Astrology Forecast for December 2022

December starts with a strong line-up in Sagittarius: the Sun, Mercury and Venus all moving through the sign of the archer. That's a lot of optimistic, positive energy that will be available to us until December 6, when Mercury breaks up the party and moves into serious and pragmatic Capricorn. 

The only problem there is that the planets in Sagittarius will take turns squaring Neptune: in our enthusiasm and desire for adventure and new horizons (or travel!), there will be some things we don't see clearly, that can can come to bite us later.  Keep your feet on the ground. 

And then the planets will take turns squaring Jupiter: there can be over-confidence, even though it's an optimistic energy. The desire to overspend may be particularly high the week of Dec. 5, so keep that in mind when you're doing your Christmas shopping! 

In other words, while the first two weeks of December have a very optimistic feel, there can be a tendency to ignore reality. Well, it's the holiday season after all! 

As of December 6, the energy will start gradually shifting:  Mercury, Venus and then the Sun will all move into Capricorn.  This brings a serious, pragmatic feel to the second half of December.

Jupiter, now direct, will re-enter Aries on Dec. 20. Hallelujah! Hopefully inflation will start abating in the new year, although it will be a gradual process. You can find my full post on Jupiter in Aries here.

(Aries, Leo and Sagittarius - you will be getting a helpful boost of luck and opportunities between Dec. 20 and May 16).

Mercury will be turning retrograde on Dec. 29.  Thankfully, this is after Christmas, so hopefully we won't have any mishaps with receiving our Christmas purchases and gifts through mail. 

If you set New Year`s resolutions, it might be best to do that after Jan. 18, when Mercury and Mars both will be direct again.

Now, let’s look at each week in detail.

Note that all the dates I mention are for Pacific to Eastern time.  The energies I mention peak on those dates, but we’ll feel them for 24-72 hours in advance.

December 1 - 4: 

Optimistic, positive Sagittarius energies are strong this week and next. Neptune turns direct on Dec. 3, increasing our ability to connect with the Divine. Work on that vision board!

There is another layer to this week`s energies, too. Compassion, creativity and spirituality are boosted this week.

With a lovely Sun-Chiron trine, it's a great week to practice self-compassion. Charitable pursuits can feel particularly satisfying. 

 Dec. 1: an action-packed day!

Venus is opposite Mars; Mercury squares Neptune;  the Moon in Pisces forms a tense T-Square with Mars in Gemini, and Venus and Mercury in Sagittarius.

Before getting into a fight today, check your assumptions and avoid crusader behaviours. The other person's point of view may be just as valid as yours...

On the plus side, it`s a great day for a passionate date 😉 Mars opposite Venus can really heat things up in the romance department, and Venus forms a stabilizing sextile to Saturn later in the day. 

 Dec. 2 5:00-6:15 p.m. PST: Workshop `Tarot Three Ways`. 

This workshop is for you if you're starting to learn Tarot, and are overwhelmed by the seemingly endless array of meanings for each card.

In this workshop, you will learn 4 powerful techniques that you can use in 3 ways:

  • For predictive readings
  • For self-empowerment/spiritual guidance readings
  • For manifestation! Yes, in addition to showing us the energies coming into our life, Tarot can be used to DRAW the energies we desire into our life. 

✨ Dec. 3-4: Neptune turns direct; Venus squares Neptune; the Sun trines Chiron.  

Not the best day for romance or a first date, because we might not see things clearly.  Focus on spiritual and creative pursuits instead.  But, it`s an excellent day for healing any self-confidence issues, because the energy of compassion is so close to the surface - and that means self-compassion!

Around the time Neptune changes direction, it`s easier to connect with the Divine, access your intuition, and tap into creative inspiration.

December 5-11:

The energies of over-exuberance and reduced ability to see things clearly peak this week.  Mercury and Venus take turns squaring Jupiter, and the same theme is reinforced by the Full Moon in Gemini.

Mercury enters Capricorn on Dec. 6, and Venus follows on Dec. 9, bringing some grounding, stabilizing energy (phew!) 

Full Moon in Gemini, Dec. 7 8:08 p.m. PST

This feisty Moon is conjunct retrograde Mars. There is a tense T-square in the skies between the Sun in Sagittarius, the Moon and Mars in Gemini, and Neptune in Pisces.  Misguided or misplaced fighting spirit can come to the surface.

If you have personal planets between 14-24 degrees Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces or Virgo, there may be some reality in your life you're not wanting to face, but that could be brought to your attention around the time of this Full Moon.  Look at the Houses (areas of life) that are in Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces and Virgo in your natal chart, for some clues.

As always, a Full Moon is a great time to set intentions to release what is no longer aligned with your path.  It could be themes related to the dark side of Gemini 😉 - such as inability to quieten your mind, second-guessing your decisions or choices, changing your mind too often, and inability to focus on one thing at a time.

Other dates to pay attention to this week:

✨  Dec. 5-6: Mercury square Jupiter.

Over-optimistic thinking is possible today.  Don't make any promises you can't keep. Evaluate persuasive sales pitches carefully: they can overpromise and under-deliver.

 Dec.  6:  Mercury enters Capricorn: 

This starts a gradual energy shift to more practical and level-headed.  Mercury will be in Capricorn until February 11!  Yes, you guessed it.. .Mercury will be retrograde from December 29 to January 18. 

 Dec. 8-9:  Venus squares Jupiter :

This can bring overspending! Keep to your budget or do your Christmas shopping another day.

Venus moves into practical Capricorn later in the day on Dec. 9.  Some buyer remorse might follow, but on the plus side, you could feel more disciplined about money until January 2 2023.

Venus in Capricorn is the annual reminder to invest some time and energy into the long-term health of our finances and relationships. Venus will stay in Capricorn until Jan. 2 2023.

 Dec 11, 6:11 a.m. to 12:09 p.m. PST - an opportunity period! 

Advantageous time for reaching out, material gains, or any type or project already in progress.

What are opportunity periods and how to identify them on your own, you might be asking?  I highlight them when I can in my forecasts, but let's face it, there is only so much astro-guidance I can include every month.

But, if you want to learn about opportunity periods and other handy astro-timing techniques you can apply on your own, they are included in my course, the MoonManifest Challenge.

December 12 -18: 

Exuberant celestial energies are starting to fade a little this week, and practical, grounded energies are setting in. 

✨ Dec. 12: the Sun sextile Saturn

This is a very helpful, disciplined energy to work on projects already in progress.  

 Dec. 14: the Sun square Neptune

Vitality can be lowered today.  Don't over-schedule or over-commit. Resistance to alcohol and drugs (including prescription drugs) can be lowered today, so don't overdo. 

 Dec. 14 12:45 a.m. to Dec. 16 11:49 a.m.: waning Moon in Virgo

I would tell you here that it's a good energy to start a diet, a cleanse, or to declutter and organize your home and files - but would you listen, anyway? It's so close to Christmas that dieting and organizing might be the last thing on our mind... (This will be true for me, I know 🤣)

✨ Dec. 17: Mercury trine Uranus

An excellent day for brainstorming.  Flashes of insight are possible.

December 19 - 25:

Jupiter re-enters Aries, and the Sun enters Capricorn this week - Happy Birthday Season to all my Capricorn readers!

Don`t forget to register for my webinar `Navigating 2023: What Do the Stars Have in Store for Us`.  Receive practical guidance for the year ahead + learn the key energies and dates that are important for your sign. 

 Dec. 18 7:31 p.m. to Dec. 20 6:45 p.m. PST

The Moon is waning in Scorpio. If you need to ``end things for good`` - for example, give up smoking for that final time - this is a helpful planetary energy.

 Dec. 21: Solstice. The Sun Enters Capricorn.

Happy Birthday Season to all my Capricorn readers!  Solstice and Equinox are the special times of the year, because their energy stays with us for an extended period of time.

And this year's solstice is happening under the lucky star - Jupiter.  The Sun and Jupiter form a square on the first degree of Capricorn (stability) and Aries (new beginnings).

The energy of this year`s December Solstice is positively charged and helpful for bold and decisive action.

Venus forms a trine to Uranus at the same time, signaling openness to new experiences. 

Verrrry nice!

New Moon in Capricorn:  December 23 2:17 a.m. PST.

This is another optimistic New Moon! It`s in a close square to the planet of luck and opportunities, Jupiter. It`s also in a wide square to the planet of dreams and compassion, Neptune. 

It`s a fantastic New Moon to set your intentions for achievement of goals (perhaps your goals for 2023); career or professional advancement;  financial stability and security; and secure and fulfilling older age.

 Dec. 24: Mercury sextile Neptune.  

If you need to have a healing or compassionate conversation with someone, this is an excellent energy.  It comes on the heels of Chiron turning direct.  We`re heading into the Christmas Day with some very kind and compassionate energies in the skies.

December 26 - 31:

This week we`re graced with some very healing and introspective energies - that is, until New Year`s Eve! Venus is conjunct Pluto on Dec. 31: great if you`re planning to party in style.

Mercury turns retrograde on Dec. 29, but it starts slowing down in the skies as of Dec. 25. This week can bring some Mercury-retrograde related mishaps, so give yourself plenty of time to get to important appointments, double-check your NYE party plans, and if you decide to buy electronics during the post-Christmas sales, save your receipt and warranty just in case.

But, the main energy of this week is healing and introspection:

 Dec. 28 3:25 p.m. to Dec. 29 1:21 a.m. PST: Another Opportunity Period

The Moon is waxing in Pisces, and Mercury is getting ready to conjoin Venus on Dec. 29.

This is an amazing energy to heal any rifts in relationships.  It`s also great for spiritual pursuits. Do some yoga. Meditate. Journal. Work with crystals or Tarot cards.

An opportunity period is a particularly auspicious time during the Lunar Cycle.

 Dec. 29: Mercury turns retrograde in Capricorn

 Dec. 31: Venus conjunct Pluto

A great energy for a glamorous New Year`s Eve!

Have a great December, and don't forget to sign up for my free astro-newsletter

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