By Lorna Bevan
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
As December begins with all its pressure to be extrovert and sociable even if you don’t feel it, take some time for yourself. There are important choices to consider, as Neptune and Jupiter – gas giant archetypes of imagination and dreaming large – turn direct, Mercury slows to turns retrograde and the Capricorn Solstice marks the midnight hour of the year.
This week, as Venus enters Scorpio on December 4th– reigniting unresolved issues from her 40 days retrograde in Leo last summer-the end of 2023 feels like the end of so many relationships; the end of many family arrangements. Yet endings bring beginnings and 2024 holds the possibility of something different.
In these dark, cold days before the festivities, as Neptune in Pisces turns direct on December 6, extend compassion to yourself and outwards to encompass others.
Reject the collective consumer frenzy and slow right down to rest, restore and start saying NO. Maybe just do one big thing a day. Or no more than two social events in a week. Whatever works for you.
Assume that your needs are reasonable and that your feelings are signals of something important.
Undo, unhook, untie and unravel yourself from whatever belongs to the old. Frame it as a brief moment of rest and re-set to understand where you have been, where you are now and where you are going……
Look for the sparks of light in the darkness.
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Chandra Symbol Venus Scorpio 1:
A tunnel through a mountain.
“When darkness comes, you need more darkness if you’re ever going to find the light. As the struggle of Earth existence descends upon you, you must find a way to harness the power of that struggle to turn death into rebirth. But it is such a pressurised and relentless a path to walk. Everything you meet reflects the same destiny-dilemma. For you are being pulled through the collective nightmare by an immense evolutionary force, and that means feeling everything, experiencing all of it, and letting everything go. Those pulled in to such a radical track develop core perseverance and learn to be light while superheavy, and to stay loose while bearing down in tight passages. Eventually, glorious things happen and you can emerge into a whole other reality, knowing how purposeful every step has been, that all of it was necessary.“
~ Inside Degrees Elias Lonsdale
Aries Week Ahead Forecast: December 3-10, 2023
Mercury, planet of communication, is already starting slowing down this week at the pinnacle of your chart. The retrograde is between December 13-January 4th, so if you are planning a trip or a pilgrimage, make sure you set off before the holidays really get started. The Messenger is nudging you to think about some sort of course correction -perhaps a change of career or purpose? It’s been on your mind for a while and with Venus in Scorpio all December, changes are coming, like it or not.
An ending and a new beginning in 2024.
Taurus Week Ahead Forecast: December 3-10, 2023
For you, it’s shaping up to be a month to savour. Your own planet, the lovely Venus, enters Scorpio on the 4th, lighting up your closest relationships. If you are ready to take a partnership to the next level of commitment, make a note of December 5th when the Goddess aligns with Saturn in Pisces. Then on the 9th, thanks to Venus and Jupiter, your friendships and social life get a huge boost of enjoyment.
Seize the day.
Gemini Week Ahead Forecast: December 3-10, 2023
Your own planet Mercury is already slowing down ahead of his retrograde between December 13-January 4. On December 8th, the Messenger aspects gift bringer Jupiter and you may receive an offer you can’t refuse or you might get the urge to splurge. If you’re thinking about taking out credit or a bank loan, check the small print very carefully and make no commitments-if any-until early in January.
Now that Neptune is stationing, be extra vigilant for cyber fraud.
Cancer Week Ahead Forecast: December 3-10, 2023
As December opens, make “people who need people” your watchword. Mercury in your opposite sign of others in your life is already slowing down ahead of his December 13-January 4th retrograde. During that time, the Guide of Souls aspects gift bringer Jupiter no fewer than 3 times, the first on December 8th.Start noticing how much love and support you have around you and accept offers of help. Others are also a potential source of ideas that just might turn your thinking about a problem right around.
Listen to your supporters, not your naysayers.
Leo Week Ahead Forecast: December 3-10, 2023
With both the Sun and Mars in fellow Fire sign Sagittarius, you are in the mood for celebrations and socialising. Do something different this year, something you’ve always wanted to experience-just for the fun of it. This might put your thinking about a niggling work or career issue on to the back burner for a few days, so your unconscious can come up with a solution. Make a note of Mercury’s retrograde between December 13-January 4th and postpone any hard and fast decisions until early next year. Meanwhile, re-organise your work space and get crystal clear on your priorities ahead of changes outside your control.
Trust your instincts.
Virgo Week Ahead Forecast: December 3-10, 2023
December looks likely to be upbeat and cheering, as long as you don’t keep your nose to the grindstone or attempt to organise everyone else’s festivities. In fact, home is your centre of operations and this is well starred with both Mars and the Sun boosting your energy and optimism. Get ready to give full rein to your creativity with Mercury in Capricorn making three stunning links to expansive Jupiter throughout the month.
Enrol your family or tribe in your projects and double your enjoyment.
Libra Week Ahead Forecast: December 3-10, 2023
On December 4th, your personal planet Venus moves into Scorpio your angle of income. Make a note of December 9th when the Goddess aligns with expansive Jupiter in Taurus and watch for an opportunity to make money, to get a bonus or rediscover something valuable you’d forgotten you owned. Meanwhile with Mercury already slowing down at the base of your chart ready to retrograde between December 13-January 4th, important discussions-heated or otherwise-are likely at home.
Whatever the big issue is, don’t make any changes or decisions until early next year.
Scorpio Week Ahead Forecast: December 3-10, 2023
While others may be feeling the pressure in December, you have Lady Venus in your own sign from December 4th smoothing your path and your closest relationships. No bad thing after the harsh astrology of October and November. Find some personal ways to create festivities that are more than usually meaningful for you and your tribe. As you enjoy your creativity, be careful to override the urge to splash the cash. Mercury is already slowing ready for his retrograde between December 13-January 4th.
Making not spending.
Sagittarius Week Ahead Forecast: December 3-10, 2023
Happy solar return! This year’s birthday has Mars back in Sagittarius-for the first time in two years- along with the Sun, giving you a whoosh of momentum through into next year. You seem to be making changes, or at least weighing them up, on two fronts-your home and your finances. Don’t be in any rush, as Mercury is slowing down ahead of his December 13-January 4th retrograde in your money zone. Luckily, the Messenger makes three positive aspects to your own planet expansive Jupiter this month, so, although there might be delays, any negotiations over a pay rise or a house purchase should work out in your favour.
Patience is a virtue.
Capricorn Week Ahead Forecast: December 3-10, 2023
You get an early inkling of how your Capricornian birthday will play out with Mercury already in your sign. The Messenger is slowing this week ahead of his retrograde between December 13-January 4th.Be in no hurry to make changes. Instead, take some private time to think about whether your appearance or persona reflects your true self.15 long years of Puto in Capricorn has changed just about everything around you, including you, so it’s time to catch up with yourself.
Thoughts about setting up your own business could turn into reality in January.
Aquarius Week Ahead Forecast: December 3-10, 2023
If you find the season of collective festivities overwhelming, take a couple of days out before it all gets too much. With Venus on your Midheaven, there’s no getting out of meeting and greeting but do it on your own terms-no need to be hypocritical- and you might just enjoy it more than you thought. It could be an opportunity for a nostalgic trip down memory lane with a relative, especially since Mercury is about to turn back in your 12th House of memories and ancestors.
Reconnecting with your roots.
Pisces Week Ahead Forecast: December 3-10, 2023
It may be holiday season but, for you as a Piscean, work calls. That’s due to the Sun and Mars crossing the pinnacle of your chart. Seize this once in 2 years’ opportunity to make progress, bid for a promotion or take on a big project. Since Mercury, planet of business, is slowing ahead of his retrograde between December 13-January 4th, in your 11th House, other people such as a work team are key players. What could you learn by collaborating rather than being the lone ranger?
Listen more than you speak.
About Lorna Bevan M.A., MAPAI:
Variously described as a visioneer, a creative disruptor, a life guide and a change maker, my passion is to blend the tools of Visionary Astrology and Transformational Coaching to help you to connect with your inner world so that you can transform your outer world. Through my practice, Hare In the Moon, I combine the ancient art of astrology with the modern art of personal coaching to offer clients all over the world a unique mix consultations and coaching services. I work with clients around the world by phone and email, tailoring my Astrology Coaching to each unique individual or business I work with.
I’m a qualified Psychological Astrologer, Jungian Psychotherapist and Master NLP Coach, and I’m currently taking a Master’s Degree in Analytical Astrology. I’ve had a varied career as a Modern Languages Teacher, a Management Development Consultant, a Counselling Clinician at Personal Performance Consulting Worldwide, a Personal and Career Coach and Psychotherapist, and former Consultant Astrologer for The Sunday Times Magazine.
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