December Forecast

In December, Venus and Mercury continue their dance, entering Scorpio together as the month begins, but from opposite ends of the sign. While both Venus and Mercury are in the dark waters of the scorpion, we can expect that we’ll be looking for depth in our communication and relationships. This highly feeling-oriented, inward, and potentially reactive vibe stands in counterpoint to the more upbeat, outgoing, and optimistic Sagittarian theme that is also playing.

Mercury retrogrades into Scorpio from Sagittarius on the 1st. While it may be hard to articulate our feelings right now, we are likely to see a more emotional coloring in our communication.

Things get more overt and open after the Cosmic Messenger goes direct on the 6th, and even more so when he re-enters Sagittarius on the 12th.

Venus moves out of Libra on the 2nd, re-entering Scorpio after her retrograde. Until the 17th, she’ll still be in the retrograde ‘shadow’ and we’ll be working on moving forward with issues that emerged since early October. The quest for deep connection in our partnerships may stand in contrast to the more freedom-oriented vibe that prevailed just a few days ago.

The period from the 5th through the 9th is deeply internal and reflective. It’s far more of a time for personal work than social or business interactions, especially as we may project inner states onto others. The Sun squares Neptune, Mercury and Chiron station to go direct, and we have the new moon within this time frame. It’s a time for processing our feelings and deciding where we want to go, but it isn’t a great time to act. Think of it as an incubation period, a time when you’re nurturing a vision of the future and letting go of the past. Be a little kind to yourself – neither of those things are necessarily easy.

More constructive and practical cosmic weather prevails from around the 12th through the 20th. There are a few bumps in the road, of course, but as we’re energized by the first quarter moon on the 15th we begin to be able to turn vision into reality and manifest our ideas.

On December 21st at 5:22 p.m. EST (2:22p PST; 00:22 December 22nd GMT), the Sun reaches his south-most point in his annual journey, and begins his long climb northward towards summer (in the Northern Hemisphere). Yet this year, just when the sunlight is darkest, the light of the Moon will brightest. The full moon on the 22nd is within a day of the solstice, and this full moon is at Luna’s maximum northward elevation – almost directly overhead and illuminating the night.

There’s a poignant message in this yin/yang placement: the light within the darkness is a reflection of the Sun’s own light. This full moon is on the world axis, and so is very likely to bring significant news from the collective.

In fact, it may be New Year’s Eve before we see the full extent of what’s happening, as Mars enters Aries and squares the full moon degree. Relationships take center stage for the rest of the month, as Venus and Juno make aspects to Pluto and to each other. It’s a great opportunity to build our personal connections, or to initiate new romances.

Wishing you all a healthy and joyous 2019!