As we embrace cozy sweaters and fluffy jackets, we also bid farewell to another calendar year in the U.S. This December hosts a Full Moon in Gemini on the third, a New Moon in Sagittarius on the 17th and Winter Solstice on the 21st. In addition to all of that, this month we are gifted our last Mercury Retrograde of the year and some pretty precarious energies on Christmas Day. No need to panic, though, as this month is supposed to be messy. Messy weather and tough dynamics are a signature of this season and we have always pushed through. Be open to using all of the energy at your disposal and read on below to help you figure to stay on top this time of year!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Your Solar Return is finally here and December brings you all the heat to help you celebrate. On the first of this month, Venus slides into your sign and you get your own New Moon on the 17th to help you plan your perfect year. The key to this is, and always has been, balance. Find your footing somewhere in-between the madness of trying to make it all work by investing in process. Know that days off mean stored stamina for the next workday and that celebration invites in the possibility of new things to commemorate. Trust yourself and your instincts, Sagittarius, and understand that time is what you make of it. Your year has much to offer you once you commit to true self-understanding and you find the right rhythm, for you and only you.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This month, your home planet returns to your home sign after almost 30 years. This momentous occasion is definitely one to celebrate, but not in the traditional sense. Saturn can bring a lot of weight and responsibility with it which can make your world feel full and overwhelming. Right now, it is time to get a work plan in order and make measurable goals. Saturn's lessons are long-term and there is plenty of time to get things "right." Focus on your momentum and make plenty of time to plan for the party. Learning how to celebrate your goals is just as important as knowing how to set them. Try not to just get lost in the grind, Capricorn. You work hard and put everything into all you do. Now is the time to learn how the people around you can be part of your celebration story.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb.18)
Mercury retrogrades right into your co-ruler, Saturn, in the beginning of this month. December is a month of celebration for many around the world, but this month should also be your personal time of commemoration. Find time to express your deep gratitude for the people who continue to support you in all that you do. Make memories that center camaraderie and connection, this month. You have had a very full year, Aquarius, and those who have helped you deserve recognition and praise. Try not to overextend, isolate or overwork yourself and instead seek to savor the fruits of your labor with those you love. Save the plotting and planning for the new year. For now, just breathe.
Pisces (Feb.19-March 20)
You are no stranger to long bouts of quiet rumination and creative energy, Pisces, but this time of year is calling you out of your shell. Use December as a projection space; a journey through the trial and error of public presentation. It is time to figure out what "ripeness" means for you and your process. How do you determine when something is finished and ready to release? What are the feelings that bubble up when you recognize it is time to let something go from your hands and into the hands of the public? Your birthday is not too far off but you have plenty of time left in both the calendar and solar year to birth one more project and curate a vision to be seen and enjoyed by others. Believe in your magic, let go of the outcome and release!
Aries (March 21-April 19)
All of the planets in Sagittarius bode well for you and your energy to make plans and promises. In order to set yourself up for your most fruitful 2018, use the last bit of this year to plan, project and immerse yourself in information. Your fiery spirit often compels you to act with passion and full commitment to only the action itself. If you use the end of the year to turn a new leaf and find truths, tales and fascinations to fuel your projects and stabilize your pursuits, you may discover some new stamina. New ways of knowing can come from travel, study or experience and can only lead to further enrichment and fire. Traveling uncharted territory is your specialty and now it is your time to jump in and commit to something new.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Your ruling planet, Venus, now occupies the fiery sign of Sagittarius. This placement may challenge you to find your convictions and stand firmer in them than in temporary pleasures. This is difficult for you as you can be naturally indulgent, but it will also reveal what is temporary and what will be around for the long-run. It may be helpful to create concrete definitions and reasons around your decisions and to name them for those around you. Your ability to tow the line of others wants and needs may be slim this month. The trick will be balancing space for yourself with honoring your commitments and showing up for things that don't come easily to you. Patience and intention will be key to your success, so slow down and trust yourself first, Taurus.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
We begin this month with a Full Moon in your sign on the 3rd while your ruling planet retrogrades and planets continue to slide into your seventh house of relationship. This month may bring big things for you but you'll have to make room. Your fascination with humans, their behavior and ideas may become a little too heavy and start to tire you out, this month. Focus on your boundaries. Just because you want to know something does not mean you need to bear the weight of knowing it. Stay rooted in the practice of checking in with your capacity for both connection and information and focus a little more on you. Find your strength by practicing selective solitude.
Cancer (June 22-July 22)
We all know that comfort is what you crave, Cancer, but even creatures of habit are supported by structure. It is time to make a list of non-negotiables; an inventory of what holds your days, weeks and mornings together. Months filled with family and home-oriented activities may overwhelm or excite you but either feeling conjures an instinctual reaction. Plan for what you know this time of year triggers in you. Commit only to what you can handle, but make sure there is still something on that list. Floating from familiar to familiar thing almost never brings growth. Try to tackle the hard stuff now. Balance what you want to do with what you need to, and you can slowly learn how to manifest what you deserve.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Your exuberant personality and flair are what everyone is drawn to in you, Leo, and yet your loyalty often lies in supporting other people's passion. As your sister sign Sagittarius continues to command the stage, a lot of fire and fun is brought to your table. Invest your time in playfulness and surround yourself with reminders of your worth. This month, try to ask for the type of love that you feel you deserve. As long as it comes from a place of perspective, honesty and integrity, voicing your needs aloud is a practice of self-love, self care and strength. To capitalize on the success the new year will surely bring, you will need the support. Lean into the discomfort of vulnerable confrontation and ask for what you need.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The Full Moon on the third takes place in your sector of career and life's-work. This may be the perfect opportunity for you to reflect on what you have accomplished this year. Make sure to celebrate all of your success and recognize what your challenges have the potential to teach you. Your ruling planet starts its last retrograde at the beginning of the month, so making any big moves may not be wise. Focus on your foundation and figure out how to fertilize and make space for your future successes. There are many ways money and recognition can come your way. Broaden your scope of possibility by remaining in a space of gratitude and openness and your best opportunities will find you.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
The beginning of this month holds one last nugget of extra energy before Mars leaves your sign on the ninth. Try to use it for yourself. As the holiday season sets in and the focus becomes providing offerings to family and friends, you will be challenged to save your energy. Know that you do not have to be everything for everyone, and that all that you offer is enough. Let this season be the one that you recognize the worth of all the work you do, while honoring it by doing less and receiving more. Relationship relies on exchange. Check in with yourself and others that all that you give is actually being received and reciprocated. Anything that depletes your supply will just leave you less to offer those who truly deserve it.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Your Solar Return has begun and the electric energy is just getting started. Power planets pack your sign, this month, and remind you of all that you have to offer. Allow for some spontaneity and magic. To get caught up in time, place and other earthly matters may distract you from what you truly need to be zeroing in on: your own power. This is your year just as much as it is anyone else's. Utilize the first full month of your solar year and the last full month of the calendar year to dig within. Find and attune to whatever energy, subject or space you want to center this year around. Don't underestimate yourself. Invest in big visions and rooted intentions and this may be the year you've been waiting for.
Jaliessa Sipress is a life-path Astrologer, writer and artist dedicated to making Astrology an accessible tool for navigation and healing. You can find out more about her work or book a private session at obsidianmoonastrology.com.