Astrology Transits for December 10th – December 16th, 2017: Mercury Conjunct Sun
Here’s the good news: as of this week, we’re halfway through Mercury’s retrograde in Sagittarius. The other pleasing news, also concerning Mercury, is that this week heralds the start of a new cycle thanks to Mercury retrograde conjunct the Sun.
All told, there’s a lot of good this week, though most of the feel-goods are packed in the week’s end.
Knowing this may help keep your chin up on December 10th, when Venus squares Neptune. Love is a many splendored thing, but it’s not quite as splendid when Venus is in harsh aspect to Neptune, a planet which represents our dreams, ideals, and illusions. Does a romantic relationship hit the skids? Does that special someone we thought could be ‘the one’ end up as the one who makes our eyes roll? With Mercury square Chiron on the same day, clumsy communications or messaging mishaps may be involved in your moment of romantic disillusionment.
Also on December 10th, however, is Mercury retrograde’s trine to Uranus, an aspect that first occurred on November 25th, 2017 and will repeat once again on January 7th, 2018. If this aspect pattern connects with your chart (meaning, you have planets in Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius between 22-28 degrees), insightful breakthroughs are very possible. Uranus is about finding new ways to do old things, and with Mercury’s influence, that newness could show up in clever new forms of communiqué or in how you’re currently thinking about an existing situation. Can the structure be changed? Is there some part of this process that could use a fresh set of eyes?
Midway through Mercury’s retrograde cycle, he makes what is known as an ‘inferior conjunction’ with the Sun. As I’ve likely mentioned elsewhere, this is the ‘New Moon’ phase for Mercury: from here until his next conjunction with the Sun (the ‘superior conjunction’), all matter of Mercurial topics – trade, commerce, thought, communications, travel – wax towards fullness. The new cycle starts December 12th and peaks February 17th, 2018.
Mercury’s retrograde conjunctions with the Sun usually emit some level of clarity amidst the normal din of a retrograde’s divine chaos. Equally, this is traditionally considered the only day within a retrograde cycle to do the things which are otherwise verboten: go ahead – sign contracts, buy technology, get hitched. As this occurs under during the third quarter phase of the Moon, the message could be about what’s working and what’s not, so be prepared for separating the wheat from the chaff and walking away with only what’s still useful.
What might not be working is thinking you’ve got all the answers. Also on December 12th, Jupiter will saddle up to Vesta’s fires in the sign of Scorpio. Inevitably, there’s something mystical and witchy about this combination, with Jupiter bringing the wisdom, and Vesta bringing the spiritual devotion; in the sign of Scorpio, Vesta’s hearth may transform into a cauldron. Positively, this manifests as
serious relentless truth-seeking, but if we aren’t careful, it can boil over into hardline fundamentalism. If all roads lead to Rome, I might kindly suggest that there are just as many streets to Samsara – let the folks around you tussle with their foibles in their own way, in their own time.
On December 14th as the Moon enters the Balsamic phase, signaling la luna’s shedding of her final layers of light, Venus will shoot a loving look at the North Node. If you have planets around 13-19 degrees of the fire signs, you may be in for positive news and happenings around Venusian topics. Naturally, as many of you may hope, this would include love, but it could just as easily involve fineries, art, and all things femme.
The Venusian trend continues the next day, December 15th, as Venus meets up with Mercury retrograde, and both planets beautifully connect with asteroid Ceres. Venus and Mercury retrograde joining forces immediately make me wonder about an old lover coming back on the scene. Similarly, our minds could drift towards memories of old lovers, or inversely, old memories of current lovers. Sometimes a trip down memory lane can be an excellent reminder of just how far you’ve come (and these memories might make excellent tinder* for a romantic rekindling).
Less comfortably, the Sun squares Chiron on the same day. Truthfully, I’m inclined to view this as a moment of healing amongst the other Astrology aspects of the day, but I’d be a bad Astro-mommy if I didn’t warn you: it’s also possible that the trip down memory lane might hurt a fuck of a lot. For some, these memories may be just the stuff needed to cut cords, move onwards and upwards.
The next day, we have two changes in asteroid land: Ceres stations retrograde and Juno moves into Aquarius.
Asteroid Ceres retrogrades December 16th and will stay retrograde until March 19th, 2018, covering 18-4° of Leo. Whatever you’ve been nurturing in the part of your chart ruled by Leo may take a small detour as you explore issues of self-worth. Do anything but take this slow-down as a sign of failure: this is just a temporary journey to unpack how your mother, separation anxieties, or food and body issues have been affecting – and likely, thwarting – your desires in this area.
Asteroid Juno, Goddess of Marriage, has spent an exceptional amount of time in Capricorn in 2017. Usually, Juno moves through a zodiac sign in around two months, so her 10-month stay in Capricorn may have felt like an eternity. This period would have been particularly impactful (and prickly) for Cancer and Taurus rising folks, as Juno will have been forcibly camped out in the parts of your chart involving lovers and partners since February of this year.
On December 16th, Juno moves into Aquarius, which should feel like a gentle release. Serious, grounded, and traditional in Capricorn, Juno in Aquarius is much more aloof, nowhere near as uptight, and ready to start breaking the oppressive relationship rules that nearly choked her to death in Capricorn.
Also on December 16th, the Sun in Sagittarius trines Uranus and asteroid Pallas-Athena while Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius trines the North Node.
What does it all mean? In short, your creative juices may be wild and fertile: brilliant shortcuts, workarounds, and solutions may materialize right before your eyes, and you may finally feel ready to take a leap some kind (Sagittarius likes a big, life-affirming leap into the unknown). Just as the Mercury-Uranus aspect earlier in the week suggested something tricky could be coaxed into a new, better form, the Sun-Uranus-Pallas arrangement will similarly prod you towards alchemy-cum-alteration.
If an opportunity came your way around November 19th and seemed to lose steam, things may come back around today, but don’t expect finality until December 29th, when the third and final aspect occurs.
Enjoy these moments of to and fro, for next week holds the biggest change of 2017, Astrologically speaking: Saturn’s move into Capricorn.
Astrology Transits for December 1st to December 9th, 2017 (transits are written for EST times – adjust accordingly):
- December 10th – Venus square Neptune (Sagittarius – Pisces 11°), Mercury retrograde trine Uranus (Sagittarius – Aries 24°) and square Chiron (Sagittarius – Pisces 24°)
- December 12th – Mercury’s inferior conjunction to the Sun (Sagittarius 21°), Jupiter conjunct Vesta (Scorpio 13°)
- December 14th – Venus trine the North Node (Sagittarius – Leo 16°)
- December 15th – Mercury retrograde conjunct Venus (Sagittarius 18°), Venus and Mercury trine Ceres (Sagittarius – Leo 18°), Sun square Chiron (Sagittarius- Pisces 24°)
- December 16th – Ceres stations retrograde at 18° of Leo, Juno enters Aquarius, Mercury retrograde trine the North Node (Sagittarius – Leo 16°), Sun trine Uranus & Pallas (Sagittarius – Aries 25°)
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