Stay grounded, Scorpio—as best as you can. The last month of 2017 is one of the year's most dynamic, featuring blasts of cosmic activity that feel as frenzied as the holiday season itself. You're not a sign that likes to be caught unprepared, and there will be a few curveballs to field. Luckily, the Sun is making its annual sojourn through Sagittarius and your stabilizing second house until December 21. You'll have plenty of mundane matters to keep your feet planted on terra firma—and you may be grateful for a few simple distractions, like a "boring" task that allows you to stay out of a pre-holiday family feud. (Who cares which auntie makes the mashed potatoes?! You've got a report due, thanks.)
That said, be careful what you wish for. Mercury, the planet of communication, technology and travel, will go retrograde from December 3 to 22, scrambling signals. Mercury will backslide through Sagittarius and your second house of work and money, so you'll need to be vigilant to prevent errors and miscommunications. Think twice before you take on an eleventh-hour project for extra cash since it could sap time and energy AND become a huge headache. Keep an eye on your budget, especially when you’re shopping online, as tech-scrambling Mercury can leave you susceptible to fraud. Mischievous Mercury also likes to play tricks on the post office, so send important deliveries via certified mail or at the very least get a tracking number.
But there's amazing news that will make any Mercury migraines feel like a minor headache. On December 2, visionary Jupiter will form a golden trine to healing Neptune, the first of three heart-opening meetups that will happen between now and August 2018. This rare configuration brings out generosity, compassion and tolerance—qualities that have been in short supply in 2017.
Even better? Jupiter is in Scorpio and your first house of self, and it's getting an adoring beam from dreamy Neptune in your fifth house of passion, creativity and self-expression. This is like a coming-out party for you, Scorpio: a time to share your gifts and transformational message with the world. A romantic connection could turn into a real-life fantasy (just the way you like it!), or your bold ideas could catapult you to fame. If you're an artist or producer, this is a great day to start showing your wares, perhaps combined with a holiday party. But hey, this is only the first installment of the Jupiter-Neptune trine triplet, so things will continue to unfold throughout the coming year. But things could move fast this month, because your co-ruler, energizer Mars, will visit Scorpio from December 9 to January 26, which only happens every two years. You haven't felt this driven and focused in a long time—so strike while that iron is white-hot.
The next day, December 3, brings the year's only Gemini full moon (also a supermoon). As this lunation ignites your eighth house of merging, intimacy and long-term finances, it could herald anything from the sexiest night of 2017 to a clarifying moment for your big-picture plans. A joint venture may become official, and for some Scorpios, this full moon could bring a proposal, baby news or a shift to a more permanent relationship status. Don't rush into anything binding if you aren't 100 percent sure though, since Mercury turns retrograde today.
The next round of cosmic commotion happens the week of December 18, when the planets get active again. A Sagittarius new moon falls that day, kicking off a fresh six-month cycle for work and money. No objections there! The Sun, clever Mercury, charming Venus and structured Saturn are all in Sagittarius today, bringing even more attention to your finances. Don't cancel that pre-Christmas meeting—in fact, book it for today if you can. Get the ball rolling and plan to follow up in early January with more concrete action steps. Where would you like to be by next summer, financially and career-wise? Give that some serious consideration, as this new moon will help you set your course between now and then.
Headline news arrives the next day, December 19. Tough Saturn ends a three-year journey through Sagittarius, where it's been reshaping (and at times restricting) your second house of work, money and self-esteem. Since December 2014, you may have had to tighten your budget or just work harder than usual. Even as Saturn pushed you to get more serious about money management, you may have found work to be overly demanding and under-fulfilling. The ringed taskmaster taught a postgrad class on humility but also reminded you (rather sternly) to value yourself.
Now Saturn will take the weight off your wallet as it moves into a gentle sextile to your Sun. From December 19 until December 17, 2020, Saturn will march through Capricorn and your third house of communication. It will be a relatively painless journey, one where you may start positioning yourself as a "thought leader" or developing your intellectual and verbal skills. Writing and teaching could also become profitable areas that earn you recognition.
No-frills Saturn doesn't put window dressing on anything. You'll need to temper a habit of speaking harshly during this Saturn cycle. Bluntness can alienate people, especially if it comes with a scorpion's stinger attached. Hit your grace note with a combination of kindness and directness.
Saturn kicks into gear on December 21, when the Sun begins its monthlong visit to Capricorn and puts you in social spirits. Wrap up those big work projects—your presence is required at a host of holiday parties. On New Year's Eve, the Sun, Saturn, charming Venus AND transformational Pluto will all be in Capricorn. Your conversations could go from lighthearted to deep in just a few breaths. Of course, with the moon in your intimate eighth house, you won't be happy in the shallow end of the pool anyway. Make plans to turn the calendar with people who make you laugh, but also the ones who can switch on the serious button. You may want to do a little ritual around midnight where you write down your intentions for the coming year and read them (or some of them) aloud in a circle.
And please, Scorpio, feel free to go BIG with your ideas. Ambitious Mars and visionary Jupiter are teamed up in your sign as 2017 ends—a dynamic combo that puts steam behind your dreams. You'll have lucky Jupiter here until November 8, 2018, a once-every-12-years booster shot that makes everything feel very alive and immediate. Let the saying "If not now, when?" be your mantra. Don't just write down your intentions—start picking out calendar dates for when you'll actually DO them. Close the procrastination gap and seize the moment—starting with the first glass of midnight champagne.