Hello & welcome to the first ever Monthly Moonscope! In this new monthly feature, I’ll be giving you the lowdown on all the lunar energies emerging over the upcoming month, so you can learn how to work with them for more success in your life + career.
This month’s theme: Opportunity vs. Ambition
Here we are in the last stretch of 2016. Whew, what a year! In case you haven’t noticed, it has been a pretty intense time filled with lots of major changes & transformations for most.
We have ALL been doing some pretty major up-leveling in our own ways! For a lot of us, this so-called up-leveling has been disguised as tragedy, fear, struggle, or discomfort while we let go of life as we once knew it. Even though ALL of these states of being are there to shake us open and eventually allow us to let more of our brightness out into the world, it can be difficult to have the patience to see things through that far.
This final month of December meets us wherever we are, and asks, “So, what are you going to do about it now?” a.k.a. What are you really made of? Even during a time of crisis, change, and upheaval, there are opportunities for growth and peace. And, even when everything seems impossible, we can still hold on to our ambition for bringing about a more positive future.
So, when things aren’t feeling quite right, do you wait for an opportunity to make improvements – as in waiting for the phone to ring to offer you a new job (or a whole new life – or a different president for that matter)? Or do you harness your ambition and work to make your dreams & goals happen regardless of your present circumstances?
The balance between the two is one of the major themes we’ll be exploring during this moon cycle.
? NEW MOON in Sagittarius // November 29, 2016 @ 3:18 am PT / 6:18 am ET
Opportunity leads the way. We’ve officially entered a time that is all about dealing with the BIG questions in life. It’s also about discovering new horizons (literally or figuratively), and expanding our minds. And it’s all in the name of creating richer, more meaningful experiences in our lives.
With this New Moon in Sagittarius, there is definitely all of this excitement and a huge desire to set an amazing new goal, just so we can move on to the next thing and put the rickety past behind us as fast as possible.
Sagittarius’ are super optimistic, and have even been known to give up everything they own… just to move somewhere far away they’ve never been before! Call it guts if you want, but I call it having a lot of blind faith in a grander plan.
Here’s the catch: Sometimes Sagittarius’ can be SO optimistic about their goals, they’ll just assume everything will work out “auto-magically”. It’s probably because, in their bright & vivid imagination, they forgot to envision the part about the blood, sweat and tears that will be required to make it happen.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely wonderful to try your best to look on the brighter side of life. Just as long as you are not ignoring the fact that you will eventually have to meet those exciting opportunities with some serious effort & ambition.
Either way, you’ll now have to move forward on your path WITHOUT knowing what the sure outcome will be. That’s why you must choose your goals as wisely as possible, and be prepared to have the tenacity to follow through with them, too.
On this New Moon, some great questions to ask yourself are:
- “What new experiences do I want to bring into my reality next & how will it FEEL for me to do those things?”
- “What do I stand for?” / “What is my truth?”
- “What do I know a lot about that I could share to help others?”
- “What do I need to have more faith in, and what do I need to take more seriously if I want my life to be as amazing as I imagine?”
This New Moon will culminate in a Full Moon in Sagittarius on June 9th, 2017.
? FULL MOON in Gemini // December 13, 2016 @ 4:06 pm PT / 7:06 pm ET*
Ambition compels us to go beyond our limits. You’d better get your elevator pitch ready for everyone you’ll be seeing over the holidays, because Gemini is a sign that loves to socialize.
And you will probably have quite a bit to socialize about because Gemini is one of the most ambitious & talkative signs there is!
This is a time for powerful conversations, reaching our limits, and turning points. Be prepared to speak out, stand out, and make yourself heard.
So, what’s going on with you lately? What are you most passionate about right now? And most importantly, what would you like to be known for? It’s time to step out of your laboratory and show yourself.
On a wider scale, this Full Moon is the culmination point of the New Moon which occurred back on June 5th, 2016 in the sign of Gemini. Look back for a moment… what did you wish for then? Perhaps some of it has already begun to come true, but now is the time to see it come full circle.
Under this Full Moon, however, you’ll need to watch out for committing to too many things, people, projects, or in this case, too many social obligations. Aim to be more realistic with yourself now, and make sure your current pursuits stand the practicality test. After this Full Moon you can begin to let go of anything that really hasn’t been working out for you lately.
On this Full Moon, look for answers around:
- “How can I seek a more balanced perspective on what I’ve been working on?”
- “What would my Higher Self do or say in my position?”
- “What would be the most practical way be to handle my situation?”
- “How can I best speak my truth?”
*Some places have listed this Full Moon as being on the 14th, but since it occurs at 12:06 am UTC, it will reach exact at the times listed above on the 13th if you live in North/South America.
The next New Moon will be on December 29, 2016 in Capricorn.
Astrological Events in DECEMBER 2016
Mercury moves into ♑️ Capricorn / December 2nd, 2016
Communications become more practical, direct, and to the point in both home life + career matters. This can be a great time for having discipline in writing projects. Just watch for being too blunt or cold with others.
Venus moves into ♒️ Aquarius / December 7th, 2016
Our values shift toward more towards community, new ideas, and innovative solutions. Embrace the extraordinary and adopt a team mentality.
Sun conjoins Saturn / December 10th, 2016
Being extremely practical and having self respect is favored right now. It’s a time for taking things very seriously, but don’t worry, your situation is never as bad as you think. If Saturn throws you a challenge it’s always to help you grow.
Mercury goes Retrograde in ♑️ Capricorn / December 19th, 2016
And so begins our seasonal retrograde in Mercury, a time to re-examine anything in your life that is NOT practical. Do not sign contracts or start any large-scale endeavors over the next few weeks.
Mars enters ♓️ Pisces / December 19th, 2016
Actions tend to be more compassionate in nature and stemming from emotional impulses. Stay away from the shadow part of Pisces, however, which has to do with sacrificing yourself for others, and letting your emotions trigger you without consulting your more logical, intellectual side.
Sun moves into ♑️ Capricorn / December 21st, 2016
Time to take charge of your life, be more responsible, and put in some serious effort towards a carefully coordinated goal for the next 4 weeks.
Sun conjoins Mercury / December 28th, 2016
Interactions with others will be very important. This is an excellent time to send & receive messages that are very opportunistic, so pay attention and if you need to say something important, say it now.
Mars conjoins Neptune / December 31st, 2016
This can be an excellent time for taking action towards your highest dreams & ideals. Just remember to remain grounded and level-headed, and be sure you are aware of what your true aim really is.
Power Moon Days for DECEMBER 2016
Below is a list of the most lucky days for each zodiac sign in December. Depending on your Sun Sign, these are days when you should be feeling at your best and can make the most progress in your endeavors:
|Zodiac Sign||Power Moon Days|
|♊️ Gemini||11th (before PM), 12th, 13th|
|♌️ Leo||16th, 17th|
|♏️ Scorpio||23rd, 24th (before PM)|
|♐️ Sagittarius||26th, 27th (AM only)|
|♑️ Capricorn||1st, 2nd, 28th & 29th|
|♒️ Aquarius||3rd, 4th, 30th (PM only) & 31st|
(It’s not that other days cannot bring rewards. It’s just that the days listed here will be especially power-packed for you because the Moon will be passing through your sign!)
▪️ Void Moons for DECEMBER 2016
Below is a chart of the exact days & times to AVOID making any big moves in December:
|Date||Time of Day||Pacific Time||Eastern Time|
|December 3rd||Morning/Afternoon||2:17 am – 11:45 am||5:17 am – 2:45 pm|
|December 5th||All Day||3:24 am – 8:32 pm||6:24 am – 11:32 pm|
|December 7th||All Day||6:52 am – 2:16 am (8th)||9:52 am – 5:16 am (8th)|
|December 9th||Evening||5:07 pm – 4:41 am (10th)||8:07 pm – 7:41 am (10th)|
|December 11th||Evening||8:05 pm – 4:42 am (12th)||11:05 – 7:42 am (12th)|
|December 13th||Evening||9:58 pm – 4:09 am (14th)||12:58 pm – 7:09 am (14th)|
|December 15th||Evening||1:37 pm – 5:15 am (16th)||4:37 pm – 8:15 am (16th)|
|December 18th||Morning||8:56 am – 9:52 am||11:56 am – 12:42 pm|
|December 20th||Evening||5:56 pm – 6:40 pm||8:56 pm – 9:40 pm|
|December 22nd||Most of the day||11:32 am – 6:33 am (23rd)||2:32 pm – 9:33 am (23rd)|
|December 25th||All Day||11:22 pm (24th) – 7:19 pm||2:22 am – 10:19 pm|
|December 27th||Evening/Early AM||5:46 pm – 7:13 am (28th)||8:46 pm – 10:13 am (28th)|
|December 30th||All Day||12:07 am – 5:29 pm||3:07 am – 8:29 pm|
When the Moon is void, these are NOT good times for: making progress in a meeting, signing a contract, making a major purchase, or starting anything new that you hope will progress into something more. There are no lunar aspects which means there are no influences to spur anything along.
However, these can be good times for: following a regular routine, taking time off, cleaning & organizing, casual social events, or traveling by plane, bus or train – anything you would like to happen as it usually does.
Download the December Moon Calendar
Now, I’ll bet you’re wondering how in the world you’re going to keep track of all of this? Here is a handy free astrological calendar you can download or print off to consult the moon as you plan your month. It shows all of the moon phases, void moons, power moon days, and major astrological events for the month listed out for you!
Related: How to Work in Tune with the Moon