This Month in Astrology
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The New Moon that energized Sagittarius on November 29th awakened the adventurer in all of us, and especially in Fire signs. This lunation colors much of December and offers us the opportunity to focus on goals that increase our understanding and awareness, give us the courage to expand our horizons, and gain confidence and optimism through a broader perspective. With this potent Sagittarius energy, we can find ways to transcend the details of day-to-day life and nurture our faith, hope, and vision. We should watch for blindly putting our faith in impractical ventures, however, with Neptune and the Moon’s North Node square to the lunation.
On the 13th, a Full Moon occurs in the sign of Gemini and can bring sudden awareness to our lives and a rather urgent need to know, to get an important message across, to finish a communications project, or to make an announcement. Travel and communications are in strong focus.
Mercury turns retrograde on the 19th and will remain retrograde until January 8th. This retrograde begins in the sign of Capricorn and then backs up into Sagittarius on January 4th for the remainder of the retro period.
On the 24th, Saturn and Uranus form a trine – the first of three exact aspects (the next two will occur in May and November 2017). This is a time when we’re able to bring more excitement to our lives while keeping peace and order. We’re likely to enjoy what we’re doing, particularly with our career, work, and life path matters, but extending to other areas of life as well. This can be a time of new beginnings. Changes we make tend to be deliberate or calculated, but possibly also quite quick. Original ideas may take form, or they might be developed quite successfully now. There is an opportunity to combine stability and improvement or excitement with good results. The same can be said of innovation and tradition. Jupiter opposes Uranus on the 26th, and we need to be willing to make changes in our lives now, or change will be forced upon us. This is a rebellious, restless influence–one in which we should avoid making changes just for the sake of making changes. We might take risks (perhaps foolish ones) for the sake of freedom. This is not a good time for financial speculation or travel. There can be fights for independence in our relationships. This is a time during which we can open ourselves up to new ways of thinking, particularly through our relationships and interactions with others. However, we could also too easily avoid taking responsibility for things that truly matter.
With Saturn and Chiron forming a square on the 28th, we may be dealing with fears of not being competent or effective enough to meet our responsibilities, or we could find it hard to strike out on a unique path, again due to fears or insecurities. The desire to break from the status quo is strong, but we may not have the necessary confidence to do so. The Saturn-Uranus trine helps in this regard, offering us a sense that innovation doesn’t have to involve drastic change.
The New Moon energizes Capricorn on the 29th. This lunation awakens our ambitions, sense of time/limits, and need for order. It offers us the opportunity to set practical, attainable goals, work on developing maturity and common sense, consider and prepare for the future, work on self-discipline, and recognize our responsibilities. It’s a time for nurturing our dreams in a realistic fashion. The fact that Uranus turns direct on the same day makes this an especially inventive New Moon and adds a layer of unpredictability to this time. As Uranus gains speed in the next few weeks, our urge to express ourselves uniquely, to take some chances or risks, to rebel, to listen to our own instincts, and to stir up change are re-awakened. We begin to see clearly that we can make changes – that we are not “victims” of changes thrust upon us.
On the 31st, Jupiter forms a quincunx with Chiron. There can be some questioning of our goals, or possibly our beliefs and faith, as doubt and uncertainty are likely now. We may feel a little lost and susceptible to influence. If we are not self-aware, we might push impractical ideas and projects ahead, only to face obstacles. Circumstances are such that we need to make adjustments to our plans and goals. We may need to tame expectations of ourselves and of others if they are unreasonably high.
With Mercury ahead of the Sun by degree until the 28th, we have a generally objective approach to processing and communicating information. Mercury continues its transit of Sagittarius until the 2nd, and we are curious, questioning, and brave with our thoughts and ideas. Mercury moves into Capricorn on the 2nd and will stay there for longer than its typical three-four weeks. With Mercury here, we are no longer impressed with opinions unless they have practical value and there’s enough evidence to support them. Mercury isn’t zipping as quickly through the sign because it begins to “slow down” and then turn retrograde on the 19th, first entering its shadow on the 1st. While Mercury retrogrades from December 19th to January 8th, some of the projects, ideas, connections, and conversations taken on may be revisited later. Mercury meets the Sun on the 28th and thinking turns more subjective and intuitive. This inferior conjunction presents a favorable time for processing recent events and ideas, and for beginning to look at problems or issues from a new perspective and with a new understanding. What we say or write now has impact, for better or for worse! With Mercury retrograde in Capricorn, we may have little tolerance for small talk and tend to express ourselves after much deliberation. Plans may be considered then reconsidered. We are in a good position to reevaluate professional or life path plans and goals. We might explore what ambition or our reputation means to us.
Venus continues its transit of earthy, resourceful Capricorn until the 7th. We place much value on security and stability, and we might devise all sorts of interesting plans for achieving these goals. It’s a good time for boosting our relations with business partners and/or co-workers, and our ability to form connections with people who support our ambitions increases. Venus moves through Aquarius from the 7th forward. We get along quite easily with others during this cycle, and we are attracted to the unusual, unconventional, and intelligent. We are open to new experiences, especially on the 25th, when Venus harmonizes with Aquarian ruler, Uranus as well as with Saturn and Jupiter.
Mars transits Aquarius until the 19th. With this transit, Mars and Uranus are in mutual reception, which helps to strengthen both planets’ performance and general mood. We are seeking independence and innovation. This is particularly pronounced when Mars and Uranus form a sextile on the 6th. It’s an excellent time for doing something new, progressive, and inventive. With Mars in Aquarius, we tend to act only when we can totally “get behind” or believe in what we are doing. As such, we might spend more time thinking about action than taking it. Mars moves through Pisces from the 19th forward and for the remainder of the month (and until January 28th). We may put others’ needs ahead of our own during this cycle, and our more idealistic side comes to the fore. Desires are complicated and the route to their satisfaction, perhaps even more so, with the possible exception of the 26-28, when Mars forms a sextile to the Sun and then Mercury and a plan forms.
This Month’s Overview Horoscopes
Happiness goals are in strong focus in the first half of the month, dear Aries. This is a time when team efforts thrive and new projects can really take off. The motivation to pursue your dreams and to make plans for an exciting future is with you. Career, business, and responsibilities will return to the front burner later in December.
Until then, you have a lot going for you on social levels. The 1st, 6th, and 9-11 are excellent for partnerships, publishing, presenting, and promoting. Your inventive side is alive and well. You are an innovator, ready to take the lead. Others are seeing these traits, and you are feeling more confident and self-accepting as well. You dare to be different, and it works, although there can be times when partnership can be turned upside down as a result. You may decide to reach out to others and team up to get things accomplished. Friendships are lively, and you feel more passionate about pet causes.
The days surrounding the 13th is a period that's perhaps the busiest of the month. While you can feel a little scattered now, it's a superb time for seeing your projects and priorities more clearly. How you honestly feel can emerge now, and it's an epiphany that facilitates good decision-making. This can be an excellent time to present an idea or share a project with others.
After the 19th, however, there can be more inward attention, largely due to two events: Mercury turns retrograde and Mars moves into your privacy sector. You're more inclined to reflect than take action, and to require more rest and "down" time. However, you could also be especially motivated to do something about a burdensome situation. You are inclined to review the past, as well as the sacrifices you are currently making.
A number of new long-term trends are beginning this month, some of which are hugely supportive. Now and spanning many months ahead of you, you can innovate successfully and realistically, and put dreams and plans into motion. You may get the backing you need to publish a work or improve a business. The new and the old, the progressive and the traditional, and the exciting and the stable all combine in creative ways such that you are making incredible progress while enjoying comfort and steadiness.
If you need to start fresh in a current relationship or with friendship, get your intentions clear around the New Moon on the 29th, but be prepared to do some backtracking before moving forward. Mercury's retrograde spans from December 19th to January 8th. Important thinking along these lines is likely when the Sun meets retrograde Mercury on the 28th, just before the New Moon. The year 2016 ends and 2017 begins with quite a bit of dreamy energy, and it's an excellent time for tapping into your intuition. Envision what you want to accomplish.
There continues to be good energy for work, health, research, and business this month, dear Taurus, except now it's even stronger. Lovely aspects connecting your career, work, and support sectors occur in the first half of December, and this radiant energy can play out in a number of ways. You are likely to find it easier to gain support or backing from others. Relationships with higher ups can be strengthened. Your efforts or work ethic are recognized and appreciated. Even though Venus and Mars don't actually meet one another this month, they both move through your career and reputation sector in December, and they help increase your appeal on public and professional levels. This is not always about being sweet or obliging - people are also admiring your ability to take the lead and go after what you want.
Around the Full Moon on the 13th, epiphanies about money or ownership matters can figure strongly and can lead to important decisions. You're likely to have a moment of great clarity that helps you to establish your priorities.
While practical responsibilities are certainly a large focus this month, you're also considering ways to escape the daily grind, and this can be a good month for finding ways to do so. Traveling may involve some minor slowdowns or delays with Mercury retrograde in your adventure sector from the 19th forward, but it might also afford you the opportunity to look at the bigger picture in new and rewarding ways. Also on the 19th, Mars moves into your sector of causes, community, and friendship, and this takes some of the pressure off career or performance matters. It also inspires a take-charge approach to your social life. Activities with friends and networks come into stronger focus and assume more importance in your life now.
December also brings new long-term influences into your life. Support for shared assets is forthcoming. The ways you approach work-life balance require a change - possibly a drastic one - and you're in a good position to do so now and going forward. This is not the time for doing things as you've always done. Introducing changes to your routines can be very rewarding now.
Particularly with matters related to education, travel, or publishing, you have the chance to see things in new ways on the 26-29. You can find it especially easy to relax and find the means to enjoy yourself now. The things you read and hear about now can be helpful for future projects. This can be a time of drawing upon experiences and creating something new from them. Fantastic energy is with you for sharing your happiness with others, for resolving conflicts, and for solving problems at the end of the month, cleaning the slate for the New Year.
The first half of December is particularly favorable and active for relationships, dear Gemini, particularly for getting things accomplished such that you feel you're moving forward. Brainstorming with others can be especially fruitful now. Benefits come through your conversations with a partner, friend, or love interest. People are cooperating with you in wonderful ways, and you're feeling far more confident about the future. You are also considering alternative setups that accommodate everyone's needs. Compromises are satisfying now.
A Saturn-Uranus influence that will be with you for almost a year begins this month and brings great opportunities to strike the right balance between tradition and innovation. Independence and stability are not mutually exclusive, and this influence proves it! This is a time that favors thinking in new ways without totally upsetting the apple cart. It's bound to affect your relationships in positive ways.
The Full Moon is in your sign on the 13th, and this is a time of a significant epiphany or discovery. This is a particularly supported Full Moon that allows you to see your needs more clearly within the context of other life "departments," and this leads to much clearer and empowering decision-making.
Mercury's retrograde turn in your sector of joint assets from the 19th signals the need to be a little more vigilant when it comes to spending, particularly if you're borrowing to buy. This can also be a time of some ambiguity about money or support.
There can be a great love of learning and sharing ideas this month, and for some of you, travel and adventure-seeking activities. From the 7th forward, love blossoms when you seek out activities that are non-routine, fresh, and exciting. Intellectual connections might be prioritized now.
With a Jupiter-Uranus opposition occurring across your social sectors, there's a strong sense that something needs to change in order for your social life to improve. This influence is about freedom and acceptance. Changes lead to breakthroughs and new beginnings, but may be a little disconcerting at first! Some of you may be letting go of a group association or even a friendship if it's not serving either of you well anymore, while others may be redefining certain connections to allow for personal growth.
The 28-29 brings significant revelations about intimate or financial matters. You may be looking back at an old problem in a new way. The year 2016 closes with a strong emphasis on major life path goals, and while these are not always very clear to you these days, it's a good time to "feel out" a general plan or destination. You are putting more faith in your intuition and trusting your instincts now.
The month ahead brings special attention to your work and closest relationships, dear Cancer. The first half of the month is busy but mostly pleasantly so. You are in a great position to upgrade home and working life, whether through improved systems or relationships with people you live/work with (and quite possibly both). Key dates for productive boosts are the 6th and 9-11.
This is an excellent month for sorting out matters of sharing and support. While you may take a hands-on and even aggressive approach to working things out at the beginning of the month, Venus moves in to help smooth the way, and you'll find that being both tough and kind will work in your favor. This is a time for securing emotional or financial support if you need it. There could be a bonus or loan that improves your sense of security now.
The Full Moon on the 13th reminds you of the need to pay more attention to your emotional well-being, as busy as you are right now. You're able to see how spiritual health impacts the rest of your life and it becomes impossible to ignore. This is a great time to set up schedules and plans for incorporating more time for rest and renewal.
A new trend beginning in December will stick with you for almost a year. This supportive influence assists you with your work and relationships as well, either or both of which are secured and satisfying. You are better able to balance your need for accuracy and attention to details and your desire to innovate and express your individuality, particularly related to your work. You might also build or rebuild your reputation particularly as a reliable and responsible person. Work and partnership can be connected in some significant manner, such as meeting a partner through work and services or working with a partner. This is also an excellent time for simplifying and structuring your life. It's a time to enjoy what you do and do what you enjoy!
There is a strong sense that changes need to be made regarding work-life balance, living conditions, and your approach to career. Small changes are best now, but it's important to embrace the idea of change rather than to cling to methods simply because they're familiar.
The 26-29 is an excellent time for looking at a relationship in a new way. Illumination or insight may come now. Even if you don’t have all the answers yet, it’s nevertheless a compelling time for seeing problems and people in a new light. Counseling, negotiating, and revisiting an old friendship can be in focus. The New Moon on the 29th is a strong time for setting intentions regarding a partnership, but Mercury's retrograde suggests taking your time on this. There may be some delays or apparent slowdowns related to relationships, and new beginnings should probably wait until after January 8th. Pleasant escapes are favored in the last days of the month/year, so treat yourself to magical and entertaining activities now.
The first half of December is encouraging for creative communications projects, collaborations, and making exciting connections, dear Leo. Particularly on the 1st, 6th, and 9-11, you have planetary support for creative, romantic, and partnering efforts. You can get a whole lot done with a lover or partner now, and artistic projects get off the ground as well. Relationships are exciting and active - working with others is favored right now, but so is doing fun, invigorating, and educational things with a partner or close friend. This is an adventurous time, so take advantage. While the second half of December is likely to be considerably less bold, it remains spirited in a quieter way.
The Gemini Full Moon on the 13th pulls your attention to networking, group activities, and sharing. This lunation is particularly illuminating, as it connects with many other areas of your chart, revealing how important reaching out to others is to getting almost all of your projects off the ground.
Partnerships are of particular importance this month. You begin the month with an assertive, active approach to your one-on-one relationships, but by the 7th, you're in a more compromising and yielding position. While Venus and Mars don't officially meet in your partnership sector this month, they both spend time there, enlivening your relationships and one-to-one dealings in December.
Mars moves into your zone of transformation and intimacy on the 19th, and this can heat up close relationships. It can also inspire you to take action on securing financial support. With increasing emphasis on your work and health sector, this can also push you to make deep, lasting lifestyle changes, perhaps through quitting a bad habit. It's important to look to the past for answers, possibly reviving an old health program that worked for you in the past, but that you have since strayed from. This is because Mercury turns retrograde in your work and health sector, also on the 19th. This retrograde will continue until January 8th and is a good time to look back, edit, and revise. Entirely new programs may need to wait until January for a launch date, however.
There is a new influence introduced this month and sticks with you for most of the coming year. During this supportive trend, you'll be actively turning your ideas into concrete realities. You might uncover the right resources to build a business or project that you love. Teaching may be part of this, and a creative project or endeavor can thrive as you develop your craft or techniques. You can make recent wanderlust work for you, for example, by traveling for business. Increased self-discipline helps improve critical areas of your life. Teaching and publishing can be especially strong areas for expressing yourself now and in the coming year. To get the ball rolling, look for ways to change the way you balance dealing with your daily affairs and pursuing more adventurous activities. In the second half of the month, it becomes clear that you need to free yourself up by cutting out certain frivolous activities in order to concentrate on what truly excites, supports, and invigorates you.
The 26-29 is important for looking at a work or health matter in a new light. It’s better to think about what you can do to improve and tweak current projects and ideas than for starting all-new ones, but your thinking is sharp now. Set intentions at the New Moon on the 29th. The last few days of the month/year inspire your imagination, intuition, and dreams, setting the stage for brilliant visions of where you'd like to head in the New Year.
The first half of December is strong for money, relationship, and home-related matters, dear Virgo. This is an excellent time for taking action to secure yourself in critical ways. Some of this action, perhaps ironically, involves taking small risks or making changes that you typically avoid, but the goal now is to bring more steadiness and reliability to your life in the long run. You can be highly motivated to improve your money situation. Too much time has been spent worrying about domestic matters when you need your home and support system to work for you - to support and encourage you to grow in other areas of life. The 1st, 6th, and 9-11 are good days for taking action in this regard. You're brave and inspired now.
The Full Moon on the 13th is quite magical in many ways as it serves to reveal to you how important meeting your responsibilities and thriving in the work you do or performing at your peak is to the rest of your life. You need to feel good about your performance in order for other projects and endeavors to thrive.
You've been going hard when it comes to work and health matters, and this continues in December. However, as Venus moves into the sector that rules these things on the 7th, your approach changes a little. You're tough but kind, both with yourself and self-discipline and with others as well.
On the 19th, Mars moves into your partnership sector, animating close relationships. At the same time, Mercury turns retrograde in your romance sector. The combination of these two influences can result in some misunderstandings in your love life if you're not careful. Mars is assertive but sometimes pushy and without tact, and retrograde Mercury can be misunderstood. As such, it will be important to consciously soften your approach with others in the last two weeks of December -- that is, unless you feel the need to make a point with people who have been taking you for granted.
Changes with how you've been handling money and support become glaringly important this month as Jupiter and Uranus oppose one another across your money and sharing sectors. This aspect will continue to influence you for much of 2017, but now you're sure to see ways that your approach to money has limited your freedom and spontaneity. These habits need to change! You have Saturn and your family's support in this regard, so even if you feel a little concerned about changing things up, having a good backup plan in place helps. It's vital that you get your home and personal life into order so that you can move forward feeling rooted and secure as you make changes in other life departments.
There is also a Saturn-Uranus influence introduced this month that will stick with you for most of 2017. Experimental, non-traditional, and alternative approaches to living and loving are highly favored and can be quite satisfying now. You may very well get these things to work for you reliably. This can also be a good year for new and improved living conditions and arrangements, getting loans or a mortgage, and improving business by taking the best from both traditional and progressive methods.
The 26-29 is an important time for looking to the past for answers, particularly to past creative projects and approaches to entertainment and fun. Set your intentions to improve your romantic and creative life around the New Moon on the 29th, but wait for important creative launches until after January 8th. The last week of the month/year requires creative thinking and openness to non-traditional ways of enjoying yourself and others.
The first half of December is particularly spirited for you, dear Libra. You can be filled with ideas and motivated to grow, improve, and change. The 6th and 9-11 are particularly keen for opportunities related to love, communications, and creativity. Projects can get off the ground now. This is a great time for discovering new and improved ways of getting things done. Ideas are fresh and exciting. Love is temperamental at times in December but very satisfying overall. Certainly, your appeal remains high all month long.
The Full Moon on the 13th is a time for getting in touch with your larger ambitions and goals, and emotional discoveries made now can help tie together a number of different pursuits in creative ways, and they can also lead to a stronger sense of priorities. You can more clearly see what you should be focusing on.
From the 19th, you are especially motivated to work on improving your work and health. Mercury's retrograde in your home sector begins on the same day, and this can point to plans made with family that fall through or change. There can be disconnects to deal with, so do your best to allow for the unexpected in the last two weeks of the month.
A Saturn-Uranus influence that begins this month and will be with you for much of 2017 supports your relationships, work, and projects in wonderful ways. This is a time of increased practicality and esteem. You are more reliable than usual, but you are also ready to innovate and take small risks in order to make improvements. There can be a partnership that helps advance your work or projects. There may also be a pleasant balance of innovation and steadiness in a partnership. This is a time for exploring, taking healthy risks on a social level, and letting go of pre-conceived ideas of what friendships and relationships "should" be. In your relationships, you might find it easier to agree to disagree, but first you need to make some fundamental changes to how you relate and interact with one another.
Relationships seem to require openness to make changes in approach or to entertain alternative approaches to relating, as freedom and independence are especially important to all concerned. Jupiter in your sign opposes Uranus this month, and this influence will recur through much of 2017, demanding that life doesn't stay the same in the relationship department. Thinking outside the box will be important now. Just because something has worked in the past doesn't mean it suits your life now.
The 27-29 is good for seeing your home life or family in a new light and for coming into touch with your true needs from your domestic life. Set intentions for improving your relationship with home, family, and yourself at the New Moon on the 29th, and look to prior arrangements for inspiration and clues. Take your time - Mercury is retrograde mostly in your home and family sector from December 19th to January 8th, and this is a better time to reflect and edit than begin brand-new projects and endeavors. You may be trying to make sense of family matters and past patterns, and you can arrive at meaningful conclusions that help you to move forward. There can also be new ideas born out of old ones. Take notes! You are learning a lot in the last week of the month/year, from your own intuition and insight.
The first half of December is particularly favorable for improving your emotional life, relationships with family, money situation, and sense of security, dear Scorpio. Key dates for making things work are the 6th and 9-11. Think innovation but embark on small changes so that you don't feel overwhelmed. The Full Moon on the 13th illuminates an intimate partnership or a financial matter. You'll suddenly see, quite clearly, how attention to your intimate needs and support system affects so many other areas of your life, and how vital it is that you resolve money matters now.
Mars moves into your sector of fun, creativity, and romance on the 19th. While this is a rewarding cycle in which you get into stronger touch with your passions, Mercury turns retrograde in your communications zone on the same day, so do watch for misunderstandings with lovers, children, and friends. There can be times when you come across as insensitive or selfish when the intention is otherwise. Besides this caution, the last two weeks of December invite alternative approaches to expressing yourself. Scorpio artists are in a special position to discover alternative and satisfying ways to share their work or vision. Romance may be found in unusual places now!
Events this month will make it clear that changes in the way you approach work-life balance are necessary for you to thrive and benefit from upcoming supportive influences. Discovering alternative ways to work, get healthy, and feed your spirit are in focus, and the only constant is the need to change things up. It may have been difficult recently to align your exceptionally security-minded approach to money and business with your alternative, progressive approach to working and living. However, this is set to change, as a Saturn-Uranus influence active now and throughout much of 2017 supports combining these things successfully. Your work and attitude towards what you do improve. You are discovering ways to enjoy what you do and do what you enjoy. It's easier to embrace innovative and progressive approaches and methods when you do so cautiously with a strong eye on the practicality of your choices. There may be a steady income coming from an unusual source for some of you.
The 26-29 is strong for looking at projects and personal interests in a new light, particularly related to learning, communications, siblings, and mental interests and projects. New energy can be brought to old issues with the New Moon on the 29th in your communications sector aligned with retrograde Mercury. There is gold to discover in old or unfinished projects and courses. The last three days of the month/year invite creative, romantic, and compassionate thinking and relating. It's a wonderful time to entertain a dream and share your vision with someone special.
You've been doing a lot of thinking and talking, and now you're in the position to put your plans into motion, dear Sagittarius, and it's a great month for doing so. Your enterprising spirit is high in December, although there can be quite a few distractions to deal with at times. Your ruling planet, Jupiter, is reaching out to Mars and Venus, ensuring your personal appeal stays active and strong, and also moves into opposition with Uranus this month, pointing to an inventive, sometimes rebellious period ahead. Fortunately, you have Saturn in your sign to keep you grounded. You are beginning a powerful period, lasting many months, for exploring and expressing your creativity in satisfying, and possibly profitable, ways.
You continue to be very productive when it comes to communicating, learning, and connecting this month. You don't want to waste time, and you're quick to put errands and your daily affairs behind you. Connections made now can be super helpful for romantic and creative pursuits. While people are coming to you, you're not shy about reaching out and, this way, you are making your own opportunities. Networking continues to be very important for you. While you've been more assertive and sometimes to the point in your communications recently, from the 7th forward, you're bringing more charm to your writing and speaking. This is a great time to reach out to friends.
Motivation levels are particularly strong in the first half of the month. Your personal magnetism and creativity are bolstered, and some of you could make romantic connections through places of learning or communications projects. There is more evident daring in your personality.
The 9-11 is powerful for creative projects, romantic relationships, relationships with kids, teaching, and sharing ideas. You're making a wonderful impact now, and your creations and communications go over particularly well. This is an excellent time for turning a hobby into a business or for working on the more creative aspects of a project. An epiphany around the 13th can bring a relationship matter or buried feelings to light. This is a time when you would do well to consider another's point of view and to do some yielding. Input is valuable now.
From the 19th, home life grabs more of your attention. This is a time for actively working through problem areas and improving family relationships.
This month is important for getting a handle on your finances, although this theme will continue into January as well. When Mercury retrogrades in your sector of resources from the 19th forward, a review of your finances is important. It's best not to make significant new purchases after the 19th. The New Moon on the 29th is strong for business and finance-related resolutions, but it makes sense to wait for brand-new initiatives for after January 8th. The days leading up to this New Moon are excellent for dreaming and imagining possibilities.
The Sun transits your privacy sector the first three weeks of December every year, dear Capricorn, and usually has some company by way of the inner planets. However, this year, the inner planets have already moved on, and this month is not as insular as it typically is for you. Yes, you need some extra time to rest, recoup, and regenerate, but you're also quite active socially and connected with others on many levels. This is a strong month for building and developing your money, resources, and talents. You're in a great position to attract the resources you need. Gifts, pay increases, or other bonuses are likely forthcoming this month.
The 9-11 is excellent for the business side of life, and work behind the scenes is part of this. You can have a great time working hard on a project that you believe in. You're also entering a period spanning many months (close to a year) in which you get yourself into a fabulous position for securing your life in inventive ways. Living arrangements and conditions can be both unique and satisfying. There can be alternative but reliable work or home setups now.
Mercury in your sign virtually all month keeps you busy and engaged, although sometimes a little too "on" for your own good. Take opportunities to clear your head from time to time.
The Full Moon on the 13th brings frustrations about self-care issues to light if you've been slacking in the areas of work or health. It's a great time to act on desires to better yourself, improve habits, and take care of your daily affairs with panache. With the Full Moon in Gemini and Gemini's ruler, Mercury, in your sign, you're in a fabulous position to do all of these things well.
The 19th brings Mars into your communications zone but also Mercury, the planet of communication, turns retrograde in your sign. It's especially important to watch for coming across in the wrong way -- for example, too curtly. While it's a fabulous period for approaching learning and communicating in new and exciting ways, there can be some trial and error involved and people can misunderstand your intentions in big ways during this period.
The New Moon on the 29th occurs in your sign and gives you a personal boost. This is a time for recreating your image, starting anew in a significant area of your life, and turning over a new leaf. In the days leading up to the New Moon, your intuition can offer you strong clues for what this might be. Mercury is retrograde in your sign until January 8th, but this doesn't mean you can't work on plans for self-improvement.
The month ahead favors your sign in a variety of ways, dear Aquarius. Both Venus and Mars travel through Aquarius in December, ensuring your personal appeal remains high. These influences also contribute well to your ability to know--and get--what you want! The 1st and 6th bring to a head many of the benefits of having Mars in your sign. This is a time for pursuing your personal plans with confidence. It's a strong time for moving ahead with personal plans, becoming more active and involved, communicating, connecting, learning, and competitive undertakings. You are assertive, energetic, and decisive, and your personal presence is strong. Others readily back you and have your personal interests, agenda, and happiness in mind.
Those of you taking courses or studying should have added success this month, although you may be wrestling with some distractions. Something has to change in order to have a learning breakthrough, and you may very well discover what that is in December. Be active but avoid haste. Any important matter that requires people skills and verbal prowess works better when Venus is in your sign, which is the case in December from the 7th forward. You're also bringing this fortunate transit with you into the New Year. There can be substantial activity with friends and communications, courses, and other projects that connect you with others in positive ways around the 9-11.
The Full Moon on the 13th provides a beautiful opportunity to understand your longings and needs more clearly, particularly related to creative and romantic matters. You're in the position to see your heart's desire as well as the means through which you can pursue it. It's a great time for creative vision. For some, this can be an especially romantic time.
While the 19th forward can involve some looking back and perhaps some slowdowns, you're in a good position to pursue business and financial goals. Brand new initiatives and launches should probably wait until after Mercury's retrograde until January 8th. However, it's an excellent time to do the ground work. You also begin an important cycle of retrospect and emotional renewal from the 21st onward. This is a time for looking within for answers, and perhaps looking to the past for important clues. It's vital that you begin to slow down as the month advances - go easy on yourself and tune into your intuition.
A new influence that will be with you for close to a year begins this month and is a stabilizing and steadying force. Saturn-Uranus connects you in useful ways to the right people. You might decide to contribute to your community in significant, tangible, and practical ways during this transit. There can be nice opportunities to make long-lasting connections. You can have more influence in a group, naturally taking the lead. It's a time for making solid plans for your future. Securing yourself a solid project or job can figure strongly now or in the months ahead.
You're in an excellent position to further your professional interests and move business and financial endeavors forward this month, dear Pisces, with the significant dates for advances the 1st, 6th, and 9-11. You're working with projects that have strong potential, and this can be exciting. It's an excellent time for gaining support for your efforts. As the month advances, you're in a better position to do ground work for future projects than to push new ones forward. This doesn't slow things down as much as it shuffles your priorities around.
The 13th can bring home and family matters to your attention. It's a wonderful time to understand your needs more clearly and to spend more time understanding the needs of those closest to you.
The month picks up pace in many ways once Mars moves into your sign on the 19th. Mercury retrogrades on the same day, however, so there can be some backtracking. This is a time for pursuing your personal interests with gusto, but for pulling back a little in your social life. Relationships tend to take the back seat, either because they slow down or don't need as much attention. However, for some, this is about privacy and keeping things on the down-low in love just for now. There may be tentative feelings or a sense of being in the dark for some of you.
This is an excellent time for working on projects with long-term benefits. A more creative way to earn money is entirely possible now and in the months ahead as you are drawing upon hidden talents and skills that you may never even knew you had, or that have been dormant. There can also be more recognition of the efforts you put forth, as well as increased motivation for tackling tasks that you previously felt were monotonous or uninteresting.
Money matters need revisiting in big ways now with Jupiter opposing Uranus shaking the foundations of money houses. To reach a breakthrough point, you may need to make changes in the ways you approach your finances, and events this month begin to make this apparent. At times this month, responsibilities can hang heavy over you. However, you also begin to see them in a different light - as the key to advancing and eventually securing yourself in something you truly enjoy doing.
The 28-29 is excellent for thinking about friendships and long-term happiness goals. The month closes with pleasant aspects involving your ruler, Neptune. Of course, this also means the New Year begins with this validating energy. While you may be keeping quite a bit to yourself in December, the New Year favors more clarity and sharing.
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Void of Course Moon
Using the table below: The Moon is Void of Course from the time of its last aspect listed below until the Moon enters a new sign. Generally speaking, these periods are not ideal for launching new endeavors.
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