- December 2022 The End Is Always A Beginning
Mars, retrograde, continues in Gemini until January 12. Mars retrograde says slow down and pay attention to the details of the scenery of life. Dig down deep to find compassion and zip those gossipy lips, should you be compelled to stir the pot.
Mars does not form angles to other planets this month, but the Moon does form angles to Mars, thus agitating us emotionally. Those days the Moon messes with Mars are December 1, 7, 15, and 27.
The key to getting through Mars retrograde is to say pleasant words and play nice with others. Otherwise, our words and deeds will be turned on us in not so nice ways.
Mercury, ruler of Gemini and Virgo, turns retrograde December 29, and goes direct January 18. Take the usual precautions and back up the computers. If you think you should not do something while Mercury is retrograde, then don’t do that until after Mercury goes direct next month. Activities and projects started with Mercury retrograde usually fail while other projects begun prior to Mercury retrograde can be completed.
December starts off with Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius squaring Neptune December 1-4. Details are hazy and snake oil salesmen have baseless claims. A country drive is great, but choose your company wisely. Neptune is on the verge of going direct December 3, adding shade to those rose-colored glasses. Artistic and spiritual endeavors are favored. Just don’t get drunk and go to the museum. That’s not a great use of this transit. The saving grace is that Venus is sextile Saturn, lending a dose of good sense to our current sense of wanderlust.
Just before moving into Capricorn, December 6, Mercury is square Jupiter December 5. Our thoughts and plans are expansive and grand. We can adapt to new and unique ideas, but do remember that current transits with Neptune afford those who are clever to pull the wool over our eyes. The best way to use that wool now is to knit a sweater and wait out the results of the current baloney that is circulating. Listen to your gut, it knows the truth in all cases.
Venus follows in Mercury’s path December 8-9. Venus and Jupiter bring opportunities, most likely through close relationships. In the days between December 5 and 9, play and party and nod without committing to any sales tactic that seems too good to be true. Just mostly play, especially if you are Capricorn, Aries, Sagittarius or Pisces.
While Mercury transits Capricorn until February 11, our thoughts and deeds are cool calm and collected. However, while Mercury is retrograde December 29 to January 18, some of us will be quite discombobulated.
Mercury in Capricorn is harmoniously trine Uranus in Taurus December 17. This brings easy changes and adventurous ideas. Great ideas can come to fruition now.
The shadow of Mercury retrograde begins December 13, so life and the little details begin to get a bit wonky at that point.
Mercury and Venus sextile Neptune in Pisces December 24 and 28, respectively, brings about the need to embrace spiritual ideals and integrate them into real day to day life. Do not be fooled, in the final days of December, when Mercury retrograde and Venus connect. That which is not true is sure to be exposed on December 31 when Venus is square Pluto. Power struggles and jealousy occur, leading up to the New Year’s Eve. The fight can be powerful, but the makeup can be like a great fireworks display.
Full Moon December 7 in Gemini conjunct Mars at 10:09 pm CST at 16 degrees Gemini
This full Moon in Gemini brings in the energy of Mars and Uranus. While the full Moon in Gemini makes us aware of details and stresses, this full Moon is playful and calls for us to sing and dance the night away on this particular hump day. Do watch for accidents and unexpected events. This day can be emotionally upsetting so try to remain calm, especially if you are Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo, or Pisces.
The Sun in Sagittarius is harmoniously sextile Saturn and square Neptune. Many of us are inspired by new ways to accomplish that which seems important. If you are confused, look for inspiration.
Jupiter moves through Aries December 20 to May 16, 2023. Jupiter was in Aries May 10, 2022 to October 28, 2022. The power of positive thinking prevails now, as we feel upbeat and ready to tackle the boogeyman. We will want instant results, so give that some thought when you feel impatient. Those of us who are Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius are helped by influential people and circumstances. Those of us who have planets in those signs are just as lucky. Just slow down and know that even the bossiest Aries cannot push time to meet your wishes and desires. Aries reputation and waistline are sure to expand.
December 23 new Moon in Capricorn at 4:17 am CST at 1 degree Capricorn
This new Moon is square Jupiter and Venus is trine Uranus. The new Moon in Capricorn urges us to work on our work and our reputation. With the square to Jupiter, we are so enthusiastic and can grow accordingly. Optimism prevails, but we must be sure that we do not go overboard thus turning optimism and success into massive failure to launch. With Venus trine Uranus, we all should get out into the world and move beyond labels and pronouns and cultural biases. This optimistic full Moon is a great way to end the year. Just be sure to operate within the confines of using good sense.
Mercury Retrograde 2022
Jan 14 - Feb 3
May 10 - June 3
Sept 9 - Oct 2
Dec 29 - Jan 18,2023
The window of time between 12/4 at 5:39 am CST and 12/6 at 1:03 pm CST
12/25 1:15 CST to 12/26 at 12:20 pm CST
12/31 after 11:09 am CST
You may want to get an app called Planetary Hours and consummate during the Venus hour.
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December 2,3,9,10,17, 23,24,29,30
I have been writing this column for over twenty-five years now and in order to better assist readers who are not students of astrology I offer some suggestions as to how to use the monthly summary.
Read the summary with your calendar that shows the whole month on one page. Read through the intro and make note of the days that I point out. Mark the new Moon and the full Moon. The days between the new Moon and the full Moon are when you generally want to start something that you want to grow. Do look at that Moon void chart and take a rest on those days. I have discovered that no matter what I plan, it turns out another way on a Moon void day. Anything you try to accomplish will turn out with unexpected results.
Make note of the three days before the new Moon. People usually get anxious during these days because the phone does not ring or they feel confused or simply nothing is happen. That is because it is wind down time before the new Moon. You will usually notice that the action of life picks up once the new Moon occurs. Also note the days that planets change directions, especially Mercury retrograde.
Hopefully these suggestions will give you a bit of a start to maneuvering through life with astrology.
Robert E Brown
As a part of helping readers live with astrology I have added a year long astrology calendar on the MOON VOID page. You can see all the voids month by month. Note the new Moons and the full Moons. The lunar quarters are listed and the aspects are noted on each day. If you are not astrology savvy you can at least have the Moon void information for the year. It's a pdf so you can download it.