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How Free Do You Feel? -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Dec. 19th - Sun., Dec. 25th, 2016

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 was very busy and exciting -- no doubt the Saturn/Uranus trine and the alignment between Mars, Jupiter and the Full Moon in Gemini, had something do with that...

This week's headline items:  on Monday morning, Mars changes signs (from Aquarius to Pisces) and Mercury comes to a halt. Tuesday: the Uranus station intensifies and the last Quarter Moon in Virgo becomes exact. Wednesday: the Sun changes signs from Sagittarius to Capricorn early in the morning, marking the Solstice. Finally, the Mercury Station ends on Friday and the Balsamic Moon phase begins on Sunday.

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Tuesday evening (for 44 minutes), Thursday afternoon (for 19 hours), and Saturday night/Sunday very early morning (for 20 hours). 

Monday (December 19th): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day. It will journey there until Tuesday evening; 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. 

Monday at 4:23am EST, Mars changes signs from freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius to creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Jan. 27th. Our physical energy may slow down at this time. Creative and spiritual endeavors are highly favored for the next 5.5 weeks -- this especially goes for music. Our passions will be more of a romantic nature, imagination will play a big role when connecting physically with others. 

Gentleness is key. The shadow side of this, is that our own aggression may be expressed less directly. Any form of assertiveness is likely to feel selfish or "wrong" on some level. Avoid victim-behavior by connecting to spirit. We feel a deep energetic and spiritual connection to others; charity work and altruism will be favored. Best to go with the flow for the next 5.5 weeks, paying attention to your energy levels.  

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Pisces? If so, you will feel energized by this placement. Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries? If so, you may feel the change of pace more strongly. Your physical energy may not be what it usually is. As best as you can, make the necessary adjustments.

Mercury comes to a still stand Monday morning (Dec. 19th), at 5:55am EST,in 15 degrees of Capricorn (starting its 3-week retrograde phase), slowing things down tremendously today and tomorrow. Give yourself extra time to go to work this morning or to get things done. If you are traveling today, just simply go with the flow… you'll get there... eventually ;-) The same is true when it comes to all our technological devices…
This retrograde phasewill last until Jan. 8th. People worry about Mercury retrogrades, but it’s important not to stop one's life during these times. As mentioned above, certain things may take longer -- but a retrograde gives us a chance to resolve things that have been keeping us from living our vision -- especially things that came up within the past three weeks. 

Take time to investigate your own thought processes: What feels too busy to you? What if you got really clear about that?

For the next three weeks, we get a chance to explore our long-term goals -- connecting from within to what we desire to build in the world and maybe even leave behind as a legacy. Another words, our planned public image and career. 

It's also a chance to re-address anything connected to business. This is an internal process -- working from the inside to the outside -- and provides a chance to honor and communicate our long-term goals. It's time to re-think, re-tool and release what no longer works.
As always: with Mercury retrograde, always read the small print -- and re-read a contract before signing (if you have to sign something) -- or ask another person for a second opinion... Basically, during these periods, it's best to be aware of any details that we might have overlooked... and check in with our intuition... and stay open to the possibility of renegotiation or adjustments, down the line! 

In general, Mercury Retrograde is a great time for re-evaluating and re-organizing. This is especially true for our thought patterns and decisions (particularly those made in the 3 weeks prior to the start of the retrograde) -- but it's true of our lives in general: we can reach a clearer understanding as to what works, and what doesn’t, and what needs to change. 

Reconnecting with old friends, clients and family members (especially siblings) is also favored at this time …
Mercury also represents our day-to-day mind; this too is experienced more internally at this time. When it comes to communication, make sure that what you say, write and hear is the same as the intended meaning -- and use the spell-checker ;-) 
Another thing to take into consideration: how does each Mercury retrograde phase affect your personal birth chart. Do you have any personal planets that Mercury will align with during its retrograde journey? The houses of your chart each represent different areas of your life -- which of the houses in your chart is affected by this retrograde?  

Watch our latest Monthly Forecasting Forum, to see how this particular Retrograde phase is affecting you personally. If you are interested, email us at: and write "Mercury Retrograde" into the subject line ;-)
As with any retrograde, some of us will be more affected than others, depending on how it interacts with our personal chart. That will be true if any of the following apply to you: Gemini or Virgo as your Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant) -- or your Ascendant, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 0-16 degrees of Capricorn, Libra, Aries, Cancer or 27-29 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo, Pisces.

Tuesday (Dec. 20th): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo until 9:40pm EST.

Tuesday at 8:56pm EST, the last Quarter Moon in almost 29 degrees of Virgo becomes exact. We start to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Virgo, last Sunday. The Moon in detail-oriented, helpful and practical Virgo makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius. This may bring challenges; however, it also energizes us to face what demands completion or change.

This Moon phase brings us closer to Dec.29th, which will bring the New Moon in Capricorn. During the last Quarter Moon, we are better served by reviewing those projects we began around the last New Moon -- in this case, that would be Nov. 29th -- as opposed to launching new ones. Out of those projects, what needs last-minute adjustments? What did you discover since then? What did it mean for you? 

As best as you can, find creative solutions for anything that comes up (whether internally, or with others).

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following: 27-29 degrees of Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces, or 0-1 degrees of Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn? If so, you will feel this month's last Quarter Moon quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer, since the Sun rules Leo and the Moon rules Cancer.

Also at 8:56pm EST, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for 44 minutes, until 9:40pm EST. Use this intuitive time to make some adjustments in your life. As best as you can, find creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable situations. 

Make space both for exploring new avenues, and taking care of daily routines or your health. 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. 

Tuesday at 9:40pm EST, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Friday morning. 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. 

Also on Tuesday, the Uranus station intensifies until Jan. 6th. It will come to a complete halt on Dec. 29th in 20.5 degrees of Aries, and ends its 5-month retrograde phase. When an outer planet stations, its energy gets more pronounced, and this can sometimes cause discomfort. We are being asked to hang out with that discomfort until the planet's energy picks up speed again around Jan. 8th. 

Definitely expect the unexpected. Uranus is all about breaking away from traditional structures and moving towards a new future -- one that serves others as well as ourselves. Its keyword is "Freedom": this aspect provides an opportunity to discover how free we actually feel. So... how free do you feel? ;-)

As best as you can for the next three weeks, pull whatever is "in your face" even closer and take a good long look at it: our intuition will be very strong and deliver sudden insights and ideas, especially around what needs to change in our lives. What if you expressed your individuality to the fullest? What does the "larger vision" look like? Where is the obstacle?

Uranus also rules electronics, technology and the internet -- so don't be surprised by interruptions or short-term failures in these areas. Group activities are likewise ruled by Uranus, so these will move more to the forefront of awareness. 

As best as you can during this aspect, stay open and flexible, go with the flow -- and pay attention to messages from the Universe ;-)

Is your Sun-sign or Ascendant in Aquarius? Or perhaps your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 19-23 degrees of Aries, Libra, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you are more affected by this station.

Wednesday (Dec. 21st): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Tuesday evening for details).

Wednesday at 5:44am 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 (Dec. 22nd): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Tuesday evening for details).

Thursday at 2:31pm EST, we enter a 19-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 9:32am EST (Friday morning). Use this intuitive time to balance your need for equal and harmonious connection, with your drive toward personal visions and ideas. 

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 afternoon/evening and Friday morning ahead of time ;-)

Friday (Dec. 23rd): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra and VoC until 9:32am EST (see Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon for details).

Friday at 9:32am EST, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Sunday late evening. We feel things deeply and have "X-Ray Vision" and "Bullshit-Smelling Abilities" ;-)

Emotional authenticity is extremely important to us at this time; anything less than 100% emotional honesty could be perceived as flat-out dishonest. Once we feel safe trusting someone, we want to merge with them, preferably forever... as long as our trust is never betrayed.

The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power. This occurs by a process of subtraction -- it urges us to let go of whatever disempowers us. It's therefore an excellent time to look at "old" fears, limiting habits or emotional attachments, especially those stemming from past traumas. 

Moon in Scorpio tends to run right over ambiguity -- it's "in or out", "with us or against us", "love me or leave me". It can therefore be stormy -- a cold winter storm, or a torrid tropical storm of passion, depending on how we "work" the energies :-)

Manipulation and paranoia are the lower vibrations of this aspect, so as best you can, be straightforward -- act in good faith and assume it in others. Best of all, be truly present to the fluctuations of your feelings -- no matter if they're "polite" or "timely". Feelings aren't facts, but they are information -- and heeding them will help you embrace all of who you are. 

Know thyself -- and love thyself -- you shall be set free. Remember: Love connects us to the Power within; Fear causes "Force" to show up -- and that's ultimately what disempowers us and others. 

Also on Friday, Mercury ends its stationand gets back to its normal pace through the sky -- but moving backward through the sky, as seen from Earth (that’s what “retrograde” refers to). We have a chance to do some internal work on thinking and/or communication issues that came up over the last couple of weeks, in connection with our priorities and long-term goals.

Saturday (Dec. 24th): the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Thursday afternoon for details).

Saturday evening, a long-term, harmonious Saturn/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 7:21pm EST. We started to feel this aspect from Dec. 2nd on; it will be strong until Jan. 22nd. This aspect invites us to connect maturity, tradition and discipline with new approaches and thinking styles -- we are less resistant to change. 

Now is the time to free ourselves of debilitating habits or beliefs, -- or pluck up the courage to create, experiment, plunge into new territory... We could receive unexpected help from someone who is older or in authority. An unusual teacher could appear. 

This aspect offers a chance to take some risks and conduct experiments in totally new ways of living, perceiving, and interacting with others and our environment. We have a chance to awaken and become aware of any areas of restriction and constriction. 

In fact, a spirit of openness, curiosity, and “divine discontent” moves through us at this time. We may branch out in an entirely new direction whilst still considering the consequences and taking responsibility for our actions.

As best you can, consider all alternative, unusual, or non-traditional possibilities that arise; solve "old" problems in new ways. Act on hunches, inner nudges, inklings, and information you get from “unofficial" or unusual sources. What would be a wacky way to come at things? What if you turned something upside down?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 17-24 degrees of Sagittarius, Aries or Leo? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aquarius or Capricorn (Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn) 

Saturday night/Sunday very early morning at 2:22am EST, we enter a 20-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 10:19pm EST (Sunday evening). Use this intuitive time to make some adjustments in your life. As best as you can, find creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable situations.Make space for progress and connecting with like-minded people as well as for a deeper emotional experience with yourself and others.

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 night and Sunday Day ahead of time ;-)

Sunday (Dec. 25th) : the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio and VoC until 10:19pm EST (see Thursday afternoon for details).

Sunday morning, a harmonious Venus/Jupiter aspect becomes exact at 8:23am EST. We feel this aspect build from Thursday on; it will be strong until Tuesday of next week. Harmony and goodwill reign under this influence. We experience expansive feelings in love and a feeling that anything is possible if we set our sights high enough.

We are more likely to be friendly, open, and optimistic -- it's a great time for winning people's trust, making it much easier to make social contacts. We believe in our relationships and we have faith that all is going to work out for the best. 

We might feel an urge to connect to people from other countries or foreign cultures, just to have an adventure, or widen our horizons. Financially, there might be a tendency to spend more than usual, as we feel confident that an abundance of resources is available to us. The thing to watch out for is the feeling that we don't have to actually do anything to "cash in".

That said, there are plenty of opportunities to be had, financial and otherwise, especially in connection with space travel, or anything that involves new technology. Sci-fi, Astrology, the internet, social media, start-up companies, educational businesses or endeavors and the travel industry are also highlighted ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 17-23 degrees of Aquarius, Libra or Gemini? 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 Sagittarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius).

Sunday late morning, an opportune Venus/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 11:35am EST. We feel this aspect build from Thursday on; it will be strong until Tuesday of next week. This gives us the opportunity to experiment with how we relate to others -- to do something different or unusual -- freedom plays a big part in this aspect. 

Of course, others are experimenting too, so you might experience some unusual or unexpected interactions during this time -- it's a favorable time for social meetings and events. As best as you can, stay open and flexible: fresh air is blowing through your relationships.  

We're also ready to experiment with our financial undertakings -- good places to look: all things "tech" (electronics, technology, internet); metaphysics; the arts; group activities. This is not the best time to make long-term financial investments, unless you had an intuitive flash ;-) 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 17-24 degrees of Aquarius, Aries, Sagittarius or Gemini? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aquarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra, Uranus rules Aquarius).

Sunday afternoon, an opportune Venus/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 1:33pm EST. We feel this aspect build from Thursday on; it will be strong until Tuesday of next week. This aspect gives us an opportunity to bring a sense of realism to our relationships, values, and financial affairs: We are more able to see what really needs to be dealt with in those areas and take responsibility for our handling of them.

On a financial level, we have an opportunity to see more clearly when and how we might make long-term investments. There's no need to rush anything; think it through carefully and responsibly -- do the "due diligence". Remember: an opportunity is not automatically given to us, we have to "take" it.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 17-24 degrees of Aquarius, Sagittarius, Aries or Libra? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Capricorn (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn)

Sunday at 10:19pm EST, the Moon moves into optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius, where it will journey until Wednesday late morning. We're strongly motivated to explore and learn. We're not likely to be big fans of routine -- diversity and new adventures work best at this time -- we're also physically restless and need to burn that off with activity and physical exercise.

We tend to feel more open, optimistic and inspired -- but we also have a high degree of independence, which means we'd rather inspire others to do things our way, than take orders. Inspiring others could come easier than normal, as we can see the bigger picture, leaving us confident that others will agree with us, once they see what we see. 

As best as you can, speak your truth without assuming that everyone is on the same page as you. Improvisation works well for us at this time, as we are spontaneous and love living on the edge -- just watch out you aren't overdoing or overstating things. 

Also on Sunday, the Balsamic Moon phase begins. This lasts until Wednesday night/ Thursday very early morning, when the New Moon in Capricorn becomes exact (…more on that next week). We are being asked to slow down and get quiet, so we can listen to our intuition. 

For some of us, this might be a stretch. As best as you can: stay grounded, take a deep breath and exhale any tensions. Rather than starting something brand-new, put all that energy into completing existing projects or processes. This is also a great time for letting go of whatever no longer serves us. What if you could hear the voice of your inner wisdom? What might it be saying?

A head's up for next Monday (Dec. 26th): The Moon remains in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius all day (see Sunday evening for details). In the early afternoon, a long-term Jupiter/Uranus opposition becomes exact. We started to feel this aspect from Dec. 6th on and it will be strong until March 22nd. In the late evening, an opportune Mercury/Neptune aspect  becomes exact at 11:19pm EST. More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

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Please take a second to read this testimonial from a participant from the most recent Forum:
"This webinar did bring CLARITY in relation to my own transits. I now understand better the energies involved and how to go about them. Thank you. Loved it."-- Marie-Alice 

Have a fantastic week! 
Many blessings,

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