Current Aspects

December 8
to 15, 2017

all interpretations written & copyrighted by Jenny Yates


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Jupiter trine Neptune
(11° Scorpio/Pisces)

This is a generous, open-hearted
transit, in which people find it easier
to get in touch with their best
selves.  Neptune in Pisces is
sensitive, intuitive, and spiritually
conscious, and the trine to Jupiter
enhances all these tendencies.  So
even your local crime boss could
suddenly discover his altruistic self,
and start giving all his money away
to the orphanage. Everyone has a
heart of gold, somewhere deep
inside.   

It’s generally a lucky transit, without
being grasping or competitive.  This
could mean a lucky financial break.  
Or it could mean progress towards
one of your most cherished desires.  
Or it could mean acceptance by
your family, friends, and the greater
community.  People are more loyal,
more willing to see through the
masks you wear and embrace you
as you are.  So it’s a good time for
all the prodigal children to come
home.     

This can also be a time of spiritual
gifts.  You feel that the universe is
purposeful, and that you and
everyone else have a place in it.  All
spiritual practices are enhanced by
this transit, and become more
deeply meaningful.   

And it’s also a very creative time.  
There’s a strong urge to express
yourself and all your emotions,
perhaps in a community setting,
perhaps in private. This could mean
letting all your demons out, by acting
in a neighborhood drama group.  Or
it could just mean singing opera in
the shower.  

This is noticeable November 23 to
December 13.                       

It's exact
in NYC: Sat, Dec 2, 9:19 pm
in Vancouver: Sat, Dec 2, 6:19 pm
in London: Sun, Dec 3, 2:19 am  
in Singapore: Sun, Dec 3,
10:19 am    
in Sydney: Sun, Dec 3, 1:19 pm  

Mercury conjunct Saturn
(27° and 28° Sagittarius)

Mercury is moving slowly, going
retrograde, and so this aspect stays in
orb for a much longer time than usual.  It
makes for a more serious mind-set, and it
can mean some anxieties about long-
range plans, or about the bigger picture.
It’s hard to reconcile your small but
constant responsibilities with your larger
ambitions.  

If you’re prone to depression, this could
be a time when you feel particularly blue.  
A Saturn transit makes you much more
aware of limitations and obstacles, and it
also throws you back to any previously
unfinished business, including old
traumas. So your life can feel stagnant,
and you can get discouraged.  Cheer
yourself up as much as you can during
this time, even if it doesn’t feel completely
sincere. And don’t harass yourself about
anything you can’t manage.  Just wait and
try again after the transit is over.   

The Mercury/Saturn conjunction can
mean a few communication difficulties.  
There could be mechanical reasons for
this, such as a broken phone or
computer. Or it could be that you’re
making undue assumptions about the way
other people think.  You may have a
philosophical stance which seems worthy
to you, but it doesn’t necessarily reflect
the true situation. Are you trying to make
things fit, when they really don’t?    

It could also be a tricky time for travel, so
be careful if you’re going somewhere.  
There could be a need to correct some
erroneous calculations or some bad
information from the past.  Generally,
keep things simple.  You’ll probably end
up dealing with delays and complications,
and this could mean working harder than
you thought you would.  

This is noticeable November 25 to
December 8.                               

It's exact for the first time
in NYC: Tues, Nov 28, 1:58 am  
in Vancouver: Mon, Nov 27, 10:58 pm  
in London: Tues, Nov 28, 6:58 am  
in Singapore: Tues, Nov 28,
2:58 pm     
in Sydney: Tues, Nov 28, 5:58 pm  

It's exact for the second time
in NYC: Weds, Dec 6, 7:05 am
in Vancouver: Weds, Dec 6, 4:05 am
in London: Weds, Dec 6, 12:05 pm  
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 6, 8:05 pm  
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 6, 11:05 pm

December 12 to 13
Sun conjunct Mercury

November 23 to
December 13
Jupiter trine Neptune

November 25 to December 8
Mercury conjunct Saturn

Mars sextile Saturn
(28° Libra/Sagittarius)

This is a period of efficiency,
industry and effort.  Mars is quite
idealistic in Libra, and the
favorable aspect from Saturn
helps you realize these ideals,
turn them into clear, useful
structures.  You are able to think
strategically, to map a path to
your goals.  You
don’t waste time or resources, but
go directly to your objective

This is good for building things,
and for solving practical
problems.  But it’s even better for
solving social problems, for
working out a way to channel
human resources towards a
particular objective.  Because you’
re able to view a situation from all
sides, you can set in motion out
solutions that will satisfy everyone
involved.

It’s an excellent time to resolve
legal questions, and people in
conflict are more likely to work out
useful compromises.  For artists
and craftspeople, this is the time
to determine the best structure
and the best tools for your
project.  For students, it’s good
for outlining the material, and for
seeing the larger picture. For
travelers, it helps with packing
and planning, and with dealing
with the bureaucracies, formalities
and traditions you may
encounter.  

Physical work is more likely under
this influence, whether it’s going
to the gym, walking the dog, or
raking leaves.  For athletes, this
transit gives more determination
and stamina, so set your sets
high.  You can do more than you
think you can.   

This is noticeable December 2 to
10.

It's exact
in NYC: Weds, Dec 6, 4:21 pm
in Vancouver: Weds, Dec 6,
1:21 pm  
in London: Weds, Dec 6, 9:21 pm
in Singapore: Thurs, Dec 7,
5:21 am      
in Sydney: Thurs, Dec 7,
8:21 am      

Mercury trine Uranus
(24° Sagittarius/Aries)

This is an exciting, creative transit, a
time when you can think beyond your
usual limits, and when you want to
check out new horizons.  Since
Mercury is retrograde, you may be
drawn most to places that are part of
your past, or to places you’ve always
wanted to get to.  The ordinary is not
for you;  you are a little wilder, a little
bolder, and a little freer these days.
You’re enthusiastic, inventive, original,
and independent.

This is a wonderful time to learn, and it’
s also great for teaching.  You’re
thinking big, and you are interested in
larger philosophies, more inclusive
ways of seeing the world.  You feel
more passionate about larger
questions, and you could get involved
in political or social causes, to a
greater degree than usual.  You can
come up with innovative ways to
spread your message.  Controversy
doesn’t scare you, and you welcome
diversity of opinion.  

During this time, you’re not satisfied
with a back-row seat.  It’s a time of
growing knowledge, but it’s more about
experiential knowledge than book-
learning.

Who are you, and who can you be?  
Now is the time to explore these
questions.

This is noticeable December 8 to
11.      

It's exact
in NYC: Sat, Nov 25, 5:56 am
in Vancouver: Sat, Nov 25, 2:56 am  
in London: Sat, Nov 25, 10:56 am
in Singapore: Sat, Nov 25, 6:56 pm   
in Sydney: Sat, Nov 25, 9:56 pm

Venus squares Neptune
(11° Sagittarius/Pisces)

This makes for a really vivid fantasy
life, but sometimes the difficulty can
be figuring out where your fantasies
end and reality begins.  It’s very
easy to persuade yourself that you
have everything under control,
when actually there’s a certain
amount of chaos around you.  Or
you could persuade yourself that
you know something, when you don’
t really have a clue.  

This transit enhances creativity,
because it gives a stronger and
more vivid imagination.  But it tends
to dissolve or ignore structure, and
this isn’t necessarily the best thing
for artistic efforts.  You may find that
your work is a bit too diffuse and
disconnected.  Before getting to the
point you want to make, it may
wander around, get trapped in some
dead ends, and generally confuse
your audience.

In relationships, the main danger is
that people can see each other as
fantasy figures, and ignore the real,
live people beneath.  You may have
to gently correct people who aren’t
seeing you accurately, while at the
same time being aware of your own
tendency to over-idealize or
demonize others.    

This is noticeable December 8 to
11.       

It's exact
in NYC: Sun, Dec 10, 8:47 am  
in Vancouver: Sun, Dec 10,

5:47 am  
in London: Sun, Dec 10, 1:47 pm    
in Singapore: Sun, Dec 10,

9:47 pm    
in Sydney: Mon, Dec 11, 12:47 am  

December 14 to 16
Mercury conjunct Venus

December 14 to 18
Sun trine Uranus

December 2 to 10
Mars sextile Saturn

December 8 to 11
Mercury trine Uranus

December 8 to 11
Venus square Neptune

Sun conjunct Mercury
(21° Sagittarius)

This is a mentally active time.  
Mercury in Sagittarius is excitable,
inspired, spontaneous and good-
humored, and the conjunction to
the sun makes all these traits more
noticeable.  People are telling
stories, telling jokes, gathering
around the fireplace to talk about
the places they’ve been and the
history they’ve seen.  

There is some tendency to be
rather long-winded, with Mercury in
Sagittarius.  Speeches will be
longer, and meetings may turn into
long rants on philosophical or
political subjects. You may be
waylaid in the subway by old men
who want to tell you about their last
seagoing voyage. But if you ignore
your own schedule, and listen, you
may find amazing gems of wisdom
at every turn.

This is a good time for mental
adventures of every sort.  People
are friendlier and more open, as a  
general rule, and you can go
places where you might not be
welcome at other times.  You can
see things you’ve never seen,
expand your cultural
consciousness, learn more about
your place in the world.  Enjoy!

This is noticeable December 12 to
13.                

It's exact
in NYC: Tues, Dec 12, 8:48 pm
in Vancouver: Tues, Dec 12,
5:48 pm
in London: Weds, Dec 13, 1:58 am  
in Singapore: Weds, Dec 13,
9:58 am     
in Sydney: Weds, Dec 13,
12:58 pm  

Mercury conjunct Venus
(17° Sagittarius)

This is a time of enthusiasm, vision,
and inspiration. Your personality,
creativity and intelligence really shine
through.

Sagittarius is a sign that takes a wider
view, and when Mercury and Venus
get together in this sign, there’s a
strong interest in politics, religion,
philosophy, travel, social organization,
international affairs, and the future.  
And there’s pleasure in all these
things as well.  It’s a time when you
love to learn, and the more you can
take in, the better.  You want to see
the bigger picture.  

And whatever you know, you want to
teach it to others.  Sometimes this is
what people want, and sometimes it’s
just a great big nuisance.  So you’ll
have some professors delivering
brilliant lectures, and others
pontificating for hours.  They’ll both be
enjoying themselves immensely, but
their students may be restless and
itchy.

People don’t want to just talk;  they
want to put their resolutions into
action.  They want to be out on the
street with their friends and neighbors,
jabbing their picket signs up in the air.  
And there are plenty of fiery orators to
egg them on.  This could mean some
exciting revolutionary energy, and who
knows, it could result in some
important reforms.  And it could
stimulate other conversations, and
maybe even a few love affairs.         

This is noticeable December 14 to
16.                      

It's exact
in NYC: Fri, Dec 15, 9:08 am  
in Vancouver: Fri, Dec 15, 6:08 am  
in London: Fri, Dec 15, 2:08 pm  
in Singapore: Fri, Dec 15, 10:08 pm    
in Sydney: Sat, Dec 16, 1:08 am  

The sun trines Uranus
(24° Sagittarius/Aries)

This is an exciting and passionate
time.  This transit gives lots of energy
to artists, revolutionaries, inventors,
scientists, teachers and students.  It
will be especially enjoyed by anybody
who has an open mind, who is
interested in new possibilities, and who
isn’t afraid of change.  It’s great for
traveling and expanding your
horizons.  

Even the most traditional person is
likely to try something new under this
influence.  And so it’s a good time to
promote a different way of looking at
the world.  People are more interested,
more experimental, less threatened,
less resistant to change.

There’s a certain freedom about this
transit.  It doesn’t cause the existing
structures to fall, it just lets in a lot of
light and air. It stimulates the urge to
go somewhere, and to check out
different possibilities.  It gives lots of
direct, compelling impulses, along with
a strong urge to turn every new idea
into action.  How can you know what
will happen if you don’t try it?

During this time, people are
competitive, but not in a particularly
cutthroat way.  Rather, we all work
together as a team, with each person
expressing the best in herself or
himself.  The basic mind-set is that any
problem can be solved if we all think
outside our little boxes.  There’s an
emphasis on the bigger picture, the
things that benefit the community as a
whole.      

This is noticeable December 14 to
18.                          

It's exact
in NYC: Sat, Dec 16, 6:27 am  
in Vancouver: Sat, Dec 16, 3:27 am  
in London: Sat, Dec 16, 11:27 am    
in Singapore: Sat, Dec 16, 7:27 pm    
in Sydney: Sat, Dec 16, 10:27 pm