Anyone familiar with this Cosmic Calendar over the years knows that the two days before and after any Full Moon represent different themes. Before each 29.5-day, solar-lunar high-tide time-period, the universe encourages the important shift inward, on mental-emotional levels particularly, to prepare for the spiritual vibes about to descend at the Full Moon. The two days after the exact solar-lunar cresting wave signify a golden opportunity to play the role of goodwill ambassador -- where you can come from the heart to assist dear ones, friends, and associates who need a helping hand.
Putting a possible obstacle course on your altruistic and compassionate path are the monthly Moon-Pluto union in Capricorn (2:57AM) followed quickly by a volatile and potentially anger-generating square from Mars to the Lunar Nodes or orbit of the Moon (3:02AM). Taking loved ones for granted is taboo. Tone down your rhetoric and avoid people prone to temper tantrums.
Mercury tries to level the playing field via two uplifting alignments -- the first one being an inspirational 72-degree rapport with investment-savvy Vesta (3:49AM) and the second one happening eight hours later when Mercury makes a supportive, 60-degree alliance with radical-change agent Uranus (11:51AM). Since Uranus is often considered by professional astrologers as a higher-octave type guardian planet to Mercury, you can jumpstart key scientific and metaphysical studies while this celestial pairing is in effect. Find time to trek a favorite nature trail while the Moon is gracing the last earth sign of the Zodiac. Give potentially lucrative professional aims an extra boost.
[Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]