'Tis the season to get sentimental—especially if you're a Virgo. With the Sun in Sagittarius and your heart-stirring fourth house, you're in the mood to bond, nest and spend time with your closest people. All the way through December 21, your attention will be focused on home—from improving your living situation and hanging holiday decorations to targeting the relatives to avoid at family gatherings.
Your ruling planet, Mercury, is wrapping up a three-week retrograde on December 6 after scrambling signals regarding communication, travel and technology since November 16. Whew! Until December 1, Mercury was retrograde in Sagittarius, which could have caused family friction. Parents and female relatives were especially triggering last month, plus a roommate situation might have grown tense. Perhaps you uttered some choice words—and if so, be the bigger person and offer up the first "I'm sorry."
On December 1, Mercury slips back into Scorpio, giving you a shot at productive dialogue…or possibly just mucking up your third house of communication, siblings and local issues. Catch yourself in the act of sweating the small stuff because there will be a lot of it this week. From the neighbors who trim their house in obnoxious multicolored LED lights (oh, how thee doth offend the tasteful Virgo senses!) to your self-absorbed sister who insists on hosting holiday dinner even though she can barely cook and you're allergic to her cat: Consider this your opportunity to practice the lost art of "staying Zen during the holiday season."
Be extra-careful with your data now, too: Shop on secure sites, triple-check emails and documents, and avoid group texts like the scourge that they are (didn't mean to send THAT meme to your MIL, did ya?). Try to see the humor in it and all will be right.
Or just do your level best to ignore all the inevitable seasonal drama. It IS your choice whether to get sucked into that, Virgo. Distract yourself with a DIY project—how about a handmade gift for your favorite person or a tearjerker slideshow of favorite moments that you can share at a family gathering?
This year is especially touchy-feely because, for the first time since 2007, expansive Jupiter is also in Sagittarius. Jupiter is here from November 8, 2018, until December 2, 2019, so for the next 12 months, your attention will be on deeply personal and domestic matters. The fourth house sits at the bottom of the zodiac wheel and represents our emotional foundations and roots—including our families of origin. Your relationship with your mother will likely come into the spotlight, and with growth-inducing Jupiter here, it might be due for an important evolution. Turns out we're never too old to slip into those parent-child dynamics (must be a karmic thing), but the good news is we can also learn new ways of relating. Family ties are lifelong "soul projects," and they take more work than other relationships…which is why they can be so upsetting!
The December 7 Sagittarius new moon could reveal a new path for those bonds or new approaches to interacting with loved ones, whether they're alive or the source of complicated memories. If you're searching for a new address, this lunation opens a six-month portal that can lead you to your next home sweet home. Some Virgos will also be thinking about expanding their clans, with babies or new pets to share your space.
Also on December 7, ambitious Mars and enchanting Neptune will make a rare (once every two years) meetup in Pisces and your seventh house of partnerships. A romantic relationship could turn official or offer a powerful bonding moment. Strong feelings could come out in the open. Single Virgos might feel the magic of the day, meeting someone with sexy-soulmate potential when you least expect it. All the Sagittarius action in your emotional fourth house will help you drop your guard—and that's a good thing! Because you won't be presenting your most polished, put-together image, you'll actually be more human and accessible, which, believe it or not, Virgo, is when people are at their most attractive. Since magnetic Neptune ramps up our manifesting powers, do some meditating or visualizing about the kind of union you want. Then borrow a cup of courage from fearless Mars and take one bold action to catalyze your vision!
You'll be ready to get festive starting December 21, when the Sun sashays into Capricorn and your passionate, playful fifth house. For the next four weeks, you'll be at your most outgoing—a perfect time for everything from romance to creative DIY projects. This expressive cycle helps you shed any shyness and share your talents with the world. If you're an artist or performer, Capricorn season is a rich time to put your work on display. Love also blossoms during this mistletoe-friendly month, so "don ye now" your most head-turning apparel and flirt up a storm.
You could have a shared victory to celebrate on December 22 with the year's second Cancer full moon illuminating your eleventh house of teamwork and technology. This full moon will echo the supermoon that kicked off this year on January 1, 2018. Look back to last New Year's Day: What were you doing and, more importantly, who were you spending your time with? With these clarifying moonbeams in your friendship zone, take inventory of your contact lists, both in-person and online, and redirect your best energy to people who are worth the investment. If you want to plan an event or party, this lunar light promises a lively time—with a side of sentimental Cancerian closeness. A group ritual to close out 2018 (vision-board party, anyone?) can add a personal touch. Or host a pre-holiday potluck with your favorite friends before everyone leaves town.
Christmas could find you in hibernation mode one more time though as the moon spends XMas Eve and Day in Leo and your restful twelfth house. Keep your celebrations low-key and be careful not to overdo it. An early bedtime or a cozy day lounging in pajamas is exactly how your "jingle-bell rock" might be best. If you do opt to go out, slip on something glamorous but comfortable (a flowy vintage number could be fun) and head for a sophisticated gathering where the energy isn't too intense.
On New Year's Eve, you'll be in much more social spirits because the moon is hanging out in Scorpio and your social third house. With la luna in this locally grown sector, you might decide to ring in 2019 by bar-hopping at your favorite local hotspots or RSVP'ing to a bunch of parties and making the rounds so you can see all your friends before midnight. Either way, the communal vibes prompt you to keep this year's celebrations light and lively.
But that's not to say you won't enjoy a passionate midnight kiss—or even some steamy mistletoe action before the clock strikes twelve. The moon will form a flowing trine with enchanting Neptune in Pisces and your partnership house at 10:10 pm EST. Single Virgos could fall head over heels for a fellow reveler, and couples may feel serendipitously in sync with each other. Hit pause and tell your S.O. how much you appreciate them. With gushy Neptune tugging on your heartstrings, you've got license to get a little sentimental!
Spicy Mars is also in Pisces and your relationship house until 9:20 pm EST, when it will plunge into Aries and your sexy, intense eighth house for a seven-week stint. Heads-up: You could get a visit from the green-eyed monster before midnight (depending on your time zone) or a sudden urge to escape the crowds for a little privacy. Start your party-hopping early if you want to end the night with a smaller circle—or maybe just one special someone. You might even take a moment of silence or do a little midnight meditation to tune in to your intentions since Mars in this transformational zone ramps up your powers of creative visualization. Ask, believe and receive your way into 2019, Virgo!