As I mentioned, the Sun and Moon are joined by Pluto in Capricorn, deepening our need to birth a new life and a new society. Capricorn's ruler Saturn, in the last degrees of Libra, is testing our ability to compromise with others and stand for fairness and justice in all our relationships. (You can see the flip side of this energy -- it is NOT working in the US Congress. Saturn in Libra tests our balance, our ability to be just and fair to others.) Saturn will go to 30* Libra before turning retrograde in early February. As Saturn sweeps through the end of Libra, we need to get our thoughts in order and understand what we need to do to achieve balance in our lives and in our society.
The conjunction of the new Moon and Pluto can also draw on the energy of Jupiter in Taurus, taking to heart the need to share resources and new perspectives for stewarding the Earth. What kind of life do we really want? What makes life worth living? Jupiter turns direct on Christmas Day at 1*Taurus: A clear mountain stream. This is an image of pure, uncontaminated nature, flowing from the source. It is an image of our original nature -- not sinful, but pure and uncontaminated before society re-structures it. It's time "to get back to the Garden' -- only this time, do it consciously and conscientiously.
Venus, ruler of both Taurus and Libra, moves into Aquarius on December 20th, asking us to learn Philia (ÏÎ¹Î»Î¯Î± philÃa ), a dispassionate virtuous love, a love that includes loyalty to friends, family, and community, and requires virtue, equality, and familiarity. Philia is practical; everyone benefits from the relationship. It is an idealistic love. Venus will be a very prominent energy this next year. It is important to learn her lesson of philia -- an unselfish love for all the world.
Uranus, which turned direct at 1* Aries just before the lunar eclipse, challenges us to take a stand in our own originality and find ways to enhance this new Moon energy. Otherwise, we'll just be disruptive (with the additional Uranus/Pluto square).
Neptune at 29* Aquarius and Chiron at 2*Pisces offer us opportunities to show our compassionate love "for all our relations' as we restructure our lives and our society.
Mercury is picking up speed now that it is no longer retrograde (although it still feels like Mercury retrograde) and will conjunct the Moon's Sagittarius north node again on December 27th. Give yourself time to meditate on what you really believe during this "time out of time'. Why put God in a box? Why not a God and a Goddess? Why not a non-judgmental Goddess/God who is waiting for us to discover the miracle of the divine birth within our own souls? " Had Mary been filled with reason, There'd have been no room for the Child."
With warmest regards in this most blessed season,
1. L'Engle, Madeleine, The Irrational Season, New York, Seabury Press, 1977, p.27.