This is going to be a busy, active, and sometimes very tense month. The good news is that Mercury goes direct on the 16th, which should improve both travel and mail deliveries during the holidays. There is a lunar eclipse on the 10th in Gemini, and a solar eclipse on the 24th in Capricorn. This promises to keep the holidays (especially around the 23rd, 24th, and 25th) more emotionally charged than usual. Jupiter goes direct on the 25th. This will be a positive boost for the Taureans. And finally, Uranus goes direct on the 10th, really powering up those Arians. Good days this month are the 5th, 7th, 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd. December days to avoid are the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 10th, 13th, 18th, and 29th. The sun enters Capricorn on the first day of winter (the winter solstice) on the 21st. Mercury is retrograding through Sagittarius and will remain in Sagittarius throughout the month. Venus is traveling through traditional Capricorn, and then visits Aquarius on the 20th. Mars will be in Virgo until July of 2012. Jupiter goes direct in Taurus and will be there until June of 2012. Saturn is visiting Libra during December, while Uranus remains in Aries, Neptune in Aquarius, and Pluto in Capricorn.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). Big news for the Rams and Ewes! Uranus, planet of change, freedom, rejuvenation, and reinvention, is going forward in your sign. Uranus will be in Aries for the next six years. You are looking for something exciting and mind-expanding this month. This is a great time to be in touch with friends that you haven’t seen for a while. Don’t let your holiday plans hold you prisoner this year. You will want to be a part of the action instead of assuming the traditional role you’ve played in the past. Put some exercise in your diet—it will help relieve your tensions.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). Jupiter, planet of travel, optimism, and good fortune, goes forward in your sign at the end of the month. This will help to make 2012 a very positive year for you. As the month opens, you are rather low-key as your mind is focused on serious matters. Resources are a strong topic for you this month, and you are working on getting everything in order. You’ll get into the holiday spirit by the end of the month. Relationships become clearer as you try to find new long-term goals with your partner.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). Relationships are your hot topic for December. Mercury, your ruling planet, is retrograding through your relationship sector. This is a good time to focus on problems you may be having in your relationships, with an eye toward resolution. It’s also a great time to hear from old flames from the past. Family events will put extra stress on you during the holidays. You will be less patient than usual, and your darker twin may show up. You’ll need to have some distractions to keep your spirits light!
CANCER (June 22–July 22). With Mercury retrograde in your work arena, this is the time to get your home and office into shape. You are ready to get things going this month. You’re a bit impatient, especially in your career arena where you really need something stimulating so you won’t feel so bored and trapped. Relationships are tense during the first 10 days of the month. Don’t avoid addressing whatever comes up—you will be better for it. You may have little use for the holidays this year. Just put on your happy face and welcome your guests. You’ll be back on track by the end of the month.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Career energies are especially powerful this month and next. If you are looking to change jobs or seek a promotion, the best time to start this is after the 16th. You’ll be very focused on the holidays and your children. You are feeling very nostalgic, especially in the first half of the month. During holiday gatherings, you will want to charge in and take over. However, it’s best to sit back and allow yourself to be the guest. You are paying more attention to your health toward the end of the month and throughout January.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). Mars, planet of action, decisiveness, response, reaction, anger, and risk-taking, will remain firmly in your sign until July 5, 2012. If you need to address anything this month, Mars will be right there, pushing you along. Your patience may be non-existent during this month, so keep your holiday family visits short and sweet. You are feeling the tug to go home, but more to see old friends rather than just family. After the 16th, you’ll be ready to start new projects. You are feeling more confident than usual, so follow that impulse.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Such a mixed bag of energies this month! You’re doing more talking and communicating, and you seem to have a lot to say about everything that is going on. You are also having to pay a lot more attention to who you are and what you do, really looking at yourself through a critical lens. Relationships are fragile and in need of something that really lights you up—not just the same old thing. Put some energy into keeping your relationship fresh, or you may be looking for someone new in 2012. It’s a good time to be with your family over the holidays.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). As the month opens, you are focused on your financial picture. With Mercury retrograding through your resource arena, you are definitely taking care of issues from the past. Your relationship energies improve a great deal during December and January. It’s a great time to do networking, or just to meet new people. You are trying to put some new long-term goals into play, and you’ll be doing more of that in January.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). With Mercury retrograde in your sign, this is an important birthday month. You are doing more looking back at the past than normal. You are at the end of the previous cycle and about to begin a new one. It’s best to put new plans into action after the 16th. This is a great time to start a new project at work. You will be more impatient, especially with things at work. Conflicts or confrontations with the boss or your clients could make this an edgy month.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). You are ready for a welcome time of retreat, and happy to be more in the background. This is the perfect time for a retreat, so you’ll want to keep holiday celebrations small and select. After the holidays, you are back to thinking about your career and future. This is a big time of reorganization for you. Some of you will be switching careers, and others will be retiring. You are ready to downsize your life and make it more manageable.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). Your energies remain strong throughout the month. You are still moving ahead with plans to re-energize your life. Even the Mercury retrograde won’t stop you from moving forward. Expect to hear from old friends and acquaintances. The last half of the month is especially good for relationships or meeting new people. You will be extra magnetic during the last half of December. The holidays will be pleasant as you look to keep your options open.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). Your career energies are the focus for December, with Mercury retrograde in your career arena. Old issues at work resurface, and there will be problems that need to be resolved. Relationships are quite tense as Mars, planet of action, adventure, and impatience, spends time in that area of your chart. Keep your relationships active and fresh. If you are single, this is a great time to be out looking after the 16th. At the end of the month, you are ready to become more social for a change.
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