MONTH OF December
Commune and collaborate! Although the 2021 holidays are still under pandemic precautions, ‘tis the season to combine efforts with kindred spirits and fellow trailblazers, even if you do it virtually. With the Sun in Sagittarius and your communal eleventh house, you’ll go further when you join forces. Not that you need any prompting, Aquarius: You’re the natural ruler of the zodiac’s eleventh house, so you’re in the zone during this time.
And get ready, because an invitation to a new, next-level crew may arrive unexpectedly at the December 4 Sagittarius solar eclipse. Feel like you’re not around enough inspiring people? Prepare to upgrade. This eclipse will point you to a community that’s aligned with your values and goals.
Capricorn season begins at the December 21 winter solstice as the Sun downshifts into your twelfth house of closure and rest. But with harmonizer Venus turning retrograde here from December 19 to January 29, your social circle might experience a few rifts, and so can your love life. And on Christmas Eve (December 24), the final duel between your co-rulers, Saturn and Uranus, might pull you between your own priorities and unpredictable changes with your home and family. Is it time to lay down firmer boundaries with a chaotic relative or just to start speaking up for what you need?
The year concludes with lucky Jupiter wrapping up an on-and-off 2021 tour through Aquarius, which started in December 2020. As the planet of expansion departs your sign this December 28, look back at how much you’ve grown as a person. If there’s still a leap of faith sitting on your 2021 bucket list, this is the month to go for it. As the year ends, Jupiter will return to Pisces and your second house of work and money, ushering in a prosperous new year!
The Sun is in Sagittarius until December 21
Break out the bubbly! Until December 21, the Sun is in Sagittarius, your fun-loving and social eleventh house. You were made for this glittering holiday party season—and the revelry is in full swing. Hello, never-met-a-celebration-I-didn’t-like vibe! Branch out, meet new people and connect with a favorite (or new) crew. There’s power in numbers, Water Bearer, so team up with other high-minded folks and get to collaborating. Perhaps an altruistic venture captures your idealistic heart. Or maybe you get involved with an online business, seeking out new ways to connect via technology.
The December 4 Sagittarius solar eclipse will bring inspired collaborations
Who are the people on Team Aquarius? Your squad is about to get a major overhaul this December 4, when a solar eclipse sweeps through your eleventh house of groups, teamwork and technology. You may be invited to join forces with a cutting-edge crew, creatively collaborating on a world-changing project, one that potentially involves technology (think: exploring NFTs, recording a podcast, hosting a Clubhouse room). Bonus points if it betters society under this cosmic do-gooder influence. If you’ve outgrown certain parts of your social circle, this eclipse gives you permission to connect with a new, like-minded team.
This is the grand finale in an eclipse series that has spread across the Gemini/Sagittarius axis since May 5, 2020, bringing seismic change to your love life, friendships and creativity. You’ve grown more comfortable in the spotlight while also learning about teamwork.
This is the fourth and last Sagittarius eclipse. Look back to the other three eclipses, which were on June 4 and December 14, 2020, and May 26, 2021. Events sparked at those dates could finally make sense and culminate in a tangible path.
Passion and tempers erupt at the December 8 Mars-Jupiter square
Work or play? Dueling desires to get stuff done and explore new horizons might leave you quickly feeling frustrated. You may feel pulled toward two opposing poles today as laser-focused Mars in your career zone scuffles with wanderlust-y Jupiter in your sign. Should you drill down and get a little lost in the minutiae—or step back and do more blue-sky thinking? A better question to ask is HOW you can stay conscious of the big picture while appeasing the devil who’s lurking in the details. Pro tip: Check back in with your priorities and you’ll remember the most crucial (and pressing) element.
The December 18 Gemini full moon spotlights love and creativity
Lights, camera, Aquarius! On December 18, the year’s only Gemini full moon beams into your fifth house of pleasure and play. If there were ever a day to slip under the metaphorical mistletoe, this is it. This full moon could bring a romantic awakening or an attraction that blossoms into a real-deal affair.
Got a talent to share? These fame-fueled moonbeams draw buzzworthy attention to your creativity or performing talents. Press “record”—then post away! One of your original ideas may get huge, especially since this full moon will form a potent trine to supersizer Jupiter in YOUR sign. Today is also the culmination of events that began back at the June 10 Gemini solar eclipse. Whatever transpires has been brewing for six months. Get ready to make a grand debut!
Capricorn season starts December 21
On December 21, your focus turns internal, as the Sun slips into Capricorn, your twelfth house of healing and surrender. For the next four weeks, you’re clearing the emotional decks. No more clinging tightly to bad situations, relationships or patterns. Your sign can be a know-it-all, and for now, you’re going to have to relinquish your need to be right. The twelfth house is the domain of the right brain, the non-linear, the mystical. The more you can heed the messages of your dreams, the easier it becomes to realize that you can steer your ship without having to control the entire course. This is your annual “sleepy month,” where you have less to give physically and emotionally. Don’t field SOS calls from helpless friends if it’s only going to make you feel resentful five minutes later. Hint: if someone forgets to thank you and it cuts deep, chances are your giving wasn’t coming from the purest place anyway. Engage in restorative activities like dance, yoga, chanting and meditation.
But…love planet Venus turns retrograde in Capricorn December 19 to January 29
Is it time to let go of the past—or your painful illusions about it? On December 19, harmonizer Venus begins a six-week backspin through Capricorn, disrupting relationships and possibly bringing an ex back into the picture. Until January 29, Venus in your twelfth house of closure and healing DOES present a window, however challenging, for you to face your demons—addictive patterns, places where you project blame or play the victim, ways you punish a partner for not reading your mind. If you’re holding a torch for a toxic relationship, this time might be best used working through any core traumas that are keeping you stuck. Check out the buzzworthy new book What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing, co-authored by fellow Aquarius Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry.
The final Saturn-Uranus square of 2021 shakes things up on December 24
Christmas Eve coincides with one of 2021’s most intense transits. The stars serve up the last of this year’s three challenging Saturn-Uranus 90-degree squares. On February 17 and June 14, rules-obsessed Saturn (in Aquarius and your first house of self) and rule-breaker Uranus (in Taurus and your caretaking fourth house) formed the first two, with the final installment arriving on December 24.
Saturn and Uranus happen to be your co-rulers, making these three events especially potent for Water Bearers (pssst, that’s you, Aquarius). With “enough is enough” Uranus in your home and family sector, changes could happen in your personal life, whether you’re ready for them or not. Is it time to set firmer boundaries with loved ones—or, on the flip side, to be more accountable to your clan? This week’s intense starmap will reveal all.
In 2021, you’ve learned to prioritize your own desires instead of pleasing others at your own expense. At the final Saturn-Uranus square, you may have to summon the courage to do that one more time—in a way that lovingly but firmly lets ‘em know that you mean business. If you don’t advocate for yourself, aloof Aquarius, you can’t expect people to know what you want. Mature Saturn in your sign is teaching you to take the risk of authentically speaking up—not just telling the crowd what they want to hear (a skill you’re really good at). You’ve also learned the internal cost of NOT being real, namely: resentment builds and the dam suddenly bursts, shocking everyone (including you).
Jupiter returns to Pisces on December 28
Set your sights on stability! On December 28, lucky Jupiter will make its second of three auspicious visits to Pisces, staying until May 10, 2022. The cosmic maximalist has been spending the last few months in Aquarius, where it made two trips in the past year. Hello, reinvention! You’re at the trailhead of a new 12-year cycle; 2021 has been a time of major self-discovery and individual expression. It wasn’t always easy for you, as a communal sign, to feel quite this autonomous. No matter how good a game you may talk about sovereignty, Aquarians are happiest when surrounded by a like-minded crew.
Get ready: Your confidence is really about to undergo some growth in 2022. On December 28, Jupiter reenters Pisces and your second house of work, money and self-worth. For the first four months of 2022, your income and earning powers multiply, and your esteem will rise as well.
Jupiter normally stays in one sign for about a year, but in 2021 and 2022, its trajectory has been to weave between signs. Jupiter’s first visit to Pisces was from May 13 to July 28, 2021. Look back to the spring and summer for clues of what may be ahead as the calendar turns!
New Year’s Eve: Celebrate or hibernate?
December 31 brings dueling desires to go out with all your friends or to stay in and watch the ball drop in your coziest athleisure. On the one hand, the moon and hyped-up Mars are in Sagittarius, activating your social eleventh house. But four planets in Capricorn—including buzzkill Venus retrograde—are in Capricorn, putting a damper on that festive spirit from your sleepy twelfth house. Keeping your lids open until midnight might be a challenge this year! You might actually be in the mood for a more soulful celebration, like gathering with your friends for a little gratitude ritual or something appropriately “woo.” It never hurts to connect with the divine as the calendar turns and to set intentions as you move into a brand-new year.
Time to let go of something you’re holding onto past its prime? Love planet Venus is paying an extra-long visit to Capricorn, from November 5 to March 6, spotlighting your twelfth house of closure, fantasy and escape. While some Aquarians will enjoy a surrendered and sensual time, Venus in this subconscious zone can also poke old wounds.
On December 19, Venus turns retrograde (backward) in Capricorn, your twelfth house of closure and endings, where it will remain until January 29. During this time, old baggage can come up for review, forcing you to face the reality of your feelings. If a past hurt is preventing you from finding true happiness, this is your chance to finally deal and heal. A toxic ex might even come slithering back around—and the temptation might be hard to resist. Be careful not to get pulled into a clandestine affair or a dangerous dynamic that could overturn your stability. Since the twelfth house also rules blurred boundaries, you might realize that you need to slog it out through some codependent-based behaviors, a delusion or having to be there heavily for a partner in need.
Whatever the case, Aquarius, Venus retrograde is the perfect time to briefly revisit the past so that you can shut the door behind you. Consider this: if you were cheated on in 2017 by someone who was brazen in their disrespect for you, is that something that needs to come seeping into your present day relationships? Absolutely not. Clear away those irrational obstacles keeping you stuck in the past. All the ways you’ve imprisoned yourself are up for review, and this includes a torch you might still be holding. For years, one of our Aquarian friends considered her high school boyfriend as the most solid relationship she’d ever had, and even though she didn’t want him back, that “gold standard” was messing with her current love life. It’s time to move on and allow a new kind of relationship into your life. Rather than looking to replicate what you had, keep an open mind—something that need not be hard for your imaginative sign!
Meanwhile, Mars splits its time between Scorpio and your status-driven tenth house (until December 13) then Sagittarius and your friendship zone (from December 13 to January 24). During the first half of the month, you’re in power-couple mode, or else you’re just too damn consumed with work to have time for love! After December 13, sparks could fly with a friend or someone you meet through mutual connections, perhaps at a New Year’s Eve party.
Your monthly money and career horoscope will be published on December 1.
Love Days: 17, 22
Money Days: 29, 10
Luck Days: 27, 8
Off Days: 19, 25, 6
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