We’re in the final stretch of a very long year, and even though the endless attention to detail attributed to Mercury Retrograde ends today, the next four weeks (really thirty-three days) will continue to unfold like a history lesson, as many of us ponder how we want to enter 2013. (Apologies to those who think the world ends on December 21.)
Keep in mind, much of 2012 was devoted to review: The year started with Mars Retrograde, overlapped with Mercury Retrograde, followed by Venus Retrograde, which butted up against another Mercury Retrograde. (It’s no wonder that many of us felt as if forward motion was thwarted at every turn.) Also consider this: In the midst of that unrelenting review, we experienced the first two of seven exact Uranus/Pluto squares, fractious interactions that tightened the tension in all the areas of life and in all the places in the world already too tense. Then there was Sandy, whose effect on those of us who live in her path – from the Northern Caribbean to Northern New York – continues to surge through the routines of daily life. All of which was followed by a nail-biting, wheel turning Presidential Election in the United States (which everyone realized would have global consequences) that simply exhausted what was left of already fried nervous systems. So if you’re wondering why you’re tired (and no matter how much sleep you get you’re still exhausted) realize that so much of what’s happened still needs to be digested and metabolized. And that’s just daily life on this side of the planet — the column isn’t long enough to list the particulars of global turmoil occurring everywhere all at once.
Unfortunately, astral activity only ups the intensity ante this week. Today and tomorrow, the Mars/Pluto conjunction that’s been turning tempers testy for the last week, continues to encourage an often brutal approach difficult situations. What’s interesting about this current conjunction (other than its dyspeptic nature) is that is occurs at the same degree – 8 Capricorn – as the first Uranus/Pluto square on June 24. Be prepared for themes and issues that got set in motion then to repeat themselves this week and next – if they haven’t already taken over the conversation. The best use of this repetitive pattern is the opportunity to respond consciously to the same situation from a new, and hopefully wiser perspective.
Of course, there’s more. Also on November 28, a lunar eclipse (at six degrees of Gemini/Sagittarius) places the emphasis on practical matters (as lunar eclipses often do). This could persuade some among us to suppress important feelings. Knowing the difference between what to express and when requires skill. But here’s another interesting correlation: Even if you manage to withhold heartfelt emotions now, they are sure to surface on (or around) January 30, 2013, when Jupiter goes direct at the sensitive degree of this eclipse – six degrees, Gemini.
But holding back won’t be easy. Not only are we in the throes of the Mars/Pluto release, but we’re also on a steady approach to Uranus Direct, which occurs on December 13. As the tension of that “course correction” mounts, moods are likely to swing every which away. As always, the best way through this madness is to play nice with others.
If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Control your impulse to “do”, and instead, make your mantra: “No unnecessary action.” While this will require extreme patience, in the end, it will serve you far better than a quick fix.
Taurus April 20-May 20
You’ve been waiting for a miracle cure, but what might work better, is an intelligent plan with a far-seeing strategy that will allow you to move forward with renewed confidence and determination.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Be wary of forming alliances that look and feel good in the moment, but as the situation unfolds might present unanticipated problems. Be friendly, but also be circumspect.
Cancer June 22-July 22
The situation needs guidance, but it is impossible for you to do more than your fair share. Rather than pushing yourself or others too hard, let go, and allow the team to find its natural balance.
Leo July 23-August 22
Whether facing good fortune or great difficulty, humility is always a good choice, especially if it keeps you centered and grounded in doing the best you can in every situation.
Virgo August 23-September 22
It’s a challenge, especially handling emotional conversations that distort the truth. Devote yourself to peace, that dedication will keep you steady even in the face of disturbing accusations.
Libra September 23-October 22
Carefully consider your choices by contemplating what’s influencing your decisions. There are no “right” answers; it’s simply a matter of acknowledging your intentions.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Charming conversation won’t be enough to turn the tide. Be clear about what you want to say and why, and then allow that awareness to illuminate information that needs to be acknowledged by everyone.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Occasionally, what isn’t said is what maintains the peace, so while it is your tendency to share every detail of your process, this would be the moment to be quiet and still.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
You’re juggling a little more than even you can comfortably handle. Prioritize your goals, align those aims with the calendar, and then realize that it will be impossible to control the outcome.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
There’s a huge difference between being hungry for success and being nourished by your passion. While they’re not mutually exclusive, success without joy can often leave you yearning for something more.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Listen closely to the words of those you respect, and then do your best to integrate that wisdom into action. It will be hard work, but it will beneficial for all your loved ones.
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-888-937-9264, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail Ralfee@AquariumAge.com. Copyright © 2012 by Ralfee Finn