Home for the holidays? The Sun is making its annual foray through Sagittarius and your domestic fourth house until December 21, lending a cozy vibe to the season. Zhush your tasteful decorations and send out a Paperless Post for an intimate cocktail or dinner party at Chez Virgo. Reconnect with relatives via video chat and visits. Pull out the sleeper sofa or even take an impromptu trip to see them before the holiday mania kicks in. (There's no rule that says you can only travel between Christmas and New Year's!) Or, honor the Virgo need for solitude by savoring some self-care and downtime at home, filling up your tanks before your personal space gets invaded!
A career triumph could cap off the year with a flourish. On December 13, the Gemini full moon —also a potent supermoon spotlights your tenth house of ambition and professional success. A goal you've been working toward for the past six months (or longer) could finally come together. Maybe you complete a project and realize that you're ready to move on in an even bigger way—and it's time to start circulating your resume. While the chances of being officially hired are probably slim before the calendar turns, you could certainly ace an interview or draft up a term sheet today. Since the tenth house rules men, your father or an important guy could also play into events near this full moon. Clear the air with some honest dialogue—or if it's too charged, send a letter or an email.
Getting things in writing now is all the more important, since communication planet Mercury (your celestial ruler), will make its final retrograde backspin from December 19-January 8. Wrap up any deals and negotiations before this transit, or wait until the new year. Back up all of your data and devices to avoid chaotic crashes. Triple-confirm reservations, travel plans and passports.
Mercury will be retrograde in Capricorn, your fifth house of passion and self-expression. This could spell drama or miscommunications in your love life, especially if you leap into a fling or get swept off your feet too fast. Since retrogrades can bring back the past, an ex could resurface now. You might be tempted to duck under the mistletoe and see if there's still any magic between the two of you. However, you could end up with coal in your stocking if you rush into a reunion. The chemistry may still be strong, but that doesn't mean the trouble spots have cleared up.
On December 21, the Sun joins Mercury in Capricorn, igniting a more festive vibe. Shake off the homebody heaviness and any somber moods. It's time to pull out your glamorous best and celebrate! The December 29 Capricorn new moon will also mark a great day for love, planting the seeds for a six-month cycle to unfold. A pregnancy, new romance, or reawakened passion are all possible now, so set your intentions and start taking action.
Radical Uranus—which is in Aries and your eighth house of intimacy and wealth from 2011-18—will steal the show for Christmas and New Year's. Not only does Uranus end a dicey five-month retrograde on December 29, it will make two rare and powerful aspects (angles) that could be downright life-changing.
On December 24, Uranus in your eighth house of merging will form a rare and golden trine to Saturn in your fourth house of home and family. Get ready to go deep! 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, you could summon the courage to wear your heart on your sleeve, signaling strength and resilience by doing so. Being vulnerable is an act of courage, not weakness.
A key relationship could be put to the test, and you'll finally know whether it can stand the test of time. A property purchase or a move could also be on the agenda. While developments may be sudden, they'll also anchor you. Single Virgos will gain a sense of greater security, especially if you invest your hard-earned money in say, a home or a solid retirement plan. Couples can affirm their lasting commitment by combining their finances and resources for a mutual win-win.
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 expect more developments in your personal life soon.
Uranus makes its second major aspect on December 26, when it will be opposite adventurous risk-taker Jupiter. This Uranus transit will impact your finances, as lucky Jupiter is in your daily income house while Uranus is in your zone of long-term wealth. Is it time to put your money where your morals are? Maybe…but not so fast! With two of the most rash and impulsive planets butting heads, there's a real danger of throwing out the baby with the bathwater, overturning what's good in the name of strident change. This could be a time of rapid and sudden shifts—which could be positive in some ways, but also majorly destabilizing. Powerful emotions could explode from your depths now, and you may need to give yourself space for them to come up…especially since they could have been suppressed for years. Hello, dormant volcano!
The Jupiter-Uranus opposition could tempt you to spend and invest impulsively, without doing your usual careful Virgo research and calculations. This aspect only occurs every 14 years, and will happen two more times in 2017, on March 3 and September 28. So plant the first seeds of your extreme life makeover, but take it one step at a time.
Christmas/Hanukkah weekend could temper the chaos with some lightness (whew!), as the moon visits Scorpio and your social third house. Gather with friends, watch silly holiday movies, do a pub crawl—this is your moment for guilt-free fun. A stabilizing trine between harmonious Venus and expansive Jupiter also brings a surge of generous, charitable energy that inspires you to give. 'Tis the season, so look for places you can volunteer locally. Reach out to elderly neighbors who could use a helping hand, a ride, or even a seat at your table. Spread some holiday cheer with an inclusive spirit.
Although we'll feel the intense Uranus aspects for the rest of 2016, the temperamental planet WILL end a five-month retrograde in Aries on December 29. Some of your more erratic and wildly fluctuating emotions could start to settle down now. Emotional and sexual entanglements will get less complicated and you'll start to see a clearer path forward. 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 an intimate party.
Your 2016 could end on a healthy and grounded note, as the moon spends New Year's Eve in Aquarius and your sensible sixth house. Prep some healthy fare and mocktails, or welcome the calendar change with a midnight yoga class like this one. Of course, with sexy Mars and fantasy-fueled Neptune both in Pisces and your relationship house, you might be too swept away in a romantic reverie to eat anything at all! You could end the year with an engagement or major partnership news, either business or personal.