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Thursday 12/21/2017: Winter Solstice

Moon entered humanitarian Aquarius yesterday at 9:29 PM ET, bringing a bit of humanitarian relief to the status and strategy-focused Capricorn Moon that was wandering through the day yesterday. Arise, go forth and mingle with your friends, the more unconventional, the better.

Here’s a fun real-life example of a Moon void twist. Yesterday I received an “urgent” email from a journalist looking for input on a story about astrology. I called the reporter and we’re having a scintillating discussion about potentials — made more delightful because the reporter is especially sharp. But in the back of my mind I am thinking…Moon void…Mercury retrograde…this isn’t going to fly. And sure enough minutes after we end our conversation, she emails to say her editor gave the topic to another reporter. I wish I’d told her at the start of the conversation that this “urgent crisis” was likely much ado about nothing! So then we talked about another piece she’d been assigned…and I do hope there will be more to come. Fun! How was your all-day Moon void?

Today at 11:29AM ET, we say goodbye to the Sun in Sagittarius and hello to the Sun in Capricorn. Happy Winter Solstice! In the Northern Hemisphere, days will be getting longer and nights will be getting shorter. If you live in South Africa or anywhere else south of the equator, you are celebrating the first day of summer. What’s it like having a serious sign like Capricorn associated with bikini weather, I wonder? Somebody please write and tell me. In any case, with Capricorn, we move from big-picture thinking (Sagittarius) to practical application. What will we build that will materially define our collective philosophy? Think corporations, governments and maybe The Junior League. Think status and ambition.

Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season  — i.e., equinoxes and solstices — from an astrological point of view. The first days of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter correspond with the first day (or first degree) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called cardinal signs of the zodiac. Cardinal signs initiate. They come up with the idea and put it into action, which leads to necessary change. “Cardinal” suggests (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  So the first day/degree of a Cardinal sign is a turning point. In astrology, the technical term for the first degree of any Cardinal sign is the Aries Point, just to confuse people who are not professional astrologers.

Equinoxes and solstices are also prominent. We make a fuss over them, right? In Japan, the first day of each season is actually a national holiday. How cool is that? Thus, in a horoscope, a planet or angle at the Aries Point needs to be prominent. I’ll give you a detailed example of someone famous who was born around the Aries Point in a minute. Off the top of my head, Meryl Streep (a Cancer) and William Shatner (an Aries) were both born with the Sun at the Aries Point. They’re pretty prominent in everything they do, don’t you think?

A chart for a new season suggests the gameplan for the next three months. Today is not the worst day in the world this year, and its darn disappointing that some people who know enough about astrology to be dangerous would be telling journalists these horrible things. Yes, the Capricorn Sun is exactly conjunct Saturn in Capricorn, suggesting a need for gravitas and responsibility for one’s actions. That’s not necessarily horrible. There are upsides to limitation and focus…and the pendulum will eventually swing the other way. Of greater concern as a gameplan for the next few months is Mercury — about to turn direct on FRIDAY at 8:51 PM ET. It’s still in sloppy Sagittarius and it is in a challenging pattern with foggy Neptune. Translation: it’s looking for a vision that likely may not materialize, and what does materialize is likely to have holes you could drive a starship through. For the next three months, you are advised to take the visions presented by outside influences with a grain of — nah, make it a full Himalayan salt lamp the size of Brazil. Like this Exhibit A, left here without further comment. Trigger warning: that’s not a link to a Himalayan salt lamp. It’s about politics and may be skipped if you’re not in the mood. Enjoy your eggnog!

Another challenging pattern on this solstice is an stubborn square between the Aquarius Moon and Mars, planet of action, in ruthless — but oh-so-effective Scorpio. This suggests emotional clashes of will between those on the cutting edge…for better or for worse. Yes, could be innovative. Yes, could also be inclined to slash and burn. If your lunch today felt like a bit of a stubborn clash around 1:13 PM ET, that’s when the Moon-Mars clash happened. The headline on the WaPo homepage read “After success on taxes, GOP returns to infighting ahead of deadline to avoid shutdown.

Work on planning and strategy in your own personal world. Do your best to create supportive structure. Capricorn may start out heavy and serious at first, but the older it gets, the lighter it becomes. Wry humor is one of its most effective coping strategies — and proven best medicines.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: Meryl Streep, whose horoscope we’ve been covering over the years. She is a Summer Solstice baby, which means that transiting Saturn at 0 Capricorn is putting the squeeze on her 0 Cancer Sun (same goes for her astro twin, Elizabeth Warren). Ms. Streep is being trashed in a  street art campaign calling her out for her work with Vernal Equinox baby Harvey Weinstein (who is also obviously due for a streamlining reality check):

The poster campaign caps a torrid week for Streep who was already on the defensive after fellow actor Rose McGowan, who says she was raped by Weinstein, accused the grand dame of Hollywood of silence and hypocrisy.

Meanwhile, the snafus and sloppy Mercury Rx in Sagittarius thinking of the tax bill passed yesterday just keep on manifesting. It won’t be signed by Christmas — and likely not until early January because of….wait for it…technical difficulties. 

Meanwhile, I noted a few headlines yesterday expressing the potential of Saturn’s controlling efforts in matters related to Capricorn. Facebook, Amazon, T-Mobile, others sued over age discrimination in Facebook job ads. Yep. Ageism and other squeezes placed on People of a Certain Age. We’ll be seeing more reality checks on that in the next couple of years. Capricorn refers to what is old. 

Capricorn and Saturn refer to time — and mortality. What a coincidence to see this headline now: U.S. Mortality Rate Falls for Second Year in a Row (the cause: drug overdoses, reflected by Neptune in Pisces in a tough aspect with the horoscope of the U.S.).

Hmm…also a coincidence. Time is what I am running out of, in an effort to post this forecast before the close of the business day. More news to come in the next forecast…thank you for reading…thank you for your Mercury retrograde bookmark orders…and thank you for purchasing gift certificates for reports and consultations for your friends, family and colleagues. It is a joy to be of service!

I leave you with this album that always makes me think of the Winter Solstice: “December” by George Winston. Cheers.