December’s fast-paced astrology wraps up the major themes of 2021 and sets the stage for 2022. Things start off with a bang on the 4th with a total solar eclipse in Sagittarius, which is the last eclipse in the archer’s sign until 2029. This lunation is about choosing growth over stagnation. Time to be brave. Then on the 13th, Mercury enters Capricorn and Mars enters Sagittarius. Mercury in Capricorn is the worldbuilder (Think: JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth and Dolly Parton’s expansive song catalogue) while Mars in Sagittarius is the freewheeling philosopher, motivated by truth. After a year where every step forward required three steps back, momentum is finally building.
Then—don’t freak out but—Venus goes retrograde in Capricorn on the 18th through January 29th. Relationships of all kinds need a solid foundation, and this transit inspires us to look inward so we can shed the obsessions, the self-destructive habits and the outdated perspectives that keep us from the love we deserve. The full moon in Gemini on the 19th briefly takes our minds off the heavy stuff so mark that date for some lovely holiday mingling and cheer.
Capricorn season begins on the 21st, further emphasizing commitment, longevity and stability in all parts of our lives. But on the 24th, we have the finale of the ongoing clash between steady Saturn and disruptive Uranus, which has brought shake ups on both a personal and societal level all year, reminding us that nothing is ever certain. The one thing that is though is conversations around the dinner table on Christmas will not be boring.
Finally, on the 29th, happy days are here again as Jupiter enters sweet, dreamy Pisces. A sign that though we’re still in the thick of it, 2022, at the very least, brings a lot more hope, optimism and freedom.
(Horoscopes follow for each sign. If you know your rising sign, reading for that sign may provide further insight.)