New opportunities abound this week as the Sun moves into Sagittarius on Tuesday and a new Sagittarius Moon dawns on Wednesday, as Jupiter stations direct. Perhaps offering a few glimpses into the incoming solar and lunar phases, Mercury and Venus will conjoin in upbeat Sagittarius on Monday. In fact the two will travel in tandem throughout their Sagittarius transits, with speedy Mercury leading the way. Sagittarius is astrology’s mutable fire sign. It is also the home of magnanimous Jupiter, and is thus associated with the planet’s largess and inexhaustible exuberance. That Jupiter will begin moving forward as the Sag solar and lunar cycles get underway is another indication that fresh starts are possible. After 2022’s unusually arduous Scorpio cycle, these first inklings from hopeful Sag will find a receptive audience. But, Jupiter’s excess and propensity for gambling can quickly become too much of a good thing. Distinguishing hope from hopium will be critical.
For that, the Sun, new Moon, Mercury and Venus will all work through squares to Neptune and Jupiter and oppositions to Mars. In fact, when this week’s 1° new Moon reaches its full phase on December 7th, at 16″ Gemini, it will be conjunct Mars with both opposing the Sag Sun. Making adjustments well in advance will be helpful. Early signals about which battles are worth fighting and which are futile arrive on the 29th and 30th when Mercury and Venus oppose competitive Mars and on December 1st and 3rd when each forms a square to Neptune. Before the full Moon, Mercury will square Jupiter on the 5th, and after it, on December 9th, Venus will face the same challenge. Mutable signs dissolve what they contact. They complete their respective seasons, and so are charged with clearing the way for new potentials. The prevalence of mutable sign turbulence on both sides of this Mars infused full Moon in Gemini suggests that important distinctions between facts and fantasies will be made during this time.
On the 6th Mercury will move into Cardinal Capricorn, followed again by Venus on the 9th. So, as the mutable signs work to release, the cardinal sign ingresses will plant feet and flags on new territory. Adding more discernment, and mediating the Sagittarius Gemini oppositions, will be Capricorn’s ruler, sober Saturn, from lofty Aquarius. On the 28th, a Mars Saturn trine can focus restless minds. On the 29th Gemini’s ruler, Mercury, will form an agreeable sextile to Saturn followed (again) by Venus on December 1st. As those alignments fill the airwaves with bright ideas and enthusiasm, more inspiration will flow in from imaginative Neptune. Relaxing out in the deep space of Pisces, and retrograde since June 28th, Neptune will station and turn direct as it squares Venus on December 3rd. Certainly more subtle than Mars in Gemini, its messages are nonetheless equally meaningful. If Mars is playing the melody, then Neptune is playing the chords. Their music is set to play, under optimistic Sagittarius skies.