Moonletter December 2019

By Ben Belinsky

Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on November 26th 2019 with the new moon in Sagittarius, and spanning the full moon in Gemini on December 12th 2019.

New Moon in Sagittarius – 26 November

Sagittarius keeps us positive. The Sagittarian is the one making the lemons into lemonade; the one who keeps the hope and the bonhomie flowing; who reminds us that there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet; the generous one who gives because of the joy of giving; the philosophical one who is determined to find sense in the mess that seems to be all around.

We need this more than ever this year as the conjunction between Saturn and Pluto closes in. These two slow moving planets that seem to be demolishing the comfortable illusions we have been indulging in. There’s an article on the conjunction here 

But apart from the ongoing political dramas, it’s a very creative time, Particularly, for finding new relationships or discovering new dimensions in existing relationships. The three interpersonal planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars are lined up to receive goodies from some of the slow-moving outer planets.
These planets deal with the way we relate to people on a personal and day-to-day basis. Mercury is how we communicate, Venus is what we value in others and what attracts us to them, Mars is how we work and compete with others.

At the new moon, Mercury is in an easy angle to Neptune which means communication is particularly sensitive and nuanced around this time. There’s more being said by tone of voice than by the actual words. There may also be unconscious messages and insinuations. There could be those who would mislead you and your own subtle skills will be required. Mercury will have just come out of a retrograde period and there may be misunderstandings to clear up. This is the time to do it.

Venus has just received a boost from Jupiter. Jupiter acts as an amplifier, increasing the signal, as it were, of whichever planet it contacts. By the time of the new moon, Venus will have just moved into Capricorn (welcome to the party Venus!) and Jupiter will be joining the throng on 2nd December, (see below). A Jupiter-Venus conjunction brings together what astrologers used to call ‘the beneficents’. It’s a time to count your blessings and appreciate what you’ve got and out of that attitude who knows what other blessings will come?

Mars gets a hit from an opposition to Uranus. Opposition here does not mean conflict or confrontation. It means that the two energies are polarized and bouncing off each other. As Mars is closer to the earth, it becomes a conduit for the Uranian energy. This can be a boon to creative problem solving and an immense help tracking down and dealing with technical bugs, glitches and other such impedimenta. On the other hand, it means being especially careful dealing with electrical equipment.

Full Moon in Gemini – 12 December

By the time we get to the full moon on 12th December, the game is changing rapidly. We now have four planets in Capricorn and the intensity of all the political stuff has been turned up by several notches. We should be able to see more clearly what’s going on.
Meanwhile, we’ve got a significant balance point in Virgo to deal with. Let me explain. The sun and the moon are being squared by Neptune in Pisces. This is an unstable configuration known as a T-square. It’s like a table with only three legs. There’s a missing point and we need to find a way to balance the situation to get some clarity.
Virgo’s answer to this is to get on with the daily business of life. Cleaning, eating properly, keeping regular hours, all the boring, necessary, practical stuff. The point you see is to stay grounded in the everyday, to sort out the problems as they come up, whatever big stuff is happening in the world.

Key Dates this month:

20-NovMercury turns direct in Scorpio
22-NovSun enters Sagittarius15:00
26-NovNew Moon in Sagittarius15:05
27-NovNeptune turns direct in Pisces
28-NovAmericans celebrate Thanksgiving
01-DecAdvent begins for Christians
02-DecJupiter enters Capricorn
08-DecBuddhists celebrate Bodhi Day
12-DecFull Moon in Gemini05:13
13-DecChiron turns direct in Aries
15-DecJupiter trine Uranus
21-DecPagans celebrate Yule
22-DecSun Enters Capricorn – Winter Solstice04:21
23-DecJews begin festival of Hanukkah until 30 December
24-DecChristmas Eve
25-DecChristmas Day
26-DecNew Moon in Capricorn – Annular Eclipse of the Sun05:14
Boxing Day / St Stephens Day
31-DecNew Year’s Eve
01-JanNew Year’s Day

All Key Date times are GMT

Jupiter in Capricorn

Jupiter takes around 12 years to orbit the sun, so it takes about a year to truck through each zodiac sign. It’s just coming to the end of a journey through its own sign of Sagittarius and on December 2nd it moves into Capricorn where it will join Saturn, Pluto and Venus.

Jupiter is considered to be the major beneficent of the solar system. But the question remains, who does it benefit? Jupiter transits mean growth. Growth means leaving behind limitations. That can be challenging as we kinda get used to our custodial sentences and inhibitions – they’re comfortable and predictable and so what if we’re a bit institutionalised. Who said growth was easy?
And as soon as Jupiter enters Capricorn it gets hit by an easy angle from Uranus playing crazy aunt. If you know the book “Travels with my Aunt” by Graham Greene, you’ll know what I mean.

This journey lasts for almost the whole of 2020 and I’ll be giving an idea of the itinerary next time.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a cool Yule to you all.
Go well

Ben

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