December Horoscope: Gratitude under Duress


Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

If the astral winds can buffet us as December begins, our best refuge will be in the Sagittarian ability to search for and find something to be grateful for, even in dark moments. Both Mercury retrograde and Venus in Scorpio ask us to look into the past — which can help us finish term papers and prepare for exams — but leave us haunted. This review can help us prepare to make some changes. The sun squares Mars December 2, which pushes our willpower and stirs tempers. Think through conflict around international questions and remember you are a global citizen.

Stay steady and warm-hearted through a confusing time December 5-7 as the Sun squares Neptune and Mercury turns direct. Let’s work to correct misunderstandings and misperceptions, starting with our own. Tension eases up December 12 as Mercury enters Sagittarius.

And now the fun begins, the mood lightens, we look forward to travel and to a fresh approach to truth as generosity buoys our hearts as Mercury conjuncts Jupiter in Sagittarius December 12. But our thread of concentration may fade, leaving us easily distracted. New hope for healthy change arises around the winter solstice December 21 as the Sun trines Uranus and enters Capricorn. December 24 brings a magical tone but also some last-minute confusion and potential weather difficulties; keep eyes open and stay sensibly entranced. Our hearts dive deep as Venus sextiles Pluto, but the action picks up on New Year’s Eve as Mars enters Aries. Watch tempers, and get ready for a pivotal new year ahead.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Take care of your health. Work behind-the-scenes as the month begins, and be patient. Your mood and luck open up after December 12. Engage the chance to win, succeed or accomplish mid-December. Support others through the solstice and get ready for a dynamic year ahead.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Don’t count on your luck in early December, though your steady, stable rhythm can be a real help to all. Enjoy appreciation and reward for your work December 16, and a touch of magic December 21. Open the heart and go deep December 22-28.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Hang on early in the month; just do the work right in front of you. After December 6 you can breathe a sigh of relief. Come into your own mid-December; scintillate. Great heart-centered opportunities abound around the solstice, then let others lead the conversation.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…The past walks with you December 1-6, but don’t look too far back. Keep your review positive. Find what’s working, and blow on those goals. Comfort and you will be comforted mid-month. Your family may offer more support after December 21.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…You may miss times gone by, people not here, but don’t let that blind you to what you have in front of you. December 2-6 be kind to yourself, and don’t take the bait. December 8-21 bubbles with possibility, search for gratitude and start new sparks.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Prioritize patience and follow through. Lay low, finish work and keep snarky comments to yourself through December 12. Then watch the world unfold. Live life to the fullest through December 21, peer carefully through some confusion or sloppy conditions, but find magic December 24-28.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Don’t get between other arguing parties and try to protect them this first week, just to set an example of fairness. Your work as social director kicks in December 12, with success December 16-21; provide opportunities for other people to connect, and your world flourishes.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Your inner Grinch may want to speak up, but keep moderation in comments, purchases and social warmth. Curb the tongue December 2, deal with confusion December 7-17, and just take one step at a time. Respond to opportunity for real connection December 17 on.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Deal with long-term health issues, work on flexibility both physical and emotional through December 7. Tell your story after December 12, but make sure to stop long enough to also listen. Enjoy the camaraderie. Look for new information about real opportunity December 20-24.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…You’re busy, but are more on track than most at the beginning of December. Some new opening in your psyche, and potential for new physical health, arises mid-month. Though you may plan to withdraw over the holidays, fate and family pull you towards the spotlight.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Prioritize work and community. Finish up projects the first week of December; stay on track with promises already made. Engage in community building after December 12. Offer your unusual sense of aesthetics December 16- 21, then kick back and watch the show.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Rein in crankiness as the month begins, even if others prickle. Manage anxiety and set a good example. Then relax and enjoy a pleasant chaos mid-month, and opportunity for the arts and a creative approach to spirituality December 21-26.


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