Happy December! Today, we’re entering the final month of this 11 Gateway Universal Year. What big shifts have come into your life this year? This month is the time to bring them fully into existence before the New Year.
Luckily, December is a 14/5 Universal Month, activating Freedom Five energy all month long. Five is the number of change; it’s the rebalance point in a cycle, the time to leave behind the old and solidify momentum toward the new.
We enter the month still in Mercury Retrograde, so all the stuff that needs to be completed, cleared up, and cleaned out continues to show up, adding clarity to just where you need to rebalance.
Mercury will move Direct on December 6th @ 4:21 p.m. EST.
For a couple of days before and after, both clarity and communication might seem a little disrupted but that will dissipate quickly as we begin the new lunar cycle.
December’s New Moon happens on the 7th @ 2:21 a.m. EST at 15 degrees of Sagittarius.
Direct, sharply focused, high ideals Sagittarius – ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion – underscores and supports this month’s Freedom Five energy, enabling you to get really clear about where you want to go and about what you need to do to get there.
Even if you feel unclear right now at the beginning of the month, breathe easy and rest assured that by the time the first ten days have passed, you’ll see things more clearly.
We’ll reach the First Quarter Moon on December 15th @ 6:49 a.m. EST.
It happens at 23 degrees of Pisces. Pisces energy is a little bit dicey – it’s freely changeable, which supports the overall Universal Energy Flow this month (and this aspect is additionally supported because FQ itself happens in five energy), but it can also introduce uncertainty and conflicting thoughts, so you’ll want to take steps early in the month to guard your hard-won clarity.
Pisces is ruled by Neptune – the planet of dreams and imagination as well as illusion and denial, a sword that cuts both ways. Neptune, a very slow-moving planet, just turned Direct on November 24th after more than five months Retrograde. During its Retrograde period, many of your own illusions came to the surface, and these, along with what’s being revealed to you during the current Mercury Retrograde, are the things you most need to bring into balance this month to set a strong foundation for 2019.
The Sun enters disciplined and determined Capricorn on December 21st @ 5:22 p.m. EST.
This adds fabulous steadying energy to the mix. Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, is the supreme over-comer of obstacles, climbing to great heights through sheer willpower.
At the same time, we’ll celebrate the Winter Solstice/Yule on December 21st – the darkest day of the year.
On a social level, we view this as the “beginning of winter” yet on an energetic level, this is the time we turn back toward the light.
Every year, we start the journey into the darkness on Mabon at the Fall Equinox (it’s origins are, of course, at the Summer Solstice, but we don’t truly begin to feel the effects of darkening until the Fall Equinox). From the Fall Equinox right on through to the Winter Solstice, as the darkness increases, we feel more and more “in the dark” and confused, then the wheel turns and, bit by bit, the light returns.
As we move through the last few days of the old year and into the first few weeks of a new year – heading toward the celebration of light at Imbolc at the beginning of February – the best gift you can give yourself is room to reflect and release. Carrying this year’s burdens into the new year won’t serve you well, and this is the time in the year-long flow to give yourself a break, rest and recuperate a bit, and prepare to manifest new dreams.
The day after the Solstice we’ll have the Full Moon on the 22nd @ 12:49 p.m. EST.
It’s happening at 0 degrees Cancer – beautiful, beautiful nurturing spiritual energy. Zero is the number of completeness, of Divine Protection, the union of the physical and spiritual/doing and being. It’s the vibration where everything exists, ready to manifest.
Cancer energy is all about nurturing your Inner Child and embracing your emotions. Capricorn is Cancer’s opposite (or polarity), and since we’ll enter Capricorn energy the day before the Full Moon, there’ll be a nice balance here: Capricorn steadiness will offset Cancer’s emotionalism – which is always heightened at the Full Moon anyway.
Make a commitment to some self-care nurturing in this stretch of time, especially if you’ve got lots of holiday prep and celebration going on. Listen to your body – and to your Inner Child. Use the last few days of this year to ask her what she needs.
The moon enters the Last Quarter on December 29th @ 4:35 a.m. at 7 degrees of Libra.
This couldn’t be more perfect! Spiritual Seven in the sign that’s all about balance to round out our 2018 Gateway Year.
The Last Quarter phase is the time to let go – to release what’s no longer serving you, and to simply trust and allow that what you’re manifesting is coming into physical form. True healing power lies in letting go of resistance and control.
Use this time to consider what you’re resisting and allow yourself to release it, so you can flow into the new year gracefully, ready to enthusiastically create the life you came to live, then do something to celebrate it as the year turns on December 31st.
Love & Blessings,
December Featured Reading
This special 9-card Tarot Reading tells you everything you need to know about what 2019 holds in store for you. It begins with the most important lesson you’ll carry forward from 2018; continues with your three most significant experiences in 2019; your biggest challenge in 2019 + your power to overcome it; your greatest blessing in 2019 + your power to manifest it; and concludes with the overall theme for 2019.