December Horoscope: A Turning Point

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Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

December begins under a cheerful, restless, Sagittarius Sun and Mercury, with Venus in introspective Scorpio and Mars in tempestuous Aries. While a new enthusiasm brightens the future, our hearts can still perseverate over old resentments or new obsessions, and that emotional torque needs to be directed carefully.

We are at a turning point. After a phase of uncertainty December 13-14 as Mercury squares confusing Neptune, a southern-hemisphere solar eclipse in Sagittarius encourages us to end an old chapter and begin a new one, with a true commitment to Sagittarian outspoken truth.

The mood lightens as Venus enters cheerful Sagittarius December 15. Jupiter and Saturn leave Capricorn and enter Aquarius December 16-19, they conjunct on December 21, on the centering and grounding winter solstice. Old pains could flare as Mars squares Pluto on December 23, but we’ll really feel the winds of the new era as 2021 begins.

The holidays will be different this year. Sometimes scarcity can highlight the sweetness and value of what we do have. Throughout this holiday season we may need to bunny-hop back and forth between Sagittarian gratitude, through Scorpionic mourning, back to gratitude, and on into optimism for the new year ahead.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…You’re on a steep learning curve. The world is expanding and possibilities arise if you can stay on focus and be the author of your own direction. Instead of reacting, act. Look for a surprise around siblings and sibling-like people mid-month, and a change in community in 2021.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Beloveds may need extra attention this month, but not be able signal it clearly. Ask for clarification. Don’t get possessive if they seem restless. The restlessness is not about you, but towards a wider horizon; take their hand and go exploring together. Watch for new professional opportunities in 2021.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Don’t try to make everyone happy; if difficult friends and co-workers stress your personal life, know they’re more existentially uncomfortable than mad at you. Stay on target. Shed a completed chapter mid-month and get ready for new beginnings around education, travel and international connections in 2021.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Work towards resolution in some lingering work problem, though it may take leadership on your part. Plan carefully what you’d like to end and what new stage to begin around the December 14 eclipse. Support community efforts; they’ll bring helpful new connections in 2021.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Look for a change, possibly a great one, in your creative or romantic life mid-month around the eclipse. Let go of an immature self-image. Expect to hit a growth spurt over the next two years as you are asked to mature and deepen your relationships and work partnerships.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Bounce around new ideas. As the month begins expect to feel scattered, but use this time to explore options. Lead with positivity during changes on the home front or in family dynamics mid-month. Start a new and joyful health regime in the new year, and reclaim your energy.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Socialize and work the crowd the first week of December. If some surprising rearrangements need to be made mid-month, stay honest, stay clear, and stay on target. Clear out clutter and people who drain you. Prepare for new work around relationship and manifested creative process in 2021.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Enjoy generosity, but watch the tendency to spend money and energy casually as the month begins. Save some reserves to rearrange resources mid-month in response to an unexpected opportunity or cost. Use reserves to start new beginnings at home, home territory, or home office in 2021.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…I know this Sagittarius season can’t be as wide-ranging and sociable as usual, but still people need connection, and need to hear you laugh. Channel restlessness wisely mid-month, be spontaneous, but with foresight towards consequences. Next year, invest in your neighborhood and community: create those brothers and sisters of the heart.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…Watch for some interesting revelations behind-the-scenes at work and in the depths of your psyche. Let go of an outdated self-concept and step into new and more flexible possibilities mid-month. Your hard-won positive public opinion encourages a dynamic reorganization of your resources in 2021.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Connect with old friends, even if only online, as the month begins; let these connections remind you who you have been, and are now. All the work you’ve been doing for years deep within yourself will become more obvious and useful to you as you take on new responsibility in 2021.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Enjoy the buzz around your workplace, cross pollinate, connect with new ideas, and let your enthusiasm for upcoming changes be contagious. Mid-month, those who adapt fastest will do best; you feel every shift but can roll with change better than most. In 2021 you can review all you’ve learned and step into a new era of self-awareness and dynamic maturity.

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