December 2017 Commonsense Almanac by Ben Commons

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.



Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for your context. It’s akin to bringing an umbrella with you when rain is expected, but it also helps us to not take the weather personally. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’t have to do it for us. Choose to be con(with)-siderate(the stars).

            So December has rushed up on us once again. It’s a sort of tricky month on paper. The early part of the month is a push to let go of the whacky and the crazy within and without, while allowing for periods of rest and respite. Then, after Saturn makes its ingress on the 19th, we’re deep into the solidifying and streamlining world of practicality, where functionality is god. In the end it’s on us to adjust and settle into the new dynamic and arrange ourselves and our worlds accordingly. Hopefully, it’ll be productive.

            Venus moves into Sagittarius on the 1st at 1:14 am (pacific), where she will be until the 24th. This sponsors some adventurous interactions, tastings, samplings, dabbling, and exploration. We should be finding new things to get excited about, whether they are food, ideas, places, or people. Get yourself out there.

            Mars opposes Uranus on the 1st at 2:04 am (pacific), frothing up all sorts of volatility and potential strife. The wise move would be to do something unusual and active, and preferably safe. Avoid people who are spinning out of control, and be cautious with dangerous conversations. Shake out the old.

            Jupiter trines Neptune on the 2nd at 6:22 pm (pacific), offering us all a chance to re-nourish our faith in the goodness of existence. However, it could also stir up the darker difficulties of being that can tend to sap our enthusiasm and trust in the world. Look within or above for inspiration, and hopefully we can all re-establish a deeper peace.

            Mercury stations retrograde on the 2nd at 11:34 pm (pacific), starting us down the path of revision and re-doing. This particular retrograde is rather heavy and focuses on dealing with our doubts, judgments, and fears. Practice patience, trust, and gradual progress while catching up on all the little things.

            The Sun squares Neptune on the 3rd at 3:44 am (pacific), pushing us to take a break from the heaviness of it all and relax. It’s a good time to look within to find what feeds our fires. Take some space.

            The Full Moon is on the 3rd at 7:47 am (pacific) in 11 degrees of Gemini. This lunation demands that we work on being more peaceful, calm, and mindful. It definitely does not support big decisions or rational analysis. Instead, it asks for inspiration and intuitive guidance.

            Mercury conjoins Saturn on the 6th at 4:05 am (pacific), demanding that we reaffirm our commitment to healthy boundaries and balanced levels of trust. We may be tempted be overly shut down around certain people or ideas, but it would be better to be cautious and to try to stay open. Don’t over-think it.

            Mars sextiles Saturn on the 6th at 1:21 pm (pacific), letting us take stock of how well we have grown through our challenges. The idea is to give ourselves credit for handling things outside of our comfort zone and to keep pushing ourselves towards ever more expansion. Don’t get discouraged.

            Mars moves into Scorpio on the 9th at 1:00 am (pacific), where he will be until January 26th. This will add some intensity to the mix and will push us to plumb our emotional depths and clean up/process/unfurl what we can. Hopefully, we can also get re-enthused about life—or at least something. Feel the inner force.

Mercury trines Uranus on the 10th at 1:30 am (pacific), allowing us to shed outdated ideas about ourselves. It would be wise to undo anything that doesn’t match our current selves. And be cautious with communication and transport.

            Venus squares Neptune on the 10th at 5:48 am (pacific), asking us to take a break from the real world and enjoy the pleasantries of nature, food, music, and thought. Focus on appreciating all the little things and paying less attention to the distractions.

            Mercury conjoins the Sun on the 12th at 5:49 pm (pacific), pushing us to recalibrate our brain/self/heart alignment. Renew your commitment to your true self and make sure that the mind is not dominating the needs of the heart.

            Mercury conjoins Venus on the 15th at 6:09 am (pacific), suggesting that we should voice our appreciation of friends and loved ones. Focus on what connects us rather than divides. Speak kindly.

            The Sun trines Uranus on the 16th at 3:27 am (pacific), urging us to break the mold of the ordinary and experiment with new ways of being ourselves. We have to play around before we find the truth within.

            The New Moon is on the 17th at 10:30 pm (pacific) in 26 degrees of Sagittarius. This is a rather heavy lunation that will require us to let go of outdated belief systems, fears, doubts, judgments, self-constraints, and much more. The urge to purge is rather real now, so release whatever you can, be it physical, intellectual, emotional, et cetera. Simple is beautiful.

            Saturn moves into Capricorn on the 19th at 8:48 pm (pacific), where it will be until March 21st of 2020. This is a huge shift in the invisible weather. It’s about coming out of the crazy and trying to find the ordinary, the tried and tested, and the reliable. Managing pain, fear, doubt, et cetera will be a huge theme. Focus on trust and the foundations that make this world work. A ritual to honor this transition would be wise, because it’s going to be awhile.

            Venus trines Uranus on the 20th at 3:12 pm (pacific), making room for us to let our hair down and to have some fun and explore the world around us. Do something unusual with someone you care for.

            The Sun moves into Capricorn on the 21st at 8:29 am (pacific). This go around will focus on expanding our functionality and letting go of what hasn’t been working. This could also mean getting back to tools that we have been ignoring and that could be useful to our current situations.

            The Sun conjoins Saturn on the 21st at 1:09 pm (pacific), giving us our yearly progress assessment. Don’t judge yourself too harshly, but do focus on the progress that has been made. Practice self-support, self-trust, and healthy boundaries with all. Don’t impose your problems on others, but do not remain passive when others try to do the same to you.

            Mercury stations direct on the 22nd at 5:51 pm (pacific), starting us down the road of resolution. What have you learned and shifted about your trajectory in the last few weeks? What further course corrections might help? Step by step is the only way.

            Venus moves into Capricorn on the 24th at 9:26 pm (pacific), where she will be until January 17th. This will add some seriousness to our relationships, but possibly for the better. This is a good time to strategize your ambitions and make plans, budgets, and affirmations towards further sustenance.

            Venus conjoins Saturn on the 25th at 9:55 am (pacific), adding a rather somber tone to the day, or maybe it will be easier to focus on the practical, the core values, the inner circle, the support, et cetera. Practice gratitude above all and avoid blame games at all costs.

            Mars trines Neptune on the 27th at 10:00 pm (pacific), prompting us to take some downtime and space to refresh our inner beings. Let go of anger, and avoid those waiting to unleash it. Refresh yourself.

            So, yeah, December. We’ll see how it shapes up, but we’re definitely going to be existing in a different place once it’s done. The key is flexibility, patience, and dancing to the rhythms. Let us all benefit from it all!

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