Well, here we are at the final month of 2018 and I am still in disbelief. As I look back over the year, both personally and Astrologically, I look at how much has happened and wonder how so much has been packed into just 11 months. Yet at the same time, it only feels like the year began a few months ago.
Will 2019 continue at this pace?
On one level yes, because with Mars returning to Aries on New Year’s Day and a solar eclipse just days later, 2019 will get off to a busy and impassioned start. Yet, on the other hand, the massive changes that can make a year fly by are largely behind us. It was the fact that there were so many massive changes in November, the made last month fly by. For now, things are settled and they will stay that way for the rest of this year and even into January, while Mars will get things off to a busy start, there will be no major changes.
Jupiter is spending his first full month in Sagittarius and as he is here now until December 2019 and he and all the other major planets are not about to move within the next few months, we won’t see the massive changes this month that we saw last month. With the lunar nodes in their first full month in Cancer and Capricorn, they are now locked into position for the next 18 months.
In fact, with Uranus in his last full month in retrograde in Aries, not just for this year but for another eight decades, Mars seeing the year out in Pisces and Saturn, Pluto and the other outer planets set in position, this month is more settled. So much so that there is a chance to go back and put the finishing touches on things we haven’t finished over recent months, because of the hectic nature of things.
One area of your chart where this is definitely the case is in Libra, but only in the very early days of the month. Venus returned to Libra in early August, for what should have been a 24 day visit. Venus did leave a month later and since then the Sun and Mercury both moved through. However, Venus retrograded back in on 1st November and spent the majority of November on a double dip visit. In retrograde motion until 16th November, Venus was all about second chances, but until she leaves on 3rd December there is an opportunity for a do over. The Moon will move through Libra from 2nd December to 4th December, ensuring your instincts are sharp and your emotional, intuitive and imaginative responses engaged in Venus’ final hours and after she leaves.
This will not only wrap up all the planetary activity in the Libra ruled area of your chart, but after Mars left Aquarius on 16th November and a Full Moon in Gemini on 23rd November, there is no more planetary activity in any of the three Air signs. As the elemental signs rule whole blocks of our chart, this takes out a whole block. For example, for Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn) the Air signs (Libra, Aquarius and Gemini) rule the ‘success triad’ of your chart, namely your income, work and career sectors. There will be no more planetary activity on any of these three fronts now until the Sun returns to Aquarius in January, but there is more than enough momentum to bring your professional and financial year home. For Fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius), the Air signs rule your ‘social triad’, that of communication, friendship and relationship building.
This makes the early days of the month important, for as well as wrapping up all planetary activity in Libra on 3rd December, Venus will end everything she has been holding onto from all three Air Signs.
Venus will return to Scorpio on 3rd December, only to find that Mercury has retrograded back in a day earlier, on 2nd December. Jupiter only left Scorpio on 9th November, so it is no wonder that Venus and Mercury feel compelled to return for double dip visits. Mercury is only back for 11 days, with a direct turn on 7th December seeing him do a U turn and head back out again, on 13th December. This is a short opportunity to return to the drawing board. Venus, on the other hand, is here until 8th January, so will spend the rest of the year here. This is an opportunity for Venus to exploit all the potential created during the 13 months that Jupiter has just spent here and as she spent two months with him before retrograding back out, she knows where all the untapped potential and treasure is buried.
With Mars also spending the whole of December in Pisces, while the North Node is not only spending its first full month in Cancer in 17 years, but will use a Full Moon here on 23rd December as a lightning rod. If you are wondering where all that Air energy of recent months has gone, it has transferred over to Scorpio, Pisces and Cancer, the three Water Signs.
Your Monthly Horoscopes and Monthly Horoscope Reports will give you all the information on what areas of your chart are being impacted, where, how and when and your Monthly Reports will get right down into the details. However, as an example, for the Air signs (Libra, Gemini and Aquarius) the Water signs rule your ‘success triad’ – or your income, work and career sectors, while for the Earth signs (Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn), this is your ‘social triad’. For the Water signs, this means new beginnings, fun and adventure, while for the Fire signs there is a lot of focus on home, money matters and time out to hear yourself think.
With Mercury retrograding back out of Sagittarius on 2nd December, he won’t be here for a New Moon there on 7th December and that is an advantage. With Jupiter in his first full month in Sagittarius and the Sun here until 22nd December, with Mercury gone from 2nd December to 13th December, this is not only a chance to look to the future but the big picture, without having to overthink things. With Mercury in retrograde motion here, you have had to keep one eye on the rear view mirror.
Yet with Mercury returning to Sagittarius on 13th December but not leaving until 5th January and Venus not even returning until 8th January, there is little urgency and this suits Jupiter just fine. For when Mars returns to Aries on New Year’s Day and Uranus turns direct there on 7th January, this will create a wave that Jupiter, in fellow Fire sign Sagittarius will be able to catch.
The Sun will return to Capricorn on 22nd December, joining forces with Saturn, Pluto and the South Node, but even here there is a lack of urgency. As the Fire ruled areas of your chart wait for Mars’ return to Aries on New Year’s Day to fire things up, the Earth ruled areas of your chart are waiting for a solar eclipse here in Capricorn on 6th January, a day after Mercury’s return, to get things moving there.
I am hoping this means December won’t fly by as fast as November did. I somehow suspect that this year has gained too much momentum to slow things down too much. However, do make the most of this final month of 2018, both to reflect back on the year that has been and prepare for 2019.
Your Monthly Horoscopes and Monthly Horoscope Reports will give you all the information on what areas of your chart are being impacted, where, how and when and your Monthly Reports will get right down into the details.
All the very best for the coming month.