“Dear past, thank you for all the lessons. Dear future – I am ready” – Wild Woman Sisterhood
Looking forward to the new year? A successful future depends on the lessons learned from the past. As we bid farewell to 2015 we have the opportunity to reflect on what we’ve discovered from living through it. Everyone had their share of trials, tribulations and triumphs in the last eleven months, but with each comes greater life awareness. In reviewing what we’ve experienced, we can find out a lot about ourselves, our connection to others and what we want to achieve going forward. This empowers us to make positive changes, start healthier habits, implement new activities and improve our goals toward a more life-affirming and fulfilling tomorrow.
Some of us may have experienced a steep learning curve in the past few months. There may have been upsetting occurrences or situations that brought on feelings of fear, worry, distress. It’s important to acknowledge these feelings but equally important to remember that, no matter the external circumstances, we always have a choice. We can choose to see the positives, the possibilities, the potential for something better in our future, rather than dwelling on what’s negative, pessimistic or discomforting. Staying positive does not mean that you ignore problems or dismiss hardships. Instead, it means focusing on the thoughts that encourage your well-being and future growth.
This is the month to set our sights on the horizon, releasing limitations to move forward with greater life expectation. It’s a perfect time to check our inner compass and ask: What can I learn from my past to improve my future? In recognizing the life lessons from this year alone, you can put into place ways to improve and increase your life success going forward.
The December Solstice gives us an extra push forward, assisting us in understanding our year-in-review highs and lows – and how to use that knowledge to our advantage. By honoring the lessons of 2015 we can work to improve ourselves and our future dreams, which help us create a positive and prosperous 2016.
What can you look forward to in this last month of 2015? Here’s your #AstroMotivation for December:
5 December (4th in U.S.A.): Venus moves into Scorpio – Passion for Change!
As we celebrate this last month of this year, love expressions, sensuality and need-to-connect feelings become more intense! Greater passion and seductive energy encourages us to find new love or share our strong affections with a significant other. This is a highly emotional time when we’re eager to make positive changes in our lives in order to feel more fulfilled. We yearn to experience greater love, creativity and self acceptance now and have a deep awareness of what we can do to further these needs. Our healing and intuitive powers are stronger, prompting us to align with those who feel as intensely as we do! Use this time to envision what you need for a more satisfying relationship and then help your heart-energy to manifest it!
10 December (8th in U.S.A.): Mercury moves into Capricorn – Set Your Course!
Our future dreams and goals are supported now with the energy of ambitious reflection, serious intention and conscious contemplation. We have more discipline, determination and mindful direction to set a course of action for greater future advancement. The ability to be more practical, pragmatic and perceptive in our plans helps us to make the changes we need to get ahead. This is a great time for considering ways to improve and empower ourselves for future success. As we move into 2015 our views and vision become more goal oriented, with a get-real, get-going, get-it-done mindset!
11 December: New Moon in Sagittarius– Share the Joy!
This last New Moon of 2015 brings a new cycle of joy, expansive expression and positive feeling! Embracing greater prosperity, possibility thinking and like-minded adventures inspires more confidence and abundance in our lives! Jump open-armed and open-hearted into new relationships and projects now with the feeling that you can accomplish anything! Optimistic beginnings for inner growth and outward expression are highlighted as we open our minds to appreciate all that we’ve learned and experienced this year. Make an effort now to set your course of action, securing your big-picture goals for greater success in 2016!
22 December (21st in U.S.A.): Sun moves into Capricorn – Celebrate the Solstice!
On this magical Solstice, the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere and the shortest in the Northern, we mark the turning of the light to help illuminate ways we can be more responsible going forward – to our selves, each other and our beloved Earth. We now find extra energy for practical planning, detailed organization and conscientious consideration when it comes to preparing for a successful 2016. We are encouraged to consider what positive changes we can implement now to secure our goals and advance our future projects. Happy Solstice!
26 December (25th in U.S.A.): Full Moon in Cancer / Uranus Goes Direct– Encouraging Emotional Security!
This large lunar energy in its natural sign helps us consider what’s needed for our emotional security in 2016. As we go forward into the new year, our feelings are strong, protective and caring of those close to our heart. Intuitively we embrace full understanding of what is important to us – friends, family and the foundations of our lives. We also feel a greater sense of nurturing, both toward those we love and toward our sensitive selves. This is also a great time to honour our feelings while sharing thoughts and plans with others, allowing us to grow emotionally and encouraging domestic progress. Additionally, this is a perfect time to consider the connections we have with others and how we can improve things in the new year!
30 December (29th in U.S.A.): Venus moves into Sagittarius – Embrace, Enjoy, Encourage!
Love energies turn expansive, with a greater ability to share affections and the adventures of life with loved ones. This new cycle of possibilities broadens our horizons, encouraging positive contacts and spiritual partnerships. By manifesting more self belief there’s a better chance of attracting a soul connection. This also heralds a time for expressing universal healing, good will and reverence for all living things. As we enter 2016 we are infused with more beautiful and joyous energy to embrace life, enjoy those we’re with and encourage the start of a wonderful year ahead!
All Month: Mars is in Libra – Harnessing Harmony!
For all of December the planet of activity couples with the sign representing relationships, artistry and balance. We now strive for more harmony and beauty in our lives and with each other. Greater creativity and the need to interact is enhanced, so use this time to cultivate connections and express your aesthetic visions! This is an excellent time for sharpening your conflict management skills or finding a creative project that brings holistic and therapeutic benefits. Be mindful however of indecision, passive-aggressive behavior or vacillating between the pros and cons of taking action. Instead of provoking others, use the energies at hand to express diplomacy and artistry. Where can you direct your energy to grow more harmony and happiness with others in your life?
The Outer Planets stay in a sign for a longer period of time, so their effect on us is more gradual, but significant none the less. Here they are in their current positions:
*Jupiter in Virgo: Look back at what you experienced 12 years ago, when Jupiter was last in this sign, and notice similar themes arising for you. The difference being you now have more experience, wisdom and knowledge to help make the most of this new cycle of expansion. Success now comes by how much we pay attention to the details of our lives and our future goals. As the planet representing opportunity and growth moves through the sign highlighting practicalities, orderliness, analysis and organization, we can find greater prosperity and advancement by practicing these same things. Paying attention to the fine points, putting plans in place, being mindful of the details and having clear direction will enable us to bring our visions to reality. This goes hand-in-hand with better care and consideration of our body, mind and spirit balance.
*Saturn in Sagittarius: We now have greater opportunity to move forward with our passions, plans and pursuits. This is an ideal cycle for embracing our true purpose and laying the foundations for manifesting our visions. Paying closer attention to what we want to experience, advance in, learn about and achieve for greater personal fulfillment is highlighted. Extra persistence, expansion and opportunity can come now, allowing us to get serious about our abilities, work toward realizing our dreams and take our talents to the next step!
*Uranus in Aries: (Retrograde until 26 December 2015): We are encouraged to reflect on what we need for greater freedom in our lives. Honouring unique forms of self expression, liberation from oppression, new technology and inventive pioneering action is now highlighted. Strength, assertive action, inspirational vision, intuitive understanding and new innovation helps us to open up to new dimensions. Uranus will be in Aries until 7 March 2019.
*Neptune in Pisces: Assists us in honouring greater spiritual awareness, creative inspiration and intuitive insight in our lives. We-are-all-one compassion is emphasized now along with humanitarian expression. Readdressing ways to embracing greater sympathy and empathy along with universal understanding is highlighted. Neptune will be in Pisces until 31 March 2025.
*Pluto in Capricorn: This pairing will continue until 24 March 2023. The overall theme of this time is uncovering the misuse of power and authority to enable change for the better. It represents a major cycle of energy that brings transformation to our society, government, world order and Mother Earth. It also pushes to bring about much change to our personal lives and belief structures, especially as Pluto aspects the planets in our natal chart.
*Chiron in Pisces: The ability to open our hearts to others while working to heal ourselves is highlighted. Greater spiritual awareness, empathy and compassion can be gained during this time but it’s important not to loose ourselves in the effort to assist others. Keeping personal boundaries in place is key for self care too. Chiron will be in Pisces until April 2018.
Artwork by Argentinian born, UK-based Sofia Bonati.