By December 9, Mercury and Venus have entered Capricorn, your seventh house of relationships, slowly bringing you out of your hiding place and into more social settings. When planets move through Capricorn, you can’t help but to be drawn toward spending time with those you love, which is perfect for the upcoming holidays. From family meals to reuniting with high school and college friends, you’re being reminded of all of the amazing relationships you’ve fostered in your life, which is a testament to your character. If you are partnered, romantically or platonically, this is an excellent time to begin brainstorming a trip with your special someone in 2023—a couples getaway is certainly in the cards for next year. The only question is: What’s on your bucket list?
You kick off December craving fun after a difficult season of change and uncertainty. Luckily, Sagittarius season tends to be an entertaining time of year for you. As the Sun (your ruler) moves through the sign of the archer, you aim your attention towards exploring and experimenting with pleasure and creativity. Mars’ retrograde in Gemini has ignited some activity within your community or social networks, and this will be ever truer as a full moon highlights this area of your life on Wednesday, December 7. While you could be meeting new friends, especially while traveling, you are also becoming keenly aware of the similarities and differences you hold within. Where did you come from and how does that culture and its traditions differ from where you find yourself now? What can you learn from those contrasts? While you’re well aware that differences can be celebrated, be honest with yourself about what’s comfortable (or not) for you. Be careful about becoming involved in any conflicts among friends or colleagues at this time as well. Ask yourself: Are you in a position to help in a meaningful way? If not, let others work things out themselves. Tensions will melt away after the intensity of the full moon passes, but don’t be surprised if you’re pondering the dynamics for a while, as is expected with retrogrades—sometimes the things they bring up take a long time to process.
While you galavant with friends or enrich your connections, consider new destinations to travel to next year that will foster your creativity. Which cultures’ artwork, craftsmanship, or architecture is calling to you? Perhaps there are even art programs or retreats abroad that could help further your craft. Jupiter will re-enter Aries on Tuesday, December 20, and will remain there until May 15, lighting up your ninth house of foreign travel, bringing opportunities to immerse yourself in a new culture. Start planning now.
On December 21, the Sun enters Capricorn, the mark of the winter solstice, and the season officially begins. This is a noticeable shift for you, someone ruled by the Sun, bringing you into a colder, more work-oriented mood for the following 30 days. You may find yourself suddenly in heavy planning and strategy mode, thinking about all you have to accomplish during this quieter season. Expect to be hunkered down until you come back into the light in Aries season, beginning March 20, 2023. This is the time to work hard so that you can play hard come springtime.
You enter December still relatively home-bound, but that won’t last too long. Sagittarius season tends to bring you back to your roots—whether you’re visiting family or your ancestral lands, there’s a particular type of healing that can come from returning and re-rooting in home, whatever that means for you. Early on in December, however, your focus shifts to creation, play, and joy as Mercury, your ruling planet, enters Capricorn on Tuesday, December 6, followed by Venus on December 9. What’s special about Mercury’s entry into Capricorn is that it will remain in the sign for nearly three times longer than it usually does (nine weeks versus three weeks) because it will station retrograde in the sign on December 29. For you, this means an extended amount of time focused on your creativity, joy, pleasure, and entertainment. What turns you on? What makes you laugh uncontrollably? What sparks your creativity? These are questions you’ll be pondering for the next two months as you and Mercury slow down and spend time exploring.