Get ready for action, Leo. There's SO much going on in the stars this December that you'll stay constantly on the move. From your social life to your family life to your love life, there's cosmic activity in every realm. Luckily, the stars are mostly in sync with the holiday spirit in the first part of the month. The Sun is sashaying through Sagittarius and your celebratory, expressive fifth house until December 21, giving you an extra shot of joie de vivre. Romance could also be on the agenda, along with some much-needed fun. Make the rounds of seasonal parties and consider hosting one yourself.
December starts with a bustling weekend. Saturday, December 2, kicks off the first of three rare and golden trines between expansive Jupiter and healing Neptune, which will bring heart-opening energy to the world between now and August 2018. And we could sure use it! You're extra-sensitive to who's in your inner circle, and women could play a particularly important role.
Outspoken Jupiter is in your fourth house of home and family, while Neptune is in your eighth house of sex, intimacy and shared financial resources. With these bonding planetary placements, you've got the urge to merge—and not lightly. In love, you want the full soulmate package, and you might just get it (or realize you already have it). Under this flowing combination, pent-up feelings could pour out. But confessions will be healing today, bringing you closer together. For couples, there could be talk of moving in together, getting engaged, building a family—or in some way joining your worlds on a more permanent level.
The Jupiter-Neptune trines will transform your home life. Between now and next August, you could turn Chateau Leo into sanctuary, adorned with new and spiritually soothing decor. (Time to set up a meditation room or an altar, maybe?) If you've got the Leo penchant for saving every little knickknack that has an ounce of sentimental value, an end-of-year decluttering mission (even if you box those treasures up) could restore energetic flow to your spaces. You might also look into a real estate purchase or a move. A family gift or inheritance could give you the funds you need for the down payment on a house or to launch that cottage industry.
Jupiter and Neptune are the global activists of the solar system, and their trines prompt you to ponder how you can make a difference in the world—on a giant, Leo-sized level. Get inspired by this recent Forbes cover story on fellow Leo Karlie Kloss, a supermodel and entrepreneur who's on a mission to help girls learn (and fall in love with) technology.
The next day, December 3, gets you even more amped up to change the world. That day, the year's only Gemini full moon (also a supermoon) beams into your eleventh house of groups, technology and humanitarian issues. Your inner "social justice warrior" comes out in full strength, making this a great weekend for volunteer work, making a tax-deductible donation or attending a benefit party for a worthy cause. While you're doing good, you'll be a networking superstar, playing superconnector with friends you want to introduce and adding inspiring new people to your tribe. Take this helpful 'tude to the dance floor—there's no reason you can't have fun while improving the planet, Leo!
But here comes the plot twist: Also on December 3, Mercury—the planet that rules technology, communication and travel—will turn retrograde until December 22. Just as the holiday season gears up, the mischievous messenger will run amok in Sagittarius and your dramatic fifth house. An ex could resurface, as retrogrades often bring back people from our past. Or there could be stormy disagreements, knee-jerk reactions and posts you wish you never published, so consider yourself warned!
While this might make you want to hide until Christmas, you shouldn't miss the opportunities to enjoy this playful month. Just choose your moves carefully. Pause before you respond to button-pushers or Twitter trolls. If an old flame does come back into the picture, proceed with caution (if at all). And resist the temptation to play mediator in family feuds. With rash Mars in Scorpio and your domestic zone from December 9 to January 26, home could become a stressful hotbed if you're not careful. If you're hosting anyone, make sure they're the lowest-maintenance guests possible—and even then, consider "inviting" them to book a hotel or an Airbnb. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and could save your sanity.
After this action-filled weekend, you'll have a little time to process it all before the next heavenly hubbub arrives the week of December 18. It begins with a Sagittarius new moon in your flamboyant fifth house that day, which is joined by the bold Sun, communicator Mercury, romantic Venus and structured Saturn, all in Sagittarius. This is a cosmic coming-out party for some Leos—a perfect time to put your talents and ideas on display. Love could have a banner moment, and since the fifth house rules fertility, you might hear pregnancy news. But new moons take up to six months to unfold, and this one plants seeds that will blossom for love, creativity and self-expression between now and next summer. Where would you like to be by then? Set some intentions today.
On December 19, a major cycle begins when serious Saturn ends a three-year trek through Sagittarius and embarks on a new journey through Capricorn and your sixth house of health, work and organization, which will last until December 17, 2020. Since December 2014, Saturn has been bearing down on your creative and romantic fifth house. On the upside, you got serious about your talents and grew up a lot around love. However, you may have been working more than you've been playing, which is not the Leo way! You could end this Saturn cycle feeling a lot more grounded in your relationships and in serious pursuit of a purposeful path—one that allows you to share your voice with the world.
Now Saturn will march through your administrative and wellness-minded sixth house. Time to get your systems in place! After all, what good is a great idea if you don't have the time or the team to pull it off? Prepare to uplevel the Leo Squad between now and 2020, bringing in seasoned pros and dedicated people, and cutting the slackers loose. If you're the DIY type, Saturn will demand that you delegate. This is also an excellent time to acquire some hard skills, perhaps earning licenses or certifications that will position you for a better pay grade.
With tough Saturn in your health zone, some Leos could get doctor's orders to make a lifestyle change during this cycle. There's no more sweeping your bad habits under the rug, whether that's smoking, being sedentary or just overfunctioning on a daily basis. If you run on stress and adrenaline, there will be no skimping on self-care. Slow down and prioritize in the name of health and happiness, Leo. You don't have to say "yes" to every extraneous commitment. Let someone else run the world (or the PTA, or the chamber of commerce…) while you focus on reigning over YOUR unique kingdom or queendom. Stop scattering your energy.
You could get serious about a new approach to your diet or working out with a trainer (Saturn rules experts). The sixth house is associated with the digestive system, so explore research on gut health and the microbiome—but, warns cautious Saturn, do so under the direction of a licensed medical professional. This is not the time to self-diagnose or consult Dr. Google about your symptoms. With Saturn, your focus should be on long-term, sustainable change rather than instant results and fast fixes. Once the Sun starts its monthlong visit to Capricorn on December 21, you'll start to feel Saturn's sea change more. (For more about Saturn in Capricorn, our 2018 Planetary Planner has an in-depth forecast for your sign!)
You might start by ringing in 2018 on a healthy note. On New Year's Eve, the Sun, beautifying Venus, Saturn AND transformational Pluto are all in Capricorn, amplifying the health-conscious vibe—as well as your desire to streamline for the coming year. Visionary Jupiter and action planet Mars are in Scorpio and your home sector, so a house party could be fun AND inspiring tonight. How about setting out an organic spread or serving some vegan recipes? With the moon in Gemini and your group-activity zone on NYE, bringing people together for a mix of fun, fresh fare and an intention-setting ritual could be the perfect way to bid adieu to 2017 and move forward on a grounded note. This could be the year that you head to your yoga studio for a midnight meditation and a candlelit calendar change. Whatever you decide, keep the setting cozy and carve out time for reflection amid the celebrations.