Mercury just entered the earth sign of Capricorn and today Monday Venus enters the water sign of Scorpio along with the Last Quarter Moon (In the Northern Hemisphere, the Moon is a half-circle with the light on the left). Closing square Moons wrap up all the activities of the last three weeks, preparing you for the new cycle which begins at the New Moon on December 12 at 20° Sagittarius which happens when Mercury begins its last retrograde for the year.
This is the gift giving season and with Mercury in Capricorn, the push is for practical gifts that people can really use since Capricorn is ruled by Saturn and Saturn is in Pisces. A friend of mine recently said they prefer experiences rather than ‘stuff’ and this might very well be the right choice for the end of 2023. Many have favorite massage therapists, acupuncturists, films, or places to eat. These are the types of gifts welcomed by friends and family members who have had a particularly chaotic year. A calming experience is sometimes all one needs and even getting away with them for a one-day road trip (very Sun in Sagittarius) makes the world of difference in someone’s life. Spending time is really what it is about.
Hanukkah begins at sundown on Thursday December 7, kicking off the official season of light in the northern hemisphere. And as the week finishes, we feel Mercury slowing down in Capricorn, bringing an opportunity for a long hard look at what you do professionally. If you love what you do, the upcoming Mercury retrograde in an earth sign is working with Jupiter providing you insight on how to make what you love doing better. It goes direct on January 1, 2024 just in time for the new year.
This is helped along by Neptune going direct on December 6 at 24° Pisces 53’ when floodgates of emotions and feelings often erupt marking a moment where answers are forthcoming. If you’ve had a ‘vision’ of something you want and that is deeply embedded in your soul, done some of the foot work for planning this last year, then Neptune’s direct motion may move you closer to that vision. Be mindful of the signposts in the road. The littlest things often have the biggest bangs!