December 16-31 2015 Astrology Forecast: A Cradle Full of Opportunities!

  • Cradle And StarfieldA Cradle full of opportunities highlights the second half of December.
  • The Winter Solstice Chart also brims with tantalizing promises for the next three months.
  • We also have a cat-and-mouse Cancer Full Moon, powerful aspect patterns and more!

Starting with this forecast, I’ve been inspired to experiment with a hybrid approach. My hope is that it incorporates the best of my old day-by-day forecasts and my more recent approach of integrating related events into a single interpretation. Let me know what you think!

I’m also incorporating another, subtler change that most people may not notice. But let me know if you catch it! :-)

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12/16 (Wed)

12 22 15 Cradle Me Ve Pa Ju ChCradle: Mercury-Venus-Pallas-Jupiter-Chiron

Relationship healing, creative expression and more are supported by a flowing Cradle. Incorporating Mercury, Venus, Pallas, Jupiter and Chiron, this aspect pattern begins on 12/16, peaks on 12/22 and ends on 12/27.

The heart of this Cradle is an opposition between Virgoan Jupiter and Piscean Chiron. I interpreted this opposition as part of my 11/3 forecast, and will use a few key themes from it in this interpretation.

Healing important relationships is a central opportunity of this cradle. With Venus in Scorpio, this healing can clear a significant amount of shadow material as it plumbs your psychological depths.

My experience has been than that “you have to feel it to heal it.” I have found modalities such as shamanic ceremonies and holotropic-style breathwork very effective in my own healing journey. Many people have also found relationship astrology and my healing invocation helpful.

Creative expression (Venus and Mercury) is strongly energized by this Cradle. This aspect pattern supports both the initial creation of your artistic project and its refinement (Jupiter in Virgo). Pallas Athena, cuddled up with Mercury in Capricorn, provides the assertiveness to fuel your efforts … as well as the work ethic that will help you stick to it!

12/17 (Thu)

12 18 15 3 Ve Aspects To OutersThree Venus Aspects to Outer Planets

Relationships and creativity are powerfully energized as Venus aspects three outer planets on three consecutive days! The specific events are:

  • 12/17: Venus sextile Pluto (14°33′ Scorpio-Capricorn)
  • 12/18: Venus quincunx Uranus (16°34′ Scorpio-Aries)
  • 12/19: Venus trine Chiron (17°9′ Scorpio-Pisces)

The meaning of these three aspects is mostly incorporated into my Cradle interpretation above. This is because Venus’ sextile to Pluto has the same interpretation as Venus in Scorpio, and the Venus-Chiron trine is part of the Cradle. So please review my Cradle interpretation to see what Venus is up to with Pluto and Chiron!

That only leaves Venus quincunx Uranus to be interpreted. This aspect can trigger surprises and rapid breakthroughs in how you relate and create. With Venus in Scorpio, psychological healing can be accomplished faster than usual.

Ready for a breakthrough in your feminine assertiveness or strategic planning? It’s available with Uranus square Pallas Athena (16°35′ Aries-Capricorn). For best results, follow your intuitive flashes!

Creative inspiration and divine union are magically energized with the Sun quintile Neptune (25°15′ Sagittarius-7°15’Pisces). With the Sun in Sagittarius, a bold and adventurous approach is ideal!

12/18 (Fri)

Venus quincunx Uranus; see Three Venus Aspects to Outer Planets above.

12/19 (Sat)

Venus trine Chiron; see Three Venus Aspects to Outer Planets above.

Mercury conjunct Pluto; see Square: Mercury-Pallas-Uranus-Pluto below.

12/20 (Sun)

12 20 15 Me Pa Ur Pl SquareSquare: Mercury-Pallas-Uranus-Pluto

Capricornian Mercury energizes the existing square between Capricornian Pallas and Pluto and Arean Uranus 12/14 through 12/27, peaking on 12/20. If the evidence of your senses contradicts an existing belief, revise the belief!

Intuitive flashes can give you great new ideas, which you can then put into practical application. And don’t hesitate to make use of feminine assertiveness and your strategic planning skills!

Mercury’s exact aspects to these planets are:

  • 12/19: Mercury conjunct Pluto (14°37′ Capricorn)
  • 12/20: Mercury square Uranus (16°34′ Capricorn-Aries), and
  • 12/22: Mercury conjunct Pallas (18°26′ Capricorn)

12/21 (Mon)

12 21 15 Winter Solstice 2015Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice arrives on 12/21 at 11:47:54 pm EST as the Sun enters Capricorn. This is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

At the most basic level, the Sun’s entry into Capricorn supports maturity, productivity and efficient time management. You can step more fully into the role of the wise elder, or retreat into some “hermit time.”

The 2015 Winter Solstice Chart

Solstice and equinox charts give a flavor of the coming three months. The 2015 Winter Solstice chart features the Sun square the lunar nodes. This shows that you may need to “turn a corner” to get into optimal alignment with your life purpose.

The North Node is conjunct Jupiter in Virgo. Are your beliefs and religious path in alignment with your life purpose? Would an expanded focus on health or service put you more on track?


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This chart also features a triple conjunction of Mercury, Pallas Athena and Pluto in Capricorn. This supports speaking the unvarnished truth in a way that accomplishes a practical purpose. This requires not only courage, but implementing a well-crafted strategy that will get you to your goal.

If someone else’s cooperation is necessary, then your strategy should include considering the situation from their point of view. Then craft your presentation so that it focuses on the benefits they’ll receive by following your plan.

Jupiter makes flowing aspects to the Moon, Mercury and Venus. This supports a harmonious expansion of joy, communication, love and artistry. Chiron also makes flowing aspects to these three planets, creating abundant opportunities for healing and mentoring. Pallas Athena also smoothly connects to the Moon, Mercury and Venus, making it easier to manifest feminine assertiveness and strategic planning.

This is an unusually harmonious seasonal chart. Make the most of these wonderful opportunities!

A Mercury-Chiron sextile on 12/21 energizes mentoring, especially on practical subjects.

12/22 (Tue)

Mercury conjunct Pallas Athena; see Square: Mercury-Pallas-Uranus-Pluto above.

12/23 (Wed)

Ready for a prosperity breakthrough? The stage is set with Uranus sextile Ceres (15°33′ Aries-Aquarius). This can also create surprises in mother-daughter relationships and the theme of release and return. As always, with Uranus or Aquarius involved, your best guidance will come from your intuitive flashes!

12/24 (Thu)

What’s really going on in your relationships — good or bad? With Scorpionic Venus sextile Jupiter (22°53′ Scorpio-Virgo) on Christmas Eve, you can see the truth of the matter more clearly. This aspect, part of the Cradle discussed above, can also be a significant prosperity booster!

12/25 (Fri)

12 25 15 Full MoonCancer Full Moon

December’s Full Moon occurs on Christmas Day at 6:11:26 am EST at 3°19′ Cancer. Any Cancer Full Moon is good for taking stock of how you’re doing with your emotions and family relationships. How are things at home? Are you giving and receiving plenty of healing and nurturing?


This Full Moon contains two aspect patterns. It also connects to most of the asteroid goddesses.

Kite: Moon-Sun-Juno-Neptune

This lunation features a Kite aspect pattern. This is a Grand Trine formed by the Moon, Juno and Neptune, with the Sun forming the Kite’s focal point. In the illustration, this is the aspect pattern made up entirely of blue lines.

This Kite can sensitize your awareness of other people’s emotions, particularly in committed partnerships. With the Grand Trine planets in water signs, one high side expression would be creating a sweet, open space of unconditional love. But don’t be so naïvely trusting that you let someone pull the wool over your eyes!

All of this energy flows to the Capricornian Sun. So the entire Kite beautifully supports accomplishing your worldly goals by partnering with others in a Law of Attraction mastermind. (This is simply focusing on the same Law of Attraction outcomes in collaboration with others.)

T-square: Moon-Sun-Vesta

The Sun and Moon form a tight T-square with Vesta. In the illustration, this is the right triangle formed by solid red lines.

This can create challenge as you strive to serve your higher calling. But the dynamic energy of the T-square, and Vesta’s placement in Aries, provide plenty of power. You can use this power to overcome any obstacles in the way of your selfless service. This T-square can also energize your enjoyment of sacred sex.


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Ceres Sesquare

The Moon’s sesquare to Aquarian Ceres is this Full Moon’s only aspect that’s not part of a pattern. One possible manifestation of this connection is surprising abundance, although some challenge may be involved.

Sabian Symbol

Cat Arguing With MouseThis Full Moon’s Sabian Symbol is, “A cat arguing with a mouse.” This represents a dispute between parties of unequal power. The cat clearly has the advantage!

As I said at the beginning of this interpretation, any Cancer Full Moon can stimulate issues relating to your emotions, family relationships, and home life, as well as healing and nurturing. Are you “a cat arguing with a mouse” – or vice versa – in a family or domestic situation? For many of us, this pattern is so deeply ingrained that we’re not even aware of it.

If you’re wasting energy in fruitless conflict, is it time to bring healing to the situation? Remember that you don’t have to change anything about the other person. A unilateral shift in your behavior is all that’s needed to improve a relationship dynamic.

Also on Christmas Day, a Mercury-Jupiter trine (22°7′ Capricorn-Virgo) amplifies learning and communication.

Our final event on 12/25 is Uranus turning direct at 16°33′ Aries. This is a great time to step out as the unique human being you were born to be. Also strive to follow your intuitive flashes and serve the collective with your greatest talents.

Natal points in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) between 13°30′ and 19°30′ will get an extra dose of Uranian energy as he changes directions. Apply the advice in the prior paragraph to the meanings of any such points in your chart.

12/26 (Sat)

No major astrology events.

12/27 (Sun)

No major astrology events.

12/28 (Mon)

No major astrology events.

12/29 (Tue)

Any Sun-Neptune contact, such as today’s Sun-Neptune sextile (7°29′ Capricorn-Pisces), supports deeper merging with your soul essence and inspired creativity. With the Sun in Capricorn, embodied awakening and the Law of Attraction are also supported.

Verbal attack is one of the less helpful ways that a Mercury-Mars square (7°13′ Capricorn-Libra) can be expressed. Instead, let it energize practical learning and concise, compassionate communication.

12/30 (Wed)

Venus transits Sagittarius 12/30 through 1/23. This can amplify relationships, creativity and money-making!

12/31 (Thu)

No major astrology events.

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.

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