Home is where your heart is this month, but the rest of you could be all over the map! The year ends with a hubbub of cosmic activity, and a lot of it happens all at once. Before you slide your weary dogs into those furry slippers, you might need to make a few costume changes. Still, you'll want to take time to relax when you can. The Sun is visiting Sagittarius and your domestic fourth house until December 21—a cozy time when you'll be inspired by the holiday Spotify stations and in the mood for crafty DIY gift-making. Even though the season seems to start a little earlier every year, the magic really does happen before the actual family get-togethers (and all those outsize personalities in one small room). It's all part of the fantasy, right, Virgo?
We don't mean to sound cynical—by all means, crank up Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and we promise we'll try for her high notes. But we must share an alert that Mercury, the planet of communication, technology and travel, will be retrograde from December 3 to 22. Mercury is your ruling planet, so your sign tends to be especially impacted by its pivot. The messenger planet will reverse through Sagittarius and this homespun part of your chart, which could scramble signals and plans with your clan. Arguments can break out, hotel reservations may get lost in translation, and mama drama can flare (since the fourth house rules mothers). Try to remain levelheaded even when parents or siblings push your buttons. Emotions can be all over the place now, and even the most tolerant Virgos could be unusually snippy.
Since Mercury rules all things digital, protect your data: Back up all the photos on your phone (even if some are on the cloud) and save all your computer work often. If you're planning to buy any electronic gifts, make sure there's a good warranty and return policy, as Mercury can wreak havoc on anything that comes with an on/off switch.
Once all necessary precautions have been taken, there's a lot of goodness to enjoy this month! On December 2, auspicious Jupiter and healing Neptune unite in the first of three rare and golden trines that they'll form between now and August 2018. The union of these two generous and heart-opening planets is good news for everyone—but for especially so for you because they'll touch down in the interpersonal zones of your chart. Jupiter is in your social third house, sending a love beam to enchanting Neptune in your partnership corner. You'll feel generous and open to other people, and with global Jupiter here, you could attract like-minded collaborators from all corners. A long-distance spark could catch, whether for romance, business or friendship. You may also get inspired to team up on a world-changing project with people who share your vision. Bring on the kindred spirits!
The next day, December 3, features the year's only full moon in Gemini (also a supermoon) and your tenth house of career, status and public recognition. Although it's a Sunday, you could be heading into the new workweek with a major victory to celebrate. Over the next two weeks, you might be offered a promotion or a leadership position. A project you've toiled away on for the past six months can come together now. Full moons can also signify endings or transitions. For some Virgos, this one could provide an eye-opening look at what you DON'T want to do for a living. Hmm, might it be time to start looking for new options?
The stars level off a bit after that, but the week of December 18 gets off to a rip-roaring start with a Sagittarius new moon, which introduces fresh energy into your fourth house of home and family. The Sun, Mercury, beautifying Venus and structured Saturn are also here, shining a bright spotlight on your personal life. On the agenda: anything and everything from changing your decor to moving to analyzing family dynamics. New moons kick off six-month cycles, and this one could bring a much-needed fresh chapter for emotions, roots and family ties.
These areas have been a major theme in your life since December 2014, when structured Saturn started a three-year visit to Sagittarius. Saturn only visits each sign every 29 years, and on December 19, it will complete this journey, not to return until the 2040s (whew!). While in Sagittarius, Saturn was sitting at an uncomfortable square, or 90-degree angle, to your Sun. This aspect demands that you make adjustments to your living situation, closest relationships and emotional patterns.
Saturn is the planet of maturity, and while its long-term effect is helpful, it doesn't always come in gently! Over the past three years, your relationship with your mom or a female relative may have gone through growing pains. Settling into a home—or feeling "at home" in your own skin—could have taken a lot of inner work and effort. For female Virgos, Saturn's visit may have brought issues around fertility, hormone balances or your reproductive health. Perhaps you ousted a difficult roommate or got clear about the kind of people who belong in your inner circle.
Well, raise a farewell toast to Saturn, because on December 19, the taskmaster planet reroutes into Capricorn and your fifth house of romance and creativity. Capricorn, like Virgo, is an earth sign, and Saturn will form a comfortable trine to your Sun now. Translation: This is sure to be a MUCH gentler Saturn cycle. You might barely even notice his presence, other than feeling a push to take your talents more seriously and upgrade your dating and mating habits. Saturn will be here until December 17, 2020, a time that could bring a slow-and-steady rise to fame, a career as a serious artist or a love life that's finally rooted on terra firma. Virgos considering a pregnancy might find that Saturn impedes your efforts. If so, pause to make sure your life is set up on a stable enough foundation to bring another human into the world.
When the Sun enters Capricorn for a month on December 21, you'll feel Saturn kick into full gear. Then, get set for a really festive New Year's Eve! December 31 will host the Sun, romantic Venus, potent Pluto and structured Saturn ALL in Capricorn and your glamorous, passionate fifth house. Go all out with the celebrations, especially since you've got energetic Mars and adventurous Jupiter in your social third house and the chatty Gemini moon lounging in your VIP sector. Tickets to an exclusive soiree where you can hobnob with influencers, flirt up a storm and party into the wee hours? Yes, please!