The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius, Dec. 14, 2020

Chart for the New Moon in Sagittarius
Chart for the New Moon in Sagittarius

New Moon in Sagittarius
The Alchemy of Letting Go

The truth is, unless you let go,
unless you forgive yourself,
unless you forgive the situation,
unless you realize that the situation is over,
you cannot move forward.
~ Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Dec. 14 ~ SOLAR ECLIPSE: NEW MOON IN SAGITTARIUS (23:08 Sagittarius)

For the Solar Eclipse and New Moon in Sagittarius, I'm very pleased to present Lynn Hayes as our guest author. Lynn has a warm, down-to-earth approach to astrology. My own day-to-day Low-Down transits follow Lynn's article, as usual. Happy Solar Eclipse and Happy New Moon! ~ Wendy

I think it’s safe to say that eclipses are one of the many things on which astrologers disagree. Do they cause major events? How long do the effects last – three months? Six months? One week? Two-three weeks?

Astrology is not a fixed science – rather like meteorology, it’s difficult to make precise predictions because the world is always changing. A planetary transit will affect one person one way at one time, and completely different another time. (If you are over 60 you can see this in your own life by looking at your first Saturn Return age 28-30, and your second one age 56-60.)

In any event, we have a solar eclipse on December 14th, the second in a pair (the first, a lunar eclipse, occurred November 30th). A lunation becomes an eclipse when the Sun and Moon are in tight aspect to the lunar nodes (the points in the sky where the path of the Moon crosses the path of the Sun).

This is what gives an eclipse the quality of a fated experience – the lunar nodes represent our journey from past to future.

Some people believe holding on and hanging in there
are signs of great strength. However, there are times
when it takes much more strength to
know when to let go and then do it.
~ Ann Landers

Sun and Moon at the South Node

In both of these eclipses the Sun conjoins the South Node, suggesting that the path to letting go of past experiences which hold us back is illuminated now, but in the solar eclipse the Sun is darkened by the shadow of the Moon.

The Sun represents our conscious intention and the Moon represents our instincts – the way we operate on a more internal level when nobody’s looking. In the solar eclipse these conscious intentions are eclipsed by the shadow of the Moon and therefore able to emerge in a way that they might not normally be able to do.

Remember, the New Moon is actually the dark of the Moon – the end of the lunar cycle. We’re letting go anyway, we’re sweeping out the debris at the past, and we’re leaving room for the future. There’s a big release during this solar eclipse of outmoded ideas, anything that you feel no longer suits you, which makes it a wonderful time to begin to create a new philosophy; a new way of looking at the world.

I saw my earlier selves as different people, acquaintances I had outgrown. I wondered how I could ever have been some of them.
~ Roger Zelazny, The Courts of Chaos

Sometimes the things that are the most comfortable, the most familiar, the places where we retreat in order to feel safe (South Node), are the same things that hold us back from the future (North Node). The South Node is in the sign of Sagittarius, which is a sign of belief systems, optimism, faith, and expansion.

But when we’re talking about the polarity between Gemini and Sagittarius, we’re really talking about how we process ideas. They both have to do with ideas and learning. But with Sagittarius, we become enamored with a certain idea that gives our life meaning and it becomes our truth.

Because Sagittarius is always looking ahead, we then start to look at the next truth but all the while we’re still looking for that one thing that’s going to give us meaning. Gemini (North Node) is more open minded, more curious, but also lacks discrimination. Under the influence of Gemini we observe everything with curiosity and without judgment.

Neither is good, and neither is bad. But because we have the South Node in Sagittarius at this eclipse, the belief systems that have controlled us for our whole lives and for quite some time, will need to fall away.

I can’t take back the past, but I can fight for the future.
~ Shannon A. Thompson, Death Before Daylight

Sun Moon trine Mars
Mercury conjunct Sun, Moon, South Node

We have assistance in this New Moon from Mars in Aries, harmonizing in a trine to the Sun and infusing that fiery energy to help motivate and inspire passion and action.

There is a strong mental component because Mercury conjoins the Sun and Moon, encourages intellectual understanding. All of these planets in Sagittarius are helping to fuel and energize us, and motivate us to create this new way of living, of looking at the world.

The world is changing around us and we must evolve as well. Any Sagittarius New Moon offers an opportunity to expand our ideas of what is possible. We must recognize that some things from the past are gone forever, but there is a bright future waiting once the storm clouds clear. What are the essentials that you want to bring into the new world, and how will you rebuild a happier future?

Political note: This solar eclipse at 23 degrees of Sagittarius falls exactly on the natal solar eclipse in the chart of Donald J. Trump, conjunct his natal Moon and South Node. It also takes place in the 10th house of the US chart, the house which in a mundane chart represents the executive branch and the actual government of the nation.

I hesitate to make any predictions but I imagine there will be some kind of reckoning, perhaps one of the many legal cases now pending in the New York courts. The eclipse also opposes Mars in the US chart which will likely not calm the troubled waters of US politics (which are already stressed to the max as we head into the US Pluto return).

Lynn Hayes has been a practicing astrological consultant in beautiful North Carolina for over 35 years, working with clients all over the world. She focuses on therapeutic and healing approaches to encourage greater empowerment and personal growth. She is available for personal consultations and may be contacted on her website, AstroDynamics.net.

She understands now what she, in all her worry,
had forgotten. That even as she hesitates and wavers, even as she thinks too much and moves too cautiously, she doesn't always have to get it right.
It's okay to look back, even as you move forward.
~ Jennifer E. Smith, The Comeback Season

Day to Day Transits for the Next 2 Weeks

Dec. 14 ~ Venus sextile Jupiter (28:59 Scorpio/Capricorn)  (Dec. 15 in AEDT)

There is an abundance of creative inspiration, material enjoyment, feel-good pleasure in the air! Your luck and opportunity to attract money, love, resources and self-esteem are high right now. It may be relatively easy to attract the people, possessions and opportunities you want or need, but you'll still have to work to get them. On the other hand, your eyes may be bigger than your stomach (as mother would say) and you might be tempted to charm, flirt or bluff your way through a situation more than usual. There may also be a tendency to self-indulgence. These are not necessarily bad things, but it's probably wise to remember to use this energy to enhance your best judgement, not override it.

Dec. 14 ~ Mercury trine Mars (20:53 Sagittarius/Aries)  (Dec. 15 in AST, NST, GMT, AEDT)

It may be easy to find the courage to speak your mind and say what needs to be said under this transit. In fact, your ideas and words may come so quickly and easily that it's hard to stop them from tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to evaluate the best way to say them. Your communication is likely to be direct, concise and right on the mark, even if it might also be a bit blunt or pointed. If you need to confront someone about a difficult situation, this transit can provide courage and clear words to help you do that – although perhaps not as good for a situation requiring a more delicate, sensitive touch. It is a time when you could potentially find the nerve to take risks, or to defend yourself if the need arises (especially verbally). Overall, this is a wonderful transit for anything involving direct communication (e.g., public speaking, writing, debating), as well as mental agility (e.g., generating ideas, finding solutions, making decisions).

Dec. 15 ~ Venus sextile Saturn (29:49 Scorpio/Capricorn)

It is possible to find some stability in your relationships and finances under this transit, especially if you are willing to negotiate fairly and realistically. You have increased ability to be disciplined about spending and budgeting, and to invest in hard work to maximise your earnings. Your ability to grasp the solid, realistic facts will help you choose wisely in your investments of both money and your interaction with others. Commitment and structure may be easier to approach and achieve than if you take risks now. Your self-worth can benefit from this transit because you may be less inclined to give in to mood swings. On the other hand, if you are prone to depression, you might want to be careful you don't become so grounded and stable that you lose touch with your sense of hope and potential. It is a good time to make concrete progress in matters involving beauty, love, harmony and balance. Keep your pleasures simple and humble for maximum benefit.

Dec. 15 ~ Venus enters Sagittarius (until 08-Jan-2021)  (Dec. 16 in AEDT)

Venus focuses her passion on truth-seeking, philosophical exploration, a lust for knowledge, spiritual intimacy, music in foreign languages and multicultural social discourse. It is a time to explore the meaning that your close relationships bring to your life, and the value that you bring to the Significant Others in your life. It is also a time when you might seek to increase your income (or your spending – careful!) and expand your potential for material wealth and self-worth. You will likely find that negotiations, interactions and transactions work best when you apply spiritual values to them and keep the big picture in mind. You may also find yourself involved with people and transactions that involve other countries, cultures, languages and travel. There could be a teaching-learning element in your dealings with people, so aim for the highest good of all concerned.

Dec. 15 ~ Chiron goes Direct (04:56 Aries)  (Dec. 16 in AEDT)

For up to a week before and after this date, you may feel a bit like you're caught between worlds—the spiritual versus the physical, the mental versus the emotional, or the outer objective world versus your inner subjective experience. Chiron has been retrograde for the last 4½ months, giving us time to assess the places in our lives that need healing and to discover the ways that we might be wounding ourselves or others. This includes physical health issues, emotional vulnerability and mental perspectives that create more problems than they solve. As Chiron turns direct, everything we have learned over the last five months becomes ready to be applied over the coming three months (while Chiron is still in the Shadow). Right now, you might find you reach a decision or turning point about issues you have wrestled with since May concerning goals, career, expectations or authority. If these issues have been stressful, this might come out now in the form of health problems, so it's a good idea to be gentle yet disciplined with yourself in this area. It could be a time of ambiguity, feeling like you're caught in a whirlpool that mixes up possibilities with limitations. Or, you might experience some clarity, as the paradoxical coexistence of realities and potentials on the path before you come into clearer focus. Either way, it is a time that can be magical because of its ability to bridge the gap between what is and what might be.

Dec. 17 ~ Saturn enters Aquarius (until 07-Mar-2023)  (Dec. 16 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST, CST)

Saturn in Aquarius is especially strong because Saturn is the traditional planetary ruler of Aquarius. We often associate Aquarius with being non-conformist, rebellious, individualistic, quirky and chaotic, which seem mutually exclusive to qualities we associate with Saturn: stable, following the rules, meeting expectations, responsible and serious. There are two ways to solve this riddle. One is that stability, groundedness and a strong sense of self are necessary to be able to express our individualistic, unconventional and noncompliant side.

However, it also takes a strong sense of autonomy and self-authority (Saturn) to hold your own in a group situation (Aquarius), especially if you are taking the role of leader in that group. So, the irony of Saturn in Aquarius is that it takes a strong Saturn to have the strength and stability to venture beyond the bounds of conventionality.

The other way to look at the riddle of apparent contradiction between Saturn and Aquarius is that there is a side of Aquarius that is obscure and ironic. Although Aquarius has a well-deserved reputation for being rebellious and contrary to authority, that doesn't mean it doesn't have its own version of conformity and conventionality. Aquarius usually has a vision of change that it feels is needed in the world, but it often wants everyone to conform to that vision of what the world should be. Therefore, Aquarius can often be just as demanding, controlling and directive as the Capricorn status quo which Aquarius ironically sees itself pushing against and trying to change.

So, while Saturn is in Aquarius, see if you can identify yourself in either of these versions of Aquarius. Or perhaps your life circumstances are pushing you to move in one or the other direction – toward greater autonomy and less conformity, or toward greater stability within the surrounding chaos. More importantly, how productive and helpful is it for you to take on that role (as the individualist rebel, or as the determined but demanding visionary)?

In addition, you may find you are wrestling with frustration about the need to conform to the "will of the group" which requires you to compromise your individuality to some extent. Or perhaps you feel called to take on a leadership role in a group of like-minded people (e.g. friends, a club or organization, a community group or social cause, etc). This may be a good time to manifest (or plan to manifest) your vision of what could make the world a better place, whether that is at work, in your neighbourhood, online or within the world at large. Best results will most likely come if you can take a mature, grounded, responsible approach to creating change.

Saturn is in Aquarius during these periods: 1903-1906, 1932-1935, 1962-1964, 1991-1994, 2020-2023 and 2050-2053.

Dec. 17 ~ Moon comes In-Bounds (00:17 Aquarius)  (Dec. 16 in HAST, AKST, PST, MST)

The Moon comes back In-Bounds (In-B) today. When the Moon is Out of Bounds (OOB) your emotional state may be a bit erratic, detached or isolated. This could be either a welcome change or a difficult energy for you to deal with. When the Moon comes In-Bounds, you typically return to whatever your "normal" is. If your OOB journey was stressful or intense, you may find some relief now that the Moon is back In-B and/or you are in a position to integrate into your life whatever you learned from your experience. If your OOB journey felt like a welcome reprieve from the everyday stress or "noise" of the world around you, coming back In-B will hopefully give you a fresh start, like coming back from a brief vacation. The Moon will go OOB next in about 2 weeks, give or take a couple/few days.

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Dec. 19 ~ Jupiter enters Aquarius (until 13-May-2021)  (Dec. 20 in AEDT)

Envision the future! It's time to imagine your best potential and open your heart to something new. This is a very inspiring energy that can bring hope, excitement and fellowship. Friends can become important, with new people possibly coming into your life. Old friends might fall away if you have grown in different directions. Your involvement with groups and organisations could increase or change. You might feel drawn to humanitarian causes, whether that is through a religious or spiritual focus or a more secular one. This is a time when the greater Collective of society—indeed, of the world—can become a greater concern to its members. Both globally and individually, new ideas for change could be born which bequeath to future generations the best of our current wisdom and the most honest acknowledgement of our shortcomings.

The down side is that it's also easier to react in self-righteous fervor about things that would benefit better from a more cautious, measured response. "Group-think" could mushroom, whereby groups of people become caught up in the excitement of what look like positive ideals—except they might not be so positive for the people who are on the other end. Jupiter can be very judgmental and blaming in its quest for truth, power and certainty. Combined with rebellious Aquarius, this can manifest in something like a protest march against injustice—but it could just as easily produce a mob looking for a scapegoat to blame for their problems. And in the idealized worlds of Jupiter and Aquarius, it might not always be easy to tell which is which.

Much will depend on the wisdom and perspective of both Jupiter and Aquarius. The trick is to find detachment that doesn't lose connection to human compassion, and to find a common ground with others that doesn't require everyone to share the same beliefs, cultural traditions or even the same physical land. Look to a higher level of humanity to discover a more universal commonality.

Jupiter is in Aquarius during these times:

Dec. 19 ~ Venus trine Chiron (04:56 Sagittarius/Aries)  (Dec. 20 in AEDT)

Healing and rebalancing are possible now, especially in the areas of relationships, finance, resources and values. Any problems that have persisted in these areas lately could benefit from an influx of helpful and healing resources now. Relationships and interactions of all kinds can benefit now, since it can be easier to see the beauty and value in others whom you might usually dislike or feel ill at ease with (or they with you). Negotiations and strategic efforts to resolve conflicts may go smoothly now, especially when you balance the results in everyone's interests. You may also be able to attract what you need to heal your wounds (physical, psychological, spiritual, etc.). Like it says in the "Serenity Prayer," you may now find it a bit easier to accept that which you cannot change, while finding you make progress with the things you can.

Dec. 19 ~ Sun conjunct Mercury (28:42 Sagittarius)  (Dec. 20 in GMT, AEDT)

During this transit, your sense of self and purpose can become merged with what you think, perceive and say. On one hand, this can make for an easy flow of ideas and communication from inside your brain to the external world. It can also increase your perceptions and observations of the world, as you file it all away in your internal database. On the other hand, you may find yourself a bit tongue-tied, as it could be hard to separate your sense of self from your perceptions and ideas enough to find the words to adequately express them. In that case, just observe and go with the flow; the words will come later. It can also be a time when it's not easy to be objective, especially about yourself and how you bring yourself to the world around you. It's like your Being automatically expresses and sets into motion the things you think, perceive and want to say. This can help you to feel like your sense of self is shining effortlessly, but if your thoughts and perceptions are in conflict with other parts of you (e.g., emotions, needs, objectivity) then it might become a time when you act a little too quickly with blinders on. Strive for balance and self-honesty before you act.

The peak of Mercury conjunct the Sun is when it is Cazimi, which means being exact within 17 minutes of arc. For the few hours that this takes place, a Cazimi planet is said to be very strong. In the case of Mercury, your perceptions, awareness, thoughts and ability to put your thoughts into words may be unusually clear, focused or direct – even more-so since this happens in Mercury's sign of Gemini. You are still cautioned that an extra sharp wit might still be used with negative consequences, intentionally or not.

Dec. 20 ~ Mercury enters Capricorn (until 08-Jan-2021)  (Dec. 21 in AEDT)

Cheerful, adaptable Mercury travels through conventional, structured Capricorn, bringing out his analytical, focused side. This is a good time to plan your projects and map out a game plan to reach your goals. It is probably best to choose discipline over distraction. Communication, ideas and awareness may become serious, structured, grounded and manifest now. Just don’t let them become suppressed or censored. This is a great time to do some serious planning and organizing for future projects and goals. It is also a good time for analyzing and evaluating what you have been involved with during the past year or so. What have you learned? What information has come to you that has led you into new directions? What goals have you achieved, and what goals do you want to pursue now? What plan of action is required to get you from here to there? It may be a time when you can face some hard reality and tough decisions better than you normally do. Because Mercury in Capricorn tends to be serious and factual, it may also be a time when you are more prone to depression or discouragement. It will help to schedule regular breaks in your routine to get away and plug your head into a different perspective for a while.

Dec. 21 ~ Sun enters Capricorn (until 19-Jan-2021)

Happy Solar Return to all Capricorns! And Happy Solstice and Happy Yule to all of us! When the Sun enters Capricorn each year, it marks the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere (longest night) and the Summer Solstice in the southern hemisphere (longest day). Yule is the traditional celebration of the December solstice in European-derived cultures, welcoming the start of the increasing light. While the Sun is in Capricorn, we have the opportunity to explore our connection to the earth (Capricorn being an Earth sign) in a physical way. Whether you are bundling up to survive a cold winter, or unwinding after the summer heat, or getting down to business as the landscape blooms in "downunder" summer splendour, there is something very manifest and substantial about the experience of Capricorn. This energy calls on us to get real in whatever we are doing – to bring structure, responsibility and discipline to whatever we do. It is a time to work on our "containment." Not in the sense of suppression, but in terms of defining the boundaries within which our growth can flourish down the road, and keeping our impulses from inconveniently spilling over the edges of those boundaries. Sometimes that means cutting back in certain areas in order to focus your energy and make room for new growth. Sometimes it means having to delay gratification and reward until you reach a certain point of progress. The Capricorn rule of thumb is: if you do whatever is necessary, the rewards will come.

Dec. 21 ~ Jupiter conjunct Saturn (00:29 Aquarius)  (Dec. 22 in AEDT) Read more: Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Aquarius 2020 ~ Love Them Anyway

Every 20 years, the slowest-moving planets visible to the naked eye come together. This is the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction. Often called The Great Conjunction, it was considered a VERY BIG DEAL by the ancients who had no knowledge of Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and other transpersonal planets until the 18th century and beyond. The last time Jupiter and Saturn came together was at the end of May 2000 at 22 degrees of Taurus. This current conjunction is in Aquarius—in fact, at the very first degree of Aquarius, making it extra significant and powerful, releasing raw, undiluted Aquarian energy into the world.

This transit signals a new beginning on multiple levels. For starters, any conjunction of two planets begins a new cycle of their combined energies. In this case, this involves Jupiter – typically involving justice, the law, knowledge, vision, wisdom, foreign interaction, morality, ethics, religion, faith and hope. It also involves Saturn – associated with order, facts, maturity, discipline, responsibility, accomplishment, structure, expectations, manifestation, career, corporations, businesses, and working within realistic limits.

Combined, the two of them create the dynamic ingredients of leadership and achievement – the structure, maturity and discipline of Saturn with the vision, wisdom and promise of Jupiter. People born under a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction often have leadership or high achievement potential, rising to the top end of the spectrum in their career and life accomplishments.

In addition, Jupiter signifies royalty and Saturn government. There is a slogan often associated with this conjunction: "The King is dead, long live the King" (or Queen). The end of the previous cycle passes away, and a new cycle/theme/initiative is born. This current conjunction takes place at zero degrees which indicates an even more powerful new beginning. The first degree of any sign represents the raw life force of that sign. Like a newborn babe, it isn't developed yet and may be a bit ambiguous, unpredictable, impulsive or even unconscious in expressing that sign's energy.

So, this conjunction in Aquarius brings fresh hope for building a new vision. This is true both for society and personally. Look to the house in your Natal chart to see where 0° Aquarius resides, to see the area of your life where you have an opportunity to formulate a long-term goal. Look also to the houses in your chart where Saturn and Jupiter are, as well as the houses ruled by Saturn (Capricorn, Aquarius) and Jupiter (Sagittarius, Pisces). All of these areas may be stimulated with fresh potential and a need to build something new in your life.

Read my latest article! Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Aquarius 2020 ~ Love Them Anyway.

Dec. 23 ~ Mars square Pluto (23:55 Aries/Capricorn)  (Dec. 24 in AEDT)

This can be a volatile combination of energies, which can generate enormous stress and conflict, but can also motivate you go beyond your perceived limitations. The biggest dangers with this transit include obsessive control, violence in response to frustration, and natural reactions of anger being blown out of proportion into rage. However, if you are able to harness this energy and put it to productive use, it can fuel your ambitions and drive you to push past the barriers that are in your way (including your own discouragement or lethargy). There can be a fine line, though, between empowering yourself with determination and courage versus forcing the issue in a way that creates more problems than it solves. And there is a difference between being obsessively attached to the outcome versus discovering that you have more courage, strength and tenacity than you thought you did, when your back is against the wall. Sexual tension can be strong under this transit, so it is wise to use some good judgment about whether or how to act on that. Power struggles with others can become very intense, so strive to be clear in yourself about what you really want and how you can assert your interests without inflicting the emotional equivalent of nuclear war.

Dec. 23 ~ Mercury square Chiron (04:58 Capricorn/Aries)  (Dec. 24 in GMT, AEDT)

Your mental focus and perceptions may feel a bit strained right now. You could find yourself locked in a struggle of indecision that stems from a "glass half empty" versus "glass half full" dilemma. It may be difficult to stay objective and evenly balanced in your perspective, but by working with this you could also find a new mental focus that gives you increased clarity. It might be tempting to sink into cynicism as a way to deal with what seems like a no-win situation. On the other hand, this transit could bring your mental perspective to a kind of "healing crisis" that forces you to get a better grip on the ideas, communication and frame of mind that have been problematic for you. Instead of reaching for extremes (hoping this will clarify the path in front of you), it will help more if you can take a few steps back to allow all the conflicting and out-of-sync elements to coexist together – creative paradox. If you have been struggling to come to terms with something, this could be a turning point that helps you to deal with the complex reality of your situation.

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Dec. 25 ~ Mercury trine Uranus (06:53 Capricorn/Taurus)  (Dec. 24 in HAST, AKST, PST)

Unusual ideas, flashes of insight and seeing unexpected possibilities are all part of this transit. You may find it easier to be open-minded right now, especially about insights that have eluded you. Your ability to see beyond your usual horizon of perception can bring visionary brainwaves, as well as a fun sense of humour. You might be inspired to experiment with something new or do something out of character. You might have an impulse to break free of old habits or constraints. This can be a very liberating transit that opens your mind to new possibilities and ideas. However, be careful that you don't become so liberated and spontaneous that you become erratic, hyper or reckless. Words may come tumbling out of your mouth before you've had a chance to consider their wisdom, or you might find yourself talking non-stop and interrupting, creating a bit of awkwardness in those around you. On the other hand, you might also find the clarity and vision that gives you the words to speak your truth with new conviction. It's a great time to do some writing or other form of self-expression, especially if it's spontaneous or involving technology.

Dec. 26 ~ Sun square Chiron (04:59 Capricorn/Aries)  (Dec. 25 in HAST, AKST, PST)

Your self-confidence and patience may be a bit strained right now, stretched by the urge to break free of chronic constraints. Motivation and self-esteem may seem to sag and suffer from old problems that you thought were resolved. This is probably because you are seeing "the flaws in the system" that are preventing you from getting the results you want. It will help to take a fresh approach to your situation. You may need to let go of what you think the results "should be" or how they should come to you. Be open to getting what you want in a different form than you were expecting. You may have to work extra hard for results now, especially if it means having to find a different route to success. If it seems like a door of opportunity has closed, look for an unexpected advantage or hidden alternative. This could allow you to tap into other opportunities that wouldn't have been possible otherwise.

Dec. 27 ~ Sun trine Uranus (06:50 Capricorn/Taurus)  (Dec. 28 in GMT, AEDT)

You are more open than usual to spontaneity, surprises and "flying by the seat of your pants!" Your sense of humour and fun are let loose during this transit, as is your ability to break out of old outworn habits. You may get a flash of insight, a burst of courage or a surge of inspiration under this transit. The spirit of who you are can become released now, possibly leading to you behaving a bit "out of character." It's a great time to try new things and experiment with something that's out of character for you. In fact, it may be surprising how easy it is to break out of your usual routine...so much so, that it's good to be careful not to be too reckless under this transit. If your self-confidence, self-expression or self-esteem have been stifled or dampened lately, these could come flying out rather erratically, carelessly or chaotically. Strive to have fun pushing the envelope without ripping it. ;-)

Dec. 28 ~ Moon goes Out of Bounds (22:21 Gemini)  (Dec. 29 in AEDT)

The Moon goes Out of Bounds (OOB) by Declination, during which time your feelings and emotions may move in a different kind of rhythm. One possible effect is that you might feel more disconnected from the world around you; perhaps a bit alone, lonely or isolated. Or, this could be a welcome change where you can let the stresses of the world roll off your back more easily. Or, your emotions could be a bit erratic, extreme or harder to contain. The common thread through these diverse experiences is that your feeling state may reach beyond your usual range of feelings. If you're an artist, musician, writer or other creative person, this can be a very inspiring time as your creativity and imagination could more easily flow into unusual ideas, whims and impulses.

A planet goes OOB when its declination is greater than 23:26 (23 degrees and 26 minutes), which is the maximum declination of the Sun, and the Sun defines the "Bounds." The Moon goes OOB twice a month for about 8-9 years at a time (and remains In-Bounds for about 8-9 years in between). Currently the Moon's declination is able to go beyond 23:26 from March 2020 to January 2030, peaking at a maximum declination of 28:42 in September 2025 (called the Maximum Lunar Standstill).

So for now, as the maximum declination of the Moon increases from month to month, so will the strength of the OOB effects. Watch to see how you respond to these times. You can work on finding ways to channel this energy into positive, productive, creative experiences, or use it as an opportunity to take another step in your emotional healing.

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