Like November, December begins (barely) and ends with the moon in the dark phase. The dark moon rules until 7:22 p.m. Dec. 2 and then returns alt 4:28 a.m. Dec. 17 to finish out the month and the year.
Between those days, the new or light moon is in force, essentially Dec. 3 through most of Dec. 17 since it changes from the dark to light phase early in the morning of the 17th.
When the full — or dark — moon rules, proceed only with dark-moon activities. Then when the new — or light — moon rules, only light-moon activities.
Check “General Tips” for dark- and light-moon activities.
Dark moon: Dec. 1 and most of 2 then most of Dec. 17 until 6:14 a.m. New Year’s Day.
Light moon: Dec. 3 through Dec. 16.
Remember: Check to see if the moon is in the light or dark phase (information above) before proceeding with planting or other activities, indoors or out.
Fertile signs: the most fertile signs in the zodiac rule these days: Scorpio (the secrets), Dec. 1 and 27-28; Pisces (the feet), Dec. 9-10; Taurus (the neck) Dec. 14-15 and Cancer (the breast), Dec. 19-20. There are nine days this month ruled by the fertile signs — Scorpio, Taurus, Pisces and Cancer.
Killing signs: No planting, transplanting, or dealing with things you want to thrive should occur on these days. Reserve them for cultivating, cleaning out fencerows — anything but planting: Aires (the head), Dec. 11-13 and Leo (the heart), Dec. 21-22. There are five killing days, those ruled by either Aries or Leo.
So-so days: These aren’t particularly fertile nor destructive, just so-so: Sagittarius (the thighs), Dec. 2-3 and 29-31; Capricorn (the knees), Dec. 4-5; and Aquarius (the legs), Dec. 6-8. There are plenty of so-so days this month — 10 to be exact, up from seven each of the last three months.
Flowering days: These are “bloom days” and well suited for planting flowers — if there any we can plant now. There are five “bloom days” in December: Virgo (the bowels), Dec. 23-24; Libra (the reins), Dec. 25-26;.
Gemini days: Gemini rules the arms and is in force on Dec. 16-18.
Again, here are a few general tips for activities other than planting:
>If you have gravel to pour on a drive or roadway, do that in the light of the moon (beginning Dec. 3 through Dec. 16) so the gravel won’t sink. Same applies for stones on a garden path: Place them when the moon is in the light phase so they don’t sink.
>If you’re setting fence posts, do that in the light of the moon so the posts don’t sink.
>If you’re putting on a new shingle roof, do that when the moon’s in the dark phase so that the shingles stick down and don’t curl up on the ends.
>If you have changes to make like stopping smoking, starting a diet or exercise program, weaning small animals or children, scheduling elective surgery — anything that requires a change — here’s the formula: The moon in the dark phase and the signs are going out of the body, past anything that “functions” so that means thighs, knees, legs and feet — Sagittarius through Pisces.
Finally, we have three days in December perfectly suited, Dec. 29-31 — and the 31st is New Year’s Eve, the time for making changes and resolutions. On these days the moon will be in the dark phase and the sign in Sagittarius (the thighs), one of those signs ruling something that doesn’t function.
It may be hard to schedule elective surgery during that holiday week but that shouldn’t stop you from making changes like those listed above. There’ll me more and more days each month now as we move through winter into spring!
If you don’t want to wait until then, the other option that embraces half the formula is when the signs are going out of the body past anything that functions even though the moon is in the light phase.
That period is Dec, 2-10, Sagittarius (thighs) through Pisces (feet) by way of Capricorn (knees) and Aquarius (legs). Those are nine pretty good days — not perfect because the moon is in the light phase, but certainly the next best thing.