December Monthly Horoscope
During the period of December 1st to January 26th, Mercury takes an extended stay in the practical and ambitious sign of Capricorn. This longer-than-usual transit is a result of Mercury's retrograde motion, briefly dipping back into Sagittarius before fully settling in Capricorn. This celestial alignment brings forth a range of themes focused on precise communication and the contemplation of long-term goals. It's a time when choosing your words carefully and mapping out your career aspirations can be particularly fruitful. Grounding meditations can help bring your thoughts down to Earth, allowing you to assess and address any pessimistic feelings. This planetary energy encourages you to examine issues thoroughly and gain clarity about problems before embarking on transformative solutions.
On December 4th, Venus, the planet that governs our concepts of love, beauty, and pleasure, finds itself in unfamiliar territory when it transits into Scorpio. Typically associated with harmonious relationships and the gentle arts of charm and allure, Venus is compelled to exchange her usual light and breezy demeanor for Scorpio’s intense and brooding energy. Scorpio is uninterested in maintaining a facade or engaging in shallow exchanges; this sign is driven by the pursuit of a love that is all-consuming and all-encompassing.
Not surprisingly, December’s sensitive, family-focussed Full Moon in Cancer on December 26th is one that occurs annually . It’s a cosmic signal to slow down and spend time with who and what constitutes family for us - be that a beloved pet, a dear friend, partner or even ourselves. It’s an emotional time, and for some, can be challenging. This is a Full Moon that beckons us to nurture the child within, to attend to our deepest needs, just as any loving parent would do. For those who may have a wounded Inner Child, this calling is even more imperative to pay attention to. What constitutes nurturing for you? Is it taking the day to wind down from an intensive family gathering? Is it spending time with the family of our choosing - our friends, for example? Do we need to spend time in nature, in quiet contemplation? What does your heart call for at this Full Moon? More importantly, can you take the time to step up to that calling?
Because Full Moons indicate the closing of a chapter, we may wish to take a walk down memory lane and reflect on the last six months of the year. The New Moon in Cancer in July was the starting point for this particular journey. It’s time to close a door and look forward - not always easy for the sentimental crab. Yet, we don’t have to necessarily forget all that we’ve been through, nor the people who were integral to our experience. We can still carry a torch for who and what shaped and assisted us over these last several months. At the same time, unhealthy clinging may only hold us back, as we may discover over this Full Moon.
In the realm of Venus graced by the expansive and enlightened influence of Sagittarius on December 29th, our hearts yearn for liberation, adventure, and a touch of spontaneity to infuse our relationships. As Venus embarks on its journey from the deep, intense waters of Scorpio into the fiery expanse of Sagittarius, the romantic landscape undergoes a profound transformation. The shift is palpable, like the transition from an intense sonata to a buoyant symphony.