Planetary Influences - December 2021

New Moon in Scorpio- (Total Solar Eclipse)- December 4

The luminaries Sun and Moon would be in total conjunction (0 deg) at 19 degrees of Scorpio on the 4th of December and this would be a total solar eclipse. This solar eclipse would be visible in the higher latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere. Scorpio is a watery sign and is connected with the deep secrets of our lives. It is related to our spiritual awakening as well.

Eclipses are nothing but shadows played down by the earth and the luminaries. Eclipses open up our inner self and our emotions. This Solar Eclipse would be affecting our heart and soul. It liberates our minds from any pattern or situation from where we are entwined in. Though the pain involved here would be much there would be a better understanding of our deeper self and much energy and power would come aftermath. This Solar Eclipse would help you to make certain adjustments with regard to your spiritual life. The eclipse just works on you to lessen your burden.


Mars Transits Scorpio-( December 4 – January 16)

Mars in Libra shifts to the next sign of Scorpio on the 4th of December, shortly after the occurrence of the solar eclipse. It would stay in this house till the 16th of January 2022. Here it would be joining the luminaries of Sun and Moon, as well Ketu or the Moon’s South node and Mercury. Mars’ entry into the house of Scorpio would give you the power and energy to make major changes in your life.

Mars gets into exact conjunction (0 deg) with Ketu on the 13th of December which gives shape or form to the resolutions we made during the eclipse season. Mars would be now aspecting Ketu or the Moon’s North node from Scorpio. This might bring about some major aggressive nature change on your part.

Mars in Scorpio is quite an interesting transit in that we would be loaded with much power to do just about anything under the clouds. However do not forget to look out for the minute details here and there. With Mars moving into Scorpio, it would have escaped the malefic aspects of Saturn as well. This would give you some time to enjoy the good things in life.


Venus Enters Capricorn - December 8

On December 8th, Venus would be entering the sign of Capricorn from Sagittarius. Thus it is moving form the abode of Jupiter into the home of Saturn. Capricorn is quite a good path for Venus as Venus and Saturn get along with each other quite better.

But then Venus would be retrograding between the 19th of December and the 29th of January 2022. During the process it goes retrograde at 3 degrees of Capricorn on the 19th, would be entering Sagittarius on the 29th of December and then goes direct at 17 degrees of Sagittarius on the 29th of January 2022.

Venus retrograde periods in general would ask us to change the way we pursue our relationships, social links and creative works. During this retrograde phase of Venus, natives who have major placements in Capricorn, Sagittarius, Gemini and Cancer would feel full of power and energy.

At present, Capricorn is occupied by its own Lord, Saturn. This seems like a good foundation for anything we would like to create aided by the Venusian energy.


Mercury Transits Sagittarius-( December 9 – 28)

With the exit of Venus from Sagittarius on 8th December, Mercury enters Sagittarius close on the heels, on the 9th of December and stays here till around the end of the month. Mercury seems to be well protected during its transit through the house of Jupiter.

Mercury in Sagittarius would guide us to look out for academic pursuits, pilgrimages and spiritual inclinations during this time period. As this is Jupiter’s terrain these areas would be seeing some positive growth trajectories. In Sagittarius, Mercury is hemmed by Saturn in Capricorn on one side and Ketu in Scorpio on the other side. Saturn restricts while Ketu is known for obstructing paths. Hence this would be a great time to analyse the delays and hindrances in our lives and look out for practical, positive solutions for the same.


Sun Transits Sagittarius-( December 15 – January 14)

Once Venus and Mercury have entered the zodiac sign of Sagittarius, the Sun also follows suit and enters the house on the 15th of December and stays here till mid-January 2022. Now with the transit of the Sun from Scorpio after the eclipse, Rahu would be there alone and with the help of Jupiter becomes very active. This brings about the unexpected, hence be cautious and lay low for the period.

The Sun is quite strong and happily posited in Sagittarius. The Sun together with Mercury and Venus would help you to plan your finances for the coming year. Analyse your needed resources and the balance of funds for now. This is a good time to share your resources with the needy ones too. On the 21st of December, the Sun reaches its highest point causing the winter solstice for the year. This indicates the start of the harsh winter season and the start of the movement of the Sun towards its strongest zenith point in summer.


Full Moon in Gemini- December 18

The Full Moon for the month of December 2021 occurs on the 18th with the Sun comfortably placed at 4 degrees of Sagittarius and the other luminary, the Moon placed at 4 degrees of the opposite sign of Gemini. This would be a good time to submit ourselves whole-heartedly to the luminaries and let our imagination run crazy. A sense of obscurity would be around, but do not be worried or anxious. Look out for new sources of inspiration and nourishment. This Full Moon would be a great time to recover from anything that had been holding us back. Take good rest after some intense moments experienced thanks to the solar eclipse during the start of the month.


Mercury Transits Capricorn-( December 28 – Mar 6, 2022)

Mercury in Sagittarius, enters the sign of Capricorn on the 28th of December where it would be joining Saturn. During this time, Venus would also be retrograding and moving between the signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn. With Mercury and Venus in Capricorn, there would be an energy level that supports our communication and creative pursuits.

Sagittarius is the abode of Jupiter, the planet of expansion and wisdom. Hence Mercury’s transit in this house can be well used to plan for our growth phase in the coming year. Mercury’s entry into Capricorn, the home of Saturn would force us to be practical, restricted and detached. However during this transit of Mercury things on paper can be put to practice.

As Mercury enters the shadow period for the retrograde phase due in January, we would be asked to strike a balance between the expansion of Jupiter and the contraction of Saturn. Due to its retrograde phase, Mercury would be spending quite a lot of time on Capricorn during this stint. In Capricorn, the power of Mercury can be harnessed and channelled towards positive development. It supports our communication and analysis of things around. Get ready, put on your seat belts, Mercury would be speeding up now for the retrograde phase due shortly in January 2022.