Everything you need to know about the Earth opening up and swallowing your planets or the other way around.
Horoscopes by Corina Dross
Gather round, y’all, it’s time for an old story, possibly the oldest story: the dying of the light and its fight to be reborn. As we near winter solstice, we're coming up on that day when the sun barely makes an effort, rising late only to skirt the horizon in a dim and distant arc before ducking under the red earth. Over the millennia that humans have been aware of this cycle, we've collectively determined that now is a good time for as much partying as we can manage. Sagittarius, where the Sun will be most of this month, is the sign of relentless enthusiasm in the face of all that is dark and troubling. Tapping into this buoyant, expansive mood will help all of us this month who are exhausted from the Scorpionic depths of the last few months.
Which is not to say we're quite out of those deep, dark, inky depths. Not only are we nearing the longest night, but as three planets move out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn near the end of December, each one will cross paths with Pluto, the dominatrix of all that is doomed and dying. In Capricorn, Pluto is interested in demolishing whatever entrenched structures and consolidated power are paralyzing us. Folks with planets in Capricorn or Cancer will be especially affected by this push toward uncomfortable readjustments. Commit to undoing toxic patterns in your relationships when Venus joins Pluto on the 20th, especially if any of your intimacies have oppressive, possessive, or abusive dynamics. With the New Moon and winter solstice following on the 21st and 22nd, this week is a good one for taking a big leap towards regaining power-with and abolishing power-over.
All this, and we're also due for another exact square between Uranus and Pluto, the sixth of seven between 2012 and 2015. For those who haven't been following along, this tense aspect between outer planets spells a time when social upheaval is the new status quo. Finally, Mercury will cross paths with Pluto on the 24th, so watch out for hidden intensities and family secrets to spill out during festivities. Tread carefully there, unless it's time for some liberating ruptures.
Part of Pluto's challenge is to make sense of loss and change that we didn't expect, and wouldn't have chosen. Pluto defies the comforting cycles of time: its orbit is wildly erratic compared to the other planets. Drawing on the Sagittarian energy of this month, we can ask ourselves: Where is the brightness in this pain? How does fire connect us? Who is in our pack, and how loudly can we howl?
“I want to show them all that we can't be touched
That we too out of hand and we move too much
And we can take all that pressure
Cause we don't want nothing at all
Except for maybe some more of us.”