Lead with your heart, Leo! The Sun is in Sagittarius and your passionate, expressive fifth house until December 21. Your mistletoe game is on lockdown and you could be in serious demand at holiday parties, bringing joie de vivre and a touch of dramatic flair. Glam up for party season and don't be afraid to voice your opinions—even about the controversial topics du jour. At the very least you can refuse to smile, nodding and gritting your teeth through someone's offensive diatribe instead. It IS possible to lovingly but powerfully disagree, Leo. Under these authentic skies, you can wear your pride boldly on your sequined sleeve now.
Your leadership skills shine on December 13, when the Gemini full moon—a potent supermoon—fires up your eleventh house of teamwork, technology and humanitarian causes. Gather with your tribe, both in person and virtually, and do some good in the world. 'Tis the season for giving, so donate your time and influence to a social justice cause you care about. A collaborative project you've been working on all year could also come together beautifully now. Has a friendship or alliance run its course? Since full moons can also signify endings and transitions, this might be time to part ways, leaving space for some new kindred spirits to join your tribe.
Warning: Back up your data, protect your tech and watch what you put in writing. Communication planet Mercury goes retrograde from December 19-January 8, reversing through Capricorn and your sixth house of health and organization. Chaos could ensue around deadlines, and signals can get easily scrambled as everyone makes a mad dash to the year-end finish line. Inspect all of your work closely and don't cut corners—and if you're in charge, refuse to let people slack. Sure, you might have to be the "bad guy" who sends them back for a do-over, but it's better than being the martyr and doing it all yourself.
Stress levels could reach epic proportions, making you susceptible to seasonal sickness. Wash your hands regularly, get enough sleep and load up on the homeopathic preventions—especially since you're likely to be mingling until the wee hours. Hold off on your ambitious 2017 fitness plans until the second week of January (because dessert, duh). With Mercury retrograde in this health-conscious zone, you could sign up for a gym or studio only to lose your steam…or discover that you missed out on an even better deal somewhere else. Once the Sun moves into Capricorn on December 21 and joins Mercury, you can start researching your options. Or, just incorporate some gentle movement into your days, taking a revitalizing walk after loading up on fruitcake and holiday leftovers.
If you thought you'd be relaxing for Christmas and New Year's, think again, Leo. Irreverent Uranus—which is in Aries and your expansive, outspoken ninth house from 2011-18—is making some major waves now. Not only does Uranus end a frustrating five-month retrograde on December 29, it will also create two rare and powerful aspects (angles) with Saturn and Jupiter that could be downright world-changing.
On December 24, Uranus in your adventurous ninth house will form a cooperative trine with Saturn in Sagittarius, your fifth house of love and self-expression. 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. A budding romance could suddenly surge into fast-forward motion. You could meet someone while traveling, or find unexpected chemistry with someone from a wildly different background. Creative collaborations, even long-distance ones, could take sudden flight. The key to success is a fascinating fusion of the old- and new-school.
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 (Leo) Martha Stewart and rapper Snoop Dogg…with cooking, celebrity guests and a game-show style format. Do you have an idea like that—one that's so crazy it just might work? Saturn and Uranus will travel in close proximity for much of 2017. There will be two more exact trines coming up on May 19 and November 11 next year, so this is just the beginning.
Uranus makes its second major aspect on December 26, when it will be opposite adventurous risk-taker Jupiter. This aspect only occurs every 14 years, and will happen two more times in 2017, on March 3 and September 28. Jupiter and Uranus facing off could herald a time of rapid and sudden change—which could be positive in some ways, but also majorly destabilizing. With two of the most hotheaded and impulsive planets butting heads in your communication sectors, there's a real chance that speaking up could incinerate a friendship or burn an important bridge. Launching a business or firing off an ill-conceived campaign could also backfire without proper planning.
You might suddenly decide to rip up your stakes and make an impulsive long-distance move or a big change to your living situation. Maybe you realize that a radical change is in order with your friend circle or the neighborhood you live in. And sure, the presidential election signs in lawns or windows on your block may be reason enough to relocate. But be warned: The rash and reactive energy of a Jupiter-Uranus opposition prompts sketchy decisions you could soon regret. So let yourself dream big—but hold off on taking any action until this passes.
In spite of the Uranian clamor, Christmas Eve and Day still find your heart nestled at home, as the moon traverses through Scorpio and your domestic fourth house. Loving Venus and open-minded Jupiter are also here to sooth your soul, forming a graceful trine in the relationship zones of your chart. This could help soften the hotheaded exchanges with an attempt at mutual respect. Romantically, this is an epic night for a proposal or a mind-blowing conversation that brings you closer together. Even if you're at war with seemingly everyone in your circle, at least you have each other!
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 out in public or at a party. And don't be the one to heap fuel on the fire by purposely provoking someone, either. If you already know that you're ideologically polar opposites with someone, then don't waste your breath trying to get them to "see the light."
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. Busy yourself with menial tasks, organizing and decluttering, and doing some service work. There are plenty of opportunities to give back, and some volunteer hours will help take your mind off any personal drama. This is also a good day to start plotting those 2017 fitness goals, since the new moon will ignite your health and wellness sector.
New Year's Eve features both the moon and social Venus in lighthearted Aquarius, dancing through your committed relationship house. Could you end the year with a proposal or a promising new connection? Venus and Jupiter are still making heavenly contact, so conversations are more likely to be more simpatico and hopeful—a happy note on which to end this turbulent year. While you're feeling extra bubbly and social, you may also want to slip off the grid for a private tete-a-tete. Lusty Mars and fantasy-planet Neptune are conjunct in Pisces tonight, heating up your intimate eighth house. That midnight kiss could sweep you off until dawn!
Caveat: This intense union could also drive up jealousy and drama, especially if you overdo it on the drinking (a definite risk under this no-limits starmap). Mars and Neptune here also rev up your mystical manifesting powers. You might decide to meditate the New Year in, or to mark the calendar change by setting intentions and hosting a vision board party over brunch the next day. Sure that might seem like a walk on the woo-woo side, but clarity IS the engine for attracting your dreams. You could also arm yourself with Danielle LaPorte's The Desire Map, one of our favorite guides for cutting through the fluff and getting down to what you REALLY want. Why would you settle for anything less, Leo?
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