Astro-Notes on December 20, 2016 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Mercury Rx in Capricorn semi-sextile Venus in Aquarius
– Venus in Aquarius sextile Juno in Sagittarius
– Third Quarter Moon at 29:37 Virgo/Sagittarius at 5:55 pm PST
– Moon ingress to Libra at 6:39 pm PST

Yesterday morning did Mars make ingress to Pisces, where he will be traversing until January 28 of next year. This corresponds to a period during which we seek to attune our actions to the rhythm and flow of things, are driven or motivated by our ideals and imagination and are more inclined to make sacrifices and less inclined to assert ourselves directly. We could feel drained more often and let life happen instead of trying to force the issue or to start new initiatives. In any case, our energy levels are more prone to fluctuate and reactions are bound to be either passive aggressive, defensive and avoiding or compassionate and forgiving, depending on our natural disposition.

Following this energy change was Mercury’s station retrograde in semi-square aspect to Mars in Pisces. Mercury will be tracing back his steps to the 29th degree of Sagittarius, where he first traveled on December 2nd and will turn direct on January 8. Thus, we’re recovering ground from the beginning of December, whereby we will be reviewing, reorganizing, restructuring and re-establishing matters of planning, scheduling, communication, travel, connectedness and exchange, especially in regard to professional and practical concerns as well as in view of their feasibility and manageability. This comes with the realization that although we have to work on giving form to and taking steps to make our intentions concrete, we have to count on delays and take into account the holidays when things will generally slow down and the majority of folks will take a break or time off to celebrate.
With Mercury moving into the Venus-Juno sextile, it’s time to reconnect with our important others and loved ones and plan accordingly.

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Therefore, the ‘crisis in consciousness’ that accompanies the Third Quarter Moon, is challenging us to focus on the last details and points on our list as we’re preparing ourselves for the festivities.
Tomorrow is the day of the Winter Solstice here in the Norther Hemisphere. In the wheel of the year we reached a quarter point that marks the beginning of a new season, based on the Sun’s apparent standstill (apparent, because it is actually the Earth who revolves around the Sun) after he traveled to his farthest southward point in the Tropic of Capricorn, where he will turn around, hover for a while and then slowly begin his journey back toward the Equator (as seen from our point of view). Therefore, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we experience the shortest day and the longest night. However, from now on, the daylight will be growing again, which is the reason why this turning point symbolizes the ‘birth into Christ consciousness’. Moreover, it brings a change in energy that gives us a chance to stop and take stock to assimilate all that has been rapidly developing so that we can transition into a state of Being that could be termed ‘stasis’.
Winter is memory, when we lie low and hibernate, perceive the seeds of future growth to make our resolutions for the New Year, gather intent and celebrate our togetherness and reunion. Although Winter Solstice implies relative lifelessness, it represents the light within, the concealed, surviving spark of the life-force in the midst of darkness, which contains the seed potential for rebirth at spring.
The Sun’s yearly passage through Capricorn is also a time when we seek to ground ourselves as well as strengthen and work on our sense of Self, while enduring the cold and harshness of winter.
This year’s winter season begins in the Last Quarter Moon phase of the soli-lunar cycle with both lights, the Sun and the Moon, in cardinal signs, which indicates that the season ahead of us is dominated by a ‘crisis in perception’ that challenges us to put things into perspective, in particular what our goals in the context of relationships, contracts, agreements and other rules of engagement concerns. We are urged to present and express ourselves in a ‘new’ way that is more in accord with who we are now as we’re standing at the beginning of a new chapter.

Tarot card of the day is “The Chariot”, suggesting that we take control and move forward with care. There is a need to remain focused and to keep the emotions in check. We need to harness our energy and apply it wisely. Self-discipline is important to be able to balance the light and shadow aspects of our personality.

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