AstroCast: December 23 – January 5, 2019

Posted on December 24, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Maxwell

The expansive and innovative Jupiter/Uranus trine in productive earth signs discussed in the last AstroCast is waning but still tight and given heightened influence by figuring prominently in the aspects occurring during this period. First off, the Sun in Capricorn forms a trine to Uranus in Taurus on December 24, then segues to a conjunction with Jupiter on December 27. As this translation is unfolding, on December 25 the Moon enters Capricorn and before the day is done, trines Uranus, conjuncts the Sun in the New Moon Solar Eclipse, then conjuncts Jupiter. This is a concentrated, power-packed line up unfolding over several days that can shake things up where it is most needed most but also provide opportunities to address areas of resistance from a fresh new perspective.

To break it down a little, the Capricorn energy is dominant with the Sun, Jupiter, Pluto and Capricorn’s ruler Saturn all in this sign that asks us to operate in the world with the utmost personal integrity. The Moon joining this group for a few days around the Eclipse briefly brings the total to five planets in this quiet yet influential sign. Capricorn asks us to ensure the structures of our life hum with efficiency and honesty. If we are sensitive to this directive and remain accountable and realistic about our station in life, we will be willing to do what is needed to get our life in order within the scope of our responsibilities. This is serious business and procrastinating or spending time on distractions will only create more problems, not to mention diminish our energy and focus. It may help to know that Saturn enters its zone of “pure progress” on December 24. That zone is the degree space of 20∞ to 25∞ of Capricorn it will travel only once (i.e. no backtracking through it when retrograde), and it will last until February 3 when Saturn enters its next shadow degree range. This is an optimum time to focus intently on moving our projects forward and taking care of our real needs at hand. Anything done during this period will likely be clean enough so that it won’t require any kind of review or adjustment.

Uranus is the planet of innovation and disruption and during its seven-year run (2018 – 2025) through Taurus, the sign that urges us to develop enduring values, it has been agitating for changes that would help us create those things that are truly sustaining. Right now, Uranus is barely moving and will turn direct on January 9, so it is gaining potency over this period. The Sun/Uranus trine is a waning aspect marking the last third of this planetary pair’s cycle that commenced with their conjunction on April 22, 2019. This correlates to a movement to refine and incorporate into our daily lives the new ideas about what we find valuable to spend our time and money on, which after this period’s celestial events are assimilated, may be something completely new and different from what it was last April. Uranus awakens us to new ways of being that are more in alignment with who we are meant to be. However, the Taurus archetype loves its comfort and is resistant to anything that would disturb its sense of peace. This leads to comfortable behavior patterns repeating in endless loops that block our natural evolution. Uranus in Taurus therefore, can create stress as its demand for change meets our resistance. 

The Sun’s conjunction to Jupiter marks a new 13-month Sun/Jupiter cycle. Jupiter represents philosophy and how we make meaning out of life’s experiences. The more experiences we have that are new and unfamiliar, the more we expand our knowledge of the world and our fellow souls in it. This process helps us develop an understanding of our role in life. Commencing in Capricorn, the new Sun/Jupiter cycle may correlate to an expansion of our responsibilities or our scope of influence with others. It may at first seem overwhelming, but Jupiter asks us to take a leap of faith in ourselves and if we do, we may be surprised at our capacity to handle it all and then some. Aligning with these cosmic urgings can serve to motivate us to continue seeking that which our heart seeks – opportunities for creative self-expression and the sheer joy they bring. Being free to express who we are and shine in our own unique way is what really makes our heart sing.

Eclipses are “inertia busters” according to Jim Sher, and this one at 4∞7’ Capricorn is in close alignment with Jupiter and Uranus, which can feel like a booster rocket propelling us into new territory in ways we may not expect. That new territory may at first be uncomfortable or downright challenging, but in the long run whatever unexpected changes in our behavior occur will have the potential for tremendous growth opportunities. We may not see it in the moment but after some time has passed, we may very well experience a radical transformation of our outlook on life, what we find important and what is meaningful to us. We but have to seize the moment to manifest the invigorating effects of this dynamic four-planet alignment including the luminaries by allowing outworn behavior patterns that only serve to separate us from others and the world to break up, and developing new more unifying ones in their place. Just as Jupiter/Uranus leads to technological and philosophical breakthroughs that correlate to the emergence of a new sense of unity and connectedness within our collective humanity, on a personal level this planetary pair activated by an eclipse can disrupt mental programming drilled into us as a child and dramatically shake up how we feel about it. What the cosmos is communicating to us is that old way of being no longer fits with who we are at a soul level and we have the right to reject that which does not serve our spirit. This is intensely focused breakthrough energy that can be surprisingly productive if we willingly go with the flow of the planetary intelligences at work. With an awareness of the archetypes unfolding at this time, we have the opportunity to play with it rather than be played by it.

Following the Sun’s translation of the Jupiter/Uranus trine, Mercury enters Capricorn on December 28 and does the same: its trine to Uranus is exact on December 30 and its conjunction with Jupiter is exact on January 2. The New Year, therefore, starts off with an archetypal bang that puts us in the mood to think different in 2020 in a big way. Mercury connecting with Uranus is primed to perceive the world in unusual ways that do not conform to common consensus. This will likely be evident in the types of conversations we have, or what type of reading, viewing or writing will attract us. The Mercury/Jupiter conjunction starts a new cycle related to our philosophical outlook on life. We may reach for unfamiliar resources, including new people, in seeking greater knowledge about something we find meaningful. Mercury is about gathering information; Jupiter holistically putting it all together provides the wisdom gained from broadening our viewpoint. 

As if to put an exclamation mark at the end of the period, on January 3 Mars enters Sagittarius, the sign Jupiter rules, thus adding extra muscle into the drive to expand. May we go forth into 2020 as an adventurer exploring the vast unknowns of life, in our internal psychic world as well as the outer manifestations thereof around the globe. Thank you, dear readers, for joining me on this great adventure of consciousness.


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Kimberly Maxwell

A student of the Sher Institute since 2008, Kimberly has been writing AstroCast since 2012. A long-time Los Angeles resident, Kimberly gives astrological consultations, has various artistic pursuits including the development of a burgeoning creative hub in her community, and works in international television distribution at a major studio.

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