Temple Astrolog: December & the Holidays 2022

2022 has been quite a year in terms of transformation, change, and unexpected events. As we enter into December and the holiday season, the stars still have some adventures for us until the New Year of 2023. So grab a cup of coffee or tea and let´s take a walk together among the stars and see what we find.

Tell It Like It Is

There is a lot of frustration in the air at the moment. Pluto (transformation) at 26 degrees in the sign of Capricorn (old ways, work, career) is in a challenging aspect (opposition) to both Pallas Athena and Lilith Black Moon at 26 degrees in the sign of Cancer (home, family). This can create a tension between work life and family life, or in both of them. Perhaps you feel your boss isn’t appreciating all that you do. Or perhaps the money you earn isn’t covering your expenses and that can make you worried at home. As always with oppositions in the astrology chart, it is important not to choose or take sides. Both sides need to be seen and heard.

In this example tell it like it is, both at work and at home. Tell your boss about your financial situation, or if you have your own business, perhaps talk to your suppliers and see what they can do to ease things a bit? Similarly it can be wise to talk to your family about your financial situation (one most of us share with the rest of the world at the moment) that way, they can help and assist or at least show some understanding. This can be very important because Pluto as the ruler of the underworld has a tendency to cover things up. He draws thoughts, feelings, and actions down into the underworld and there they can mutate into secrets, creating a lot of anxiety that can lead to depression, and we don´t want that, do we? So being honest and upfront is the best medicine.

Goddesses and Owl Assistance

On the other side of Pluto in the opposition, both Pallas Athena and Lilith Black Moon can help and assist us. Pallas Athena is a master of strategy. Her symbol almost looks like a key, and many times she unlocks situations and finds unexpected solutions. Right next to her we have Lilith Black Moon. Where we have Lilith Black Moon, we cannot see clearly. It is like driving in a snow storm. So what can we learn from this? First of all, there are things we do not know. We may speculate, but that is not the same as knowing. And just like a Lilith Black Moon transit is like driving in a snow storm, it is important to keep on driving, even if it is very slow. Stopping is not an option if you don´t want to get stuck. When these goddesses work their best together, they have the power to open the road ahead for us, even if it is snowy and dark. Another interesting thing is both Pallas Athena and Lilith Black Moon are associated with the Owl. Working with the energy and the totem of Owl in meditation and magick can be most helpful at this time.

Making Frustration into a Usable Tool

Another challenge with the aspects mentioned above is the transformation (Pluto) from the old way of doing things (Capricorn) into the new way of doing and dealing with things in the family and in close relationships (Cancer). It may be that your parents or grandparents suddenly fall back into old patterns and beliefs and don’t hesitate to project that onto the people around them. And you may think “Well that´s how much all the therapy and talks are worth”. Or you may find yourself repeating old, unhealthy patterns. But please don´t lose hope! Pluto is at the last degrees of Capricorn and this opposition with Pallas Athena and Lilith Black Moon is helping to release a lot of debris from the Pluto transits in the recent years. If you are lucky, this seeming “draw back” may be the final touch of working with a situation or relationship. Frustration can be a usable tool to keep on moving forward to better things. Just remember to do it wisely and, if the pressure is too much, take a run or take a break from the situation to get a better overview on what´s going on under the surface (Pluto, Capricorn) This is the kind of transit you cannot sleep your way through! Healthy boundaries and some perspective are recommended.

Unlocking Potential

In the sky we have a Mystic Rectangle with Pluto in Capricorn making a trine to Ceres in Virgo, who in turn is making a sextile to Lilith Black Moon and Ceres in Cancer, making a trine to Jupiter in Pisces, making a sextile back to Pluto. It creates a Rectangle shape with blue (good) aspects. But if we look closer there is an opposition (challenging) between Ceres and Jupiter, just like between Pluto and Pallas Athena/Lilith Black Moon.

A Mystic Rectangle is filled with potential, but it is not a guarantee that potential will be unlocked and used well. When it occurs in a client’s chart it is easy to believe they must have lived a very interesting and fulfilling life. But this may not be the case. One example was a super-talented doctor and surgeon who gave up her career to take care of the family; nothing wrong with that but she never came back to the work she loved and over time she became resentful towards her family. Another client was a talented singer who gave it up because her boyfriend was so jealous. So with a Mystic Rectangle we may be given gifts and talents that others may not have, but we still have to fight for them and not take them for granted to be able to flourish on all levels.

Right now you may become aware of your unique gifts and talents, but you may still need to stand up and for them and act on them to be a part of your life. If opportunities arise, don´t be afraid to take them!

The “Spirit of New Direction”

Right now Venus (beauty, relationships) and Mercury (communication, friends) in the sign of Sagittarius (vision, opportunities) may be able to help us unlock that potential mentioned above. As some of you may know, I make spiritual candles. One of the spirit energies I love to work with that continues to surprise me is the “spirit of new direction”. Many times we get stuck because we limit our view or our options. One client wanted a partner in her life, but had very strict ideas about age difference. Dating did not go well for her. After working with “new direction” she opened her mind and soon she found her perfect match, who was ten years younger. Another client was house-hunting and had very strict ideas on what area the house should be in. After working with the “spirit of new direction” he found the right house in a village he didn’t even know about. Right now we have a lot to win by looking in new directions and being open to new ideas. Don´t hesitate to communicate (Mercury) to your relationships (Venus) what you wish for — and be open to what comes.

Making a “New Direction Candle”

  • Take a yellow candle and cleanse it with incense or Florida Water.
  • Use a nail or knife to carve the symbols of Sagittarius, the Sun, and Jupiter on the candle. You may also write “New Direction” on it, together with your own name.
  • Anoint the candle with a few drops of Orange (the sun, fire, good fortune) essential oil, or with some of the juice from a freshly squeezed Orange. Don´t take too much.
  • Put the candle on a fireproof plate or in a candleholder. Add some Rosemary (Sun, Mercury, new thinking) herb around the candle together with some orange peel and cinnamon (Sun, Jupiter, abundance, speed)
  • Ground yourself, take some deep breaths.
  • Light the candle and visualize a clear yellow light around you and the candle. See and feel the yellow light expand in all directions. Say: “May it be what is to be, and let it be in Beauty!”
  • Ground yourself
  • Let the candle burn down and don´t think about it afterwards. Let it do its magick.

A word of caution: If you are in a happy romantic relationship and are happy where the relationship is going, I would not burn a “New Direction” candle specifically for your relationship. But if you burn the candle for an overall purpose your relationship will be just fine.

Midwinter and Winter Solstice

At midwinter we have some beautiful energies to work with apart from the event itself being magickal as it is. We have Venus and Mercury now in Capricorn making a trine to both Uranus and the north node in Taurus. This energy can “move earth” and can be directed towards your goals, especially connected to abundance, safety, career and health (earth signs).

We also have Neptune (vision, creativity, psychic) right next to Juno in the sign of Pisces (harmony, vision, psychic) they make a sextile (good aspect) to Mercury (communication) this can create strong visions and good healing in the Midwinter ceremonies. This healing quality is amplified with Neptune and Juno making a good aspect to Lilith Black Moon and Pallas Athena in Cancer (mentioned in the beginning).

Strong New Moon and Christmas

On the 23rd of December we have a very strong new moon in Capricorn. This is also the date when Chiron (healing, wounds) is stationary and is just about to go direct again. This, together with the new moon in Capricorn and Pallas Athena/Lilith Black Moon in Cancer (emotions, shadow work), will release a lot of emotional energies. If you are holding a meditation or ceremony at that time, it can be good to be prepared for intensive healing work and release. This energy work continues collectively over the Christmas weekend.

Summary and New Year’s Eve

When we reach New Year’s Eve a lot of energy has already passed through us. You may get the feeling of being on the other side of something. Lilith Black Moon has left Pallas Athena and is now making an opposition (challenge) to Mercury (communication), Venus (love and romance) and Pluto (transformation) are in the sign of Capricorn, making relationships somewhat confusing, but now getting help from Ceres in Libra. Chiron is now direct and calming down as time passes. By this time, hopefully the December and Christmas drama is now over for the most part.

We do have Mercury going retrograde from the 29th of December until the 18th of January, and Mars still going retrograde until 12th of January. But, that’s for next year. For now, let’s just enjoy the moment for a while and Celebrate the New Year of 2023.

Thank you all for reading the Astrology Blog in 2022. I hope to see you next year!

God Jul och Gott Nytt År!
Karin Spirit Talker Turtle Red

Karin Ugander (Spirit Talker Turtle Red) is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is an ordained high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program. Her work can be found on Instagram @flowerpowerwitch and @karinuganderofficial and she can be reached at [email protected].

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