Your December Horoscope: The Great Conjunction

The end of 2020 is finally in sight. But as we well know, things don't just change immediately overnight when we enter a new year, and we need to keep up the resilience, strength and energy we developed over these extremely challenging months. Below, our in-house astrologer, Lori Bell, shares how we can all take the lessons we learned this past year to enter 2021 better versions of ourselves; but most importantly, to come together for a collective healing we all so desperately need.
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December ushers in one of the most momentous shifts in the celestial skies from which, at last, the light will begin to emerge. While this year has challenged us on every level, imaginable and unimaginable, it has taught us patience, endurance, resiliency, and the ability to keep the faith in the darkest of hours. While Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn revealed America's dark side—from systemic racism and sexism to inequality, greed, and cruelty, the positive side of this is that 80 million people voted for integrity and morality. Democracy was saved at the eleventh hour and we have so much for which to be grateful. 

As we move into the last month of 2020, we are rapidly shedding the past and entering a new paradigm. We have a new moon solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 14th. Eclipses signal times of change in the world and in our lives. They are new beginnings and bring about significant endings. This potent eclipse occurs on the same day as the Electoral College meets, resolving any ambiguity that Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is our rightful president-elect, signifying an auspicious start of a new beginning and the end of Trump’s official @POTUS Twitter account, but unfortunately not his propagandist personal one. Unfollow and ignore, because he’s still going to be making a lot of noise during the new administration and we have no time for that.

It’s time for collective healing, during which time, perhaps we all become kinder, more compassionate, and embark upon positive new pathways.

The Great Conjunction is the mighty astrological event that occurs every 20 years, with Jupiter and Saturn's conjunction in progressive Aquarius on December 21st. This is one of the most epic astrological events to live through because it is the first time in 200 years that these two planets will make a conjuncture in a new element, air, which marks the beginnings of a new 200 year cycle. Falling on the Winter Solstice, a pivotal day for transformation, with the shortest day and the longest night, this welcome astrological event invites humanity to move out of the darkness and into the light. This alignment is a reboot, releasing the old geopolitical systems and introducing new ones; hashtag Biden Harris to save America.

Aquarius is the sign of humanity, technology, innovation, personal freedom, and rebellion. In our personal lives, it is an opportunity to feel freer and to live a more authentic experience. While Saturn reigns us in, Jupiter opens doors to opportunities with the two balancing each other out. As we enter into this new energy, it is time to restart after a dark, tumultuous chapter in our history. Not only can we redeem these experiences of pain, but we can also grow together in higher consciousness and support the evolution of humanity. This radical redemption illustrates the beauty of life.

What, exactly, did we learn from 2020? Pope Francis said it best: “To come out of this pandemic better than we went into, we must let ourselves be touched by others' pain." It’s time for collective healing, during which time, perhaps we all become kinder, more compassionate, and embark upon positive new pathways. 

I wish all of you the happiest and healthiest of holidays, and may you reflect upon how you personally can emerge to begin anew. Good riddance to 45, and to 2020! 

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19)

Not one to remain stagnant, Aries, you thrive on movement. As we enter a vastly new beginning, what do you need to shed? The solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 14 will help you figure it out, inviting you to adopt a fresh perceptive on life. Sagittarius is optimistic, seeks out new adventures, higher learning, and a higher purpose. This potent eclipse activates your house of travel, knowledge, spirituality, and different cultures. If we weren’t in the throes of a global pandemic, you'd be off on some exotic adventure. This holiday season, the Travel Channel is your safest option to quench your wanderlust. Don't fret, though—this eclipse energy lasts for a year. The vaccines are looking promising in 2021, praise science and medicine! The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will activate your 11th house of friends, community, and social networks. These two planets will reside here for at least a year, during which time you need to reflect on your friends. Are you friends with people out of obligation or social responsibility? Aries, it is liberation time; just as you delete those annoying friends on FB, IG, or Twitter, you can do the same with those whom you actually see in person during non-pandemic times. These are the big questions. Aquarius beckons us to be free from inauthentic restrictions we’ve been afraid to abandon There are new opportunities to meet new people and groups that may really let your heart sing. Hopefully, parts of you that have been hidden will reemerge. Cheers to new beginnings, new friends, and a new outlook on life!

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20)

It’s time to breathe a big sigh of relief, Taurus, as this tough year finally comes to an end.  December is giving us glimpses of what the future holds.  A powerful new moon eclipse on December 14 in Sagittarius emphasizes your house of personal transformation, shared resources, and intimacy. Eclipses are narratives of change, affording you the priceless opportunity to reboot your finances, imitate life, and inner transformation—all the powerful stuff. Please do not be resistant to change; eclipses shake us up when needed. The momentous change will begin on December 21, when Jupiter and Saturn enter into your house of career and position in the world. Ask yourself the big question: do you like what you are doing? Aquarius wants us to be true to our unique selves, not to what society expects from us. If you are, that’s wonderful, but if not, now is the time to make some much-needed adjustments.  Career opportunities will be available to you in 2021; if a door opens that feels right, saunter right through it. You've got luck on your side this coming year. You'll work harder than ever before, but the satisfaction will be infinitely more satisfying. As next year unfolds, your career or position in the world takes center stage. Positions of public prominence may be in your future. Dear Taurus, if you've stayed in the background for most of your professional life, it is time to step out and be seen. Do what your soul is calling you to do—cheers to personal transformation!   

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Gemini, it is your eclipse season, which means it’s time for a few legitimately scam-free upgrades, redeemable in 2021. A new moon solar eclipse lands on December 14 in Sagittarius, infusing energy into your 7th house of personal and business relationships. New beginnings, fresh starts, new relationships, or renewal in existing ones can occur. If you are single, this eclipse can usher in a new partnership. First, release the past and let go of old hurts, wounds, and burgeoning bruises. There is an opportunity to heal and move forward. After 2020, we can face just about anything. Do it, Gemini, but mask up, please. The major life-changing celestial event begins on December 21, when Jupiter and Saturn align in Aquarius, starting a new 20-year cycle. These two powerful planets align in your 9th house of knowledge, spirituality, and a quest for more meaning in your life. Dreams and aspirations, ideas, learning, international connections, and expanding your world view all come into prominence. These are not delusions, so embrace them. The question is, which philosophical beliefs align with your values, not merely with what culture into which you were born? The global shifts ask us how we can work together with everyone with all our different beliefs—indeed, the billion-dollar question, whose elusive answer will enrich everyone involved. Doors of opportunity for travel, meeting new people from different cultures and ideas will allow you to expand your worlds.  Don’t forget your passport, even if you’re still staying put due to the pesky pandemic. Travel doesn’t have to mean a million miles. Cheers to your journey, Gemini!

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Hallelujah and praise your higher power, Cancer, 2020 is almost over! For you, this ending is a welcome one as you do feel others suffering more acutely than most; that is part of your grace. December gifts us with rays of light, with celestial events moving forward to a more promising future. It would be hard not to be an improvement after 2020! December 14 is a solar new moon eclipse in Sagittarius. Eclipses are wild cards, which uproot us, shake us out of our feelings of complacency, expanding us to become better versions of ourselves. Your 6th house of self-care, work, and your daily habits are activated. There is an infusion of new possibilities and fresh starts to be had. First, dear Cancer, release what is no longer working for you in this area of your life. Shake it up; opportunities present themselves for work, doing things differently in your daily routine, and self-care rituals. 2021 holds the promise that we can get back to what was previously our normal, daily lives. For you, dear Cancer, you've got to do it differently this time. The big reveal is the great conjunction on December 21, when the planets Jupiter and Saturn meet in the sign of Aquarius in your 8th house of personal transformation, shared resources, and intimacy. This cycle occurs every 20 years, a vast global shift for humanity. Aquarius is the sign of self-authenticity; this powerful alignment asks you to rid yourself of fears, limitations, and old wounds that hold you back. Let go of the emotional angst you carry with you, Cancer. The potential for deepening your intimate relationships and collaborations can happen. Be open to new opportunities for creating a new business and financial gain, but don’t forget to share your kind heart this holiday season. 

Leo (July 23-Aug 22)

Leo, there is light at the end of the surrealistic tunnel that is 2020. December ushers in an epic cosmic shift. A solar new moon eclipse arrives on December 14 in Sagittarius, a fellow soulmate. Solar eclipse signifies new beginnings and promising new opportunities. They break you out of complacency and instigate change. Lucky you, Leo, as your 5th house of creativity, joy, and romance is infused with new energy. The eclipse energy lasts up to a year; it's a lovely holiday gift from the cosmos. It aims to awaken your creativity, inner child, and joy. 2020 hasn't been an easy year to feel joyous. Now is the time to ignite your joyful spirit and share it widely. Romance and love are your themes this month and well into 2021. Leo, you are all about love. Fall in love with yourself, others, and the joy of just being alive. The epic shift occurs on December 21 when Saturn and Jupiter align in progressive Aquarius, forming the great conjunction; this energy highlights a profound change in humanity, technology, innovation, and personal freedom. Your 7th house of personal and business partnerships is in for a transformation to strengthen, deepen, and mature. A new perceptive is planted here. It is an opportunity to review your relationships; are they authentic and meaningful to you? Some will end and only the authentic ones will thrive. The question for you, Leo, are these partnerships soul-satisfying? The opportunities for new partnerships, both personal and business, are ripe in 2021. These are very inspiring times ahead for you, Leo. Spread your joy this holiday season and reflect on how you wish to emerge in 2021. 

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22)

Exhale, Virgo, there are only 31 days left. This month is very active in the celestial skies, giving us a glimpse of a brighter future. A solar new moon eclipse lands in Sagittarius on December 14. This eclipse is positively optimistic, illuminating a brighter view and the belief in what is possible. Eclipses bring change; if 2020 has taught us anything, it is to be flexible. Your home, innermost self, roots, and family are activated by the eclipse. The energy lasts up to a year; you may move, renovate, or purchase a home. What makes you feel at home? It is also an opening to heal family dynamics and feel a greater sense of stability. The epic celestial event occurs on December 21, the great conjunction, when Jupiter and Saturn align. This aspect happens every 20 years; this time, it is in the progressive sign of Aquarius. Jupiter is expansive energy while Saturn is responsible and duty-bound; they temper one another, landing in your house of health, work, self-care, and your daily routine. 2021 brings new opportunities in your work, the way you take care of yourself, and the daily grind.  First things first, Virgo: shed what no longer is working for you and find new ways to take care of yourself and your daily routine.  Aquarius is progressive; when it comes to the latest health apps, medical innovations, diets, and anything to do with wellness, you’re the go-to in-the-know source of inspiration. Now you can take it to the next level. 2021 is inviting you to make positive changes in your home life, work-life, and health. The door to new possibilities is vast; seize them, dear Virgo. Cheers to health, home, and happiness!

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22)

Rejoice Libra, 2020 will be over soonish. December brings hope as celestial events illuminate a bright future. On the 14th, a new moon solar eclipse occurs in Sagittarius. Eclipses often mark a significant turning point; it’s the universe's way of moving you towards a positive new beginning. This newness can last for up to a year. Libra, it’s time to expand your mind while learning to quiet it as well. The eclipse in Sagittarius evokes an optimistic quest for learning, traveling, and worldview expansion. This potent eclipse is an opportunity for you to shift your perception and view of the world—time to shed old or outdated ways of perceiving, communicating, and connecting. It also deals with how you adapt to your environment and changing circumstances. We certainly have had plenty this year. Libra, you need to connect and interact with others, share ideas and information, reach out to your community, and get involved. Take a class, learn to meditate, and calm your mind. The momentous celestial event known as the great conjunction lands on December 21, when Jupiter and Saturn meet up. These two planets align every 20 years, ushering a new paradigm in Aquarius, your soul mate. This merger is major, hooking up in your house of pleasure, creativity, romance, and joy. Aquarius wants you to break free from old fears and habits which no longer satisfy you--2020 is an aberration and probably did that for you, but now it’s time to spark that elusive joy. Time to seize upon these new opportunities for creative projects, romance, or finding that one thing that truly brings you your joy. Cheers to a joyous holiday season. May the new possibilities be bountiful. 

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)

Scorpio, can you see the rays of light? They are breaking through the doldrums of 2020 as December brings a huge, positive shift in celestial alignments. On December 14, the solar new moon eclipse occurs in Sagittarius. Eclipses are narratives of change and new beginnings. They demand that we grow beyond what was previously known. This solar eclipse lands in your house of self-worth, money, skills, and talents. Are you underestimating or undervaluing your gifts? How are you managing your money? Is there a hidden talent you haven't revealed? This powerful eclipse awakens you to new opportunities and opens new doors. It's a mirror for the energy of these transformative times. You have a year to harness the eclipse's potency, but why not start now? On December 21, Jupiter aligns with Saturn, creating the Great Conjunction and even more invitations for you to be bold. Appearing only every 20 years, this Conjunction falls in Aquarius, the progressive sign of personal freedom, innovation, and authenticity. You must still wear a mask, of course, but there can be no hiding behind it. Find new expressions of your truth, along with platforms to live it with a strong sense of purpose going into 2021. The planets are also activating your home, family, and those considered family.  This potent alignment asks you to question your closest relationships and break free from those which no longer work for you, resulting in the achievement of your ultimate squad goals. Changes in residence, purchasing, selling, or renovating your home are all excellent possibilities. You may choose, in the wake of tragicomical 2020, to live a simpler life, communally with that family of choice, or even in a tiny house on a big plot of land. With freedom on your mind, and perhaps more money in your pocket, create the home and life that makes you most shine. The future’s bright, Scorp, so don’t forget those shades.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21)

Happy Birthday, Sagittarius! Please do celebrate, as we have much to be grateful for. As we enter the last month of 2020, there is light at the end of this long dark year.  It is a light of hope and unimagined possibilities. Sagittarius, the universe is gifting you a solar new moon eclipse in your sign and house of identity and self-expression. Solar eclipses create new beginnings and promising new opportunities. Eclipses want us to change to become better versions of ourselves. Sag, it is time to expand your identity and express a new way of being in the world. It is a time for self-discovery, a new awareness, and a time to take bold risks. What do you want, dear Sag? New possibilities and new beginnings will start to unfold and continue throughout 2021. The Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn kicks off on December 21, activating a new 20-year cycle. The alignment is in Aquarius, the start of a new paradigm. Aquarius is the sign of humanity, ingenuity, innovation, rebellion, and freedom.  The auspicious conjunction ushers in a transformation, an opportunity to shed fears and patterns that no longer serve you; it is a time of personal liberation. Are you speaking your truth? Are you stuck in rigid ways of thinking? Not open to new ideas? The conjunction occurs in your house of communication, your mental attitude, community, and learning. Your mind is quick, Sagittarius. Let go of old thought patterns and be open to brand new ways of communicating, thinking, and sharing information.  Networking, learning, and connecting with people in your community will open you up to new possibilities. Exciting times are ahead. Cheers to infinite possibilities!  

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19)

Capricorn, as we near the end of a life-altering year, December welcomes us with positive shifts in the celestial skies. On December 14, the solar new moon eclipse occurs in Sagittarius. Eclipses are narratives of change and new beginnings. They demand growth from us to become better versions of ourselves. Cap, the past few years have not been without challenges and difficulties; you prevailed and accomplished a great deal. At last, you get a reprieve. Take time out for yourself; the solar eclipse is inviting you to go inward, to rest and reset. It is essential to your well-being to spend time alone; the eclipse is calling you to do so. The opportunity to release that old emotional baggage you've been lugging around will set you free! Take advantage of it and find your peacefulness within. Saturn, your ruler, is finally leaving Capricorn on December 17 and won’t return for 29 years. Reflect on 2020, view it gleefully from your rearview mirror as you leave behind the past in favor of a brighter future. On December 21, Jupiter aligns with Saturn, creating the Great Conjunction that falls in Aquarius, the progressive sign of personal freedom, innovation, and authenticity.  This potent alignment asks you to reevaluate your talents, skills, relationship to money, and what you value. Big questions for you, Capricorn, as you tend to value yourself in relation to your work. What do you need to free yourself from limitations? Usually, for you, dear Cap, these limitations are self-imposed. 2021 will bring in new growth opportunities, talents to showcase, or innovative ways to be productive in your finances. Capricorn, take a break, find your inner peace as you move outwardly towards an exciting new beginning. 

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18)

All eyes are on you, Aquarius! December is epic as the celestial skies embark on historical shifts. The last two weeks of December are when the changes begin. On December 14, the solar new moon eclipse occurs in Sagittarius. Eclipses are game-changers, demanding that we become better versions of ourselves. Aquarius, who are the people on your team? The eclipse illuminates your 11th house of friends, social networks, and technology.  If you've outgrown some of your social circle during this year of deep reflection and change, this eclipse brings in new friends, groups, and like-minded people. Aquarius, you need to surround yourself with innovative, progressive, and open-minded people. Kicking off on December 21 is the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, an exact alignment that only happens every 20 years. The historical alignment is in your sign, Aquarius. A fresh chapter of your life is upon you—one that will unfold between now and Saturn's departure in March 2023, ushering in new possibilities. As a humanitarian, global citizen, and collaborator, it’s time to think differently and creatively. Personal freedom is paramount. How do you want to show up in the world now? You've got a few years to figure this out, but don’t wait to liberate yourself from any lingering fears of who you should be rather than who you want to be. 2021 is a year of limitless potential; it is up to you, Aquarius, to harness it. Exciting times are ahead for a reinvention of who you truly want to be and how you can help others in the process. Cheers to the Aquarian decade. You are the hope for humanity, no pressure or anything. 

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20)

Pisces, the rays of light will be streaming through in December. You are empathic, so when one suffers, you suffer. Thankfully, we are entering into a time of healing, starting this month. Your mind is on work as the new moon solar eclipse on December 14 ushers in new opportunities and beginnings for your career and position in the world. Solar eclipses are narratives of change; they shake us up, push us out of complacency. Pisces, are you doing what makes you happy? Is it time for a career change? Are you looking for work? This potent, positive eclipse gives your career an infusion of optimistic energy. Start networking, Pisces! Opportunities can unexpectedly appear, so revamp your LinkedIn profile. You may start your own company or promotion. The eclipse energy lasts for six months, yet this alignment only comes around every 18 years. Besides your career, this will also positively impact your calling or worldly ambition. Exciting times, Pisces! December 21 kicks off the highly anticipated astrological event of our time, the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, an exact alignment that only happens every 20 years. The dynamic duo merges in your 12th house of creativity, mysticism, and retreat. The 12th house is where you find your inspiration; you feel at home here, Pisces. It rules endings, closure, and forgiveness.  What do you need to release to free yourself from fears holding you back from connection to your creative or spiritual side?  Where can you bring more love, art, and compassion to the universe, Pisces? Share your tender heart this holiday season, infusing it with much-needed empathy from which we can all benefit.


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