Deck the halls! When it comes to this season’s most exciting soirees, you’re here, there, and everywhere, with diamond-studded bells on. The first three weeks of the month, the Sun tours Sagittarius, your eleventh house of socializing and group activities. You’re all about the schmoozing, and there’s no location off-limits: the local bar, the office party, your pal’s office party, the elevator. This month, your down-with-the-people vibe makes you interested in everyone who crosses your path—and this includes on the social media front. Party on, Aquarius—virtually and in real time.
Here’s one more reason to celebrate: on December 13, revolutionary Uranus, your ruling planet, turns direct (forward) in Aries, your third house of communication, after having been retrograde (backward) since July 13. For the last five months, you may have had issues communicating with your closest pals, friends, colleagues or siblings, perhaps often feeling like you were speaking a wholly different language, resulting in botched plans and hurt feelings. You may have had a difficult time settling into your community or immediate surroundings. Perhaps there was an annoying construction project outside of your window or someone you live with started watching So You Think You Can Dance (with the volume full blast) as you tried to settle into Anna Karenina or a physics textbook by Roger Penrose.
Without the proper environment to process the many ideas that were coming into your head, you may have felt stymied, overwhelmed and brain-fried. Without stamina to test your brilliant a-ha moments, you got stressed, scattered and perhaps even started thinking impulsively. Since your sign tends to be forward-thinking anyway, you may have found yourself impatient with friends who wanted to engage in, say, political debates about issues you already know the answer to and therefore found the whole conversation moot. (“Seriously, what about gay marriage is ‘up for debate’?” you might have said.) Meanwhile, in your own head, your thoughts volleyed back and forth like a nail-biter at Wimbledon. One Aquarian New Yorker we know spent the hours before superstorm Sandy worried not about flooding, loss of power or other serious damage, but about whom she should spend the storm with, given her nervous state and the prospect of exposing another person to her lesser-seen anxious side for an indefinite period of time. If overthinking plagued you too, you may have ended up just taking a seat in the middle of the road, unable to act. When Uranus shifts direct, you (and your friends) will be breathing a big sigh of relief as order is restored to your mental faculties. Now, after all that stressing...you’re ready for a lavender-scented massage. Bring it on!
After the 21st, get set to take things down a notch, when the Sun moves into Capricorn, setting your twelfth house of rest and retreat aglow. This is a great time to relax and tie up loose ends...sort of. On December 25, high-octane Mars moves into Aquarius, your first house of personal goals, waking you right back up. As you tick off old items on your to-do list, you’ll also be revved up for 2013, so this is a time to commit the next year’s goals to paper, action steps and all.
As you’re looking at 2012 in your rearview, a December 28 Cancer full moon illuminates your sixth house of health and service, bringing formerly suppressed emotions to the fore. This Cancer full moon is opposite transformational Pluto in Capricorn, your twelfth house of the subconscious, and it also forms a tense T-square angle with electrifying Uranus in Aries, your third house of communication. Chances are...you’ve gotta spit it out!
Whatever you’ve been avoiding (and if you don’t know now, you will know when the full moon hits), must be dealt with directly. Fuzzy agreements need to be clarified. Instead of getting mired in the details, take a deep breath and a step back. Let the bigger picture speak, and, even if things seem really dire, ask yourself this simple question: “What is the gift from this situation?” It will be there, a belated Christmas present, all wrapped up for you to open. If you’re harping too much on facts (“But you said X and then did Y!”), you might be focused too heavily on the letter of the law, as opposed to the spirit. The finer points matter, yes. But if you feel your jaw tightening and fists clenching, then you’re being too uptight about the situation. That’s no way to find a solution. If you were avoiding even talking about this in the first place, because you worried your in-the-moment views would become set in stone, now you’ll realize just how valuable an open exploratory conversation can be. How else are you going to make a clear decision? Speaking of, after you gather all the information and hear the other person out, sleep on it. You can process this choice by doing something fun. Go act like a tourist in your own town, spending an afternoon at the Russian bathhouse, ice skating at the park or lunching at a tiny macrobiotic cafe. A little merriment will go a long way. If you can help it, keep mum on your final word until after New Year’s.
Get set for a love-filled New Year’s Eve, as the moon in Leo, your seventh house of partnership, forms a supportive trine angle with magnetic Venus in Sagittarius, your eleventh house of group activity. Single Aquarians could meet someone special at a rollicking party, while coupled Aquarians may want to splurge on a glamorous, adventurous date night. Score tickets to a fancy event, show or benefit. This is a night to let your couple’s light shine in the company of a crowd. Send your regrets to Ryan Secret. This is not a night to spend on your couch watching the ball drop…rather, you should be dropping into a fabulous ball, decked out in a head-turning ensemble.
LOVE & ROMANCE
This month, you’ll all about the power plays (and players). Until December 15, magnetic Venus is in Scorpio, your tenth house of career and ambition. Translation: You’ll take your business with a side of smoldering pleasure, please. With Venus softening your attitude in the workplace, you could easily meet someone spectacular through your job. An office holiday event could turn from snoozefest to sizzling, as you lock eyes (Hollywood-movie-style) with your new paramour, going to depths you’ve never gone to before. Or, if you’re already paired up, this is an excellent time to talk about long-term goals and the direction of the relationship, since a hallmark of the tenth house is stability and going the distance. Harmonious Venus here helps you initiate these conversations in an easy, affectionate way, even as the content runs deep. Perhaps you’ll want to cozy up by the fire with a glass of wine or mulled cider. Or, if you’re in a warmer part of the world, go for a leisurely, peaceful walk along the water and start talking future plans. The aesthetically-pleasing setting will help make it a conversation to remember.
Midmonth, love planet Venus moves into Sagittarius, your eleventh house of groups and friendships, transforming your romantic attitude from serious to light-hearted in the blink of an eye. You and your partner will be fixtures on the social scene, eager to be in the center of the action. If you’re single, don’t hesitate to ask friends to set you up. Your pals know and love the real you, not the version you think looks good to a potential mate on OKCupid...so their recommendations, especially these last two weeks of the month, will be worth their weight in gold.
Muffling your mojo a bit, sexy Mars is in Capricorn, your twelfth house of rest and retreat, until Christmas. Your libido may be paying the price, or you’re so caught up in the excitement of fantasies that you forget about the living, breathing person who is beside you, raring to go. If you and an ex have some unfinished business, you may feel a push to resolve it, as you’re suddenly aware of just how much these loose ends are affecting your day-to-day energy levels (and thereby preventing you from saddling up with a new partner). Since the twelfth house also rules secrets, you may learn some unsettling news that rattles your deepest wounds around trust. If someone’s behavior isn’t 100 percent transparent, you may need to speak up...but the question is when? Timing is everything. You want to make sure you’re coming from an authentic, vulnerable place—and this means not letting your paranoia have the keys to the car. Gather facts and proceed gingerly.
After this sleepy and sluggish period, you get a just-in-time Christmas gift: your groove! It’s back, when go-getter Mars moves into Aquarius on December 25, where it will stay until February 1. During this period, you just can’t hide your sexual charisma...and why should you? Sensuality is yours in spades. Va-va-voom! Get set for a total turnaround in the boudoir as the calendar flips to 2013.
MONEY & CAREER
Meet and greet, Aquarius! You’re in your element all month, as the Sun in Sagittarius flits through your eleventh house of group activity and socializing, making this an excellent time for schmoozing up a storm and collecting many a valuable business card in the process. Your people-loving sign is a natural-born networker. Your potential to charm, connect and impress will be especially high at the December 13 new moon in Sagittarius, your social, do-gooder eleventh house. If there’s a certain group you’ve been wanting to affiliate with, now is the time to put on your party shoes and get to work. Since the eleventh house also rules technology, this is a fine day to launch a new web venture you’ve had in the works. Or to reach out to that talented designer you’d like to collaborate with on your personal site. Under this electric new moon, your presence (both in-person and virtually) is all lit up like a pinball machine...so work it.
Another bright spot? On December 13, your ruling planet Uranus goes direct (forward) in Aries, your third house of ideas, after a five-month retrograde (backward) period. After this date, your communication with those in your inner circle vastly improves. All of a sudden, you’re making sense. In fact, during the retrograde period, you might have just resigned yourself to saying, “So what if I live on Mars while the rest of my peeps are on planet Earth?” Well, you didn’t fool us, Aquarius, and once this confusing cosmic influence is cleared, you may not be able to stop talking...the coast is officially clear to pitch those ideas that have been buzzing around in your mind, with nowhere to go. Now, you can pursue these new thought processes and make clear decisions about the projects you want to commit to. Perhaps during the retrograde you had lightening-bolt epiphanies about your communication style. Well, now you can put that insight to good, practical use. Let go of the over-analyzing, pick up that metaphorical spear...and take action.
Having your intellectual faculties working at full speed will be a boon on the December 28 full moon in Cancer, your sixth house of service and support. A hanging-in-the-balance situation with an assistant or other administrative person could come to culmination now, or concerns about your own organizational skills and attention to detail could put you in the hot seat. Since this full moon is opposite Pluto in Capricorn, your twelfth house of hidden enemies, you may discover that someone you really count on has been gossiping behind your back or otherwise acting in an untrustworthy, flaky manner. Someone on your team (and this includes you) could have completely spaced on an important detail that leaves you scrambling. Practice prevention all month by staying focused. Even though you don’t like being a micro-manager, if your assistant has other things on her mind, like, say her squabbling bridesmaids and forthcoming wedding in Bora Bora, make sure you build in a system of accountability, so that nothing slips through the cracks.
At this full moon, Pluto’s under-the-surface energies might aid in making you keenly aware of your space, especially the feeling of flow (or blockage). This is good time to pick up a feng shui book. (How radiant is the fame section of your office, anyway?) Consider other metaphysical approaches to sweeping out the cobwebs, such as a year-end space clearing. (Smudge stick ceremony, anyone?) Creating a vision board of your heart and soul career longings will be especially potent now. So start looking for magazine photos of Oscar or Nobel prize winners. Soon enough, you’ll be the one making that speech from the awards podium.
The opposition between Pluto in your flowy (and sometimes foggy) twelfth house and the moon in your uber-perfectionist sixth house has you overwhelmed as you try to get organized. Since the full moon also forms a challenging T-square to Uranus in Aries, your third house of brainstorming, you might even feel lost in the uncontrollable flood of ideas you’ve had lately. You know that they’re golden—or at least a few of them, anyway—but you can’t create the output fast enough. At month’s end, spend some quality time with your filing cabinet. Make lists. Sort your million-dollar gems by priority and time-sensitivity, i.e. if you have a project that’s pegged to, say, a recent high-level military sex scandal, waiting until you’ve caught up on your shuteye to proceed might be a bad idea...since that will be in 2014, at which time the story will be yesterday’s news. Adopt a big-picture view and look at the forthcoming year through a quarterly lens. Space out your projects so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by pressure to get them all done at once.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL
“Calgon, take me away!” As assertive Mars rolls through Capricorn, your house of sleep and dreams, you’re crying out for some mental rest. Once jittery Uranus in Aries, your third house of intellectual activity, goes direct (forward) on December 13, you’ll realize just how nerve-wracking these last five months of its retrograde period have been...making it all the more important to use the chill, languid vibes of Mars in your twelfth house (there until December 25) to recoup some of your inner peace. Soul-soothing activities include free-form movement sessions (preferably in the privacy of your own bedroom); candle-lit bubble baths; and cranking mellow tunes, as you bliss out in your own private cocoon.
This urge to retreat amps up on the 21st, when the bold Sun nestles into Capricorn, your twelfth house of closure. If there are loose ends to be tied up, on emotional, physical or spiritual levels, now is the time, before your birthday season commences. Beginning on this day, use the next four weeks to say goodbye to that which no longer serves you. The last twelve months have been a whirlwind of game-changing energies, situations and relationships. Do a quick body-mind-soul scan: are there things you’re still clinging to? Let go, Aquarius.
The month ends with a potent full moon in Cancer, your sixth house of health and wellness. If you’ve had a nagging physical (or even mental) issue, the root cause (hint: it’s emotional) could come center stage, especially with self-healing Pluto opposite this moon in Capricorn, your twelfth house of the subconscious. As a troubling, self-destructive thought pattern (which could be as simple as “I’m not worthy”) makes itself, known, you have two choices: a) bury your head in the sand even further and cry out, “Why me?” or b) deal. We don’t have to tell you which one of those options is better for your personal growth and ultimate vitality. As you’re getting more and more conscious, you may choose to change the way you speak about things, i.e. instead of saying, “I’m dying to launch my own non-profit...” you might want to say, “I’m so grateful that I’m beginning the process of launching my own non-profit”—and yes, this very thought counts as a launch. The words you use will have a direct impact on your health. For more on the mind-body connection, might we recommend the always wise and youthful Louise Hay’s classic You Can Heal Your Life.