Music of the Spheres
Astrological Insights by Susan Heinz
Astrology for December 2014
Orion, the giant hunter, now climbs the skies after sunset, mounting the Eastern horizon, a guardian, glittering in his star spangled belt. After Scorpio’s time of descending darkness, jolting us into change, surprising us with darken afternoons, we begin to shift. Accustomed now, we look forward to gatherings, and good cheer, to share warmth from within. Sagittarius expands us, takes us to new places, and confronts us with the mystery of the night’s beauty. Go look at the stellar show careening overhead.
The full Moon takes place on December 6th. It’s high energy. It takes us to the edge of something new. Take heart, as we also see the collective playing out the intensity of very old thinking, old power struggles. Pluto, whose domain is the subterranean realm of humanity’s collective psyche, is bringing up and out old paradigm programming, polarized perspectives, oppression, fear, and outrage, as it clashes in its 6th exact alignment with revolutionary Uranus, (Dec 14). Revolution, freedom, and the peoples’ voices demand to be heard. Uranus in Aries seeks to break with the old and stimulate the highest vision, and wisdom, that our race can bear. In our personal lives, support change, fuel directions to create new realities in alignment with being fully present. There is a great initiation taking place. Can we broaden our view, grasp our profane interrelatedness, and inhabit our powers as creators, while sustaining this dissolution and metamorphosis?
Throughout December Uranus is at what astrologers call its station to direct point, at 12 degrees Aries. This is the point where it appears that Uranus is once again moving forward in the zodiac instead of retrograding backward through the zodiac. During this phase in the cycle, a tension builds as there is a bursting forth of Uranian energy. For the month of December these Uranian archetypes increase; unexpected and disruptive changes, rebellion, reform, innovation, breakup of structures that hold society in place, and for those who can ride the rocket ship of openness to the moment, to what moves one, and follow its flow, the Awakener, visionary creativeness. In the Tarot, Uranus is correlated with the Fool.
The winter solstice takes place under the auspices of the new Moon in Capricorn on December 21st.The longest night gives way to the return of lengthening daylight, a sacred moment in the cycle of the year, promising hope and renewal. Yet at the winter solstice, just like any cycle that comes to its end, there is a period of discontinuity, a gap, where uncertainty reigns. So it is our ritual to gather and share our visions of a new time.
Twelve opportunities for December: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Situations are opening up for you. It becomes easier to feel comfortable with people, who you once felt judged by. Affection and enjoyment are present as well as a certain constrain, or even challenge, to openness and relaxation. You would prefer a more intimate space or even to draw up into your own internal thoughts, but it is a good time for change, for shifting all perspectives, and breaking your molds. Set aside your standards for the holidays and enjoy playing!
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): As we move into December balancing your finances is important. Look at where you are supported financially and where you need to conserve. You feel a generosity this month, so it is good to be aware how you extend that. The area of your career is energized, sharing information, writing, speaking, and gathering with people. Motivation toward accomplishment moves you on.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): During the first weeks of December, relationship, friendship, and collaborations are highlighted. It is a wonderful time to meet new people and to try new things. Sweetness in friendship is present. Toward the end of the month it is good to slow down socially. Find your boundaries and don’t overextend yourself. Now a redefinition in relationship is needed.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): In this hectic month find a day to dedicate to yourself, preferably at the new moon, and retreat. Recharge yourself with water therapy, listening to good music, or no plan at all. There is much energy concentrated toward relationship, and enjoyment at the solstice. You are once again aware of the transition that you are in terms of career. There is promise of something new emerging, but you cannot know the outcome. Be flexible, and listen deeply to your inner call.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): This month continues a sense of wellbeing, of what can be possible. Let yourself know that, if you haven’t already stepped into this time of abundance, of creativity, and expression. It is all around you. You feel a breakthrough, revelation, realignment, and excitement. Because of this, new routines can be created. Take time to reorganize your office, or work space. People are attracted to you and want to give you information. Step back and watch.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): You are tuned into home and family. Your protective, attentive, nature is activated. You have made the connection with a larger view of things, of situations, and it brings a sense of well-being. Be careful not to project onto others, because not everything is clear. Situations resist definition. Toward the end of the month, you experience things are falling into place. There is change around you.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): The beginning of December brings affection and good feelings. You feel an abundance of love, of creative energy. For some, you experience this with your siblings, a special connection and enjoyment. As the solstice comes you feel the need to hunker down, to ground yourself, to anchor yourself through a deeper relation with your inner world. Creative expression is available to you, and generally finding pleasure in what you create.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): You are closing a cycle that began in October of 2012. Effort applied, new responsibilities taken on, decisions made as to what you are creating in your life, are now moving to a new phase. You have reached a point of fulfillment, a feeling of enjoyment, of outpouring of love, creativity and possibility. Yet at this full moon you are very sensitive to a relationship that is of concern. The path forward is not clear at this time. At the new moon clarify your intention, communication is favored. Keep your balance between the practical, down to earth reality, and the possible.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): This month you must keep the balance between your needs and the needs of others. Sometimes it will not be clear what the boundaries are. Sometimes your idealistic nature will need to be checked. But you feel good. You feel great abundance around you and an expanded view of things. At the end of the year review your finances. Make any needed changes; You may be aware of a new talent emerging or an inner resource that will benefit yourself and others.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): It’s been along haul! This remaking yourself and your life. In the first part of December let yourself take a break, pull your energies back in. Reconfigure your time to allow for connecting with spiritual, and/or artistic reveries. Try something new, enjoyment brings transformation to your life. Allow focus on yourself. Bring forth your wisdom and trust yourself!
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): December is an energizing month for you! Clearly define what it is you want, because now there is a driving force to carry you toward that goal. Writing, speaking, sharing information (which you so love) now comes naturally. There is a sense of grounding as well, putting things in place, consolidating even as you feel newness in your life. It is a sorting time. What is true, what is fantasy, what serves your growth, what confuses it? Friends or like minded souls support your process. Retreat at the solstice.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): In December you are busy behind the scenes, supporting, setting things in motion. If you are an artist, it is an excellent time to go to your studio. Now you must cultivate a good balance between your imaginative and giving self, and just practical necessities of life. For some it may be attending to rest and quiet among the busyness. For others it is setting good boundaries, and staying with them, carving out a big enough space for your own thriving.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 32 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com.