Steve Nelson’s Mythic Times: Astrological Timing for Success – December 2010

The Shift Doctors (Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.) are thrilled to have our good friend and guest blogger Steve Nelson return to share his wisdom. Steve is an astrologer who follows a Jungian mythological tradition. He was raised by a part Cherokee shaman Aunt Maude who learned much of her lore from Molly Runningwolf, the mother of Amanita Sequoyah, the last Cherokee medicine man officially recognized by the Eastern Tribe. Steve’s Indian name is Steven Red Wolf, his lineage is of the wolf clan, one of the 7 tribal groups of the Cherokee. Steve follows many of the Cherokee traditions especially as these relate to celebrations, the use of ritual fire and star lore. For more information about Steve Nelson see

Astrological Timing for Success – December 2010

This month holds many wonders beginning with a powerfully invocative Balsamic Wishing Moon conjoining brilliant New Venus Dec 1-3 and ending with a New Year Gate of Inspiration. Along the way we have an auspicious Dec 19 New Mercury and the Winter Solstice Total Eclipse of the Moon seeding their magic for the New Year.

The Love goddess Venus is now rising before the Sun, catch her if you can in the early dawn and sing your heart song. It is time to awaken and stir the forces! Venus brings new blessings and inspirations as she shines ever brighter approaching the peak of her Morning Star glory. Her partner Mars is also in a good way following his cleansing occultation by the Moon on Dec 6 and entrance into Capricorn Dec 7. During his 2-month trek in this Mars-friendly sign we’ll be getting done all we need to do.

The outer planets fare well too with business-minded Saturn exalted in Libra and bountiful Jupiter in his old home sign Pisces. These influences bode well for a happy and prosperous holiday season with high sign prospects for the economy. Recession is ended, a new wave of economic prosperity begins. There will also be exciting new technological breakthroughs and a flowering of spiritual understanding as Uranus and Neptune continue to commune in signs of mutual reception. All is in harmonious accord at the end of this old year and this bodes well for the New. Happy Holidays!

Dec 1-3 – Make a Wish!

Balsamic Moon

Put wishes on the air and bring people to mind for healing. Feeling invokes healing and the deeper we feel, the more we heal. Needs felt now invoke Moon Magic from the new lunar cycle, Venus with the Balsamic Moon invokes new love.

Dec 2-10 – Illumination


This 8-day Festival of Lights (starting Sunset Dec 1) celebrates purification of the spirit and the miracle of Light. The deeper we go in the dark of the Hannukkah New Moon (Dec 5) the brighter the Light of the New Year.

Dec 4-6 –Time to Go Within

Dark of the Moon / New Moon

The day before New Moon (12:36 pm 12/5) until Sunset the day after is ideal for inner work. Shadows arise before each New Moon. These astral shadows give way as we look up, connect with the light and breathe. Each New Moon is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down and go  inside.

Dec 4-6 (7:59 pm 12/4 – 10:51 pm 12/6)

Moon Out of Bounds South

As the Moon “rides low” below the zodiac, our inner world is illuminated. Outmoded belief patterns and energy blocks are revealed and more easily let go. This is a time to go beneath the surface, make new discoveries, change habits and renovate our inner world.

Dec 6-9 – Time to Sow

Crescent New Moon

This time favors all new beginnings. Energy is strongest Sunset to Moonset when the Moon shines through the 7th House. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing and prayers seeded bring blessings for this Moon and the Year to be. Mercury with the Crescent Moon brings new magic for a new creation.

Dec 10-19 – Finish Up the Old

(Old) Mercury Retrograde

This end of cycle Mercury phase is time to finish out old business while toning down and simplifying communications. It’s time to clear out mental clutter so the mind can be more open to new ideas coming through.

Dec 13 (8:59 am) – Let Go the Old, Power On the New

1st Quarter Moon

First Quarter is like a scythe cutting across the sky. This is a day of decision, an opportunity to cut free from trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Choices made now are likely to be the right ones. As we breathe deeply and focus on the light of the soul we realize our ideals.

Dec 19 (8:23 pm) – Think Anew, Speak Anew

New Mercury

Mercury crosses between the Earth and the Sun and a new 4-month cycle is begun. Each New Moon begins a new creative feeling cycle, a New Mercury begins a new cycle of creative thinking, communication and commerce.

Dec 19-21 (5:44 am 12/19 – 8:46 am 12/21)Ready for Change

Moon Out of Bounds North

We are more open-minded when the Moon travels the higher world, the realm of freedom and imagination. New ideas are more easily shared. New business ventures and special social gatherings are favored. It’s time to share opportunities, make announcements and bring new discoveries to light.

Dec 21 (3:13 am) – Revelation / Liberation

Full Moon and Total Eclipse

This Full Moon flies high above the zodiac directly over Orion, the celestial Hero. A Full Moon Out of Bounds north of the zodiac brings more latitude and consciousness for setting things right in the world. This Full Moon Total Eclipse over Orion clears away the old and calls forth new leaders and new leadership. Spiritual energies continue to flow for 3 days following the Full Moon.

Dec 21 (exact 6:39 pm) – Seeding the New Year

Winter Solstice

All that’s new gets seeded true as the Sun comes to its magic zero point. The Druids call this day the Festival of Liberation or the Day Out of Time. It’s a time to celebrate and invoke the return of the Light, our Light, to set things right in the world. Winter Solstice (the “still standing Sun”) continues for 3-4 days until the Sun moves northward again on Christmas Day.

Dec 25 – Rebirth of Light and Love

Christmas Day

Christmas is Dies Invictus Solis, ‘the Day of the Unconquerable Sun,’ when the Sun begins to move northward again following Winter Solstice. On this day the spiritual Light of the World is renewed. This Light manifests through the 12 days of Yule culminating with Epiphany Jan 6. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, the Egyptian Horus, Phrygian Attis and the Persean Mithras. All represent the solar logos reborn on Earth each year at midnight on Dec 25th Eve.

Dec 27 (exact 12/27 11:18 pm) – Dreams Put in Action

3rd Quarter Moon

This Moon cuts away all that distracts from realizing dreams in action. 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression. Now it’s time to follow our bliss and do just what feels good in concert with the whole.

Dec 26 (4:34 pm) – Meditate

Moon at the Equator / Zero Point South

Lunar 0 Points are cosmic balance times ideal for creative imagination. 0 South is a time to connect with and seed the new cycle. The magic portal opens for 2 hours 3:34 pm – 5:34 pm.

Dec 22-23 (2:14 pm 12/22 – 1:50 pm 12/23)

New Year Gate of Inspiration!

Whatever blocks energy flow comes before the Gate to be let go. This is a time to release body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply and move freely  to shed the old and be present to the power and possibilities of the new time. Happy New Year! 🙂

Loads of Light to you in these Mythic Times!!

Peace to you now and into 2011 🙂

Steve Nelson and The Shift Doctors (Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.)

-Steve Nelson ( ) is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at the following email:

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