Your Monthly Horoscopes: December 2023

Through the chaos comes closure

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Welcome to your December horoscope. While we’re still reeling from the full moon in Gemini on November 27th, Mercury’s entrance into practical Capricorn on the 1st is a welcome shift out of the chaos. But this might be a false sense of stability. Venus enters passionate Scorpio on the 4th while hazy Neptune stations direct on the 6th blurring the lines between head and heart.

Though the first half of the month brings opportunity for planning and pragmatic thinking, the new moon in Sagittarius on the 12th is a blunt reset. This new moon isn’t for lighting a candle and meditating, it’s for texting an ex to demand an apology. Mercury then stations retrograde on the 13th through January 1st, meaning it's time to take a pause and review the plan. What’s happening now won’t be resolved fully until early 2024.

Capricorn season arrives on the 21st and again this earth sign steadiness is welcome but deceiving. Happy birthday to all the sea goat GOATs from Dolly Parton to Michelle Obama to Gayle King. Mercury dips back into Sagittarius on the 22nd for the more chaotic half of the retrograde systems review. Then the full moon in Cancer on the 26th concludes this tumultuous period with some heartfelt disclosures.

The last few days of December are a callback to the confusion of late November, but out of the muck, the year does end on a sweet note. Venus enters bold Sagittarius on the 29th, and Jupiter ends its retrograde in Taurus on the 30th renewing hope and optimism as we step into 2024.

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(March 21 - April 19)

  • New Moon in Sagittarius (12/12): Book next year’s vacation
  • Full Moon in Cancer (12/26): Family reunion
  • Other Key Dates: 12/27, 12/28

After an intense fall of major introspection and renewal, your focus this month is finally outward again. Whether you’re planning a trip, teaching a class or embarking on a spiritual quest, your focus should be on the journey. You’re in the midst of a key part of your personal cycle where actions and purpose are aligned and the next big project is becoming clear. You’re pulled out of the clouds at the full moon on the 26th when you have to deal with some very emotional revelations with family. It’s easy to remain above it all and in your head, but there’s a lesson here about staying present and grounded.

Love Horoscope

People are really testing your boundaries this month. Any relationship that doesn’t have clear power dynamics is going to be challenging for you once Venus moves into Scorpio on the 5th. Flirtations do eventually get lighter when Venus shifts into playful Sagittarius on the 29th.

Money Horoscope

Since September, you’ve been slowing down your spending and you might even want to go the DIY route when it comes to holiday gifts this year. When expansive Jupiter stations direct in your money sector on the 30th, you take a look at your bank account and are thrilled with all that you’ve saved.

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(April 20 - May 20)

  • New Moon in Sagittarius (12/12): Spicy therapy session!
  • Full Moon in Cancer (12/26): Heart-opening road trip
  • Other Key Dates: 12/3, 12/4, 12/5, 12/9, 12/11, 12/21, 12/25, 12/29, 12/30

December is always an introspective month for you: cathartic therapy sessions and heated negotiations reveal the truth of all your closest relationships. Which connections only sustain on a surface level and which connections really have range? The holiday season also has you facing some tough family dynamics. What if you shed some light on those grudges so that you can finally let them go? It’s easy to get swept up in someone else’s version of events, but the full moon in Cancer on the 26th makes it clear that you must tell your own story.

Love Horoscope

You’re very relationship-focused this month, and with Venus in your partnership sector from the 4th, you’re wanting to show up with constant gifts, advice and sweetness for those you love. This giving approach pays in dividends on the 9th but then causes some shake ups on the 21st. You can’t use the same approach with everyone.

Money Horoscope

Though you obviously have tons of gifts to buy and parties to prep, you’re most tempted to spend your money on travel or education this month. Take note of what’s piquing your interest but hold out on buying anything as Mercury retrograde—from the 13th through January 1st— may rewire your spending habits.

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(May 21 - June 20)

  • New Moon in Sagittarius (12/12): Last minute first date
  • Full Moon in Cancer (12/26): A meal fit for a queen!
  • Other Key Dates: 12/1, 12/2, 12/7, 12/9, 12/13, 12/18, 12/21, 12/22, 12/27

Though last month’s full moon was an emotional one that left you reeling, things right now are going almost too well. Mercury enters practical Capricorn on the 1st, and you’re feeling confident and grounded in your ongoing transformation. The first few weeks of December let you tie up loose ends, and when Mercury stations retrograde on the 13th, you’re happy to go back and check your work. Everything feels solid. But once Mercury dips back into Sagittarius on the 23rd, everything you worked so hard to keep together quickly becomes yet another tangled mess. The emotions of late November finally get processed, and what you care about the most is made undeniably clear.

Love Horoscope

Whether you’re dating long-distance or just finding it hard to sync up schedules with your partner, so much of your love life this year has played out in the cloud. Jupiter stations direct on the 30th closing a loop on a connection you lost back in May.

Money Horoscope

This month is a good time to investigate options for loans and consolidating debt, especially once Mercury stations retrograde on the 13th. Negotiations might get sticky once Mercury dips back into Sagittarius on the 23rd so if you don’t sign off on anything before then, wait it out until January.

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(June 21 - July 22)

  • New Moon in Sagittarius (12/12): Sprinting through an endless to-do list
  • Full Moon in Cancer (12/26): All eyes on you!
  • Other Key Dates: 12/13, 12/21

Still coming down from last month’s staggering revelations, December opens with you feeling simply over it. The moon is in her waning phase and you too are losing momentum, thrilled to hibernate rather than sprint from one holiday party to another. The new moon on the 12th is a harsh wake up call to get back to work and the following two weeks are spent in a busy rush to prepare for your in-laws holiday visit and tie up loose ends at work. This all concludes with an emotional full moon in Cancer on the 26th: a tearjerker that brings you back to center.

Love Horoscope

In the midst of your frenzied end of year rush, Mercury stations retrograde in your partnership sector on the 13th through January 1st. If you’re single, this might bring an ex back to apologize. If you’re partnered, this transit tests your ability to delegate and share labor. Either way, you’re being challenged to communicate.

Money Horoscope

The one good thing about your major burnout this month is that you’re not tempted to go out and overspend. But you might have a few glasses of wine and buy yourself some unnecessary Christmas gifts under hazy Neptune’s influence on the 16th. Don’t worry: a reality check from your partner of BFF has you returning it all on the 21st.

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(July 23 - Aug 22)

  • New Moon in Sagittarius (12/12): Cheering at your kid’s hockey game!
  • Full Moon in Cancer (12/26): Offline mode
  • Other Key Dates: 12/16, 12/21, 12/22, 12/24, 12/27, 12/30

Merry Christmas, you filthy animal! Sagittarius season is always your most fun and exciting time of year, and more than most, you need to dance off the stress of 2023. The new moon in Sagittarius on the 12th is for diving head first into a new romance or creative project, and through the 16th, you’re on a bit of a holiday bender. Once Capricorn season begins on the 21st though, it’s time to get back to work. The last part of the month is spent recalibrating your routine and embracing limitations so that you can thrive in the new year.

Love Horoscope

With Mars traveling through your romance sector, you’re on the prowl to find your next partner, or at least someone who wants to take you on a fancy date. It’s easy to fall into a total daydream under these circumstances so remember to come up for air every once in a while.

Money Horoscope

Mercury retrograde begins on the 13th through January 1st, and for you, this is a chance to review responsibilities at work. How can you optimize your daily routine so that you’re not working yourself into the ground for a paycheck? Rearranging your daily routine gives you more time for joy.

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(August 23 - September 23)

  • New Moon in Sagittarius (12/12): Break your lease!
  • Full Moon in Cancer (12/26): A hotbed of networking!
  • Other Key Dates: 12/1, 12/2, 12/7, 12/9, 12/13, 12/21, 12/22, 12/27

Mercury enters your fellow earth sign Capricorn on the 1st allowing you to ground yourself in pleasure and fun. Life feels brighter when you’re committed to self expression. Once Mercury stations retrograde on the 13th, you might have to pull out those knitting stitches or take a break from dating, but the pause brings relief. Finding balance between your inner reflections and outer goals is the main work of this month which gets more pronounced when Mercury dips back into Sagittarius on the 23rd. Your inner strength is tested just after the full moon on the 27th when some confusion from late November once again rears its ugly head.

Love Horoscope

For the first few weeks of the month, you’re committed to meeting new people and browsing the apps, but once Mercury stations retrograde on the 13th, you’re tempted to have one last fling with an ex. The full moon in Cancer on the 26th is a heartfelt one where you could meet a lover through a friend.

Money Horoscope

You’re tempted with a major investment on the 3rd that will pay in the long run but leave you broke in the moment. Relying on kindness and loans from close friends and siblings keeps you solvent through most of the month.

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(September 23 - October 21)

  • New Moon in Sagittarius (12/12): Gossip blows up in the group chat
  • Full Moon in Cancer (12/26): Walking the red carpet of your mind
  • Other Key Dates: 12/3, 12/4, 12/5, 12/9, 12/11, 12/21, 12/25, 12/26, 12/29

December is all about getting your resources and your game plan together for 2024. Whether you’re conducting a business review after your first year of freelancing, planning for a move, or adjusting to a new nutrition plan, you’re growing the most right now when you embrace your limits. The full moon in Cancer on the 26th brings a culminating moment for your career that you’ve been working toward since at least July, if not for the past eight years! The very end of the month brings you more opportunities to collaborate with close friends and in your direct community.

Love Horoscope

The holiday season is the perfect time to get set up with a friend of a friend. Everyone’s busy so whatever connection is made now can be kept casual but picked up again in the new year. Mark February on your calendar as the next time love might blossom, and for now, put those flirtations out there!

Money Horoscope

After many ups and downs over the last few years, you’re finally feeling back in control of your finances. With sweet Venus in your money sector from the 4th through the 29th, you’re getting the support you need to grow your means.

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(October 22 - November 21)

  • New Moon in Sagittarius (12/12): Upgrade your 401k!
  • Full Moon in Cancer (12/26): A heartfelt note from a mentor
  • Other Key Dates: 12/4, 12/27, 12/28

After a long uphill battle, your focus in December is comfort. It’s time to treat yourself and indulge in all your favorite holiday things. Putting energy into your personal finances is rewarding, but it also might feel like any extra money is burning a hole in your wallet. Is it actually necessary to shop every good sale? Retail therapy is a salve, especially after the year you’ve had, and your money is best spent on anything to do with beauty and self improvement. This is also a great month to foster relationships with siblings, old friends and those in your local community.

Love Horoscope

There have been so many ups and downs in your romantic life over the past few years, and this month, things are feeling almost suspiciously stable. You’re going on successful dates. Things have never felt easier with your partner. Then growth planet Jupiter stations direct on the 30th in your relationship sector, and you’re able to heal some heartbreak from back in May for good.

Money Horoscope

As mentioned already, this is the month to break out the spreadsheets and focus on personal finance. Being good with money isn’t about spending less, it’s about spending smarter. The new moon in Sagittarius on the 12th is your opportunity to make a bold investment.

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(November 22 - December 21)

  • New Moon in Sagittarius (12/12): New moon, new you
  • Full Moon in Cancer (12/26): Celebrate paying off a credit card
  • Other Key Dates: 12/7, 12/18, 12/16, 12/23, 12/27, 12/30

Happy Solar Return, Sagittarius! Though your birthday season got off to a tense start last month, you’re now feeling energized and at your personal peak for the year. With Mars also in your sign, taking time for self-care and moving your body helps you to blow off steam this month. The new moon in your sign on the 12th offers a moment to assert yourself and take up more space. You might rub someone the wrong way, but listen, it’s your party, you can speak up when you want to! The month ends with Jupiter stationing direct on the 30th ushering in a new year of finding relief in the simple things.

Love Horoscope

With Mars in your sign, you’re feeling even more flirtatious than usual this month. If you’re single, you’re connecting with a lot of potential partners but with Mercury going retrograde on the 13th, you might have to wait until after the holidays to get a text back.

Money Horoscope

The full moon in Cancer on the 26th illuminates your shared resources sector. This is a culmination of an issue with debts, taxes or a loan that kicked off around the new moon in Cancer on July 17th. This is a great time to hire an accountant or advisor, refinance a loan or use that holiday bonus to pay off some debts.

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(December 22 - January 19)

  • New Moon in Sagittarius (12/12): Vision board retreat
  • Full Moon in Cancer (12/26): “She said yes!”
  • Other Key Dates: 12/1, 12/2, 12/5, 12/13, 12/21, 12/22

In your personal cycle, Sagittarius season is best for doing behind-the-scenes work. While everyone else is at the holiday party, you’re deep in planning and research mode for a project. With Mercury in your sign for most of the month, you’re feeling articulate and capable, but what if you put that energy toward your dreams rather than solving everyone else’s problems? Take all the time you need to relax, dream and vision board to set yourself up for success in 2024! Once your season begins on the 21st, you’re well rested and ready to host events and show up for everyone else.

Love Horoscope

If you’re single, it’s going to be challenging to put yourself out there this month as you’d much rather hermit and focus on yourself. But the full moon in Cancer on the 26th marks a culmination for your closest relationships and you might just meet someone special at your sister’s holiday party.

Money Horoscope

Between takeout to fuel your late night inspiration sessions, holiday gifts and a bunch of treat yourself moments, you might rack up more credit debt than expected this month. Take a moment on the 24th to update the budgets and see where you’re at.

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(January 20 - February 18)

  • New Moon in Sagittarius (12/12): Breaking away from needy friends
  • Full Moon in Cancer (12/26): Last minute deadline
  • Other Key Dates: 12/2, 12/5, 12/21, 12/24

Holiday time is hectic for everyone of course, but you’re finding it particularly difficult to find any balance this year. Sagittarius season is always your most social time on both a personal and professional level, but part of you would rather be crocheting in front of Real Housewives while the world burns instead. You get some great career or money news on the 5th and the new moon on the the 12th is a great opportunity to celebrate. Once the sun enters Capricorn and your unconscious sector on the 21st, you take your cue to unapologetically hibernate for the rest of the year with your Snuggie and snacks.

Love Horoscope

Single or taken, romance is happening behind the scenes this month. You’re flirting with someone in another country over DM or counting the days until your boyfriend gets back from an extended work trip. Be patient because next month you’ll be back in person and getting lots of attention.

Money Horoscope

Sagittarius season is a great time for you to get an entrepreneurial venture off the ground. You’re making sales at the holiday party! Just be prepared for a burst of work around the full moon on the 26th when you have to deliver on all that work you promised.

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(February 19 - March 20)

  • New Moon in Sagittarius (12/12): Clean break from your boss
  • Full Moon in Cancer (12/26): Positive pregnancy test
  • Other Key Dates: 12/6, 12/7, 12/18, 12/23, 12/30

Sagittarius season is when the sun illuminates your career and public image sector bringing opportunities for leadership and promotion. The new moon in Sagittarius on the 12th marks a reset moment for your professional life. Where do you want to be in six months? What small steps can you take now to achieve those goals? December is an extremely busy and social time for you with all kinds of worlds colliding. Make sure you’re taking time to pause and reflect, especially because once your ruling planet Jupiter stations direct on the 30th, you’re going to be very busy for the rest of the winter.

Love Horoscope

You might be finding love under the mistletoe this year, Pisces. Dangling romantic threads from back in September come full circle at a friend’s holiday party on the 7th or 18th. With Mercury retrograde, love connections are a slow burn but be patient. There’s more to be revealed.

Money Horoscope

You feel a great sense of relief when your sister suggests that you do Secret Santa for the extended family this year rather than doing individual gifts for every cousin, niece and nephew. Despite your more frugal holiday season though, you’re tempted to blow what you’ve saved on sales the week after Christmas. Pause before you click buy.

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Jaime Wright is an astrologer and writer based in NYC. She has been writing PureWow’s weekly and monthly horoscope columns since 2019, and also authors the cult favorite...