Starcodes for the week of December 22-28, 2023
Let’s keep our hearts open the potential of a miracle this week. It’s not inevitable, that’s not the nature of miracles, but it is possible. We could also see strange weather and misunderstandings create real problems. The stars encourage us to soften our hearts and pay great attention to our surroundings as Neptune speaks to us this week between chapters in our life.
Neptune brings great dreams and festive magic on a good day and confused frustration on a tough one as heart-centered, creative Venus trines Neptune while both mental Mercury and active Mars square Neptune this week, calling us to use our gifts of intuition and imagination and adding a glow to the music, power to our empathic prayer, to the symbols, however we celebrate.
Neptune can also bring foggy weather and confusion. Mercury is also retrograde so misunderstandings, miscues, or mistakes, jumping to conclusion with only half a story, all can slip in too easily. We need to pierce through the fog and really try to understand what is happening. Visualize what steps could help our world heal, both on the personal and local scale and our massive global challenges. Then take steps in that direction after Mercury turns direct on January 3.
But first – this week. It was a long tradition in the northern lands that one needed to finish up the knitting or weaving of one year before the winter solstice, then take a break and start anew in the new year. The Sun and retrograde Mercury conjunct in Capricorn on Friday and help us competently complete work, if not start new projects. If we don’t keep ourselves busy, the tendency will be to worry and wonder about the security of our life in the world, or, in our anxiety, try to manipulate people to do what we want them to do.
Late Friday night a more festive element arises as Mercury enters Sagittarius and stays through the next few weeks. Emotions will still run deep undercurrents with Venus in Scorpio all week, sometimes we’ll want to be in the heart of the party but minutes later we might need solitude. And so might our guests.
The waxing Moon enters nervy, talkative Gemini on Sunday, Christmas Eve and helps us travel to grandma’s house, talk, and share, but also lowers our attention span and brings out that Mercury retrograde impatience when signals are missed, or timing is off. Relax as much as possible, worry about traveling safely – not quickly – and if delays do pop up, look for a possible opportunity for adventure or connection in the process.
On December 26 a Full Moon in emotional Cancer can bring us to our heart or leave us somewhat overwhelmed. It is a magical time for reading books, for low-key, undemanding company as Mercury squares Neptune and the Sun trine Jupiter. Let people absolutely relax and be off stage to unwind, no expectations. Really hit the pause button. Expectations will set up defenses, traveling in a hurry can bring accidents. This time is about rest renewal and reacquainting ourselves with our beloveds.
That Full Moon in Cancer will also spotlight boundary questions, borders, home, homeland, and homelessness, and bring our attention to refugees and border problems everywhere. Let’s approach this world problem with perspective and compassion, with gratitude for our personal sanctuary and wondering how we can help all people be safe at home. The next few decades we’ll have to deal with problems of population and group mindsets as Pluto enters Aquarius, this is just the beginning. May the new year bring a safe home for all.
Friday, December 22: On this short day, take a moment in the morning to rest and meditate, as the Moon conjunct Jupiter in Taurus. Visualize your life visualize plans all worked out, engage this Capricorn organizational capacity to complete, and clear the decks, prepare as the Sun and Mercury conjunct in hard-working Capricorn. A layer of grim efficiency leaves, seasonal twinkling arrives as Mercury enters Sagittarius tonight. Observe that beautiful, heart lifting, Moon-Jupiter conjunction glowing in evening’s sky.
Moon sextile Saturn 12:07 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 5:53 AM, Sun conjunct Mercury 11:53 AM, Mercury enters Sagittarius 11:17 PM. Mercury enters Sagittarius tonight.
Saturday, December 23: Restlessness and introspection can make it appear like we aren’t paying attention to beloveds as the Moon conjuncts Uranus. People aren’t tracking clearly, so clarify intentions times and places, find humor in minor mistakes, and keep a playful attitude. Good food, comfort, cuddliness further, work with that delicious Taurus Moon.
Moon conjunct Uranus 6:33 AM, Moon opposes Venus 12:03 PM, Moon sextile Neptune 4:12 PM, Moon trine Pluto 11:39 PM.
Sunday, December 24: Buzz around, visit, hold an open house, check out the sites, and share a joke as the Moon enters communicative, short-attention-span Gemini. Keep a lighthearted approach; review and update traditions. The evening settles as the Sun sextile Saturn, stroll through memories. Conversations about the present moment may be more difficult than those about the past or future.
Moon enters Gemini 1:14 AM, Moon square Saturn 5:58 AM, Sun sextile Saturn 10:28 AM.
Monday, December 25: Expect to get up early this morning whether celebrating Christmas or not, under a nervy, creative, talkative Gemini Moon. It’s a great day for zoom, phone calls, letter writing, and visits. Don’t expect anyone to focus for long, though we can try to savor rather than hurry as eat or interact as Venus trines Neptune. Encourage everyone to speak up and share stories; engage imagination and watch the heart warm. Take a break if moods get cranky tonight as the Moon opposes Mars, and reconvene later on.
Venus trine Neptune 10:15 AM, Moon opposes Mars 7:08 PM, Moon square Neptune 10:57 PM.
Tuesday, December 26: Be off schedule, out of time, cozy, comfortable. We may feel potentially overwhelmed with family or other emotional expectations, unusually crabby, and just need acceptance, cuddliness, and tasty food. Give difficult people room rather than a hard time or advice. Let people unwind at their own pace without heavy expectations to recover from burnout and over-extension on this full Moon in Cancer.
Moon opposed Mercury 12:55 AM, Moon enters Cancer 8:57 AM, Moon trine Saturn 1:29 PM, Moon opposed Sun 5:33 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 6:45 PM, Chiron turns direct 8:09 PM.
Wednesday, December 27: Watch a potential for misunderstandings or strange weather conditions this morning. Stay situationally aware, adjust to changing circumstances, and clarify misconceptions as Mercury squares Neptune and conjunct Mars. Conversation tonight can be pointed, sharp, but fascinating, just don’t set off each other’s defenses; we armor up quickly.
Mercury square Neptune 12:42 AM, Sun trine Jupiter 8:28 AM, Mercury conjunct Mars 5:31 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 9:03 PM.
Thursday, December 28: Do not hurry, do not insist, don’t try to make a decision. Let anger and frustration dissolve as Mars squares Neptune, let it be a day of not knowing, but of dreaming and imagining. Ponder possibilities in this moment between chapters. Some recent grief can bring a bittersweet warmth and help us clarify: we know more about what we want and what is important now. Evening grows communicative and celebratory as the Moon enters Leo tonight and Venus sextile Pluto-
Moon trine Neptune 7:45 AM, Moon trine Sun 3:12 PM, Mars square Neptune 3:15 PM, Moon opposed Pluto 3:57 PM, Moon conjunct enters Leo 5:28 PM, Venus sextile Pluto 11:05 PM.
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