Hello December! It's hard to believe we're weeks away from a new year. We start the month in impulsive and optimistic Sagittarius before moving into calm and collected Capricorn. And that grounded Cap energy leads us into 2023.
Dreamy Neptune ends its retrograde on Saturday, December 3rd, going direct in its home sign of Pisces. The themes most related to this sign (empathy, art, compassion) may see an extra boost over the next few weeks, especially while Jupiter overlaps in Pisces. Give in to your impulse for daydreaming and creativity, but be prepared for the energy to change when Jupiter moves from Pisces into the fiery sign of Aries on December 21st.
We have the last full moon of the year in Gemini on Wednesday, December 7th. This full moon is shaping up to be a doozy; be prepared to revisit unresolved issues or arguments, but take it as an opportunity to find resolution. Be patient, not only with those around you but also with yourself, and speak honestly and tactfully.
The winter solstice on Wednesday, December 21st officially kicks off Capricorn season. And all of that grounded, earthy energy will be welcomed as we approach the holidays. Embrace tradition, whatever that means to you, and as we creep closer to 2023, channel that pragmatic energy into setting new goals for yourself.
On Friday, December 23rd we experience a new moon in Capricorn. This is a beautiful day to start something new. With the ambitious energy of Capricorn behind it, chances are you'll have the persistence to achieve whatever you set your mind to.
And finally, the month (and year) ends with the beginning of a Mercury retrograde on Thursday, December 29th. As with all Mercury retrogrades, prepare for delays, technical issues, and mis-communications. We can offset the effects of a Mercury retrograde by giving ourselves extra time, reading the fine print twice (or even three times), and putting off any electronic purchases. Mercury stations direct on Wednesday, January 18th.
Here is your astrological forecast for December, according to Alexandria Lettman at Bustle.com:
"This December, your self-confidence and faith in your future are on an upswing. However, before you push forward with new activities, revisit any tasks you skimmed to finish quickly. Once the new moon in Capricorn aligns on Dec. 23, the cosmic energy will support you in setting new foundations in your career. Take things slow and steady — and remember, fortune favors the bold."
"If you’ve been careless or overindulgent with your spending, you may have to revise your budget or end paid subscriptions that no longer offer the same value. Try to think long-term with your planning — especially as we approach serious-minded Capricorn season on Dec. 21 — and persevere through any challenges that create distance between your current situation and the life you wish to live. Your projects may progress slowly this month, but have faith that hard work in the present will ensure your unwavering success in the future."
"Newfound inspiration could cause you to dream about new career prospects this December. However, the full moon in your zodiac sign on Dec. 7 will invite you to alter your outlook on life and your approach to chasing your goals. Expect to face challenges that urge you to get more specific about what you want to achieve. It’s time to invest in your future by setting clear intentions and being consistent with your actions."
"With a nudge from Jupiter in Aries, you will feel empowered and ambitious this month. Believe in your power to achieve anything you set your mind to. You need to be your own biggest cheerleader. As the month progresses, you’ll put a greater focus on your partnerships by raising your standards, maintaining realistic boundaries, and managing other people’s expectations. Make sure you hold yourself to the same standards that you expect from others."
"Sometimes, plans don’t work out so well, but that doesn’t mean you should give up hope. This December, commit to reigniting a dream that didn’t reach its full potential. If you experience slow progression — the kind that begins with one step forward and two steps back — remember that every opportunity presented is a chance to improve on your previous work. Don’t give up or start over. To keep yourself motivated, think about the bigger picture of what you’re striving to achieve."
"Newfound clarity around what you want in your ideal life partner could lead you to meet the person of your dreams. Take things slow and steady, and give yourself (and the person you’re seeing) a chance to develop love and trust without pressure. Brace yourself for new challenges that will test your work-life balance and how many responsibilities you can realistically take on at once. Readjusting your boundaries and priorities may help you get out of trouble."
"Living too far in the future could distract you from what’s unfolding in the present moment. This month, you will come across new opportunities to develop a fulfilling personal life that will inspire you to live for today rather than tomorrow. Spend more time around friends, roommates, and family who make you feel happy, secure, and grounded. You may settle into a new home or redecorate your current space to create a sanctuary that nurtures and inspires you."
"Don’t overlook the importance of consulting with a professional when dealing with matters concerning your finances or inner healing. Having someone to answer your questions and help you through uncertain and unstable times will be an invaluable investment in your future. After the new moon in Capricorn on Dec. 23, you may notice a significant mindset shift in which you’ll feel more determined and serious. Your blunt honesty could lead others to believe you are too pessimistic. Be mindful of your tone when speaking your truth."
"You might be caught off guard by challenges in your partnerships this December. The current chapter of your relationship — or the relationship itself — may be ending. However, you might be able to salvage things by revisiting conversations or conflicts that were brushed under the carpet. Take an honest look at what you’ve learned about yourself through your interactions with others. Consider where you have room for more personal growth and how you can take more responsibility for yourself in the future."
"Life may feel less troubling this December if you can push through challenges early in the month and fix or end projects that have caused you to worry excessively. Once the Sun invigorates your zodiac sign on Dec. 21, you’ll feel a boost of motivation to steer your life in a new direction by laying the groundwork for new personal goals. Be patient with yourself if you feel confused during this time, and visualize the version of yourself that you’re working toward rather than dwelling on your shortcomings."
"Casual flings may reach a natural end this month, especially if you weren’t getting what you needed from the relationship. See this as an opportunity to focus on chasing what you want without distraction. You’ve spent so long working on your mental and emotional wellbeing, but this month, you might feel as if you’re back at square one. Rely on the healthy coping strategies you’ve used in the past to get through hard times, and avoid self-isolating or pretending like everything is fine — you’re human, and your feelings will always be relatable to someone."
"Neptune’s redirection on Dec. 3 could cause you to slip back on your rose-tinted glasses. There’s nothing wrong with choosing to see the brighter side of life, but just make sure you aren’t turning a blind eye to the truth. By the time Capricorn season rolls around on Dec. 21, you’ll experience a boost of self-confidence and motivation that will help you take steady steps toward making your dreams come true. Just remember to set realistic expectations; success doesn’t happen overnight."
To learn more, check out Lettman's astrological breakdown for December here!