forest_snow_winterDECEMBER 2016 Forecast- all times ET— 

LUNATIONS & Celestial Events
The Gemini Full Moon occurs at 7:05 PM ET at 22° Gemini 26” on December 13. There is an Capricorn New Moon this month on December 29. It’s degree is 7° Capricorn 59” and it occurs at 1:53 AM ET.
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The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 at 5:45 AM. In the Northern Hemisphere, this shortest day of the year reminds us of that the light soon begins to linger longer. Light signifies consciousness and as the Sun enters Capricorn we begin a cycle that brings attention to the concrete. Over the next couple of weeks, growing awareness of your goal helps to position it for success. Part of the ability to actualize this entails a willingness to release attachment to preconceptions. The unfolding requires a release from the past; not today, but in time. Plan your intentions for the growing light.

MERCURY RETROGRADE – Mercury goes retrograde in Capricorn through December 19 into January (ending 1/8/17). In the sign of Capricorn, Mercury Retrograde symbolizes an inordinate need to go over the form with care. This may be especially significant in anything that requires leadership or professional ethos. It doesn’t matter how expert you are, if the message isn’t conveyed in the right way, it dilutes its impact and efficacy. Over the next few weeks, be especially alert to anything miscommunicated, especially in the business/financial realm. Mercury Retrograde encourages use of intuition and to be very present with a task. Thinking about the past or future is sure to tie a tongue or cause a typo.

Jupiter in Libra runs through December 2017. Jupiter is the planet of good fortune and expansion. Now in direct motion, when it is teamed with a GOOD DAY, it is an auspicious time to start new ventures and investments. To read about how this cycle affects your sign, go to

Saturn in Sagittarius: Saturn symbolizes discipline, responsibility, limits and fears in legal matters, higher education, travel and publishing. Saturn is now in retrograde motion. If you want to know more or how Saturn in Sagittarius may affect you, go to

With Uranus Retrograde, you can tap your inner fire through meditation and creative exploration, which can bring a wealth of ideas. Uranus symbolizes the unexpected, inspiration, revolution and need for freedom. Uranus retrograde tends to indicate more shocks than when the planet is in direct motion, because we are not aware of what’s percolating under the surface until it erupts. When retrograde, a planet actually seems to retrace its steps and for Uranus, this means the past several months. In fiery Aries, it seems to slow down this month as it stations to turn direct on December 29. You may be required to move, experience a revelation or upset during this time, especially if you’ve planets in Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Keep in mind that Uranus is known as the Great Awakener. Whatever happens, face it with eyes and heart wide open for the best results.

When Uranus goes Direct on December 29, 2016, the Great Awakener erupts— this often mirrors a world event, sometimes actually physical like an earthquake. Anything that has been held back or kept in check becomes overt, not necessarily the day it goes direct, but over the coming weeks. With Uranus in Aries last decan (final 10° of a sign), we are poised to get the lessons of this Uranus transit (if we haven’t already). The ability to adapt to the change increases, so those who cling tightly to the past cannot sustain the grip as the momentum builds. The deck is stacked against the status quo. Physical upsets occur when resistance attempts to thwart evolution.

Neptune is in Pisces, where it will stay through 2026, as we dive into the spiritual evolution; yet some of us are swept with a sense of helplessness, victimization or total escapism. Our news becomes more fear-driven, especially about concerns for water, oil, healthcare or religious separation; these themes will be with us for quite some time. Yet confusion and fear do not have to be the constant. If you feel a bit emotionally short-changed, connect with nature, pure water and whatever your perception is of the numinous. Express your needs in a cogent fashion and you will get results. You needn’t feel awash with Neptune transits or its energy. With Neptune in Pisces, you have an opportunity to embrace your creativity and spirituality.
For some of us, this is what we’ve been waiting for; for others it demands a sturdy vessel to hold an unstoppable force. Alcohol and drugs may hit you harder than in the past, especially if you’ve a lot of water signs in your horoscope: Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces. If you don’t already meditate or have a religious or spiritual practice, you may feel the pull like a riptide urging you to explore this.

Although no longer in line with Neptune, Chiron is still in Pisces. For what it may mean with your sign

Moon Void-of-Course: Each sign is 30°; there are 12 signs in the 360° zodiacal wheel. Void-of-course (VOC) moon periods occur when the moon passes the degree of a sign when it no longer makes a geometric picture with any other planet — until it enters the next sign. Since the moon symbolizes emotional attachment, the void-of-course creates a nebulous period for decisions. People make most decisions through emotions. When the moon is VOC, people do not care as much about the outcome. This can work in your favor or not, depending on the results you want. For Moon VOC (void of course) Defined:
Void-of-course/voc times for December 2016 follow. All times are for Eastern Time ET- to adjust a time for your zone
12/1: The moon is void of course in Sagittarius until 3:52 AM, when it enters the sign of Capricorn
12/3: The Capricorn Moon is void of course as of 5:16 AM until the Moon enters Aquarius at 2:44 PM
12/5: Aquarius Moon void-of-course from 6:23 AM through 11:31 PM when it enters Pisces
12/7: Pisces Moon is void-of-course at 9:05 AM ALL DAY!
12/8: Pisces Moon void-of-course until 5:16 AM when it enters Aries
12/9: Aries Moon void-of-course at 8:06 PM
12/10: Aries Moon void-of-course until 7:41 AM when it enters Taurus
12/11: Taurus Moon goes void-of-course at 11:04 PM
12/12: Taurus Moon void-of-course until 7:41 AM when it enters Gemini
12/13: Gemini Full Moon at 7:05 PM
12/14: Gemini Moon void-of-course from 12:57 AM through 7:09 AM when it enters Cancer
12/15: Cancer Moon void-of-course from 4:37 PM through next day
12/16: Cancer Moon void-of-course until 8:15 AM when it enters the sign of Leo
12/18: Leo Moon void-of-course at 11:55 AM; it enters the sign of Virgo at 12:52 PM
12/20: Virgo Moon void-of-course at 8:56 PM; it enters the sign of Libra at 9:40 PM
12/22: Libra Moon void-of-course at 2:31 PM
12/23: Libra Moon void-of-course until 9:32 AM when it goes into Scorpio
12/25: Scorpio Moon is void-of-course as of 2:22 AM; the moon enters Sagittarius at 10:19 PM
12/27: Sagittarius Moon void-of-course from 8:45 PM through next day
12/28: Sagittarius Moon void-of-course until moon enters Capricorn at 10:12 AM
12/29: Capricorn NEW Moon at 1:53 AM
12/30: Capricorn Moon void-of-course as of 3:07 AM; the moon enters Aquarius at 8:29 PM