December is here, with the charged December 21, 2012 date, that's a whole story unto itself. I'll share some 2012 myth perspectives this month, but I won't venture out of my depth today. Between you and me, I am still submerged from that eclipse, and tend to get reclusive and feel more raw, vulnerable this time of year. It's seasonal, in part, with the solar descent to winter solstice. The dark days are pregnant with possibility and so, it makes sense that it's time to gestate. But especially so with critical events happening within and without. Yikes!
Taking the one-day-at-a-time approach, let's look at the month's kick-off -- two quincunxes -- a.k.a. inconjuncts -- to Jupiter (in Gemini). Venus and Mars (in Scorpio and Capricorn, respectively) are making the quincunx to Jupiter on the first day. A quincunx is a tense aspect, with clashing energies at 150 degrees (give or take 2). The planets or points are not the same element or the same modality. They just don't get each other.
In her discussion on the quincunx, Annie Heese of Cafe Astrology writes, "What I have found is that people with quincunxes tend to compartmentalize the two areas of life indicated by the planets and points involved."
What we have here is the bounding all over the place of Jupiter in airy, mutable Gemini. Jupiter in Gemini inspires ingenuity, spontaneous rearranging and a light hold on reality to move forward. And in this corner....Venus in fixed water Scorpio, for intimacy in friendship and love, deep truth sharing and soul-level catharsis. Later today (9:42 pm est), it's Mars' turn, in cardinal earth Capricorn, to dance awkwardly with Jupiter.
What are some ways this could be expressed? There can be restless irritability, and a sense that what matters is not being tended to. Our culture (here in the US) tends to be Jupiterian, where we smile even if we feel like dying inside. The tension in that scenario can reach a breaking point with these quincunxes.
But one happy outcome could be breaking a death grip situation with comic relief. Jupiter lifts spirits, and rewards come from those able to keep their wits in dark, super trying times. It's also worth noting the benefit of exchanging information, online or in meet-ups, in core areas of concern. Socializing in all its forms, reminds you that others are in the same boat in these super intense times, and so it breaks the isolation. Sharing ideas is a way to get some distance from what you're immersed in. And this creates the space in which Jupiter in air sign Gemini works its magic -- the suspended reality in which to see from another angle. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!December, from the Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry