Go forth and make merry! The Sun is in Sagittarius and your buoyant, optimistic ninth house until December 21, putting you in full-on festive form for holiday party season. You're bubbling over with excitement and grand ideas, so share that contagious enthusiasm with the world. With el Sol in your philosophical ninth house, you may also have some much-needed wisdom to share with the world, especially after an emotionally pummeling election season. Go ahead and post those inspirational memes on your social media feeds, send out uplifting cards or deliver a thought-provoking monologue via Facebook Live.
You're really ready to seize the proverbial mic on December 13, when the Gemini full moon—also a potent supermoon ignites your third house of communication and local activity. Make a big year-end pitch, host a holiday fundraiser at your favorite neighborhood hotspot, or clear the air if there's been tension. Your ideas and words could go viral, Aries, so speak now or forever hold your peace!
It's even more imperative that you get things off your chest, since communication planet Mercury will go retrograde from December 19-January 8, its fourth U-Turn of the year. This cycle is notorious for causing mayhem with technology, travel and communication—all things that you may be actively engaged in as 2016 draws to a close.
Mercury will backtrack through Capricorn and your tenth house of career, long-term goals and men. This could bring untimely misunderstandings with father or a key man over holidays, along with work related hassles that could disrupt your vacation. So, consider yourself notified, Aries, and take as many advance precautions as you can. Back up all your data to the cloud and try to finish your work during the first half of the month. Make sure all systems are locked and loaded if you need to automate anything. Get your gift shopping and travel plans done early, and avoid triggering topics around the table.
The Sun will join Mercury in Capricorn on December 21, when it begins its annual monthlong sojourn through your steady and strategic tenth house. Get a jump-start on your 2017 resolutions: Start drafting your goals and thinking long-term. This is a great time to prioritize, and even start some healthy new routines, believe it or not. You might sign up for sessions with a trainer, for example, even if you begin in early January. At least you'll have made the commitment. That said, with Mercury retrograde, it's a little bit risky to sign any binding contracts, so you might be better off grabbing a few free passes or doing a trial session before signing on 100 percent. On December 29, the Capricorn new moon could be an ideal day to say yes, craft your big plans or begin exploring your options.
Irreverent Uranus—which is in Aries from 2011-18—will steal the show for Christmas and the New Year. Not only does Uranus end a befuddling five-month retrograde on December 29, it will make two rare and powerful aspects (angles) that could be downright world-changing.
On December 24, Uranus will form a rare and golden trine to Saturn in Sagittarius. This is a curious mix indeed, since Uranus is all about revolution and reinvention, while stalwart Saturn is the guardian of tradition and time-tested structures. Since they'll form a cooperative angle to each other, merging old school and new school people and concepts, blending into a fascinating remix. One example came courtesy of VH-1 about a month ago, when it debuted "Martha & Snoop's Dinner Party" a live cooking show celebrating the unlikely friendship of domestic doyenne Martha Stewart and rapper Snoop Dogg.
This Saturn-Uranus mashup will impact you in particular, since Uranus is in Aries. Look at how your innovative ideas can be set to an ambitious but practical plan. With the cosmos' radical changemaker in your sign, you're itching to break out of your confines and make a big splash— unveiling a bold new identity. Cautious Saturn in your expansive ninth house will help you unroll your reinvention tour a little bit at a time. By pacing yourself, you could make some inspiring allies, perhaps finding a long-distance collaborator who will champion your cause. Would it be so bad to be "really big in Europe" before making your stateside debut, Aries? Stay open and find your audience or opportunity wherever it first finds you.
Saturn and Uranus will travel in close proximity for much of 2017, helping the old guard and new school play well together. There will be two more exact trines coming up on May 19 and November 11 next year, so be patient...you're just warming up!
Uranus makes its second major aspect on December 26, when it will be opposite adventurous risk-taker Jupiter. This could be a time of rapid and sudden change—which could be positive in some ways, but also majorly destabilizing. With two of the most rash and impulsive planets butting heads, there's a real danger of throwing out the baby with the bathwater, overturning what's good in the name of revolution. The United States already saw this brewing intensity during election season, when fired-up voters painted an extremist picture of what was wrong with the country. The Jupiter-Uranus opposition could heap even more fuel onto that fire. This aspect only occurs every 14 years, and will happen two more times in 2017, on March 3 and September 28.
For you personally, freedom-seeking Jupiter is in your relationship house while disruptor Uranus is in Aries and your individuality zone. You could either revolutionize your approach to partnership, or feel wildly caged in and in need of a jailbreak. Temper, temper! Maybe you'll rush off to City Hall or move in together with someone you don't know that well. Avoid making any hasty decisions today. If you need more breathing room or a massive change, there are ways to go about implementing that without toppling your foundation.
Whew! And all you wanted for Christmas was a couple of shiny baubles. But now, this! The moon's presence in intimate and reflective Scorpio might add some grounding depth to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Harmonious Venus in Aquarius is also forming a supportive trine to open-minded Jupiter on Christmas, which could soothe any frazzled feelings. What the world really needs now is love-sweet-love indeed!
Although we'll feel these Uranus aspects for the rest of 2016, the temperamental planet WILL end a five-month retrograde in Aries on December 29. People will become a bit less reactive, but do be careful near this date. We've observed over the past few years that buried hostilities and even acts of violence have occurred as Uranus stations direct (turns forward). So please, walk away from any scenes that feel tense or combustible, whether that's in public or at a party. Watch your own anger issues today, Aries, since Uranus is in your sign. There's a thin line between speaking your truth and being aggressive, so keep the bullying impulses in check.
Luckily, December 29 also brings a grounding Capricorn new moon, a great time to really start setting goals and planting seeds for the year ahead. If you had tension with a coworker or an important man in your life, extend an olive branch and start fresh.
Peace on earth? New Year's Eve features both the moon and social Venus in lighthearted Aquarius, still forming a lovely trine to come-one-come-all Jupiter. This is a boon for your love life AND your social connections, Aries. You could even receive a surprising proposal or make some hopeful declarations of love for the coming year. Spending time with close and loyal friends reminds you that your world is filled with unconditional love, too.
The calendar year ends on a heart-opening note, as your ruler, energizer Mars, forms a rare conjunction with dreamy Neptune in Pisces and your twelfth house of rest, endings and compassion. You may be inspired to do some volunteer work or help a struggling loved one today. This could be a supremely healing alliance, as you get a clear and soul-stirring vision of what you need to let go of in order to powerfully transition into 2017. In some cases, the intensity of Mars could bring out some suppressed emotions via Neptune, which could also unleash a torrent of fiery feelings. Time to forgive already, Ram? Watch your alcohol intake as you clink glasses, since neither of these planets is known for obeying limits. With the cosmic focus on your twelfth house of escape (and the ocean), you might decide to ring in the New Year at a gorgeous seaside setting. However, with Mercury retrograde, you'll want to book the tickets early and check the TripAdvisor reviews to make sure the "amazing resort deal" can actually live up to its hype.
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