2011 hasn’t been the easiest year, and even December got off to a bumpy start. Fingers crossed, the upcoming weekend will make up for those troubles. Christmas Eve brings a Capricorn new moon — setting the stage for a greeting-card Christmas full of tradition, warmth and stability. Gather ’round the fire (or the space heater), sing carols, make a favorite family recipe. Capricorn is an Earth sign, ruled by serious and traditional Saturn. Start penning those 2012 goals and resolutions early, since new moons give a fertile boost to fresh starts.
Women have come too far to cry in our cosmopolitans if we’re not attached on Valentine’s Day. Love may still be a many-splendored thing, but if you happen to be single this Valentine’s Day, you can still have a blast. Count yourself lucky: A commercialized holiday loaded with so much pressure can rarely live up to our fairy-tale expectations. With lucky Jupiter in independent Aries this year, the single ladies might just have the most fun! In case you don’t believe us, here are sign-specific ideas for how to celebrate — inspired by love planet Venus, which is in Capricorn.
This year, making resolutions will be easy. Look to Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, for positive growth. Check disciplinarian Saturn for where to cut back or do the hard work. Jupiter and Saturn are in opposite signs (Aries and Libra, respectively) for the first half of the year. Here’s where each zodiac sign should direct energy in 2011.
Expand: Solo projects, personal/alone time, courage, asserting your independence
After a wild lunar eclipse on the 21st, the Sun has settled into traditional, family-oriented Capricorn. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas indeed. The Moon will be in playful, affectionate Leo on Christmas Eve, so let everyone open one present that night ... just to contain the excitement! Showy Leo brings out our theatrical sides, so gather the gang for caroling and other hokey-yet-hilarious fun.
Just in time for us to craft some lofty 2011 goals, motivator Mars moves into Capricorn, the sign of long-term planning. Mars will be here until mid-January, pushing us to achieve. What big accomplishments would you like to nail down next year? Mars in Capricorn helps you clarify that list. Impatient Mars accelerates the action, and it can bring equal parts stress and excitement. Remember: Easy does it. Don't overload yourself with work during this cycle.
Fasten your seat belts — it’s gonna be a bumpy sleigh ride. Mercury takes a retrograde (backward) turn from Friday until the end of the year. Mercury rules communication, travel and technology. Typically, all of these things go a little wonky during Mercury retrograde cycles, which occur three or four times a year.
You’re all fired up to finish your holiday shopping, clean the house, bake snowflake-shaped cookies for the whole neighborhood, and basically make Santa’s workshop look like it’s filled with slackers. Not so fast, little elf. Yes, energizer Mars is in achievement-oriented Capricorn, turning you into Superwoman. However, master planner Mercury is retrograde (moving backward) in Capricorn, which means if you’re making a list, prepare to check it twice ... or more!
Christmas and New Year's Eve are fast approaching, and the planets are more active than a team of reindeer this holiday season. So we're here to help you have that gingerbread-trimmed celebration of your dreams ... even if it takes some extra planning. On the "eves" this year, the Moon will be in Fire signs, making people restless and excitable. Too much sitting around could stir tension, as boredom leads to bickering. One prevention? Get moving! Physical activity will release the pent-up energy (and burn off the heavy meals). Bowed heads and somber reflections? Forget it.
Put down that microscope. The detail focused month of Scorpio ends on Tuesday, and the Sun moves into Sagittarius, helping us view the world through a wide-angle lens — or a colorful kaleidoscope. Worldly Sag brings cheerful moods, big ideas and philosophical conversations to the fore. No wonder the earliest holiday parties are always so much fun. Sagittarius is also ruled by Jupiter, the Roman god of the feast, which explains all the irresistible treats and inevitable holiday pounds. Oh well, we can shed them in January, when the Sun is in somber, disciplined Capricorn.