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SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018

Astrology of December 10th, 2016: Goals and Comforts

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The waxing Saturn/Neptune square gets an oblique revival today, with two sextiles supporting Neptune and the Sun conjuncting Saturn.  Since the sextiles are supporting aspects, they may ease some of the tension of these two outer planets each trying to transform the other and us in the process, but regardless our awareness of the conflict between the real and the ideal is likely to get a shot in the arm.  That said, given the overall positive tone of the day’s aspects, I wouldn’t be surprised if that boost to our awareness lends a practical tone to our daydreams, or a spiritual note to our work.

The two biggest aspects of the day actually struck during the wee hours of the morning – Mercury in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces and the Sun in Sagittarius conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius.  Of the two, the Sun conjunct Saturn is definitely the heavy hitter.  With the Sun and Saturn meeting at the tail end of the second decanate of Sagittarius, we may get very serious about our beliefs and goals, and feel a determination to eliminate that which we register as “evil” or opposed to our world view.  Mercury in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces may help to soften the intensity of our self-righteousness, or at least help us to see the possibility that there are more ways to experience the world than in simplistic factions of “us or them,” but both Mercury in Capricorn and Saturn in Sagittarius have a tendency toward bluntness, so the early morning hours may find us at our most tactless.

The Moon entered earthy Taurus shortly thereafter, which has had the benefit of grounding and steadying our emotions, but a square to Venus in Aquarius later in the morning can add to the potential friction stirred up by the Sun conjuncting Saturn.  Still, there is also the potential that the Sun conjunct Saturn will help us with our self-discipline, making this morning a good time to get things done so long as we don’t require others to work with us, though with the Moon in Taurus at odds with Taurus’ ruler Venus, some of that self-discipline is likely to peter out by late morning.  The Moon square Venus is not likely to be anywhere near as harsh as other squares, as both the Moon and Venus tend to be sympathetic forces, but in this aspect they do tend to encourage self-indulgence.  Given the serious bent of the Sun conjuncting Saturn though, a little self-indulgence might be needed to balance the scales.

This evening the Moon in Taurus gently brings our attention back to Neptune in Pisces with another sextile, giving a slightly dreamy tone to the evening, but with the fixed earth nature of Taurus continuing to keep us grounded, especially with the Moon/Neptune sextile followed shortly by the Moon trining Mercury in Capricorn.  This is a great time to enjoy a hint of Neptune’s rose-coloured glasses without succumbing to confusion or delusion, and also to express what we feel in a practical manner.  This is a good night for conversation with friends, and a good time to enjoy some creature comforts and unwind.

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