Galactic Grinch, begone! The challenging astrological lineup of Christmas 2021 won’t steal your merry-merry if you align with the stars. Here is your Christmas 2021 horoscope.
This Christmas will be…a very complex Christmas. Yep, we said it. Thanks to a couple tough astrology alignments on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, friction could run high—no matter what your zodiac sign.
On the 24th, old-school Saturn butts heads with progressive Uranus. Traditions you’ve celebrated unblinkingly for years could suddenly warrant rethinking. For instance, if they risk being labeled as “cultural appropriation,” can you respin them to acknowledge their origins? Maybe you’re longing to incorporate more of your family’s historical customs into the celebration. Better than another year of everyone tearing open presents and zoning out into their iPads.
Speaking of cultural origins, Christmas’s are, ahem, eye-raising
Did you know that today’s wholesome Christmas has its roots in the Roman holiday of Saturnalia, a weeklong carnival celebrated at the Temple of Saturn near the winter solstice?
During Saturnalia, everyone was allowed to overturn social norms: from masters waiting on their servants to orgies, gambling and more, licentiousness was openly sanctioned. (In short: It would make the SantaCon pub crawl look like a gingerbread-baking event.) It wasn’t until the 19th century that Christmas morphed from carnivals and pagan celebrations into what it is today.
In 2021, Christmas celebrations might not be quite so salacious—but then again, you never know. With Venus retrograde meeting up with secretive, seamy Pluto on December 25, the planets entice us to explore the underworld of our desires. A little Saturnalia reprisal after the carols have been sung and the stockings hung…well, as long as there are consenting adults involved, why not?
About that Venus retrograde
But with Venus retrograde in traditional Capricorn, pushing the envelope too far could bring drama for days. So maybe don’t go stand under the mistletoe with that person if you know they’re trouble. (And check out these tips for avoiding holiday drama with every other zodiac sign.)
But you don’t have to let the Galactic Grinch steal your Christmas! Read on to learn in your Christmas 2021 horoscope how every zodiac sign likes to celebrate. Then, tailor your festivities around everyone’s needs—including your own!
Get the Christmas 2021 Horoscope for:
Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra | Scorpio | Sagittarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces
Aries (March 21 – April 19) Christmas 2021 Horoscope
Aries Christmas Eve Forecast:
Valet that sleigh! On Christmas Eve, a little holiday hedonism is sanctioned by the stars—as long as you don’t start Prime’ing cases of Veuve after your second glass of bubbly! Today’s disconcerting square between impulsive Uranus and stern Saturn—the final of three in 2021—will keep SOME urges in check. If you’re doing a last-minute gift grab, carry cash instead of buying on credit. That way, you won’t blow through your budget as you rush to stuff everyone’s stocking.
Treating yourself today? Spring for something that’s both useful AND cutting edge. You might decide to spend a few more bucks to bring an elegant treat to any celebrations you’re attending, like a reserve bottle of wine or special hostess gift.
Aries Christmas Day Forecast:
Four planets in Capricorn this Christmas Day are making Rams uncharacteristically traditional. You’re keen to keep rituals and legacies alive, from honoring your grandmother by making her famous crepes to hooking up with your non-celebrating peeps at your favorite 24-hour diner. Heads up: as Venus retrograde crashes into volatile Pluto, a domineering diva could spoil all the festive fun. If possible, don’t extend an invitation. If they need to be involved, simply ignore any efforts to churn up drama.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Christmas 2021 Horoscope
Taurus Christmas Eve Forecast:
You’re the most famous reindeer of all this Christmas Eve, as popularity-boosting Uranus spins through your sign! But with sober Saturn chiming in from your heartfelt fourth house, use that influence for good. Pick a “cause celebre” and post about it on social media. Make a donation, perhaps in lieu of physical gifts for the minimalists in your life. While you’re rocking around the tree tonight, don’t get pulled out of the happy zone by someone’s pouting or stormy mood. Ruining your fun won’t make them feel better. Offer a hug and some encouraging words. Then get back to mingling and jingling!
Taurus Christmas Day Forecast:
You’re never afraid to speak your mind, Taurus, but easy with those truth bombs this weekend on Christmas Day. Your ruler Venus, which begins its backspin on December 19, bangs into power-tripping Pluto, turning Christmas Day into an emotional minefield. Cabin fever is likely. Be proactive and find reasons to get out of the house for a bit. Go for a brisk walk, take a spin or two around the local skating rink, or take the kids sledding. The fresh air will keep this argumentative streak at bay.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Christmas 2021 Horoscope
Gemini Christmas Forecast:
You’re dreaming of a cozy Christmas! Huddling with your nearest and dearest will be especially heartwarming under today’s nostalgic skies—as long as everyone has a clear understanding about evening plans. Dueling agendas (with a friend, sibling or someone else in your party) could create friction, especially if you get swept into a situation that involves making small talk with random people. (Alas, downing cups of cheer might just make you sleepy.) Whether you’re going out or staying in, make sure you’ve got a supportive posse around to swaddle you so you can celebrate in the intimate style you’d prefer.
Gemini Christmas Day Forecast:
Your feelings run deep this Christmas Day, Gemini. With Venus retrograde butting up against Pluto’s sharp edges, it won’t take much to elicit an emotional reaction from you. Heck, you might even get teary-eyed watching family open their stocking stuffers. Just be careful not to slip into melodramatic mode. The position of Pluto and Venus in your prickly eighth hous could invite Grinch-like vibes to the party. If vibes feel tense, spring for a room instead of crashing on anyone’s sofa—or send your guests to the nearest Airbnb. Key to a happy Christmas is ensuring you get some private time (solo and a deux). That hotel is looking pretty good from here!
Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Christmas 2021 Horoscope
Cancer Christmas Eve Forecast:
With buzzy Uranus in your ultra-social eleventh house this Christmas Eve, chilling at home could spark serious cabin fever. At the very least, get some group bonding in early today. If you’re working, organize a holiday lunch or mid-afternoon cookie break; or meet up with your squad for a champagne toast before everyone goes their separate ways. But check the clock! Harsh Saturn is squaring Uranus, shortening everyone’s patience with irresponsible behavior. Don’t stress out family and friends by showing up late for a pre-scheduled dinner. Or forget the side dish or vino you promised to bring because you were in such a rush!
Cancer Christmas Day Forecast:
You might find the best present ever between the sheets, this Christmas Day, Cancer. With retrograde Venus joining deep-diving Pluto in your relationship sector, romance is definitely on your wish list. Don’t play coy: clearly express your passionate desires so there’s no second-guessing what—and who—you crave. But be warned that this transit can make you equally tempestuous, especially if you don’t feel heard. If things start to get tense, give yourself a timeout. A brisk walk around the block can work wonders. Bundle up and decompress!
Leo (July 23 – August 22) Christmas 2021 Horoscope
Leo Christmas Eve Forecast:
Tradition, tradition? Thanks to old-school Saturn visiting town, you’re up for a Christmas Eve with all the trimmings. But leave room for spontaneity! As progressive Uranus chimes in, the wokest guests on your list could have ideas for putting a fresh spin on celebrations. Your own imagination will be whirring. Could you host a spontaneous “Friendsmas” for pals who have nowhere to go tonight, or an afternoon gift-wrapping party? Make it ugly-sweater themed and spike the eggnog with something top-shelf. Who knows? This could become an annual ritual!
Leo Christmas Day Forecast:
‘Tis better to give this Christmas Day, as Venus retrograde bangs into probing Pluto in your sixth house of service. You’re happy to go above and beyond the call of duty to see the joy it brings your nearest and dearest. Truthfully, that’s the best way distraction from any nitpicking and perfectionism that could flare up. Light up the lives of strangers, too: random acts of kindness can make a massive difference for someone you don’t know.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22) Christmas 2021 Horoscope
Virgo Christmas Eve Forecast:
Could we get a shot of truth serum with that brandied eggnog? As idealistic Uranus butts up against old-school Saturn, opinions could clash at your Christmas Eve celebrations. Although niceties and small talk won’t be your thing as you rush around to prepare for the celebrations, try not to hammer people with harsh feedback. Once you ease into party mode, cross-cultural connections could heat up. Hop on WhatsApp to wish far-flung friends “Joyeux Noel” and the next thing you know, you could be planning a trip to a far-flung destination you all love!
Virgo Christmas Day Forecast:
Let your hair down this Christmas Day, with a caveat. A mashup of Venus and Pluto in your festive fifth house not only brings a high-octane energy to the celebrations, but also a shot at romance. The only problem? Venus is retrograde, which could muddle your normally sound judgment. When family time winds down, sneak away (after a sexy costume change) to hook up with friends for cocktails or dancing. You’ll might end the evening swapping digits with a spicy prospect or even snogging under the mistletoe. Coupled? This transit shortens your fuse. Give yourself space to step away when you need to clear your head. Some one-on-one celebrating (wink wink) is also in order. Get a room!
Libra (September 23 – October 22) Christmas 2021 Horoscope
Libra Christmas Eve Forecast:
Let Vixen and Cupid chauffeur your sleigh this Christmas Eve. With wild-child Uranus blessing your sultry eighth house, celebrations could take a seductive turn. Position yourself under the mistletoe and just relax; and don’t let anyone pressure you into playing elf! With restrained Saturn throwing Uranus shade, you’re not your most convivial self when it comes to every rando at the party. Pass the entertainment director’s baton to someone else in your squad. No matter your romantic status, intimate conversations will be your jam. Catch up with a favorite relative under the tree. Coupled Libras could decide to take a serious step together before Santa makes his overnight appearance!
Libra Christmas Day Forecast:
Another glass of eggnog or perhaps some hot buttered rum? On Christmas Day, a Venus-Pluto conjunction in your domestic fourth house happily puts you in nurture-and-nest mode. You can’t think of a better place to be than surrounded by your loved ones. Trouble is, Venus is spinning retrograde and Pluto can bring some stormy emotions to the day. While you may be longing for a bonding moment or three, don’t force it. Remove any expectations and let others do their own thing.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) Christmas 2021 Horoscope
Scorpio Christmas Eve Forecast:
Dreaming of a glamorous Christmas Eve? With unpredictable Uranus, holding court in your decadent and romantic seventh house, forget about puttering around in your cozy yoga pants. Dress to the nines and hit the party circuit—or host a spontaneous soiree ‘round your tree. With serious Saturn elbowing Uranus, Santa’s big day could end with a pledge of exclusivity or even a proposal! Have you always felt an attraction to a certain friend of yours? Your festive mingling could evolve into real talk about the future of a relationship. One proviso: Cautious Saturn is tapping the brakes today. You’ll have to watch things unfold before you know if this is something legit—or just a mistletoe moment.
Scorpio Christmas Day Forecast:
When you turn on the charm, Scorpio, you can light up a room like the Rockefeller Center tree. And that’s why the Christmas Day cosmos crown you entertainment director—in a sense. Your ruler Pluto gets clipped by Venus retrograde, so more than ever, it’s imperative to curate your guest list. Don’t ignore your intuition and invite people out of guilt. If they get sloppy drunk or love picking fights, you’re be stuck with the social cleanup. That’s no way to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) Christmas 2021 Horoscope
Sagittarius Christmas Eve Forecast:
‘Tis the season for giving, Sagittarius, and with humanitarian Uranus parked in your sixth house of service, your generous spirit is fully awakened this Christmas Eve. But today, a nudge from grounded Saturn reminds you to add yourself to the list of people who deserve some generosity. While you want to make everyone’s holiday merry and bright, that’s just exhausting. Pick one way you can make an impact, like volunteering at a charity or helping out a friend in need. Then give yourself a dose of self-care. How about booking an end-of-year massage or putting the down payment on a class or retreat you’d love to attend in 2022?
Sagittarius Christmas Day Forecast:
Homemade pancakes and hot toddies are just your speed this Christmas Day. Let the warm-fuzzies wash over you as you relish in the joy of watching your loved ones open their gifts. It’s not all sugarplum fairies, though. As stormy Pluto doubles down with Venus retrograde, jealousy could disrupt the party. Someone could sideswipe you with crazy accusations or you may spiral out into paranoia. This can blow over fairly quickly but ONLY if you maintain your composure. Deep breath in, deep breath out.
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19) Christmas 2021 Horoscope
Capricorn Christmas Eve Forecast:
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—and those twinkly lights aren’t fading anytime soon. With spontaneous Uranus buzzing through your fun-loving fifth house, you’ll happily assume the role of entertainment director and make Christmas Eve, and the days that follow, lively for yourself and all those around you. Just make sure you do so inclusively! Someone else in your squad may want to play organizer as well. Be sensitive to that and plan together so this doesn’t devolve into a draining rivalry. Plus, thanks to a square from your ruler, Saturn, taking on a little LESS responsibility would do you a world of good.
Capricorn Christmas Day Forecast:
You’re the belle of the Christmas Day ball, giving off sparks that make the festivities markedly more interesting! You might even draw the spotlight your way with an a cappella version of your favorite carol, or a dramatic reading of a poem you penned. But careful, Capricorn! With Venus retrograde meeting cutthroat Pluto in your sign, your enchanting radiance could cast a shadow over the rest of the crowd. Balance things out and draw attention to the other talents in your midst. If an out-of-the-blue romantic opportunity pops up, sneak away for a bit, but don’t pull a disappearing act.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18) Christmas 2021 Horoscope
Aquarius Christmas Eve Forecast:
Toss a Yule log on the fire and cozy up with your favorite plus-one(s). With your ruler, convivial Uranus, in your sentimental fourth house this Christmas Eve, you’ll prefer the company of your innermost circle. Volunteer to make a special dinner tonight or just go around making sure everyone’s cup is filled and that the playlist of carols doesn’t repeat too many times. Thanks to watchful Saturn’s influence, your Spidey senses will be strong. Does someone seem down? Cheer them up with one of your uplifting pep talks. If the spirit moves you, deliver a toast around the table—or ask everyone to share their favorite moment of 2021. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.
Aquarius Christmas Day Forecast:
Who’s in a hurry to get out of their PJs this Christmas Day? Not you, Aquarius. Retrograde Venus spins alongside private Pluto in your sleepy twelfth house. Don’t push yourself to be the entertainment director this Saturday. Before the gang heads out for the day, make sure you get them to pitch in with the cleanup. You need to rest and recharge—not spend what little energy you have washing the china and recycling wrapping paper. Warning: this transit could enflame an old family conflict.
Pisces (Feb 19 – March 20) Christmas 2021 Horoscope
Pisces Christmas Eve Forecast:
Make people your priority this Christmas Eve, Pisces. Who cares if you don’t hand-wrap every gift or if you’re wearing a dress you were already photographed in this season? If that opens up time for you to go mingle and share a cup of cheer, it’s worth it, even if you have to set aside your desire to have every detail “just so.” Is a neighbor all alone tonight? Invite them over for the dessert course or to watch It’s a Wonderful Life. Your caring move could set the stage for a supportive bond—and you’ll have someone to feed your cat or water your plants the next time you go out of town.
Pisces Christmas Day Forecast:
From Dasher to Blitzen, you’ll be happiest leaving your Christmas Day invite list wide open, especially when it comes to those off-beat Rudolph types. Put a few more place settings around the table, or spread your festive cheer by visiting friends. You could even be inspired to organize an impromptu karaoke night or movie marathon with a mashup up of your favorite pals and relatives. But don’t be naive about certain guests. With Venus retrograde getting snared by complicated Pluto, it only takes one attention-seeker to squash a perfectly harmonious vibe. Remember that you’re under no obligation to invite them.