Plant your soles on terra firma, Scorpio. The Sun is in Sagittarius and your stabilizing second house until December 21, lending an air of practical sophistication to the month. Your mantra is "quality over quantity"—whether you're decorating your home, deciding how to allocate your remaining work hours or shopping for gifts. Luckily, your naturally discerning tastes give you an editor's eye, so there should be no tacky "elf on a shelf" horrors adorning YOUR mantle. Speaking of elves, you'll be as productive as a sprite in Santa's workshop during this busy solar cycle. Pause to prioritize—you're only one person and you can only do so much! Since the second house rules sensuality, reward yourself with massages, mani-pedis, decadent hot cocoas, or your favorite form of earthly indulgence.
An intense moment arrives midmonth when the Gemini full moon—also a potent supermoon—beams into your eighth house of intimacy, shared finances and merging. Scorpio is the sign that rules the zodiac's eighth house, so you'll be "in the zone" here. Still, some major emotional floodgates could open, as this lunar light exposes some feelings you've been keeping under wraps. Your secretive sign might feel vulnerable, but clearing the air and getting it out into the open can also be freeing. A budding attraction could reach full-tilt consummation, or you could make a major decision surrounding a key relationship. Should you stay or should you go, Scorpio? This full moon has zero gray area, so prepare to get off the fence and either commit...or move on. This could apply to either a romantic bond or a business alliance.
If, say, a joint venture or a marriage proposal ends up on the table, you'll need to make a clear decision soon…or else wait until the new year. From December 19-January 8, messenger Mercury will turn retrograde in Capricorn and your third house of communication, a signal-scrambling time when major decisions are not advised. Technology, travel and interpersonal affairs could all get turned upside-down now. So if you have the slightest whiff of uncertainty, press pause and conduct due diligence. Chances are this is a major decision, and not one to take lightly. You can't worry about hurting people's feelings or losing an opportunity—if you're going to commit 100 percent to something, you want to be totally sure it's the right thing to do.
Luckily, the Sun will start a monthlong foray through Capricorn on December 21, setting the stage for you to talk things through. Hash out whatever's on your mind—or press pause and go out and have some fun! With the Sun in this social sector, you need a respite from all the hard work you've been doing. With Mercury retrograde, it's a favorable time for reunions, so go meet up with old friends and even former colleagues. The December 29 Capricorn new moon could bring a powerful conversation or a meeting of the minds, planting the seeds for a collaboration in the coming six months.
But the headlining news comes from shock-jock Uranus—which is in Aries and your health-oriented sixth house from 2011-18. Not only does Uranus end a befuddling five-month retrograde on December 29, it will also form two rare and powerful aspects (angles) that make a seismic sweep through your life.
On December 24, Uranus in your sixth house of organization will form a rare and golden trine to Saturn in Sagittarius and your work and money zone. 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, combining innovative and high-tech methods with the tried-and-true ones could be your magic formula. If your health has been erratic, you may finally get the grounding support to change your habits and lifestyle, slashing your stress levels and improving your overall wellbeing.
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 Saturn-Uranus trines coming up on May 19 and November 11 next year, so remember this will be an ongoing process.
Uranus makes its second major aspect on December 26, when it will be opposite adventurous risk-taker Jupiter. This could be a time of rapid and sudden change—which could be positive in some ways, but also majorly destabilizing. With Jupiter and Uranus in your health sectors, you may feel a jarring impact from taking on too much stress, and you could even get doctor's orders to make an abrupt change to your lifestyle. Under this rash starmap, you might even decide to quit a bad habit cold turkey, or you could seek help for an addictive pattern that's wreaked havoc and suffering on your lifestyle.
Still, with two of the most rash and impulsive planets butting heads, there's a real danger of doing too much, too soon. You could be pulled between extremes of control and surrender, not sure whether to grip the wheel or just let go completely. Your best attempts to resolve a situation with logic and sensible conversation could fail you now. You may even be shocked to find that your instincts have led you down the wrong path. Have you dropped your guard a little too much, or opened up to the wrong person? You may need to snap out of denial and toughen up (yes, you, Scorpio). Or, you might see how your control issues are actually blocking you from bonding with people more deeply. This aspect only occurs every 14 years, and will happen two more times in 2017, on March 3 and September 28.
Amidst all of this, Christmas Eve and Day could bring a wave of fresh-start energy, since the moon will spend both days in Scorpio. Craft your 2017 resolutions early, when you're already deeply in touch with your most independent desires. A lovely Venus-Jupiter trine will put you in nostalgic and sensitive spirits, perfect for opening your heart and bonding with loved ones…Uranian mayhem aside!
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, helping you get back into a healthy and organized groove. 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 features both the moon and social Venus in Aquarius and your domestic fourth house. They will also form a gracious trine to Jupiter in Libra and your restful, restorative twelfth house. You may prefer to quietly ring in 2017 from the comfort of your couch or with your nearest and dearest. Don't worry about missing out on the party of the century, either. You might just host a private one, especially with lusty Mars and escapist Neptune uniting in Pisces and your romantic fifth house. You could light candles, scatter rose petals and ring in 2017 with a sexy night for two…maybe at a gorgeous hotel or resort? Or, host a gathering and queue up a playlist, turning your living room into a dancefloor with infectious grooves, curated just by you. Just watch your substance intake, Scorpio. With no-limits Neptune and aggressive Mars in your indulgent fifth house, hysterics and fights can erupt if things get out of hand. Call an Uber for anyone who starts acting out—declare your space a drama-free zone as the calendar turns!