Your December Horoscopes

December's here: Prepare for Jupiter to re-enter Aries, bringing a whole host of good vibes (luck! abundance! confidence! fearlessness!) to the holiday table on December 20. The Winter Solstice is coming and so are some other key transits to light up the end of 2022.

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MERCURY IN CAPRICORN: December 6 – February 1 

On December 6, Mercury, the communication planet, moves into no-nonsense Capricorn for an extended two-month stay. You may have said “yes” to everything while Mercury was exuberant, overextending Sagittarius. Now, it's time for a reality check.

You may be reassessing some of those quick “yes’s”—time to backpedal and get real. Mercury in Capricorn is strategic, achievement orientated, with a keen sense of time management and resources. Focus on what you can truly accomplish. Let things calm and slow down. Focus on achieving your goals practically and precisely, with a bit of perspective. Pragmatic Capricorn will show you the way.  


I have good news and bad news: The good news is, your New Year’s resolutions can wait until January 18. Don’t even bother before that date. The bad news? Mercury in retrograde (24 degrees in Capricorn, December 29) will test your patience, throw your travel plans into chaos and create other nuisances through mid-January. Cultivate patience and let go of expectations for a few weeks…when Mercury turns direct on January 18, you’ll be good to go.

Mercury retrogrades allow you to review, revise and redo. Mercury in Capricorn keeps it real, with a touch of pessimism, as you reflect on all probabilities.


Keep your mind active and flexible during this intense full moon: It’s coming in Gemini at 16 degrees on December 7. This potent Full Moon cojoins warrior Mars in Gemini while Mercury rules this lunation. Mercury is in grounded Capricorn; it’s all about structure and productivity.

You’ll feel energized, stimulated and productive…but the choices will feel overwhelming. Your mind will change quickly and you’ll feel a bit scattered. So, stay fluid and go with the flow. If you take on too much, you'll pay for it for the next day, like a bad hangover. Don’t let the heightened warrior energy drag you into unnecessary battles and disagreements—choose them (and your words) wisely. That’s the best way to avoid regret about what you’ve said or done: keeping your anger and reactivity at bay. When you feel torn or ambivalent, that’s Gemini’s duality pulling you in different directions.

The full moon and Mars square dreamy Neptune; it is fantasy versus reality, the dream of what you wish the Holidays were like versus what they are. As you try to make a dream come true, there can be confusion, overwhelm and lack of clarity. If you find yourself foggy haze, not sure what to do with the intense energy of Mars, go for a walk and clear your mind.

Mars in Gemini retrograde is like spinning our wheels; the energy can feel all over the place, going nowhere. Use this moment to reassess choices, layers of fog, what is genuine and not. This lunation may help us to clarify what to release. This lunation has layers. One minute, you are focused on getting things accomplished and the next hour in your Neptune dream world, trying to see through the illusion, next arguing with your partner. It’s best to stay flexible, choose your words wisely, keep your temper in check and if you change your mind 10 times, blame the moon! 

VENUS IN CAPRICORN: December 9 – January 3

Venus, the planet of love, beauty and the arts, enters earthy Capricorn December 9 – January 3. In Capricorn, she brings structure, reliability and calm. She’s grounded, calm and serious, bringing stability, consistency and respect for time. Venus is the real deal—superficial, enduring, and generous with her love when it really counts. She won’t led you astray with hookups and messy friends-with-benefits drama…instead, expect real support from partners and friends who care about you.

New Year's Eve can get tricky with Venus and powerful Pluto conjunct on December 31; hurts, jealousy and controlling behaviors can erupt, but keep your cool. Old hurts or wounds may resurface, yet they can promote healing and deep reflection. The holidays can be challenging for many; this will soon pass once Venus moves into Aquarius in a few days.

JUPITER ENTERS ARIES; December 20 – May 15

Jupiter moves into Aries for a second time on December 20, an epic celestial event. Jupiter, known as "the Great Benefic," brings luck, fortune, abundance and expansion wherever it goes. When Jupiter glides into Aries for a second time on December 20, it gives us a chance to step up our game and take bold risks, with a new sense of confidence and dynamism growing inside us. Aries shifts our interest away from the collective and community to focus more on individual needs, independence, autonomy and personal agency.

Jupiter will ignite a fiery passion for blazing ahead with decisive initiation and action. Aries is known for its swift impulsivity and "leap before you think" approach to life. The knowledge we gained between May 10 and October 28 (the first time Jupiter was in Aries) will give us a second chance to step up our game and take courageous risks with new confidence and urgency. Jupiter’s mantra, like Nike, is “Just do it!” This is a substantial celestial shift, getting those big goals and dreams up and running with fearless resolve.

But a word of caution: Jupiter is a magnifier, and you may become reckless, overly optimistic, selfish and take on more than you can possibly accomplish. Before you start racing towards your goals, there is a glitch. Mars, the ruler of Aires, is retrograde until January 11; once he turns direct, the energy will come alive. Full on! Get those big goals and dreams up and running.


Welcome to a season of festivity and renewal: December 21 marks the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the darkest day of the year before the turning of the light as we enter Capricorn season.

The winter solstice always coincides with the Sun’s move into elegant, earthy Capricorn. As the Sun stands still, take this time to pause, to go within, reflect and meditate as you look back at 2022. This is an opportunity to acknowledge all that you have achieved, survived and had to navigate this year. Capricorn season brings practical matters, long-range goals and strategic planning to our awareness. It has a slower, cautious vibe, anchoring and grounding us as we care for our needs. As the year ends, let’s be grateful for all we have. As the light returns, the days grow longer; let your inner self shines brighter.


We’re about to experience a dance between Capricorn and Jupiter. The new moon arrives on December 23, at 1 degree of Capricorn—a promising fresh start that will carry us into the New Year. Saturn rules it, bringing a rational, logical influence and asking you what your long-term goals are. Expansive Jupiter squares the new moon, daring you to go after your vision or goals, to start something new while leaving behind what has held you back. Stretch yourself, take that leap of faith and go after your long-term goals. Capricorn energy will keep you grounded, while Jupiter will light ignite your inner fire. It is the ideal mix of planning and preparing and braving launching forward. Jupiter's energy is revealing and uplifting and gives you the courage to be bold, while Capricorn gives you the tenacity, determination and effort required to initiate a new undertaking. Go for it…you've got the planets on your side and all it takes is a little effort! 

Here's what's in the stars for your sign in December...

Going too fast? December slows down in the second week as the planets move into grounded, realistic Capricorn. Aries, this is your month to focus on your ambitions. What long-term goals and dreams do you want to accomplish in 2023 and beyond? Nothing will stop you as the Great Benefic planet Jupiter reenters Aries on December 20, ushering in a new 12-year cycle of optimism, growth, generosity and joy. You can reinvent your life by taking the initiative—and risks, being bold and confidently moving forward despite your previous setbacks. You inspire others with enthusiasm and courage when you take the lead. Now is the time to seize opportunities, so don't sit on the sidelines waiting for things to happen. Make. It. Happen. 


Open your mind! December highlights your 9th house of education, travel, different cultures and spirituality. The planets in Capricorn dwelling in the 9th house spotlight integrity, ambition, hard work and well-defined plans. Be inspired through learning, grow through traveling, stretch your limiting beliefs and leave your comfort zone. On December 20 expansive Jupiter re-enters Aries for a four-month stay, igniting a new 12-year cycle. Think back to the Summer of 2010-2011, when Jupiter was here last. Jupiter transits your twelfth house, benefiting those behind-the-scenes actions taken privately. Spirituality, volunteering or helping others will be the most fulfilling during this cycle. You can also rid yourself of those inner psychic closets which sabotage you. Jupiter dwelling in the 12th is like a guardian angel watching over you.


Teamwork makes the dream work, Gem. December invites you to focus on shared resources, finances and inner transformation. There is a line of planets in grounded, realistic Capricorn, a chance to sort out your finances and investments. Gemini, go deep and look honestly at what you fear; let those fears dissipate. A gift from the cosmos arrives on December 20, when expansive Jupiter re-enters Aries for a four-month stay. Jupiter will dwell in your 11th house of collaborators, friends, hopes, dreams and future aspirations, giving you the impetus to break free from self-imposed restraints. He is bold, courageous and confident in Aries and wants you to take risks. So go and find your dream team and make those dreams a reality! 


December is all about love and career—in both realms, go for it! Venus, Mercury and a wonderful new moon, all in the sign of committed Capricorn, igniting your 7th house of relationships! Capricorn is in it for the long-term, “put a ring on it” type of relationship. The King of the Gods, expansive Jupiter, will re-enter Aries on December 20 for a four-month stay, initiating a new 12-year cycle. Think back to the Summer of 2011…what was unfolding in your career? Similar themes from then may re-emerge. Jupiter is Aries, a fearless risk-taker, confident and entrepreneurial. This cycle is urging you to grow through self-assertiveness. You may start your own business, switch careers or ask for that promotion. Shoot your shot. 


Dig deep, Leo! Capricorn season invites you to slow down, catch your breath and get organized. You're inspired to find your center through a grounded, structured healing routine, just in time for your wanderlust to kick in. The celestial event of the month manifests on December 20 when benevolent Jupiter re-enters Aries. Be bold and be a risk-taker, as Jupiter activating your 9th house ignites the quest to search for greater meaning and direction in your life. You will expand your worldview through spirituality, wisdom, knowledge and long-distance travel. Find a shaman and go on an inward vision quest. Drop into the intuitive realms, dig into the healing world of plant medicine or go back to college. Whatever path you choose, you're inspired to have more meaning in your life.


Time to play! December Capricorn season gifts you with an appetite for pleasure, romance and creativity. Reignite the kid within. The cultural arts, music and museums do plan an outing. Whatever you have neglected in this area of your life is now ignited. So, get inspired and take risks, Virgo! The celestial event of the month arrives on December 20, when expansive Jupiter re-enters Aries to complete a four-month cycle. Jupiter activates your 8th house of shared resources, investments and personal transformation. Jupiter emphasizes courage, risk-taking and confidence. Your finances and investments can expand or if you need financing, now's the time to apply for it. However, be mindful of being overconfident, impulsive or careless regarding your investments or shared resources. Jupiter in Aires is unrestrained!


Capricorn Season is calling you home. It’s time to reconnect with your roots to nourish yourself from the ground up. Spend time with loved ones…harmony prevails and presents an opportunity to heal family dynamics and start anew. The celestial event of the month arrives on December 20 when Jupiter, the planet of abundance, re-enters Aries for a four-month stay. It refocuses your priorities and inspirations on new goals, dreams and adventures. Your relationships take precedence now. If your relationships have felt stale, they’ll get an infusion of growth, excitement and renewal. So, for those yearning to be partnered, get out of your comfort zone and take risks. Be bold and confident and believe in yourself, Libra. Jupiter is all about personal evolution and you are all about partnerships.


Capricorn season is igniting your house of communication. With your disciplined, analytical and penetrating mind, you'll be able to see through BS in an instant. So, take the time this month to tame your BS and mental chatter. Meditate, listen to motivational podcasts and shift your attitude. It's all about deep and honest communication. Skip idle chitchat—it's so not you. An epic event arrives on December 20, when Jupiter re-enters Aries for a four-month stay. You are about refocusing priorities and setting new goals and challenges. Finally, you'll be ready to go with health and wellness routines that keep going. You tend to push yourself more than most; you are not invincible. So, get willing to take risks and get out of your comfort zone, like slowing down and taking care of yourself. Jupiter is your preventive medicine and can ease ongoing health issues. 


Exciting times, Sag! A significant celestial event arrives on December 20, when your ruler, Jupiter, the planet of abundance, re-enters Aries for a four-month stay. This new cycle refocuses your priorities and inspirations on new goals, dreams and adventures. Jupiter in Aries is bold, assertive and a risk-taker. Jupiter will light up your 5th house of romance, joy, creativity and kids. This fiery, dynamic, lively energy is enthusiastic about getting things done! The most significant growth in this area of your life can be experienced via amorous adventures and creative expression. Children will also factor into the equation in the best possible way. So have more fun, be daring and when in doubt, do it. Sagittarius has been a fun, wild ride. But Capricorn season is a reality check. Your ambitions kick in to bankroll your adventures. Money is the theme; set your goals as you move into 2023 and make them a reality! 


It's your time to shine, elegant Capricorn! The most significant alignment arrives on December 20 when Jupiter, the planet of growth and abundance, re-enters Aries for a final four-month tour. Jupiter in Aries is a fearless risk-taker, confident and entrepreneurial. It refocuses your priorities and inspirations on new goals, dreams and adventures. As a result, your family relationships can flourish and their dynamics can heal. Your excitement and enthusiasm for a home that brings joy and personal growth are one of the gifts Jupiter brings. Capricorn, you are the cosmic star this month! Capricorn season gifts you Venus, Mercury, plus a wonderful New Moon, all in your sign. So, the spotlight is on you, Cap. Indulge in the admiration—you never do, so enjoy. Set your sights on which mountain you will climb in 2023 on the auspicious new moon. 


The celestial event of the season is when Jupiter, the fairy godmother, re-enters Aries for its final four-month tour. Jupiter in Aries is a fearless risk-taker, confident and entrepreneurial, activating your house of communication and learning. You are the intellect of the zodiac, always thirsty for knowledge, conversation and lively banter. So take a risk, do something you've never done before and get out of your comfort zone. Learn a language, write a novel, teach a class…whatever excites and pushes you to grow, do it! Share your ideas with others and facilitate intellectual development; it will pay off in 2023. Capricorn season begins on December 21, activating your 12th house of spirituality, endings and forgiveness. Go within this Capricorn season, retreat, rest and plot your course of action for 2023. 


The celestial event arrives on December 20, as Jupiter re-enters Aires for a four-month tour. Jupiter is the ultimate manifester, bringing abundance wherever he lands. All you've dreamed of doing while Jupiter was in Pisces, now is the time to refocus your priorities and inspirations and turn those dreams into reality. Jupiter in Aries is entrepreneurial, optimistic and assertive, so take that risk and get out of your comfort zone. He'll dwell in your 2nd house of money and material possessions—offering an opportunity for a powerful earning period. You may bring home more money in 2023 than ever. Embrace this financial luck, because it could provide a nest egg if you use it wisely. Capricorn season invites you to look toward the future and envision what you wish to accomplish in 2023 and beyond, whom you'll need to collaborate with to make those dreams a reality. 


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