December 2nd – The month begins with VENUS moving into Capricorn on the 2nd, staying in this Earth sign until Dec. 28th
Now it is traveling with Mars. They both give positive qualities to those with Capricorn Rising or Moon signs. The good results range from attracting friends and supporters, to getting a better position, making money, and success in general, even with games of chance. Enjoy it while it lasts!
December 11 – MARS moves into Aquarius. It stays here until January 20, 2017. Even during its stay in the previous sign of Capricorn, Mars was doing an “exchange of houses” with Saturn, who has long been sitting in Scorpio, ruled by Mars. Both Capricorn and Aquarius are ruled by Saturn. The good news about this upcoming move into the fixed Air sign, is that Mars will get away from Saturn’s aspect, and thus be more comfortable, in that regard. The “other news” though, is that in Aquarius, Mars will be traveling with malefic KETU (the south node of the Moon), which makes for a trickier passage.
Mars and Ketu will be at the same degree on December 26th. Since Ketu is an “upagraha” (a planet without a body), it absorbs the energies of whatever planet in which it may be in conjunction, as well as those giving an aspect (looking at it). There are some astrologers making a very big deal about this conjunction and warning people to avoid traveling the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Some of these astrologers throw in the influence of the outer planets (Neptune, Uranus and Pluto) which we do NOT use in Vedic Astrology.
Yes, Mars can cause accidents, draw blood, represent violence, anger, temper and the like. To me, as far as individuals go, it depends entirely on what the sign of Aquarius represents in your own natal chart. If you have Aquarius Rising or Moon sign, yes, it would pay to be cautious. If you are a Scorpio Rising or Moon sign, Mars and Ketu will be transiting your 4th house of vehicles, so yes, be careful. Once you have a reading with me, you will know what this sign represents in your own chart and thus, how to plan accordingly.
As always, I urge everyone to listen to his or her own intuition. Could there be some terrorist activity in this cycle? There may be. For malefic RAHU will be aspecting Mars, from Rahu’s position in Leo. Whenever Mars and Rahu interact there can be fireworks, drama and generally not a good time had by all.
December 15 – The SUN enters Sagittarius, for its one month transit in this fire sign. This will be a nice change, from the Sun’s point of view, to get out of the same sign as its enemy, Saturn. I expect Leos to feel better, with less restrictions here, and greater success, as the ruler of their chart will be crossing their 5th house. Perhaps governmental functions will also start flowing more smoothly then. Saturn’s influence has been tossing in some obstacles, delays and criticism, for the previous 30 days.
December 19 – MERCURY GOES RETROGRADE, until January 8, 2017. This marks the FOURTH Mercury retrograde period of 2016. Virgos and Geminis are used to taking measures to accommodate the apparent “things going backwards” effect of such a transit. Since Mercury rules communication and commerce, we all feel the impact, so we’ll want to keep in mind the need to be as tactful and diplomatic as possible – it won’t be easy, but let’s try!
December 22 – Mercury goes combust the Sun. This is a period of Mercury traveling too close to this fiery orb and thus some of its get qualities get singed a bit. That does include interpersonal communication, diplomacy, tactfulness and anything connected to communications equipment. This influence will last until January 2, 2017, so Virgos and Geminis especially, take note.
December 26 – Saturn gets out of combustion with the Sun. This is most helpful to those with Capricorn or Aquarius Ascendants or Moon signs. It has been combust since November 23, which makes any planet more grumpy, angry, and unable to present its best side and provide its best benefits. Thus we should also see improvement in the career fields that are ruled by Saturn, from laborers to police personnel.
December 28 – VENUS enters Aquarius. Here it joins Mars and Ketu, and Venus will stay in this fixed Air sign until January 27, 2017, when it enters Pisces, its sign of exaltation. While traveling with Mars and Ketu in Aquarius, it does bring some sweetness to the planetary mix here, for Venus is Yogakaraka (best planet) for those with Aquarius Rising.
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