Forecast for Dec. 16-22, 2013

The skies are setting the stage for next year. They’re drawing attention to how we do (or don’t) get along with others, what we’re done with and what matters most. All play a role in what’s ahead, this week and for months beyond.

Relationship themes are heating up that will take us through the middle of next summer. They aren’t inherently bad or good. They just are. They boil down to investing energy into figuring out how we are going to coexist with others.

Incentive and motivation are building to tackle this. Mars, the warrior god and ruler of our drive, is traveling through Libra, the sign of relationships, verbal artistry and striving for harmony and balance. (Emphasis on the striving, rather than the having.)

Notice the quality of your interactions, the recurring themes and the identities of people crossing your screen. At minimum, they point to issues you’re addressing over the long haul. (Watch for more conscious negotiation or give-and-take and less just putting-up-with.) They’re building toward big shifts and breakthroughs when Mars joins Uranus and Pluto in their ongoing change imperative, between Christmas and New Year’s.

How you talk to people is already in new territory. Tuesday’s Gemini Full Moon is showing how far you’ve come since 2010, when a reboot began of the nature of your thoughts and data sources, what you do with information and how you get around.  (Your relationship to your community and siblings could be in the mix, too.)  As this Full Moon puts finishing touches on the reboot, evidence and emotions are cresting that show a chapter in your life is well and truly closed.  Here’s one question to get you thinking:  Who were you talking to frequently two and three years ago, and who are you talking to now? Read more in my mooncast, which will be posted on the site by Monday.

Thoughts are downshifting into the practical, solemn and introspective this weekend, and that’s how they’re spending the winter.  The season officially arrives on Saturday, when the Sun enters Capricorn. This year, we have an additional cause for the years-gone-by feel that so often haunts the holidays: The solstice brings Venus turning retrograde in Capricorn, too. Her backtracking lasts until the end of January, but because it starts on the first day of winter, it colors the entire season.

Word to the wise:  finish important shopping by Friday.

Anything new that enters your life during the Venus retrograde does not have the value it presents or you expect. At the same time, people and financial or creative situations from the past may come back around for a second look, or for tying up loose ends, or for reminders.

Don’t get engaged, marry, launch a business or buy a big-ticket item now. Proceed carefully with new connections and projects, because they are likely not to be about what you are thinking.  Do soul-searching. Be ruthless with assessments and bottom-line evaluations; your long-term security and future are at stake. And by all means pay attention to old business and themes when they return.

Approach this winter as an exploration of what has personal and lasting value at this point in your life.  You will have ongoing opportunities to see what is real, solid and reliable, and what is not. This goes for possessions, goals, long-term security, money, specific people, types of relationship, your attitudes about your own talents, earning power and worth, and your definitions of what has value to you.

This review has past, present and future aspects to it, much like the three ghosts that visit Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. The Ghost of Christmas Past is likely to show up first and hang around the longest. Enjoy the memories and the brief revisiting of old ways of being, and bless the reminders of unpleasantness that’s departed. He can help you pack up a lot and put it safely in the past — and pick up a precious trinket or two to carry with your in your heart.

For a fuller discussion, please read my extended weekly forecast. For another take on this week’s events, listen to my quickie podcast. Also check out my outlook for December.

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© Kathy Biehl 2013. All Rights Reserved. You may forward this article as long as the copyright notice is intact. No part may be used or reprinted without my prior written permission. Karma, ya know.

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