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Sun 21° Sagittarius 47' 42"
Moon 00° Scorpio 32' 47"
Mercury 20° Sagittarius 28' 18" 
Venus 15° Sagittarius 23' 56"
Mars 02° Scorpio 40' 11"
Ceres 18° Leo 09' 28"
Pallas 25° Aries 11' 13" 
Juno 28° Capricorn 45' 00"
Vesta 13° Scorpio 58' 48"
Jupiter 13° Scorpio 35' 30"
Saturn 29° Sagittarius 13' 30"
Chiron 24° Pisces 20' 52"
Uranus 24° Aries 44' 26" 
Neptune 11° Pisces 35' 32"
Pluto 18° Capricorn 10' 39"
TrueNode 16° Leo 42' 27" 

The Daily Astrological Currents by Week

A free daily horoscope from Pluto's Child

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This Daily Astrological Forecast is a bit different than most daily forecasts since it isn’t written for each individual Sun Sign. Rather, it is intended to be a bit like an Astrological Weather Report. To read more about this forecast, see this post

Weekly Summary: DECEMBER 3 - DECEMBER 9

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."

—Psalms 23:4

Mercury turns retrograde in Sagittarius this week, wrapped up in several important dialogs — a trine to Uranus, a sextile to Mars, and a conjunction with Saturn. Mercury becomes a focal point for the expressions of these larger planets, driving us on a journey through a review of many of our underlying assumptions. The action of Mercury is mainly to gather and disseminate information — not draw a bunch of Sagittarian conclusions. However, with the input of these other influences, Mercury takes us on a guided journey through our underlying assumptions to observe how they may be undercutting our overall foundation. Uranus' action heightens our mental activity and intellect and Mars keeps our energy stirred but the conjunction to Saturn determines our focus under this retrograde period. It's easy to feel quite overwhelmed, especially under Sunday's Chaotic Full Moon (7:46 AM PST 11° Gemini/Sagittarius). Information and assumptions are all mixed up by the Sun and Moon's square to Neptune, creating a swirl of foggy clues jumbled up with uncertainty and pessimism. The involvement of Mars suggests that we may want to forge ahead through the fog. However, as Mercury turns retrograde, we reach a stopping point where we must now turn around and retrace our steps just far enough for us to get a better understanding of the basic assumptions that have taken us to this point. We'll need to find the willingness to make an honest assessment and make the necessary adjustments in order to prepare for Saturn's move into Capricorn — just before Mercury turns direct on December 21st. Mercury returns to a conjunction with Saturn — this time in Capricorn — on January 12th, when the lessons of this month's journey will be tested.

Sunday's Full Moon produces a significant amount of confusing chaos. Mental strain is a significant danger. Monday's Cancer Moon increases emotional insecurity but Mercury's sextile to Mars offers important opportunities to begin the process of reviewing our assumptions. We may feel that our ego is on the line on Tuesday and there is a tendency to take any slowdowns personally. We get a boost of energy on Wednesday with the feeling that we can make a fresh start on a more stable footing. Activity begins to heat up on Thursday, leading to some potential for defensiveness. However, the inventive and innovative atmosphere offers significant potential for progress if we can stay focused on teamwork, instead of who's going to get the credit. The potential for over activity is strong on Friday. We need to guard against demanding too much from others but rather, offer appreciation and gratitude. Mars arrives in Scorpio on Saturday, submerging much of the week's activity into a steamy undercurrent of determination. The Scorpio persistence arrives just in the nick of time, as we face the dawning recognition that our work has just begun and it may be much harder than we had thought.

Sunday December 03, 2017

Mercury stations to go retrograde today just as we reach a particularly chaotic Full Moon (7:46 AM PST 11° Gemini/Sagittarius) which squares Neptune. Although we may desperately wish we could draw some meaningful conclusions, information is cloudy at best. At worst, there are some active attempts to cleverly hide or disguise important elements in order to mislead or discourage others. While we may have a strong desire to make strong new commitments or dedicate our efforts towards future expansion, we have essentially reached a stopping point where we need to pause and reconsider most of our assumptions. Mental strain is particularly dangerous here, possibly leading to some serious, long-term challenges.

Monday December 04, 2017

The Moon briefly is VOC today, from 11:12 AM PST until 12:36 PM PST. We should be particularly careful about trusting any information we discover this hour. Once the Moon arrives in Cancer, emotions and insecurity further cloud an already uncertain environment. Detachment is needed in order to avoid becoming enmeshed in other people's problems. With that detachment and some self-control — particularly emotional self-control — we will find opportunities to quickly and productively make adjustments to our underlying foundations and assumptions.

Tuesday December 05, 2017

There is more room for detachment from others today but our egos may feel on the line. Apparent failures may be met with stubborn defiance and little willingness to make the necessary adjustments. Successes are trumpeted proudly — although any brashness is likely to be met with disparagement or disagreement. There is an intense desire to move forward while showing off past accomplishments. Nonetheless, under this retrograde Mercury, the environment is trying to get us to slow down and take another look at our underlying assumptions. While we may take the slowdowns and challenges personally, we are getting a much needed opportunity to weed out anything untenable.

Wednesday December 06, 2017

The Moon is VOC this morning from 9:55 AM PST until it goes into Leo at 12:37 PM PST. This morning's stirred up emotions (from a Moon-Mars square), give way to heightened activity and the feeling that a fresh start of some kind will allow us to naturally sort through some of the basic assumptions that we've been struggling with. Today provides an excellent opportunity to revise our position enough to feel significantly more stable. Certainly, self-control and responsibility need to be exercised but the easing of demands makes responsible effort feel almost — effortless.

Thursday December 07, 2017

Activity heats up even more than yesterday but tempers may also flare up more quickly. We may see a great deal of 'trial and error' in the heated rush to follow up on innovative ideas that may have been set on the back burner two or three weeks ago. There is more than a little ego investment in today's activity and defensiveness could surface if we aren't in a suitably cooperative mood or atmosphere. Today's inventive qualities demand teamwork, cooperation, and a willingness to rely on the input of others. Don't worry about future 'patents' today, or who's going to get the credit for something that's still on the drawing board. By staying in harmony with this exciting environment and those around us, great things are possible!

Friday December 08, 2017

Over activity is quite possible today, followed by some critical recriminations once the Moon arrives in Virgo just after 3 PM PST. Mars will leave Libra tonight, just after midnight, submerging much of today's energy in the steamy intensity of Scorpio. With today's extraordinary enthusiasm, we should be extra careful not to push others too hard or demand more than they are honestly capable of delivering. We may also need to stay on guard against dismissing the contributions that others have made or are making to our personal success or well being. Offering gratitude and appreciation is an important element of the overall process of re-examining the underlying assumptions of whatever effort we are pursuing.

Saturday December 09, 2017

Mars arrives in Scorpio today, adding to an already heavy and challenging atmosphere. It may not be that our efforts are failing, only that they seem more arduous than we had expected. Determination and persistence run deep — despite whatever challenges are surfacing. The Virgo Moon offers help in the form of adaptability and resourcefulness but not, perhaps, with the way it all feels. This seems like a classic opportunity to find gratitude for the lessons and challenges that ultimately make us stronger and more resilient — cold comfort perhaps. Nonetheless, there is extraordinary intellect and perception available to survive and prosper through what may seem like significant challenges right now. Painstaking and methodical re-organization is what is called for — either willingly or through adversity.

Today is Wednesday December 13, 2017

Weekly Summary: DECEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 16

"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started... and know the place for the first time."

—T.S. Eliot

We may struggle all week with a determined tendency to isolate, 'keep our own counsel', or 'go it alone'. The Sagittarius urge to explore is front and center this week but we have to make a conscious choice about whether to ask others for help and guidance. What can hopefully 'Win The Day' is our embrace of any opportunity to learn and grow through the challenges that life throws at us. As Mercury moves in reverse we are encouraged to reexamine some of our most cherished, long-standing beliefs and assumptions. The process will be much more comfortable if we are able to talk things over with others and share any new discoveries. As we move through the week, the desire to explore seems to take the lead. Nonetheless, the gambler in the Sagittarius nature may encourage some defiantly outrageous speculative risks — particularly if we insist on staying isolated and on our own. Mercury's inferior conjunction with the Sun on Tuesday is an important shift, which leads us into Friday's Mercury-Venus conjunction that encourages us to really embrace the excitement and advantages of an exploratory approach. By the end of the week, we begin to glimpse that there is a fresh start on the horizon, as we approach next Sunday's New Moon (10:30 PM PST 26° Sagittarius) on the galactic center.

We begin the week dealing with a great deal of indecision and the potential for failing confidence levels on Sunday. The tendency towards isolation is significant. Monday's unexpected developments and nervous energy does little to ease the tendency towards indecisiveness. However, by the time we get to Tuesday's inferior conjunction of the Sun and Mercury, we find that our thinking has shifted and we can begin to embrace a bit more of the Sagittarius courage and an expeditionary sense of discovery. Our courage intensifies on Wednesday but we may be tempted to make risky, speculative gambles that could quickly get us in over our heads. The chips are down on Thursday and we may feel the need to return to a more isolating independence, rather than reaching out for help and guidance. However, by Friday, under the Mercury-Venus conjunction, optimism and openness becomes more appealing and we begin to sense that a fresh start is just over the horizon. There's a bit of a teeter-totter effect on our mood on Saturday. Over-optimism could set us up for significant disappointment. We should not forget that big dreams require hard work and the Sun's entrance into Capricorn next week will remind us of that.

Sunday December 10, 2017

Nervousness and indecision add to the building pessimism and lack of confidence. There is a strong tendency towards isolation and 'keeping our own counsel', rather than working towards cooperation. We may begin to recognize that our underlying assumptions about others have led to our uncertainty and lack of trust. As we try to get to the core of the situation, we may feel that our 'wings' have been clipped. Extenuating circumstances and complicating details lead us away for a clear sense of truth or any productive solutions. The Moon is briefly VOC from 7 PM PST until 9 PM PST, when the Moon arrives in Libra. The increased sensitivity of the Libra Moon only seems to increase our indecision.

Monday December 11, 2017

Nervous energy is exacerbated by a generally spontaneous atmosphere which is likely to produce a number of unexpected developments. We are well served by quick action but it isn't easy to overcome the indecision in order to make the most of this lively but unpredictable environment. Sorting through the available options requires a significant amount of intuition. The improving social atmosphere allows better cooperative effort and makes it easier to just talk things through with trusted friends. However, if we wind up still feeling the need to isolate today, the result may be significant hostility and frustration.

Tuesday December 12, 2017

Mercury reaches the 'inferior' conjunction with the Sun today, which is likely to be especially helpful if we have fully embraced the opportunity to reexamine our underlying assumptions. This is no time to give up on the process. We may find surprising new perspectives today that help us to make the most of what we initially believed might be an obstacle or a 'blind spot'. As well, we find more willingness to accept responsibility for whatever mistakes or false assumptions may have led us astray. There are raw materials available to help us make a fresh start with the new information we find at our disposal.

Wednesday December 13, 2017

We could easily get in over our head today, especially if we try too hard to make the most of what may seem like a very productive atmosphere. There is a significant tendency to defiantly pursue risky ventures — despite the odds or clear warnings. This is a particularly good time to take a 'wait and see' approach or, at least, maintain a cautious and skeptical attitude. Perhaps what is most important here is to embrace the opportunities to learn new lessons, both about ourselves and others. The Sagittarius emphasis on exploration is particularly valuable today. If we are too focused on security and control and cling too tightly to long held beliefs and assumptions, we may completely miss the experience of discovery that is being offered. If we enter this atmosphere convinced that we know exactly what we're doing, we may be taught a very unpleasant lesson.

Thursday December 14, 2017

We may be tempted to isolate ourselves today and wall ourselves off from outside input, rather than reaching out for help and guidance. We are challenged to balance differing points of view or choose between seemingly exclusionary directions. The idea of 'Either — Or' is particularly disconcerting and we are quite likely to assume that we must make these decisions in solitude. Stubbornness is likely to produce some extraordinary 'brinkmanship' since we aren't too anxious to jump off 'the fence' and actually make any hard decisions today. Any inclination towards risky speculation is even more dangerous today.

Friday December 15, 2017

The Moon is VOC today until a little past 5 PM PST. Nonetheless, today's Mercury-Venus conjunction provides a welcome boost of optimism which opens the door to a more exciting sense of exploration and discovery. Once the Moon arrives in Sagittarius, after 5 PM PST, we should begin to feel an exciting breeze that suggests a New Beginning and a fresh start is finally on the horizon. Even though the New Moon does not arrive until Sunday (10:30 PM PST 26° Sagittarius) the Sun and Moon's approach to the galactic center offers us a glimpse of a new vision beginning to take shape.

Saturday December 16, 2017

We finally abandon any tendencies towards isolation or 'going it alone' today. Freedom seems to be assumed in some way, rather than something to struggle to achieve. With that sense of freedom, we achieve a far more open exchange of ideas which makes it easier to pick and choose' whatever we like. Nonetheless, we may need to guard against some extremely idealistic or overly optimistic expectations which may be fostered in response to this afternoon's Moon-Neptune square. Today's challenge is to ride out the highs and lows without getting stuck at one level or the other. Certainly, we can allow ourselves the luxury of dreaming big dreams but we should not ignore the fact that hard work will be required once the emphasis shifts (next week) from Sagittarius optimism into Capricorn's more weighty demands for responsibility and steady effort.

Weekly Summary: DECEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 23

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."

— Robert Louis Stevenson

There is a lot going on this week — a Sagittarius New Moon conjunct the Galactic Center and Saturn, followed by a powerful Winter Solstice, Saturn enters Capricorn and Mercury turns direct. As we attempt to navigate these shifts, our ability to fully comprehend what's happening seems to be at an all time low. Some may feel the uncertainty while others seem to cling tightly to an overly optimistic view that ignores evidence of the increasing seriousness and the tightening constraints of the strong Capricorn influence. Nonetheless, there are powerful opportunities to establish new, long-range plans and begin to build upon a more stable foundation of Truth. The New Moon's connection to the Galactic Center opens a channel for us to receive new and important messages. The Winter Solstice is the time when we store away seeds for the coming of Spring. We emerge, this week, from the retrograde Mercury period with a better understanding of our underlying assumptions — at least some of which have been abandoned. There is a deeply spiritual, intuitive insight available but tangible, material constriction may cloud our view and our judgement. There is so much going on — on so many different levels — that it seems inconceivable that anyone could see more than a tiny slice of this whole picture. In order to make any progress in this atmosphere, we need to be satisfied with taking deliberate 'baby steps' rather than focusing on the mountain that begins to loom in front of us this week.

Sunday's New Moon produces significant uncertainty but we may also experience some giddy excitement. Impulsiveness and over-optimism is tempting but will likely be short-lived. Confidence improves on Monday but there is some temptation to avoid hard choices in favor of an apparently much easier route. Saturn enters Capricorn on Tuesday. The importance of planning puts our focus on details. The Moon is VOC most of the day Wednesday and it may seem like the 'wheels have come off'. The Sun arrives in Capricorn on Thursday and Mercury turns direct. The Winter Solstice opens the door to a new round of planning but we may not really feel that we are up to the tasks ahead. We feel a degree of tangible stability on Friday but elements of jealousy or greed may undermine our desire to establish deeper connections with others. We are even more inclined to try to establish strong connections with others on Saturday but entrenched 'battle lines' may form as we seek to make important distinctions. Despite any uncertainty, we are determined to speak our truth forcefully.

Sunday December 17, 2017

Tonight's New Moon (26° Sagittarius 10:30 PM PST) conjunct Saturn and also the Galactic Center is quite significant but, as is characteristic of a New Moon, there is not much light to illuminate the importance of the shift taking place. This is something like a 'reboot' following a major software upgrade. We are more than likely to turn inward in our search to understand what is happening and try to cope with the uncertainty. No matter how we respond, we are unlikely to see the whole picture from today's vantage point. Impulsiveness and over-optimism is quite tempting. We are more inclined to follow our 'heart' than our 'head'. Although we may see a very social atmosphere, we should not ignore the fact that, by Tuesday — when Saturn arrives in Capricorn — we will see our interactions become increasingly reserved and cautious.

Monday December 18, 2017

We see some slowly building improvement in our level of self-confidence, following yesterday's uncertainty. We may feel strong temptations to give up and find some easier route, rather than persevere under what may feel like an extremely oppressive environment — especially emotionally. Nonetheless, the seriousness of the environment does provide an extraordinarily productive opportunity to solidify our long-term plans. It is especially important to take methodical 'baby steps' rather than trying to focus on what may seem like an extremely tall mountain to climb.

Tuesday December 19, 2017

Saturn arrives in Capricorn tonight in an atmosphere that seems to be pulling us in opposite directions. There are strong temptations to stay in an over-optimistic 'Pink Cloud' despite obvious indications that there is an overall 'tightening' coming. On the other hand, we may begin to pour over details in an effort to find something tangible to grab hold of in order to secure our position. However, it is also important to stay on a steady course and not seek to sidestep the details. We needn't completely discount the value of positive thinking and an optimistic approach in our effort to establish a more reliable position.

Wednesday December 20, 2017

The Moon is VOC for most of the day today, from 7:36 AM PST until 6:29 PM PST. It may be hard not to believe that the 'wheels have come off' or we're driving on the rims after our tire has gone flat. The feeling that things are unraveling may only be temporary but, once the Moon gets to Aquarius this evening, the free-wheeling atmosphere may seem even more unruly or unmanageable — impatience could become overwhelming. Nonetheless, Mercury is stationing to turn direct tomorrow so we shouldn't expect to find striking clarity or a clear sense of direction just yet.

Thursday December 21, 2017

The Sun joins Saturn in Capricorn today, signaling a particularly important Winter Solstice. The intuitive depth of Capricorn is often underestimated or misunderstood. In today's Sun-Saturn conjunction, we find a deeply powerful 'Spirit in the Seed' influence which is both quite mystical and also quite tangibly creative. It is within this atmosphere that Mercury turns direct and, given the Rx Mercury process of revealing and removing untenable assumptions during the retrograde period, we begin a journey towards a distinctly tangible new view of 'Truth'. This is a powerful re-organization process that touches both our spiritual life as well as our material security and possessions. It isn't easy to maintain any firm sense of confidence that we are really up to the tasks that we find today and will continue to face as we head into the new year of 2018.

Friday December 22, 2017

We find a degree of tangible stability today that allows for more optimism and self-confidence. There is more room for sociability and an outgoing approach which suggests a broad sense of kinship and benevolence. Nonetheless, elements of jealousy or materialistic greed could undermine the opportunity to establish satisfying connections. The need for responsibility and caution may not be obvious until it's too late. Essentially, there are significant challenges to making deep connections with others when we feel our material security is on the line. We are likely to only make unsteady progress in this area at least until Mercury joins Saturn in Capricorn early next year when communication will become much more restrained and pragmatic.

Saturday December 23, 2017

There is a growing imperative to communicate our perspectives. Today's particularly intense atmosphere sets up a significant either / or standoff as we seek to differentiate ourselves from those around us. This seems to set up some deeply entrenched 'battle lines', although we may not realize just how important the distinctions we are making will end up becoming. We may be operating from a feeling of deprivation or the feeling that we've missed out by not speaking up or staking our personal claim. In this atmosphere, we could easily misunderstand what is of value and what can safely be discarded. Nonetheless, there is a strong determination to make our perspectives clear and even to make pronouncements that may still be somewhat tentative — even though we aren't willing to reveal any uncertainty.