December Horoscope: Conscious Decade Change

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The stars encourage our personal life to flow smoothly and efficiently this month. The vibe is competent and winter solstice brings a twinkle to the eye as we wrap up this decade. But major political and cultural shifts come to a head over the next three months as Jupiter enters competent Capricorn as the month begins and Saturn and Pluto close in on an exact conjunction in January. Expect political and personal contests around who’s in charge, how power is used, and what really brings security. This aspect calls us to renovate how we do business to integrate our practical work with our spiritual and philosophical perspectives. We need to walk our talk into the next decade.

As December begins, old resentments and retribution simmer, but we don’t have to get caught by them with Mercury and Mars in focused Scorpio. Mercury enters forgiving, upbeat Sagittarius on December 9 and brings seasonal cheer, but we may need to speak up and clear the air. Track packages, communiqués and travel carefully December 18-21 as Mercury squares Neptune. Venus enters communal Aquarius on December 19, warming our hearts to the great collective. Winter solstice at 9:19 p.m. December 21, brings us back to family traditions. A solar eclipse December 25 encourages us to start the next decade thoughtfully.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Stay alert at work; do not buy into ongoing power struggles in your environment, but do stay on target with what you authentically know and can pursue. If you have unexpected free time, give it purpose. Take advantage of an opening or opportunity December 9 and 21. Then take a deep breath.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…This month brings a sharp learning curve; it’s time to let your world expand. Take every opportunity to engage a new experience, foreign culture or diverse approach; you’ll utilize the information to handle unexpected changes in the year ahead.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Honor boundaries, and hold your property and psychic space cleanly; good walls make good neighbors. The first week may include some frustratingly stubborn people, but tension softens after December 9. Watch for confusion and misunderstandings December 18-20 and enjoy ingenuity towards New Year’s.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…If old scar tissue that complicated earlier relationships twinges as the month begins, instead of nursing resentment, use it as a chance to clear and open the way for a fresh approach to intimacy in the year ahead. Be in charge of your healing. Nurture sweetness as the year closes.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Your daily habits, health and issues with coworkers need attention in early December; clear the decks and create more room for joy. New lightness and sociability flows after December 9. Make new connections mid-December and, while still nurturing relationships, prioritize self-care over the holidays.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Make sure to finish work, don’t get too distracted by the many small pots cooking on the stove, but don’t stop there. Get cozy with art supplies, craft the night away as much for personal therapy as for winter solstice projects. In the process, reimagine the new year ahead.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Review family traditions, revel in what feeds you, and unravel karmic knots even if uncomfortable, but don’t enmesh in old dysfunctional patterns. Enjoy extra access to imagination December 3-8. December 13, track important things and people carefully. Appreciate a fresh breath of community after December 19.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Resentments float up to be released, like bad splinters; make the necessary changes so they don’t come back again. Take responsibility for your joy. Look for opportunities hidden in challenges mid-month. Keep your priorities clear, and therefore others reassured, December 21-25.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…It’s your season! Shine but be careful not to get too obnoxiously outgoing December 15-21; be open but responsive to others’ feelings. To prepare for the new year, assess material resources, money and stuff; pare down inessentials and focus on what can grow your life in a healthy direction.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Have patience and pace yourself, for this month may feel like a like a marathon. Your life has the opportunity to pivot towards freedom this winter, but whether through loss or through success is up to you. Complete projects December 19-22, be kind to yourself December 24-26, and scope out possibilities December 27-30.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Liberate dusty corners of your psyche, let spirit in, and gain faith in the process as Jupiter enters your solar 12th house. Enjoy new connections after December 9, feel beautiful and creative after December 19 as Venus enters Aquarius. Honor, but don’t re-engage, odd family dynamics December 25 on.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Extend towards new business contacts and old friends. Learn vicariously by being a good friend while others face trials. Just don’t promise anything you don’t have the energy for. Look for positive changes mid-month, and an opportunity to feel homey and connected as the year ends.

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