The AstroVibe - End of December 2021 Astrological Update

The rest of the month has some interesting astrological events. The events that may challenge us the most occur around Christmas.

Here are the astrological events for the remainder of December:

December 21, 2021 – Winter Solstice, it is Capricorn Season! Ceres retrograde enters Taurus.
December 24, 2021 – Saturn squares Uranus. Neptune square Vesta.
December 25, 2021 – Venus in retrograde conjunct Pluto. Mars trine Chiron. Jupiter square Ceres. Pallas sextile Juno
December 28, 2021 – Jupiter enters Pisces.
December 30, 2021 – Mercury conjunct Pluto.

Winter Solstice December 21, 2021

The winter solstice is the longest night of the year. It marks the beginning of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
Throughout history and across cultures, the winter solstice has been celebrated. Humans have joined together to celebrate the return to the light.
It has been a symbolism of rebirth. The winter solstice is a beautiful time to cocoon yourself in the darkness. Sit in stillness and create a ritual. Reflect on your journey this past year.
Honor who you have become, love, and forgive who you were and step into who you want to be.

It is Capricorn Season! December 21, 2021

The winter solstice also marks the beginning of Capricorn season.
Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign. Cardinal energy is that of initiation. It is energy that is focused on a set direction. Earth signs are grounded.
Capricorns are the CEOs of the zodiac. Industrious, organized, ambitious and a bit on the serious side. Capricorn energy gets things done in a very sensible way. They are unshakable.
It is no wonder that most people set their goals and resolutions for the upcoming year now.

Ceres Retrograde Enters Taurus December 21, 2021

Ceres is an asteroid that orbits in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
In Roman mythology Ceres is the Goddess of agriculture, wheat, and grain. She is also the Goddess of fertility, and motherly relationships.

Her archetype is supportive and nurturing. It represents how we nurture others and how we were nurtured when we were young. It points to how you want to be cared for and how you care for others.
Ceres stationed retrograde on October 8, 2021. This retrograde has invited us to look inward. How do we nurture ourselves? How does our upbringing impact the way we care for ourselves? How does that impact how we care for others?
Ceres retrograde is moving into Taurus. It will highlight this earth sign’s themes. They are similar to the themes of the Venus retrograde.
Do we seek security from external sources because of the way we were brought up? What is our relationship like with ourselves and how does it impact how we show up with others? Do we have a healthy, nurturing relationship with food?

Saturn Square Uranus December 24, 2021

It is interesting that this is occurring on Christmas Eve. Then the Venus/Pluto conjunction is occurring Christmas Day. This is a time when many people are with their families. These relationships often poke our deepest feelings, whether they are positive or negative.
A square is a 90-degree relationship between these two planets. It represents tension, active change, and instability.
Saturn represents structure, limitations, hurdles, karma, and lessons.
Uranus is the rebel of the planetary system. It represents freedom, drastic changes, eccentricity. It also rules technology and modern life.

You will feel the inner tension between the structures in your life and your need for freedom. Discipline is often needed. Where are you so disciplined that you are limiting yourself from experiencing change?
The beliefs, stories and attitudes of your family may clash with your need to be yourself.
The Ceres and Venus retrograde energy will support this look inward. Where are we looking for security or validation outside of ourselves? Can we break our familial patterns and nurture ourselves? Is this what we need to do to fully express ourselves?

Neptune Squares Vesta December 24, 2021

The asteroid Vesta represents commitment and service. It indicates where you are dedicated, devoted, and make personal sacrifices.
Neptune’s energy represents illusions, imagination, our spirituality, and our creative force. It can also lead to lack of clarity, deception, and a cloudy feeling.
This square can give you the sense that we are working hard at something and not making progress. Are you pouring your energy into an unsatisfying commitment? Is there a project or a relationship, that is unsatisfying? Are you feeling like you are getting nothing in return?
You will feel some form of disillusionment about this today.

Venus in Retrograde Conjunct Pluto December 25, 2021

When a planet stations retrograde, it crosses the same part of the sky three times. These three phases are:

1. The pre-retrograde shadow (the planet appears to be moving direct).
2. The retrograde (the planet appears to be moving backwards).
3. The post-retrograde shadow (the planet appears to start moving forward again).

The Stages of a Retrograde Artist: Susan A. Beauregard Copywrite 2021

On December 11th, the Venus/Pluto conjunction occurred during Venus’s pre-retrograde shadow. This second conjunction is occurring during the retrograde. This presents a unique opportunity to re-experience what is has to teach us.
In his book “Planets in Transit”, author Robert Hand states that the retrograde can unfold in two different ways for you.
Has the issue been going on for some time? Then you may feel tension or lack of alignment during the pre-retrograde shadow.
The retrograde itself may be the climax of the situation.

The events will play themselves out during the post-retrograde shadow. How they play out will depend on the action (or non-action) you took in the first two phases.
If what you are starting to feel is actually related to a single event:

“If you handle the issue properly, the other transits (phases of the retrograde) may go by without any notice. If you do not, another issue will arise that attacks the same problem from a different angle, and this will continue to happen until the problem is taken care of.”
– Robert Hand “Planets in Transit.”
There may be a connection between this Venus/Pluto conjunction and the one on December 11th. Are the challenges or themes similar?
Pluto also highlights where we have unhealthy obsessions. Do you have any around material security, food, or love?
Your interactions with others may be intense right now. Express yourself honestly and then step back.
The last Venus/Pluto conjunction occurs well after Venus leaves its post-retrograde shadow. It will be interesting how our attitudes around these issues will have shifted by then.

Mars Trine Chiron. Jupiter Square Ceres Retrograde and Pallas Sextile Juno December 25, 2021

Mars is Trine Chiron. The bold, assertive energy of Mars will help us move into the healing of our wounds.
The energy of a trine represents connectedness, openness, and expanding awareness. This is beautiful and supportive energy. It will help us move through the challenges of the day with balance and creativity.
Jupiter Square Ceres. You may feel and see clearly how your upbringing has affected your life. You may feel a tension between how you needed to be nurtured and how you were actually nurtured.
The bold energy of the Mars/Chiron trine may want you to acknowledge it. Take a breath and walk away. Give yourself time to process your insights.

Pallas is sextile Juno today as well. Both Pallas and Juno are asteroids that orbit between Mars and Jupiter.
Pallas is the Roman name for the Goddess Athena. Her archetype is that of the female warrior. She is smart, creative, and bold. This energy helps you see patterns and organize things.
In mythology Juno was Jupiter’s long-suffering wife. She represents commitment, marriage, and jealousy. It also represents betrayal and women’s rights.
A sextile represents balance, sharpened consciousness, and heightened awareness. It has similar energy to a trine. A sextile calls for you to act.
This energy is calling you to uncover the patterns and recognize which ones are not serving you. Take the time to decide how you want to change things.

Jupiter Enters Pisces December 28, 2021

Pisces in Flow Artist: Susan A. Beauregard Copywrite 2021

Jupiter’s expansive energy is entering emotional and compassionate Pisces. You will be more intuitive than usual. Your creativity and self-awareness will expand. You may feel a need to seek to intuitively seek your truth.

Mercury conjunct Pluto December 30, 2021

The year ends with Mercury conjunct Pluto. This conjunction gives rise to powerful and intense conversations. Be aware of the power of your words. You can inspire and empower people, or they can feel interrogated and challenged.

Your thinking and your conversations will be deep and intense.

How Can I Work with This Energy in a Beneficial Way?

You can harness this energy in a positive way by:
· Being aware that the astrological energy is challenging around the holidays. If the holidays are normally a tough time for you, they may feel even more intense than usual.
· Preparing yourself before entering a situation that you know will be potentially difficult. Mentally prepare yourself beforehand. Sit quietly. Breathe fully. Envision the stress leaving with each breath. Recite an affirmation such as, “I am surrounded by protective energy. I am calm and centered. If I feel off balance, I can easily re-center myself.” You can mentally rehearse how you will be in the situation.
· Staying grounded and centered. This will allow you to be aware of emotions that may be coming up. By staying in this awareness, you can breathe and think before you react. Mediate, journal, create some art or move. Bring your favorite crystal with you. Keep it in a pocket so that you can hold it and feel its weight.

· Allowing yourself to take a break. If things get too intense, it is Ok to remove yourself from the situation. Go to a different room, step outside, or go the bathroom. Leave if you need to.
· Journaling or keeping track of what you are experiencing. As you move through the Venus retrograde write down what you are experiencing. Capture your insights. Write down your feelings. It will be interesting to review what you wrote in March when Venus and Pluto conjunct again. This will give you perspective on how much growth you have done.
Make yourself a priority. No one will protect your energy but you. So often we feel guilty about putting ourselves first. You cannot be there for others if you are drained and stressed.

About the Author:

Susan A. Beauregard is a Certified Holistic Coach, Astrologer and Reiki Master Teacher. She offers a unique blend of astrology and coaching. This empowers and informs her clients to live their lives with joy and purpose. Natal, Transit and Progressed chart readings and Reiki healing sessions are also available.

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