This week in Auchterlonie on Astrology I’ll look at Boxing Day and the Annular Solar Eclipse on Boxing Day. This is also the day of the New Moon in Capricorn.
On my podcast I’ve got some more news on the Saturnalia, the Astrology of Christmas and the real birthday of Christ. The website is https://www.lookingupwithbill.com/podcasts.html.
Now, the week ahead.
Thursday, Dec. 26: A New Moon is always about new beginnings, and this one is no exception. It is powerful and ripe with contradiction. To begin, it’s about power, and especially the abuse of power. This is connoted by the perfect (eclipse) connection of the Sun and Moon at four degrees of Capricorn – opposite the North Node of the Moon at eight degrees of Cancer. All of this happening at the highest and lowest points of the chart. This eclipse will be visible only in parts of the Middle East, in Asia and Northern Australia including also the Western Pacific Ocean. But its effect will be everywhere. Although it’s softened here on the east coast of North America, courtesy of Libra on the eastern horizon at12:59 a.m. It all adds up to a very tense battle, with abuse of power creating tremendous tension. But also with the opportunity to relieve that tension through adopting the balancing energy of peaceful Libra. It was Dec. 26, 1871 that the day after Christmas, commonly known as Boxing Day, becomes a holiday in Canada, England, Wales and Ireland.
There is more than one British tradition that could explain the name of the holiday. One possible explanation is that boxes with donations for the poor were opened the day after Christmas. Another is that aristocratic families gave gifts in boxes to their servants and employees, and to tradespeople, on Dec. 26. Today in Canada, Boxing Day is known mainly as a day for bargain shopping; a day when we give boxes to ourselves.
Friday, Dec. 27: Both the Sun and the Moon in Capricorn make the strongest connections with Saturn today. It’s a day for serious matters and for accomplishment. After playing only 38 games in the NHL, Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky scored his 100th point, the fastest in NHL history.
Saturday, Dec. 28: While the Moon moves from serious Capricorn into healing Aquarius early in the morning, the big astrological news this week is Mercury moving from all-knowing Sagittarius into in-charge Capricorn late this evening. This sets up a month of practical, get ‘er done thinking, and with ideas that are designed to get results. On Dec. 28 in 1612, Galileo peered through his telescope and saw something new. He later named it Neptune, after realizing it was a planet.
Sunday, Dec. 29: Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, but this one may be a day of tests. One thing after another. The good news is that there is opportunity for healing old wounds. The brilliant Mary Tyler Moore was born on Dec. 29, 1936. She died two years ago this January. And on this day in 1989, Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova were named Athletes of the Decade by the Associated Press.
Monday, Dec. 30: The Moon moves from futuristic Aquarius into emotional Pisces this morning, setting the stage for a day of imaginative thinking and positive goings-on. Especially when Mercury in Capricorn makes a powerfully positive connection to Uranus in Taurus early this evening. Words of love and surprising ideas about long term plans are in the air. He’s been on top. He’s been in the dumpster. Now he’s making a comeback as a winner in sport and as a person. Tiger Woods turns 44 today.
Tuesday, Dec 31: The last day of 2019 ends with the Sun in serious Capricorn and the Moon in emotional Pisces. Party time? Yes, it can be a celebration, if friendliness is the objective and if part of the party is about planning for the future. It’s time to make resolutions that look ahead and are believable. Today is the birthday of the French explorer who named a distant land ‘the Canadas.’ Jacques Cartier was born on this day in 1491. And it was Dec. 31, 1904 that the first New Year’s Eve celebration was held in Times Square, New York.
Wednesday, Jan 1: Happy New Year! As the Moon continues transits of Pisces through most of this first day of 2020, it may feel like a continuation of yesterday. Fortunately, there is lots of energy, willpower and common sense to make this a better than good start to a new year and a new decade. It was New Year’s Day, 1902 that the first Rose Bowl football game was played in Pasadena, California. Michigan shut out Stanford 49 to 0.
The First Quarter Moon is Jan. 2, and I’ll have that and a whole lot more here in The Local with another edition of Auchterlonie on Astrology.
And a reminder – please check out my podcast on my website at https://www.lookingupwithbill.com/podcasts.html
It has the astrology of Christmas and the real birthday of Jesus – and ideas for Christmas and birthday presents from me.
As Joni Mitchell said: “We are stardust. We are golden.” So shine on!