we need to slow down and take our time, if we are to manifest something that can withstand the test of time -- something that is of value to society, not just to a few. 

However, before we can know exactly what path to take, we must know where we currently stand -- we have to be realistic about "where we're at" to know what steps to take. 

It's a time when we are working hard, taking on our fair share of duties and responsibilities, and either reaping some of the rewards of our hard work or facing the consequences of poor choices. We are invited, individually and collectively, to apply our newly refined ethics and life perspectives in a healthy and productive way. 

Think back to the period between Nov. 1988 and Feb. 1991 -- the last time Saturn made this journey: What did you accomplish back then, in regards to long-term goals, or the building of healthy foundations in your life? What area of life got a lot of your attention and focus in those days? Where did you have to apply yourself and have patience?

By the way, if you were born during that time period, you will experience your first "Saturn Return" within the next three years... (and if you were born between January, 1959 and January, 1962, you're coming up on your second Saturn Return).  

If you want to know how Saturn's journey in Capricorn will impact you personally in the next three years, feel free to purchase my 90+ minute webinar on the subject, click here or for a quick preview check out this 30-minute excerpt of the webinar.

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Capricorn or Aquarius? If so, you will most likely feel a greater sense of responsibility, a need to be more realistic, serious and mature.
 
Also on Tuesday, Mercury starts to slow down (station) in 13/14 degrees of Sagittarius, in preparation to come to a halt on Friday (Dec. 22nd) -- ending its 3-week retrograde phase. This station will last until Dec. 27th, and during this time, we will feel Mercury's energies more strongly. 

Pay attention to anything "in your face" in any of the following areas: communications, short travels, transportation of any kind, communication devices. You will get a chance to make adjustments once Mercury is moving direct again (to be more precise, during the shadow phase that follows -- for more details on Mercury Shadow Phases and Retrogrades, click here)

For the next 8 days, we might experience delays or misunderstandings; things could feel "off" or stagnant. It might be a good idea to give yourself some extra time when getting ready to go somewhere -- and that goes for the journey itself, too -- especially if you intend to drive or use public transportation. Going with the flow is definitely recommended at this time.  

Be extra-patient if you intend to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items, especially if they are transportation or communication devices like anything connected with planes, trains, cars, phones, computers, iPads, etc. Best of all (if possible): wait until after Jan. 10th, when the shadow phase is over.

Some of us will feel the effects of the Mercury station more than others: those of us who have Gemini or Virgo as our Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant); and those of us with personal planets in 13-14 degrees of Sagittarius,Gemini, Virgo or Pisces.
 
Wednesday (December 20th): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricornuntil 9:29pm EST (see Monday morning for details).
 
Wednesday at 10:37am EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 10.5 hours, until 9:29pm EST. You may be aware of two seemingly conflicting desires: On the one hand, a need for serious, diligent accomplishment -- and on the other, a desire to break free and rebel against obligations. 

As best as you can, take some breaks, and "let your freak flag fly" -- just for a moment -- and revel in it! 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 Wednesday (late morning until late evening) ahead of time ;-)
 
Wednesday mid-afternoon, a challenging Venus/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 2:10pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from last Sunday night on; it will remain strong until this Friday evening. This aspect asks us to stretch past injuries and insecurities in our relationships, self-worth and finances. If we can bring compassion and a different point of view to these issues, we will reach a new understanding of ourselves and our life journey.

We have the opportunity to learn from one another; ironically though, social insecurities can be magnified at this time. Whenever Chiron is involved, we are being asked to do some healing work. As best as you can, use this time to learn about your sore spots. Nobody is perfect: we all have our flaws and idiosyncrasies. It's ok.

If you get triggered by someone, as best as you can, take it as an opportunity to see where this trigger originated -- probably in your childhood. Bring love and compassion to yourself as you are, and as you were. Allow any feelings this may stir up in you. A feeling is just energy that wants to be experienced; it wants to move through us and out. 
The more we resist our feelings, the more we keep them spinning in place. As best as you can, move from the head to the heart. What might change, if you had 5% more compassion with yourself and others? What if you just decided to have faith in the healing process? 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following placements: 21-28 degrees of Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or Virgo? If so, you are more affected 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). 
 
Wednesday evening, a harmonious Venus/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 6:13pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from last Sunday night on; it will remain strong until this Friday evening. This aspect helps us to embrace all that is new and unusual in romance and finance. We are ready to experiment -- but not to commit. We have an offbeat, pleasant attitude and people are more willing to socialize. 

This is an especially good time for financial undertakings involving any of the following: technology and the internet; metaphysics; the arts; group activities. We lose our fear of taking risks at this time, this could be a good couple of days for the stock market indexes…or at the very least, an unpredictable one :-)

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 21-28 degrees of Sagittarius, Aries or Leo? If so, you will be most blessed 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)
 
Wednesday at 9:29pm EST, the Moon moves into freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius, where it will journey until Saturday late 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.
 
Thursday (December 21st): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Wednesday evening for details).
 
Thursday at 11:28am EST, the Sun changes signs from optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius to practical, accomplishment-oriented, status-oriented Capricorn. This also marks the shortest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere) and the beginning of Winter -- aka the Winter Solstice. 

The Solstices are important turning points that take place twice a year: They are energetic gateways for the summer or winter season to come through. Solstice Points are thus extra-potent times to set intentions and take part in ceremonies.
 
The Sun will journey through the sign of Capricorn until January 19th. Capricorn is a feet-on-the-ground, eyes-on-the-prize sign. As the Sun travels through it, we take a realistic, grounded approach to life; we know how to do things, and how to get things done. 

We have a stronger sense of society and its structure, and feel most secure when doing our part within that structure; as such, worldly recognition may take on more importance for us. Making plans for the future can be very effective right now. We are more risk-averse at this time but we are ready to work hard and focus on what is essential.

All this is especially true if you are a Leo or Capricorn Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Capricorn, you will feel a good dose of confidence and playfulness in the next four weeks; as a Leo, you are more cautious and practical than usual…working towards a realistic long-term goal might be just the thing for you to do.

Thursday late afternoon, a Sun/Saturn alignment in 0 degrees of Capricorn becomes exact at 4:08pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Monday on; it will remain strong until this Sunday. This alignment brings a more serious tone to our commitments with our long-term goals -- it's a time when we are called upon to "get real". 

This is especially true for long-term projects that require diligence and self-discipline, but also applies to anything that requires consistency and a mature approach. We are motivated by the desire to manifest tangible results. We are able to focus and work hard right now, especially if we have a goal in mind, welcoming a sense of discipline, structure or order. 

Recommended at this time: making new commitments to old goals, taking care of our responsibilities, making careful use of anything that's within our control 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career point (or any personal planets) in the following: 27-29 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo, Pisces or 0-3 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra? If so, you may feel the effects of this alignment more strongly.

Also on Thursday, Uranus begins to slow down -- it will come to a complete halt on Jan. 2nd, prior to starting its direct motion again after its 5-month retrograde phase. We will feel this stationuntil Jan. 14th; until then, anything connected to Uranus's energy will come into our awareness quite strongly; we are faced with this planet’s message. 

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 3.5 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 22-27 degrees of Aries, Libra, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you are more affected by this station.
 
Friday (December 22nd): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Wednesday evening for details).
 
Friday at 8:51pm EST, Mercury comes to a halt in 13 degrees of Sagittarius, and slowly starts its direct motionafter its 3-week retrograde phase. As best as you can, go with the flow, keep an open mind and pay attention to anything that is in your face right now -- you may need to address those issues again, when Mercury moves through its shadow phase…more on that later.

We are slowly ready to shift our focus back towards the outer world again, taking in new information and sharing from a new perspective. What did you learn about your inner dialog over the past 3 weeks? How might you share your findings in a healthy way with others? What needs to be addressed around your beliefs, perspectives, and attitudes towards life and other people?

When Mercury gets back to its regular speed (by Dec. 27th), communication and transportation will get back to normal; the same is true of any associated gadgets, vehicles, etc.

Some of us will feel the effects of this station more than others: those of us with Gemini or Virgo as our Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant) -- and those of us with personal planets (or angles) in 11-15 degrees of  Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo, or Pisces.

As you may recall, I mentioned Mercury shadow phases in this update a few weeks back: If you want to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items, it's best to avoid the periods shortly before and after Mercury goes retrograde. This is especially true if the items are connected to transportation (cars, plane tickets, etc.) or communication (phone, computer, iPad, etc.) This particular shadow phase ends on Jan. 10thClick here to read my blog on the subject.
 
Saturday (December 23rd): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius until 9:42am EST (see Wednesday evening for details).
 
Saturday at 5:13am EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 4.5 hours, until 9:42am EST. This is an intuitive time that presents an opportunity to connect to innovative ideas and unique world-views -- so if you can, connect with like-minded people and explore something new. 

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 Saturday morning ahead of time ;-)
 
Saturday at 9:42am EST, the Moon moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Monday evening. This Moon placement often finds us more sensitive, intuitive, idealistic and imaginative than normal. We also have a greater capacity for compassion, sympathy and affection for all -- but especially for those who suffer or can be regarded as the underdog. 

But... that very idealism could also be our downfall at this time: We tend to see the best in everyone and everything, and when reality doesn't match our idyllic vision, we might feel upset and even victimized by those harsh realities. A way out of this is to channel our idealism into spiritual or creative endeavors. 

It's also a great time for releasing fears -- especially the ones based on a sense of separation -- and experiencing "oneness". Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them -- in fact, "going with the flow" is the best way to go for the next couple of days. 

Sunday (December 24th):the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Saturday late morning for details).
 
Sunday at 9:48pm EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 21.5 hours, until 7:27pm EST (Monday evening). Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to connect to your higher Self, and if possible, bring a sense of flow and faith to your long-term plans -- especially those you feel really passionate about. 

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 Sunday night and Monday Day ahead of time ;-) 
 
A head's up for next Monday (Dec. 25th): the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces and VoC until 7:27pm EST (see Saturday late morning for details). At 12:26am EST, Venus moves from Sagittarius into Capricorn where it will journey until January 18th 2018. In early afternoon, a Venus/Saturn alignment in 0.5 degrees of Capricorn becomes exact at 12:55pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from last Friday on; it will remain strong until this Thursday. At 7:27pm EST, the Moon moves into Aries, where it will journey until Thursday very early morning. More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-)

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Sonja

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