Astrology of December 2018

by Henry Seltzer
editor Victor Daniel

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The month of December is an exciting one, astrologically speaking, and presages a startlingly intense year of 2019 ahead. It features the continuing retrogrades of two inner planets, Mercury and Venus. The Mercury station to direct motion takes place on December 6th, the same timing as the Sagittarius New Moon, while Mercury does not escape its shadow period until nearly Christmas Day. Venus, even though she is in direct motion as the month begins, is still recovering from her mid-November station, only recovering from her retrograde period by December 16th. Venus additionally is in recovery for the first part of December from her late November timing of outer planet connection, being conjunct the new planet Haumea for most of the preceding month and opposite Uranus just as December begins. This implies a certain degree of introspection and spiritual impetus remains on our emotional horizons for at least the first half of the current month, with also an attempt to understand the underlying motivations of relationship in our lives. With Uranus involved, the realizations of this initial time period could come upon us rather suddenly. Then, too, as Mercury stations on December 6th the messenger planet is in partile tine to Chiron, and also inconjunct to Uranus, indicating that old wounds could come up for renewed attention and steps toward at least partial healing. There is also a definite pull toward an action orientation, because Uranus and Eris are both involved with an opposition across the zodiac to Haumea and the station degree of Venus, in late Libra. We are enjoined at this time to discover where our deepest values lie, representing our own unique viewpoint, independent of consensus concerns, and to act constructively from this place within us, and from no other motivation. This is the true road to freedom, because you have articulated and taken a stand for what you most sincerely believe, and therefore no longer have any reason to feel powerless.

In the New Moon configuration from the late evening of December 6th, continuing into the next day, we have also a partile conjunction of Mars and Neptune in mid-Pisces, squared by the New Moon. This brings a sense of action to the fore, but it is action in gentle Pisces, and in connection with numinous Neptune, so that it is more likely to be action on the otherworldly planes of transpersonal energy, and within the unconscious process of the deep psyche. This is also the day that Mercury changes to direct motion, and as it does, trines Chiron, the Wounded Healer. There are thus many indications of an inner orientation, and a recognition old wounding, the residue of which may still remain as inner complexes, together with the healing sense of integration that can be the result of new awareness.

The Full Moon of December 22nd , at the 0-degree mark of Cancer and Capricorn, follows immediately upon the Winter Solstice of December 21st. Mercury conjoins expansive Jupiter, while Venus trines Neptune and Mars makes an aspect to the new planet, Eris, a Feminine Warrior archetype in support of soul intention. This presages for the year ahead another transformational time, when our every action is vitally important and not to be shirked or ignored. This is also a time when knowledge and information, including self-knowledge, as well as the consciousness of other planes of being beyond the physical, and of the moral strictures implied by natural law, will be a major focus. “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” as we have it from ancient wisdom.

As we look ahead beyond this next year to 2020, the square between Eris and Pluto, already quite close, will become still more prominent. The triple conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto, late in the year, by mid-November, is square to this position of Eris, while Uranus and Eris are also still within the ten-degree orb for their 2016 conjunction that marked the presidential campaign of that intense summer, still going in early 2020. This implies nothing less than a revolutionary fervor to be getting on with it, for whatever it is that the planet and our straying culture needs in order to begin to heal from the excesses of recent decades.


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You are exploring your depths this month, Aries. A spiritual proclivity has overtaken you, and you a busily investigating life and love, as well as studied action, from an almost brand new perspective. This involves making a move, as Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter once described it, toward “closing your eyes to see.” The ordinary world of events and circumstances is still there, and must be reacted to, but the true story is going on deep within your heart, far below the surface layers of your more conscious personality. There is an introspective atmosphere deriving from the powerful Mercury Retrograde period that is just passing during the first week of December and continuing in its aftermath through to the Full Moon pre-Christmas weekend of the 22nd, and this continues to be productive of insight into the inner workings of your mind and spirit. You are however also motivated in the direction of powerfully transformative activity in alignment to inner guidelines that may only now be available for you to discern clearly.


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The month of December begins with reverberations from the Venus/Uranus opposition that just took place on the last day of November across your first and seventh house axis, which likely brought dramatic changes in your relationships and highlighted the importance of topics like personal independence and creative originality. As Mercury finishes its retrograde motion, you are on a huge learning curve that will have further consequences for the way that you see the world around you.

Also highlighted this month are a series of planetary configurations falling in both your ninth and twelfth houses, the houses of faith, religion, travel, and the higher mind, as well as the house of ego dissolution, surrender, and transcendence. For example, on December 2nd, the Sun in Sagittarius in your ninth house will square Mars in Pisces in your twelfth house, bringing together themes of faith and heroism, as well as knowledge, transcendence, or the holy “quest” motif. Similarly, late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day and initiating a new thirty-day period, the New Moon in Sagittarius falls in your ninth house in a square to a Mars/Neptune conjunction in your twelfth house.

The centaur Chiron is also highlighted in the final degrees of Pisces by an aspect from a stationing Mercury on December 6th with the New Moon. This lunation thus heralds a new chapter of learning or spiritual growth, perhaps bringing otherworldly teachers and learning experiences into your life, while also bringing up themes of sacrifice and surrender, or perhaps connecting your personal struggles and shadows to larger transpersonal or collective dimensions of consciousness. Then, on December 20th, the Sun in Sagittarius will trine Uranus in Aries in your first house, suggesting that the ongoing emphasis on the ninth house of higher learning, faith, and travel, is leading to an accelerated period of personal growth and revolution. Whatever you are studying or however your spiritual life is growing this month, you are going to feel energized.

Mercury enters Sagittarius and your ninth house on December 12th, further emphasizing the astrological indications detailed in the preceding paragraphs. Then, on December 21st, once again the ninth house will be highlighted with Mercury conjoining Jupiter in Sagittarius. This transit will also excite your mind and energize you, but you should be careful of aggrandized thinking. Similarly, on December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius will square Neptune in Pisces in your twelfth house, bringing last month’s Mercury Retrograde cycle full circle. Watch for cloudy thinking and miscommunication, but also watch for important messages or teachings crystalizing in non-ordinary ways, perhaps in dreams or through powerful synchronicities.

Other important dates and themes to consider this month include the Winter solstice on December 21st, and the subsequent Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd. Both big events fall across your tenth and fourth house axis, emphasizing the importance of both work and professional matters in the month ahead, as well as domestic, home, or family matters. Note that in the month to come you will receive your first eclipses in these houses, as well, so stay tuned for more next month!

Also, on December 31st, your ruling planet, Mars, enters your home sign of Aries and your first house, signaling a time of rejuvenated confidence, strength, health, and passion in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned for more on this next month!


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Welcome to the creative chaos, Taurus! You are sinking into synchronicity and swooning into the accompanying realization that the world seen in this way presents entirely new vistas and is meaningful to a far larger extent than you would have imagined. There is a strong spiritual component to all that you do right now, and a feeling of service to a larger purpose. Relationship is one name of the game for you right now, although an equally key ingredient is your ongoing development of getting clear on your own deepest values in a way that is totally independent of other voices. You are embracing how to act upon these and thus to become more fully yourself, without being strident or sacrificing the quality of your social interactions. Partners are a significant part of the realignment that you are going through, along with the important realization that this is, after all, and fundamentally, your process.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


The month of December begins on the heels of Venus’ opposition with Uranus, which took place on November 30th. Now Venus enters Scorpio again after a long retrograde period and will be working its way back through your seventh house of relationships and finishing the healing and transformation work that began in October. The good news is that while there might be some work yet come in the sphere of your relationships this month, you are ready to move forward and receive the blessings and wisdom of the transit.

Meanwhile, all month long the eighth and eleventh houses are activated by a slew of transits. The eighth house is the house of death and rebirth, as well as the house of other people’s money or of benefits that come to us through life’s challenges, whereas the eleventh house is the house of friends, allies, social circles, and dreams or wishes. On December 2nd, the Sun in Sagittarius in the 8th house will square Mars in Pisces in the eleventh house. There is a wealth of wisdom or opportunity available to you but be careful that it doesn’t come at the cost of your integrity or that it doesn’t involve you in unnecessary conflicts with friends or allies.

Similarly, late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day, the New Moon in Sagittarius falls in your eighth house and makes a square to the Mars/Neptune conjunction in Pisces in your eleventh house. You might find yourself in the unexpected position of receiving some good news, but don’t be surprised if whatever opportunities coming your way are colored by the challenges or misfortunes of your friends or colleagues, or if what you are being given comes with the expectation that you will enter another person’s conflicts or struggles. On the other hand, you could be called upon to mediate a conflict, which may benefit everyone in the end!

On December 20th, the Sun in Sagittarius in your eighth house will then trine Uranus in Aries in your twelfth house. While this transit may energize or awaken you to higher truth, be careful that you aren’t tempted into a display of brute force or reckless defiance.

On December 21st, once again your eighth house is highlighted as Mercury conjoins Jupiter in Sagittarius. There is an exciting moment of wisdom, insight, and learning available to you, but 8th house wisdom will always force you to examine your intentions, or the intentions of those around you before accepting anything as it exists on the surface. Be sure to match enthusiasm and optimism with careful thinking.

Finally, on December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius in your eighth house will square Neptune in Pisces in your eleventh house, bringing last month’s Mercury Retrograde full circle. In some ways this entire process has been revealing something of the true nature of where you stand in relation to your friends and colleagues. It’s been showing you who your friends are and are not, and what healthy versus unhealthy ambitions look like. You’re now ready to shed the ideas, thoughts, and ambitions that are no longer serving you, but in order to get there you may have to slice through a few lingering illusions or exercise your best critical thinking in order to clarify what you can and cannot commit yourself to.

Other important dates to think about this month include the Winter solstice on December 21st, and the Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd. These two transits fall across your 9th and 3rd house axis, putting the mind, spirituality, beliefs, communication, and learning or technology in the spotlight. Don’t be surprised if there is some holiday tension in your family or sibling relationships around this time, perhaps especially related to the topics of religion or beliefs, and honor the need you may feel to communicate with greater emotional honesty or vulnerability. Note that in the month to come you will receive your first eclipses in these houses, as well, so stay tuned for more next month!

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This is a significant month for you, Gemini, as you rearrange your concepts regarding your public statement, and your affiliations with others. All during last month’s retrograde of your ruler, Mercury through your relationship sector, you have been rethinking how you conduct yourself interpersonally. This culminates in the Sagittarius New Moon of December 6th – when Mercury also stations to direct motion, indicating a shift in the cosmic weather. You may become more explicitly conscious about what relationship means to you, perhaps especially where old patterns and the residue of early trauma might have held you back from its fullest expression. In the timing of this New Moon you may suddenly come to new epiphanies concerning business connections and career choices you have made and the way that you see your path ahead. The Winter Solstice and the Full Moon in your sign represent a potent juncture. Throughout the month you are more and more greatly determined to move forward in a manner consistent with your deepest values.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


The month begins on the heels of the Venus/Uranus opposition, which perfected on November 30th. The opposition happened across the fifth house of creativity and joy and your eleventh house of friends and groups, in the signs of Libra and Aries. You may still be reeling from the effects of this transit, especially in terms of unexpected changes or disruptions in romantic partnerships, creative partnerships, or larger groups or social circles. These changes in some way continue to influence the month ahead, though they will subside as the month goes on.

The big news for you is a concentration of planetary aspects taking place all month long across your seventh and tenth houses. The tenth house is the house of work, career, and public reputation, whereas the seventh house is the house of relationships. The connection between these two spheres of life is going to be very strong all month long.

On December 2nd, the Sun in Sagittarius in your seventh house will square Mars in Pisces in your tenth house, bringing themes of action, initiation, power, courage, and responsibility, into the spotlight. Be careful of unnecessary power struggles in the work place. Loved ones might be growing or making rapid advancement right now. Or you might be ready to initiate or “go public” with new professional or creative ideas.

Then late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day, the New Moon in Sagittarius also falls in your seventh house of relationships, making a square to the Mars/Neptune conjunction taking place in Pisces in your tenth house. The centaur Chiron, is also involved in this lunation, as your ruler Mercury stations to direct motion on this same day in aspect with Chiron, located in your tenth house of career and profession. You could feel the pain of past actions, or lack of action, that were motivated by fear or knee-jerk reactions based on prior trauma, likely stemming from early childhood. Breaking out of these old and dysfunctional patterns might in fact be one important theme for you for the remainder of this current month. You are likely ready to initiate new relationships or to take the next big step with something at work, or you might be struggling to define your role or relationship with others at the outset of something new. This applies to the entire thirty-day cycle of the New Moon. Some level of personal sacrifice for others, or for the sake of a larger dream or goal might be necessary right now so be sure not to drain or overextend yourself in this process.

On December 20th, the Sun in Sagittarius in your seventh house will make a trine to Uranus in Aries in your eleventh house of friends and groups. You will likely feel energized by the company of others right now, and perhaps moved to coordinate your creative efforts with others, or to take a risk and defy various social or professional conventions or traditions.

On December 21st, your ruling planet, Mercury, in the sign Sagittarius will conjoin Jupiter in Sagittarius, again in your seventh house of relationships, this time indicating the power of beliefs and ideas in your personal relationships. Though you are naturally flexible and open-minded, don’t be surprised if those you are close with are persuading you to take a risk or to commit to something that you’re feeling somewhat unsure about.

Finally, on December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius in your seventh house of relationships will square Neptune in Pisces in your tenth house of career. This transit brings last month’s Mercury Retrograde full circle to where it all began! This is a time of trying to discern the best path forward in your career given some degree of confusion surrounding your relationships and social life. Don’t hide from making an important decision right now, even if you can’t clearly see where it will lead. On the other hand, use your best judgment, and take your time, when listening to the advice of others or when someone is trying to persuade you of something. Also, you should watch for messages pointing the way in dreams or through synchronistic experiences right now.

Other important dates to think about this month include the Winter Solstice on December 21st, which is taking place in your eighth house of death and rebirth, and the Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd, which is taking place in your second house of money and resources. The Winter solstice brings themes of depth and transformation, perhaps also emphasizing special benefits or blessings that come through others or through challenging but transformative events. On the other hand, the Full Moon in Cancer taking place on December 22nd suggests growth, fertility, and abundance in your financial life, and it also highlights the importance of your inner/emotional life and the importance of home or family. Note that in the month to come you will receive your first eclipses in these houses, as well, so stay tuned for more next month!

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This is another significant month for you, Cancer, opening up a season of refreshed spirituality with an urge for service to others around you. Mercury has been retrograding through your sixth house, representing day-to-day activities and a sense of special mission that you might call an apprenticeship to your higher Self. As you have been mulling over your esoteric responsibilities there, along comes the Sun in this same sector, accompanied by expansive Jupiter. The Sagittarius New Moon of December 6th makes for a celebration of values and beliefs, and a call to action on behalf of these to make a difference in the world around you. The Winter Solstice and the Full Moon in your sign that follows the next day, December 22nd, constitute another noteworthy juncture when partnership is very much in the picture for you, in support of your evolving worldview. You are imbued by a new sense of Spirit moving through everything, including right relationship with important partners as conjured up by Natural Law.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


The month of December gets started just hours after Venus in Libra in your fourth house of home and family opposes Uranus in Aries in your tenth house of career. It’s likely that disruptions, changes, and innovation at home and work will be toning the month straight out the gate. What comes to you are unusual opportunities, and what is required to take full advantage of these is an open-minded attitude to these, which might turn out after all to be in your best interest.

Meanwhile, the rest of the month features a domino series of transits from planets in your sixth house of work, sickness, and service, squaring Mars and Neptune in your ninth house of faith, long journeys, spirituality, and the higher mind.

It gets started right away, on December 2nd as the Sun in Sagittarius squares Mars in Pisces in the ninth house, bringing themes of hard work, struggling, sickness and misfortune, as well as the desire to serve, in direct connection with themes of faith, learning, and the higher mind. Our spiritual journeys are filled with periods of hard work and service, periods where our endurance and stamina are tested, and the same can be said for anything worth learning or studying. This transit will test your patience and ask you to put your faith into action or to stand strong during the trials or tribulations of a learning or educational journey.

Then late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day, the New Moon in Sagittarius falls in your sixth house and makes a square to Mars and Neptune’s conjunction in Pisces in your ninth house. As the Moon is your ruling planet, you are going to be feeling this transit more intensely, and it will likely have you fired up to work hard and bring about reforms or changes that align with your higher values and beliefs. It’s a great time to lead a restoral, healing, or renewal project in the workplace, but be careful that you do not exhaust yourself or become a victim of your desire to help or save others. Your beliefs are also in the spotlight right now, and you may be feeling somewhat confused or conflicted about how to act on the inspiration you’re feeling. Trust the process because even if you are feeling temporarily stifled, small efforts made with good intentions right now will lead to a revolution in due time.

On December 20th, the Sun in Sagittarius in your sixth house trines Uranus in Aries in your tenth house of career, goading you to take a stand, or to make sudden changes or to take a new approach to something at work. At the same time, be careful that a defiant or rebellious attitude doesn’t lead to burnout or burnt bridges. A little patience and tactfulness added to the enthusiasm you’re feeling will go a long way.

On December 21st, the Mercury in Sagittarius will conjoin Jupiter in Sagittarius, once again in your sixth house. If you are in the process of hiring people or you manage employees and are dealing with turnover or conflicts with those you employ, this transit may provide you with the clarity, confidence, and direction you need in order to lead and unify the work environment. On the other hand, the subject of teachers and learning is pronounced under the transit. Though the sixth house comes with many challenges to our health and energy levels, Mercury and Jupiter will be handing out free wisdom to go along with whatever challenges you’re facing right now.

Finally, on December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius in your sixth house will square Neptune in Pisces in your ninth house. This transit brings last month’s Mercury Retrograde full circle, back to the place where it all got started. When things fall apart, and we are tested in mind and body, we have to rely on our faith to pull us through. When we don’t have faith, then we can find our faith by calling out to the Universe for help and guidance and then taking just one step at a time, until we find our way again. It’s actually refreshing to realize that we don’t have all the answers, and it can also be deeply healing when things break down and we are left without a clear strategy. These are the exact moments where a higher form of guidance can easily be summoned. All we have to do is pause and ask for guidance, trusting that we are never meant to have all the answers or to walk the path alone.

Other transits to think about this month include the Winter Solstice in Capricorn on December 21st, which shines a spotlight on your relationships and what practical, earthy support they provide you with, and then the Full Moon on December 22nd, taking place in your home sign and first house of Cancer, which will have you radiating with warmth, emotional sweetness, and sensitivity at the start of a brand new solar year. Also note that in the month to come you will receive your first eclipses in these houses, as well, so stay tuned for more next month!

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You are steeped in intimacy this month, Leo, perhaps most importantly intimacy with yourself. You have been rethinking your approach to creativity of all kinds, including romantic engagement, and also with regard to a future focus on how you might apply your talents out in the world. Because Mercury has been retrograding through a key sector of your chart, ending on December 6th, this second weekend of the month represents a shift in the astrological currents and is also full of idealism, and as well a touch of illusion, toward partners. You are suddenly more aware than ever of your possibilities there and also of the pitfalls engendered by old wounding, the result of early childhood trauma, that can hold you back unless and until you work through some of these issues and bring your inner complexes into the light of day. The remainder of this month is well suited for that activity, thereby freeing you up to be the most authentic self that you can be.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


The month begins on the heels of Venus’ opposition to Uranus (November 30th), which fell across your 3rd and 9th houses, in the signs of Libra and Aries. The month ahead is toned by this transit, which reflects a revolution of ideas and beliefs, learning and communication, and has likely been rocking or enlivening some of your friendships or intimate partnerships.

The rest of the month is also all about the sign of Sagittarius and your fifth house of creativity, joy, pregnancy, and children, along with the sign of Pisces and your eighth house of death, anxiety, transformation, and “other people’s money.” Each of the following transits will put these themes into the spotlight while simultaneously adding the uniqueness of the individual planets involved.

On December 2nd, the Sun in Sagittarius in your fifth house will square Mars in Pisces in the eighth house, signaling an opportunity for peace and joy despite the inevitable challenges depicted by Mars in the house of death and rebirth. The Sun can help you to make the most of things right now, or to find a sense of faith and trust in times of uncertainty about the future.

Late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day, the New Moon in Sagittarius also falls in your fifth house, making a square to the Mars/Neptune conjunction taking place in Pisces in the eighth house. Traditionally the fifth house was called “the house of good fortune,” and it was related to benefits that came to the individual over time, including the gift of children or the inheritance of family wealth. At the same time, it was related to happiness and creativity. On the other hand, the eighth house is seen as a place of uncertainty, death, and foreboding, but it is also a place where benefits often come to a person through challenges or even misfortune. This New Moon in your fifth house, square to Mars and Neptune in your eighth, suggests that happiness and even creative fulfillment is available to you right now, but it may be appearing by way of the sacrifices or hardships of others, or through emotional losses or a deep encounter with your personal fears or anxieties. It’s important to ask the question, “What is the cost of real contentment, creative fulfillment, and my long-term health'” Plan for your long-term happiness and peace of mind, and don’t be afraid if it involves some degree of compromise or sacrifice. In the long run, it will be worth it.

On December 20th, the Sun in Sagittarius in your fifth house will trine Uranus in Aries in your ninth house of spirituality and the higher mind. You are likely to feel charged up by new insights and creative inspiration, or you might be overwhelmed by the desire to learn something new or to seek out adventure. Acting on your principles right now may also require courage and the willingness to defy boundAries.

On December 21st, Mercury will conjoin Jupiter in Sagittarius in your fifth house, bringing themes of bigness, intelligence, and creative self-expression. Your faith and sincerity are contagious to others and likely bringing you greater admiration and respect from others. However, you should also be careful of exaggeration or grandiosity, or even arrogance, and be sure to think carefully before making big plans or big announcements.

Finally, on December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius in your fifth house will square Neptune in Pisces in your eighth house, bringing last month’s Mercury Retrograde back to the same place it got started. Right now, you have both the sensitivity and the creative intelligence needed to turn life’s chaos into order, your fears into your teachers, and personal challenges into future assets. However, to create these results you need to be honest with yourself and you need to see through the illusions of quick fixes or temporary gratification.

Other transits to think about this month include the Winter Solstice on December 21st. The Sun will move into Capricorn and into your sixth house, where it will place an emphasis on hard work, employees or staff, sickness and service in the weeks ahead. Then right after the Solstice, on December 22nd, the Full Moon in Cancer will travel through the deep solitude and vastness of your twelfth house, highlighting themes of universal compassion, sickness and sorrows, as well as deep inwardness and emotional healing. It’s a unique month, calling you to step forward while also asking you to grow inwardly and to mature emotionally. Also, note that in the month to come you will receive your first eclipses in these houses, as well, so stay tuned for more next month!



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You have another month ahead spiced with inner concerns, Virgo. This is easy to comprehend once you recognize that Mercury, your ruler, has been in retrograde motion, moving back across the nadir of your solar chart, completing by mid-month. These fluctuations put you in touch with issues of home, family and identity. This includes family of origin and current familial setting, as well as more mundane concerns such as rearranging your dwelling space. A mystical and active take on partnership is also included in the mix. With regard to important partners in your life, you could be feeling idealism, illusion, or uncertainty, and there could be sudden realizations concerning early trauma and the internal wounding that holds you back from more complete partnership interaction, culminating in the Sagittarius New Moon of December 6th. You are experiencing a rebirth of who you are at the core, and that new understanding inevitably relates back to interior spaces behind and beyond the surface layers of your more logically oriented mind and personality.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


December begins on the heels of the Venus/Uranus opposition, which took place on November 30th. The opposition fell across the Libra/Aries axis, and your second and eighth houses, likely bringing up sudden changes or disruptions to finances and relationships simultaneously. In many ways the start of the month is toned by the immediacy of this powerful transit, which is very much still lingering in the air for you.

Meanwhile, all month long transits in your fourth house of home, family, and property are emphasized alongside of squares to planets in the seventh house of relationships. It begins right away on December 2nd, as the Sun in Sagittarius in your fourth house of home and family makes a square to Mars in Pisces in your seventh house of relationships. This transit suggests that your family legacy, perhaps particularly the role of your father or the men in your family, are having a direct impact on the challenges, conflicts, or growth work you are currently doing in your relationships.

Late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day, the New Moon in Sagittarius lands in your fourth house and makes a square to the Mars/Neptune conjunction taking place in your seventh house of relationships. Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is also active at this time, as Mercury stations to direct motion and your communication becomes more forthright. Old patterns of inner wounding could arise for conscious recognition and healing. You are likely being asked to make personal compromises or sacrifices for those you love right now, or you might be searching for a new beginning, a new place to call home, both emotionally and spiritually, as well as within your closest relationships. Be careful of the impulse to compromise or sacrifice your integrity for an immediate solution. There is a romantic and crusading quality to this New Moon, which may be calling you to action, but don’t let yourself be carried away by delusions of grandeur or impulsive emotional responses.

On December 20th, the Sun in Sagittarius in your fourth house will then trine Uranus in Aries in your eighth house, bringing an aura of excitement, spontaneity and defiance. The insights and inspiration you are receiving right now are here to deliver you from your fears and to help you transform yourself from the roots up. However, the temptation to hide, defy, or resist the call to change may also present itself, so it’s important that you continually evaluate your intentions and be radically honest with yourself, as well as those in your family.

On December 21st, your ruling planet, Mercury, will conjoin Jupiter in Sagittarius in your fourth house. There is much to be learned right now if you pay attention to the voice of your ancestors, your children and parents, and especially the voice of the past. Teachers from the past may appear right now, or you may find that you are restoring your faith or spiritual practices because you need a spiritual sense of “home” within yourself. Whatever the case might be, there is a deep level of wisdom and learning available to you right now.

Finally, on December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius in your fourth house will then square Neptune in Pisces in your seventh house, bringing last month’s Mercury Retrograde back to the place where it all started. After a long and deep process of introspection over the past month, of evaluating the importance of home and family, of taking an honest look at yourself and your relationships, you are at a crossroads. The role of communication at home and in your relationships might be challenging right now, but vulnerability and honesty will help you to slice right through miscommunications and confusion.

Other transits to think about this month include the Winter Solstice on December 21st. The Sun will move into Capricorn in your fifth house, emphasizing the themes of creativity, children, and happiness, at the start of a new solar year. Then, right afterward on December 22nd, the Full Moon falls in Cancer in your eleventh house of friends, colleagues, groups, and wishes, emphasizing the importance of community, family, and friends. You are learning and growing in relation to the themes of home, roots, and relationships very powerfully this month, but this Full Moon reminds you that home is also found in friends and the larger communities of people that share similar dreams and values. Also, note that in the month to come you will receive your first eclipses in these houses, as well, so stay tuned for more next month!

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You are up against an interesting monthly cycle, Libra, as you enter into a new phase, following the recent retrograde of Venus, your ruler. This affects your attitude toward who you are and what, in the deepest possible way, you are truly up to. A building idea of spiritual mission reflects back upon your desire for greater self-knowledge and your ongoing curiosity regarding worldview and beliefs in general. You have been questioning your values and how to make best use of your resources, including financial ones, and you are now coming to some more definite conclusions regarding this important area. You are also feeling an idealized realization of partnership participation regarding your inner purpose, that task which only you can fulfill and which is in some sense your reason for having incarnated at this particular time and place. After the 21st, including the Winter Solstice and the Cancer Full Moon, you are entering into a fresh start on career and profession, based on these re-workings of your core beliefs.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


The month of December begins just as your ruling planet, Venus, is separating from an opposition to Uranus in Aries in your seventh house of relationships. While the opposition perfected on November 30th, the themes of disruption, innovation, and independence in relationships are still loud and strong to start the month. Sudden epiphanies regarding key partnerships in your life are quite likely to come up.

Meanwhile, all month long the major series of transits are all taking place in the sign of Sagittarius, in your third house of communication, learning, siblings, short journeys, and the mind, making squares to Mars and Neptune in the sign of Pisces and in your sixth house of work, sickness, and service.

On December 2nd, the Sun in Sagittarius will square Mars in Pisces in the sixth house. You are likely feeling emotionally and intellectually inspired and assertive right now. It’s a good time to put your ideas into action, or to speak out on behalf of others. You might be working very hard to learn something new, or perhaps laboring to communicate something of great importance.

Late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day, the New Moon will also fall in Sagittarius in your third house, making a square to the Mars/Neptune conjunction in Pisces in your sixth house. Again, themes of mental intensity, assertiveness, action and service are all pronounced, now and for the remaining thirty days of this new lunation period. You should be careful that you aren’t letting yourself be pushed around or easily agitated. In the lunar cycle ahead, your mind will expand, and you may be asking yourself how you can do more to help others. However, you should be careful not to lose yourself in the haze of a passing emotional crusade.

On December 20th, the Sun in Sagittarius in your third house will trine Uranus in Aries in your seventh house of relationships, stimulating growth, creativity, and innovation in your relationships. Light bulbs and epiphanies abound when you speak your mind to those you are close with right now. You may also receive unexpected gifts or blessings from those you are close with as Jupiter is also disposing of the Sun right now.

On December 21st, Mercury will conjoin Jupiter in Sagittarius in your third house. Though you are by nature balanced and diplomatic in your interactions with others, there is an aura of big, brash, assertive, and charismatic intellectual exchanges surrounding this transit, which might make you feel uncomfortable. At the same time, when the need for justice and truth is most urgent, we are often called to speak up, regardless of whether it is the most pleasing thing for others to hear.

Finally, on December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius in your third house will square Neptune in Pisces in your sixth house, bringing last month’s Mercury Retrograde full circle, back to the place it all got started. Your ideals are important. If you don’t know what they are, it’s easy to get pushed around and to end up compromising or sacrificing ourselves for other people’s visions. On the other hand, if we are too rigid about our ideals, then we may become too easily agitated when we have differences with others, or we may exhaust ourselves trying to prove a point. Somewhere in the middle there exists a place of clarity, a place where your strongest beliefs and your most basic actions are wed together in a balanced matter.

Other transits to think about this month include the Winter Solstice on December 21st, and the Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd. The Winter Solstice on December 21st takes place as the Sun enters Capricorn and moves into your fourth house of home, family, roots, and property, shifting your attention to these topics for the year ahead. Meanwhile, the Full Moon in Cancer takes place in your tenth house of career, placing a brief but powerful emphasis on career matters at the same time. Note that in the month to come you will receive your first eclipses in these houses, as well, so stay tuned for more next month!


This is another month that partakes very much of inner work, Scorpio, and ideation below the surface layers of your personality. You might be feeling a sense of participation mystique, whereby you recognize that what you logically drive toward is only a small part of the story. You are in the midst of major self-development, and yet are paradoxically tied to partnership as well, as an adjunct to your own evolution. You have been questioning the impact and the meaning of relationship in your life, and this current cycle serves to clarify these issues. Your values too have been somewhat up in the air, along with your finances. The higher meaning is that you take the material world less seriously and recognize the reality and even the primacy of other planes of awareness. You benefit by staying as open as you can to new realizations, and may well come to epiphanies regarding old patterns that have held you back from the fullest embodiment of that which you were always meant to accomplish.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


You have been dealing with significant changes in your relationships ever since Venus, ruler of your seventh house of love and relationships, turned retrograde in your home sign of Scorpio during the month of October. Now, as the month of December begins, and Venus is just separating from one last opposition to Uranus (between your 12th and 6th houses), you are once more visiting the themes of revolution, change, liberation, freedom, and originality in your relationships. It’s time to put the healing lessons you’ve been learning into action and to make good on the changes you’ve been promising yourself you would make over the last few months.

All month long the major planetary action is taking place in Sagittarius and Pisces, between your second and fifth houses. The second house is the house of finances, money, and resources, whereas the fifth is a place of joy, creativity, children and pregnancy. With Jupiter in your second house for the next year to come, you are likely bringing in more money or possibly spending more money. The key words, either way, are “bigness” and “expansion” related to your finances. But since Jupiter also rules your fifth house, it’s possible that you are also looking for new ways to enhance your joy and happiness, your creative life, or your connection to children, or perhaps even your own “inner child.” This month may boil down to a cost/benefit analysis: what do I need and want, what makes me happy, and what will this cost me in the long run'

On December 2nd, the Sun in Sagittarius in your second house will square Mars in Pisces in the fifth house, bringing the qualities of wisdom and childlike joy or exuberance together, but it may also require you to sacrifice something of your time, money, energy, or resources in the process.

Late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day, the New Moon will also fall in Sagittarius in your second house, making a square to the Mars/Neptune conjunction taking place in Pisces in your fifth house. Over the thirty days of this new lunation cycle, the questions are might ask are as follows. Can money really buy you freedom' In the final analysis, can love really be measured by what we own or the debts we’ve paid off or the rank we’ve achieved in our career' On the other hand, isn’t some investment, some level of sacrifice required for the sake of lasting happiness and peace' While you may be feeling like you want to put your full passion and energy into someone or something special right now, be careful that you don’t chase after a mirage. The real investment, leading to real happiness, and a real creative use of your resources, is to take more regular time out of your schedule to listen to the wisdom of your heart, which will always guide you home to the simplest and most economical place of contentment.

On December 20th, the Sun in Sagittarius in your second house will trine Uranus in Aries in your sixth house, bringing wisdom and action together in a rare but powerful moment of inspiration, independence, and innovation. You are going to find a brilliant way of using what you have in order to make substantive changes that will bring you greater freedom and independence.

On December 21st, Mercury will conjoin Jupiter in Sagittarius in your second house, perhaps signaling an important development, piece of news, announcement, message, or insight related to finances. Again, be careful of the tendency to think too big, to shoot for the Moon and fall off the boat, or to make a rushed decision in a moment of blind excitement.

On December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius will then square Neptune in Pisces in your fifth house, bringing last month’s Mercury Retrograde full circle, back to the place where it all got started. Again, right now you are sorting through issues related to the creative maneuvering of finances, perhaps in relation to children, or perhaps related to the desire for greater freedom or in order to actualize a creative vision or dream. It’s possible that you won’t be seeing things clearly or that themes of deception, confusion, and fantasy will be mingling closely with issues related to money, work, contracts, bills or expenses. With Venus in your first house all month, you need to be extra careful that your most immediate desires and impulses are not dictating choices you should be making with greater thoughtfulness and rationality. You’ve learned a lot in the past month, but this may be like a test. Have you really heard the message'

Other transits to think about this month include the Winter Solstice on December 21st, and the Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd. These two transits fall across your third and ninth house axis, the houses of the higher/lower mind, where eclipses will start taking place next month. You are entering a period where you will be learning, and relearning, many important spiritual and psychological lessons. Your faith and beliefs will be renewed and transformed, as your mind, perceptions, and ideas about yourself, and about reality itself, are transformed. Stay tuned for more on this next month!

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This month continues your joyous birthday season, Sagittarius, although with a twist to the inside. Jupiter in your sign has been a soothing presence and a source of optimism, especially if born in November. You are also feeling the pull of Neptune, strongly configured as well this month, implying that the associated mystical sense of dream realities surpasses more normative attitudes and logical or conventional thinking. As you meditate on future plans, you are feeling sure that they contain a strong spiritual component, and that you must dedicate yourself to acting upon your deepest and most sincere beliefs and values. You are drawn to issues relating to the very core of your personality, and to unconscious process, including your home scene, inter-familial relationships, and how to integrate issues stemming from your family of origin. You have been feeling your way forward through the recent retrogrades, and are coming to the inescapable conclusion that the way down and the way through are one and the same.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


The month begins on the heels of Venus’ opposition to Uranus in Aries, which took place on November 30th, and fell across your eleventh and fifth house axis. This transit tones the start of the month and is likely sending shockwaves through your relationships and social circles, or within groups or organizations you belong to thanks to the disruptive qualities of Uranus. Themes of independence, originality, freedom, and creative innovation are also in the spotlight to start the month.

Meanwhile, all month long your home sign and house is emphasized with a long series of transits taking place in Sagittarius. Additionally, several squares from planets in Sagittarius to Mars and Neptune in Pisces in your fourth house will also be taking place this month, bringing questions of personal identity, health, character, and life-direction (1st house) into an intense dialogue with the topics of home, family, parents, and property (4th house).

On December 2nd, the Sun in Sagittarius in your first house will square Mars in Pisces in your fourth house. You might be called upon to make a great personal sacrifice or to become the personal hero to one of your parents or to your family members. However, you should be careful that you do not lose or deplete yourself in the process. This is also a good transit for general productivity, but with Mars in the fourth house, in a water sign, don’t be surprised if hidden resources come bubbling up to support you right now, making the work a little lighter or more fluid and effortless.

Late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day, the New Moon in your sign in your first house will square the Mars/Neptune conjunction taking place in Pisces in your fourth house. You are pressing the reset button this month, and it makes perfect sense. Your ruling planet, Jupiter, has just entered your home sign last month, and it is bringing an aura of confidence, growth, and newness to every area of your life. This applies to the entire thirty-day lunation cycle. In order to capitalize on the energy and excitement, you must act, and right now the challenge to acting might be coming from ties that you have to the past, to family, or to your deepest and perhaps most unrecognized emotional needs. In order to move into this new version of yourself, you need to be honest with yourself or you could easily become a martyr to a cause that really isn’t your own.

On December 20th, the Sun in your home sign of Sagittarius will make a trine to Uranus in Aries in your fifth house, signaling the need to individuate, to express, to break free, to assert yourself, and to ride a wave of enthusiasm and activation toward greater self-expression. This is a little “Carpe Diem” window in a month that could otherwise be perpetually challenged by the fog of Mars and Neptune in your fourth house, so be sure that you don’t miss an opportunity to clarify your intentions and move forward with courage and joyfulness!

On December 21st, Mercury will conjoin Jupiter in Sagittarius in your first house, creating an aura of bold, intelligent, and vocal self-expressiveness. You may easily take the role as a leader right now, or you may feel the need to speak up or make your thoughts and ideas known more publicly. Whatever the case might be, you should be careful of grandiosity, pride or self-righteousness, as this transit can indicate mental pride or arrogance, as well.

On December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius will then square Neptune in Pisces in your fourth house, bringing last month’s Mercury Retrograde full circle, back to the place it got started. You’ve been through a process in the past month related to your relationships and your roots. Mercury is the ruler of your seventh house of relationships, and being retrograde in your first house, with an ongoing square to Neptune, you’ve been thinking very deeply about what you can and cannot provide, or what others can and cannot provide for you in relationships. It’s complicated when there are also deep emotions, history, and hurts involved, but right now it’s very important that you carefully discern the facts from the fantasies in order to move forward in the best way possible for everyone.

Other transits to think about this month include the Winter Solstice on December 21st and the Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd. These transits fall across your second and eighth houses, bringing up issues of finances and resources, as well as issues related to your values and the values or resources of those you are in relationship with. These two transits are also foreshadowing an upcoming year of eclipses that will be taking place in the same signs and houses, which will bring a tremendous emphasis to these themes in the weeks and months to come. Stay tuned for more on this next month!

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This is a significant month for you, Capricorn, with a powerful emphasis on identity and on finding your way forward with full awareness of both internal and outer realities. Your unconscious process is making itself known to you in no uncertain terms, presenting you with surprising realizations. Your inner process is so much a part of your identity as to be inseparable from it. Your sense of who you are depends in large part on the depths that underlie your surface behavior and these, like the undersea portion of the iceberg, are vaster and more massive than the more easily observed surface layers. As you move forward with your evolutionary development based on this powerfully demanding sense of spiritual intuition that is playing upon your secret senses, you are becoming more familiar with factors that also allow greater intimacy with others. The Full Moon of December 22nd in fact heralds a resurgence of partnership connection from an entirely new angle.

The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


The month begins on the heels of Venus in Libra opposing Uranus in Aries across your 10th and 4th house axis (the places of career and home and family). Continued changes and unexpected revolution in these two areas of life are still pronounced and will likely carry over for at least the first few days of the month. Deep intuition brings you closer to the truth of the matter than all your logic, as long as you can remain open and trust your gut instinct.

Meanwhile, all month long there are transits happening in your twelfth house in Sagittarius, making several squares to Mars and Neptune in Pisces in your third house. Each transit will bring up the connection between the unconscious mind and your rational intellect, between the unknown or the great mystery and that which is understandable, learnable, or speakable.

On December 2nd, the Sun in Sagittarius will square Mars in Pisces in your third house. You might be feeling caught between worlds right now, inspired and emotional but also inward and solitary. The insights you are receiving right now are heroic and vast but knowing exactly where to put your energy might be difficult. Be careful of squandering the inspiration you’re feeling by getting involved in unnecessary debates or arguments about things that are truly insignificant. Apply your energy wisely and pick your battles carefully.

Late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day, the New Moon in Sagittarius in your twelfth house squares Mars and Neptune in Pisces in your third house. A dream seed is being planted in you right now, but you may not understand its nature or meaning for some time. This is indicated not only by the New Moon in the twelfth house and the square to Mars/Neptune in Pisces but also Jupiter’s recent entrance into Sagittarius. Now and for the next thirty days, pay special attention to your dreams and track your emotions in the weeks to come. Whatever is stirring within you is the seed of new faith and deeper compassion. However, it may require you to let go of the known and feel your way through a time of uncertainty, doubt, and intense questioning.

On December 20th, the Sun in Sagittarius in your twelfth house will trine Uranus in Aries in your fourth house, stimulating the need for greater independence and freedom in relation to your home or family karma. The need to break free or defy tradition is strong, and you may also find that you are being awakened by powerful insights or events related to your home, your parents or family members, or the past.

On December 21st, Mercury will conjoin Jupiter in Sagittarius in your twelfth house. Teachers and shadow teachers. Sometimes its hard to tell the difference. Mistakes that we know better than to make, that we keep making until we run ourselves into the ground, and those chance events that instruct us even though they are difficult. Mercury and Jupiter in the twelfth are here to teach you something profound right now, but they may come alongside of encounters with personal and collective shadows and unconsciousness.

On December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius will then square Neptune in Pisces in your third house, bringing last month’s Mercury Retrograde full circle, back to the place where it all got started. It may be hard to think clearly or to use your rational intellect to move through the maze of information you are dealing with right now, but if you use your intuition, and ask your teachers or guides to help you, you may find that you are led effortlessly to the right answers. Meanwhile, you should also be cautious, all month long, about gossip. The twelfth house was a house associated with “secret enemies,” or those energies that seek to undermine us, which means it’s extra important to keep your mind in a positive space, especially when sharing your thoughts and feelings with those you aren’t especially close with.

Other transits to think about this month include the Winter Solstice on December 21st, when the Sun moves into Capricorn and enters your home sign for thirty days, and then the Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd, which is shining bright in your house of relationships and love. Both of these transits are also foreshadowing the start of a full year + of eclipses falling across your first and seventh house axis, indicating major personal changes and changes to your relationships and social life coming through. More on this next month!

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This month is a celebration of your inner senses, Aquarius. A truly spiritual worldview is emerging, earth-connected and based in natural law, as you are aiming to find areas of service that lead you to a greater integration, top to bottom. As matters begin to resolve, home and family issues that you are continuing to deal with, with you having been seeking the inner motivation of these matters for several weeks now, are coming nearer to the centrality of your scheduling. You are thinking things through for the second or third time. Getting out of an existing rut suddenly seems more attractive, and new beginnings beckon. You are finding your way through to acting and communicating your deepest values, which rise to a higher level of awareness than you have reached heretofore, and the action you take must be from the heart, without limit. This is based to a far greater extent on subtle planes beyond the physical than you once imagined.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


The month gets started right on the heels of Venus’ recent opposition to Uranus, which perfected on November 30th and is still very much lingering in the air to start the month. Across your ninth and third houses, this transit highlights an intellectual and spiritual revolution in your relationships. Watch for themes of independence, freedom, exploration, and unexpected change, especially in relation to your creativity, beliefs, and ideals. You may feel the need to communicate your own unique perspective this month, regardless of whether others agree with you or not. This is a provocative transit that can be hard on relationships if freedom and personal differences are not honored.

Meanwhile, all month long the most dynamic planetary transits are taking place in the sign of Sagittarius, in your eleventh house of friends and groups, making several squares to Mars and Neptune in Pisces in your second house of money and resources. Within each transit, you will be looking very closely at your social life, as well as your hopes and dreams for the future, perhaps seeking out new connections, but at the same time your time, money, energy, and resources may also be in the spotlight this month, creating some tension around who and what to prioritize or invest in.

On December 2nd, the Sun in Sagittarius squares Mars in Pisces in your second house. This is a heroic transit that might have you investing in or giving yourself to a social cause, a group, or the needs of your friends or colleagues. Be careful that you don’t overextend yourself or become a martyr for someone else’s cause but otherwise look for inspiring new opportunities with your friends or within various professional, political, or spiritual groups.

Late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day, the New Moon in Sagittarius lands in your eleventh house and makes a square to the Mars/Neptune conjunction happening in your second house. A seed of friendship, dreaming, and new allies is being planted this month, doubling down on the same themes that started last month when Jupiter entered Sagittarius. This applies for the next thirty days of this lunation cycle, when you must also beware of strong Neptune. The square from the New Moon to Mars and Neptune in Pisces in the second house may add a layer of confusion or illusion into the mix. What are you willing to compromise for the sake of having friends, or what kind of influence do your friends or social circles have on you? There is a charitable and compassionate energy to this transit, but it’s also possible to find yourself drained or exhausted by your own idealism.

On December 20th, the Sun in Sagittarius in your eleventh house will make a trine to Uranus in Aries in your third house of the communication, learning, and the mind. This is an energizing transit that will create a wave of mental or intellectual excitement, especially in relation to your friends and your social scene. Watch for a sudden change in thinking or an exciting conversation that stimulates new ideas or introduces you to new allies or creative projects.

On December 21st, Mercury in Sagittarius will conjoin Jupiter, bringing with it an aura of wisdom and learning, or perhaps announcing the entrance of new teachers or the start of an educational journey. Be careful of preaching to friends or friends that preach and remember to think carefully before making any big agreements. While Mercury and Jupiter often bring a spirit of optimism, goodness, and charm, Mercury in Sagittarius can make you easily forget to think carefully before signing yourself away based on a fleeting moment of wide-eyed delight.

On December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius will then square Neptune in Pisces in your second house, bringing last month’s Mercury Retrograde full circle, back to the place where it all got started. You’ve likely been thinking a lot lately about the future, about where you belong or fit in and what you believe philosophically or spiritually, and if it’s possible for the two to meet in a meaningful way. Mercury’s square to Neptune in your second house has had you looking very closely at what you tend to give up or compromise and how your unfulfilled needs or desires are related to unclear principles or fuzzy thinking. As Mercury is now passing through the square to Neptune in direct motion, there is an opportunity for clarity, learning, and a reprioritizing of your time, energy, money, and values, especially in relation to your social sphere of life.

Other transits to think about this month include the Winter Solstice on December 21st, when the Sun moves into Capricorn and enters your twelfth house and then the Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd, which lands in your sixth house. These two transits foreshadow the eclipses that will now take place across your sixth and twelfth house axis for the next year, all of which points to a period of deep and very personal transition. With your ruling planet, Saturn, also in your twelfth house, you are in a kind of liminal space right now, a place between worlds that will take you deeply inward in order to heal and grow before the very powerful rebirthing moment when Saturn enters your home sign and first house in 2020.

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This is an active month for you, Pisces, when you are fully energized, as the retrogrades of the past month are ending, in making something happen for you in terms of your values, resources, and finances, as well as your evolving worldview. Sudden fluctuations in these nudge you toward a deeper understanding of your world and the part that you are somehow destined to play in it. The New Moon of December 6th brings a sharp shift in the cosmic weather patterns and brings you the energy to be yourself. Mercury’s simultaneous station could bring old wounds to greater consciousness for integration and healing. You are focused on outer world success, but are coming to some entirely new conclusions about what exactly that entails, given your new spiritual mandate act on what you are truly suited to. You might have come to feel that your work in the world needs to make a deeper chime with who you really are, on the inside.


The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School


December begins right on the heels of Venus in Libra’s recent opposition to Uranus in Aries (November 30th). This transit just took place across second and eighth house axis, highlighting the importance of finances and investments, values and resources and your relationships. Venus/Uranus also brings up themes of independence and innovation, disruption and freedom in relationships, and the month begins with these subjects at the forefront of your experience.

Meanwhile, all month long your tenth house of career is being lit up by transit after transit happening in the sign of Sagittarius, several of which are making squares to Mars and Neptune in your home sign and house of Pisces. Identity and work, reputation and calling, personal direction and creative potential…these are the most pronounced themes in your chart as 2018 ends.

On December 2nd, the Sun in Sagittarius in your tenth house of career squares Mars in Pisces in your first house, bringing a blast of confidence and hard work, ambition and personal sacrifice. You are ready to take one for the team in the workplace, or just as likely you are being asked to lead or take on more responsibility at work. Either way, while it’s a very productive time at work you should be careful of draining or exhausting yourself.

Late evening on December 6th, continuing into the next day, the New Moon in Sagittarius in your tenth house will square the Mars/Neptune conjunction taking place in your home sign of Pisces. With Jupiter having recently entered your career house, it’s truly your year to shine in the workplace, and this New Moon supports the same theme by announcing the start of a new chapter at work. this applies for the next thirty days as well, until the Capricorn New Moon of January 5th. With also a big square from the New Moon to Mars and Neptune in the first house, you are likely feeling somewhat conflicted about how much you must give, or what kinds of compromises or personal sacrifices are worth making.

On December 20th, the Sun in Sagittarius in your tenth house of career will make a trine to Uranus in Aries in your second house, indicating a breakthrough in relation to work or business. You may be gifted with sudden insights or creative opportunities at work, perhaps leading to a promotion or to some greater freedom or flexibility with your work schedule or responsibilities.

On December 21st, Mercury will conjoin Jupiter in Sagittarius in your tenth house, bringing themes of wisdom and learning, expertise and education into the workplace. It’s a great time to find a powerful mentor or to learn something new that might greatly benefit your work. However, be careful of grandiosity, arrogance, exaggeration or self-righteousness. This planetary combination may sometimes bring hot air and bluster, right alongside of a genuinely exciting environment of learning, wisdom, optimism, and good fortune.

On December 24th, Mercury in Sagittarius will then square Neptune in Pisces in your first house, bringing last month’s Mercury Retrograde full circle, back to the place it all got started. As Mercury is the ruler of your fourth house of home and family, as well as your seventh house of marriage and relationships, you are likely trying to work through some degree of personal confusion around your priorities. There are likely lots of voices vying for your attention right now, and it may be difficult to see the forest from the trees, especially during what is likely a very dynamic period of personal and professional growth. Just remember that your own personal truth, needs, and desires matter. Don’t compromise your personal dreams and goals, whatever they might be, simply to satisfy someone else’s agenda for your life!

Other transits to think about this month include the Winter Solstice, on December 21st, when the Sun moves into Capricorn in your eleventh house, and then the Full Moon in Cancer in your fifth house of creativity and children, on December 22nd. These two transits are brief, but they foreshadow the eclipses that will be taking place in the same signs and houses for you in the year ahead. You are on the brink of some significant creative breakthroughs and social/professional changes in the year ahead. It’s a fertile time for you, and yet much will hinge on what long term dreams and goals (11th house/Capricorn) you choose to prioritize in the months ahead. Stay tuned for more on these eclipses next month!



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