One thing astrology describes is the nature of time, and why it sometimes seems to fly past, and at others to crawl. With the majority of the solar system’s planets now in direct (forward) motion, not least small but vital Mercury, the festive season is hurtling up.
Normally Christmas stars are a mixture of the benign and the awkward. However, the scenario during the last week of December comes with some challenging showdowns between uncompromising planets. The clash between Prometheus/Uranus and Pluto remains ongoing, and will dominate 2014, just as it has 2013. The meaning of this clash has been the subject of much comment both on this site and elsewhere; suffice to say that it on a political level it spells revolution, while in individual horoscopes it can also demand a major change in our outlook. On January 1st this duo is joined by Mars at a new Moon, signalling something of a heady plunge into the New Year.
As usual, I will be offering forecasts for 2014 later this month, including all signs and an overview of the year’s timetable – more complex than usual given the retrograde cycles of Venus and Mars (in Capricorn and Libra respectively). More details shortly; you can sign up for automatic notification.
The new Moon arrives at 3 a.m on December 3, the full Moon at 9.28 a.m. on December 17. The midwinter solstice – the rebirth of the Sun, and in the Christian calendar the birth of the Son – is at 5.11 a.m. on December 21. All times are GMT. I would like to wish all my readers an industrious month and a very happy Christmas.
The arrival of the Sun in the Archer’s skies on November 22nd helped break a spell that had has held you in uncertainty (if not agony) for at least the previous month. The future beckons from the new Moon of the 3rd, with matters of the heart uppermost in the run-in to Christmas. If a particular romance has been on hold for a while, you should get clarity now, as the wayward planet of Prometheus resumes forward motion from the 17th. One way or another, you are no longer what the late James Brown called ‘A Prisoner of Love’.
The 17th also marks a full Moon in your opposite sign of Gemini, the cue for a giddy couple of days but to be avoided for meaningful negotiations with a Significant Other – the emotional temperature is way too high. The onward movement of Prometheus augurs well for all private passions – not just love affairs but your pet passions and bursts of creativity. For some of you, there is huge potential to project your personal feelings onto the public stage over the coming months, though the process has a complicated time frame, for which you can blame the unusual comings and goings of Mars.
The red planet has an unusual prominence in your horoscope in December and the first half of 2014. On the one hand, this suggests a higher profile at work with, perhaps, a leading role among your professional team. On the other, Mars being a somewhat bellicose presence, the potential for conflict with colleagues is also raised, not least over the Christmas period, when diplomacy is better than an uncompromising attitude, whether at home or work. Your Sagittarian sense of justice is no doubt correct, but you may have to let a few issues float past unremarked.
Many Centaurs have planets in the neighbouring sign of Capricorn, so the pile-up of heavenly bodies in the Goat’s skies at the end of December is not all bad news. Still, this being the zone of your ‘scope concerned with finances and money, you are asked to keep an unusually sharp eye on expenditure during the season of difficult cash-flow. The new Moon of January 1st calls for a major re-think about how you run your accounts, and a re-evaluation of exactly what physical assets are most important to you.
December is primarily a countdown to your personal season in the Sun, beginning at the midwinter solstice of the 21st. Until then, the passage of the Sun through Sagittarius highlights the most secret and withdrawn zone of your ‘scope, indicating activities that are highly personal and/or clandestine. Brew up your plans in private, accessing the mind-body-spirit nexus in your preferred manner; yoga, spa, prayers in the chapel. The full Moon of the 16th/17th is a particular moment in this regard.
This birthday season has particular resonance. Rarely if ever before have you had a new Moon in your skies that is quite so supercharged as that on January 1st 2014, with Pluto heavily involved and challenging aspects to Prometheus and Mars. The full implications will be examined in 2014’s forecast, suffice to say that this is a massively empowering moment, albeit not one without friction. Some of the tension involved will likely be apparent earlier in December, when Mars crests the apex of your ‘scope to take up an eight month residency in the zone of career.
The red planet is an uncompromising force, one that needs to be handled gingerly. Be wary about getting into turf wars with colleagues as these are unlikely to blow over any time soon. A quiet, determined strategy is what you are after, one that may require a certain independence of action on your part if you are not to get sucked into a nagging conflict.
Your emotional life is at an interesting pitch too, with Venus in your skies granting you personal delight and convivial company, not least for those born mid-January, though with Venus turning backwards at the solstice, there is some re-evaluation to be done in the weeks afterwards, and possibly a few ghosts of affairs past to negotiate. With mercury joining you from the 24th, it looks like the cosmos is cooking up a major change of outlook; a truly new year awaits.
Raise a cheer that the sticky month of November is out the way – not least where career is concerned – and that the new Moon of the 3rd opens a more accommodating and swift moving phase of your professional life. Like-minded colleagues will ease your path during the ensuing three weeks, a time when being a team player relieves some of the pressure from above – and with Saturn still atop your ‘scope, the powers-that-be remain in demanding mood for months ahead. If you can see the stringent conditions of your work as an opportunity rather than a burden, however, great things await.
Friendships of all kinds – including folks as unorthodox as you – are a vibrant force during December and beyond. Some that have backslid return onside this month, as may siblings who have proved oddly reticent. For friendships that are teetering on the edge of something more intimate comes the full Moon of the 16th/17th, an emotional hotspot.
The shift of Mars into a fellow air sign, Libra, also promises to lighten your outlook. If you have connections to overseas, these are brightly lit during December, albeit with a slightly troubling time schedule that will be explored in 2014’s forecast. Ditto connections to publishing, law and education.
After the 21st you enter a somewhat murky period when your deeply personal and private life takes precedence, be that as spiritual practice, plans that you are making in secret, or a hush-hush love affair. If the last on that list is the case, expect a period of indeterminacy and second-guessing until your birthday month. No need to lose heart – this period is actually about locating the heart of any such affair – but patience required.
The new Moon of the 3rd is close to the peak of your ‘scope, the place where you have the most profile, most obviously in your professional life. Time, then, for another push for career glory. Much of the rest of your horoscope has the same emphasis on high profile, creative activity.
You are buoyed along by the ongoing presence of the two planetary giants of Saturn and ruler Jupiter, both in fellow water signs and splendidly aligned all month, not least if your birthday is around March 7th. Getting the co-operation of officialdom looks, for once, relatively simple under these omens; you are certainly not blocked in matters of commerce and enterprise.
Even the more difficult planetary picture that arrives at the midwinter solstice is not harsh for Pisceans. The pile-up of planets in Capricorn, and the new Moon of January 1st, emphasise your role as team player and collegiate organiser, and the occasional backslider among your colleagues can be tolerated until he/she comes to their senses shortly before your birthday.
The scenario at the end of December also favours your personal life; here, too, an element of backsliding may be in operation, asking you to keep faith rather than throw over any romance. January should bring more clarity. For singles, the 9th/10th and 18th/19th are potential hotspots.
Where your horoscope is less obliging and more fractious is in financial matters. The turn-around of planet Prometheus at mid month is an encouraging signal, and a cue to find money from unusual sources, perhaps unlinked to your work. Yet with mars in somewhat capricious form, you are urged to take things one step at a time, neither splurging your assets not counting on sums whose arrival may take longer than expected.
Yours is the sign of ‘Me first’- and not necessarily in a bad way. The Ram is happy to lead from the front and set an example to more timid souls. That impulse is good for the first part of December. The new Moon of the 3rd in your fellow fire sign of Sagittarius is a cue to get on your skates and be about your business in brisk fashion. Travel and communications are well starred, especially at the 11th and 12th, when the waxing Moon passes through skies, pushing your claims to the limelight.
The quicker you despatch tasks and administer plans the better, as things take a more serious turn once the Sun reaches the peak of your ‘scope on midwinter’s day. Career remains paramount this winter, and the new Moon of January 1st sounds a note of deep change, not least for those born late March and early April. As suggested last month, self-advertisement is one way forwards. How you deal with those in high places will require thought and tact – definitely not Aries’ more gung-ho attitudes.
Exactly the same goes for dealings with partners, ex’s, rivals and open enemies. Being ruled by fiery Mars, the Ram is a competitive beast, and not averse to open conflict. However, Mars is in opposition for a mammoth eight months, starting in early December, meaning you are on the back foot for much of that time. Super diplomacy is thus the strategy to adopt, especially around the emotional hotspot that is Christmas. You will find a more detailed breakdown of this particular scenario and its timetable in 2014’s forecast. Suffice to say that for now, concentration on your own needs and plans is better than fighting battles that, unusually, you have a slender chance of winning
The first task of December is to assimilate the changes wrought by the month (likely an interminable month) of Scorpio, which one way or another looks like a turning point in your affairs, either personally or professionally or both. Get your strategy for the next few months firmly in place as Saturn will give you scant relief until March at the earliest. Though it pains your astrologer to say so, Saturn in opposition is often a time of personal austerity, so lean and mean is the style to adopt. Generous, easy-going Taurus is not your current identity.
Hard-working, practical Taurus remains a good calling card, however. Six months of Mars in your sixth solar house is no chocolate-gobbling pleasure zone, but you will be astonished how much you can achieve if you can keep your constitution in good fettle. You have plenty of help to hand, not least from friends and siblings, while the ongoing presence of ruler Venus in a fellow earth sign, Capricorn, brings interesting connections to distant shores (and people there from) and any educational, publishing or legal interests. The new Moon of January 1st promises to open up some previously hidden vistas.
Meanwhile the new moon of December 3rd accentuates financial questions, especially those where your money and someone else’s are intertwined. You will need to be precise with your figures, however. A good month for crowd-funding, then, with Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th being a fine time to capitalise on your appeal with the public.
It’s now six months since your birthday, and if that half year has seemed a dash, don’t expect any slow-down in December and, indeed, beyond. The new Moon of the 3rd, in your opposite yet kindred sign of Gemini, puts the spotlight on all one-on-one relationships, romantic or otherwise. No great cause for concern, but since your Mercury ruler is also in opposition from the 5th, exchanges look sparky and likely to require you to respond whether you want to or not. A little care with what you say is in order, especially at the Gemini full Moon of the 16th and 17th, a time for being in a happy whirl rather than slugging it out with you-know-who.
Romances enter an unusual phase this month, as Mars arrives in the zone of parties, flirtations and true love from the 8th for a protracted six month stay. Mars being a fiery presence, this turns up the heat on all matters of the heart, be it relationships, your passionate past-times or your relations with the younger generation (your kids or other people’s).
So far so good, but with Mars in a high-octane aspect over Christmas, a heaving heart must be balanced by a cool head. That six month time frame means you may act in haste and regret at leisure. New or long-term, romantic affairs have an intense quality right through to the new year, with the new Moon of January 1st a telling moment in the story.
Professional matters also pick up speed this month. The chance to project yourself into the public arena is there, especially if your work involves team work and high, humanitarian ideals (a big concern for many Geminis despite your reputation as a flighty party animal). As pointed out in last month’s forecast, finances need a stern eye – the issues may not be connected to your work but to a bank, a trust fund, a mortgage or the like, but with a complex and challenging planetary picture in operation, take nothing for granted.
If November, especially early November, was a sticky patch, then congratulate yourself that you are firstly in touch with your horoscope, and secondly that you have successfully sailed through it. Or at least survived it. One reason it was crunch time was Saturn’s presence in the midst of the planetary picture. The Ringed Giant remains a major player in your chart, demanding but rewarding your best efforts with relationships, creative work and your involvement with the next generation (your kids and/or other people’s). In all cases, stick to your game plan (you have to have one, however, you cannot just…drift).
Turbulence in your personal life, and with significant others, is not exactly over. The season of Capricorn, your opposite yet complimentary sign, has plenty to say on this score, and the scenario unfolding from the midwinter solstice may put you on the back foot. Happily, Jupiter in your skies through to your birthday grants you a rare buoyancy to any unruly waves, and part of Jupiter’s demands is to keep good faith. 2014 looks like it could be one upbeat year.
Meanwhile, the new Moon of December 3rd and its fellow full Moon of the 17th have a simple enough message; hard work with integrity brings rewards. There is the festive season to attend to, of course, but don’t get pulled off course. The 18th and 19th, when a still potent Luna occupies the Crab’s skies, are super empowering days, even if you have to splash the cash you haven’t yet made.
How do you feel about December? Every year at this time your Sun ruler passes through the skies of Sagittarius, a fellow fire sign that’s linked to your more outgoing side, so you should have a good feeling about the Christmas run-in. Even if not, the new Moon of the 3rd kicks off a promising three weeks for the Lion, when your charmingly extrovert and playful nature/annoying capacity for noisy showing-off (delete to taste) is encouraged.
Your astrologer’s advice is to leave the house more often (not so easy in recent weeks) and circulate. With Mercury and Mars super active in your ‘scope just now, it appears you have stories to tell, messages to impart, people to impress. Work, of course, is not going away, and that will be increasingly the case after the midwinter solstice (January looks like hard graft), but for now, you appear to have a clear run at the pleasure zone.
Mars remains a player in your horoscope for eight months in all, calling for an evaluation of your communications infrastructure (all computer/internet/social media roles) and offering the possibility of some long haul travel, especially after the full Moon of the 18th, or at least more contact with people at a distance. But communication includes the simple, old school art of conversation, and with a tricky planetary clash in operation over Christmas, the occasional bite of your tongue, along with the plum pudding, may be needed. The last week of December comes with the caveat that you must start as you mean to continue for the major part of 2014.
Immediately beforehand, on the weekend of the 21st/22nd, the Moon in your skies hands you licence to romp and stomp to your heart’s content. Matters of the heart re, in fact, to what you should pay most heed until the solstice. As ever, authenticity is the key quality to embrace.
In a pushy mood? With Mars still present in your skies during the first week of December, you can maintain your recent feisty form in putting the world to rights and demanding what is owed to you. If that includes money, so much the better, as Mars position from the 8th and for several months afterwards concerns your finances, and how you can maintain your cash flow. Much becomes clearer immediately after Christmas, when a little contretemps about who owes who what looks inevitable. No problem, providing you realise that this is no flash in the pan, and disputes may drag on well into the new year. Be prepared for the long haul and try to stop an issue becoming a feud.
Virgoans are known to be quite particular about any number of things; hygiene, food, good manners, punctuality. Other people’s lack of similar refinement could prove somewhat irksome in the central stretch of December, when your tendency to criticise first and ask questions later is exacerbated by the passage of the Sun through Sagittarius. The 8th to the 21st is not the most obliging few weeks but if you maintain your own exemplary standards of behaviour, others- including members o your family – really have no comeback.
The midwinter solstice promises quite a change. The Sun’s move into a fellow earth sign (Capricorn) is, as every year, broadly obliging, yet while you will doubtless to want to maintain Peace In The Valley over the season of good will, you will also be wanting to show your feistier side immediately afterwards. This applies especially to romance, where fair Venus remains a major player. As the green planet is sliding backwards through the end stages of December and on into the new year, changes of heart on either side are possible, as indeed, is the return of a former lover. Here, the new Moon of the 1st brings illumination and a fresh start.
Best not get too far ahead of yourself. The new Moon of December 3rd is in the sector of your ‘scope concerned with home, hearth and family, and with ruler Mercury there for most of the month, a swift de-clutter along with some long term strategy is the favoured plan. The full Moon of the 17th is about profile, especially but not exclusively around your profession. Smile for the lights.
You know how it is. You are meant to be the example of perfect balance, good reason and good will. And yet those Libran Scales keep swinging, tipping this way and that, often in the space of hours, let alone days. Any chance you could at least start December in a state of utter poise? The chances of maintaining it are not huge, given the incoming planetary picture, but at least the new Moon of the 3rd gives you no cause for extremism. A quiet overhaul of your computing power and social media presence perhaps, a trawl around the ‘hood.
Things hot up once Mars reaches your skies on the 8th for a super-rare residency of eight months. The precise timetable of this unusual transit will be explored in 2014’s forecast, suffice to say that in the next few months you will be asked to be a force majeure, an unstoppable font of energy and feistiness. Not too much of the latter quality mind, especially over the Christmas period when Mars makes an uncompromising opposition with Prometheus in Aries, an aspect that naturally calls for…compromise with your other half, ex, beau, belle or open enemy. Be the perfectly balanced diplomat.
Determining your precise relationship with significant others is a big part of the next eight months, with liberation its major theme – either through a break with an existing partnership, its renewal, or an entirely new coupling. As much remains to be explored, but in these early stages of Mars in Libra, you can be forceful without too much problem. Get to work with all speed in the obliging stretch leading up to the midwinter solstice and don’t second-guess yourself. The Full Moon of the 17th works entirely in your favour, and in the week before Xmas your public profile is there to be celebrated.
The scenario following the midwinter solstice is more challenging. With ruler Venus backsliding thereafter, there are old issues surrounding home and family to ponder, and with a super-charged new Moon on January 1st, the scenario for the new year is most unlikely to be a case of same old same old, whether we are talking home, mate or career.
Birthdays bring mixed emotions; triumph that you are still around, concern that another year has gone past without resolution of your ambitions. At least this year you can see clearly what you need to achieve, and with Saturn still powerful in your skies, perhaps you have notched up that important promotion/marriage/seperation/relocation. Great deeds are demanded under Saturn.
Even if you haven’t yet painted your masterpiece, this winter offers you ample opportunity to do so. The important thing under Saturn is persistence, and since the ringed planet is linked helpfully to Jupiter this month, your efforts should bring a good response. Overseas contacts shine.
The new Moon of the 3rd is in the zone of your scope concerned with cash and assets, a promising omen for the spend-spend season ahead, and with Mercury involved, an apposite time to peer hard at the spread sheet.
Perhaps the most perplexing feature of your ‘scope this month, and indeed for the most part of 2014, is the position of your ruler Mars. An eight month residency in the most sequestered zone of your solar chart suggests a long period of private planning and soul searching, a gestation period for a new phase that begins next summer. It may also coincide with a passionate but clandestine romantic affair. December should offer some clues.
Your personal life looks livelier from the solstice, when planets in Capricorn accentuate relations with friends and siblings, and the help they can bring, not least to the world of commerce and work. The Moon is largely a minor player in this month’s business, but the 9th and 10th and 18th/19th, when Luna is in your kindred water signs, are both auspicious.