December 16-22 2013 Astrology Forecast: Venus Retrograde

venus retrograde patrick piersonVenus turns retrograde this week, encouraging reflection on relationships, money and creativity. The Winter Solstice occurs as the Sun enters Capricorn, and a Gemini Full Moon encourages communication contemplation.

Uranus turns direct, Jupiter makes two challenging aspects, and two T-squares radiate intensity and challenge for growth. It’s an eventful astrological week to be sure!

12/16 (Mon)

Learning and communication can be intensively, perhaps even excessively, stimulated with Sagittarian Mercury quincunx Jupiter. Beware of excessive verbal outflow, but take advantage of your increased mental capabilities. If you’re suffering from excessive mental chatter, this invocation may help to calm your mind.

12/17 (Tue)

Full Moon

December’s Full Moon shines forth at 4:28 AM (25°36′ Gemini). Check how “full-filled” you are in the areas of learning, communication, writing, thinking, playfulness and variety.


The Moon’s only notable aspect is a loose opposition to Mercury. Since Mercury and Gemini are astrological synonyms, this simply reinforces the themes in the prior paragraph.

Sabian Symbol

This Full Moon’s Sabian Symbol is, “Winter frost in the woods.” This represents a time when the life force is internalized. This energy may be better for reflection and planning than immediate action.

Uranus Stations Direct

Uranus, retrograde since 7/17, turns direct today at 8°35′ Aries. This opens a seven-month window in which individuation, expressing the authentic nature of your ego, and doing humanitarian service are more easily supported.

Your sensitive natal points between 5° and 12° in the cardinal signs — Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn – will be strongly affected by this station of Uranus. (Planets are strongest when changing directions.) Be ready for sudden change, quantum leaps and flashes of intuitive guidance in the life areas represented by these points.

Ready to stretch your spiritual activities beyond intellectual religious concepts and into direct experience of the inner realms? This immeasurably rewarding transition is supported by a sesquiquadrate between Cancerian Jupiter and Neptune. This aspect, active throughout December, can also help you heal and harmonize contentious family issues.

12/18 (Wed)

It’s unusually easy to receive intuitive insights with Sagittarian Mercury quintile Neptune. Creative writers and thinkers can also enjoy an enhanced flow of inspiration.

Your financial abundance and self-esteem can experience both challenge and expansion with Libran Ceres square Cancerian Jupiter. Interactions with family and other significant people in your life could bring up some emotional charges. (This healing invocation may help you release them.)

T-square: Mars-Uranus-Pluto

An intense energy of revolutionary transformation heats up through the second half of December. This is due to a Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square that starts today, peaks on 12/27 and ends on 1/8.

Avoid accidents and conflict by exercising extra caution and avoiding dangerously volatile situations. But this aspect is rocket fuel if you’re ready for big changes, major breakthroughs and quantum leaps!

12/19 (Thu)

Inspiring healing and mentoring in the areas of religion and the meaning of life are available with the Sagittarian Sun quintile Chiron. This is also a good time to seek sage counsel to guide you in your current quest.

12/20 (Fri)

No major astrological events.

12/21 (Sat)

The Sun enters Capricorn, marking the Winter Solstice, at 12:11 PM. Take Capricorn’s energy to the high side by focusing on maturity, responsibility, discipline and good time management.

Venus turns retrograde on 12/21 at 28°58 Capricorn. Reflect on how to take practical, real-world steps to improve your relationships, finances and creativity until she turns direct again on 1/31 at 13°33 Capricorn. This is a better time for contemplation in these areas than initiation, unless taking action is clearly in your best interest.

T-square: Vesta-Jupiter-Pluto

The Vesta-Jupiter-Pluto T-square that started on 12/15 peaks today and ends on 12/25. This can be both a reality check and energizer for your selfless causes. Learn more about the Vesta-Jupiter-Pluto T-square.

12/22 (Sun)

Sagittarian Mercury Quintile Chiron

The Sagittarian Sun quintiled Chiron on 12/19, and Sagittarian Mercury makes the same aspect to Chiron today. As with the Sun’s quintile, inspiring healing and mentoring in the areas of religion and the meaning of life are available.

This is likewise a good energy under which to seek sage counsel to guide you in your current quest. Mercury’s presence encourages you to communicate what you’ve learned to those who can benefit from your new insights.

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.

12/17, 4:29 am – 1:18 pm (Cancer)
12/19, 11:37 pm – 12/20, 1:49 am (Leo)
12/22, 8:26 am – 2:20 pm (Virgo)

Whatever your Sun Sign, Benjamin’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 will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate sensitive points in your natal chart.

Image: “The Rebirth of Venus” by Patrick Pierson

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