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December begins in a busy, work-oriented rush. Mercury in Sagittarius helps us stay honest and future-focused, Venus in industrious Capricorn and Mars in collective Aquarius keep our emotions involved in our work, our community and our far-reaching plans. Mars trines Jupiter and jump-starts our action.

Mercury enters industrious Capricorn December 2 and Venus enters Aquarius December 7 and encourages us to initiate projects that serve our communities’ needs. Mercury sextiles Neptune on December 10 and sprinkles winter holiday magic, but it’s up to us to make it glow. A fresh industriousness kicks in as the Sun conjuncts Saturn and trines Uranus on December 10 and 12. Stay focused on long-term plans even as winter’s lights sparkle.

Around December 19, all this busyness slows down; our energy level lowers and emotions get squishy as Mars enters Pisces and Mercury retrogrades. The sun enters Capricorn on December 21 and sends us back to our unfinished soul work, back to the family, our home towns, back to the messages of our other lives. After a moody, memory-filled Eve, Venus forms some delightful aspects to Jupiter, Uranus and Saturn on Christmas Day calling us to fully engage our heart and form radical acts of compassion. End 2016 with a Mercury-retrograde life review.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Make this a high-profile work month; prove you can both collaborate and lead. If caught in a feisty meeting, bring attention back to the good of the whole. After December 19, put work on hold or finish up loose ends, then reconnect with people and projects dear to your heart.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Look around for what you need to learn and communicate for your work as the month begins. After December 7, strengthen working relationships; be sociable, open, yet reliable at holiday parties. After December 19, reminisce and reconnect with elements of your psychic history.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Work on boundary issues as the month begins; stuff, thoughts, and feelings — what is yours, what is theirs? If you can sort this out, collaboration can be truly profitable. After the solstice, honor the family’s plans, but listen to a need to get quiet and burrow within.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…As the month begins, focus on your health and habits. Make daily life a spiritual practice; the busier you are the more important this is. Balance relationships and responsibilities mid-month. Bring attention to in-laws and the extended family community after the winter solstice.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Pay attention to love, romance and beauty these first few weeks; be of service to the ones you love and helpful to people all around. Steady work actually allows you to care more; a balanced soul can stretch farther. After the winter solstice, you may need to step back and let others shine.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Balance work and home life as the month begins; do not let opportunities slide, but know that you’re the keeper of the hearth-fire now. Romance warms up after the winter solstice. The holiday break can inspire last-minute creativity and surprising spiritual depth.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Your blood and chosen siblings need you as December begins; refine communication in work and community. Collaborative art projects blossom mid-month. But your attention is brought back to your personal home and history after the winter solstice. Investigate what projects and karmic exercises need completion.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…You may feel unusually generous; just watch the proportion of income and outflow, and use your brilliance elsewhere, for this needs common sense. A good pragmatic foundation allows you to go deeper. After the solstice, it’s your turn to tell stories and check on stray folk.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…As December begins, you have an opportunity to make a good impression, to have your words make a difference, to be taken seriously. Mid-month, you have a good perspective and can see how the parts fit together to the benefit of all. After the solstice, notice where you feel depleted and refill the wells.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…You have a vision of where your work or organization needs to go; shepherd it from the back — quietly, steadily and from behind the scenes. Listen to but work around others’ objections mid-month. After the Solstice, feel appreciated for who you are and what you’ve been doing.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Do not be shy as the month begins, for it’s an important time to work your networks and be taken into consideration. Listen for projects in the work and see how you can fit in. After December 19, it’s time to kick back, take care of health and review your life.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…You are needed this month. Your kindness, humor and flexibility can create a better working environment the first week. Bosses and parental types need your help mid-month, but balance their needs with your own goals. After the Solstice, turn your healing attention to your chosen family.

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Heather Roan Robbins is a heart-centered and choice-oriented astrologer, palmist and ceremonialist with 30+ years' experience. Her book, Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life using the Moon Signs and Cycles, brings real astrology into an accessible format. She's trained in astro-locality, mythic, multi-generational and traditional astrology and uses it at the core of her spiritual counseling. Visit www.roanrobbins.com.

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