The water signs are well represented as we move from November to December. In fact, on December 1st there are seven planets transiting water signs.
A time for patience & discipline
Mars in Capricorn is exchanging signs with Saturn in Scorpio for the entire month. This makes both planets strong but also requires patience and discipline. The quick and impulsive Mars will be slowed down and restricted by slow moving Saturn which can result in frustrations and delays. However, if we discipline ourselves and allow Saturn to guide the activity of Mars much can be accomplished. Be patient, even-minded and do good work!
Blessings from a benefic Jupiter
A benefic Jupiter aspects all of the planets,except Rahu, and helps to keep a positive spirit. During the entire month we find both Jupiter and Mars in their signs of exaltation: Cancer and Capricorn.
People with Cancer or Capricorn rising signs have two exalted planets in their first and seventh house at this time (self and relationships). The signs ruled by Mars (Aries and Scorpio) also benefit by having their ruler exalted and aspected by Jupiter.
Jupiter goes retrograde on December 8th
If you are awake during the night or in the early morning before dawn on December 8th (PDT) you may see this beautiful planet at his turning point of the year. Jupiter will be stationary then, and for a few days prior. The slow shift into a retrograde motion occurs at noon on December 8th at 28’14 in Cancer. (PDT)
When Jupiter is stationary and retrograde he often behaves in a non-traditional way. He is strong and close to earth but he thinks differently. He looks at situations from a different viewpoint and can give advice that is unconventional. We are influenced by our past and may find that we need to address something in a new way.
This can be a time to reflect and place more emphasis on inner awareness and growth. Generally, when a planet goes retrograde it is better to finish projects that we have already undertaken rather than starting something new. Jupiter goes direct on April 8th, 2015 (PST)
Full Moon on December 6th
If you get up before sunrise on December 6th, you will see the full Moon. A full moon occurs at 4:27 am (PDT).
The Moon will be bright and strong in its own star constellation (nakshatra) Rohini. Rohini means red and red is the color for passion. This star constellation is passionate and restless, favoring creativity and comfort.
Venus, Mercury and Sun move into Sagittarius
Four planets – Saturn, Mercury, Sun and Venus – are transiting in Scorpio during the beginning of the month but only Saturn will remain in Scorpio by the end of the month. The other three planets move into Sagittarius during December. We want to be observant of the effect of these planets as they move into Sagittarius. The transit at the junction point between water signs and fire signs can be challenging and unstable.
Venus will move into Sagittarius on December 5th.
Mercury moves into Sagittarius on December 13th.
The Sun will move into Sagittarius on December 15th.
New Moon on the Winter Solstice
The time before the New Moon is called Amavasya. It is the darkest night of the month. The New Moon occurs on December 21st at 5:36 pm (PDT) This is the time when the Moon begins to move away from the Sun and it gradually becomes brighter. We will gradually see the light of the Moon return again.
Winter solstice (on December 21st) marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. From this day on the light will increase and the day becomes longer.
With both luminaries at their darkest, this is a wonderful time to reflect, meditate and tune into the spiritual message of Christmas.
Happy Holidays and Christmas Blessings,