Hidden Insights: Astrology for the week of 18 December 2016

What a week this is going to be. Energetically, there’s a lot to pay attention to at Hidden Insights.

On Monday, 19 December 2016, the warrior planet Mars moves in soft, watery Pisces. Action and spirituality can merge here. Edges can be softened, but confidence in spiritual and psychic paths can also grow. For example, someone who tends to keep their spirituality private may decide to bring it out of hiding.

It can also ask us to slow down in any ego-driven pursuits. Some may find themselves questioning their own assumptions, or re-evaluating certain priorities that may have created power imbalances or creative disconnections.

Shortly after Mars’ entry into Pisces, Mercury goes retrograde, prompting us to slow down and reflect on what’s working and what might need to be adjusted. While Mercury retrogrades are often griped about, the truth is that they can be quite helpful — just like any astrological influence — when we decide to work with them, rather than against them.

The hustle and bustle of this time of year, with the holidays in full swing, seems to work against the natural rhythms that Yule reminds us of. On Wednesday, 21 December 2016, the Winter Solstice arrives. The longest night of the year prompts us to dive inward, reflect — just as Mars and Mercury will be supporting us to do — and yet the holiday season can cause so many to feel pulled in various directions at once.

The Sun moves into Capricorn on the day of the Solstice, too, and this can help to bring in a surge of independence and a renewed commitment to your personal goals and ambitions. Pairing that with Mars and Pisces, you might like to use this time to map out a plan for 2017 that will allow for you to better align your spiritual, magical self with all other aspects of your life in the year to come.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up for your sign this week:

Aries (21 March — 19 April)

You are the oracle, Aries. You can open any door you wish, but know that once you do, you may not be able to control whatever crosses that threshold. Not that that’s such a dire warning, however. This is a time when relinquishing control might be the best thing for you. Let the universe speak to you, and through you, these days. Let yourself see how you weave into the fabric of the cosmos, rather than looking for ways to unravel from it.

A Yule meditation: “I am ready to follow the signs.”

Taurus (20 April — 20 May)

It may not be the time of year when it’s easy to break the mould, but if you feel compelled to do so, Taurus, I really think you should find a way to free yourself up this week. Spirit might be tapping on your shoulder, waiting to whisper a wild idea that you have to pay attention to. Sure, it might pull you away from everyday obligations, but inspiration like this doesn’t come along every day.

A Yule meditation: “I listen to myself first.”

Gemini (21 May — 20 June)

What are you aiming for in 2017, Gemini? This is the week to start plotting your world domination – or at least an ambitious transition. This Mercury retrograde might hit you particularly hard when it comes to your current path and direction. Where do you see yourself going? What powers do you want to relinquish, or get a firmer grip on? Start writing out your lists of pros and cons of where you’re at. A reassessment will do you good.

A Yule meditation: “Change is in the air, and I love how it tastes.”

Cancer (21 June — 22 July)

Expect the unexpected, Cancer. A routine or belief system that you’ve come to rely on might start to feel like it’s hindering more than helping you these days. Some Cancerians might feel as though their very foundation is being shaken to the core right now — in the best way possible. What’s up with that? We all need to grow, but sometimes the universe likes to push you off the edge and let you fly off your own. What kind of wings are you ready to spread?

A Yule meditation: “My foundation is ready to fall because I am ready to fly.”

Leo (23 July — 22 August)

What is that you want for yourself right now, Leo? While we’re awash in messages of give, give, give, I think you’re going to pressed to look out for yourself right now. If you’re waiting for someone to recognize what it is you’re wanting and wishing for, you might want to ask yourself if you don’t first need to step into your own power more right now. Sometimes, we need to be the ones to recognize our own strengths first, so that they can begin to shine through for those around us.

A Yule meditation: “I am ready to give myself what I want and need.”

Virgo (23 August — 22 September)

Building blocks: That’s what I think of for you at this time, Virgo. Maybe you’ve had some building blocks in place for some time now, but they need to be rearranged. Or maybe you’re ready to work with a whole new set and create some new dreams for yourself elsewhere. Whatever your situation is at this time, I see a new landscape of possibility opening up for you as we inch closer to 2017. What you’re envisioning for yourself right now can happen.

A Yule meditation: “I am building my future.”

Libra (23 September — 22  October)

What will you be a catalyst for, Libra? I think this is a question you might want to ask yourself in the days ahead. There’s an idea ready to grow within you, and it’s one that can help you to tap into a new breed of potential. Don’t worry right now if it feels embryonic and unformed. This a time to simply let possibility gestate – just make sure you hold it close and allow for it to grow in time.

A Yule meditation: “I am a catalyst. I am change.”

Scorpio (23 October — 21 November)

What kind of legacy have you been left with, Scorpio? There are certain omens throughout the week that indicate it might be time for you to shed some of your previous conditioning. Walk away from an old story, or from a painful family memory. You don’t have to carry your entire history around, you know. Whatever feels too heavy for you, whatever is feeling like it’s wearing you down, take a moment this Yule to sever ties with it and say a final goodbye.

A Yule meditation: “I release back into the earth what no longer serves me.”

Sagittarius (22 November — 22 December)

Do people get you right now, Sag? How do you want to be seen? What kind of impressions do you want to make? This week is high time to look at whether your opinions of yourself are matching up with how others perceive you. “Why does it matter what others think?” You might be wondering. Good question. Usually, I would say it’s not that important, but I think you’re going to have the opportunity to share some key knowledge with your community in the year to come. Doing some self-reflection now will make sure that you have everyone’s respect and attention in the months ahead.

A Yule meditation: “I am willing to see myself through the eyes of others.”

Capricorn (22 December — 19 January)

Happy solar return, Capricorn! Looking at what’s to come, I think you’re going to be drawn deeper into feeling fully connected with what you came into this lifetime to do. Our callings may very well change from time to time, but remember that a calling isn’t just about vocation: It’s also about the people you are meant to meet, and the experiences and emotions you are compelled to know. Rumi once said, “What you seek is seeking you,” and I think you’ll find that to be an apt statement throughout the year to come.

A Yule meditation: “I am committed to honouring my purpose.”

Aquarius (20 January — 18 February)

How do you want to enter 2017, Aquarius? You might want to take some time this week to think about the person you’ve been throughout 2016. What did you bring to this year, and how did it shape you? There is a small window of time for you to make a deep transformative shift in the remaining days of December, so if there’s any part of yourself that you think needs a do-over, now is the time to leave it behind.

A Yule meditation: “I am on the threshold of transformation.”

Pisces (19 February — 20 March)

Boundaries feeling blurred, Pisces? Where have you been too kind this year? Where have you been too willing to overlook or ignore any warning signs? Where have you worked too hard or too long without any satisfaction? This is the week to get your own house in order, Pisces. You can’t be of service to yourself, or to the world, if you don’t have any rules in place. Don’t be afraid to enforce them. You can do this.

A Yule meditation: “My boundaries are my protection.”