Winter Solstice, Dec. 21
Hanukkah – Dec 22
Dec 12: FULL MOON: 8:3 am 21:02 GEMINI
Dec 27: NEW MOON: 4:22 am 6:08 CAPRICORN
Dec 1: Neptune ends retrograde: 11:40 pm
Dec 7: Venus enters Aquarius: 3:37 pm
Dec 12: Mercury enters Capricorn: 2:13 am
Dec 21: Winter Solstice: Sun enters Capricorn: 4:04 am
Dec 26: Mars enters Capricorn: 11:31 pm
Dec 31: Saturn turns retrograde: 10:09 am
The new day dawns and December stars are set to drive the point home in no uncertain terms. Whether it is obvious to you or not, a critical no-turning-back line has been crossed. The past is a done deal, fates have been sealed, and it is time to reconcile with the facts. Now advanced into Capricorn (as of Nov 26), transformer Pluto has a specific two-fold agenda to accomplish, to call attention to the accountability ledger and to build it better from here. This is serious business. It is important to make wise choices now, to build reserve for the important battles ahead, to minimize regret and blame, and to maximize on affirmative action taking. The time crunch is on, not only for the US auto industry and Obama’s presidential takeover, but for our private lives too.
Mars and the Sun traveling together turn up the heat, so you can expect the daily intensity to continue through and beyond the Full Moon Dec 12. In addition to the influence of Mars, this Full Moon also engages the Uranus/Saturn opposition, the feature shake-it-up influence that will be with us for the next 2 years. As such, we can expect an outpouring, unleashing, or unhinging of significant proportion to occur. Watch for things to ignite or erupt as early as Dec. 8. The Full Moon features the Gemini/Sagittarius axis, so watch for repeats of significance (both plus and minus) and be especially careful when traveling, connecting, or conveying your message. The potential for accidents, disruption, friction, confrontation and jarring surprise is greatly heightened. A to B can get a lot more complicated. We could see another domino affect and greater volatility re the stock market, money markets and speculative ventures/industries. Aggression, racism, fanaticism, and terrorism can inflame too.
While retailers are sure to worry more about this season’s profit margins, brisk spending is likely to continue while Mars tours Sagittarius through Dec 26. The winter solstice (Dec 21) can nail home the reality shift as the Sun and Pluto team together in Capricorn. Watch for a power struggle or the need to put an end to something more than just your extra running around. Hanukkah begins on Dec 22 with the moon in emotional Scorpio. Christmas day, the Sagittarius moon is befitting for gatherings and spiritual observance. Mercury and Saturn loan patience and tolerance on and off the roads, and suggest a low key mood and a slow pace hits the spot just right. (Road blocks can be visible, take note.) This planetary duo also suggests we can (learn to) be satisfied with less. Presence and intent are the best gifts you can give. Words written and spoken can hold deep impact.
The New Moon in Capricorn Dec 27 ignites an intensified get-down-to-business chapter. Mars in Capricorn conjoining Pluto Dec 28 brings the desire to forge ahead and to put greater distance between the past and the here and now. Perhaps there will be a sense of urgency or a countdown race against the clock. Saturn in its station phase prior to turning retrograde Dec 31 can inhibit our full tilt forward and create a thick or heavy feeling to the atmosphere, somewhat like a pregnant pause as the year comes to a close and we try to sort out our next best course of action. The moon is in social Aquarius during the day on Dec 31, which can make for a lively day, but by evening the moon advances into laidback Pisces, suggesting quiet observance is the best way to ring in the New Year. If you drink, please don’t drive.
ARIES (MARCH 20 – APRIL 19)
Your relationship to the world/your world is about to undergo significant transformation. Whether the process unfolds with a slow and steady gait or you experience a seemingly overnight overturn, the structure of your life is about to undergo a major metamorphosis. For those who have been diligently training and/or paying dues, Pluto’s entrance into Capricorn signals that a time of professional or personal ripening is at hand. For those of you who have been over-extending resources or health and/or running wild with lifestyle choices, know that when the past catches up with you, it can be a harsh dictator. For all of us, time is too precious to waste. Pluto in Capricorn will prompt you or force you to establish better boundaries and to find more effective solutions re those long-standing or chronic issues. You are naturally slated to move into a more authoritative or responsible position, not only re your career, but also re your family position too. Upgrades are well worth the extra money or effort involved.
The first week of December can find you especially ambitious and on the go. It’s your best week to pursue, promote, and perform. In fact, your opportunity stars are in vibrant shape up to the Full Moon Dec 12, so work it/push it/take as far as you can. Dec 11/12 brings you to a finish line, pace-break or cut-off point. Dec 14 can bring temporary frustration/challenge. Dec 17, 18 can take it out of you, physically, emotionally, perhaps financially too. Dec 21, 22 can ignite power struggles or require great effort. The moon in Sagittarius on Christmas Day is appropriate for religious or spiritual observance, but in relationship to Saturn/Uranus, the day may not be in keeping with your usual or the family tradition. Some can feel the pain of distance from a loved one, even when they stand within your gaze. The New Moon Dec 27 can bring back to work time for some, for others it’s time to get a new plan of attack together. New Year’s Eve, the Moon in Pisces suggests it’s time to curl up cozy and take it as it comes. Romantic or alone with the T.V. is best, if you go out to drink, please taxi home.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
Your life is about to turn a corner. Looking at the big picture, Pluto’s advance into Capricorn serves not only to redefine the world around you, but to reshape your future too, and in no uncertain terms. To a large extent you are likely to feel a strong sense of the predestined, but always you have a choice re how to play it. The high road requires you to buckle down to a major initiative/goal. You’ll find ample fortitude and confidence now, so know that you can handle more than usual. Don’t let the extra pressure, the single life, or risk-taking intimidate you, push forward with all your might and keep your sights set on later gain. The low road is a self-destructive one, and it will trap you if you allow yourself to perpetuate self-sabotaging ways. Be forewarned that you can’t tempt fate and expect to get away unscathed. Pluto in Capricorn will enforce accountability, and it will come at you in full force. On the immediate level, Mars in Sagittarius teamed with the Sun can see financial concerns or relationship matters mushroom far beyond what you have anticipated. Dec 11 – 18 intensity can escalate; sudden added expenses can be incurred. Misunderstandings can see a parting of ways. Dec. 21, 22 are good days for travel, sales, to open up to someone important, or simply to create a change of pace. Christmas day, park yourself in one spot, relax, roll with it, and stay within reasonable limits. Minimize plans New Year’s Eve too.
GEMINI (May 20 – June 20)
Pluto’s advance into Capricorn will transform your coping skills, which includes (a) the way you view and handle your money, and (b) how you go about getting your essential needs met when navigating through the important relationships of your life. Positively you can develop more consistency with budgets and belt-tightening routines. Of course, you may feel you have little choice, especially if you are reliant on subsidies, commissions, tips, etc. or if your partner’s income reduces. The decline in the real estate market can cause you to rethink your plans. For buyers, your opportune window will continue for some time, there’s no need to race into something now. If you need to sell, see it as a trade-off and to do what’s best for you now. Pluto in Capricorn also finds you becoming more committed and invested in a significant (business or personal) relationship too, whether this occurs in subtle or more obvious ways. When Capricorn is emphasized, it’s important to focus on the long term or long lived. A marriage or some other official move can be in the works for some. Watch for a special event, a significant connection, meeting, or negotiation, or something newsworthy, Dec. 5, 6 when Mars and the Sun conjoin. (Note that competition, heated moments, or accidents can also occur.) The Full Moon in Gemini Dec 12 can also signal an important launch point or a departure of significance. Know you could get strong-armed Dec. 21, 22; you may have difficulty resisting your own emotions or compulsions too. Dec. 24, 25 can come and go before you know it. (You’ll be glad to get the pressure over.) The Moon in Aquarius Dec 31 can bring a high energy, on the go day, but by evening the moon in Pisces you’ll fair best to ring in the New Year’s Eve with quiet observance. Stay reasonable re your alcohol consumption.
CANCER (June 22 – July 22)
Health, work, and other learning-the-ropes programs have likely been all consuming while Pluto toured Sagittarius. You can feel overwhelmed while Mars and the Sun team up in Sagittarius, but passed Dec 18, the stars will switch gears. Pluto’s advance into Capricorn turns the heat lamp toward reinventing your public persona and ways of engaging in relationships, both personal and professional. Your next primary mandate will be focused on better quality relating and on developing more lasting, mature, and fulfilling relationships. Jupiter and Saturn in Virgo can bring better perspective now. Hanukkah arrives with the moon in Scorpio, along with Sun and Pluto conjoined. This can be a full stop day, perhaps in more ways than one. Profound emotions are sure to be stirred. Dec. 25/26, minimize on output, park yourself, and stay put. You could feel tuckered out or a little under the weather. Get a jump start on your New Year’s resolutions by harnessing the no-turning-back-now intensity of the New Moon on Dec. 27. This new moon is boosted by Mars’ advance into Capricorn conjoined with Pluto. It’s time to start a new relationship chapter, with others and with yourself too. Put better boundaries in place. Dec. 31, Saturn turns retrograde early in the day, while the Moon moves out of social Aquarius and into Pisces late in the evening. Casual with friends or intimate will do nicely. Take a moment for quiet contemplation or spiritual sustenance too.
LEO (July 23 – Aug. 22)
It’s time to face the long road lies ahead. Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto loan you fortitude and staying power. Push ahead on new health regimes now too. Pluto in Capricorn will challenge you to establish better relationships at work and to become more efficient with time management. Upgrades to equipment, marketing, routines, or techniques can be necessary. Dec 4 – 6 can take you/sail you through more than usual. You could be surprised how far a conversation or a look-see can go. Know it can be hard to keep the ceiling on your spending or imbibing limits too. The social full moon Dec 12 can see you flooded with both the incoming and outgoing. You could reach a breaking point or a saturation threshold. Dec 16 – 18 could see you get more for your money, but these dates can also wear you down/put you through the paces. Dec 22 you’ll feel in need of a change of pace. Devote your time with those who really need you or who take care of you best. Despite whatever is going on in the background, the moon in Sagittarius finds you in good spirits Dec. 25. Dec 31 can start with a game for anything feel, but as evening rolls around, you could be ready to wind it down early.
VIRGO (Aug 22 – Sept 21)
It seems you are packing a whole lot of living and whole lot of learning into a short period of time. Mars and the Sun in Sagittarius keep you burning through plenty more than usual for the better portion of the month. Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn provide you with more stamina, but know it’s also easy to overextend yourself too. Stay reasonable! Pluto’s advance into Capricorn brings a time of ripening as it moves into the most empowered position of your chart. Progressively, you’ll grow more assured in your choices and find that your life path suddenly becomes much better defined. Reward can come through professional success or romance. You will feel the benefits of Pluto more readily if you are born around Aug 22, otherwise you’ll have to wait your turn. Dec 4 – 6 you could find yourself making important plans or confronting important family, financial, or relationship matters. The couple of days around the Full Moon Dec 12 could bring backtracking or spinning wheels. Resolve or control can fly out the window. The start of Hanukkah can bring profound emotions to the surface and/or the joy of same page togetherness. The day may be somewhat subdued or downplayed, still Mercury and Saturn dish up contentment and an even keel on Christmas day. The New Moon Dec 27 can find you ready for an early start on your resolutions. New Year’s Eve, minimize your expectations, things may not go according to plan. Know you won’t miss out on a thing if you back out of a party in favor of a quiet or romantic evening.
LIBRA (Sept.23 – Oct.22)
Whether you travel or not, the month ahead is sure to see you getting plenty of extra mileage. Mars teamed with the Sun in Sagittarius provides good fuel for athletes, educators, promoters/agents, performers, and shopkeepers. This vibrant attention-getting combo can fire up your social life and they’ll get your good ideas cooking too. Venus in Aquarius adds to your social and romantic delight. Are you safe, secure, or settled? What more do you have to do in order to get there? Pluto’s advance into Capricorn raises these questions and more. Home concerns, family matters, retirement planning, or running your own business can become even more urgent priorities. The Full Moon Dec 12 could bring news, visitors, a concert to attend or some other great social event to enjoy. Whether you simply feel it, or you actually get to pull away, Dec 20 marks the start of your holiday. Dec 25, minimize as best you can. Play earlier rather than later, Dec 31. The best of your New Year’s Eve merry making can be the getting ready part.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)
Mars teamed with the Sun find you on a high output through the first two weeks of the month. Now is the time to plant new seeds, they’ll sprout strong in due course. Have you felt stuck with limited options? You’ll be relieved to know that Pluto’s advance into Capricorn is about to change that fact. Results can be more ready gained. You should be able to find greater confirmation within yourself and to establish more solid ground with clients too. Some friendships, plans, or ambitions may fall by the wayside, but others can be nicely solidified. The Full Moon Dec 12 can bring a critical moment to seek the advice of a professional, or to act on a tip or a hunch. It’s also the time to discuss an important plan, to pop the question, to negotiate a financial arrangement, sign a pre-nup, or to finalize important commitments. It can also be a time to dig deeper into your pockets for charity or to show up for another in some integral way. The start of Hanukkah brings the opportunity to prioritize/demonstrate how much loved ones matter. Christmas can bring conflicting emotions and/or the need for concessions, but it’s probably par for the course. The New Moon Dec 27 brings the time to conjure new plans and implement new strategies. Dec 31, host at home, unwind by yourself, or chose to be a spontaneous romantic.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov.22 – Dec. 21)
December stars see you wonderfully revitalized thanks to Mars touring Sagittarius through Dec. 26. You should feel full of vim, vigor, and good fighting spirit especially in the first 2 weeks of the month as Mars teams with the Sun. It can be difficult to stay on track with your intentions or budgets on the Full Moon Dec. 12, (you could spill the beans too) but on the other hand, spontaneity works like a charm. Watch also for a great social event, important news, an observation or insight, an ice breaker, tie breaker, or a departure of significance. So too, an important conversation, meeting, or decision could define your next steps. Pluto’s advance into Capricorn can help you to solidify an income stream, move into a more professional status re your creative talents. It can also help you to develop more consistency re your intentions and commitments. Ultimately, Pluto in Capricorn will help you to show up for yourself more, and when you do, you’ll feel more successful, materially, emotionally and spiritually too. The stars suggest quiet observance is appropriate for the start of Hanukkah. The moon is in Sagittarius on Christmas Day. You are apt to feel grateful to be away from work yet still somewhat restless and ready to stir things up. Dec 31, ring in the New Year quietly at home.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)
We’ll soon find out that there’s a heck of a lot more to your sign than meets the average eye. Whether passion or pressure compels you to more aggressive action taking, we are about to see a whole ‘nother side of you! Pluto’s lengthy tour of Capricorn will expose more of your depth and complexity, and in the process you’ll discover hidden layers and skills that you probably didn’t know you had either. Your instincts and reaction time are likely to grow much sharper now. Those of you born around Dec 22 will feel the profound metamorphic effects of Pluto in Capricorn now. The rest of you will have more time to undertake necessary change before it’s enforced on you. Your physical health can be one of the primary challenges of Pluto’s transit. Don’t ignore the signals, take care of business sooner rather than later. Mars and the Sun teamed together in this first 2 weeks of the month can ignite or inflame. This planetary duo can refuel your creativity, spirituality and compassion and turn you into the season’s most enthusiastic do-gooder. The Full Moon can test your coping skills/bring an onslaught of extras to deal with or put you under extra pressure to perform. Health, work, or transportation problems can slow you or stop you altogether. ‘Tis the season for road checks, take heed. Dec 21, it can be hard to hold back on feelings. You could be confronted with more than you feel ready to cope with. Christmas Day, you’ll appreciate a time-out moment to pause for reflection and quiet observance. You may also prefer to stay out of sight or to back out of the heated debate. In fact, away is a good place to be! Mars in Capricorn (starting Dec 26) and the New Moon, Dec 27, find you ready to action once again. New Year’s Eve, relax with good friends or hit a party. It doesn’t matter what you do, you’ll be easily entertained.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)
Even though you may say you’d rather avoid it all, you probably get a good charge out of lights and action of the holiday bustle. You’ll navigate through the crowds and your vibrant social life with great skill while Mars and the Sun team up in this first couple of weeks. The Full Moon Dec 12 can bring a social occasion or welcome diversion. Then again, it could bring a surprising, perhaps jarring, deviation or departure. Sudden or added expenses can arise too. The start of Hanukah is a good time to withdraw from the hectic pace and to seek quality over quantity. Forget what the rest of the world is doing and turn attention to those who matter most. The pressure lifts Christmas Day. By the New Moon, Dec 27, you’ll be better able to unwind and relax. Dec 31, you can start the day with high energy and game for anything attitude, but by evening, cozy and quiet will suit you best.
PISCES (Feb. 19 – March 20)
Your coping skills could be especially tested, Dec. 8 – 12, the Full Moon can unleash or unhinge more than you may be ready for. It’s also a time when you can surpass a creative hurdle or get past a block with an authority, a legal matter, or an institution. People can get the better of you – the added pressure can test your patience too, Dec 15 – 17. Dec 21, 22, it will be time to switch gears and to stop the over-activity. December 25 is a day to give thanks for life’s small graces and to acknowledge those who stick by you through thick and thin. Mercury and Saturn can put a somber spin on conversations and celebrations. The New Moon Dec 27 can prompt you to get down to the business at hand and to direct more concentrated effort into your get-ahead plans. You may prefer to fore go the usual New Year’s Eve. Simple does it best.