General Astro Trends for December 2017

Affirmation of the Month: "I enjoy the holidays by focusing on what is meaningful and spiritually enriching, rather than rushing about without a purpose trying to fit into social expectations. I feel good because I do “good.” 

As this complex and challenging year comes to an end, the planetary conditions move into yet another tricky direction. The holiday travel and gift-giving season most likely will be affected by the last Mercury Retrograde of 2017, this time in true Sagittarius, the sign most associated with travel.

After a few weeks of being in a gray period, which I personally find more confusing, the Messenger will move Retrograde on a Full Moon cycle on December 3rd. The Direct station will take place 3 weeks later, just before Christmas, but it’ll take another several weeks until Mercury will pass the 29th Tropical degree of the Archer. If you are planning to buy big items, make sure you check all warranties and don’t forget those gift receipts.

Saturn is now firmly established in Sidereal Sagittarius where he will be dampening our holiday spirits, particularly during the first two weeks of December. Watch out for colds brought on by negative emotions, too much unnecessary activity or eating sugar.

On the positive side, we can get much accomplished if we continue to move forward with projects, organize our homes and finances, and prepare carefully for the New Year, since only Uranus is now Retrograded, which I think is a very good thing.

The first weekend in December is filled with a good deal of energetic disorder. Venus moves into freedom-loving, somewhat abrasive Tropical Sagittarius just as Mars and Uranus jolt our nerves. Although, this opposition doesn’t last long, unless it arrives on your Solar Return, here’s what you need to know. When Mars opposes Uranus we have two choices: one; to strike out against anyone or anything you feel has been blocking your own interests, or two, make abrupt changes by acting impulsively. Be aware of taking your frustrations out on others that may lead to you literally “blowing up” your life. In rare cases, you may be at the receiving end of an unexpected ego-based attack or sudden disruptions that change your plans completely. On the positive side, you can now free yourself from restrictions. 

I recommend being aware and going with the energy; otherwise you may bring on an accident or even something requiring surgical intervention. The sensitive degrees fall around 22-28 of the Cardinal axis of Libra, Aries, Cancer and Capricorn. 

On top of that, Neptune will square off with both the Sun and the Full Moon, intensifying the confusion or a dream like state of mind. This aspect favors spiritual pursuits, lots of sleep, and relaxation. Don’t push or try to be productive. Take Sunday off or risk a bout with allergies, environmental sensitivities, complete exhaustion or discouragement. Use common sense and avoid making important decisions.

The following week is more mellow except for the 6th, 9th and 10th. Wednesday, the 6th is an extremely constructive, positive day full of serious communications, a positive business climate, and feeling in control. The Fire and Air signs benefit, especially Sagittarius, Leo and Libra.

The weekend is also exciting and fun for the same signs. A sensitive, delusional square between Venus and Neptune asks single Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini and Virgo to see people as they are and not project their romantic fantasies on them. On the other hand, a bit of daydreaming or self-care won’t hurt either.

The week of the 11th will find conditions much improved. Tuesday is tailor-made for business and commerce while Friday is a great day for communications with loved ones, first dates or simply making your own needs a priority. Sagittarius, Leo and Aries: if you’ve been thinking about reconnecting with your ex or someone special still on your mind, go right ahead!

The New Moon on the 17th brings more excitement and pleasant interactions once more for the Fire and Air signs, while sensitive Water folks feel nothing but irritation and jitters, but only if they’ve been burning the candle at both ends.

The week before Christmas continues the trend of fun and games for Sagittarius, Leo and Aries.

A sobering energy-lowering meeting between the Sun and Saturn can be seen as an antidote to all the madness, an opportunity to attend to your duties and responsibilities or feelings of isolation. It’s all up to you: having some time to yourself and organizing doesn’t have to feel bad. Just remember, anytime these two meet, the physical energy is lowered.

On Friday, the 22nd Mercury stations Direct making everything just a bit lighter over the weekend.

Well, I think more than a few of us are ready to say our good buys to 2017. 

Monday is a serious, obligation-filled day for early degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra and Aries. Please try to balance your own needs with obligations. Outside of a soft watery trine between Mars and Neptune, the rest of the year is pretty quiet.

I find it interesting that December starts off with a bang with Mars making a very stressful, disruptive contact with Uranus, but ends on a serene, more thoughtful note when Mars contacts Neptune along the Pisces/Scorpio axis. 

I suspect here lies the universal lesson of the entire past year. Anger, hatred and disruption should be replaced by kindness and spirit-based understanding, because the Universe is asking us to do very little outside of being helpful to those in need. This is a perfect time to look at our lives with compassion, make some mental notes and not be so self-focused in the upcoming New Year.

A joyful, healthy and Peaceful 2018 dear friends!

This month newsletter is dedicated to the sacred memory of my Astrological father, the late great Chakrapani Ullal, who is forever flying with the 27 Celestial Sisters.

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