In the Stars December 6-13, 2020...shining light on the astrology of the week


The Sun in Sagittarius draws us into the joy of the holiday season. At the same time, this is an intense week sandwiched between last week’s Lunar Eclipse on Monday, November 30th and a Solar Eclipse on December 14th at 23:08 degrees of Sagittarius. December 14th is the day of the Electoral College vote. Eclipse days, and the two weeks in-between are super-charged with energy, so go mindfully and keep things simple.


Also this week Pluto and dwarf planet Eris make an exact square, the third of three. The first was at the end of January when Covid-19 and its related issues emerged. The second square corresponded with the George Floyd murder and the Black Lives Matter protests. Eris is a rabble-rousing, truth-telling activist, and together with powerful Pluto the pot is stirred. This exact square occurs on December 10th, Human Rights Day.


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It is time to tidy up on Sunday in the light of the Virgo Moon. This Sabbath Day has no major planetary aspects, so clean up and get organized, and take care of details before the work week begins on Monday.


Progressive strategy is promoted by asteroid Pallas Athena’s ingress into Aquarius on Monday where it will be for the next three months, soon to be joined by Jupiter and Saturn. Although we may want to drift off into inspiring distractions, this is another solid day for good work and efficiently tending to a multitude of tasks.


Tuesday is set for productivity and accomplishment. The Virgo Moon trines Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn—lots of benefic energy in the earth element to ground us. Pause for routine tasks at 2:35 p.m. PST when the Moon is void of course before it moves into Libra at 4:01 p.m. Then relax into a beautiful, easy evening and connect with loved ones.


While yesterday we were on task, Wednesday is a day for drifting and dreaming (Sun square Neptune). Allow yourself to follow your inspiration and intuition. It’s a good day for decorating your home for the holidays if you have not done so already. Bring on the sparkle and glow.


Thursday could be a day of challenge and upheaval. The rabble-rousing dwarf planet Eris perfects in an exact square with powerful Pluto. This square is a long-term aspect of tremendous energy for change, and Thursday’s exactitude punctuates its influence. The Moon makes tense squares to Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. Mars and the Moon oppose each other, perhaps igniting conflict. A counterpoint to the difficult energy of the day is a powerful Sun-Mars trine which could give courage and drive to resolve problems. The Moon moves into the deep waters of Scorpio on Thursday evening. Go easy and mindfully on this dynamic, challenging day.


With the Moon in Scorpio on Friday and moving into its darkest time of the month the next few days, we need solitude and some time to replenish ourselves. The Moon opposes Uranus, perhaps surprising us with something unplanned. A Moon-Neptune trine opens our intuitive channels. Tune into your needs, and be ready for unexpected twists and turns.


Benefic aspects from the Moon to Venus, Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn make this a good day to get a lot accomplished. Scorpio, ruled by Pluto, has an urge to purge, so this may be a good day to clean a drawer or closet and get rid of some things. Our spirits are lifted in the evening when the Moon moves into Sagittarius, shaking off the intensity of the last few days.


Sunday’s Mercury-Neptune square may foster a deeper sleep and more dreams, and a slow and drifting start to the day. However, the Sag Moon beckons us for a hike. Yet, we want to stay close to home and draw inward, as the Moon is dark and intense just before tomorrow’s morning’s eclipse.


The Total Solar Eclipse, at 23:08 Sagittarius, is the highlight of Monday, which is the day the electoral college meets to vote on the next president. Mercury is conjunct the South Node, Sun, and Moon, nearly at the Galactic Center. Current political issues and the changing political and cultural landscape are highlighted by this eclipse. Eclipses are in effect for several months before or after the eclipse. Venus and Jupiter make a benefic aspect, bestowing their blessings. Saturn is at the 29th degree, the critical degree of any sign, and extra potent. Jupiter, dispositor of the Sun and Moon, stands hemmed in between Saturn and Pluto. All to say, this is an extremely potent eclipse.


The Week in Short:

Sunday: Clean up and get organized.

Monday: Another day for efficient, strong work, though distractions are tempting.

Tuesday: Productive day. Enjoy a relaxing evening.

Wednesday: Dream a little, and bring on the sparkle and glow.

Thursday: Challenge and upheaval abound. Go mindfully and carefully.

Friday: Pull back and replenish, and be prepared for the unexpected.

Saturday: Purge an aspect of your life. Saturday evening is liberating.

Sunday: Sleep in and catch your dreams. Draw inward, as the Moon is dark.

Monday: Powerful New Moon Solar Eclipse. Energies are super-charged. Keep things simple.


Ten Things to Do with Venus in Libra (October 27-December 15)

1. Make time for date nights with your beloved.

2. Mediate or clean up rough edges in relationships.

3. Do fall clean-up in your garden.

4. Set a beautiful table.

5. Beautify your home.

6. Look your best—even if you’re home alone.

7. Speak well and be gracious.

8. Create harmony.

9. Play inspiring music.

10. Walk in beauty.


Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it is difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work. Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle): Pacific Standard Time:

December 5 at 2:27 p.m. through December 6 at 11:46 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)

December 8: 2:35 p.m. – 4:01 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

December 10: 4:56 p.m. -5:59 p.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

December 12: 5:57 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

December 14: 8:17 a.m. (Solar Eclipse) – 7:35 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)

December 16: 9:34 p.m. – 10:27 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

December 19: 12:44 a.m. – 4:38 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)

December 21: 2:24 a.m. – 2:32 p.m. (Moon into Aries)

December 23 at 2:51 p.m. through December 24 at 2:55 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)

December 26: 3:31 a.m. – 3:32 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

December 28 at 7:01 p.m. through December 29 at 2:28 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

December 31: 5:45 a.m. – 10:58 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

January 2: 1:59 p.m. – 5:12 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):

December 5 at 22:27 through December 6 at 19:46 (Moon into Virgo)

December 8 at 22:35 through December 9 at 0:01 (Moon into Libra)

December 11: 0:56 - 13:59 (Moon into Scorpio)

December 13: 1:57 – 2:30 (Moon into Sagittarius)

December 14: 16:17 (Solar Eclipse) – 15:35 (Moon into Capricorn)

December 17: 5:34 – 6:27 (Moon into Aquarius)

December 19: 8:44 a.m. – 12:38 (Moon into Pisces)

December 21: 10:24 – 22:32 (Moon into Aries)

December 23 at 22:51 through December 24 at 10:55 (Moon into Taurus)

December 26: 11:31 – 23:32 (Moon into Gemini)

December 29: 3:01 - 10:28 (Moon into Cancer)

December 31: 13:45 – 18:58 (Moon into Leo)

January 2 at 21:59 through January 3 at 1:12 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

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