December 1-15 2017 Astrology Forecast: Shout it Out!

Shouting Woman HappyShout it out in the first half of December as three related Grand Trines support your enthusiastic self-expression! We also have Mercury turning retrograde, a year-long Jupiter-Neptune trine, a Gemini Full Moon and much more!

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12/1 (Fri)

Venus transits Sagittarius today through 12/24. What new horizons can you imagine for your relationships? On what mutual quest – internal or external – can you embark together?

Appropriate freedom within relationship is an important consideration now. Venus in Sagittarius also supports adventurous creativity and financial expansion.

Today’s Mars-Uranus opposition (25°0′ Libra-Aries) is a powerful and potentially disruptive aspect. Rather than interpret it on its own, I invite you to read my interpretation of the aspect pattern it’s part of: a Mars-Juno-Pallas-Uranus T-square. Everything important about this opposition is contained in that interpretation.

12/2 (Sat)

Jupiter Trine Neptune

One of 2018’s most important aspects is exact today. This Jupiter-Neptune trine (11°29′ Scorpio-Pisces) first came into orb on 10/17, and will be exact twice more before it finally goes out of orb on 10/11/18. Jupiter remains in Scorpio throughout this trine.

Many wonderful opportunities are open to you during the year this aspect is active. They include an easier flow of energy and information supporting …

  • more direct divine connection in your religious practice
  • more intuition informing your personal philosophy
  • your role as a wisdom-sharer or spiritual teacher
  • sacred sexuality
  • foreign travel
  • shadow work
  • occult and spiritual practices
  • creative inspiration, and
  • dream work

Trines connect easily, but only give so much for free. The benefit you reap from this aspect will depend on how much effort you put into it!

12/3 (Sun)

Mercury Retrograde Begins

Mercury turns retrograde at 2:34 AM at 29°18′ Sagittarius. The winged messenger will work his way back through about half of this sign before it turns turn direct again on 12/22 at 13°0′ Sagittarius.

Mercury retrograde is always a great time for reflection and planning. Since this retrograde is entirely in Sagittarius, reflecting on its themes is especially supported. These include religion, philosophy and life’s meaning. Questing, adventure, foreign travel and unfamiliar influences are also included. And don’t forget exuberance, enthusiasm and joy!

As always, avoid signing important contracts or making major purchases during Mercury retrograde if possible. Double check travel plans and back up important data. This is a good time for repairs and completing projects that were already underway.

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2017 12 03 Full MoonGemini Full Moon

A Full Moon illuminates the sky on 12/3 at  10:47 am EST (11°40′ Gemini). Any Gemini Full Moon is great for adjustment and release around learning, teaching and communication. Also include playfulness, variety and being the trickster!


This Full Moon’s strongest aspect is a super-tight T-square formed by the Sun, Moon and Neptune. On the challenge side, this could stimulate Neptune’s dark temptations: excessive substance abuse, excessive escapism, aimless drifting or playing the victim. But you can also use your intention to bring Neptune into positive territory … by focusing on spiritual awakening practices and expressing your inspired creativity.

Sagittarian Venus is also a member of this T-square, although her distance from the other three planets could give her a marginal influence. Be sure that the wool isn’t being pulled over your eyes in a relationship. Focus on deepening soul connection with those you’re close to. Venus also adds energy to the creativity theme introduced by Neptune.

The Moon’s quincunx to Scorpionic Jupiter suggests a possible adjustment to keep transforming freely. And a semi-square to Libran Mars adds primal energy to your intentions around this lunation. It also reiterates the themes of relationship adjustment and energized creativity.

Sabian Symbol

This Full Moon’s Sabian symbol is, “A black slave-girl demands her rights of her mistress.” Interpreted broadly, this image transcends race and gender. It encourages you to muster your courage, face your oppressors, and throw off inappropriate shackles of any kind. Are you ready for a deeper level of freedom?

Ready to take a committed partnership to the next level? You have a Uranus-Juno square (24°56′ Aries-Capricorn) in your corner! Mind your intuitive flashes and think outside the box to make these essential relationships more wonderful. With Juno in Capricorn, work relationships … or partnerships that focus on a practical goal … receive special benefit.

This Uranus-Juno square is part of the Mars-Juno-Pallas-Uranus T-square that continues through 12/16.

Feeling sluggish or clumsy? It might be due to a Mars-Neptune sesquare (26°30′ Libra-11°30′ Pisces). Put this aspect to better use by consciously incorporating subtle energy into your physical actions. You can also focus on activities where this blending is integral, such as tai chi, yoga, sacred sex and ecstatic dance. This sesquare will be in effect thru 12/10.

Be careful not to overindulge in certain temptations with the Sagittarian Sun square Neptune (11°29′ Sagittarius-Pisces). These could include overdoing substances and escapism. Life-affirming uses of this aspect include spiritual awakening practices, dream work, and manifesting inspired creativity.

12/4 (Mon)

No major astrology events.

12/5 (Tue)

Chiron Direct

Chiron, which turned retrograde on 7/1 at 28°51′ Pisces, turns direct today at 24°19′ Pisces. If you’ve been experiencing a lot of emotional triggers, this is the time to get in the habit of clearing them. (You might benefit from my free Healing Invocation, a quick and easy self-help tool for releasing heavy energy.) You can also serve others as a healer, mentor, shaman or awakener.

12/6 (Wed)

2017 12 13 Gt Su Me Ce Pa Ur V2Grand Trine Begins: Sun-Mercury-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus

You have flowing support to broadcast your unique and inspiring  message to the world as a Sun-Mercury-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus Grand Trine begins today (12/6). Increase the abundance this brings you by using appropriate assertiveness and strategy. This harmonious aspect pattern peaks on 12/13 and ends on 12/18.

Mercury makes two aspects today: a Mercury-Saturn conjunction (28°23′ Sagittarius) and a Mercury-Mars sextile (28°17′ Sagittarius-Libra). If you’re feeling restricted in your thinking or self-expression, the energies of Mars and Sagittarius can help you burst past them. Your decision to share your thoughts or self-expression with the world can transform Saturn’s restrictive energy to empowerment of your role as a “wise elder.”

You can persevere like the Energizer Bunny with Mars sextile Saturn (28°26′ Libra-Sagittarius). Saturn can make Mars’ vitality last all day! With Mars in Libra, this aspect also supports sustained creativity and relationship stability.

12/7 (Thu)

No major astrology events.

12/8 (Fri)

Inspiration on how to best support a higher cause can flow easily with Neptune trine Vesta (11°32′ Pisces-Scorpio). With Vesta in Scorpio, sex magic also receives specific support. This practice uses erotic arousal and orgasm to empower Law of Attraction manifestation.

12/9 (Sat)

Mars transits Scorpio today through 1/26. This can juice up occult activities, soul-deep relating, sacred sex, and any activity involving the intimate blending of energies.

12/10 (Sun)

Mercury gets double stimulation today. The winged messenger is involved in both a Mercury-Uranus trine (24°47′ Sagittarius-Ares) and a Mercury-Chiron square (24°19′ Sagittarius-Pisces). This makes it easier for you to be guided by intuitive flashes as you work through psychological shadow material. You can also receive support as needed from your inner wisdom in your healing and mentoring activities.

Watch out for laziness and sensual overindulgence with Venus square Neptune (11°33′ Sagittarius-Pisces). Use this square on the high side by focusing on conscious connection with your higher self and bringing your inspired creativity into manifestation.

12/11 (Mon)

No major astrology events.

12/12 (Tue)

2017 12 13 Gt Su Me Ve Ce Pa Ur V2Grand Trine Begins: Sun-Mercury-Venus-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus

Venus joins an existing Grand Trine today to form a Sun-Mercury-Venus-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus Grand Trine. As I noted on 12/6, in discussing the original Grand Trine without Venus, this aspect pattern provides flowing support to broadcast your unique and inspiring  message to the world.  Increase the abundance this brings you by using appropriate assertiveness and strategy.

Venus’ presence makes it easier to share your creative genius publicly, and can harmonize whatever you’re communicating. This enhanced Grand Trine can also facilitate harmonious communication to heal old wounds triggered in a relationship – especially if you use a fresh approach. I highly recommend the book Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg. It could take your communication skills to the next level, especially when dealing with conflict.

Finally, Venus’ presence opens the door to enhanced financial prosperity … if you’re willing to take bold action based on your intuitive flashes!

This Sun-Mercury-Venus-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus Grand Trine peaks on 12/15 and ends on 12/18.

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Devoting energy to a higher cause and/or sex magic are empowered by a Jupiter-Vesta conjunction (13°20′ Scorpio).

Learning and communicating are juiced up by a Sun-Mercury conjunction (21°14′ Sagittarius). If you have something helpful to say, let the world know about it!

This conjunction is part of two Grand  Trines that begin and peak during the first half of December: Sun-Mercury-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus, and  Sun-Mercury-Venus-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus.

12/13 (Wed)

2017 12 18 Gt Ve Ce Pa Ur V2Grand Trine Begins: Venus-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus

A subset of the Sun-Mercury-Venus-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus Grand Trine begins today, and will outlast the more complicated aspect pattern by five days. This Venus-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus Grand Trine peaks on 12/18 and ends on 12/23.

This Grand Trine carries forward the section of the more populous Grand Trine interpretation that includes Venus. Because some people only read a particular day’s forecast here, I’ll repeat that information, slightly edited,  from yesterday’s forecast:

This Venus-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus Grand Trine provides flowing support to broadcast your creative genius to the world.  Increase the abundance this brings you by using appropriate assertiveness and strategy.

Venus’ presence can harmonize whatever you’re communicating. From a different perspective, this Grand Trine can facilitate harmonious communication to heal old wounds triggered in a relationship – especially if you use a fresh approach. I highly recommend the book Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg. It could take your communication skills to the next level, especially in dealing with conflict.

Finally, Venus’ presence opens the door to enhanced financial prosperity … if you’re willing to take bold action based on your intuitive flashes!

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Grand Trine Peaks: Sun-Mercury-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus

The Sun-Mercury-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus Grand Trine that began on 12/6 peaks today (12/13) and ends on 12/18.

12/14 (Thu)

No major astrology events.

12/15 (Fri)

Grand Trine Peaks: Sun-Mercury-Venus-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus

The Sun-Mercury-Venus-Ceres-Pallas-Uranus Grand Trine that started on 12/12 peaks today (12/15) and ends on 12/18.

Creative writing and harmonious communication are abundantly supported by a Mercury-Venus conjunction (17°52′ Sagittarius). Just beware of excessive loquaciousness!

Old emotional wounds could be triggered by a Sun-Chiron square (24°22′ Sagittarius-Pisces). If so, you might find my free Healing Invocation helpful. This aspect also supports expanding your abilities as a mentor, healer, shaman or awakener.

Void-of-Course Moons

It’s best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during void-of-course Moons. “Business as usual” is the optimal strategy. Void-of-course Moons occur when the Moon has made her last major Ptolemaic aspect, but has not yet moved into her next sign.

  • December 1, 8:53 PM – December 2, 4:21 PM, Gemini
  • December 4, 2:13 PM – 3:37 PM, Cancer
  • December 6, 12:56 PM – 3:37 PM, Leo
  • December 8, 5:40 PM – 6:09 PM, Virgo
  • December 10, 10:02 PM – December 11, 12:01 AM, Libra
  • December 13, 7:27 AM – 8:59 AM, Scorpio
  • December 14, 8:42 PM – December 15, 8:07 PM, Sagittarius

Whatever your Sun Sign, AstroShaman’s forecasts can help you make the best use of the current astrological energies.

All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone. Events are most powerful on the dates listed, but their influence will be active for at least several days before and after.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you’ll be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate sensitive points in your natal chart.

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