Your December Forecast

Passion, prophesy, and fun are the theme for most of December, as multiple Fire influences dare you to pursue your dreams. The Sun and Venus in Sagittarius encourage you to intuit and visualize your direction, which will help you manifest your goals. Mars in Leo heightens your courage, creativity and persistence in conquering any obstacles that stand in your way. Just be sure that whatever (or whomever) you’re after aligns with your highest good. Later in the month (on the 20th), Mars turns retrograde moving this go-getter energy inward and encouraging you to reflect on what you care passionately about, as well as how and why you’re pursuing it.

Toward the end of December, the predominance of practical Capricorn influences can help you take some steps to make your dreams a reality.

Transit tales
Venus teams up with the Sun when it enters Sagittarius on the 1st, giving romance a boost of fun, freedom and adventure. This influence may prompt you to speak your mind to your partner, so prepare for a blast of honesty if you’ve been hiding or suppressing any relationship issues. It’s also a great time to focus on the spiritual connection between you and your partner – or to find one who’s simpatico with your beliefs and values.

On Christmas Day, romance comes back down to earth as Venus transits into practical Capricorn. The threesome of Venus, Mercury and the Sun in Cap focuses on commitment, practicality and responsibility, in your relationship and other areas of your life.

Planets in motion
Every two years, Mars turns retrograde, as it does this month. From December 20 – March 10, 2010, retrograde Mars in Leo can make it difficult to pursue your passion in same way as you did before. It’s time to do some soul-searching about what/who you’re putting your energy into and how you go after your goals. This can be a volatile influence if you have any suppressed anger lurking inside you ready to erupt. So be patient and do your best to think of new ways to use your creativity while keeping your goals in mind.

Mercury alert
It’s that time again — the planet of brainpower will be retrograde from December 26-January 15. That means scrambled communications and lost information, so be prepared to restate anything important and, for heaven’s sake, back up your files!

Meanwhile, following a period of retrograde, Uranus turns direct on the 1st, which will heighten your inventiveness and accelerate projects that involve science and/or technology.

Lunar magic
Two Full Moons bookend this month and heighten the energy throughout the holidays. The Full Moon in Gemini on the 1st accelerates communications and travel. Then, on the 31st, The Full Moon eclipse in Cancer launches the New Year with an extra dose of emotional energy. Be prepared for some craziness and be mindful while driving.

Between the Full Moons is the New Moon in Sagittarius on the 16th, which brings a new cycle of spiritual energy. It’s a great time to get in touch with your higher power through meditation and other spiritual endeavors. Activities that involve education, travel and foreign cultures are also favored.

Planetary Highlights

December 1: Full Moon in Gemini energizes communications and travel.

December 1: Uranus turning direct heightens inventiveness and helps technology and science move forward.

December 1: Venus entering Sagittarius gives love an aura of freedom, fun and adventure.

December 5: Mercury entering Capricorn favors analyzing and discussing your goals, work, finances and other practical matters.

December 7: Mercury conjunct Pluto deepens discussions and favors research

December 7: Mercury square Saturn can hinder communications and travel, especially for Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

December 10: Sun trine Mars favors taking action.

December 14: Sun square Uranus can prompt extreme, unconventional or rash behavior, especially for Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.

December 16: New Moon in Sagittarius brings a new cycle of energy to spiritual endeavors, long-distance connections and education.

December 17: Venus trine Mars energizes sexual energy.

December 19: Venus square Uranus heightens the need for freedom in relationships, especially for Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.

December 20-March 10: Retrograde Mars turns your energy inward and prompts a review of how you pursue your passion.

December 21-28: Jupiter conjunct Neptune energizes spiritual and philanthropic endeavors.

December 21: Sun entering Capricorn focuses on practicality, goals and responsibility.

December 24: Sun conjunct Pluto intensifies (and complicates) business and family activities.

December 25: Venus entering Capricorn encourages commitment in love and focuses on practical matters in relationships.

December 26-January 15: Retrograde Mercury messes with communications, paperwork and computer files.

December 27: Venus conjunct Pluto intensifies relationship interactions.

December 28: Venus square Saturn can weigh down relationships with negativity, fear or responsibility, especially for Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

December 31: Full Moon eclipse in Cancer intensifies emotionalism.

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