Bring on the year-end #goals! The Sun is in Sagittarius and your lofty tenth house until December 21, giving you an extra shot of ambition to finish off 2016. While others are slowing down, you're gearing up to finish strong and position yourself for some power moves after the calendar turns.
Pause for a personal cause on December 13 though, when the Gemini full moon—a vibrant supermoon—lights up your fourth house of home, family and emotional foundations. This could be a major turning point that brings news of a pregnancy, a move or a change in your household. Or you might take a much-needed break from your bustling year-end demands to connect with your clan. Why wait until Christmas or New Year's Eve to reach out or even to visit? A woman, possibly a relative, could play into events today—you could have a powerful conversation or clear the air if there's been tension between you. World peace begins in the home!
Another reason to get that sorted out? Well, communication planet Mercury turns retrograde (backward) from December 19-January 8, a time that can foil interpersonal affairs, technology and travel. Plans can go awry and people might wildly misunderstand each other. Mercury will reverse through Capricorn, confounding your eleventh house of teamwork and technology. This could be the perfect time to go on a social media detox—and to bow out of party invitations that leave you feeling less than inspired.
Retrogrades can bring back the past, so don't be surprised if you're pinged out of the blue by an old friend or colleague. Whether this blast from your personal archives will be welcome, we can't guarantee…but don't shoot the messenger. Anyone who pops back onto your radar may be symbolic—do you need to resolve something from that part of your life, or reconnect with the person you were back then? For example, if you used to travel and be adventurous but your life has become a monotonous maze of work and duty, this person's reappearance could remind you to be more adventurous.
Mercury mayhem aside, things lighten up when the Sun moves into Capricorn on December 21, making a monthlong visit to your eleventh house of networking. Get out and socialize, making up for lost time on the holiday fiesta circuit. The December 29 Capricorn new moon could be the perfect day for a year-end blowout bash, especially since you're likely to be a bit more low-key on New Year's Eve. With the stars lighting up this humanitarian zone, do some year-end charitable giving or volunteer work—or buy tickets for a cause and head to a benefit.
Irreverent Uranus—which is in Aries and your second house of work, money and security from 2011-18—will steal the show for Christmas and New Year’s. Not only does Uranus end a befuddling five-month retrograde on December 29, it will make two rare and powerful aspects (angles) that could shift the course of your day-to-day life.
On December 24, Uranus will form a rare and golden trine to Saturn in Sagittarius and your tenth house of career. 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, old and new school people and concepts could blend into a fascinating remix.
Maybe it's time to upgrade your own technology skills to position yourself for a better pay bracket in 2017. You might also reach a wider audience through savvy social media strategy or a digital platform. Think beyond the traditional "job interview" and devise innovative ways to reach influencers and decision-makers. Get on their radars by doing something remarkable that positions you as a must-know trailblazing type. Saturn and Uranus will form two more exact trines coming up on May 19 and November 11 next year, so that means more opportunities to break the mold are headed your way!
Uranus makes its second major aspect on December 26, when it will be opposite excessive Jupiter. This could be a time of rapid and sudden change—which could be positive in some ways, but also destabilizing. Hold onto your wallet, because this faceoff could bring financial fluctuations out of the blue. Maybe you're excited about an investment or a potential joint venture, or you've got some cash that's burning a hole in your pocket. Not so fast! You need to get your personal finances and work situation in order before you can make a big move. Still, this planetary shakeup which occurs only every 14 years can snap you out of a rut. Is it time to make a radical shift, perhaps to your daily routine, savings, investments or job? Jupiter and Uranus will oppose each other two more times in 2017, on March 3 and September 28, so more shifts are ahead in the coming months.
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. Be careful while out shopping, and watch your own spending, too. Guard against identity theft online and keep your cash in a secure place.
Christmas-Hanukkah weekend also features a Scorpio moon in your open-minded and adventurous ninth house. Hopefully this will offset some of the intensity from Uranus, especially since loving Venus and uplifting Jupiter will form a golden trine this weekend, too. This could bring heartfelt bonding—even a possible proposal or pregnancy news!
The dreamy vibes continue on New Year's Eve, when the moon and Jupiter align in the same sensitive parts of your chart, bringing a nostalgic end to 2016. With the moon in Aquarius and your restful twelfth house, you may be a bit sleepier than usual, opting for a more chill or private celebration. Or…maybe not! Energizer Mars and your ruling planet, dreamy Neptune, are also making a rare conjunction in Pisces, which could stoke your desire for spontaneous fun. Just pace yourself because your energy could quickly spike and then crash. Tip: Don't wander too far from home base or a safe spot in case you need to make a sudden break from the crowds.
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