Welcome, friends, to “+4 To Initiative: Astrology for Geeks!” My name is Ryven Cedrylle and I’m still thrilled to have a column here on Geek’s Dream Girl. Each month, I’ll be giving you a heads-up on the upcoming planetary trends and cycles so you can make the best of all the information astrology has to offer. (Go here for last month’s article!) As you read the forecasts for your sign, remember that astrology is not meant to predict some inescapable destiny but to open up opportunities where you may or may not have seen them before. Now, draw your weapon, ready your mind and don’t forget to add your +4 To Initiative!
December 2010 Horoscopes
Dec 20th – Since September, I’ve been talking about the Venus retrograde and encouraged you to keep a diary of events at certain times in order to see astrology in action in your own life. The final event in the cycle we’re going to watch here is on December 20th, when Venus finally moves past the point where it went retrograde over Labor Day, called ‘exiting the shadow.’ (The most recent was Venus turning ‘direct’ or forward in motion on the 14th of November.) This signals the denouement of the retrograde cycle’s ‘story’, if you will.
In my own story, my wife and I signed a contract with Everlasting Adoptions to begin the birth mother-finding process during the first event (entering the shadow) and then she quit her part-time job(s) that were supposed to help fund the venture on the station to retrograde. I was expecting some new method of fundraising at the station to direct on the 14th and, as usual, my wife did not let me down. Without my even saying anything, she began to post items for sale on craigslist, Half.com and Ebay. We didn’t hear much until the 14th when someone started the ‘flood’ by buying her neglected flute and from there, she’s sold about $600 and counting in textbooks, clothes and housewares! (BTW, if anyone wants a good roller derby ‘starter kit’, email me!) It’s still a relatively small drop in the overall bucket, but I’m grateful regardless – especially around the holidays when life gets more expensive anyway.
I have yet to hear any stories from you, the readers, but there’s still time! If you have found your own trend(s) and are up for sharing, send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add them to this column in January!
I’ll also note December 6th (plus or minus a day) as being an astrologically signficant day in the next month. On that day, Uranus completes its station to direct, giving us the brief (and I do mean brief!) experience of having NO planets in retrograde combined with a conjunction of Pluto and Mercury AND the Moon and Mars. It’s a probable time for any one of any sign to receive a surprising and shocking message – anything from the joy of a marriage proposal to the sudden loss of a loved one. Be careful driving, especially all of you in places where you actually get snow this time of year(::grumblegrumblestupidNorthCarolina::). As you could probably surmise, it’s a more accident-prone time as well. If you want some idea of what might be going on, think back to what you were doing around June 26th of this year as the Mercury/Pluto conjunction is sitting square on the point where the most recent Lunar Eclipse occurred that day.
We are rapidly approaching the Winter Solstice (around which time most major religions have an important holiday, hint hint). Since I only get to talk to you all once per month I want to take a moment now to wish you all a joyous Christmas, Channukah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Yule, Pancha Ganapati festival, or whatever other holiday that I may have missed – may you take another step closer to the Divine. Also, for atheists out there who may be reading this, looks like y’all have some pretty amusing billboards going up this year. May you learn something new this Season of Reason.
OK, enough of that. Let’s get to the individual signs.
The Sun spends most of its time in a closing trine (120°) angle to you this month, which can be a nice bump to your ego and professional appearance. Your ruling planet, Mars, is also trucking right along at almost a full degree per day – the fastest it’s going to move for about the next two years! Furthermore, even though Mars will duck into Capricorn about halfway through which is a square for you, Mars is exalted in Capricorn, highlighting Aries’ capability to and love of rising to the challenge. This month is all GO for you, Mr. or M(r)s. Ram. What is it you want? What is it you hope to achieve? Do what you love to do best – drop your head, charge forward with all your strength and give’ em the horns! (Special thanks posthumously to Ronnie James Dio for setting up that pun several decades ago. Metal Will Never Die.)
Your ruling planet, Venus, rights itself and moves back into your opposite sign (Scorpio) this month. One of the primary ways you express your love for others is with gifts, so the holiday season is always something of a quandary for you. You may feel like you want to lavish your dear ones with fine presents, but of course your practical side just can’t bring itself to open that wallet. The dichotomy gets exacerbated in years where Venus is in Scorpio (about every third year), tugging on your Sun. While I can’t tell you what to do about that exactly, allow me to remind you that Taurus is about presence, belonging and security. What is it that you want to belong to? Where do you feel like you need to make your presence known? Make these decisions first and see if it doesn’t help you sort everything else out as well. If you end up sounding like chapters from a self-help booklet, so be it.
It’s time for another Mercury retrograde again, Gemini, and this one’s got a bigger kick behind it. The winged messenger makes his about face on the 9th within a degree of Pluto and the previous Lunar Eclipse point, giving it some lasting power. On the other hand, it’s quincunxed (150°) to you, shielding or disconnecting you from the phenomena. In fact, nearly everything interesting happening astrologically this month is either opposed or quincunxed to you which may create a helpless feeling as the world happens around you. The two things you have going for you are Saturn (trined in Libra) and Neptune (trined in Aquarius) which means creating and destroying barriers. Think of yourself like Sue Storm. You’re not aterribly effective fighter (at least until Iron Fist helps you out) but you can make things invisible, block bullets, cushion long falls and a hundred more inventive stunts. You can help control who’s in the line of fire and who’s safe.
You get a HECK of a shock this month, Cancer. Uranus turns direct in Pisces which trines you just in time to watch the Mercury retrograde and conjunction to Pluto happen in your opposite sign, Capricorn. Finally, Venus cuts across its shadow in Scorpio right up until Christmas, meaning you might have something to hide or keep secret until then. Your flexibility is an advantage here, but your tendency to be moody or change your mind often isn’t. You can also be terribly tenacious when you or a loved one is in difficulty so start there and work your way forward. Mercury will be in retrograde so take your time thinking. The Moon will come into your home sign just as Venus gets out of her shadow on the 21st, so don’t be surprised if it takes until the last possible second to choose your course of action. Take a cue from William Prescott (supposedly) at the Battle of Breed’s Hill and ‘hold your fire until you see the whites of their eyes!’
Your ruling planet, the Sun, spends most of this month in explorative, philisophical Sagittarius – trined to you. Unlike Aries, though, it is your energy supporting the transit, not the transit supporting you. That is to say that you find yourself in more of a supporting role this month, a place you find a little less than desirable. Furthermore, Venus pulls into Scorpio in December as well, the only change in the Fixed signs that you’re going to notice. The holiday season looms, but you may feel like you don’t have much to be thankful for as you have to give up the spotlight for a little while. The phrase ‘count your blessings’ doesn’t use ‘count’ frivolously, you know. Though the world asks much of you and seems to give back little in return, think about how much you already have and how little what is being currently asked of you compares to that. I believe you will find perspective and value there. If you need something to do while playing part-time sidekick, Sagittarius is the sign that covers publishing as well so why not pick up something for the ole’ noggin to chew on? I saw The Grand Design on sale at Barnes and Noble the other day and wow, is it kicking up a fuss in England!
Two crazy months in a row? Really? ‘Fraid so, Virgo – and trust me I’m right there with you. I’m not sure I’m looking forward to it either. You’re the mirror opposite of Cancer in December; the Uranus turn is opposite you and the Mercury move the trine where Cancer is vice-versa. You have the added kicker of being ruled by Mercury, though, making you somewhat more vulnerable even than Cancer. Now before you get all freaked out, allow me to show you this book I have here in my hands on which the words “Don’t Panic” are written in bold, friendly letters. First, you’re much more analytical than Cancer, meaning that though you still get your share of surprises, it’s not anything you didn’t already see coming. Second, the Mercury turn is at a trine to you meaning you get the benefit of the doubt astrologically speaking. Don’t be lazy when Round 2 starts. Move quickly and efficiently – two things you’re good at – and you can maintain a level heading. Breathe, dude. It’s OK.
Back to work for you, Libra. Venus leaves your sign for the last time this year leaving you with just Saturn, Cancer and Aries are empty and Capricorn – the final Cardinal sign – has the big Mercury event in it. You needed last month’s rest but unfortunately you may still be a little sluggish from it when the scat hits the fan. That being said, you’re Libra; partnership and balance are what you do best. If you know you’re going to be a step behind, why not volunteer for the cleanup crew before someone volunteers you for the setup crew? Let the people important to you know that you’re at a disadvantage for whatever reason and see if they will work with you. Hint: they will. Remember that scene from the Princess Bride where Westley’s laying in the bed and uses his weakened form to simply look incredibly relaxed while intimidating the heck out of the 6-fingered man. Yeah, do that.
Venus comes back into your home sign in December, Scorpio, and stays until about the second week of January. With Venus in your home sign and Jupiter giving you the opening trine from Pisces, you almost can’t lose. Note ‘almost’ – don’t be foolish. In fact, if you can find your star-brother Aries and team up, the world may very well fall at your feet. Honestly, I can’t find one difficult transit for you this month so really the only pitfall is not going for it… whatever it is. You are Scorpio and you’re here to rock out and stuff! One, Two, Three, Four!
Much like your opposite, Gemini, you’re shielded from the big stuff in Scorpio and Capricorn this month as a 30° angle isn’t really considered an aspect. Unlike Gemini, though, you have the Sun, Palls and Mars (temporarily) as well as Vesta in your home sign this month giving you more control of your fate. On the other hand, the vast majority of the Mercury retrograde after the initial impact is in your house as well meaning that you’re subject to the splash damage. Last month was both aimless and productive for you, so the goal would be to collate everything you picked up from your wanderings and supply solutions where others haven’t even dared to think yet. You’re not so much ‘outside the box’ as just 3 or 4 steps ahead. Be cognizant not to get too abstract, though. You are a big fan of fancy, high-level thinking which is perfectly fine in and of itself, but with Mercury trekking backward across you, will not always communicate well in raw form. Play heavily to tradition and due process, just not the tradition and process that the situation normally calls for. Importing ideas from other cultures and discplines related to yours will help immensely. In other words, multiclass.
This month’s event of honor is taking place in your sign, Capricorn. It’s admittedly not as big of a jolt for you however because you’re now used to having Pluto floating around doing his thing. What’s a big amazement to everyone else may admittedly feel like just another day to you, but be warned – the retrograde takes place in your sign so you probably don’t know all there is to the situation. In fact, you may very well be the cause of it! You also pick up Mars and Pallas near the end of the month giving you the ability to rally the troops after the discord sets in. All in all, you have the most experience with whatever craziness may happen in your life or the life of someone you know. Capricorn is already the sign of the Manager and the Mentor (read “Yoda”) so restoring order is no new feat for you. Get everyone on board with the same values and goals and go from there.
We get to see a rare side of you this month, Aquarius. One of the astrologers who strongly influenced my style, Kelly Lee Phipps (also a gamer and fantasy novelist; see his Brazenwood novel) always says ‘Aquarius loves humanity but doesn’t really care for anyone in particular.’ This month with Venus moving into the closing square position to you from Scorpio and your general amusement by all things shockng or outrageous, we see the more social, altruistic side of Aquarius step in and try to give the world a great big hug. A little sappy? Ok, maybe. The thing is, Aquarius is in fact capable of a surprising amount of compassion and valor; you are inspired to show it as the holidays approach. Don’t try to figure out where it’s coming from, just run with it.
Kinda feels like everything’s shutting down, doesn’t it? It’s the end of the year, people are wrapping up their work and preparing to go on vacation; sensitive Pisces might find itself bit more saddened than excited by the prospect of a new year approaching so rapidly. Venus’ placement supports your ability to splurge a little on the gifts and travel this go-round and Mercury’s business in closing sextile is probably little more to you than a passing double-take. Really, Pisces, it’s a pretty Silent Night for you. All is calm, all is bright. Enjoy being reunited with your loved ones.
Ryven Cedrylle is a Christian, husband, pharmaceutical chemist, gamer and astrologer – in that order. He contributes regularly to the At-Will Blog and the Power Source Podcast. Find out more about astrology and Ryven’s unique services at http://www.christian-astrology.com. Also, ’tis the season to be giving – help Ryven’s wife’s dream of being a mommy come true! “Like” Everlasting Adoptions on Facebook to improve their publicity and unite needy children with loving homes.