Let loose and have a little fun, Sagittarius! A long and intense year is coming to a close—and it's your time to celebrate…if only because you made it this far. The Sun is in Sagittarius until December 21, so stretch out your birthday season until the bitter end. Put your solo projects first and don't feel bad about being a tad selfish. This is your time to revel in your freedom and take care of Numero Uno.
With tough Saturn visiting Sagittarius from December 2014 until December 2017, you've been put to the test, weathering a few personal trials. Your natural optimism may even have failed you at times, as heavy Saturn pushed you to the brink, forcing you to make mature choices that seemed to demand a weighty compromise. You win some, you lose some, Sagittarius—but your gambling sign isn't used to losing. Not that you SHOULD get used to it…au contraire! The point here is to see the greater lessons and to grow from them. Where can you make smarter choices with better foresight in 2017, using the wisdom earned through your experience?
You'll get a solid glimpse of that at the December 13 Gemini full moon—a potent supermoon—which since it's in your opposite sign, gives you a birdseye view of yourself. You're able to see your choices, patterns and most important relationships in sweeping relief today, so don't be afraid to look. With the full moon in your partnership zone, this could be a powerful day to make things official in a business or personal bond. You're either in or you're out…and this full moon will point the way. You may also need to learn a new way to relate to your S.O., business partner or a close person in your world. The Gemini full moon can help spark an important and productive dialogue.
Either way, you'll want to wrap up negotiations by December 19, when communicator Mercury turns retrograde until January 8, a notoriously tricky time for contracts, communication, technology and travel. If you can't sign on the dotted line or resolve a relationship matter before now, then it's best to hold off until the new year. Rushing will only force you to retrace your steps and do needless work fixing your errors.
Keep your wits about you and distractions to a minimum at the office. Mercury will go rogue in Capricorn and your second house of work and money, which could cause some scrambled signals as you rush to complete projects before the holidays. Watch your finances, especially if shopping online, since Mercury retrograde could make you susceptible to erroneous charges and even phishing scams. Change your passwords and only use secure sites to avoid identity theft.
On December 21, the Sun will also move into Capricorn for a month, bringing a grounded and productive energy. You could get inspired about all your 2017 plans early, so take some time to jot your ideas down too. This stabilizing cycle is also a good time to revamp your daily habits and routines, taking stock of your lifestyle and looking where you could stand to make some changes. The December 29 Capricorn new moon is a great day to really take the first steps on this new path—but wait until Mercury turns direct (forward) on January 8 to initiate any major lifestyle overhauls.
Changemaker Uranus—which is in Aries and your self-expressed, flamboyant fifth house 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 shake up business as usual in a BIG way. There could be some drama and disruptions ahead, but also some exciting shifts.
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. How can you express your passions and fiery beliefs without turning your entire life upside down? Your need for adventure AND your desire for stability are both equally important, and this groundbreaking trine could actually reveal a way to have both. You may also put up much-needed boundaries with a childish or attention-seeking person in your life whose antics have pushed you to your limit. Or, you could overcome your own shyness and step into the spotlight, receiving fame and recognition for your talents.
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 hang tight: You're just warming up!
Uranus makes its second major aspect on December 26, when it will be opposite adventurous risk-taker Jupiter, your ruling planet. This aspect only occurs every 14 years, and will happen two more times in 2017, on March 3 and September 28. It 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 drama and destructiveness, especially as these planets tear through your passionate fifth house and your detached eleventh house. Should you dive into the intensity or remove yourself from it completely? Hard to say. Ripples could also go through your social circle, upsetting business as usual—and people's tempers (your own included) could get out of hand.
Lashing out is fueled even more by the fact that the moon is in Scorpio and your foggy twelfth house on Christmas-Hanukkah weekend. Stay away from substances, draining people and button-pushing situations, as things can really spiral out of control. If anything, you need to escape—near water or in nature if possible—or to let yourself do absolutely nothing but chill. Skip out on the raucous parties and keep things low-key. If you're hosting a gathering, make it a potluck or ask people to help you with part of the duties instead of taking the burden all on your shoulders. You simply may not have the energy to pull it off.
Luckily, your ruling planet Jupiter will form a harmonious trine to loving Venus this weekend, which should bring a flood of people willing to pitch in—only if you let them know you need a hand! In fact, you'll see a heartwarming display of friendship once you open up and let yourself be vulnerable.
Although we'll feel the chaotic 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.
New Year's Eve could also bring a homey vibe, as intense Mars and escapist Neptune unite in Pisces and your domestic fourth house. A house party could be just what the doctor ordered…or maybe some small party hopping. Vivacious Venus and the moon are in Aquarius and your third house of local travel, forming a happy trine to exuberant Jupiter. If you're able, meet up with different groups at low-key lounges, a favorite dive bar, or even for some midnight karaoke to ring AND sing in the new year. You're in the mood for great company, but not anywhere stuffy or formal. Skip the velvet ropes and join up with a roving band of spontaneous souls. Go with the flow, Archer!
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