Navigating the Next Two Weeks: What you Need to Know About the Astrology of Mid-December and Christmas 2021
From December 11th through December 25th, we are in the heart of this holiday month, and in the heart of this month’s biggest energy.
This is when the astrology of December really gets going, and it combines the big finale of 2021 with a regenerative rebirth in preparation for the good things coming as we get into 2022.
Over the next two weeks, we can expect to navigate intensity as well as challenges, but by Christmas we will be on the downhill side of all of this, and headed towards some very different, and much more supportive, energetic dynamics.
In this post, I am going to give you a rundown of what to expect over the coming weeks through Christmas (as well as a few hints around what lies beyond) and a quick guide to successfully navigating it all.
The two main energies at play from now through Christmas are the Venus-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, and Capricorn ruler, Saturn, coming into its third and final square of 2021 to Uranus in Taurus.
About Venus-Pluto and Venus Retrograde….
Venus conjunct Pluto will be two exact conjunctions, the first on December 11th at 25 degrees Capricorn, and the second with Venus retrograde on December 25th, at 26 degrees Capricorn. (Venus will be retrograde from December 19th to January 29th.) This is energy we will all feel, but if you have anything in your natal chart placed around 25 or 26 degrees any cardinal sign (Capricorn, Cancer, Aries, or Libra), you will feel this more personally.
This especially goes for right now, as Venus comes into her first of two conjunctions with Pluto (something we are really feeling all month long) just before she stations retrograde on December 19th.
When Venus goes retrograde, we dive deep into our shadowlands and get the opportunity to take a look at anything we are carrying that might block us from aligning with our desires and attracting and receiving them in our lives. This means, at the heart of it all, we are getting a chance to rework our sense of self-worth.
Venus conjunct Pluto right now, before Venus stations retrograde, is our set-up for this review and rebirth. It is our introduction to what we are desiring and making us acutely aware that we don’t have it. This contrast between wanting and not having and feeling it intensely, fueled by Pluto’s deep hunger, along with the feeling of wanting to break free but being restricted that is coming with the Saturn-Uranus square exact on December 24th, may have the next two weeks feeling intense and a bit bumpy. Venus stationing retrograde in the mix can have us feeling like we almost had something we wanted but then suddenly it went the other way.
Pluto brings an intense desire to succeed, and in Capricorn it comes with the need to accomplish and achieve something lasting and solid. Venus in Capricorn is bringing that no-nonsense vibe as well. Venus’ second exact conjunction with Pluto, once retrograde, on December 25th, is going to shed more light on this for us, maybe even bringing back that intense desire and hunger more strongly, fueling our motivation to really dive deep and do the Venus retrograde work over the coming weeks.
The good news is, on January 29th, Venus stations direct in trine to Uranus, freshly direct as of January 18th, in Taurus. Uranus is the planet of out-of-the-blue insight, revelation, the future, innovation, and big change. With Uranus direct and Venus stationing direct in supportive earth to earth aspect, this means our retrograde efforts will most likely be successful, and whatever was born when Venus first met up with Pluto back in December will be now moving forward with a stable foundation and structure, infused with Capricorn’s solid and secure, built-to-last energy.
The things is, when Venus stations direct on January 29th at 11 degrees Capricorn in league with Uranus direct at 11 degrees Taurus, we are tying together both December’s Venus-Pluto conjunctions and Venus stationing retrograde in Capricorn AND the three Saturn-Uranus squares of 2021 - especially the final one of December 24th that was also at 11 degrees Aquarius/Taurus, respectively.
About the Saturn-Uranus Square…
The Saturn-Uranus squares this year have occurred between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus - both fixed signs. If you have anything around 11 degrees of any fixed signs in your chart (Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, or Scorpio), you will have felt this final fixed square between these two heavy-hitters personally.
Christmas Eve’s square is the third and final in a series of three. The first one was February 17th, and the second was June 14th. When we have a series of three squares like this (and this one because of the way it was spread out of 2021 really defined the energetic dynamic of the entire year), the first one is our introduction to the issue, the second one is the review, and the third one is the resolution.
Squares are aspects that feature an energetic impasse between planets in two signs making a ninety degree angle to each other, and fixed signs are known for being stubborn and unyielding.
The fact that this series of squares involved Saturn (and the second one in June, Saturn in retrograde) made them feel all the more restrictive. Saturn, especially when in square and retrograde, slows things down, or even stops them, and can feel immensely oppressive, bringing melancholy, hopelessness, depression, and even illness.
While Saturn is the planet of authority, limits, boundaries, restriction, caution, tradition, and rules, Uranus is the planet of the future, innovation, and breaking free. These two at a stand-off all year could have had things feeling quite impossible, especially over the summer. Now that we’ve had a little break, they are back, but this will be over by Christmas, so keep going.
After this final Saturn square, we are done with the outer planet and Saturn challenges that we’ve been dealing with for years now. Done!
Remember this third and final aspect is about resolution, so we will be feeling the rub between Uranus’ urge to break through and break free and Saturn’s brakes and restriction acutely over this holiday season.
We are still in a Saturn square with Saturn very strong in Aquarius, and Venus-Pluto in Saturn-ruled Capricorn, so count Saturn as the strongest influence now. That means honor Saturn first and foremost. Play by the rules. Show up. Be responsible. Keep it in between the lines. Focus on Uranus’ genius around innovation moving forward, and know the time for that is coming, but it is coming after we get past Christmas. Rebelling under this influence won’t go well, with Saturn so strong and in challenging aspect.
The First of the Good News…Jupiter into Pisces….
Just a few days after this final Saturn-Uranus square is exact, on December 28th, Jupiter finally leaves Aquarius (where it is second to the more powerfully positioned Saturn) and moves back into Pisces, the sign it ruled traditionally before Neptune (also strong now in its own sign of Pisces) was discovered.
Whatever expansiveness and good things were on the horizon back from mid-May through the end of June are back now for good and we will be moving toward Jupiter’s conjunction with Neptune in Pisces in mid-April - an inspirational new beginning that only happens once every thirteen years.
Good things are coming, it’s written in the stars for 2022.
For the next two weeks, keep those eyes on the prize - 2021 isn’t over yet - it is still preparing us for the good things to come in 2022. Everything is unfolding perfectly, in its own perfect time.
When we look to the stars and the astrology, we can read the energetic currents and understand how to flow with them and let them carry us, and how to harness their power. Right now, we are beginning a rebirth with Venus-Pluto that will take us into 2022, while at the same time moving into our final growth phase of 2021, working out resolution of the issue posed by the Saturn-Uranus square that first came up in February, and finding a new way forward, balancing tradition and innovation, old and new, past and future, security and freedom.
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