Weekly forecasts are published every Thursday by the Georgia Straight Newspaper:https://www.straight.com/life/1332981/your-horoscope-december-5-11-2019
Happy Hanukkah; Merry Christmas; Kwanzaa Blessings!
(There’s big news this month! Jupiter enters Capricorn: December 2, 2019 – December 19, 2020. Read on….)
December opens with both Mercury and Mars in Scorpio keeping motivation going strong. Completing a two-month extended stay (due to the recent retrograde) on December 9, Mercury will leave Scorpio for a quick stint through Sagittarius (to December 28). The transit is well timed for putting a smile on it and all the extras that this time of year brings. (By all means, make sure to include yourself on the gift list and do something that makes you feel good about yourself.)
Mars in Scorpio continues to pull from deep emotional undercurrents. To the plus, the transit can put you in touch with the buried treasure of your soul. It can sharpen your radar, reignite passion and motivation, and help you to reclaim your strength/your powerbase. Mars draws good inspiration from Neptune on December 13 (trine), finds good timing with Saturn on December 19 (sextile), and shifts gears with Pluto on December 22 (sextile).
To December 19, Venus in Capricorn is naturally geared toward making the best use of time and money. Accompanied by Venus conjunct Saturn, the full moon in Gemini on December 11 can mark a deadline or finish line (i.e. the end of a term; the cut-off for getting the packages shipped on time for Christmas). It’s an appropriate day to buy tickets, sign a contract, or take some other official step. The full moon also draws from Neptune (square) which suggests there is something more to be uncovered, or to let go of (including expectations). If you find yourself on stop, you won’t be for long. This full moon happens the day before Brits go to the voting polls. Stay tuned for results!
The big news this month is Jupiter’s advance into Capricorn on December 2. Jupiter will spend the next year increasing the magnitude of the reality and the importance of time on the move. Once every twelve years it will bring increase to the same area of your chart. If you are a Capricorn, you’ll find yourself at the start of something big, perhaps even momentous. To a certain extent, this is a true statement for all of us. Jupiter adds more gravity to the Capricorn agenda which is piloted by the transits of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. (Saturn has been transiting Capricorn for the past two years and has one more to go. Pluto has been transiting Capricorn since 2008 and has 4 more to go.) Jupiter – planet of beliefs, the future, and of the laws of nature – is an expansion influence. Saturn – the planet of authority’s rule, and of rewards and consequences – is a crystalizing influence. Pluto – the non-negotiable agent of the soul (collective and personal) – is a transformative influence. In combination, they are a formidable trio. The changes they bring about are substantial and long term. Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto have signed each one of us up for an important date with destiny. (I will write and speak more on this subject in my 2020 annual forecast. Stay tuned for my public lecture and a webinar presentation in January.)
Jupiter in Capricorn increase the need to run a tighter ship. It is essential not to discount the evolving reality along with its newly forming priorities. There is no time left for fence sitting when it comes to creating and preserving a future worth living. It is essential to get serious about the work that needs to be done and to put time to maximum use. Capricorn calls for effort, but it rewards it too. Jupiter in Capricorn is a signature for wise judgement. Let us hope that as we move forward from here, that those in positions of authority will hold themselves to highest of standards.
Jupiter in Capricorn puts added pressure on each of us to get it right. You can do no better than to make a full commitment to the work that is before you. The transit supports effort directed toward career or personal goals, building a better reputation, gaining citizenship, higher education, an official status, designation, recognition, or more expertise, being a better parent, caretaker, or citizen.
Jupiter in Capricorn is well aligned with Uranus in Taurus for the whole month. They are good for innovation and for keeping it fresh. On the social and humanitarian note, Jupiter/Uranus set a good backdrop for all that the holiday offers.
On the bigger picture front, the Jupiter/Uranus are in agreement about time on the move and the need to consolidate and update resources. They bring us up to speed with newly evolving priorities and make it easy to entertain new possibilities, to try new things. Together they are naturally geared toward improving upon the past and toward building a more worthwhile framework.
We’ll feel a shift of energy the weekend before Christmas. Venus into Aquarius on December 20 could stimulate a wave of last-minute shopping or extras. The winter solstice (the sun’s entrance into Capricorn) happens on December 21 at 8:20 pm PDT. Venus/Uranus (square) and Mars/Pluto (sextile) keep the social action going strong on December 22 (the start of Hanukkah). By December 24, most of us have logged onto a peaceful and easy glide.
December 25 coincides with a solar eclipse in Capricorn with Jupiter just one degree from an exact conjunction. The eclipse marks this holiday as one that will stand out – from those that came before and those that are yet to come. It may go into the history book (yours, theirs, or ours) as the last of many and/or the first of many. If the eclipse makes direct contact to your natal chart, the holiday could coincide with a milestone, anniversary, birth, or a passage of note. If your birthday falls on or near December 25 then you are in for a notable year ahead. (Justin Trudeau won the recent election in part because of this “king maker” eclipse).
The sun’s trine to Jupiter on December 27 can bring you/us back to life again. The future gains more of our attention. We can have that feel that it is time to get a move-on. We’ll see more folks shopping, travelling and on the go in general. Mercury enters Capricorn on December 28. The moon in Pisces suggests quiet, relaxed, and/or romantic is the best way to enjoy New Year’s Eve.
December 11: Full Moon in Gemini: 9:12 pm (19:52 Gemini)
December 25: Annular Solar Eclipse, New Moon in Capricorn: 9:13 pm (4:07 Capricorn)
December 2: Jupiter into Capricorn: 10:20 am
December 9: Mercury into Sagittarius: 1:42 am
December 12: Chiron in Aries ends retrograde: 7:48 pm (1:26 Aries)
December 19: Venus into Aquarius: 10:42 pm
December 21: Winter Solstice: Sun into Capricorn: 8:02 pm
December 22: Eris in Aries turns retrograde: 7:38 pm (23:15 Aries)
December 28: Mercury into Capricorn: 8:55 pm
December 29: Vesta in Taurus ends retrograde: 2:42 pm (12:05 Taurus)
**Please note, all times listed are PST, please check your local time.
Dates to watch: December 2, 8 – 15, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 29
ARIES March 19/20 – April 19
Continuing through the start of the new year, Mars in Scorpio keep you driven to get a better lock on it. That could mean commitment, attitude, or the reality.
Putting even more priority on the building of a more secure career, reputation, and baseline (personal, material, emotional), Jupiter begins a one-year tour of Capricorn on December 2. Jupiter will assist you to put your knowledge and experience to better use. What was launching for you twelve years ago? It’s coming full circle now.
Don’t need it? Get rid of it. Downsize. Major belt tightening may be necessary, but it is also wise. Aim to make the most of what you have to work with – especially time.
The full moon in Gemini on December 11 can mark a finish line, end of the road, or deadline. It’s a good day to sign or complete a contract, to finalize plans, etc.
Christmas Day delivers a solar eclipse in Capricorn. The eclipse will hold significance for you if you are born on or near March 25. In general, this eclipse signals a new reality setting into play, one that has been long in the works and/or is long overdue. It’s significant in terms of saying goodbye to the past and setting a paving stone in place regarding the long-term future. For some, it can be the start of an important new or next level regarding career and professional development, parenting, your material or relationship status. The coming year is a critical one for us all regarding the shaping of things to come. Use your time wisely.
TAURUS April 19 – May 20
Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn have been setting the future into play for a length of time now. As of December 2, Jupiter begins a one-year tour of Capricorn. This transit increases your awareness of the prospects and potentials of the cementing reality.
You are also well supported by the shorter transit of Venus in Capricorn (to December 19), you should feel that despite all, you have been and are able to make it workable for yourself. Both transits punch up confidence and opportunity.
Mercury finishes up in Scorpio on December 9, but Mars in Scorpio will continue to stoke relationship issues through the start of January. Mars aims to strip it back so that you can see what’s at the core – your core, their core. Whether its passion or pain, the transit gives you plenty of added incentive. It can push you to make fundamental change in the way you relate and create.
December 11, the full moon in Gemini can bring you to a stop or a finish line. At the same time, it gets you going on something next.
Apt for all the holiday represents, Christmas day delivers a solar eclipse in Capricorn with Jupiter along for the ride – and in trine to Uranus retrograde in Taurus. You will feel the strongest effect of the eclipse if you are born April 21 to 25. In general, a solar eclipse marks a significant ending and a significant beginning. Often an eclipse can take you by surprise, although later you might admit that you simply didn’t recognize the signposts along the way. This eclipse adds more cement mix to the long-term future. Allow 3 to 6 months for that cement to set. In the meantime, don’t waste a moment. Put yourself to work while opportunity is within reach.
GEMINI May 20 – June 20
Mercury finishes its tour of Scorpio on December 9, but Mars continues in this sign through January 3. Both put added concentration on getting it worked out and under better control. Despite the obsessive quality of the transit, Mars wants you to put a limit on how much you spend, how much you do and how much you take on. In other words, don’t let the pressure get to you. Drive in the reasonable lane, this regarding finances, physical and emotional wellbeing. Continuing in Capricorn through December 19, Venus in Capricorn can help you to do just that. Venus can help you to make the most of your money and time.
The full moon in Gemini on December 11 is accompanied by Venus/Saturn (conjunction) and transits to both Mercury (opposition) and Neptune (square.) December 10, 11 is a good time to stop, to finish it off and/or move on to something next.
Launching on December 2, Jupiter’s one-year tour through Capricorn makes the worthwhile more obvious. It’s about making better choices, about putting more attention toward the future, and about who or what gets the better part of you. Consider the next year as a transition phase and a work in progress. Life may be a matter of pay now for later profit, but as time moves forward, you’ll see it was worth it.
Christmas Day delivers a solar eclipse pumped up by Jupiter (tight conjunction) and in trine aspect to Uranus. This eclipse marks the end of a long journey and a first of significance. It sets up a good few days for cherishing the moment, honoring the past and for creating a new tradition. Time is a gift, use it well.
CANCER June 20 – July 22
By the time Jupiter enters Capricorn on December 2, there will be six transiting bodies in Capricorn, your opposite sign (Venus, Jupiter, the south node, Pluto and Saturn). Saturn marks the peak of something that was started fourteen years ago. The karmic axis marks a nine-year interval, and Jupiter a twelve-year learning curve. Together they mark a time has come moment of significance, one that has been long in the works, of harvesting or reaping from the past in more substantial way.
Congratulations if you feel yourself to be on a reward track. If you feel life is blocking you or denying you access, then it is time to stop trying to tear down the wall with your bare hands and to look for a key to unlock the door instead. How can you do that you ask? Put time and experience to use as best you can. No matter how running on empty you may be, there is always something you can do – for yourself if for no other reason. Don’t count the small as insignificant. It could be the one thing/one step that launches everything.
Having said all that, Mars in Scorpio is one of your best transits for empowerment initiatives and commanding center stage. Through January 3, Mars loans you added sway. Don’t hesitate to call the shot/get your sexy on. You can be quite convincing (even impressive) when you put your heart into it.
Jupiter in Capricorn in trine to Uranus (at peak on December 15) sets a good backdrop for socializing and all the goes with the holidays. It is also favourable for creative undertakings and reinvention at all levels (personal, career, relationship, lifestyle).
Jupiter is conjunct the solar eclipse in Capricorn on Christmas day and Uranus is in trine aspect.
The solar eclipse can be a significant catalyst for you if your birthday is on or near June 26, 27. A special gift could come your way. Too, the eclipse can mark a milestone, an ending, passage, or departure of significance, and the start of a significant new life chapter.
LEO July 22 – August 22
Tis the season of more – work, pressure, expense, obligation, etc. The stellium of planets in Capricorn draw added attention to how much time or money you need to spend, how much of it is gone and how precious it is. Yes, it is important to get it (your health and your wealth) under better control. Quality over quantity is where its at. Even so, Mars in good shape with Neptune (trine on December 13) and Jupiter (freshly into Capricorn as of December 2) in good shape with Uranus (at peak on December 15) keeps you going strong and making the most of your time and resources.
That’s not to say its all work and no play! The sun in Sagittarius to December 21 (the Winter Solstice), Mercury in Sagittarius (December 9 to 28) and Venus in Aquarius, starting December 19 are all good for making merry!
Coinciding with a Venus/Saturn conjunction, the full moon in Gemini on December 11 can mark a deadline or finish-line. Aim to get those packages shipped! If you reach a stop, it won’t be for long!
Jupiter will spend the next year putting you to work on the essentials of life, i.e. work, finances, health, ambition, attitude, and relationships that hold the most promise. You’ll see the wisdom in toughing it out on the good stuff, in making a fuller commitment to your betterment mandate. Keep focused on the goal and on completing what is necessary. You’ll get a taste of your next life chapter in the spring of next year. By the end of 2020 and beyond, you’ll be unwrapping the package more fully.
Jupiter’s alignment with the solar eclipse in Capricorn on December 25 is well aligned with the traditions and spiritual message of the season. No matter how you spend it, Jupiter/Uranus (trine) helps you to find the sweet spot.
VIRGO August 22 – September 22
Mercury continues in Scorpio to December 9; Mars continues in Scorpio to January 3. Both transits keep you digging deeper for that missing key. Both also keep your radar sharp. Along with the stellium of planets in Capricorn, these transits prompt you to be more selective regarding what you are putting out and what you are taking on. If you are going to spend your time or money, you’ll want it to make the grade. With that kind of attitude, you’ll naturally set yourself up to gain better odds.
Where do you see yourself in a year? In five? Over this next year, Jupiter in Capricorn (starting December 2) will help you gain a better sense of direction. You don’t want to just talk about it anymore, you want to do it. Teaming up with Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, the transit can increase your need, but also your ambition and your opportunity. What you want and what you deserve – yes, it takes time, and an upfront investment, but it will prove worth it down the road. Jupiter in Capricorn supports all efforts directed toward building it better: i.e. increased education, hands-on training, certification, specialization, citizenship, making a relationship official.
The full moon on December 11 in Gemini is accompanied by Venus/Saturn bringing you to a finish line or deadline. Venus/Saturn is a good transit for the end of a term, signing or finishing a contract, solidifying plans, making it official, etc. If December 10/11 brings you to a stop, it won’t be for long. You’ll immediately move onto the next item on the list.
No matter how the day transpires, the solar eclipse on Christmas Day sets a good backdrop for making the most of it. It is quite possible that you’ll look back on this holiday/this year as the last of the past and the first of your new life trajectory.
LIBRA September 22 - October 22
Venus has recently entered Capricorn and on December 2, Jupiter will also join the group (Saturn, Pluto, Ceres, the south node). As is typical of this time of year, family, home, and the past claim added attention. This year there is something more important, more significant about the holiday and this moment along the timeline. Whether it is a sense or something actual in the works, the stars are putting a finishing touch on the past while also already setting to work on a next chapter of your life.
Jupiter’s entrance into Capricorn can bring a sense of turning an important corner.
Beyond a cut-off time for getting the Christmas packages mailed out, the full moon on December 11 can bring you to a finish line or a wrap it up time. If you run out of steam you won’t be for long. At peak on December 15, Jupiter stay well aligned with Uranus all month. One way or another, Jupiter/Uranus keeps it lively and fresh.
Venus in Aquarius, starting December 19, keeps it socialize, entertaining and upbeat.
The solar eclipse on Christmas Day is aligned with Jupiter and trine Uranus. On a general note, the eclipse sets up a good backdrop for relaxing, enjoying, and making the most of the time you spend. You will feel the effect of this eclipse more noticeably if you are born on or near September 27. The eclipse can mark a milestone or special anniversary, a hello or goodbye of note. It could be a last Christmas shared with certain someone or a last Christmas spent here (i.e. at this address or in this situation).
SCORPIO October 22 - November 21
After logging two months in your sign, Mercury leaves Scorpio on December 9. Mars, freshly into Scorpio, will keep you going strong through January 3.
Joining the stellium of planets already in Capricorn (including the short transit of Venus in Capricorn to December 19), Jupiter enters this sign on December 2. Over this next year, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto will combine forces. In doing so, they increase the scope regarding your evolving reality. Jupiter brings the past twelve years to a full circle round-up, while also signing you up for the next twelve-year growth curve. You’ll feel a strong sense that time is of greater importance, that there isn’t much of it left, and that it is necessary to spend it right. Regarding your career or personal life journey, Saturn/Pluto underscores this fact. They also mark an anniversary or milestone of significance.
The full moon in Gemini on December 11 is accompanied by Venus/Saturn hitting a deadline or wrap up. It’s a good day to finish or sign a contract, or to take some other formal or official step.
Jupiter is well aligned with Uranus in Taurus for most of December. In addition to setting up a smooth- running backdrop for navigating your way through the social and holiday extras, this duo assists you to acclimatize to change readily and naturally.
Jupiter/Uranus are at peak on December 15 (exact trine aspect). They are also major contributors to the solar eclipse in Capricorn on December 25 (Jupiter in Capricorn is one degree off the eclipse). The eclipse makes this Christmas a special one, a last one or a first one of significance.
SAGITTARIUS November 21 – December 21
Jupiter leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn on December 2, but you still stand to gain from your ruling planet’s bounty. The Capricorn stellium will help you or force you to put down better roots, to get yourself better anchored. There is wisdom in building more security. That can mean taking on more responsibility or more belt tightening. Perhaps it is a combination of both.
Perhaps it is a combination of both. Over this next year, all ambition directed toward improvement and better your best can meet with reward. The Capricorn equation is always the same: put the effort into it, do the work, get the reward.
Putting you on the move and well timed for all that goes along with the holiday extras, Mercury takes a quick trip through Sagittarius from December 9 to 28.
The full moon in Gemini on December 15 can bring you to a stop or a finish point. It could mark the end or the cementing of a relationship, or the end or beginning of a contract.
Building to a mid month peak, Jupiter trines Uranus on December 15. In general Jupiter/Uranus can keep your daily get-go, your plans, and your communication track running smooth. The duo set a good backdrop for easing your way along, for transitioning into a new job or lifestyle, for making improvement regarding health or finances. Creative solutions can make their presence known/take on a life of their own. This planetary pairing holds for the entire month and is also a feature of the solar eclipse in Capricorn on December 25. Jupiter conjunct the eclipse (by 1-degree orb) marks this holiday’s memory making as one that will hold special significance as a last or a first of many.
CAPRICORN December 21 - January 20
Have you felt brighter, more on, more social as of recently? If so, you are likely to be picking up on Venus, freshly at it in Capricorn. You’ll gain an even bigger boost from Jupiter in Capricorn, starting December 2. (Give it a bit of time to kick in, there’s still some rocks to get out of the way first.)
The full moon on December 11 is accompanied by Venus on a wrap-up with Saturn. It could be the last day to get your packages shipped in time for Christmas. On another note, Venus/Saturn is good for signing a contract, taking an official step, etc. If you stop, it won’t be for long.
Jupiter trine Uranus peaks on December 15, but it will keep the general and social atmosphere lively all month. Despite the belt tightening that Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn can bring, it should be a profitable month for businesses that cater to the season. Jupiter/Uranus can also be a helpful influence for navigating your way through the tight spots, for finding creative solutions or better answers and avenues.
Jupiter/Uranus is a feature of the solar eclipse on December 25. This solar eclipse will be hold greater impact for you if you are born on or near Christmas Day (December 24 to 27). Jupiter aligned with the eclipse can mark this year’s holiday as memory making one, perhaps it is milestone reached, a special anniversary or celebration or an ending or a beginning of significance. This eclipse will continue to hold impact through the lunar eclipse of next month, through the next six months and beyond.
AQUARIUS January 20 – February 18/19
December opens with Mercury nearing a wrap-up in Scorpio (as of December 9) and Mars into a six-week tour of the sign (ending on January 3). Both put added attention on sorting out what’s next – for right now and for beyond the holidays. Venus, in Capricorn to December 19, can help you to get it under better control and to make good use of your time and money.
Two big events happen this month: Jupiter’s exit out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn on December 2 and the solar eclipse in Capricorn on Christmas Day.
Jupiter in Capricorn can give you preview (perhaps its a premonition) of what is to come. Do not ignore or downplay your intuition, it could help you to gain a significant lead. Put your creativity to maximum use. Joining the stellium of planets in Capricorn, Jupiter increases the scope and opportunity of potentials already on brew. Know this is a one-year transit. Whatever it is that is shaping up for you now can take more time before it is fully visible, workable, or materialized. By the end of 2020, Jupiter and Saturn will join forces in Aquarius to begin a new twenty-year cycle and a larger format cycle (190-ish years!).
Mercury tenants Sagittarius from December 9 to 28. Venus enters Aquarius on December 20. Both transits are good for keeping spirits bright and for enjoying your time.
Whether or not you have a big-to do planned for Christmas Day, it can be one for the history books thanks to Jupiter conjunct within one degree of the solar eclipse in Capricorn on December 25. The eclipse also trines Uranus. Whether to do with the past, the future or the here and now, watch for something or someone special or unexpected to claim your attention. Setting up a long in the works ending or a long in the works beginning, the eclipse will hold greater impact for you if it makes direct contact to your chart. (Perhaps it will be notable if you are born on January 22 – 27). Otherwise, it can simply produce a better than average Christmas for taking quality time out or gifting yourself.
PISCES February 18/19 to March 19/20
Mercury in Scorpio (to December 9) and Mars in Scorpio (through January 3) keep your radar sharp. Both help you to find the best bang for your buck and take full advantage of the best the moment has to offer.
Venus, freshly at it in Capricorn and Jupiter entering Capricorn on December 2 also help you put time and money to good use. Venus advances into Aquarius on December 19 but Jupiter will tenant Capricorn for the next year. Jupiter increases the scope of the Saturn/Pluto agenda. What’s the agenda? You know: to climb that damn mountain so that you get a selfie with the flag at the summit. Yes, it is worth the effort, the patience, and the time required.
The full moon in Gemini on December 11 is a good time to stop for a moment before you get up and go again. Venus conjunct Saturn on this full moon favours the signing or completion of a contract, the end of a school term, the ending or beginning of an official next step. (Hopefully you can finish your shopping, and/or meet the postal deadline).