Celebrate before you hibernate! All month, an assemblage of planets is gathering in Capricorn and your mystical twelfth house of surrender and release. You’re powering down for a reflective period. But first—it’s Sagittarius season until December 21! The Sun will be in your social and collaborative eleventh house, a time to be among your peeps. Get your holiday fun in early, but then plan to rest as the calendar turns.
The main event occurs when Jupiter, the planet of luck and growth, swings into Capricorn on December 2 for just over a year, staying until December 19, 2020. All year long, Jupiter’s been in Sagittarius and your outgoing eleventh house, sparking dynamic new friendships and group endeavors. Your social circle might look entirely different than it did a year ago. You’ve outgrown certain people and found a new level of synergy with others—people who bring out your best instead of dragging you into drama. Ah, that’s more like it!
Now you’ll enter a year of transition that marks the end of a long, 12-year chapter. Jupiter will spend the next 12 months in Capricorn and your twelfth house of rest, healing and endings. You could think of it as a sabbatical—an astrological “gap year”—and try to enjoy it! Rather than push to launch or start anything, go with the flow. Release the outmoded stuff. Forgive and make amends. Prioritize self-care. Surrendering to the universe will be key because the more you try to control things, the less of a grip you’ll have! This coming year can be beautifully humbling if you can tap into a receptive energy (think “child’s pose” instead of “warrior”).
With structured Saturn and transformational Pluto also in Capricorn all month, it won’t necessarily be one long yoga retreat, however. For you, Jupiter in Capricorn is also a time to sort the crops before the supersizer planet enters YOUR sign next December (with much fanfare!). And with Saturn swinging through Aquarius from March to July 2020, part of this cycle WILL demand that you put a few concrete pieces in place. Until then, focus on healing any unresolved grief or pain and tapping into the deeper parts of yourself. This can be an incredible year for artistic and spiritual pursuits.
Jupiter takes about 12 years to complete a trip through the zodiac and return to each sign (it was last here from December 19, 2007, to January 5, 2009). In Capricorn, Jupiter is said to be in “fall,” or its least comfortable position. It makes sense: Jupiter rules expansion and abundance while cautious Capricorn sets up boundaries and limits. But once they settle their fundamental differences, these two forces can work well together, helping you take calculated risks and aim your ambitious arrows at achievable targets.
On December 15, Jupiter will flow into a trine with your ruling planet Uranus, which is in Taurus (also in “fall”) and your fourth house of home and family. This could be a majorly nostalgic day as powerful feelings surge up out of the blue. With these two liberated planets intersecting, you might suddenly break free from limiting beliefs that stem back to childhood or ancestral patterns.
Whew! It all sounds a bit heavy—and it can be—but there’s also fun in store! A couple days prior, on December 12, the year’s only Gemini full moon beams into your fifth house of pleasure and play. If there was ever a day to slip under the metaphorical mistletoe, this is it. Dress up, throw your own holiday cocktail bash, shop for a lavish gift. This full moon could bring a romantic awakening or an attraction that blossoms into a real-deal affair. Got a talent to share? These fame-fueled moonbeams could bring buzzworthy attention to your creativity or performing talents. Press “record”—then post away! One of your original ideas could go viral.
The next day (December 13), motivator Mars and magnetic Neptune hook up in the most financially savvy and ambitious zones of your chart. Don’t sign off for the holidays just yet! A lucrative opportunity awaits—and if you turn up your own inner light, you’ll easily outshine the competition. Add a swirl of Neptunian glamour to the goal-focused drive of Mars, and your powers of persuasion will be irresistible. With enchanting Neptune in your luxe second house, this is the perfect moment for an early gift exchange. Splurge on something high-end for an important client or a special person who’s really been there for you this year.
Then get ready to slip into a sensual and restorative groove. The Capricorn energy really kicks in on December 21, when the Sun enters the Sea Goat’s lair and activates your twelfth house of healing and transitions for a month. If you’ve RSVP’d to every event, it’s time to become discerning about your attendance. You simply won’t have the stamina to be “on” for day-into-evening affairs or endless hangouts. Keep the gatherings small and intimate—and carve out time for solitude. You could tumble down a deep rabbit hole of studying, tuning in to higher wisdom through meditation or developing an artistic talent.
On Christmas Day, the moon is hanging out in Sagittarius, sparking your social side. Perfect timing if you’re gathering with loved ones! But the next day (December 26), the decade’s final (solar) eclipse arrives (https://astrostyle.com/learn-astrology/solar-and-lunar-eclipses/) astride the Capricorn new moon. This is an annular eclipse, also known as a “ring of fire” for the flaming outline of the Sun that appears behind the moon’s passing shadow. Talk about symbolic! An eye-opening eclipse in your twelfth house of hidden information WOULD illuminate what’s been in a blind spot for you, Aquarius. Suddenly, you start to see what was unclear to you. Maybe it’s something you’ve been in denial about or has had you stuck in a holding pattern until now.
New moons mark beginnings, but the twelfth house rules endings, which is a bit of a paradox. But sometimes things have to transition before you can begin anew. What can you let go of at this eclipse—and leave behind in this decade—to start fresh? The twelfth house rules art, spirituality and fantasy, and this could be a richly imaginative holiday for you. On December 27, the Sun and expansive Jupiter make their once-a-year conjunction, uniting in Capricorn. Under this bold starmap, you’re inspired to take a chance. Maybe that means truly letting go of a vice that’s become a security blanket. Perhaps you finally release control and allow yourself to receive.
On New Year’s Eve, five planets gather in Capricorn—the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. You might feel like doing something exclusive with a creative twist. A vision board party or tickets to an avant-garde event could fit the bill. With the moon and enchanting Neptune in Pisces and your sophisticated second house, dressing up for a private event (intimate crowds only, please) could be exactly your speed. Making resolutions or setting intentions? Think of the concrete things you’d like to accomplish or build in 2020. But also ask the universe for a divine assist. Yes, you have to pay dues and earn your lot in life, but it’s far from “cheating” if you attract serendipities and speed up your results. Friends are standing by to support you and are probably just waiting for you to invite them! They’re not mind readers, after all. So if you’re struggling and swimming upstream, look at where you could delegate or request an introduction to a well-connected person. Synergistic sparks could fly.