December 2016

Mercury Retrograde Dec 19 - Jan 8
Uranus Direct Dec 29

December brings enormous energies into play that embrace many topics and some with overflowing emotions. This is a month of choosing one or the other, or not being able to choose either. It can also be a time of celebration when a final decision is made. The world needs happiness – a reason to celebrate, to have hope.

New Moon: Nov 29 in Sagittarius 7 degrees – This moon will effect the 1st two weeks in DEC with emphasis on foreign interactions, balance of powers, justice and humanitarian causes. The truth will reach the top.

Full Moon: Dec 13 in Gemini 22 degrees – Powerful communication energies – the need to feel mentally engaged but be cautious with texting, voice mails and emails as mistakes are likely – and will be costly.

New Moon: Dec 29 in Capricorn 7 degrees – the focus going into the new year will be on those in power that make our laws (government) as well as those involved in banking and financial dealings. This will bring attention to individual and business commitments including the spending habits or budgets of same. It is time to tighten belts, take responsibility for past actions/commitments and prepare to move forward in a positive way.

Dates to Watch

Dec 1 – Good flow of energy but might feel detached, indifferent
Dec 6 – Unexpected events involving liquids, i.e rains, snow, oils
Dec 9 – Way too much energy for one day! Pace yourself for success
Dec 10-12 – Great for brainstorming/creative energies
Dec 13 – Full Moon! Energy is mentally draining. Conversations increase and flit from one subject to another
Dec 18 – Scattered energy, mess-ups, electronic breakdowns-keep an eye on bank and credit card balances
Dec 19 – MERCURY stations RETROGRADE in CAPRICORN – it’s time to take off the rose-colored glasses and face reality
Dec 23-24 – Smoother energy especially for finishing up last minute shopping
Dec 25 – Merry Christmas! The energy is sweet and allows for a good day overall.
Dec 26 – Watch tendency to complain - banking problems may pop up
Dec 28 – 29 New Moon energy is high and with the stationing of Uranus expect the unexpected! This focuses mostly on govt, banking, and credit – but includes all commitments. With Mercury retrograde keep an eye on your accounts!
Dec 31 – Make this last day of the year what you want as there are no exact aspects today and the moon is in a friendly sign. Happy New Year’s Eve.. be safe everyone.


Dec 01: Moon in Capricorn brings our attention to budgets and responsibilites. Although the energy is aloof, much can be accomplished if you stick to the facts. Avoid going to court today if you can.

Dec 02: Moon continues in Capricorn and is joined by Mercury. A more sober way of thinking enters and hopefully keeps us true to our budgets! Emotions tend to be cool with the focus on providing practical support.

Dec 03: The moon is VOID from 5:16amET until 2:44pmET when it slides into friendly Aquarius. Expect unusual happenings during the VOID period. Delays are also likely. With the shift from Capricorn energy to Aquarius energy there could be problems with electrical equipment or even earthquakes.

Dec 04: The moon in Aquarius is wonderful for looking to the future, buying electronics, having lunch with friends or maybe seeking spiritual guidance. Expect variety in plans today.

Dec 05: The moon enters VOID at 6:23amET for all day until 11:31pmET when it quietly moves into the shy and sensitive sign of Pisces. Expect delays, unusual happenings, events that open your eyes to possibilities you did not think could be.

Dec 06: The moon now in Pisces shines a light on children, fantasies, movies and spiritual matters. Entertainers are featured. News could involve liquid related events and even children. The energy is quiet and compassionate.

Dec 07: The moon moon in Pisces slows as it enters VOID at 9:05amET until tomorrow morning. So this is a VOID day filled with delays, reschedules, unexpected happenings AGAIN! At 9:51amET Venus enters Aquarius bringing a little eccentric flavor to the mix! Remember things that happen when the moon is void usually bring unexpected results.

Dec 08: The moon moves into Aries at 5:16amET infusing assertive, impatient energy into the mood for the day. Go slow. Be careful in traffic. Exercise caution in handling sharp instruments, anything fire related, or weapons. Firefighters should be extra cautious when the moon is in Aries.

Dec 09: The moon is still in the aggressive sign of Aries until 8:06pmET when it enters VOID for overnight. Many people experience headaches more often during this moon phase than any other. This is not the best choice for having any kind of surgery related to the head. Today has grumpy energy in the AM and smooth energy in the PM. The afternoon will be a little emotionally overloaded, though, so take a few time outs.

Dec 10: The moon moves into Taurus at 7:41amET bringing a much needed settled energy. Early morning is ideal for creative work, setting goals, making future plans. Singers should rest voices more during this moon sign and limit dairy products. Count your pennies!

Dec 11: The moon is inTaurus all day until close to midnight when it enters VOID until tomorrow morning. Although a practical energy, it does bring out the desire to shop for the best. Be sure you do not overspend! Moon in Taurus does like to over do in eating, drinking and spending! It is a great day for a concert or a walk in the park if weather allows.

Dec 12: The moon moves into Gemini at 7:41amET and boyeeee will this be a crazy day! That is because the energy is high ahead of the full moon happening tomorrow evening. Converations go crazy today. Social media is on fire! Do not engage in gossip or it could come back to haunt you. Write, gather information, research..these are great things to do today.

Dec 13: FULL MOON in Gemini at 22 degrees tonight at 7:05pmET. Today might find you unable to make a decision…so many much to think about. Numerous communication challenges, i.e. satellites down, cell tower outages, phones not working, etc Be thoughtful in communications today.

Dec 14: The moon moves to VOID early AM and quickly into the sign of Cancer at 7:09amET. The moon changes to one that focuses on family and home. The desire is strong to stay home or be with loved ones – maybe take the day off after yesterday! This is a great day for cooking at home – maybe some holiday cookies, yay.

Dec 15: The moon is still in Cancer until 4:57pmET. The air is filled with complaining. Morning is irritating, lafternoon is the same. Do your best to be happy and optimistic today. Evening plans may not come together as planned.

Dec 16: the moon was VOID overnight until 8:15amET this morning when it moves into Leo. Today is a blank canvas day. Use this day to organize your thoughts. With Mercury stationing now to go retrograde on the 19th, you may already see some of the delays and mix-ups happening. So use this free energy day to get prepared to click things off your to-do list while Mercury is retrograde. World leaders and entertainers will be in the news.

Dec 17: The moon continues in fun loving Leo with overall good aspects for the day. This is a good day for sports and fun of all kinds. If you have any kind of heart trouble, just be more aware today of any noticeable changes. If you feel something, see a doctor.

Dec 18: The moon starts off in Leo giving a decent start to the day. At 11:55amET it enters VOID for a few minute until 12:52pmET when it enters the sign of service-Virgo. The attention turns to details now and with the ruler of Virgo (Mercury) going into Retrograde tomorrow, today may feel like it is jangling your nerves!! Make a list.. stick to the list!

Dec 19: MERCURY Retrogrades at 5:55amET until Jan 8, 2017. MARS moves into quiet, forgiving Pisces giving Pisces sun signs and ascendants are due for an energy boost! If you stick to routines or old business, today will turn out good even if draining. Equipment failures may have occurred recently or over the next few days.

Dec 20: The moon is again in Virgo all day until tonight at 8:55pmET when it enters VOID until 9:40pmET when it moves into the mentally active sign of Libra. The energy is testy but calming down from the past few days. This is good energy for having your hair cut, have a mani-pedi or maybe just clean your house.

Dec 21: The WINTER SOLSTICE – the Sun moves into Capricorn. The moon in Libra seeks balance and beauty. This doesn’t work well with stern and thrifty Capricorn. Expect a few bumps today but overall a great day.

Dec 22: The moon is in Libra until 2:31pmET when it then enters VOID until tomorrow morning. Today is just overloaded with all kinds of emotional energy. The afternoon seems to be the most challenging with disruptive energy and delays. Military strategies are on the drawing board.

Dec 23: The moon moves into deep and intense Scorpio at 9:32amET. Pay attention to dreams and intuition. Keep secrets. Avoid confrontations especially with powerful people. Stay out of dark or dangerous place.

Dec 24: Christmas Eve.. the moon is still in Scorpio so keeping gifts secret will be no problem! This is an even flowing energy day. Double check all credit card receipts and bank accounts to make sure everything is correct. The energy is passionate so enjoy being with the one you love.

Dec 25: CHRISTMAS DAY! Merry Christmas Everyone. The moon shifted from Scorpio early morning at 2:22amET to VOID for all of Christmas Day. It will enter Sagittarius at 10:19pmET. This means if you are expecting guests for dinner or waiting on the kids to get up to open gifts, eveyone may be late! Expect the unexpected today.

Dec 26: The moon in Sagittarius can bring out bluntness in conversation. Be sensitive to the feelings of others. Foreign countries and leaders may be headliners. Schools/education surge to the top of the news. Long distance travel is highlighted.

Dec 27: The moon is again in Sagittarius until 8:45pmET when it enters VOID until tomorrow. This day brings a calming energy ahead of the New Moon coming on the 29th. Enjoy today. Sign up for a course, take a trip, attend church..learn something new.

Dec 28: The VOID period ends at 10:12amET when the moon enters the aloof sign of Capricorn. The mood is more somber and sight is clear as to what is ahead. The energy is high as the energy is building for the New Moon tomorrow but also because Uranus is stationing to return to full power. This could bring unexpected changes relating to the earth as well as banks and financial institutions. A government leader may be in the news for crazy reasons!

Dec 29: NEW MOON in CAPRICORN at 7 degrees and URANUS returns to full strength! Aquarius Suns signs will feel “reborn”. The day is busy but much can be accomplished as the aspects are easy. There is a balancing of energy worldwide. Expect unusual activities regarding government officials and includes decisions for military action.

Dec 30: The moon shifts at 3:07amET into VOID for the whole day until 8:29pmET when it enters the visionary sign of Aquarius. The overnight energy is yucky but turns to more positive flow during the day. It may take several cups of coffee to get going, though! Expect the unexpected AGAIN. There are numerous VOID days this month so exercise patience and flow with the energy.. no need to get worked up over it.

Dec 31: The moon is in Aquarius this last day of 2016 and has no major energy patterns. This is a good way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Keep in mind Mercury is Retrograde into January. If you have plans for tonight, double check them to avoid mistakes or problems! If you are staying home, enjoy those new electronics you got for Christmas! Perfect under an Aquarius moon energy. Happy New Year to everyone!

Noon Cycles including Void of Course Moons (VOC or VOID)

New Moon: A new moon initiates energy that is very strong for four weeks or one lunar cycle but influences the year until another new moon occurs in that same sign - usually a year later. What that energy involves is indicated by the sign in which the new moon occurs and personally, which house/aspects etc are activated in your astrological chart. If the new moon is an eclipse the energy is tripled.

Full Moon: The full moon that follows two weeks after the new moon brings the energy of the new moon out into the open, or to a peak. It continues to unfold energy for two more weeks until the next new moon when the cycle begins all over again highlighting a different area of our lives. Those emotional influences can last a year.

Void Moon: When the transiting moon makes no aspect to a transiting planet, it is considered to be VOID. During these void periods - which can last a few minutes or a few days - it is best to avoid signing sign contracts, interviewing for jobs, or setting important appointments. Why? Because appointments are usually delayed or rescheduled altogether or they do not turn out as expected. Contracts have delays or have to be re-negotiated, etc. Job interviews turn out to be non-productive or empty promises are made. If, for instance, a first interview does occur and appears positive, you may be asked to start ASAP or have to interview with additional people. Individually, if you are under excellent aspects from transiting planets, this will then be a good time to proceed even though the moon is void.

I find that during void moon energy, solutions to problems can be found. Therefore, it is an excellent time for lawyers to find loopholes in cases or uncover evidence that will turn a case in their favor. Lost items are found or returned during this energy at a higher percentage than when the moon is not void. Any computer glitches that have evaded solution can suddenly be resolved. You can be lucky and win a lottery or raffle. Keep in mind that during a VOID MOON, any activities undertaken usually take TWICE as long to accomplish!!! There is an element of LUCK associated with VOID energy. Use it wisely! :-)

One thing is for certain -- always expect the unexpected during the time of a VOID of COURSE MOON -- good and bad -- and be prepared for delays or cancellations.

Eclipses in 2016

Sep 1st SOLAR eclipse: in Virgo at 9 deg 21 min
Sep 16th LUNAR eclipse: in Pisces at 24 deg 20 min

Retrograde Planets in 2016

When a planet is retrograde, its energy is weakened, misunderstood or projected in an unclear manner. The sun signs, industries, activities and so forth ruled by the retrograde planet, will feel held back, restricted, misunderstood or weakened. This is also a time when you are given an opportunity to re-do, re-evaluate these areas. Many times it brings about a better solution or happier direction.

Mercury: December 19th 2016 - January 8th 2017

Mercury is known for creating challenges and delays (including cancellations) in travel plans, appointments, contracts, major purchases. Double check all holiday reservations! Try to get most major issues or purchase completed before the 12th of Dec or wait until after Jan 8th.

When Mercury is retrograde communications, electronics, transportation all hit a snag. Satellites go down, electronics breakdown, emails/texts etc are erroneously sent, weak relationships break up (business and personal), trains/airplanes are challenged or in the news and… the flow of money stalls or slows down. That means that “check in the mail” probably will not arrive until after Mercury goes direct! Watch the stock markets. Be cautious in all money dealings. If you have electronic equipment that has been showing signs of needing to be replaced, it will probably break down during the retrograde. This is NOT the time to initiate anything new, especially personal relationships. The retrograde period should focus on OLD business/relationships or projects already in motion before the retrograde cycle began. Many times the Mercury retrograde period allows for resolution of problems. Agreements can be finalized, etc. Just be careful with any of the “numbers” in the paperwork. If possible delay the signing of a contract until after Mercury is direct to avoid complications. Never make a major purchase under Mercury retrograde unless you have overwhelmingly good aspects!

I believe the week prior to Mercury stationing retrograde is when all the crazy stuff seems to happen! Be watchful!

Uranus: July 29 - December 29th

Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius, electricity, automobiles, assassination attempts, earthquakes, radio and TV, astrology, Bohemian, and Russia to name a few. When it is retrograde, Uranus gives the topics and also countries that it rules, time for review, reconsideration. It also holds back some of its strength in order to allow for this. It’s like slowing down as you approach an intersection to give you time to make sure you know in which direction you want to go. With Uranus in Aries (unexpected, impulsive), this is actually a good thing as it pulls the energy back to a more manageable level.

Transiting Planets in 2016

If a slower moving planet connects with one of your personal planets such as your Sun, Venus, Mercury or Mars, it will initiate a reaction or event regarding the planet that is touched. Example: transiting Jupiter connects with your Venus. You could simply have a wonderful couple of "feeling good" days while this is active or maybe win a lottery, fall in love with someone or something, have a face-lift, settle a legal case, or set up a new banking account. It is helpful to know if this will be happening so you can plan better and be prepared to make it a good "connection". Here are the slower moving planets and the signs they will be travelling through in 2016:

Jupiter in VIRGO until September 9 when it enters the sign of LIBRA. Jupiter is the fastest moving of the slower planets, staying approximately one year in each sign. It takes approximately 12 years for Jupiter to travel through all 12 signs. Virgo sun signs can enjoy Jupiter in their sign until it leave and moves into LIBRA in September. This transit of Jupiter is a helpful energy for VIRGO sun signs. Keep your critical eye in check, though or you could be a little too much for people around you!! Keeping in mind the legal influence, you can also attract a legal situation if you use this energy in a negative way. For instance, receiving a speeding ticket, filing a lawsuit or being involved in one, or perhaps an inheritance/will etc. While Jupiter transits the sign of VIRGO there will be a focus worldwide on things ruled by VIRGO: Iraq, Army, chemists, dairy farmers, the Congo, Jerusalem, Los Angeles CA, chickens, doctors in general, Switzerland... to name just a few things influenced by this transit.

In September when it enters LIBRA, the Libra sun signs will have this “guardian angel” with them until October 2017. The last few months of 2016 will find Jupiter giving positive energy to the arts, music, relationships, agreements, and even make-overs. Because LIBRA is a cardinal sign, those born under the sign of Capricorn, Aries and Cancer or who have planets in these signs, will experience the effects of this transit at some point as Jupiter contacts your sun sign.

Saturn in Sagittarius until December 2017. The last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was late 1985 into early 1988. It takes about 2.5 years to transit one sign. Scorpio sun signs are quite relieved as it finally exited Scorpio. It WILL return once again to Scorpio but only for very brief stay this summer and only effects 28 and 29 degrees of Scorpio. It is now Sagittarius' turn to feel the structuring, disciplining and in some cases restricting energy of this transit. Saturn's energy helps us better manage our talents and urges. It can bring unexpected responsibilities or even a health issue that requires discipline and focus to overcome. Commitments made during a transit of Saturn to a personal planet have endurance energy/longevity. Negatively, they can feel like heavy responsibilities! But it is not a bad energy for a good marriage or business partnership if all other aspects are supportive. This is the time to stay current with your medical exams especially if you are born under the sign of Sagittarius, OR have a personal planet in Sagittarius, OR have Sagittarius rising OR have Sagittarius on your house of health (6th house). If you have planets in the sign of Gemini, Saturn will, at some point, create an opposing energy. This can bring limitations (including medical conditions) or simply push you to organize and discipline your activities. It CAN feel really burdensome - even depressing - having Saturn in your sun sign (or opposing it), but you do not have to feel that way. With the ability to focus and accomplish, use Saturn's positive side to finish up projects or goals that have been set aside. Take on any added responsibilities as a learning experience that will benefit you. Hard work is usually required when Saturn is in your sign so be prepared to work hard and be rewarded accordingly. Remember, work smarter not harder.

Uranus, in Aries until 2018, will continue transiting the sign of Aries moving from 16 degrees to 24 degrees Aries but retrogrades back to 20 degrees by the end of 2016. If you have a planet in your astro chart at 16-24 degrees Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn, Uranus will energize that planet sometime in 2016. Libra sun signs born Oct 9 -19 will feel this energy as an opposing force. It is challenging but not as aggressively challenging as those born in the sign of Aries will feel. You could suddenly want to quit a job, seek a divorce, change your hair style, or even relocate when this happens. The energy of freedom loving Uranus is not predictable except to say it is unpredictable. Sudden changes, accidents, changes in beliefs, strong desire to be free, etc can all be part of this energy. Be careful in your desire to feel free, to break the rules, to make radical changes, especially if you are aged 41-43. Remember, once the transit completes, you will be living with the consequences of your actions and decisions! Uranus is sending kind vibes to Aquarius and Gemini but challenges Libra, Cancer, Capricorn, and of course, Aries.

Neptune, in Pisces until 2025, will move from 7 degrees to 12 degrees Pisces but during the year it retrogrades ending 2016 direct at 9 degrees. It is very slow moving. Be cautious in business dealings and LOVE as Neptune energy can be evasive and deceiving you before you know it. Neptune has a strong spiritual side and connects to the higher realms. It also rules all liquids and the oceans, water, floods, drugs, hospitals, jails, bodily fluids including perspiration! Perhaps if your planets are contacted by this transiting Neptune, you will find yourself returning to church, restoring your faith, being drawn to the beach, or finding that true love! Watch out, though! Make sure you remove your rose colored glasses before making major decisions. Virgo sun signs may find themselves working with Pisces sun signs or changing careers to work in a Pisces industry i.e., oil, ink, ocean liners, entertainment, singing, children, any music or acting, etc. Virgo sun signs will feel the opposing energy creating feelings of vagueness and mystery. Enjoy this opportunity to not only dream but to also see your dreams come true.

Pluto, in Capricorn, will transit 14, 15, 16 and 17 degrees of Capricorn in 2016. Those born Jan 4-9, Apr 3-8, Jul 5-9 and Oct 6-11 will most likely feel this transit more directly. In an astrological chart if you have personal planets at 14-17 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra, you will feel the transformative power of Pluto as it interacts with that planet. It can involve corruption, drugs, sexual desires, skin and teeth issues, government planning, the disciplining parent, deaths, and big business to name a few. Pluto in Capricorn helps define economic changes that will be beneficial and strong. Capricorn rules big business and government and government officials. In 2016, Pluto in Capricorn will provide the impetus to release or destroy anything that has served its purpose in our lives. The changes being made will be long lasting ones as Capricorn is cautious, practical and very responsible. A positive use of the energy would be to take the initiate and change areas of your life that need improvement – before it is done for you! Emotionally you could embark on a new way of looking at life. A word to the wise should be sufficient. Virgo and Taurus – fellow earth signs of Capricorn – should find the transformations and changes, very positive and easier to integrate than other sun signs.

May the force be with you... always. ~ General Dodonna