The stage-setting waxing semi-sextile aspect between retrograde Jupiter in Taurus and Uranus in Aries
implicates an adjustment toward progress as we reorient ourselves in a direction that allows for forward movement and continuing growth. Accordingly, Mars in Virgo squares the nodal axis, taking us to a cross-roads on our destined path intention- and action-wise, where we have to consider the effectiveness of our approach and whether this will lead toward expansion in the future. As the Sun in Sagittarius trines retrograde Eris in Aries and perfects his semi-sextile to Venus in Capricorn, who in turn squares Eris, necessity forces us to assume more responsibility for our life and become more self-reliant, which extends to responding to challenges in a mature way, with an increased understanding of what must be done, managed and learnt – whether we like it or not – in order to bring a more authentic Self to the fore. After the Moon’s ingress to Leo at 4:47 pm EST, square to retrograde Jupiter in Taurus and trine to Uranus in Aries, our confidence level can be raised if we find the courage to liberate ourselves, especially if we’re sort of stuck in a situation. Consequently, we may feel that being on our own is not so bad after all. Besides, we always have the option to reach out or make us knowledgeable. When one door closes, usually another one opens. With Mercury, who has been traveling in retrograde motion since November 24, stationing direct at 03:51 Sagittarius at 8:42 pm EST tonight, matters of communication and mobility or traffic are resuming. Introspection of beliefs, principles and viewpoints is over and rethought concepts might be applied with no further delay. Issues we experienced during the retrograde period in this context though might be coming up again to be dealt with from this reviewed perspective until the shadow period ends on January 1, 2012.
Tarot card of the day is the “8 of Wands”, indicating change, movement and focused activity. After the path has been cleared for us, we might be very busy working on the completion of our projects. It can be a very productive day, when we can accomplish a lot in a short time.