I streamlined this monthly forecast so you can see the important highlights for the month to come.
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The year ends with another Mercury retrograde December 12-January 1. The positive side of this is that it helps you prepare for changes in the new year. However, it is not a great cycle for holiday travel. Be careful of those short flight connection times. Mercury rules wind and Capricorn rules cold.
On December 1, communications planet Mercury moves into productive Capricorn for an extra-long period (early February). However, the messenger will move backwards into Sagittarius for part of this period. Begin by tending to the core, boring basic structure of your life. When he temporarily moves backwards into Sagittarius on December 23, it is time for a party or time to plan a future trip.
Venus moves into Scorpio December 4-29. Passionate sex would be one interpretation, as long as it is not sex for power or manipulation. On another level, this supports going to deeper levels in your relationships. It is also a good cycle to get your financial plan together. Make a budget, pay off old debt, or tend to your investments.
Psychic Neptune ends his retrograde cycle on December 6 (since late June). You may not notice this shift but it would pay to watch your dreams. Also be careful driving in the days surrounding this shift because you or other drivers may be spaced out or fiddling with their music.
The New Moon at 21 degrees Sagittarius is on Tuesday December 12, just hours before Mercury turns retrograde until January 1. See New and Full Moon Email newsletter for more. Register at https://astromark.us/
The moon is in friendly Aquarius Friday December 15 through Sunday morning the 17th. This is a great energy for holiday parties, exploring new ideas, and trying out something new and different. The only caution is on Saturday night when the sun makes a challenging square to Neptune. You may just want to call it an early night. Do be careful of drunk drivers as Neptune rules alcohol, drugs, not paying attention, and feeling sleepy.
Winter Solstice is on December 21 at 7:27 PM PST. The planets are all lined up in one-half the sky in a pattern astrologers call a bowl shape. A bowl contains something, yet the other half is missing. This suggests for the coming three months that you will focus your attention on that which is most important to you, and ignoring or minimizing the rest. Venus is the first planet that arises as a morning star, suggesting that your relationships and finances are high on the priority list. Five of the ten planets are in the earth element (Capricorn and Taurus in this case ((Virgo is missing)). Earth tends to deal with practical matters. Remember that Mercury is retrograde until January 1st, so it is best to leave some wiggle room in your plans.
The moon is in Gemini on December 24 and 25. Lots of talk, short trips, and keeping on the move are supported this holiday.
The full moon in Cancer and Capricorn is on December 26. Shop for products for the home or children.
Starting at winter solstice: To make it easier for you to find the various astrology forecasts I offer for free, the weekly astrology highlights will be on page 6 of the Solstice and Equinox quarterly ASTROMARK newsletters. You can access them here at astromark.us or they are always linked in the New and Full Moon email newsletter