Posted on November 30, 2022 by Henry Seltzer of ASTROGRAPH.COM
This is another significant month for you, Leo. Your creativity is flourishing, following the Sagittarius New Moon in your compatible Fire sign from the last full week of November, and you might be feeling a little frisky with future plans and with thoughtful communications aimed at making a difference. Your own internal moral compass may be coming more to the fore as the month begins. Your commitment to your path is huge right now, and becomes a powerful focus with the Full Moon of December 7th taking place in your sector of friendship and societal engagement. This is a key moment in this current monthly cycle, when you will be intent on seeing how your creativity can benefit the surrounding collective and continuing to seek new ways forward for yourself. You are fundamentally engaged in putting your most sincere principles out into the world around you to see what can be accomplished that is consistent with all that you hold inside.
The following was written by our resident monthly columnist Elodie St-Onge Aubut of Ninth House Astrology
Sagittarius season is in full spin as December begins, with the recent New Moon there from the last week of the previous month being an indication for the first three weeks of December, until the 23rd. Sagittarius is your compatible Fire sign, and so this emphasizes the sector of your chart that relates to your self-expression, your need for joy, and playful explorations. This might be a fertile period when it feels easier to relax into the experiences that you are having in order to get the most out of them. Pleasure and leisure could be high on your list, and unlocking your creative potential. The first three weeks of December will be all about your passions, your aspirations, and perhaps the people who can help you get closer to a vision or an idea for the future that has been emerging. With Mars in retrograde in Gemini also featured in this New Moon, there is also a bit of introspection regarding where you are headed at this time, and how you want to actualize your creativity out in the world. Relationships take on an optimistic hue with Jupiter emphasized in your intimacy sector. Mentors and business partners are another factor here that could be significant. Still you will want to first of all suit yourself. You may be surprised by how creative and enjoyable it is when you let your childlike sense of wonder take the reins without having to feel guilty about it.
On December 3rd, Neptune stations direct in Pisces, again corresponding to your intimacy sector, so that a romantic, dreamy, and yet dispersing undertow might color this first weekend of December as well. Anxieties surrounding autonomy versus dependency could come up in some ways, and these fears could potentially be arising from feelings of vulnerability regarding relying too much on others. Compromise may be needed at this time in order to get what you want out of a situation. Both Mercury and Venus currently transiting in your self-expression sector are also forming a square with Neptune in Pisces in the first few days of the month, which could make it harder to concentrate. It may be wise to go with the flow and find the proper channels to direct these creative yet ungrounded influences.
On the 6th, Mercury leaves Sagittarius and enters the pragmatic sign of Capricorn which can help you sort out your priorities more clearly in the coming weeks as things get busier.
The Full Moon on December 7th culminates in the sign of Gemini while forming an exact conjunction with Mars – currently moving retrograde – which highlights your ambitions and the community or social circle that can help you realize them. Mars being so closely involved with this Full Moon might accentuate impatience or passionate encounters and there could be a tendency for others or yourself to be more argumentative than usual. The retrograde additionally indicates an interior dimension so that all of this becomes food for thought. You might be spending time thinking about what ultimately constitutes your worldview and belief system, and where your shifting attitudes might be inclining you to venture next. In the most positive sense, this Full Moon could feature the new friends and social circles you are discovering in the midst of your process as you continue putting yourself and your talents out there. Communication and exchanges with others may be a big theme during the middle two weeks of December, until the 23rd, and could be your opportunity to show the world what you are capable of.
From the 8th to the 10th, Venus in Sagittarius squares Jupiter in Pisces, just before entering the sign of Capricorn, and this sequence could highlight the agreements and contracts you have with others and the work that comes attached to them. Venus will be in Capricorn until the New Year, emphasizing the health and organizational sector of your chart. Although some effort may be required for you to realize your goals, much can be accomplished, especially if you accept the help being offered to you by close partners or friends at this time.
The week of December 19th is a big one astrologically speaking. Jupiter officially re-enters the sign of Aries on the 20th, emphasizing the learning and traveling sector of your chart. The return of Jupiter in Aries and your vision sector could bring much-needed traction for big-picture ideas and educational pursuits in the coming months.
The Capricorn Solstice arrives on December 21st with the Sun entering that sign, which also signals the longest night and the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere – and the gradual return of the light. This is a time when you will likely be digging into your beliefs even more thoroughly, perhaps making travel or educational arrangements for the 2023 year ahead.
The Capricorn New Moon in arrives just a few days later on December 23rd, and features a dynamic square with Jupiter in Aries, auguring a joyful and exuberant momentum as the 2022 year comes to a close and a new one begins. It can be easier to connect to your sense of faith and optimism at this time in what is after all a festive time of the year. Looking at the big picture should help you have hope that things will work out the way they are supposed to.
On December 29th, Mercury stations retrograde in Capricorn, beginning its six weeks of abnormal behavior while is moves backward through this Cardinal Earth sign, and then recovering. As the retrograde begins, Mercury is forming an extremely tight conjunction with Venus. The Venus connection might imply a change in values especially relating to your work and your aspirations. Your communications could become more inner directed and not as outgoing. Staying flexible and hopeful at the end of the month might help you clear the way for what you really want. Mercury will be moving retrograde until mid-January, and only escapes its retrograde shadow period on February 7th. The month of January might be spent in sorting out your priorities and beginning to set new intentions as you enter the second month of 2023.