Big Jupiter energy this month! On Dec. 4, 1973, NASA's Pioneer 10 spacecraft sent back these images of Jupiter. (NASA)
Big Jupiter energy this month! On Dec. 4, 1973, NASA's Pioneer 10 spacecraft sent back these images of Jupiter. (NASA)

Month of Kislev: A ‘great conjunction’ approaches, but is it good for the Jews?


Nov. 28-Dec. 27

The month of Kislev is usually the most jovial of months, chiefly because Kislev’s ruling planet Tzedek/Jupiter is connected to optimism, inspirational ideas and hope. This year, Kislev takes a turn towards the serious when Jupiter enters Shabbtai/Saturn-ruled Capricorn on Dec. 2, where he’ll be transiting until his conjunction to Saturn in Aquarius, the sign of the Jewish people, in Dec. 2020. The Jupiter-Saturn “Great Conjunction” has been an important part of historic Jewish messianic speculation since the early Middle Ages. This month marks the beginning of this significant planetary process climaxing next year. Will it be good for the Jews? Only time will tell.

Aries / Taleh

Your classical ruler Ma’adim/Mars in Scorpio all month bestows on you enormous personal charismatic power, bordering on irresistible, peaking Dec. 13 with the trine of Mars to Rahav/Neptune in Pisces. Can you be trusted to wield this power responsibly? Yes, with help from Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn Dec. 19-22, responsibility trumps passion and helps you achieve your long-term goals and dreams. Focus on the worthiest passion and vote with your feet by putting your whole self into it.

Taurus / Shor

Noga/Venus in practical Capricorn through Dec. 20 invites you to enhance your definition of value to include that which is beyond price. The beauty of a beloved smile, precious and all too brief moments with a loved one; this month enhances your sense of the fleeting fragility of life. By Dec. 22 you may embrace new friends, acquaintances and romantic interests who are unusual and completely different from your usual cup of tea. Dabbling in the weird feels wonderful right now — vigorous, life-enhancing, and downright delightful. Expect divine revelations by the Capricorn solar eclipse and new moon on Dec. 25!

Gemini / T’omim

The full moon in Gemini Dec. 11 is your annual personal full moon, and with planetary ruler Kochav/Mercury in positive, confident, I-believe-in-miracles Sagittarius from Dec. 9, you’re an open-minded optimist this month, susceptible to superlatives and swelling enthusiasm. Tribal leader Zevulun’s travel-honed communication skills urge caution at Mercury’s square to nebulous Neptune in Pisces Dec. 20; navigating this transit through a sea of distortion requires truth-telling and diligent fact-checking. Don’t let the urge to exaggerate distort your communications; resist inflating facts and let the plain unvarnished truth speak for itself, which it will do quite eloquently.

Cancer / Sartan

Moon-ruled Cancer during the month of Chanukah, festival of lights flows from first quarter moon in dreamy Pisces Dec. 3 to the full moon in data-driven Gemini Dec. 11. You’re trying to determine “just the facts, ma’am,” the truth and nothing but the truth; your investigations go deep, revealing undistorted, dispassionate reality by the last quarter Virgo moon Dec. 18. The solar eclipse/new moon in earthy, pragmatic Capricorn Dec. 25 triggers old memories while illuminating a new vision for your future — informed by the past, but wiser, more mature, prepared to meet the challenges ahead with battle-tempered strength.

Leo / Aryeh

Once a year, the Sun makes a conjunction to wherever Jupiter happens to be, and that’s often Leo’s favorite day of the year, as nothing suits proud, playful, passionate Leo more than the supersizing of sunny enthusiasm. That day comes Dec. 27, when the Sun-Jupiter conjunction occurs in Capricorn for the first time since 2008. What gets giganticised this year for Leo is responsibility, structure and self-control. Channel Tribal ruler Shimon’s great pride and passion reigned in by patience and self-discipline. This great gift will yield stunning results, including a noticeable uptick in (deserved) respect and admiration from others.

Virgo / Betulah

Ruling planet Mercury in solar opposite Sagittarius from Dec. 9 is blunt, obnoxiously truthful and searches for the meaning behind mere data. The full Gemini moon Dec. 11 offers so many social and networking options, it’s almost overwhelming. Last Quarter moon in Virgo Dec. 18 has you separating fact from fiction, hyperbole from a sober assessment of bottom-line reality, especially around the prospects of any kind of merger of resources with a partner. The Mercury-Neptune square Dec. 19-20 challenges perceptions. Trust what you know to be true even if what you see appears to be distorted!

Libra / Moznayim

Ruling planet Venus in Capricorn through Dec. 19 asks if you can put a price on the intrinsic value of beauty. Your reply: Of course not, but make me an offer! You may run into an unusual opportunity to profit from your legendary good taste and artistic eye, but only if the project and people involved align with your personal values around social justice. Venus enters individualistic, iconoclastic Aquarius Dec. 20, just in time for Chanukah, during which you’ll attract everyone from the charmingly unique to the downright weird and everyone in-between, especially if they’re unusual or different in some way.

Scorpio / Akrav

Mars in his own sign of Scorpio all month is just the energetic, soul-nourishing refreshment you need. Your powerful life force is regenerated, and you feel renewed after what has been, in retrospect, a long uphill battle. You’re able to connect to the kind of transcendent, intimate spiritual connection you live and long for when Mars in Scorpio trines Neptune in Pisces Dec. 13. The cynicism you’ve developed around communities you’ve been a part of stems from feelings of hurt and exclusion. Rise above those now to salvage important relationships by the solar eclipse/new moon in Capricorn Dec. 25.

Sagittarius / Keshet

Planetary ruler Jupiter leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn Dec. 1, refocusing your efforts toward developing self-control and self-respect. Business opportunities, career and vocation upgrades, and the adding of responsibility in areas in which you already carry a lot of weight are on the horizon. The solar eclipse/new moon Dec. 25 followed by the Sun-Jupiter conjunction, both in Capricorn, may make your financial situation a surprising offer you can’t refuse.

Capricorn / Gidi

The next 12 months are going to be huge and intense for you. Jupiter enters Capricorn Dec. 2, joining your planetary ruler Saturn and Pluto as they head toward their conjunction in January 2020. Jupiter in Capricorn enlarges practicality, perseverance and pragmatism. The sun enters your sign on the winter solstice Dec. 21; a solar eclipse/new moon in Capricorn Dec. 25 doubles down on all your best qualities: patience, endurance, self-control, wisdom, sobriety and equanimity. You will need all these gifts as powerful tests of your drive and determination await you. Guard your immune system with excellent self-care now.

Aquarius / D’li

Ideas you’ve been floating suddenly reach the right people around the full Gemini moon Dec. 11. Modern planetary ruler Oron/Uranus in Taurus trine Jupiter in Capricorn Dec. 15 may bring big surprises, shockingly original opportunities and weirdly futuristic yet completely practical innovations your way. Noga/Venus in Aquarius by Dec. 20 offers fresh insight into what really gives you pleasure. Friends are always important to you; this month even more so as you find how important you are to them! Appreciation and gratitude for your help and generosity come from unexpected sources by the Capricorn solar eclipse/new moon Dec. 25.

Pisces / Dagim

The first quarter moon in imaginative Pisces Dec. 3 stokes your imagination, but because you’re walking a fine line this month between the Sagittarius sun square to ruling planet Neptune Dec. 8 and Mercury square Neptune Dec. 20, you’re unusually susceptible to exaggeration, hyperbole, and downright distortion. Best to error on the side of caution and triple-check all your facts and even your trusted sources. The Gemini full moon Dec. 11 offers almost too much information. Drowning in data obscures the big picture; you need an aerial view to understand the full situation.

A version of this column originally appeared at and is reprinted with permission.

Lorelai Kude
Lorelai Kude

Lorelai Kude began her career as a professional astrologer in the 1980s. She holds a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University and a MA in Jewish Studies from Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union, where her thesis topic was astrology in Jewish cultural history. Find more of her work at