December 2021 Horoscope: Going Out with a Bang

December 2021 Monthly Horoscope

by The AstroTwins

Hoping for a quiet holiday season? Tuck that wish away for another year. Not surprisingly, December 2021 serves up one of the most cosmically active months of the year, right from the start. 

You could call it the month of “one more thing.” The sky gods manage to squeeze in one more eclipse, one more challenging planetary square (between Saturn and Uranus), one more retrograde (Venus, the planet of love and harmony). Is this some kind of spiritual test from the stars—or a galactic Grinch trying to steal Christmas?

The abrupt nature of eclipse season

December dawns between two awakening eclipses, lunar events that create radical change and open our eyes to bold new possibilities. Eclipses can be abrupt and leave us zero time to “think it over.” They sweep away things that no longer serve us—despite how hard we cling. We’re in the tailwind of the November 19 Taurus lunar eclipse, heading into a final Sagittarius solar eclipse at the December 4 new moon.

Not only are we in high eclipse season, but all of the December planets and nodes are clustered in the winter and spring signs, from Sagittarius through Gemini. There are no planets in the zodiac signs from Cancer through Scorpio. It’s not unheard of, but it does mean we’re missing the more mature energy that the late summer and autumn signs can bring—a grounded and measured perspective. 

A similar pattern occurred prior to the 2020 U.S. elections, a time that was tainted with grandstanding and mudslinging. Now, a new virus variant has disrupted our premature plans to travel and celebrate with pre-pandemic fanfare. 

Intensity keeps us on our toes

This lopsided lineup, along with the intense transits of the month, means we’ll need to stay on our toes while also keeping our soles firmly planted on the ground. Triggering moments and button-pushing people will crop up like naughty elves, beyond the usual seasonal mischief. Be firm about your list of off-limits topics at the holiday table—with the same fervor that people are bringing to mask mandates. “Emotional contagion” is a proven phenomenon. So why spread the virus of anger and pain when the world is already carrying such a heavy load?

Here are a few of the highlights of December’s stars that are especially impactful. The full forecast for every zodiac sign is in your December 2021 Monthly Horoscope.

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Sagittarius solar eclipse on December 4 is the grand finale of the Gemini/Sagittarius eclipse series

International turmoil, travel restrictions, pundit spewing grandiose claims? It’s par for the course as we reach the final eclipse in a series that’s thundered across the Gemini/Sagittarius nodal axis since May 5, 2020. Gemini and Sagittarius are the signs the rule communication, media, travel and neighborhoods; we’ve spent the bulk of the pandemic focused on these themes. From attacks on journalism and widespread disinformation to travel lockdowns and (read what the Gemini north node means for your sign.) 

The December 4 Sagittarius solar eclipse puts the spotlight on global matters, like, oh, a pandemic. Yes, it’s delivered one last blow to the hope that travel—the Sagittarius domain—would open up again, at least for now. And since it’s following a lunar eclipse in Taurus, the sign that rules the financial realm, we’re seeing economic shakeups worldwide as well. No surprise, at least from an astrologer’s POV, that the Omicron variant would show up between these two eclipses. 

But eclipses are teachers and awakeners. So rather than wring your hands or point fingers at this final Sagittarius eclipse, it would be more productive to look at where we’ve left our collective work unfinished. As the nodes prepare their shift onto the Taurus/Scorpio axis on January 18, 2022, we have another six weeks to do that.

Venus retrograde on December 19 disrupts relationships and harmony

Every 18 months, Venus, the goddess of love, grace and goodwill, takes an abrupt sabbatical from her hostess duties, turning retrograde for six weeks. This can make people less likely to extend the benefit of the doubt to each other and more prone to squabbling and starting dramas. Venus retrograde particularly disrupts relationships, shining a harsh fluorescent on anything you’ve swept under the rug in a relationship, causing a flurry of celebrity (and civilian) breakups and, since retrogrades rule the past, bringing exes back into the picture. 

From December 19 to January 29, Venus will be retrograde in committed Capricorn. This will weaken our willpower and make us second-guess who we want to spend the long-term with. Even harsher? Venus retrograde will be conjunct (together with) intense and secretive Pluto on Christmas Day. Old family wounds could come up for processing, along with power struggles, toxic dynamics and people projecting their baggage onto each other. It may be standard holiday fare for many of us. But this combination could really bring up some raw old stuff that might be better to process privately or with a professional than under the yuletide spruce.

A Saturn-Uranus square brings a Christmas Eve turning point

Part of 2021’s charge has been supplied by three intense squares between rule-maker Saturn and rule-breaker Uranus. This tense configuration has tempted us to to rip up the floorboards and reinvent some part of life from scratch. While it also cautions us not to throw away the metaphorical baby with the bathwater. On February 17 and June 14, we experienced the first two squares. On December 24, we’ll undergo the third and final Saturn-Uranus square of 2021. This moment will demand the balance of opposing forces. 

New Year’s Eve: Celebrate or hibernate?

The moon is back in Sagittarius for New Year’s Eve (sans eclipse) alongside Mars, giving us the urge for novelty. But with four planets in Capricorn, including buzzkill Venus retrograde, we’re probably all best advised to carefully curate plans and guest lists for a drama-free turn of the calendar!

For your full December 2021 horoscope and New Year’s Eve forecast, come read your AstroTwins December Monthly Horoscope >