Forecast for December 2018

Long-Term Shifts in 2018

We have 2 important planetary aspects in play this year and both involve Jupiter connecting harmoniously with another planet. One is Jupiter trine Neptune, which brings a mood of tolerance, compassion and spiritual harmony. The other is Jupiter sextile Pluto, which brings a faith and trust, but not in an all-or-nothing way, more in a measured, thought-out way.

This year’s success will come to those who operate within a higher morality and a strong code of ethics. Those with rigid beliefs and narrow worldviews will be invited to expand their view to include those people whom they have formerly viewed as outcasts only worth of shunning. This is about the spirit of the law, rather than the letter, and those who have genuine tolerance, compassion and acceptance for their fellow humans, and who feel a real sense of social responsibility, will benefit this year. Maybe good guys really do finish first.

This year there may be a spirit of generosity that transcends commerce. Those who give with an open, accepting heart will find themselves receiving—and the more so when they least expect it. Manifestation is also benefited this year—”ask and you shall receive” is the watchword. At the end of this year’s every prayer should be the phrase, “and it’s good for everyone” because when you include the wellbeing of all living things in your requests via prayer, and you hold ill-will toward no-one, then all living things conspire to bring you your heart’s desire. Nothing can stop you then.    

This year is a good one for spiritual contemplation, retreat and discovery of your true path. Get into conversation with your Greater Self; align your puny everyday will with your eternal being’s Great Will and when you pray to your Greater Self for guidance and wisdom, answers will come to you. If at the end of the year, all human beings feel beloved by the god of their heart, and if that has led to generous deeds, these transits will have done their good work. This year, resolve to love your fellow humans—you may be able to make good on that resolution. You may be surprised at how fulfilling it is. And it pays in spiritual dividends.

Want to know more about the planetary influences of this year? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits in the Year 2018.

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts.  Will they affect you? Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Planetary Stations and Retrogrades

This month Mercury (the Communicator) and Chiron (the Wounded Healer) meet in a harmonious trine, just as both are poised to shift from retrograde to direct. This suggests that communication and healing can meet up in a powerful, yet gentle alignment.

As December begins, Mercury is retrograde. When Mercury goes retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius and travels back into Scorpio in the process, you can rest assured that there will be some pretty obvious themes. Both Scorpio and Sagittarius are concerned with the truth, but they come at it from different angles because they have different motivations. As Mercury stations direct at 27° Scorpio on December 6th, you might want to look back at your life since November 16th to see how the theme of “truthful communication” showed up for you. Did you zoom in to focus on your personal relationship with truth (Scorpio), or did you zoom out and gather insight into collective truth (Sagittarius)? Perhaps it was a little bit of both.

Chiron also goes direct this month on December 8th at 27° Pisces and as Chiron moves at a much slower pace than Mercury does, we will need to look back to July 4th (when the retrograde began) to get a sense of the themes of this retrograde period. We know that Chiron in the sign of Pisces can make us feel like victims of circumstance among other things and Chiron in Aries (Chiron was in this sign when the retrograde period began) is associated with the pain of being left out or being unable to get personal needs met. Chiron in Pisces can look like a wounded passivity that must be overcome, while Chiron in Aries can look like a wounded anger that must be overcome. How did it show up for you?

Chiron has a wonderful way of helping us reveal the nature of the pain we experience and also provides us with the insight needed to heal. By trining Chiron, Mercury (communication) can participate in this healing. The path to restoration of wellness may have seemed unclear during November, but as these two planets turn direct, it should become apparent.  

This Month’s Free Teleclass: Ceres in Sagittarius

Want to be healthy, wealthy and wise? Ceres is the key. Ceres in your chart describes how you handle your connection to the physical world in 3 ways: your body, the food you put into it and the money you make to sustain it. Understanding your natal Ceres helps you fully occupy and own your body, build wealth in the way that’s right for you and eat for health and longevity.  

If you have Ceres in Sagittarius in your natal chart, your approach to food, your body and money may be happy-go-lucky. Your relaxed, generous, giving ways tend to create an atmosphere of abundance around you and like a cat, somehow you always end up landing on your feet. You are equally generous with possessions, having decided long ago that when you possess things, they possess you too, and you prefer freedom. So things come and go in your life and it suits you just fine. But this relaxed, “easy come, easy go” attitude also contributes to a financial laziness and disorganization, making it unlikely that you save for a rainy day–possibly because when it rains, you’ve always got someone to lend you an umbrella or help bail out your boat. You’re just lucky that way, but do you want to depend on that luck?

In the realm of eating, your habit of enjoying exotic foods means that your diet is generally varied and chances are good that you cook for the fun and adventure of it and enjoy eating lightly, so your body won’t be weighed down. This can keep you healthy and mobile, but your attraction to rich foods must be balanced with regular activity. Learning to rein in your indulgences doesn’t come naturally, but it is an important balancer for the lifestyle you want, which is a combination of lush and unfettered.

More about Ceres in Sagittarius here.

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If you don’t know what sign your Ceres is in, this page will help you find out: How to use to cast your free astrology chart.

Mercury Watch

December begins with Mercury retrograde in progress, bringing snarl-ups in paperwork at work and miscommunications in your personal life. What to do? Respond by slowing down and biting back words of irritation and frustration. Then ask yourself a big question: who and what in your life means the most to you? Send appreciation in that direction and you will make your way to the end of Mercury retrograde (on December 6th) with minimal damage. Wait another week before expecting things to smooth out and prepare to begin the new year with communications and projects proceeding at a healthy speed. Here’s more about Mercury Retrograde and how the cycle of Mercury works.


Sagittarius begins the month of December with a bright, fiery mood generated by this Mutable Fire sign. Cheerful Sagittarius is the sign most associated with hope and faith. In the season of Sagittarius we consume the last of the perishables we have harvested before hunkering down for a serious winter mood in Capricorn.  In Sagittarius we feast and grow fat, so that we have enough to carry us through the dark of the year. We are generous to our neighbors, because they will huddle with us round the fire and help us keep the spark alive. This year Sagittarius runs until December 21.

The first day of Capricorn is also the winter solstice, the day when the “sun stands” still (that’s what “solstice” means) in its yearly journey north and south of the equator. On the winter solstice the sun reaches the southernmost point in its path, warming the southern hemisphere and creating summer there, while its absence cools the northern hemisphere and creates winter there. Capricorn nights are long in the north and the winter solstice is the longest, darkest one. Thus does Capricorn remind us to take a serious look at life and prepare to achieve under the difficult conditions of winter.  


Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

New Moon in 15º Sagittarius: December 6, 2018
This New Moon has a strong and focused desire to seek out the truth with a capital ‘T’ on some intellectual, spiritual or worldly matter. The luminaries (i.e. Sun and Moon) are dancing cheek-to-cheek at 15º Sagittarius, the sign of knowledge. With Mars and Neptune conjunct in Pisces squaring this questing New Moon, you may be inspired by an illusory notion that ends up really drifting you off course. With the right attitude, you may come to realize that any deviation from the path to knowledge may reveal some accidental wisdom regarding a more holistic understanding of what truth really is. Remember that Sagittarius is the sign of knowledge AND journeys, and both subjects require a flexible and adaptive approach to their attainment.

Full Moon in 0º Cancer: December 22, 2018:
This final Full Moon of 2018 has a profound sensitivity to it. Chiron is getting ready to leave Pisces for good (or at least for another 43 years) but before it does, it will form a square to this Full Moon, bringing to the surface all the wounded feelings the collective unconscious has to offer–which is to say, ALL of them. The Moon, placed in its home sign of Cancer, will sit with this outpouring and process it in the Moon’s usual way–emotionally. So don’t be surprised if something happens under this Moon that strikes you deeply, right to the heart, and suddenly makes you feel as if you are not merely yourself, but a sort of Everyman or Everywoman. Chances are good that you’ll be feeling the pain of the world. If this sensation of being a proxy for an archetype much larger than yourself steals over you, respond to it in a way that will lead to healing, not further wounding. Christ himself said it best: “Turn the other cheek.”

December’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Full Cold Moon.

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12/1/2018, Mercury moves into Scorpio: The planet of communication enters the sign of Scorpio, archetype of the detective. Sometimes, it’s not what’s said, but what’s unsaid that actually conveys true meaning.

12/2/2018, Venus moves into Scorpio: the planet of love enters the sign of Scorpio, ruled by Pluto. Relating may be extra intense or more committed around this time.

12/2/2018, Sun square Mars: Did that guy just cut you off on the freeway? Or maybe your boss is on a tear? When there’s a hard aspect to warrior planet Mars, everyone needs to slow down and count to ten.

12/3/2018, Mercury trine Chiron: Do you need to ask someone for forgiveness for something small? Now’s a good time for it, because Mercury, planet of communication, is dancing with healer Chiron.

12/5/18, Sun square Neptune: Do you ever feel like a loser when you compare your success to other people’s? Today, it may be easier to feel to feel disappointed by yourself, so remember to keep your head up!

12/6/18, New Moon in Sagittarius: This adventurous New Moon might set you on a detour before you reach the truth you are seeking. However, the detour might turn out to be the most illuminating part of the journey!

12/6/18, Mercury stations direct: Thank the winged-foot god, Mercury finally starts moving forward! Your work schedule may actually start moving forward too.

12/7/2018, Mars conjunct Neptune: Today it may be easier to get off the track of what you’re supposed to be doing. Try to stay focused, though that’s easier said than done.

12/9/2018, Mercury trine Chiron: Have you ever had a teacher make you feel stupid? As a grown up, it’s easier and more fun to learn things when you’re not being graded. Enjoy some edification today!

12/12/2018, Mercury moves into Sagittarius: The planet of communication enters Sagittarius. It doesn’t matter too much about the details as long as you leave the room in stitches.

12/16/2018, Venus sextile Saturn: Do you collect art or any other luxury items? It’s a good time to purchase goods with lasting value when the planet of money flows with enduring Saturn.

12/16/2018, Mars sextile Pluto: Is there something important that you need to commit to? This is a good time for applying yourself with great determination.

12/19/18, Sun square Chiron: Even if you had the greatest dad in the world, you may still carry some baggage from your paternal parent. Be a parent to your own inner child.

12/20/18, Sun trine Uranus: It may be easier to find some way to step aside from the crowd today! There can only be one YOU after all.

12/21/18, Venus trine Neptune: When imaginative Neptune and artistic Venus flow together, it’s an excellent time for creative projects of all kinds.

12/21/18, Mercury conjunct Jupiter: If you’re seeking the truth about a matter today, you just may be in luck. People are more likely to show their cards than hide their hand.

12/21/18, It’s Saturn Season as the Sun moves into Capricorn. This is the shortest day of the year known as winter solstice when, traditionally, all the hard work (Saturn) of the year will get you through the coldest time.

12/22/18, Today’s Cancer Full Moon  is calling for balance of home and work life. This relationship holds a deeper importance than simple time management. It symbolizes the importance of understanding how your personal life can greatly affect your career.

12/24/18, Mercury square Neptune: Someone may be being a bit deceptive lately, or at least, is omitting some of the facts. Getting things down in writing can be a helpful practice.

12/28/18, Venus sextile Pluto: Sometimes you need a break during the holidays to get away from the crowds of people and just focus on someone special one-on-one. Enjoy hanging with your favorite confidante today.

12/28/18, Mars conjunct Chiron: Have you ever been harmed by a healer? Maybe a therapist said something hurtful. The wounds from those who were supposed to help can be tough to bear, but be brave and try again!

12/31/18, Mars moves into Aries: The planet of activity moves into the fiery sign of Aries. What a great time to get motivated for your New Year’s resolutions, like a cosmic kick in the butt.

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