In 2024, the long-lasting influences have to do with: the movement of Pluto back and forth between Aquarius and Capricorn (and back again), and Jupiter's changing phase relationship with both Saturn and Neptune.
Bear Ryver is a consulting and lecturing astrologer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. When he’s not talking stars you can find him climbing rocks and playing guitar.
It's like hopping in your ride only to have someone protest loudly in the backseat that they forgot something very important and we have to go back–now.
Monday has a Full Moon that's like a some kind of premier party for Mercury's pre-retrograde, which in some instances could be fun or even productive (like an artist soaking up a new exhibit, or a writer sitting in a café to people watch kinda "productive").
Overall, the month of December has us reassessing the material meaning of our personal philosophy as Mercury moves retrograde from 8° Capricorn all the way back to 22° Sagittarius as we ring in the new year.
Let the resistance you uncover be a clue to your most aligned path forward. The best "use" of this week might be lie in determining where resistance is revolutionary, futile, or an indication that there's a part of us that needs tending.
...chill one day, brutal the next, nice the one after that and then back to 'WTF?!?!' The middle of November asks that we not succumb to feeling faint of heart.
The previous Sun/Mars cycle draws to a close as the Sun marches nearer to Mars. If the Moon is our haggard uncle coming off a double-double full of trouble, then this Mars is like Odysseus coming back home rougher for the wear of those epic exploits.
The conjunction of the Sun and Mars marks a purification of our passions ("while we're feeling them"). Mars is our ability to soldier on, our willingness to defend ourselves, the energy we have to pursue the ambitions that motivate us.
Whether we're contending with feelings of survivors guilt, some level of shame or outrage pertaining to our complicity, or feelings of hopeless overwhelm - this week brings those feelings to the fore.
...when we take the basic principle (moveable resources) and consider the contemporary landscape, there's plenty we utilize and take with us that extend into the ephemeral and experiential.