- The Moon is in Virgo all day (until Tuesday, December 20th, at 9:39 PM).
- The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase.
- The Full Moon occurred on the 13th and the Third Quarter Moon will occur tomorrow.
- Mercury stations retrograde today (Mercury is retrograde from December 19-January 8).
- Mars enters Pisces today (Mars transits Pisces from December 19-January 28).
Times are EST
Mercury turns retrograde today, dear Aries, and it will be important to tread lightly when it comes to interactions with others. Misunderstandings are all too likely as the shift occurs today, particularly with Mercury and your ruler, Mars, in a challenging aspect. However, you stand to gain tremendous insight by observing and listening today. You are sharper than usual, and while you are just as prone as others to making mistakes with cold, hard facts today, your perceptions are nevertheless keen when it comes to picking up on other vibrations. It’s imperative today that you avoid speaking too quickly on a matter.
The key to handling any possible mishaps or miscommunications today with Mercury turning retrograde, dear Taurus, is to understand that the communications we usually take for granted may not be working up to par. The words we choose to express ourselves might somehow misrepresent our true feelings, for example. If something is said to you that bothers or confuses you, ask for clarification. Allow for the possibility that communications might go awry or that transportation may not be as straightforward right now. Mercury’s retrograde lasts until January 8th, and while some projects and connections could stall, this is a good time for reviewing your approach to communicating your desires.
With your ruler, Mercury, turning retrograde today, dear Gemini, you might be giving off the wrong signals, or the right signals can be entirely misinterpreted! During this Mercury retrograde cycle that lasts until January 8th, take extra time to arrive at important decisions, or put particularly perplexing problems on hold. Rethink your financial situation, particularly dependencies on alternate sources of income. There may be delays encountered with support, and this forces you to get creative with money. As well, allow yourself more time to get to appointments.
Lunar energy is smooth and flowing today, and because your sign is ruled by the Moon, dear Cancer, in many ways, you’re likely to feel the same way. However, Mercury’s station today can make for a somewhat chaotic time. Mercury turns retrograde now and remains that way until January 8th. This cycle is more likely to affect communications with a partner, but can also impact communications in general, studies, and transportation. There can be delays that force you to do things a little differently. You might also be rethinking relationship matters during this cycle. Try to avoid off the cuff remarks right now.
Mercury turns retrograde today, dear Leo, and will be retrograde until January 8th. During this cycle, review of your finances may be in order. You might find a lost possession or find a different way of making money. Relationships with associates and co-workers require a little more sensitivity than usual, as misunderstandings are common now. Rethinking or reworking work projects that you thought were complete can figure strongly. Returning to an old health regimen or method may be in order. Take this time to come more in touch with your intuition, and more aware of nonverbal forms of communication.
Your ruler, Mercury, turns retrograde today, dear Virgo, and this is a signal from the cosmos to be a little more mindful when it comes to expressing yourself, signing important documents, or coming to critical agreements. You may be less decisive during this cycle that lasts until January 8th. Miscommunications or delays are more likely to emerge in relationships with a lover or with creative projects. The shift occurring today tends to magnify problems, but going forward, you’re in a good position to look to past projects or relationships for inspiration, as well as to do editing work. You don’t have to make any decisions straight away, of course. Take your time coming to conclusions, too. The Moon is in your sign all day, highlighting your emotions. Whatever emotions you are feeling, they’re bound to be strong ones. It’s also a good time for your needs to be “heard,” even if this communication isn’t with words.
Mercury’s station today, as it turns retrograde and stays in this apparent backward motion until January 8th, can generate some level of confusion around you, dear Libra. Communications that we tend to take for granted seem to malfunction in minor, but nevertheless irritating, ways. You, however, seem less affected than most when it comes to social interactions. Your trick is your ability to rise above superficial matters and to see into the heart of the person behind the fumbled words. Keep things simple and definite, however, just in case others are not being quite as gracious as you are. In the coming weeks, household and family matters may stall. Educational or travel plans may be put on hold.
Conversations are taking on a more serious tone for you this week, dear Scorpio. You can be very fixated on problem areas, and you simply won’t settle for superficial or pat answers to questions. Avoid pushing others now, as there is likely to be quite a bit of resistance. Changes need to be made in the way you handle the everyday details of your life, and the focus should be on eliminating distracting activities that undermine your concentration. This is particularly important for those of you who are studying. With Mercury retrograde starting today and lasting until January 8th, there may be some problems with communications and transportation. Delays may be an issue. However, it’s a good time for renewing old interests or projects, and for doing editing or reviewing work.
In the coming weeks, more sensitivity should be brought to a close personal relationship, dear Sagittarius. Your values are changing, and a partner may be seeing things in a different light than you are. Conflicts over fundamental values, and possibly how you handle money, can arise now. Consider whether there is more to the problem than what meets the eyes. Sometimes we harp on things that disguise a deeper issue. Your path now is to look at money matters in new ways. As you reduce expenses, you reduce strain on your brain. If a partner seems to be fixated on past issues, give them some space, or simply extra time. Pushing now is not going to resolve anything. If a money or business matter is delayed, it’s time to find new ways to approach your life and to make important discoveries in the process.
Mercury, the planet of communication, has been in your sign for a little over two weeks, dear Capricorn, and this has given you a stronger desire to communicate and to get your message across. Today, however, Mercury turns retrograde, and your thinking turns inward. You may be giving off some mixed signals now and in the coming weeks. Decision-making is not quite as straightforward as it has been, and this encourages you to look more deeply within for answers and to take more time to think things through. The process should be quite revealing and rewarding. Mercury is retrograde until January 8th, and retrograde in your sign until January 4th.
Mercury turns retrograde today, dear Aquarius, and crossed wires can easily occur now. Try not to take it to heart if someone says something that seems a little off. It can be a time of people “not meaning what they say, or saying what they mean.” From now until January 8th, you’ll be looking to past projects and relationships and seeing them in a different light. You might redo a past project or renew an old interest. Someone you used to date in the past might resurface in your life. It’s also an important time for reviewing unfinished business and reconsidering how to take care of it. You may be in limbo about an issue that you intended to put behind you. However, this affords you the opportunity to see it in a new way.
Mercury, the planet that rules communication and transportation, turns retrograde today in your friends sector, dear Pisces. As the ruler of your partnership and family sectors as well, be as clear as you can when communicating with friends, family members, and partners. While today can be a tad confusing when it comes to being understood and understanding others, as long as you avoid concentrating on the syntax of communications, things will be okay. Mercury is retrograde until January 8th. During this period, you may be thinking a lot about past friendships or perhaps returning to an old friendship. Alternatively, there may be the desire to resurrect an old project as you see it in a new way. You may be reminded of a past goal or dream, and you’re now returning to it.
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Astrology of Today – The Details:
If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts (for the astrology of the week, see This Week in Astrology):
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Virgo
Description: The Moon in Virgo
We crave organization and order, and are quickly disturbed by anything standing in the way of these things. This is a good time for chores, organizing, and tidying. It’s also a time for scheduling health appointments and checkups, starting new routines, and generally tending to details.
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 0:38 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Cer
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Ceres
There may be difficulties giving or receiving affection, care, concern, and nurturing.
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 3:10 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Nep
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Neptune
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 6:23 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Neptune
We can be faced with confusing events, and we may not be seeing others clearly. People may be noncommittal, elusive, or absent when we need them. We are more vulnerable and sensitive. Moods are hard to define. Honor your need to feed your more refined or spiritual side, and the difficult feelings will soon fade away.
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 11:35 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Ura
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Uranus
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 2:51 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Ven
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Venus
Love relationships or feelings can be unsettled. There can be a conflict experienced between family and friends/lovers, or between comfort and the pursuit of pleasure. Try to relax and not obsess, and show restraint.
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 4:41 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Jun
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Juno
There may be clinging or controlling behavior if we are driven by our fears. Hypersensitivity and moodiness are possible. Tread lightly with tricky emotional issues.
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 4:58 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Mer
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Mercury
Ideas flow freely. We express feelings with clarity and thoughts with sensitivity. An excellent time for cooperative projects. A good time for taking tests, writing, promoting, public speaking, and studying. We are alert, observant, and our memory is good.
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 5:19 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Jup
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Jupiter
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 6:11 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Pal
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Pallas
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 7:41 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Pluto
This can be a good time for getting loans, for taking care of business, and for dealing with money matters. It’s also good for getting in touch with feelings and managing them effectively. There can be a boost to our intimate life, creative impulses, and self-understanding. Events occurring now might involve some kind of karmic repayment or benefit. We could discover new information, hidden information, or a lost item. This is a time for recycling – seeing new uses for old items. True feelings come to the surface.
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 5:55 am
Event: Tr Mer R
Description: Transiting Mercury Stationary
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 8:30 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mer SSq Mar
Description: Transiting Mercury SemiSquare Transiting Mars
Questions are raised, discussions can become heated, and there can be nervous excitement now. Enthusiasm is likely, but may go a little too far. Impulsive speech or other communications. Mechanical breakdowns are possible.
Date & Time: Dec 19 2016 4:22 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mar Cnj Pis
Description: Transiting Mars Entering Pisces
Both our desires and the route to their satisfaction become more complicated now. We may avoid direct confrontation. Spiritual pursuits can thrive.
Strong Signs, Elements, Modes
Meticulous, discriminating, pure, practical, health conscious, hard working. Can be hyper-critical, petty and perfectionistic.
Inspiring, broad vision, enthusiastic, goal seeking, truthful, adventurous. Can be reckless, unrestrained, tactless.
Disciplined, responsible, reliable, industrious, conscientious, practical, achieving. Can be pessimistic, overly conventional, rigid, materialistic, callous.
Compassionate, sensitive, self-sacrificing, gentle, intuitive. Can be escapist, impractical, hyper- sensitive, gullible.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
The elements are balanced.
BALANCE OF MODES
We may be open to change but may not have much follow-through.
We are flexible, adaptable, willing, open to change, and possibly flighty or nervous.
Current Lunar Phase
LUNAR PHASE: DISSEMINATING
Moon 135 to 90 degrees behind the Sun.
Sharing our knowledge with the world is a major motivation at this stage. We believe we have gained much knowledge and wisdom through our experiences, and want to ensure others have the benefit as well.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EST) on December 19th:
Note that when an aspect is applying, it has not yet happened but is within orb – it’s pending. When an aspect is separating, it has already happened/perfected and is moving away from the aspect. Depending on the speed of the planet/body involved, the aspect will have perfected, or will perfect, in a matter of hours (often the case with the Moon), days, months, and possibly years in the case of the very slow-moving outer planets and bodies.
Note that the Moon moves at a rate of approximately one degree every 2 hours, so that if an aspect involving is applying and has an orb of 5 degrees, the aspect will perfect (be exact) in about 10 hours. If the Moon is separating from an aspect with an orb of 2 degrees, it has already formed said aspect approximately 4 hours ago (since the following are positions at noon today, then it would have occurred at about 8 AM today).
**I suggest paying close attention to applying aspects. The energy of the aspect builds as it gets closer to exact. Once an aspect involving inner planets has happened, it’s over. Separating aspects are good to know for context, but in terms of energy that is with us today, applying aspects are most important. (This is the case for daily astrology influences involving inner planets, which pass quickly, and not natal astrology aspects, which are with us for a lifetime).
THE MOON IN VIRGO
We have an emotional need for order with the Moon in Virgo. Diet, nutrition, health matters, work, and routines are in stronger focus. If we’re feeling out of sorts emotionally, we might also experience symptoms on a physical level now.
13TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Hepatic arteries
Sabian Symbol: A powerful statesman wins to his cause a hysterical mob.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
TRINE MERCURY Orb 2°38′ Applying
Our hearts or emotional needs and our minds seem to be cooperating, and we are able to communicate effectively. It’s a good time for publicity, marketing, writing, and studying.
QUINCUNX VENUS Orb 1°22′ Applying
You attempt to cater for everyone around you. You need to be true to yourself and gently leave others to look after themselves.
OPPOSITION NEPTUNE Orb 2°59′ Separating
We may be looking for emotional happiness outside of ourselves, and have a tendency to glamorize the past or what we don’t currently have. We can be more vulnerable now.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 4°03′ Applying
We can be quite focused now, driven by our goals and ambitions and motivated to put problems behind us. We might happily pour ourselves into a current passion or interest, and could find it easy to get to the bottom of things.
OPPOSITION CHIRON Orb 8°20′ Applying
We may be projecting our own issues onto others now, and could be defensive or feel that others are insensitive to our feelings and needs. We might experience a conflict between wanting to be close to others and desiring to prove our independence, making intimacy a challenge right now.
CONJUNCTION THE NORTH NODE Orb 6°32′ Separating
There is a stronger drive or need to be around others, to share ourselves, and to belong.
THE SUN IN SAGITTARIUS
You are a sunny and adventurous individual. You are optimistic and philosophical, and may tend to bluntness.
29TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Left leg muscles
Sabian Symbol: A fat boy mowing the lawn.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
SEXTILE MARS Orb 2°00′ Applying
We can be furthering our goals and desires without apology. A time for getting ahead, taking action, and solving problems, and some healthy self-centeredness. Competition. Taking the lead.
MERCURY IN CAPRICORN
You are a wise and careful thinker. You place importance on credibility and authority. Therefore you will seek knowledge which carries some authority. You may approach new ideas with caution.
16TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Condyle of right tibia
Sabian Symbol: Boys and girls in gymnasium suits.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
SQUARE JUPITER Orb 4°32′ Separating
You have many so many ideas and plans that you are not sure which ones to follow. You make promises you can’t keep, although your intentions are good.
CONJUNCTION PLUTO Orb 1°24′ Separating
You have a probing mind. You avoid social chit-chat preferring deep and meaningful conversations. You are able to research topics of interest.
VENUS IN AQUARIUS
You enjoy unconventional and odd relationships, which give you the freedom to express your individuality. You enjoy talking more than touching. You enjoy being in a group of friends.
14TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Left tibial artery
Sabian Symbol: A train entering a tunnel.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
TRINE JUPITER Orb 5°48′ Applying
You have a talent for putting other people at their ease. Your natural enthusiasm is contagious. Your larger-than-life schemes have a habit of always paying off.
MARS IN PISCES
You have a strong drive for a spiritual path. You have strong subconscious emotions, and are highly intuitive. You may resort to victim-like behaviour when faced with a threatening situation or person.
1ST DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Right calcaneum
Sabian Symbol: A public market.
ASPECTS OF MARS
CONJUNCTION THE SOUTH NODE Orb 5°41′ Applying
You may experience difficulty being assertive and finding the drive to succeed, or alternatively you may have a tendency to misdirect your energies. Your current life lesson to express your energy positively and assertively. Your talent for independent action needs to be developed.
JUPITER IN LIBRA
You have a strong concern for justice. You are a diplomatic teacher, and express your spiritual values in your relationships.
20TH DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Calyx minor
Sabian Symbol: A jewish rabbi.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
SEXTILE SATURN Orb 0°16′ Applying
You have a chance to be very successful as you are neither profligate nor mean, but have a balance.
OPPOSITION URANUS Orb 0°55′ Applying
You are keen to change things in this world as you see no reason to continue with the old traditions. You speak out against injustice, but may lack the patience and persistence to see through the changes.
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 3°08′ Separating
You will need to learn to have confidence in yourself even when life deals you a few blows. You range from over confident to completely lacking in confidence. The truth lies somewhere in between.
QUINCUNX CHIRON Orb 1°09′ Applying
Circumstances are such that we need to make adjustments to our plans and goals. We may need to tame expectations of ourselves and of others if they are unreasonable.
SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS
Saturn in Sagittarius asks us to take on the responsibility of living according to our personal truths and principles, and to be loyal to these. This is a time for turning a critical eye to those beliefs and principles that don’t accurately reflect our authentic selves. (December 23, 2014, to June 14, 2015, then September 17, 2015, to December 20, 2017)
20TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Head of right femur
Sabian Symbol: People cutting through ice, for summer use.
ASPECTS OF SATURN
TRINE URANUS Orb 0°39′ Applying
You have a talent for investigation. You look at new ideas and are able then to put them into action. In business you achieve much in your own independent way.
SQUARE CHIRON Orb 0°52′ Applying
There can be fears now of not being competent or effective enough to meet our responsibilities, or we could find it hard to strike out on a unique path, again due to fears or insecurities. The desire to break from the status quo is strong, but we may not have the necessary confidence to do so. We may have difficulties empathizing with others and understanding ourselves.
URANUS IN ARIES
The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong during this cycle. (May 27, 2010, to August 13, 2010, then March 11th, 2011, to May 15, 2018, then November 6, 2018, to March 6, 2019).
21ST DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Eye muscles
Sabian Symbol: A pugilist entering the ring.
ASPECTS OF URANUS
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 4°04′ Applying
A time for making sweeping changes and for adapting to changes in order to progress. This is a time for revising, altering, overhauling, and purging. We can experience tension, fear, and pressure, but also a sense of liberation from over-attachments and situations that have been holding us back from growth.
NEPTUNE IN PISCES
A long-term influence in which fantasy, imagination, compassion, and spirituality are in stronger focus. (April 4, 2011, to August 4, 2011, then February 3, 2012, to March 30, 2025, then October 22, 2025, to January 26, 2026)
10TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Left metatarsals
Sabian Symbol: An aviator in the clouds.
ASPECTS OF NEPTUNE
CONJUNCTION THE SOUTH NODE Orb 3°33′ Separating
You have a tendency to daydream and live in a fantasy world, possibly even escaping into the world of drugs and depression. Your quest in this life is to put your creative talents to positive use.
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
Tests of our boundaries; breaking down and rebuilding structures and rules. (From January 25, 2008 to June 14, 2008, then November 26, 2008 to March 23, 2023, then June 11, 2023 to January 20, 2024, then September 1, 2024 to November 19, 2024).
17TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Condyle of left tibia
Sabian Symbol: A person surreptitiously bathing in the nude.
Chiron, Major Asteroids, and Moon’s Nodes: in Sign and in Aspect
CHIRON IN PISCES
Strong awareness of our own vulnerabilities and humanity stimulates compassion for others. (April 20 to July 20, 2010, then February 8, 2011, to April 17, 2018, then September 25, 2018, to February 18, 2019).
21ST DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Left fibula muscle
Sabian Symbol: A little white lamb, a child and a servant.
VESTA IN LEO
You work most creatively when left to your own devices. You feel pride in your work and can be inspired by romance and fun. Play and work are closely linked for you.
5TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Right carotid artery
Sabian Symbol: Rock formations at the edge of a precipice.
PALLAS IN AQUARIUS
Your mind can be brilliant, original and insightful. You can quickly grasp new ideas and apply them to the future. You fight for your ideals and humanitarian or political causes.
28TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Right tibia
Sabian Symbol: A tree felled and sawed.
JUNO IN SAGITTARIUS
You would like a partner with a common belief system or vision. You want to be free explore the world, literally and philosophically, with your partner.
15TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Right iliac vein
Sabian Symbol: The ground hog looking for its shadow.
CERES IN ARIES
You feel cared for when people are allowing you to be independent. You also believe that the best way of caring for others is to let them be themselves. You will suffer if you feel dominated or caged in.
22ND DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Cheek muscles
Sabian Symbol: The gate to the garden of desire.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN VIRGO
This is a quest to become dedicated to the service of others. You will need to overcome the tendency to daydream and feel overwhelmed and to put your compassion and wisdom to practical use for humanity.
6TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Descending colon
Sabian Symbol: A merry-go-round.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN PISCES
This is a quest to become dedicated to the service of others. You will need to overcome the tendency to daydream and feel overwhelmed and to put your compassion and wisdom to practical use for humanity.
6TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Left cuboid bone
Sabian Symbol: Officers on dress parade.
*** CONJUNCTIONS TO SELECT FIXED STARS ***
Transits Dec 19 2016 – Event Chart
Aspects to Sun 28°Sg13 -23°25′
Cnj 28°Sg58 ACUMEN Enduring attacks which weaken.
Aspects to Mer 15°Cp07 -22°56′
Cnj 15°Cp32 VEGA Charismatic, magical, lucky
Aspects to Plu 16°Cp31 -21°23′
Cnj 15°Cp32 VEGA Charismatic, magical, lucky
Cnj 16°Cp51 RUKBAT Steadiness and strength.
Aspects to SNo 05°Pi56 -09°20′
Cnj 05°Pi33 DENEB ADIGE Artistic, strong will.
Aspects to BMo 23°Sc41 -13°50′
Cnj 24°Sc01 AGENA The pain of learning