Kate Arbon is an astrologer, writer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork for over 20 years she gives personal consultations locally and internationally using traditional natal and Horary astrology. email: astro@katearbon www.katearbon.com
December brings the last Lunar cycle of 2018 and the following two weeks has a more upbeat tempo than we have been used to over the last few months. Venus goes back into Scorpio on December 2 finally retreading her steps to the point, on December 17 where she started her retrograde phase in early October. This brings some fresh energy to the area of relationships and social connections. The planet Mercury has also been retrograde in Scorpio and will go direct again on December 6 and moves back into Sagittarius on December 12. Each of these energy shifts releases some of the recent pressure and allows us to gain some much-needed breathing space, or even a sense of heightened positivity. The first week of December can bring a general feeling of optimism and enthusiasm for the future with both the Sun and Jupiter very well placed in Sagittarius.
The New Moon on December 7 is connecting with the feel good planet Jupiter in its own sign, Sagittarius. So this is a time of considering new horizons and opportunity. It’s a good time to reach out for goals and desires that have a less material focus and keep in mind the higher ideals we have for self-improvement or a better experience, either personally or globally. This mood is enhanced by the close but challenging connection the Sun Moon combination make with a Neptune Mars combination in Pisces. Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces, and Neptune is also quite at home there. Mars is the planet of goals and action. Frequently it can also be the planet of conflict when that energy comes up against whatever stands in the way of a desire or goal. Whilst joined with Neptune, Mars is a lot less assertive and more inclined to higher ideals and spiritual or non-material affairs. This makes this New Moon a good time to initiate the removal of boundaries and divisions, to relax strong definitions and directives whilst making a more cohesive or inclusive plan that has far reaching results. Pulling together for mutual benefit is very desirable now. This new Moon also gives us hint of a significant trend for 2019 as Jupiter and Neptune continue to be in this square aspect between Sagittarius and Pisces throughout the year.
The month reaches a climax with the Full Moon in Cancer on December 22 less than a day after the Winter Solstice point on December 21. This is the darkest time of the year in the northern hemisphere and yet this year it is illuminated by the Moon at full light, taking away some of the harshness that the Sun moving into Capricorn can bring. It gives us the feeling of wanting to draw in to a more familiar environment and nurture those people that mean the most. These last ten days of the month are perfect for the traditional holiday vibes of gathering with family and close friends for quiet and intimate times. The last day of the year brings a change of energy, as Mars moves from a dreamy flowing Pisces expression into Aries with it’s forthright, assertive, action orientated energy. The relaxation and ease of the holiday period is replaced by an urge to get things done. This is a great time to get on with New Year plans and intentions, as the energy is there to really do something now rather than simply make resolutions on paper. A sober and production-orientated trend is supported by serious Saturn joining with the Sun in Capricorn on January 2 giving an industrious start to the New Year.
The full forecast for 2019 will be included with the January Astrology and Sun Sign Column.
New Moon is at 16° Sagittarius on December 7 at 7.20am. Full Moon is at 1° Cancer on December 22 at 5.50pm.
Aries: This New Moon is good for deep thinking and it’s time to consider your long-term values. Right now, you can expect encouragement regarding all things candid and honest. Concentrate on essentials and focus on the essence of your situation. ‘Take care of business’ is the key to present action. This lack of superficiality ensures you get straight to the point. You’re interested in the truth of things. Perhaps a rekindling of personal philosophical and religious thoughts is required also. The foundations of belief that you establish now are there to be built on in the future.
Taurus: It’s a time for stripping away and discarding non-essentials or memories of things past. During this New Moon you can separate the wheat from the chaff, concentrating on important things. You are unsentimental about doing this. The situation you are in manages to support some mental or physical housecleaning on your part. There is no place in your life for outworn or flimsy goods, ideas or relationships. Innovations, new and possibly unconventional approaches to being productive or making money are in order. Your response to life becomes more original and progressive.
Gemini: This New Moon will be a very social time, during which you receive all kinds of support from those around you. You may neglect individual concerns in favour of group or social affairs. Relationships are nourished and very much in focus. This is a time for turning away from your personal experiences by responding in a more spiritual and socially minded manner. You can handle your own past, and you want to share, especially by relating to others or in community work. You are able to love and care both for yourself and others.
Cancer: Efforts on your part to improve your health, diet, and physical condition win support from others. You are encouraged to attend to nagging details, to get them out of the way during the New Moon. This is a time of discrimination and possible self-examination. Sort through the experiences of the last several months, separate the worthwhile from the worthless and, in general, salvage what you can. An inner drive may find you out and about and enjoying the social scene. You may be urged to adopt a more open or impersonal attitude toward yourself or others. Expect important relationships to take up more of your attention now.
Leo: The trend for you this New Moon is to be more creative and expressive. Others may urge you on toward a more self-confident and outgoing attitude. Enjoy the sense of having lived and experienced something with perhaps the dawning of an awareness of who you are and what you have been through these last months. Together with a growing sense of self-discovery you may find yourself very appreciative of your more imaginative qualities. You love and value confidence and expression from the heart: real life drama. Soon your mind will turn towards matters that need deep reflection, as you take stock of your current situation.
Virgo: This New Moon your home and private life could be very rewarding for you. Your feelings and sense of security prompt you to seek seclusion or lose yourself in past memories. This marks the end of a phase of uncertainty or lack of clarity. Now you can secure your position, know what limits there are, and move forward. You have sent down roots and have a base to build on. This is a creative time for you regarding ideas, concepts, and expressing or communicating yourself. You can put your experience and feelings into words and may be at your most witty and dramatic.
Libra: Your ability to communicate in general is enhanced as you find the needed support or backing from those around you during this New Moon. Your ideas and thoughts may be very deep and rich, memories are especially vivid. You are exploring and searching now, looking for meaning, linking things together, following up connections, seeing where the ends meet or fall short. You may come full circle with a feeling you are back where you started. If so, then consider what aspects of your past you would like to put behind you and then begin to rebuild those connections for the better again.
Scorpio: You may receive special attention from the people around you over this New Moon. Younger people, women especially and your home environment may contribute somehow to improve your financial standings. You have a sense of security with back up and reserves. A time when you can respond to new ideas and find a footing upon which you can build a foundation. You may be gathering your resources, with the desire to catch and hold on to vital ideas or impulses you have experienced. Projects benefit from nurturing and growth. Maybe it’s time to reassess the relationships you have with the people who represent family to you.
Sagittarius: During this New Moon in your own sign you may feel more self-centred and concerned with appearances than usual. Friends and family unite to support you personally and financially. You may appear in a good light in a group or social gathering. This is a time to let go of all that is worn out and superficial. Turn away from the outer world, focusing now on personal and inner changes. New information and ideas capture your attention. Your mind and thinking may turn to questions of finance and material support. You could come up with new opinions relating to money, possessions and personal values.
Capricorn: Understanding and generosity may be forthcoming from friends or family during this New Moon. Your own efforts to be helpful and give of yourself are well rewarded. Put up with minor inconveniences and irritations for the sake of what is really important in your life. Sacrifices made now will be more than repaid by an increased ability on your part to make dreams real. In an understanding mood you are able to appreciate and value the humility that goes into any effort towards goals, which reach beyond the personal. You may generally feel more inclusive and want to create a harmonious environment by dissolving outworn barriers.
Aquarius: Community concerns and altruism in general, may get an added boost during this New Moon. People around you unite to make long-term goals and dreams seem more possible. This is a time for resolutions and attempting to put into practice your heartfelt dreams. You feel moved to cooperate and work together with others on shared and long-term projects. You want to make your ideals a reality. Your business sense is enhanced, and you are able to really get down to what is important when it comes to making decisions affecting your material welfare. Superficial possessions may no longer interest you. Instead, things of lasting value appeal.
Pisces: There is a lot of support for you to make job-related and practical decisions. Your ambitions could receive encouragement from those around you. Your practical vision may be at a high, during which you can see what needs to be done and just how to go about doing it. Long term goals and projects may benefit from the increased clarity you possess. During this New Moon you become aware that a little self-sacrifice and an understanding attitude on your part could have far-reaching effects on your own life-path and general direction. A little long-suffering and restraint now could really pay off later.