Mercury retrograde in Capricorn. Weekly Horoscope Overview with Daily Astro Advice for December 18 to 24, 2016

This page includes your Daily Horoscope Overviews for each day this week. The Overview focuses on a combination of personal and big picture considerations.

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*Updates may be added at random throughout the week. Come back for your reminders each day this week. Namasté

Happy Holidays!

It’s Mercury retrograde time! Mars enters into Pisces on the same day that Mercury stations retrograde to start off this week!

On Monday December 19, 2016 Mars enters Pisces at 4:22 am EST. Every action you take has a stronger impact on your karma than usual over the next few weeks.

Mars represents masculine qualities. He is the warrior. But using your energy towards kindness is recommended now.

When we think of comfort and compassion we usually associate such matters with feminine qualities. However, we all have a blend of masculine and feminine characteristics within us. In feminine Pisces, Mars can take on more of a protector quality, where compassion and caring are held in high regard. Kinder actions will reap better results.

More attention is needed on the karmic actions that affect bigger world issues, such as war, human rights and animal rights.

This is a good time to practice martial arts, dance, yoga and other forms of working with energy that utilizes strength, endurance, and precision.

What I think is most important with Mars in Pisces, create time to create.

Mercury stations retrograde on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 5:55 am EST. Mercury will be retrograde right through the holidays until January 8th, 2017. What a way to start the new year!

Since it’s the holidays, shipping times, delays and miscommunications can be extra frustrating. Make sure you double check your orders and ensure the shipping location is correct before you click submit. Before you pay for your purchases, be sure you are fully aware of the return policy, cancellations and exchanges, especially if you aren’t completely sure on an item. It can get tricky. Read the fine print and ask questions before you get yourself in a pickle. I wrote more about holiday shopping for each zodiac sign here.

If you’re unclear on what your life goals are, or if you’re the type that wants to have a solid stance on your new year’s resolutions, it could be more difficult than previous years to make concrete decisions.

It is a good time to brainstorm and do more research though. Goals and priorities are changing for everyone. Perhaps you may want to consider a new career or think more about new habits that will help you achieve your goals. A career is not a life sentence. You can change it, as many people do.

The importance of our physical bodies and the environment are also asking for more of our attention. If you’ve been going full force to achieve aims, and your head has been in the game of life, it’s time to reconnect mind and body. If you feel like you’re living in a rat race, chasing after goals and money and it’s depleting you, take this time to get back in touch with your essential self.

Speaking of money, Mercury does rule commerce. It could be difficult to trust the bigger picture of what’s happening in the economy as Mercury retrograde emphasizes a lack of clarity and volatility.

It is certainly interesting that the electoral college vote is set for the same day that Mercury stations retrograde in Capricorn, the sign that rules politics. Lots of talk and disagreements are sure to continue.

There has been a lot of focus on the politics stirring up strong issues relating to the media and our identities, thanks to Pluto in Capricorn square to Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries. Trust is way down. When a politician or the media speaks, is what they are saying really true, or is it biased, or even propaganda? That’s what these times are putting in focus now and it’s just been escalating.

Now with Mercury retrograde it is set to get even more interesting. Mercury retrograde brings out the trickster, so deception, lies, illusions and manipulation are possible. Mercury rules the the Magician in the tarot - the first card of the deck. The Magician of course is also known as an illusionist. In ancient times words were used for magic, which relates to the word "spelling" for language as in "magic spells". How words are used can be powerful.

With Mercury stationing retrograde so close to Pluto in Capricorn, smokescreens and diversions are likely. Power struggles are sure to lead to some potent changes.

Trust in the major power structures that rule and run our society including corporations, government, and banking industries will decrease. Since Mars is in Pisces, actions with long term consequences could be deceptive as well by those in power wishing to beat war drums. Those of us who wish to bring a more conscious life to the world know that compassion and peace is what we really want to put our energy toward.

With Mercury retrograde, the masters of delusion could come out in full force, trying to convince us of a narrative in favor of corporate interests and political power. Just remember that what you hear from others and on the news, is essentially hearsay. Does the messenger have an agenda? Do they want to steer people’s minds in a particular direction? We need to be more careful what and who we believe.

Mercury retrograde has us asking more questions. Do we really have all the details? What is being hidden? What is not being said?

Since Mercury retrograde in Capricorn and Pluto in Capricorn are at odds with Jupiter in Libra, trust in media, particularly corporate, powerful media, is set to decrease and corruption will be more obvious. Intuitive types will see deeper than what's presented at the surface.

Politicians can give us plenty of evidence that peace is not really what they want, even if they say it is. Words can be deceptive, and actions will speak louder than words. Less people will just follow along, as more will be asking questions. More will ask if what is being said is really true or not. When it comes to bias, if you really want to know the truth, look at what the other side has to say about the subject. Trust your gut instincts before you trust words.

Unfortunately the mainstream news is mostly negative and the current astrological climate emphasizes these issues big time. If you've got any Good News to share let me know!

I'll write more on Mercury retrograde soon.

On Tuesday, December 20, 2016, the Moon in Virgo is at odds with Saturn. Your daily routine and work life could feel a bit heavier than usual, particularly if you feel like you’re being held back from living your dreams.

The Sun reminds us to keep the dream alive, but that the time and effort we put in needs to be productive and aiming high. If you’re doing monotonous, boring repetitive work with no enthusiasm, no aspiration for what it’s leading toward, you’ll need to make a change. This is the day to rethink what you’re time is leading you toward.

The Moon enters Libra in the evening, encouraging us to find calm and harmony. If your day was stressful, you had hurdles and things weren’t working out, it’s time to find some peace and quiet to get back in touch with your inner world of balance.

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016 the Sun enters Capricorn at 5:44 am EST.

This marks the Winter Solstice. Even though it has been bitter cold and snowing already feels like winter is here for a lot of us, we’re now heading into 3 months of the official winter season. The Sun will start to stay out longer, making the days a little longer for the next 6 months!

***Special Note: For those of you who have been interested in the reiki share, today I'll be sending out positive energy to all of you. If you're interested in participating in sending out positive, healing energy as a group effort please do so at any time today to add good energy to the collective, especially with intentions of goodness to those in the world you feel need it most. Namaste.

Read more about the Positive Energy Reiki Share for the Winter Solstice in my newsletter update here.

Mercury retrograde in Capricorn, Pluto in Capricorn and now the Sun in Capricorn generally brings a lot more attention to our goals and careers. When this time of year arrives, we’re all thinking more about what we’ve accomplished so far and preparing for the new year ahead.

Writing down what worked and what didn’t, and brainstorming ideas on how to make changes can be helpful. It’s a good time to reflect and shine a light on how you want to transform your life.

Many of us don’t really like thinking about politics and big power structures of society too much during the holidays, but we may not have much choice unless we intentionally tune ourselves out. Even so, it will be hard to avoid. We’re sure to hear about political news through the grapevine somehow and as mentioned earlier, the story we’re told may simply be biased rhetoric. If anyone is trying to convince you of a storyline, taking a look at the other side is important if you want to have a more objective perspective.

When it comes to politics and power, we all know for sure, that politicians will say just about anything to make themselves look good and their opponents look bad - politics has bias built right into it, and so the real truth is often hard to find. Politics is a giant game of chess. People don’t get to the top of the pyramid in politics by being a sweet nice, pushover. They get there by playing the game, and being quite frank, the game is not really that nice. It involves a whole lot of maneuvers.

Thursday, December 22, 2016 is a super busy day for the Moon. That’s because the Moon is in Libra and from there reaches out to a lot of planets. The Moon in Libra will be at odds with Mercury, Pluto and Uranus and meeting up with Jupiter as well, further emphasizing rebellion of the political, media angle.

As mentioned, Jupiter is in Libra and so much attention has been on bias in the media. The focus on the Fake News angle has been blowing up lately, and I’m not surprised. Jupiter in Libra wants the truth, and we’re seeing that when you want the truth, the untruths also get magnified.

It’s interesting that I’ve been talking about censorship in the media becoming a bigger issue according to astrology, and it certainly is happening. Now we see Facebook is taking steps to become a tool of censorship by flagging all media that is not a top tier corporate media conglomerate as Fake News. It’s only going to become more interesting as we see this back and forth play out further with the most powerful influences in our society dictating what people think by silencing or discrediting the voices of people at the grassroots level.

With Uranus in Aries, (and retrograde now) the grassroots level is so important to people’s identity. People generally don’t want corporations and high ups telling them what to do and think, and it sparks rebellious attitudes.

The Moon has positive connections on this day as well, to Venus in Aquarius and Saturn in Sagittarius. This indicates that a more responsible vision for the future is most valued. The type of energy we give out, we attract back as well. Pettiness by politicians will not be prized. Mature, responsible choices that are geared toward the peaceful benefit of all people, not the political establishment’s agenda, is more important for the masses.

It will be obvious wherever we see politicians stirring up issues and creating smokescreens for their own power chess moves, instead of focusing on the ultimate benefit of peace for the people. Trust your gut instincts.

On Friday, December 23, 2016 the Moon enters Scorpio and connects with the Sun in Capricorn and Mars in Pisces. Secrets could come out in the open leading up to today and into the weekend, especially regarding politics.

More people will become passionate about their goals. Mercury retrograde encourages us to reflect, and the Moon in Scorpio even moreso. Our attitudes, behavior and actions create our karma. How do you feel about the direction of your life?

It’s the holiday weekend. Many of us will be off for the holidays. Getting together with friends and loved ones is always nice. With Mars in Pisces, being of service, volunteering for charity is highly recommended. It can renew your faith in people and in yourself. Making your actions purposeful, knowing that your time here is limited and you can do good with the time you have, is a blessing.

Sacrificing some time so you can give to others is good for the soul.

Happy Christmas Eve! On Saturday, December 24, 2016 Saturn and Uranus connect positively. Respect for one another can change everything. This is traditionally the time to celebrate life of course!

This can be a nice time to get excited about traveling. Seeing more of the world can redefine who you are. Whether you are going on vacation or going home to visit family, being with people that understand you and that you feel a connection to will remind you what really matters in life. Being in a new environment, especially a festive one, is warming, enlivening and inspiring.

If you’ve felt stuck in life, this is the time to see people you relate to that can lift you up. People that are true to themselves and have a grounded philosophy on life can teach you much.

If you have to visit people that you aren’t really crazy about seeing, a shift in attitude can be your ticket to smoothing things over. Self respect can help you feel free to be you.

It’s a good time to reflect on life and tap into your warmer emotions. The holidays are all about love. Connect with people you love and want to be a part of your future.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with people you love.

I’m going to write more about the holiday weekend later this week to add to this horoscope.

I'm all ears. Do you have anything you'd like to share with me this week? Let me know here.

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Overview of where the planets are this week

The Sun enters Capricorn on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 5:44 am EST
The Moon transits from Leo to Scorpio this week
Mercury stations retrograde in Capricorn on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 5:55 am EST
Venus is in Aquarius
Mars enters Pisces on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 4:22 am EST
Jupiter is in Libra
Saturn is in Sagittarius
Uranus is retrograde in Aries
Neptune is in Pisces
Pluto is in Capricorn

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