An energizing array of Sagittarius placements gets us into a party mood during the first three weeks of December 2008. Expect some surprises around December 4 and 10, though, when the archer battles with unpredictable Uranus. At the end of December, industrious Capricorn takes over for the most part and brings us back down to earth. It’s time to assess your commitments and get your goals in gear.
Romance takes on a friendly, unconventional vibe when Venus transits out of traditional Capricorn and into rebellious Aquarius on December 7. Socializing in groups and getting involved in community activities are favored. The Sun enters Capricorn two weeks later, signaling the Winter Solstice and the longest night of the year. Then Mars joins the Sun when it transits into Capricorn on December 26, intensifying the focus on ambition, government activities and environmental issues.
Planets in motion
Saturn is retrograde from December 31 through mid-May 2009, which can prompt some backtracking over your career projects. You may need to reevaluate your long-term goals, whether they pertain to your career, significant other or a creative venture you’ve been working on.
The usual energizing effect of the Full Moon, which takes place in Gemini on December 12, is more subdued this month because of a square from serious Saturn. Expect some travel delays and communication snafus around the time of the Full Moon. Then the New Moon in Capricorn on December 27 brings a new cycle of grounded energy for practical endeavors.
December 1: Venus conjunct Jupiter accelerates the feeling of optimism in relationships and focuses on spiritual compatibility.
December 4: Mercury square Uranus can prompt some shocking communications, but also brilliant, innovative ideas, especially for Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
December 5: Sun conjunct Mars energizes travel, spiritual activities and educational pursuits.
December 6: Mercury square Saturn slows down communications but favors analysis and in-depth discussions, especially for Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
December 7: Venus transiting into Aquarius brings objectivity to relationships. It favors activities with friends and getting involved in a cause close to your heart.
December 10-11: Sun and Mars square Uranus can prompt rash behavior and argumentativeness, especially in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces.
December 12: The Full Moon in Gemini collides with Saturn, which can derail communications and travel plans for the next few days.
December 12: Mercury transiting into Capricorn casts a serious aura over communications, while emphasizing practical ideas and business agreements.
December 12: Mercury conjunct Pluto favors investigations and business/financial transactions, but can also trigger obsessive thinking and extreme ideas.
December 15: Mars square Saturn creates a conflict between action and restraint. It can also cause anger to erupt in arguments, especially for Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.
December 21: Sun transiting into Capricorn heralds the Winter Solstice. It favors practical activities and methodical action.
December 22: Sun conjunct Pluto heightens the focus on business ventures but can prompt extreme action.
December 26: Mars transiting into Capricorn accelerates ambition and energizes long-term goals.
December 26: Mercury trine Saturn favors business agreements, analysis and in-depth communications.
December 27: The New Moon in Capricorn favors taking small, realistic steps toward your personal and professional goals.
December 27: Venus conjunct Neptune casts an aura of fantasy and glamour over relationships. It also heightens artistry, spiritual connections and the desire to help those less fortunate.
December 28: Mars conjunct Pluto mixes action with subterfuge and obsession, especially in business and financial dealings.
December 31: Mercury conjunct Jupiter injects a dose of optimism into business discussions and agreements. It also energizes conventional religious activities.
December 31: Saturn turns retrograde (through mid-May 2009), which can prompt some backtracking over work projects and encourages a reassessment of personal responsibilities and career goals.
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