Here we are at the end of 2017, a year that made us question truth as well as the world we live in. And with the end of 2017 comes a major change of narrative, one that will turn us away from philosophical arguments and toward responsibility and commitment. It may be Sagittarius Season, but all eyes are on Capricorn when Saturn arrives on December 19.
Saturn’s change of sign can’t be underestimated. Capricorn is a cardinal sign; it corresponds with a change of seasons. So we’re coming on a shift in the weather that will impact a certain corner of our life depending on where Capricorn is located. Plus Saturn in Capricorn, as the planet and sign of maturity, will set a high bar for all of us.
That said, yes, it is Sagittarius Season, a time when we naturally seek out and explore the world. With Jupiter in Scorpio, our exploration instead takes us through life’s darker shades, through deep emotions around trust, intimacy, and vulnerability, through themes of life and death. Through Scorpio we discover the wisdom of Sagittarius.
A Gemini Full Moon on December 3, the same day as Mercury Retrograde, will strike a serious tone. With Mercury conjunct Saturn, words have impact as well as consequences. We will also have to review our life choices throughout the month. You know, not exactly warm and fuzzy astrology, but there you go. All this review will help us get ready for 2018.
Mars will also change signs this month, arriving in Scorpio on December 9. My feeling is that we haven’t really seen the full force of Jupiter in Scorpio yet as Mars has been a bit hobbled while in Libra. More secrets may come tumbling out once Mars gets into Scorpio, but there’s an opportunity for us all to have an open and honest conversation power, control, and abuse. Should make holiday and end of year gatherings quite interesting!
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DATES TO NOTE: 12/1 Venus in Sagittarius, Mars opposite Uranus; 12/2 Jupiter trine Neptune; 12/3 Mercury Retrograde 29 Sagittarius, Full Moon 11 Gemini, Sun square Neptune; 12/5 Chiron Direct 24 Pisces; 12/6 Mars sextile Saturn, Mercury conjunct Saturn, Mercury sextile Mars; 12/9 Mars in Scorpio; 12/10 Mercury square Chiron, Mercury trine Uranus, Venus square Neptune; 12/12 Sun conjunct Mercury; 12/15 Mercury conjunct Venus, Sun square Chiron; 12/16 Sun trine Uranus; 12/18 New Moon 26 Sagittarius; 12/19 Saturn in Capricorn; 12/20 Venus square Chiron, Venus trine Uranus; 12/21 Sun in Capricorn, Sun conjunct Saturn; 12/22 Mercury Direct 13 Sagittarius; 12/25 Venus in Capricorn, Venus conjunct Saturn; 12/28 Mars trine Neptune.
March 21–April 19
Sagittarius Season is a reminder that, over the last three years, you’ve been working hard to figure out what you believe in. You’ve been on a search, a quest, all in the name of truth. You may have traveled to distant lands, explored different religions or philosophies, lost faith, found faith, or seen the world in a whole new way. You may have even gone back to school in order to gain the title or degree you need to take your place in your career. December will bring you to the end of this quest. Are you ready to graduate? Commit your faith? Take responsibility not only for your education but how your opinions and beliefs impact others? December, in many ways, will be crunch time as the planet Saturn comes to the end of its long trip through Sagittarius. Saturn, like the parent, is always scrutinizing a particular area of our life, making sure we mature and not step out of line. Saturn also talks about the bigger narrative, not the day-to-day stuff, but the story that plays out over years and December will bring a report card. Come December 19, Saturn will leave Sagittarius for Capricorn, the sign of career, commitment, responsibility, and maturity, moving into the highest reaches of your chart. Remember what I said about Saturn? That it’s like the parent? Well pay attention because this is a key thing to know and understand. You’re entering a three year period, until December 2020, where you’re going to have to work hard to build your career as well as the role you play in society. Note that Capricorn is a very public sign in your chart; people see it. Therefore you’re building reputation and status over the coming years. Just be very sure to not step out of line because Saturn will show where we’re not staying true to our world and not keeping our commitments and it will do so very publically. That said, the next few years may coincide with a major period of professional growth, one where you get quite clear about what you want to be when you grow up. With Saturn dominating the narrative this month, it’s easy to forget about the other stuff going on. Namely, this is the time in your personal calendar when travel and movement is highlighted. With the month kicking off with a full moon on December 3, you may have a decision to make about a trip or a long distance journey. The full moon may also bring to light some serious information or a major decision about what you believe in or your direction in life. Something has to end before you can move forward. Also note that your ruling planet, Mars, will change on December 9, leading you toward the sign of Scorpio. For the rest of the month you’ll be digging into life’s deeper emotional themes — trust, vulnerability, intimacy, sexuality, the shadow. Money will also be a theme into next month, particularly finance, debt, taxes, loans, and the resources you share in a partnership. Want to learn more about how the astrology of December will affect you? Book your consultation now.
Key Themes: Commitment, responsibility, career, profession, the outer world, defining your place, titles, status, getting older, new season, direction, beliefs, faith, worldview, philosophy, religion, higher education, school, classes, workshops, information, news, the voice, communication, the neighborhood, trips, travel, transportation, foreign travel, long distance journeys, pilgrimages, money, finance, debt, loans, mortgages, taxes, benefits, wealth, assets, transformation, death, rebirth.
April 20–May 20
Have the last three years pushed you to the edge? Have you had to profoundly change, face your fears, and discover the hidden parts of yourself? You’ve been on a heavy journey into the unknown and it’s all because of Saturn. The planet has been in a particularly sensitive part of your chart since 2015. If you’re not quite sure what this means, here’s what you need to know. Saturn is the planet of mastery and it’s been pushing you to master your deepest emotions, you know, the things that make you feel uncomfortable vulnerable. And, let’s face it, you don’t really like change, Taurus. You’d rather life stay grounded and chill. You have a knack for accumulating and holding onto things to protect yourself from the uncertainties of life. That said, you’ve had to let go so much since 2015. Keep this in mind as December will bring this chapter to a close and, as it does, you may feel a push to tie up loose ends all the while realizing just how much you’ve grown. Additionally, finances may have been a big player over the last three years and you may have had to deal with major issues around money, confronting your fears around scarcity and loss. That said, the weather will shift starting December 19 when Saturn changes signs and enters Capricorn. As you may have guessed, Saturn doesn’t change signs very often — once every two and a half, three years — so this is a big deal. You’ll now be turning a major focus toward faith, truth, and meaning over the coming years. After all that you’ve been through, what does it mean? It’ll be time to master your moral compass and develop a rock solid personal ethic and philosophy. You may also, by the time Saturn is done with Capricorn in 2020, decide to go back to school or make higher education a priority. That said, there’s still lots of others stuff going on this December in spite of Saturn dominating the headlines. Money and relationships will continue to be a focus this month. The full moon on December 3 will light up themes around income, resources, the things you own as well as financial stability. With Neptune playing a major role in the full moon, you may be thinking about the less fortunate and how to share what you have with those in need or in your community. Even though Saturn is moving on, the new moon on December 18 will give you one last major push to get your bills, accounts, loans, and assets in order. Use this month to make sure you have a will (I know, it’s morbid, but essential) or at least a financial plan for the future for you and partner should something happen. Speaking of partners, Mars’s arrival in Scorpio on December 9 will heat up relationships, making other people a key focus this month. You may find yourself interacting with more people than usual or meeting someone new, especially if you’re single. But Mars can be a little bit of a fussy influence, so keep an eye out for arguments with a mate or major need to renegotiate a relationship. Want to learn more about how the astrology of December will affect you? Book your consultation now.
Key Themes: Resources, income, salary, assets, shared resources, money, finances, debt, benefits, loans, legacies, estates, deep emotions, facing fears, life and death, transformation, the shadow, the psyche, relationships, other people, interpersonal skills, negotiating, power, letting go, beliefs, faith, worldview, values, integrity, moral compass, philosophy, education, travel, foreign lands.
May 21–June 20
Gemini, relationships have been a key feature over the last few years, the kind that have demand commitment and responsibility. With Saturn in your relationship sign of Sagittarius, you’ve had to learn how to build connection as well as negotiate the needs of other people. Whether you spent 2015–2017 getting into a serious partnership, making vows to a spouse, breaking up with someone, or really examining the importance of other people in your life, you’re nevertheless a changed person. Saturn put you through your paces and now it’s time for a new story. True, December is always the month for you to explore relationships, what with the Sun in Sagittarius and all, but the winds are shifting. Come December 19, it’s time to turn your attention to finance and assets when Saturn changes signs. So, for the next three years money will be a major focus as will deeper emotional themes like trust, intimacy, facing your fears, and the impermanence of life. Here’s a pro tip. When Saturn goes through this part of your chart, it’s really important to do the work. Of course it’s always important to do the work when Saturn is involved, but this part of the chart touches on the things we’d rather not deal with — our emotional pain, our shame, the stuff we shove into corners and ignore. And this includes money, fears around financial stability and resources. So, you may find it very helpful in the coming months to find a therapist if you’ve been needing to speak to someone to help heal past traumas and legacies. On the business side of things, work with a financial advisor or a coach and start making plans for the future. Deal with unpaid bills, debts, or taxes. Set up a will and get life insurance. (I know, none of this sounds terribly sexy, but Saturn is wants you to have a financial plan for the future, especially one that covers life’s inevitable ups and downs. If you have a spouse and family, you’ll need a plan that covers them as well.) Now that we’ve got the big stuff out of the way, let’s focus on what else is happening in December, namely Mercury Retrograde. Yes, it’s that time of year again. Mercury, your ruling planet, will be retracing its steps in Sagittarius, your relationship sign. So, keep an eye on relationship stuff that comes up this month, issues from the past including past romantic partners coming out of the woodworks. After all the work you’ve done on partnership, December is a month where you may feel like you’re doing a review. With heavy vibes from Saturn and Neptune, there may be the distinct feeling that you can’t always get what you want, that the needs of others and your responsibilities take precedent. Lastly, Mars will change signs on December 9, heating up your chart’s sector of health, wellness, work, and service. You may find December quite busy with projects and end of the year loose ends to tie up. Try not to put long hours at the office; it is the holiday season after all. But you may find December demanding more from you in the work and responsibility department. Want to learn more about how the astrology of December will affect you? Book your consultation now.
Key Themes: Relationships, partnership, other people, partnerships, one-on-one, social connection, renegotiation, compromise, responsibility, commitment, sacrifice, serious decisions, boundaries, work, service, projects, daily life, health, wellness, taking care of the body, diet, fitness, nutrition, organizing, schedule, handling the details.
June 21–July 22
Get ready, Cancer, because relationships are about to become a major focus in your life. That’s because Saturn, the planet of responsibility, commitment, and maturity, will change signs on December 19. So, what does this mean? Between now and the end of of 2020 you may start a major relationship, end a major relationship, find yourself negotiating the terms of your relationships, or feel motivated to do a lot of work on how you interact with other people. Yes, the planet Saturn has a bit of seriousness to it, but I don’t want you to fear Saturn because it’s a planet that deals with life milestones. You know, getting older, getting married, creating a life for ourselves and a partner. Even if you’re not the marrying type or the type to settle down with one person, commitment and responsibility will factor heavily into your connections over the next few years. And, if relationships tend to be a messy affair for you, be sure to do your due diligence in the coming months. Saturn sets a high bar. Always. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s focus on some of the more mundane astrology for December, Sagittarius Season. This is a time in your personal calendar when the sun shines on health, wellness, work, and organization. Although the holiday season isn’t necessarily the best time to focus on all these New Year’s resolution type activities, it’s a natural time for you to get on top of these things. Make a list of what you need to get done this month and check it twice. (Keep in mind that this is an area of your life that you’ve already been doing a lot of work on the last three years while Saturn was in Sagittarius. Saturn’s like, you should be a master at this by now.) That said, the full moon on December 3 will put the spotlight on endings and it’s the end of the year after all. What do you want to say goodbye to before 2017 closes out? What bad habits or unhelpful influences? The full moon will also touch on the unconscious, so pay attention to your dreams for clues that your deep self is trying to send you. Then on December 9 Mars moves into Scorpio, stirring passions and creative energy. At least you’ll be wanting to have fun this month in spite of December’s push for you to get a jump on your resolutions. The new moon on December 18 will do just that, push you to focus on the practical details of life. And with Mercury retrograde for most of December, you may have to really pay attention to this part of your life, as in, what details are you missing? Where could you be better organized? How are you paying attention to your physical as well as spiritual health. Where are you getting false information? Lastly, and I’ll say it again, Saturn. The great wheels of your life are moving this month and there’s a good chance that you feel it because you feel everything, Cancer. Want to learn more about how the astrology of December will affect you? Book your consultation now.
Key Themes: Health, wellness, diet, fitness, nutrition, taking care of the body, daily habits, daily rituals, schedule, organization, service, helping others, spiritual health, endings, letting go, recuperation, the unconscious, dreams, intuition, spirituality, news, information, relationships, other people, new chapter, new phase, new season.
July 23–August 22
‘Tis the season, Leo. With the Sun in Sagittarius, this is a time in your personal calendar to celebrate, have fun, create, and play. Enjoy it, especially with Venus putting you in the giving spirit this month. But if you’ve been following the astrology the past couple of years, the sign of Sagittarius has had a visitor — the planet Saturn. So, for you, maybe it’s been a little harder to celebrate and to be as radiant as you’d like because Saturn has been pushing you to take more responsibility. The past three years, in a nutshell, have been about you maturing into yourself, building a stronger sense of identity or personal brand, and cultivating your talents. When you look back at 2015–2017, do you see the fruits of your labor? Did you create something that has your name on it? (Having a baby counts.) Did you get serious about your passions? Keep this in mind because December will be a time to tie up loose ends with this part of your life and prepare for the next journey. Come December 19 you’ll be moving into a new phase, one that will point you towards making work as well as your physical health a priority over the next three years. That’s because Saturn will change signs on December 19, arriving in Capricorn. This is a big deal, namely because Saturn only changes signs every three years. And when it arrives in Capricorn, it’ll take hard look at your relationship with work and your physical health. Is something out of balance? Do you need new habits? More discipline? Do you need to reorder your daily life? Saturn in this part of your chart is ultimately a need to master the details of life — you know, the small but very important stuff. (Flossing.) Anyway, there’s still other important things happening this month. The full moon on December 3 will light up your chart’s sector of friendships and community. As a result, you may have something to deal with or a decision to make about your social circle. With Mercury turning retrograde on the same day and lined up with Saturn, you may need to either draw a boundary with a friend or assert your individuality in some way. Remember, identify and self expression is an area you’ve been doing a lot of heavy lifting on the past few years courtesy of Saturn. The full moon as well as the new moon on December 18 will be like a report card on all the work you’ve done. Then on December 9 Mars will change signs, arriving in Scorpio and stirring up a lot of intense emotions. Scorpio happens to form the base of of your chart, a sensitive place that touches on themes of home, family, stability, and connection. Mars in this area tends to be a bit noisy so on the mundane side of things you may find December a bit hectic in the home. Maybe you’re planning a move or making big changes in where you live. On a deeper level, you’re emotional roots will be shaking throughout December. Make sure you take consciousness of anything that’s bubbling up from your past or with family, old emotions or memories, like toxins, that need to be released. Want to learn more about how the astrology of December will affect you? Book your consultation now.
Key Themes: Creativity, self expression, identity, fun, leisure, play, performance, talents, children, home, family, emotional security, trust, inner circle, living situation, move, change in the home, friends, community, groups, the future, aspirations, hopes, wishes, social causes, big picture, health, wellness, diet, fitness, nutrition, taking care of the body, daily habits, personal rituals, getting clean, detox, organization, schedule.
August 23–September 22
How have the last few years been, Virgo? A little heavy? A little serious? With Saturn making home, family, and connection a priority over 2015–2017, you’ve been building a solid foundation for your life. Maybe you’ve made a major move, bought a home, put down roots, started a family, or had to deal with with responsibilities in your family. (This includes the people who are like family.) At the heart of this chapter of your life has been a need to make solid emotional connection. So, how did you do? You may feel a pressure to tie up loose ends and make the grade this month. After all, Saturn holds everyone up to a high bar and December may feel like finals. Come December 19, Saturn will change signs, arriving in Capricorn. What this means is this: you’re entering a three year chapter where you will need to develop a stronger sense of who you are, the talents you have, and what distinguishes you from others. Now we all have talents and your’s aren’t just a keen knack for organization and planning (yes, all you messy Virgos, I see you). Time to figure out what they are. What do you want to be remembered for? What do you want your name on? Hey, if you’re looking to have children, the next couple of years may coincide with pregnancy. (Obviously if that’s not something you want, take precaution.) Having said all that, it’s important to note a few other things about this month. Namely, Mercury Retrograde. Your ruling planet will retrace its steps in the sign of Sagittarius from December 3–22. What this means is that you’re very focused on the home right now. Maybe you’ve been more of a homebody or spending time with just family or your inner circle. And with Mercury rewinding for most of December, you’re having to work out some stuff on the homefront — maybe an old emotional issue, maybe something with a parent or close family member, or making sure your needs are getting met. You know the drill by now, Virgo. Mercury Retrograde is just a time when you’re more reflective than active, looking back instead of moving ahead. That said, the full moon on December 3 will put career and your public life in the spotlight. You may have a serious decision to make about your future, about the role you want to play in the world, or the direction you want to take your life in. For all your worldly ambitions, you have to have a solid foundation and the full moon may bring a test of that foundation. Then on December 9 Mars will move into your chart’s sector of communication, learning, and travel. As a result, your December will kick you into busy mode. ‘Tis the season to run around town, making plans, fielding messages, and going on short trips. At least Mercury will come out of retrograde on December 22, just in time for you to wrap up the month and prepare for the new year. Want to learn more about how the astrology of December will affect you? Book your consultation now.
Key Themes: Home, family, roots, foundation, emotional needs, emotional security, living situation, serious decisions, getting older, responsibilities, personal milestones, move, self expression, identity, creativity, communication, learning, thinking, classes, education, movement, trips, information, messages, career, reputation, public standing, recognition, ambition, direction.
September 23–October 22
Can you feel it, Libra? The great wheels of your life turning? The slow anticipation that something is about to shift? You can thank Saturn for that. After three long years of working on how you communicate as well as educate yourself, the planet of getting your stuff together will move into Capricorn on December 19. If you know a little bit about astrology you’ll know that this is a big deal. Saturn doesn’t change signs very often and when it does it signals that a new area of your life needs both your attention and your dedication. Capricorn is a major sign in your chart, forming the bottom of the wheel. It’s your foundation, your roots. And, as a result, it corresponds with home, family, and the very container of your life. Let’s just say that Saturn is about to move in with you. So, take a moment to survey this part of your life. What are your ambitions for the next three years? Do you want to buy a home? Make a major move? Start a family? Or are you not sure where to put down roots? Saturn is like the cosmic life coach and it’s going to push you hard to build something solid for yourself. True, Saturn in this part of your chart can feel like a weight, the sort that pulls at emotions and drags up the past. As you build your new foundation, you may have to do some emotional excavation first. Additionally, you may have to deal with parental responsibilities and caretaking over the next three years. Now that we’ve gotten the big news out of the way, let’s look at the rest of December, which will kick off with Venus’s arrival in Sagittarius on December 1. As your ruling planet, you feel a touch of wanderlust this month, a need to travel and explore. You may also find yourself busier than usual, from running around town, back and forth to appointments, to dealing with messages and phone calls. The full moon on December 3 will also put travel in the spotlight and, as a result, you may be planning a long distance trip or making a decision about your education. Then on December 9, Mars will change signs, heating up your finances for the rest of the month. You may find yourself spending more money than usual, dealing with the stuff you own, or extra motivated to increase the money you have available to you. Let’s not forget that the first half of December is crunch time as Saturn turns up the scrutiny for one last hurrah on how you take responsibility for your voice, your thoughts, your education, and your beliefs. Expect a report card of sorts from Saturn the week of December 11. By the end of the month you’re in a whole new season of life, one that will feel very real when Venus joins up with Saturn on December 25. Want to learn more about how the astrology of December will affect you? Book your consultation now.
Key Themes: Home, family, move, parents, living situation, roots, memories, feelings, emotional security, emotional stability, commitment, getting older, maturing, new season, communication, the mind, learning, writing, speaking, thinking, travel, the neighborhood, local, siblings, trips, long distance travel, journeys, education, money, income, finance, salary, spending, what you own, assets, value.
October 23–November 21
Scorpio, you’ve had Jupiter in your sign since October, a year long influence that opens you to new opportunities. But it’s been hard to really plug into the scope of Jupiter’s potential with Mars, your ruling planet, pulling you behind the scenes. Maybe you’ve felt low energy the past month (I know, it was your birthday) or hidden from the world. True, as a Scorpio, you’re used to the cyclical nature of life and understand when it’s time to shed your skin and rest, but it’s probably been a little tiring. Here’s what you need to know. On December 9, Mars will finally get out of Libra and into Scorpio, putting you back in business. (Thank god.) And with Mars in Scorpio, you’re going to feel a sense renewal as well as a lot of motivation. Just put all of this Scorpio energy into good use, okay? (I’m sure you know what I mean.) Anyway, the real story this month is Saturn changing signs this month, moving into Capricorn on December 19. Since Saturn is a slow moving planet, this is a big deal. In fact the planet spent the last three years in Sagittarius, not only teaching you about faith and the world, but about money and true value. Perhaps you’ve worked hard since 2015 to build up your income or create financial stability for yourself. Perhaps you have a stronger sense of who you are, what you believe in, and deeper understanding of self worth. Now it’s time for a new story, one that will push you to build your voice, make learning a priority, and become an authority in how you communicate. If we zoom out a little bit, this is an area that you’ve already been doing a lot of transformation work since 2008, the year that Pluto moved into Capricorn. Saturn will circle you back to this work. Something to keep in mind. In other news this month, a full moon on December 3 will light up issues around money, debt, and assets. You may have a financial decision to make as a result. The full moon will also touch on deeper emotional themes such as facing your fears or shadow. You know, all in a day’s work for a Scorpio. Speaking of money, the new moon on December 18 will cement a lot of the hard work you’ve been doing over the last three years to make yourself more financially secure. Even though Saturn is moving away from this corner of your life, keep up your ambitions. Jupiter, one of your money planets, is in Scorpio until November 2018. The new year will be time to make some cash and get recognized for your talents. Want to learn more about how the astrology of December will affect you? Book your consultation now.
Key Themes: Renewal, new beginnings, revitalization, taking the lead, moving ahead, action, the self, motivation, energy, aggression, confidence, overconfidence, restlessness, relationships, money, income, salary, spending, material stability, what you own, value, worth, finance, assets, debt, wealth, taxes, legacies, benefits, estates, emotional intensity, facing fears, the shadow, the psyche, intimacy, sexuality, trust, secrets, revelation, communication, writing, thinking, speaking, learning, movement, the mind, the neighborhood, siblings.
November 22–December 21
Oh hey, Sag. You’ve been looking forward to this month for ages. And I don’t mean because it’s your birthday season. (Happy birthday!) The reason why this month is special is because Saturn is FINALLY leaving Sagittarius. Woo hoo! Look, I’m a fan of Saturn because I understand Saturn’s long game to get us to grow up and make something of ourselves. BUT it’s hard work and it’s quite possible that the last three years have been exhausting, casting a pall of adversity and struggle that has at times tested your faith. Here you are at the top of the mountain; spend some time reflecting on all you’ve learned since the start of 2015, all the experiences that have deepened your understanding of the world as well as yourself. You’re older, wiser, and, if you’re reading this, pat yourself on the back because it didn’t break you. In short, you’ve had to become Saturn over the past three years — become the authority, the parent, the leader, the teacher. That said, you start your new personal year in a reflective mood. Jupiter, your ruling planet, has been pulling you behind the scenes since October. This is a spiritual phase for you, one that demands quiet meditation, sacred time alone, and soul searching. Sort of puts a damper on birthday festivities, but, hey, you still have Saturn’s departure to celebrate. So, what’s next? When Saturn leaves Sagittarius on December 19, it will move into Capricorn, your sign of money, income, and material stability. If Saturn speaks of learning lessons and building something solid for yourself, it’s time to get serious about how you make and spend money. As a result, you may be scrutinizing your bank account over the coming months, making a budget, and setting a goal for owning something. Saturn errs on the conservative side, so this is a time to be practical about your material life, to think long term. Saturn also brings scrutiny to your wallet and if this is an area of your life that needs some work, it’s important to be proactive about this because it really does ease the transit over the coming three years. (Yes, Saturn spends three years in a sign so you’ve got three years to get serious about what you value.) Saturn also loves ambitions, so by all means, set a high bar for yourself in this department. Saturn then gets to be more of a firm but fair life coach instead of the money cop. Okay? Okay. So, what else is going on this month? With the full moon on December 3, relationships are in the spotlight and there may be something serious going on between you and another person. You may have a decision to make that affects the both of you, but keep in mind that Mercury turns retrograde the same day and whatever decisions or whatever story is unfolding between you and a partner may take until early January to truly resolve. Then on December 9 Mars changes signs, moving into Scorpio and turning down the tempo a little for the rest of the month. Instead of running around this season, you may be more reflective, more motivated to search for answers within. As you prepare for 2018, use Scorpio’s energy to purge out the old and prepare for the new. Speaking of which, the Sagittarius New Moon on December 18 will give you a personal reset and cement all the Saturn work you’ve done to take responsibility in your life. In many ways that old you is gone, the version of self you began with in 2015. Celebrate your hard work or at least make a mad dash for the finish line to show Saturn how much you’ve learned and how ready you are for your new life. Want to learn more about how the astrology of December will affect you? Book your consultation now.
Key Themes: Endings, letting go, retreat, behind the scenes, rest, recuperation, rehab, hospitals, dreams, spirituality, old you, new you, taking responsibility, getting older, personal milestones, being the authority, cause and effect, scrutiny, pressure, heaviness, seriousness, relationships, other people, boundaries, drawing a line, money, income, salary, material stability, value, worth.
December 22–January 19
It’s been a long journey, Capricorn — three years in fact. Ever since Saturn, your ruling planet, moved into Sagittarius at the start of 2015, you’ve been on a profound search for truth and meaning. You’ve been digging into your soul, your dreams, and the very core of who you are. It’s been emotionally and spiritually heavy at times, but as you arrive in December, you arrive at the finish line. Yes, Saturn will finally say goodbye to Sagittarius, stepping into Capricorn. All your hard work over the last three years has been existential, but when you look back at your life you’ll see the things you left behind. With that the start of the month may feel bitter sweet. The full moon on December 3 as well as the new moon on December 18 will bring all this work into focus. What do you now believe to be true that you didn’t before? What have you learned? How have you changed your daily life, your health, your work to reflect this change in view? What’s your relationships with Source, Spirit, God after all you’ve been through? Are you ready to commit? These are a lot of questions to reflect on, but the first few weeks of December will be like an exit interview with Saturn as you prepare to begin a very different phase of life. Don’t be surprised if you’re more reflective than usual or if you feel the pressure of time. Your dreams or even your intuition may be heightened as well. Starting December 19 Saturn will arrive in Capricorn for a three year residency. The hard work will no longer existential; it’ll be real, concrete, and the coming months will be filled with personal milestones and achievements. As a Capricorn, you’re already diligent, hardworking, and focused on the long term. So, Saturn in your sign merely turns up the volume. All the space you carved out from 2015 to 2017 needs to be filled with new goals as well as a new structure for your life. Your key phrase will be “personal development.” No pressure, right? Additionally if you’ve felt like life had been holding you back, Saturn’s change of sign will give you a sense of renewal as well as the motivation to move forward. But you’ll have to play by Saturn’s rules — taking your time, coming up with a plan, mapping out a strategy for the slow climb up the mountain. Then again, that’s what you’ve always done. Last but not least, Mars will change signs on December 9, moving the action away from career and towards community, networks, and connection. December and January, as a result, may be a time when you’re busy with your social circle, going out with friends, or dealing with something amongst the groups you associate with. Mars will also help you look towards the future and envision something new for yourself. That said, with the great wheels of your life turning this month, you’re already thinking about your place in the world and starting the next journey in your life. Want to learn more about how the astrology of December will affect you? Book your consultation now.
Key Themes: The self, getting older, personal development, new chapter, new beginnings, time, responsibility, commitment, cause and effect, building a new life, letting go, reflection, retreat, soul searching, existential crisis, faith, truth, meaning, spirituality, travel, inward travel, friends, community, social network, social circle, the collective, looking ahead, goals, wishes.
January 20–February 18
The big hand on the clock is about to change hours, Aquarius. Can you feel it? The anticipation? The feeling that something is shifting? Saturn has been pointed at the sign of Sagittarius since the start of and seeing how you are ruled by the planet Saturn, you’ve been living your life through the prism of Sagittarius — long distance journeys, other cultures, philosophy. Sagittarius is the sign of truth and meaning as well. So, hopefully, you have a deeper understanding of what you believe in and how you see the world. The last three years of your life have also been about building community as well as a place for yourself in it. Maybe you’ve made new friendships, shed old ones, or developed a deeper appreciation of the people you want to ally yourself with. Sometimes Saturn in this part can make you feel a bit lonely as you feel that friendship and connection is just beyond your grasp. That said, you’re coming to the end of a big cycle of time, one that has stretched over many many years. What’s next? When Saturn arrives in Capricorn on December 19, you’ll begin to retreat inward. The next few years, from 2018–2020, will be about answering life’s existential questions. It’s a search for meaning within, a period spent in meditation and reflection. For a sign so sure of what it knows, so quick to express itself through intellect and ideas, it may be a more emotional time for you. It’s less about what you know and more about what you feel, the subjective truth versus the objective truth. Don’t be surprised if you gravitate toward different philosophies and dive into the spiritual or esoteric. Having said that, the first few weeks of this month will still be one last serious look at friendships and community. How do you feel about what you’ve built for yourself? Have you found your people? Your tribe? It’s also a good month to network seeing how Jupiter is opening up doors in your career sign of Scorpio into 2018. Even though the year is winding down, try to attend more professional functions — anything that can help you get a step up in the world. Speaking of career, Mars’s arrival in Scorpio on December 9 will really get things cooking professionally, activating Jupiter’s penchant for growth and new opportunities. Don’t worry if December is a bit hectic; it’s Mercury Retrograde anyway. You’ll have Mars cracking the whip until the end of January. But make sure you get lots of rest later this month because you’re going to feel pulled between needed to recharge and needing to tend to worldly responsibilities. Want to learn more about how the astrology of December will affect you? Book your consultation now.
Key Themes: Friends, community, social network, groups, belonging, tribe, humanity, collective, social causes, allies, the future, looking ahead, hopes, wishes, retreat, withdraw, going within, getting quiet, recuperation, dreams, unconscious, rehabilitation, letting go, endings, spirituality, meditation, existential search, you, identity, self expression, creativity, career, public life, reputation, responsibilities, direction.
February 19–March 20
Pisces! It’s quite possibly been an exhausting past few years. With Saturn in Sagittarius, this has been a time for you to “grow up” in a way. Doesn’t matter if you’re 25 or 65, there’s been tremendous pressure on you since 2015 to define your place in the world, take on new roles and responsibility, and step up in your career. At the heart of this time has been a need to build your profession. Not that you’re one to shy away from ambitions, but for an emotionally driven sign, all this hard work has energetically tapped you out at times. Keep this in mind as December will give you one last push to consolidate your professional efforts and, as a result, you may need to schedule in some down time between end of year projects. The full moon on December 3 will touch on your emotional core and your family life. It may also spark a change in your living situation as full moons can bring in events or new awareness. To circle back to what I was saying earlier, for all the hard work you’ve been putting into your career, you need to make sure your foundation is good. Are your needs being met. Is your home a solid support for everything in your life? Do you feel like you have a place that is your own? On the same day as the full moon Mercury will turn retrograde, which means that whatever decision you have to make about home, family, and emotional stability may have to wait until after Mercury turns direct later this month. Then on December 9 Mars will change signs, heating up your sign of travel and education. You may be planning a big trip, especially to faraway lands and foreign shores. Mars may also motivate you to make education a priority. If you’ve been paying attention to your astrology, Jupiter’s arrival in Scorpio on October 10 made education and travel a key focus for 2018 and Mars will merely get things cooking, inspiring you to look toward the world for answers. In short you’re in a phase of life where you need to figure out what you believe in. That search for truth may take you many places both literally and figuratively. By far the main event this month will be Saturn’s arrival in Capricorn on December 19, kicking off a three year push for you to define your community and build friendships as well as stronger social connection. When Saturn changes signs, it begins a process of auditing that part of your life. How good are your friendships? Who is a solid connection? Do you feel like you belong? If this area of your life needs work, Saturn will push you, like a parent or life coach, to fix this part of your life because Saturn is the planet of mastery — and it wants you to master friendships and connection over the course of the next three years. No pressure, right? Anyway, Mercury will turn direct on December 22, hopefully clearing up any confusion in relationships or your living situation. Give it until mid January actually. Want to learn more about how the astrology of December will affect you? Book your consultation now.
Key Themes: Career, responsibilities, professional life, reputation, status, title, getting older, growing up, recognition, the world, beliefs, faith, truth, search for meaning, education, worldview, philosophy, friendships, community, social connection, networking, groups, tribe, the collective, social causes, humanity, the future, hopes and wishes.