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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 

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 ;-) 

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