When looking over this week’s charts, nothing was there on Sunday.  It would have been tempting to squint a bit, maybe nudge the ruler to force something into being, and there was something almost happening.  So I tracked the relative motion of Venus and Mercury and bingo!  On Christmas day, there is a SEVEN planet triple conjunction!  So if you want to do something, the odds are on your side.  But what if you just want to chill?  Maybe not so much.  Here’s what’s going on.  First:  Mars-Mercury-Venus.  Yes, Mercury is between Mars and Venus.  It happens.  Orbital mechanics are like that.  In fact did you know that The planet physically closest to Earth is usually Mercury?  Yup.  Your elementary school science teachers failed you, but you probably already knew that.

Anyway, back to the first alignment:  Mars-Mercury-Venus.  The two poles male/female balanced around chaos.  Um-Yang, the Sacred Chao, whatever you want to call it.  Powerful, but in and of itself of questionable auspicity — are these complementary or competing forces?  Is the center the still point of destruction or the frictionless pivot?  Well, Mars is unconfigured otherwise, But Mercury…

Conjunction:  Mercury-Luna-Earth.   In this case we have yet more ambiguity, with a leaning towards disorder.  Both Mercury and the Moon signify change, and both can bring luck but they also tend to mean “travel” which is contrary to the homebody nature of the Earth.  So we need more information.  Are any other planets involved in other constructions?  What is the Sun doing?  Fortunately (IYKWIM) there are answers.

Jupiter-Sun-Earth.  Here we have some solid and unambiguous evidence of benevolence.  The sun and Jupiter are the two most auspicious planets, and having them aligned with the Earth means regardless of whatever is happening with the earlier conjunction with Mercury (and tracing back from there to the Venus-Mars construction)  things are going to be pretty darn good.  It is a most excellent and merry Christmas sign.

Sagittarius:  9 of Cups reversed – Truth, loyalty, liberty, mistakes, imperfections

Capricorn:  10 of Cups – Contentment, repose, human love and friendship

Aquarius:  9 of Swords – failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair

Pisces:  2 of Coins reversed – Enforced gaiety, simulated enjoyment, literal sense, handwriting, composition, letters of exchange

Aries:  Judgment – Change of position, renewal, outcome

Taurus:  Knight of Cups – arrival, approach, advances, proposition, demeanour, invitation, incitement

Gemini:  The Lovers reversed – Failure, foolish designs, lovers strife

Cancer:  7 of Wands – valour, discussion, wordy strife, negotiations, war of trade, barter, competition, success

Leo:  The Emperor – Stability, power, protection, realization, aid, reason, conviction, authority, will

Virgo:  Knight of Swords – Skill, bravery, capacity, defense, address, enmity, wrath, war, destruction, opposition, resistance, ruin

Libra:  Queen of Wands – A dark woman, countrywoman, friendly, chaste, loving, honorable.  Also, love of money, success in business

Scorpio:  9 of Coins reversed – roguery, deception, voided project, bad faith.