In the Stars December 5-12, 2021...shining light on the astrology of the week

The Sun shines in the enthusiastic sign of Sagittarius tropically for two more weeks. Neptune turned direct on Wednesday, December 1, giving inspiration, imagination, and vision. The Total Solar Eclipse just occurred December 3-4. Although eclipse season is behind us, there are numerous noteworthy planetary events in December. While the Sagittarius Sun sets the stage for a sparkling holiday season, there are several challenging planetary alignments.

Ongoing the skies hold the tense energy of the Eris-Pluto square, and the Saturn-Uranus square which will reach its third exact aspect December 23rd at 11 degrees of Aquarius-Taurus.

Venus conjuncts Pluto for the rest of December, sparking deep feelings. Venus turns retrograde on December 20th, and December 24-26 Venus and Pluto are exactly conjunct at 25 degrees of Capricorn. The Christmas holidays will be fueled with passion.

Mars conjuncts the South Node, also known as Ketu in Vedic astrology. This conjunction marks the beginning of a long Kala Sarpa Yoga period (a Vedic Astrology alignment) when all of the planets are hemmed in between the North and South Nodes, except for the two weeks each month when the Moon breaks through. This is a tense, restrictive energy which will be in effect from December 13, 2021, until April 24, 2022.

On December 18th the Moon reaches its fullness at 27:28 Sagittarius, the place of the Galactic Center (of note, also the degree of the Moon in my horoscope). The Winter Solstice is December 21 when the Sun moves into Capricorn tropically.

Financial astrologer Ray Merriman noted in his December 3rd newsletter: “In a classic example of a Saturn/Uranus waning square ‘black swan’ event, world stock indices cracked on Friday. COVID-1