This is a month saturated with inner work right from the start, Sagittarius, evolving after the first third of December into a new beginning for you in your spiritual quest for greater wholeness. This fantastic premise is indicated in your astrology by the powerful Scorpio New Moon from mid-November that was located in your sector of dream imagination and inner work, with Sun, Moon, and Mars, Scorpio’s ruler, all aligned together and directly opposed to Trickster Uranus, at a similar degree of Taurus. Mercury with Pluto, and Chiron with Eris, completes this picture of mental transformation, implying that you can thoughtfully perceive your way out of inhibiting inner wounding with deep intuitional studies of what goes on within you below the conscious level. Dreams might convey much to you right now, especially in the month’s first week or ten days. With the New Moon in your sign of the 12th, you are off on a whole new stage of your personal evolution, especially if you have been paying attention to internal promptings. Mercury, now stationing to retrograde motion, takes you to the inside as you also blossom by means of an integration of your inner with your outer persona. Your internal work continues in a new way, as your sense of your own partially hidden moral compass becomes more deeply entrenched.
The following was written by our guest columnist Elodie St-Onge Aubut of Ninth House Astrology
The month of December arrives in the wake of the significant Scorpio New Moon from mid-November lunation that took place in the part of your chart that relates to unconscious process and your inner reality. This implies that for the first third of the December month, as the Scorpio lunation cycle continues to play out, you are focused thus inwardly. You might want to pay extra attention to your dreams and to those factors within you that can run you from below, as it were, as you seek to better understand yourself in your depths. You may find, in this first eleven days of the month, more motivation to get to the roots of some of your issues whether these are physical or emotional. Although this may bring a quieter and more pensive influence, the rewards are also there for you, over time, when you can pay closer attention to the hidden places within your psyche.
On December 1st, Mercury enters Capricorn and immediately forms a supportive aspect with Saturn in Pisces linking the resource sector of your chart with your domestic one. This aspect will occur twice more on the way into mid-January due to Mercury turning retrograde later this month and thus may bring about an assessment of your priorities later on. You may feel like you need to fix up your living arrangements or spend more time at home or it may be a question of budgeting to see what you have to work with.
Venus, which rules your social sector, squares Pluto on the 2nd and the 3rd, enters Scorpio on the 4th, and trines Saturn in Pisces from the 4th to the 5th indicating that there might be relationship adjustments in the works or changing tides in the way that you see your participation in the social world.
The Sun in your sign forms a trine with Chiron in Aries from the 6th to the 7th, emphasizing potential realizations regarding inner wounding and its more conscious resolution. These couple of days would make a good opportunity for attempting to be as aware as you can of the hidden causes of your actions. Extending a loving attitude to your dark places within you is the prelude for healing.
The New Moon in your sign on the 12th is a big one for you and signals an important reset and a great time to set intentions around your health, your body and your very sense of your own identity; what you need to feel good in this world. If you have been pushing yourself and working too hard, that fact could become more obvious around this New Moon, encouraging you to give yourself a break. Your ruling planet Jupiter is in Taurus, corresponding to your day-to-day routines. This is perhaps, if you do have a busy schedule, emphasizing the need to literally slow down and smell the roses. Jupiter is also currently benefitting from an opposition with Venus in Scorpio highlighting the patterns and habitual behavior that you normally express. You may want to take this opportunity to set clear intentions around these and give yourself permission to slow down if need be.
Mercury in Capricorn, for you corresponding to unconscious process and inner work, turns to retrograde motion the late evening of the New Moon, auguring a period of re-assessment and greater discrimination. Give yourself permission to not have all the answers right now and ask for help if you need it. Progress is possible at this time through an introspective mode that has you more thoroughly self-examining, including your needs with others. You may feel some confusion regarding what you should focus on especially during the days surrounding leading to the Sun in your sign squaring Neptune on the 17th.
The Sun enters Capricorn on the 21st signaling the Capricorn Solstice and, for the Northern Hemisphere, the beginning of Winter. The Sun in Capricorn over the coming weeks will start to emphasize what you value and your resources, including your finances. You may feel this area of your life shifting so that you need to adjust to new priorities. Mercury conjoins the Sun in Capricorn on the 22nd before exiting the sign and re-entering Sagittarius where it will be until mid-January offering a real opportunity to prioritize yourself and your well-being over the coming weeks.
The Full Moon in Cancer culminates on December 26th aspected by a trine from Saturn in Pisces; this makes for a good opportunity to take stock of your support system at home and in your partnerships. Intimate connections with loved ones may feel more important to you right now and rituals and traditions could be useful in bringing up memories of days and people gone by. You are also having a better insight at this timing on what makes sense to you moving forward, consistent with what you most value.
On the 27th, Mercury now retrograde in Sagittarius meets up with warrior planet Mars and this pair both form a square with Neptune in Pisces. This argumentative and impulsive signature may not be fundamentally difficult, although it may be a good idea to filter your words more deliberately around this time. Illusions or confusion could be what comes to you at this juncture, or you may feel impatient to say what you think. Other people in your life could be coming on more strongly than usual. Healthy debates are possible yet it could be good to keep in mind that discussions can easily lead to misunderstanding.
On the 29th, the last few days of the year bring relatively pleasant astrological weather with Venus entering Sagittarius just before Jupiter stations direct in Taurus the next day. A real sense of hope and optimism permeates the end of the year with a promise of joy, love and happiness for the year ahead.
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