Creating Clarity Before the Holidays
As the holiday season approaches, we have golden opportunities to create ever greater positive focus in our loving relationships and planning process before we festoon our festivities.
12/1/23 - 12/4/23
Mercury Sextile Saturn
As December begins, Mercury and Saturn influence each other in a positive Sextile aspect, creating an excellent field for enhanced organized thinking and planning structure. This brief, helpful transit offers a boon for ease in sharpening mental focus on what’s important to wrap your mind around. The 1st - 4th are good days to make sound decisions on things you’ve been contemplating.
Mercury influences our minds and thought processes, while Saturn connects us to life's practical and realistic aspects. These two, in connection, can get your month started with solid planning and focus on what matters the most in how you spend your time and energy. It is also a good time to schedule intentional, productive conversations with whomever you need to clarify plans. This Mercury/Saturn transit also makes having serious conversations easier if you have any in the works.
12/3/23 - 12/5/23
Venus Square Pluto
During the 3rd through the 5th, Venus Squares Pluto can bring any internal tensions you’re experiencing in relationships to the surface. If you are more aware of relationship conflicts in the first week of December, this Venus/Pluto dynamic can provide dynamic power to change old patterns. Notice if you’re in a familiar pattern or story regarding love - especially how you receive love.
Squares between Pluto and other planets can take us into the more intense internal spaces where our shadows and power live. Understanding how these shadow parts are unconsciously operating in our lives can allow more light to see where we have more choices in responding than what our hidden shadow parts want us to believe. Therefore, if you’re noticing an internal conflict (or external conflict) regarding love and relationships getting awakened from the 3rd through the 5th, allow this time to see where you can choose differently than your usual pattern and see what new ways love can be consciously cultivated in your life. Awareness of our often autopilot patterns of relating can empower deeper access to our authentic, loving nature. Sometimes, we have to “fight for love”; all relationships provide grist for the mill through conflict. This transit can bring such opportunities; it’s all about how we work with it!
12/5/23 - 12/7/23
Venus Trine Saturn
Following the Pluto/Venus transit mentioned above, the energy around love and relationships continues to be highlighted with Venus and Saturn in a harmonious Trine from the 5th - 7th. If there have been any struggles in this area of your life leading up to the 5th, then this planetary transit can help create more stability and balance. With Venus and Saturn in a Trine aspect, it is easier to flow with the practical matters of relationships. This planetary configuration can support coming into a landing that allows for creating grounded, realistic solutions to relationship issues that may be currently active.
The 5th through the 7th can be a sweet time for creating beauty in your essential relationship(s). Make plans to do something magical, decorate, or do an artistic, creative project during the holidays. This Venus/Saturn transit is a great time for manifesting expressions of love and beauty for you and yours.
12/7/23 - 12/10/23
Mercury Trine Jupiter
December 7th and 10th are good days to open your mind more expansively. Jupiter influences our ability to reach out and access inspiration, information, and resources that help us grow in new ways. Mercury influences our mental processes and how we communicate. From the 7th to the 10th, optimism flows easily in your thoughts and conversations with others. If you are feeling mentally blocked or simply want to catalyze more creative potential, utilize the 7th - 10th to open your mind to possibilities that may have been harder to access. It’s an especially good opportunity to do this awakened polishing of your personal programming before Mercury goes retrograde on the 12th.
This Mercury/Jupiter energy can also be helpful for writing projects, brainstorming, being in a think tank, and learning something new that expands your world. One caveat is that your thoughts can expand in too many directions simultaneously, making it hard to stay focused. Jupiter’s optimistic influence on your mind can have you thinking all is possible, so make sure you’re not overwhelming yourself with too many irons in the pot from the 7th to the 10th. Choose how you want to harness this expansive, creative astrological weather.
New Moon in Sagittarius
As the holiday season warms our spirits, and right on the very day of the New Moon in Sagittarius, our beloved Mercury goes retrograde on Dec 12th. Mercury’s retrograde periods last for three weeks; it’s a supportive time to be more reflective and review the recent weeks leading up to the retrograde. I recommend getting as much of your holiday planning done before the 12th to allow for the mental spaciousness Mercury in retrograde requires.
I always want to remind you that Mercury Retrogrades are a time to review, reprocess, and integrate your current thinking about your life. It’s good for recollecting, reflecting on, and metabolizing your recent thoughts about your experiences - journaling, talking things over with confidants, walking, hiking - taking time to gain perspective.
When we avoid this opportunity and try to conduct our affairs by charging ahead as if Mercury were moving with a direct forward motion, communication and thinking processes go haywire and run wonky. When we allow the retrograde period as an opportunity to welcome a retreat into integration, we can take the opportunity to recalibrate ourselves and move in harmony with the nature of this time.
In all practical matters, allow yourself more time to get from point A to B in your travels (local and long-distance). Delays, setbacks, or needing an alternate route are common during Mercury Retrograde time. Also, decision-making and processing may not be fully clear during Mercury retrograde, and it’s advisable to hold off (if possible) on making big decisions until after January 2nd when Mercury goes Direct again.
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Laura Allmacher RN, LAc, has been practicing in the field of medicine for over 20 years, dedicating most of this time to the healing arts and natural medicine. Along with a current acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice, Laura also provides professional astrology readings as a form of a guide to help bring timing, meaning and perspective to deeper life patterns and situations so one can make the most out of their incarnation.