Starcodes: December 15-21


Starcodes for the week of December 15-21, 2023

Prioritize safe frivolity. This tail-end of the Sagittarius season calls us to practice generosity and lighten our spirits even as the world darkens towards those longest nights. Next Thursday evening brings the turning point, the Sun enters Capricorn on that long night and three days later the days begin to lengthen again. Happy return of the Sun! All honor to however you choose to celebrate.

Our challenge this year will be to celebrate safely and do so in the face of the world’s agonies. Mercury is now retrograde in serious Capricorn, turning our minds to churn on the world’s conditions and reminding us to finish our work for the year. Mercury retrograde asks us to move with grace and attention to stay safe, no balancing on a tilted chair to hang the highest star. Confirm all meetings and, if any tension arises, check to make sure everyone feels heard and understood.

Our emotions run deep swirling undercurrents this week as Venus in Scorpio opposes Uranus. We can roll with it, rather than attach to the problem and perseverate. Be careful not to let strange deep moods project into daily life and make us irritable or cause glitches in our relationships. Let these emotions stretch our hearts into compassion instead. Keep relationships spacious, with great moments of connection and lots of room in between. Both Venus and Mars form a tricky quincunx to the healing asteroid Chiron which can stir up old feelings but offers a chance to take out a soul-splinter in heal some issue from the past.

Over this weekend an Aquarius Moon helps us honor those seasonal parties and encourages us to feel that collective spirit. It also encourages mass demonstrations, strikes, and other loud political statements under this year’s active Sun. On Sunday the Pisces Moon conjunct Saturn and calls us deep within and underlines our contradictory need for tender privacy. Mercury trines Jupiter on Monday and we can engage some deep discussions on the meaning of the world and brainstorm some expansive plans for the future- just remember that Mercury is retrograde so we’ll need to modify any decisions we make after Jan 3 when Mercury turns direct.

Tuesday through early Thursday an active Aries Moon helps with a flurry of last-minute urgencies. New connections spark as Venus opposes Uranus, holiday parties can start new relationships or inflame an old one. This aspect can also add fuel to the fire of any conflicts, personal or political so just be careful where the sparks land.

Thursday evening the mood shifts from sun and moon in fire signs, to earth signs. The Moon enters comfortable and cozy Taurus and the Sun enters Capricorn as we head into that long night. Capricorn encourages us to come back to our roots to remember what brings us strength and security. In the quiet, let’s ask what feeds our soul and the soul of the world.

starcodes week of December 15 through 21

Friday, December 15: This morning can bring a sad memory or waft of depression as the Moon conjunct Pluto in Capricorn; sociability flows as the Moon enters communal Aquarius this afternoon. We’ll feel better if we can offer our hard-earned wisdom and use it to help the people around us as Mars trines Chiron; reach out to help a friend or notice who feels alone. But don’t insist they listen to advice. Enjoy general camaraderie this evening, enjoy deliciousness but watch for a tendency to over-indulge as the Moon squares Jupiter.

Moon sextile Neptune 2:26 AM, Moon conjunct Pluto 9:03 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 10:55 AM, Mars trine Chiron 3:54 PM, Moon square Jupiter 8:52 PM.

Saturday, December 16: Follow the seasonal magic and take a break from practicalities. Early morning can feel irritably disjointed as the Moon squares Venus but the day flows later on. Evening can bring magic, enjoy the lights and a feeling of connection without expecting to solve any problems; keep it more group-oriented and less about deep personal connection. Later tonight keep an eye out for bad weather or drunk drivers as the Sun squares intuitive, foggy Neptune.

Moon square Venus 10:32 AM, Moon sextile Chiron 12:44 PM, Moon sextile Mars 1:52 PM, Moon square Uranus 7:53 PM, son square Neptune 8:43 PM.

Sunday, December 17: Odd tender places need some love as the Moon enters more sensitive Pisces while Venus quincunx Chiron. Deal directly with emotional responsibilities this afternoon as the Moon conjuncts serious Saturn, then seek great conversation this evening as Mercury approaches a trine to expansive Jupiter. Make good memories.

Moon sextile Sun 5:03 AM, Venus quincunx Chiron 12:49 PM, Moon enters Pisces 12:58 PM, Moon conjunct Saturn 4:31 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 10:49 PM, Moon sextile Mercury 11:20 PM.

Monday, December 18: Catch people doing something good and share appreciation as Mercury trines generous Jupiter. Give out bonuses. We are easily swamped by emotions, they can hit from nowhere and flow through us, whether it’s delight at the lights or feeling abraded by the world, or an influx of memories, as the sensitive Pisces Moon trine Venus. Don’t take people’s emotional delicacy personally. Practical work can help keep us grounded, but don’t expect anybody to be terribly efficient. A potential irritable spell around dinner time can soften quickly if we don’t add fuel to the fire as the Moon squares Mars then sextiles Uranus.

Mercury trine Jupiter 7:27 AM, Moon trine Venus 5:29 PM, Moon square Mars 6:58 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 10:14 PM.

Tuesday, December 19: Morning is soft and dreamy as the Moon conjunct Neptune in Pisces. We may notice where we feel vulnerable and feel for the victims of the world. Any abuse of vulnerability this morning will bring kickback as our focus sharpens to a more decisive edge this afternoon when the Moon enters Aries and squares Mercury. Rein in irritation; stay present, aware, and safe. Share love for the world.

Moon conjunct Neptune 7:07 AM, Moon square Sun 11:39 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 2:03 PM, Moon enters Aries 3:46 PM, Moon square Mercury 10:42 PM.

Wednesday, December 20: This is a day between, the day before the longest night. Deal with short quick errands, succinct statements; don’t oversimplify but do keep to the point. Patience is thin as Mercury semi-squares Venus under an urgent Aries Moon. If we easily get irritated with beloveds who get in our way, breath: the irritation can pass just as easily. Remember what really matters underneath any surface twitches. Tonight, reach out and make unusual emotional connections as Venus opposes Uranus, just take good care of ongoing relationships in the process.

Mercury semi-square Venus 5:04 AM, moon conjunct Chiron 6:27 PM.

Thursday, December 21: On this shortest day the stars deal us a paradox. Mars quincunx Uranus which can bring us an accident-prone or irritable edge in the morning. Venus opposes change-master Uranus and calls for a break in routine. On the other side, competence encourages us to follow through on our responsibility as Mercury sextiles Saturn. Tonight, hold still and honor the turning; the Moon enters cuddly Taurus, the Sun enters tradition-oriented Capricorn, and winter begins.

Venus opposed Uranus 12:04 AM, Moon square Mars 1:23 AM, Mercury sextile Saturn 5:33 AM, Mars quincunx Uranus 7:44 AM, Moon square Pluto 6:10 PM, Moon trine Sun 7:47 PM, Moon enters Taurus 7:50 PM, Sun enters Capricorn 8:27 PM, Moon trine Mercury 10:21 PM.

Provided by Heather Roan Robbins


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Heather Roan Robbins
Heather Roan Robbins is a heart-centered and choice-oriented astrologer, palmist and ceremonialist with 30+ years' experience. Her book, Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life using the Moon Signs and Cycles, brings real astrology into an accessible format. She's trained in astro-locality, mythic, multi-generational and traditional astrology and uses it at the core of her spiritual counseling. Visit


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