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December opens on the upswing thanks to Mars in Aquarius picking up speed with Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus through December 6. Put yourself into action over the first week and you should find can get yourself someplace good. The sun in Sagittarius aligns with Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus from December 9 to 11. These few days can feel like a second energy wave. Expect more of everything on the go. It’s likely to be the peak weekend for office parties. On the broader scale, Saturn in Sagittarius in trine to Uranus is a good transit for a faster move along, for personal, professional, and lifestyle upgrades. This transit is just getting under way now and gains in strength as the month advances. It will be one of the feature transits for 2017.
Another feature transit for 2017 that is getting under way now is the building opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries. This transit hits the first of three meet-ups on December 26. Even though transits for Christmas day/Hannukah, look like some of the best I’ve seen for a few years, this Jupiter/Uranus transit is likely to keep our attention focused on next/the future, instead of the present.
While Saturn/Uranus can be considered as creating a natural progression, Jupiter/Uranus brings it up to speed with more of a sudden break-through feel. Jupiter/Uranus can dish up the unexpected, the radical, or the opportune. Essentially, Jupiter’s transit is re-stimulating the 2012 -2016 Uranus/Pluto transit that has been creating the shake-not-stir change and upheaval regarding our personal lives, and political, social, and geophysical landscapes too. Jupiter in Libra puts social trends and relationships (at all levels) into a much fuller swing. Ideas, opinions, and involvements can change in flash.
Mercury into Capricorn on December 2 is a helpful influence for staying organized and for getting it under better control. It draws attention to the fact that time is short, time is limited. The past, the old and traditional get more of our attention too.
The super full moon in Gemini on December 13 also stimulates Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus. It’s an informing and trend setting full moon. The opposition with Saturn suggests coming to a finish line or end, but what’s more important is what this full moon sets up. From here, we are onto a fresh or next track pronto quick.
You are wise to get your shopping done early while the stars go easy on us. By December 19, Mars advances into Pisces and Mercury turns retrograde. These two transits will produce a noticeable momentum shift. It’s time to unplug from the outworld and to enjoy the holidays. Even if you are alone and feeling sad or left out, know that Jupiter/Uranus will keep you moving along just fine. Look forward, not back.
December 26, Jupiter opposes Uranus. December 27, delivers a new moon in Capricorn and December 28, Uranus ends retrograde. I suspect the holiday will come and go in a flash.
December 31, the moon in Aquarius sets up a good backdrop for ringing in the New Year with the crowds, with a few good friends, or on your own. Mars in Pisces conjunct Neptune is a good transit for enjoying movies, music, romance, or sleep. Spiritual observance is appealing to some. If you indulge in alcohol or other such recreations, please know your limits, play it safe, plan a ride home.
I wish you all the best for the holidays! May your spirit stay bright and may you find peace within your heart.
From me to you with love,
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December 13: Super Full Moon in Gemini: 4:05 pm (22:26 Gemini)
December 28: New Moon in Capricorn: 10:63 pm (7:59 Capricorn)
December 1: Vesta in Leo stations retrograde: 7:41 am
December7: Venus into Aquarius: 6:51 am
December 9 : Ceres in Aries ends retrograde: 4:47 pm
December 19: Mars into Pisces: 1:23 am
December 19: Mercury stations retrograde: 2:55 am (to Jan 12)
December 21: Winter Solstice, Sun enters Capricorn: 2:45 am
December 27: Pallas Athene enters Pisces: 4:27 pm
December 29: Uranus stations direct: 1:29 am
**Please note all times listed are PST, please check your local time
Dates of note: Dec 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 – 11, 13, 18,19, 24, 26, 28, 29, 31
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah – may you feel blessed by life’s small graces now and always.
ARIES March 19/20 – April 19
The best way to play it through the next few weeks is to day to day and moment to moment. Don’t prejudge a thing and don’t hold tight to an expectation or a schedule. In addition to stimulating your social life and putting your daily get-go on a faster spin, Mars in Aquarius, through December 19 takes you through an awakening process. This spontaneous influence helps you to express yourself more freely. It can open you up to a fresh perspective, a lifestyle change, or financial track. There’s plenty to think about, to process, to discuss, to watch. Whether long in the works or a sudden springboard, Mars can see you make a significant breakthrough in consciousness, or with your career, a personal project, or a personal situation.
Mars isn’t the only one keeping the action going. Uranus, Ceres, and Eris in Aries are a tight knit group again this month. Picking up a good momentum with Saturn, the make it real planet, you should see some part of life come together very well. Something long range or someone a distance away could set the future on its way. Watch the super full moon on December 13 for news or opportunity.
Mars advances into Pisces on December 19, the same day Mercury in Capricorn turns retrograde. You should feel this as a significant change of pace. Both signal a time to stop the over-activity and ease up as best you can. Venus is in good shape for Christmas day and the start of Hanukkah. In fact, you’ll enjoy a vey nice run of stars from December 22 through the new moon on December 27 and to the end of the month. Aim for relaxed and easy on December 31.
TAURUS April 19 – May 20
Venus opens the month in Capricorn and as of December 3 Mercury advance into this sign. Together they help you to settle into a plan, a mindset, and better sure-footed-ness. Use your time wisely and you feel pleased with yourself.
Venus into Aquarius, starting December 7, can put you under more pressure, but considering the holidays are upon us, it’s par for the course. December 9 to 11 can be a peak weekend for shopping, socializing, deadlines, and decision making. The super full moon on December 13 could reveal something you didn’t clue into or did not expect. Something missing or forgotten could reappear. Keep better track of the important stuff. It’s easy to divulge unwittingly. It’s also easy for things to grow beyond what they should, so don’t try to cover up or to throw good money after bad. Too the plus, this full moon could provide an opening, a solution, a better or more lucrative avenue or choice. It may be a matter of giving up to get, or of paying a price, or a loss paving the way to gain.
Mercury retrograde, starting December 19, could extend a deadline, change your plans or priorities, or give you more to work out. Feelings, emotions or memories can be hard to stuff down. You may find that you aren’t as secure or as done as you thought you were. Mars into Pisces (December 19) can help you to let go or ease up. You could feel another’s absence hanging over the holidays, but all’s well that ends well. December 22 through the December 28 should prove smooth sailing. Mars in Pisces aligns with Neptune on New Year’s Eve which is a sweet transit for romance, but if you plan to drink or do drugs, please put extra safeguards in place.
GEMINI May 20 – June 20
December opens with you, Mars, and Jupiter in great shape. Mars/Jupiter bless prospects and plans, so by all means make the most of it while the going is so good. Putting your social life and the general holiday buzz into full swing, Venus advances into Aquarius on December 7. The sun also keeps you on a good run from December 9 to 11.
The super full moon in Gemini on December 13 can see you catch a great second wind. An event, an announcement, a visitor, a purchase, sale, a great save or find could make your day.
We’ll all feel the energy shift as Mars enters Pisces and Mercury in Capricorn turns retrograde on December 19. You could lose your interest or focus. Keep the day free and go easy on yourself as best you can. The start of Mercury retrograde is typically a time when things don’t stay on track or budget.
December 22 is a good people or social day. December 23 to 28, the stars are on smooth running. It’s the best we seen for a few years. The moon in Aquarius on New Year’s Eve makes for a good social evening or for spending time on your own. Mars in Pisces conjunct Neptune can make for a quiet evening. Music or movies are a good choice. If you drink or do drugs, please know your limits and arrange for a designated drive or a cab to take you home.
CANCER June 20 – July 22
Yes, you’ve made it this far – and that says a lot! December opens with Mars and Jupiter on a fresh wind. Along with Mercury into Capricorn on December 2, you should feel you have enough to keep you going; something substantial to work with and toward. The first half of the month dishes up the best, most lucrative opportunities. Keep ambitious, stay a step ahead and you should feel like you are making good progress and inroads.
The super full moon in Gemini on December 13 can keep you juggling and perhaps struggling too. Plans may have to be changed. The full moon can see something shape up unexpectedly. Stay alert for signals and messages, from your body, your mind, the conversation, the news, or the synchronicities. Be careful not to downplay or overplay. Stay hopeful, seize opportunity, give it your best shot and don’t worry. To the plus or minus, potentials are only potentials until they are made real.
Mars in Pisces, starting December 19, is generally a positive transit for your sign. Giving you something more fruitful to shoot for, it can increase hope, optimism, and faith. You could find yourself in a romantic or spiritual state of mind. You can gain more public exposure with this transit too, which can increase your profile and your income. Coinciding with the holidays, this Mars transit can simply set a good backdrop for letting the world spin on its own while you take a well-deserved break.
Then again, with Mercury turning retrograde on the same day, it may be a time to let go of the fantasy and to deal with what’s here and what’s real.
A good run of stars from December 21 to 28 set a mostly smooth-running pace for the holidays. Take it easy, enjoy be good to yourself. Enjoy it social, romantic or cozy it up your own, but try not to lose track of money, keys, your group, or reasonable limits re alcohol or drugs on New Year’s Eve.
LEO July 22 – August 22
December opens on a social and activity upswing. Mars and Jupiter also boost you with good ideas, fresh creativity, a great ability to reach out and touch a special someone, or to reach a greater audience.
Mercury’s advance into Capricorn on December 2 helps you to stay better organized and on top of what you need to. Venus out of Capricorn and into Aquarius on December 7 also makes for an abundance of things to do and people crossing your path. December 9 to 11 has you on full go.
The super full moon in Gemini on December 13 can dish up something special or exciting. Someone could make your day. You could hear from someone you’ve lost track of, hear news, get results, spend some money or make some. An event, travel, a concert or some such can produce delight.
We’re on the final retail and holiday stretch as of December 18, but don’t plan too much and don’t sweat the small stuff. Mars dials it down in Pisces and Mercury begins retrograde on December 19. You are best off to get your shopping and extras out of the way earlier in the month. December 22 to 28 are optimized for getting your holiday fill. It should go down as one of the more pleasant ones than we’ve seen for a few years now.
Social, working, or on your own, the Aquarius moon makes for an entertaining, but perhaps low key New Year’s Eve. A word of caution. Mars conjunct Neptune can get wrapped up in the moment. Romance, movies or music are great escapes, but please watch your alcohol or drug consumption. If you drink, don’t drive and keep an eye out for others too.
VIRGO August 22 – September 22
Extra work or pressure is to be expected at this time of the year, but Mars in good shape with Jupiter helps you to cope well. Mercury in Capricorn, starting December 2, is one of your better transits. It assists you to good think through and efficiency. You should find you can stay on top of what you need to. In fact, for the most part, the stars keep it on a good roll for most of the month ahead.
December 9 to 11, the stars keep the get-go full to the brim, but the sun in great shape with Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus helps you accomplish quite well. It’s a great weekend for parties, events, money making, and holiday socials.
The super full moon on December 13 brings you to another peak day or two. You can’t be all things to all people and you can’t be in two places at once. A deadline, time crunch, test, job review, or some other requirement or priority can feel like a lot to handle too. This full moon can necessitate a change of plans, force you to speak up, or to jump in and take over. No matter how it initially hits, trust your instincts, let it play out. It looks like you’ll move yourself to higher ground.
Mars enters Pisces just an hour before Mercury in Capricorn turns retrograde on December 19. Keep your schedule and your expectations light and let this day unfold on its own. By December 22, the stars are working in good accord. Despite Mercury retrograde, you should find activities, plans, and relationships are moving along just fine. Saturn, Uranus, Venus and Jupiter dish up their best for us on December 24/25. December 26, the stars are ready for something fresh. Overall the last ten days of the month are for making the most of the moment. New Year’s Eve can be quiet or a big to-do, either way, it’s one to enjoy. Mars/Neptune is good for romance, hiding out, or going it alone. If you drink or do drugs, know your limits.
LIBRA September 22 to October 22
December opens on a positive upswing thanks to Mars trine Jupiter in Libra. You’ll get great mileage out of your social interactions and your activities. Plans should come together quite well. Through December 18, Mars in Aquarius keeps you quick on the ball. Along with Venus in Aquarius, starting December 7, you should find you have good ideas to spare and that good timing seems to be on your side.
The super full moon on December 13 can bring you to a finish-line, deadline, or destination, see you make an important decision or be affect by the decision of another. A test, official news, results, or an announcement is possible too. It’s not so much about reaching or completing it, but about where it takes you next. The stars are onto next pronto quick and you should be too.
Along with Mars exiting Aquarius for Pisces, Mercury in Capricorn turns retrograde on December 19. While December 18 to 20 could reroute you unexpectedly, overall Mercury retrograde does not stand in the way of a good holiday. In fact, it’s suitable for putting the brakes on the outworld over-activity and for taking quality time out for loved ones and for yourself. The food, the company, the entertainment, the relaxation, it’s all good thanks to Venus in excellent shape on December 25. No matter how you plan it, New Year’s Eve should hit the spot just right too.
SCORPIO October 22 to November 21
You may have more on the go but by the look of Mars/Jupiter, it’s seems its also going well. If it isn’t, it’s time to put your attention someplace new. You should find as soon as you do, that you are immediately on an upswing.
Mercury into Capricorn, starting December 2, helps you to stay organized, time efficient, and to get good value from efforts, conversations and hard earned dollars.
Mars in Aquarius keeps it rolling well through the first week. As of December 7, Venus treks into Aquarius. It could feel like a next wave of social action and general busy-ness. Business, pleasure or a combination of both, December 9 is full to the brim. The days that follow deliver well too.
There’s a major play, discussion, decision, test, or push in motion from December 9 through the super full moon of December 13. There’s a lot riding on it too. Whether you have hit the intended mark, received what you feel you have deserved/earned or whether you feel it hasn’t worked in your favour, what it opens up for you is opportune and advantageous. Outside of some push/pull on December 15, the days that follow this super new moon are smooth rolling.
December 19, Mars enters Pisces, a favourable transit for your sign. Mercury’s turn to retrograde on the same day is also well in keeping with the holidays. It’s time to remember what and who is most important and to be “here”, be really here, rather than any place else.
The moon in Scorpio on December 23 to 25 can be high output days but overall you should find Christmas/Hanukkah comes together well.
Plan something social or take it as it comes on New Year’s Eve, no matter what you get up to, you’ll enjoy it.
SAGITTARIUS November 21 – December 21
Jupiter in good shape with Mars at month’s start puts you in a good frame of mind and heart. Together they stimulate good conversations, ideas, social activity, and financial opportunity. This can-do, good mileage combination kick starts what should prove to be a good week or few.
Mercury leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn on December 2. It can add extra pressure where you might already be feeling the pinch, but overall it helps you to be more economical and efficient, to rein yourself in a little more.
Mars continues in Aquarius through December 19. Venus enters Aquarius on Dec 7. Both keep life on the move.
December 9 is a full steam-ahead day. The weekend that follows holds good stars too. Make the most of your time while the getting is good.
The sun conjoins Saturn on December 10 and the super full moon in Gemini does so on December 13. Both bring you to a goalpost, finish-line/deadline, completion, or end of the road. Results, news, an important visit or conversation, contract term, or relationship sets the next play into motion.
Mars into Pisces and the start of Mercury retrograde on December 19 can produce a noticeable momentum or attention shift. It’s time to switch off “out there” and to regroup “in here or right here”. December 25 and 26, the moon in Sagittarius infuses you with fresh incentive and holiday spirit. No matter where you find yourself, Christmas/Hanukkah should prove to be heartwarming and easy to take. Still, Jupiter’s opposition to Uranus which perfects on December 26, keeps you on a restless edge. After the big day comes and goes, you won’t sit still for long.
December 31 can be upbeat or low key. Either way, you’ll enjoy it. Mars/Neptune suggests home is the place to be. If you drink or do recreational drugs, please keep reasonable limits in mind.
CAPRICORN December 21 to January 20
You should feel like you have it under good control and that you are making good progress for yourself at the month’s start. You’ll pick up even more good steam as Mercury advances into Capricorn on December 2. Mars is already in Aquarius, Venus treks into the sign on December 7. Both make for good connecting and socializing. You should feel synchronicity is on your side, and that good ideas just keep proving themselves.
December 9 through 11 you’ll pack a lot into a short span of time. Despite what pressure might be in the mix, overall, it’s looking good. Enjoy!
The super full moon on December 13 can bring a second wave of work or added pressure. To the plus, it is opportune to take a second look, to get a second opinion, revisit the conversation, to repeat steps, or rewrite a test or contract, to make contact again. A repeat or a second try can produce better results.
Mars enters Pisces on December 19 and just over one hour later, Mercury begins retrograde. You are wise to wrap up what you can before this date, so you can ease up on the work and pump up on the holiday good stuff. Saturn is in good shape with Uranus (at peak on December 24), Venus is setting a smooth/pleasant backdrop for Christmas/Hanukkah, Jupiter/Uranus keeps it on the upbeat (at peak on December 26).
Mars in Pisces conjunct Neptune on December 31 makes for a good evening for romance, socializing, or ringing in the new Year with the crowd. Still, if you plan to drink or do drugs, please play it safe. Also keep an eye out for impaired drivers, strangers, or friends.
AQUARIUS January 20 – February 18/19
Mars in Aquarius continues to provide you with good fuel through December 19. It’s an especially on-track influence over the first week of the month. As of December 7, you’ll also gain a positive boost from Venus in Aquarius. Together they’ll perk up your social life and keep you well on the go with one thing or another, which is not surprising for this time of year.
The super full moon in Gemini on December 13 or days leading up to it can be quite eventful, perhaps in several ways. There can be something official to attend or to tend to. You can reach a finish line but more importantly it paves the way for you to move onto something fresh or next.
Don’t leave your holiday extras to the last minute! Mars leaves Aquarius for Pisces on December 19 and just an hour later, Mercury in Capricorn turns retrograde. From this date forward, you’ll be quite ready to unplug and have less stamina or patience for pushing it, dealing with the crowds, etc. There’s a run of good stars covering the holidays so you should easily find the sweet spot. Jupiter’s opposition to Uranus on December 26 can bring an energy boost. It should be a busy day for travel, shopping, and socializing. December 31, the Aquarius moon makes for a good social or kick back evening. If you do drink or do drugs, please play it safe, know your limit.
PISCES February 18/19 to March 19/20
While most of the world is on a busy spin, you are likely to be keeping somewhat of a low profile. Of course, that’s not to say that you don’t have enough on the go, of course you do. It’s just that you may have more going on privately or personally, than you do socially. Having said that, Mars and Venus in Aquarius can make you more socially conscious. ‘Tis the season to give. As much as good as it contributes to others, you’ll find that your volunteer activities provide you with nourishment and solace for your own soul too.
December 9 through the super full moon in Gemini on December 13 can pack a lot into a few days. The super full moon puts you in the know in some substantial way. It also gets you over the hump and onto a fresh track.
As of December 19, Mars enters Pisces. While others are on a wind down, you’ll feel like you are just getting started. Mercury in Capricorn turns retrograde on this same day. It will remove whatever blocks or resistance stands in your way. Aim to make the most of it December 22 onward. The stars set a pleasant backdrop for the holidays. Even so, you could be over it quick. Looking for fresh air, Jupiter’s opposition to Uranus on December 26 puts a restless edge on the day. Shoppers and travels are likely out in high numbers.
Spend it with friends, a lover or on your own, New Year’s Eve is what you make of it. Mars conjunct Neptune can see time slip by unnoticed. Please watch your alcohol or drug consumption. Stay safe, stay healthy.