December 3: New Moon, Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius: 11:42 pm (12:22 Sagittarius)
December 18: Full Moon in Gemini: 8:35 pm (27:28 Gemini)
December 1: Neptune in Pisces ends retrograde: 5:22 am
December 13: Mars enters Sagittarius: 1:52 am (to Jan 24)
December 13: Mercury enters Capricorn: 9:51 am
December 19: Venus in Capricorn starts retrograde: 2:35 am
December 19: Chiron in Aries ends retrograde: 8:32 am
December 28: Jupiter enters Pisces: 8:09 pm
**Note: All times listed are PST, please check your local time
Dates to watch: Dec 3 – 8, 11, 13, 14, 18 -25, 30
December showcases several significant transits. Here is the rundown:
Neptune in Pisces ends its five-month retrograde tour on December 1. A subtle tune-in influence, by retrograde, Neptune is an individualizing search-light transit, by direct motion it will source from the collective vibe. Either way, it is a consciousness raising transit regarding both the personal and collective experience. We bear witness to our own creative process, and we participate/contribute to the mass consciousness too. Now that Neptune has completed its retrograde tour, it declares that the past five months have been sufficiently informing and seeding. It will now incorporate/weave that information into its script writing software program, in other words to the designing of reality, of where we take it from here.
December 3 (or December 4 depending on your location) delivers a total solar eclipse in Sagittarius. It is also a super new moon, which means it is a high tide time. This one is a king tide. Here in my hometown, we are looking forward to the king tide to assist with a stuck barge. A king tide gives an idea of how high the average tide will be in the future, which is of significance to those who live near the shoreline.
An eclipse is an acceleration catalyst. It will often produce something unexpected. The super new moon, total solar eclipse in Sagittarius can produce a springboard or big jump/leap effect. Something ends, something begins. A trend setting influence, it can be a stimulant for the markets and for speculative undertakings. Mercury in Sagittarius is a significant contributor to the eclipse. As such, watch for news, a major announcement, weather or an event of note, or for someone of significance to set wheels in motion. (Royalty and prominent individuals can make headlines.) The Sagittarius eclipse can feature matters to do with education, publishing and broadcasting, legal undertakings, spectator sports, immigration, migration, religion, and spirituality. (Canada is waiting for the pope to visit and offer his apology to indigenous people for the Catholic church’s residential school crimes.) This eclipse will be a significant influence for you if it makes a direct contact to your chart. Otherwise, you will witness the influence as a general intensity dial up. At the very least, the eclipse puts everything to do with the holidays (shopping, travel, etc.) into full swing.
As of December 13, Mars leaves Scorpio and begins its six-week tour of Sagittarius. On this same day, Mercury leaves Sagittarius to begin a three-week stint through Capricorn. Together they create a momentum shift. In general, we are likely to feel that time is on a countdown. It is. The holidays and a new year are soon here. No doubt there are many of us who are looking forward to getting it done and over with. The sun, Mercury and the Sagittarius eclipse keeps the searchlight on the future and for better days ahead.
December 18 to 21 hosts a run of planetary activity. December 18 delivers a full moon in Gemini. December 19, Chiron in Aries ends retrograde, and Venus in Capricorn begins retrograde. December 21, the sun enters Capricorn and Ceres enters Taurus. Put that all together, and it is time to switch track from the outer-world hustle or concerns, and to reward yourself and loved ones in whatever way entertains, comforts, or delights you, that gifts you best.
On December 23, Saturn in Aquarius will square Uranus in Taurus for last of three meetings. This “bust up the concrete, travel with the breaks on” transit has been a dominant influence all year. It has been mostly destabilizing and disruptive, but it has also been energizing opportunity for progressive and visionary change. The more the air clears (along with the clearing of the airwaves/thought patterns of the collective consciousness), the better we will be able to see it and seize it.
Venus began its tour of Capricorn on November 6. It is usually a three-week transit, but due to its retrograde cycle, December 19 to January 29, Venus will tenant Capricorn to March 5. This is a very long Venus transit! If it works well for you, you’ll feel it as time your side, as an advantage to be put to good use. The shape of reality – Venus in Capricorn marks the time as right or ripe. If you invest well, the transit sets you up to reap a significant reward.
On the realism side, we must appreciate that there is work to be done to build it better, to get it under better control, or to reap the respect and reward that is due. Slow, steady, and substantial is the Capricorn way.
Capricorn is the archetype of the past, its consequences and benefits. Capricorn is also the archetype of inner judgements and crystalized patterns of behaviour. Venus retrograde in Capricorn (December 19 to January 29) is a time to re-examine where you are at and where you want to be. What is it that holds value and meaning for you? Are you getting enough out of your paycheque or the life you are living? Are you spending enough quality time with loved ones (self included!)? The retrograde cycle is best used to reassess priorities and commitments. Quality over quantity is also the Venus in Capricorn way.
Venus retrograde puts fated circumstances and karmic relationship chapters into play. A sense of déjà vu is your clue to the importance of this moment along the timeline. It is an opportunity to revisit the unfinished threads of past lives, to rework it and to move it to higher ground.
The potency of this Venus retrograde cycle should not be under-rated. Venus works closely with Pluto, agent of the soul. Their focus? Effective and lasting change; to create the necessary and desired evolution as is mandated by the soul (yours, ours; – the mandate of Divine Soul too). Venus meets with Pluto three times: December 11, December 25, and March 3. Consider these dates as marking the timetable for paving the foundation and/or for the cementing process.
Venus retrograde conjunct Pluto on Christmas Day underscores the fact that reality has changed in a significant and lasting way. It marks the holiday and the year end as an anniversary or milestone of note. Know it now or look back on it, it is the end of what was and the beginning of what will be; a long chapter ends while a new one is in its set up phase. Why not observe the day with a new tradition (Capricorn archetype).
Jupiter leaves Aquarius for Pisces on December 28. Jupiter in Pisces is ideal for going with the flow, for allowing yourself to feel inspired and hopeful again.
ARIES March 19/20 – April 19
The total solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 4 sets bigger wheels in motion. It is fortuitous for speculative ventures, travel, or relocation, for reaching a wider audience (i.e., teaching, publishing, broadcasting), for educational or athletic pursuits, and for legal undertakings. Good news could come your way, visitors too. At the very least, the eclipse puts the holiday season into full swing. You stand to gain the most from this eclipse if you are born in the first five or so days of April. You can feel a sense of fate or destiny in more obvious play.
Chiron in Aries ends a five-month retrograde tour on December 19. On December 23 (11:16 pm PST) Saturn squares Uranus for third and last meeting. Saturn/Uranus, a “travelling with the brakes on” transit has been a feature transit for most of this past year. Both transits (Chiron and Saturn/Uranus) set the stage for a better move-along where it is both required and desired. New goals and initiatives are a step in the right direction. As time moves forward and perspective grows, you’ll see the dividing lines widen between yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Venus in Capricorn travels retrograde from December 19 to January 29. It is an important reassess and reprioritize transit. How are you spending your time, your money, and your heart? Are you getting good value out of your investments? Venus retrograde puts added emphasis on career and personal life ambitions (included on the list: respect, boundaries, reputation.) What could you add or subtract that would make you feel more secure (emotionally, materially)? This Venus transit will give you a better feel for the building reality. It also marks this passage of time or the timetable as a priority and as a cementing tool for the way forward.
Heart to heart, wallet to wallet, layer by layer, moment to moment – Venus takes you into the thick of it. A circumstance and/or an evaluation process will continue to shape shift at a slow and steady, yet intensified pace. Hitting a wall? Not for long. Mountain to move? You are stronger and more resilient than you realize. Whether you are keen for change or are in resistance mode, a natural (and inevitable) progression is already on the clock. Venus and Pluto set to task on the necessary and the timely and you are requested (nay, required) to show up for it. Venus meets with Pluto three times: December 11 (direct), Christmas Day (retrograde) and March 3. That’s the timetable. Expect to be working it out until then. The beginning of March can be full throttle time. Venus retrograde gifts you with an extended period to get a better handle on it. Venus aligned with Pluto on Christmas day marks this day a milestone passage or anniversary of significance. (If it isn’t marking your past, it is marking your future.) Venus/Pluto underscore the fact that reality (yours, theirs, ours) has forever changed. It also underscores how important it is to honour each moment by being fully present and by never missing a chance to show your love, your respect, and your courage.
Jupiter leaves Aquarius for Pisces on December 28. I’ll talk more about Jupiter in my next column, but for now, Jupiter in Pisces is a lovely transit for going with the flow and for dreaming it bigger. Find quiet time to allow inspiration, creativity, romance, or the spiritual side of life to gift you.
TAURUS April 19 – May 20
One way or another, the month ahead hits full swing. The solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 4 springboards matters of heart or wallet. A new prospect can find you ready to take a leap of faith, to go the distance. An instantaneous draw or rapport can ignite a sense of “meant to be”, of fate or destiny in play. Note that an eclipse holds potency over an extended time. If not now, know the stage is set for the coming months. Of course, for this eclipse to deliver, your personal chart would have to be in alignment. On the other hand, the new trajectory could create a gap or chasm that is too big to cover up or deny, in which case, it may be time to go your separate ways. One way or another, the solar eclipse in Sagittarius sets you on the road to your future.
The eclipse also puts added attention on survival issues and financial matters, (income, overhead, expenses, debt, shared). It could be a challenge, especially at this time of year, but you are wise to keep tabs on the overages. Try not to spend or to indulge beyond reasonable limits. To the plus, better financial opportunities can be on the horizon.
Mars tenants Scorpio to mid month, enters Sagittarius on December 13. This transit also keeps relationship matters, finances, and trust issues in the forefront. Mars brings a sense of fully submerged with no real let up. The best you can do, is to keep going, to work with what you have standing right in front of you and to recognize that it is an evolving process.
To the plus, Venus will spend the next several months in Capricorn. This transit sets a solidifying backdrop that will contribute to the shaping of your future in a real and substantial way. Venus retrograde, December 19 to January 29 gives you an extended time to feel your way along, to strengthen your position, true your aim, to reassess and reprioritize where it will do you the greatest good. Venus can hold you steady while you undergo a major change. Venus meets with Pluto on December 11 and on Christmas day. These dates can be significant in terms of setting wheels in motion (inwardly or in actuality). Christmas day can go down in your history book as a milestone first or last. How long will it take to get to the next launchpad? Look to the start of March for the time to when Venus and Pluto will join forces again with the addition of Mars in Capricorn at the start of March. Expect to find the time-is-right moment, to be on the move in some major way by then.
Neptune in Pisces ends retrograde on December 1. Jupiter enters Pisces on December 28. Both transits can help you to open to fresh possibilities, to tap more lucrative potentials, to find what’s been missing (i.e., hope, inspiration, creative flow, a deeper connection with the spiritual side of life).
GEMINI May 20 – June 20
Whether travel is on your list or not, December’s stars will keep you on the move. The solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December, (11:42 pm PST) sets the month ahead and all that the holidays bring into full swing. The new variant gains traction too.
Mercury transits Sagittarius to December 13. Mars begins its tour of Sagittarius on the same day. Expect to go more places, do/buy more things, and perhaps to pay more too. More people are out and about, more come and go at all levels. While there’s a percentage of sameness to expect at this time of year, there’s plenty of change – and plenty that’s forever changed. Whether you are in the thick of it or have not yet met up with it yet, the solar eclipse keeps you on a date with destiny. Follow your heart, your truth; let time and experience guide you. Teachers and teachings come in packages big and small. Move courage to the forefront, aim to stay a step ahead as best you can. The growth potential is significant. The future is but a threshold for you to cross. What’s meant to be will either take an exit or make a greater show. You will feel the fullest effect of the solar eclipse if you are born on or around June 2, or the eclipse makes a direct contact to your natal chart.
Venus in Capricorn travels retrograde from December 19 to January 29. It is an important re-evaluation, reassessment transit for each and every one. This transit puts added emphasis on money matters, personal priorities, and important relationships (significant other, parents, parental responsibilities, financially based, business). It also puts added attention on the ageing process and brings a sense of being on the punch clock regarding endings, completion, or new ventures. For example, you may be ready to downsize, retire, to make a relationship status or professional status official. Attention directed toward getting your finances or personal life under better control is wisdom in the works. Venus retrograde is also well used to revise or renegotiate financial terms, write, or revise your will, to establish better personal and relationship boundaries.
Saturn turns a corner with Uranus (by square aspect) on December 23. It is the third and final time they will meet. This “travelling with the brakes on” transit has been a feature influence for most of this past year. Whether subtle or obvious, you can feel this transit as finally moving past a block or hold up, or that you are finally able to make progress/a breakthrough for yourself.
Venus joins forces with Pluto on December 11 and 25. Both dates mark a timeline of significance. Christmas day can mark a milestone, an ending or beginning of significance. Venus/Pluto underscore the fact that the reality baseline has forever changed, that it is still in the throws of a major overhaul. In general, the Venus/Pluto transit is good for revisions and finishing touches, for getting back in touch, for taking time out for the things and people who matter the most. Emotions run deep. Allow yourself more time to sit with yourself, to feel your way along, to listen to the soundtrack of your heart and soul.
Jupiter leaves Aquarius for Pisces on December 28. This transit can open a portal on opportunity. There’s plenty of potential to draw from. Of course, is it up to you to open to it. How you ask? Aspire higher. Don’t put a low ceiling on your thinking, your belief, your hope, or your envisioning. Keep searching for fresh inspiration, let tomorrow unfold, and follow its good lead.
CANCER June 20 – July 22
Neptune in Pisces ends retrograde on December 1. A subtle shift transit, it can help you to open to the realm of greater possibility, to resource more of the potential and abundance that is out there and waiting for you.
Look to the solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 4 to set bigger wheels in motion. Mercury in Sagittarius (to December 13) and Mars into Sagittarius (starting December 13) also set the action onto a fuller swing. Feeling overwhelmed by too much work, too much on your plate, or by forces beyond your control? Remember, a dose of extra patience mixed into one small step at a time can get you all the way there. It’s hard to keep the faith when you are in the thick of it, but that’s when you need to the most.
The eclipse and Sagittarius transits also increase the attention on your health. You are wise to give it priority attention. Don’t cheat yourself on a healthy diet and lifestyle, on exercise and improvement regimes. Get to the doctor, dentist, or specialist, seek the advice or expertise of one in the know.
Additional education or training is also time and money well spent. For those already in school, the solar eclipse can spark a better sense of direction regarding a specialty. On the job search? The eclipse can set a more fortuitous backdrop. If you are looking to carve your own way, the eclipse could spark great creative inspiration, or give you a chance to put your special gifts to good use and to show them what you can do. If on the other hand, you feel completely left out or out in left field, it is a message to heed. Square peg never fits in round hole. Don’t shave yourself down. Go looking in a new direction.
Venus in Capricorn travels retrograde from December 19 to January 29. To some extent, the retrograde is well timed for a shift of momentum, to pull back from the outer world concerns and distractions, to spend quality time with family and loved ones. Venus in Capricorn takes you through an important reassessment cycle. It is time to feel your way along, to reassess and revamp your priorities, to validate your own needs, to work toward establishing better control or boundaries. Venus retrograde gives you an extended time to work it out for yourself. Venus meets with Pluto on December 11 and on Christmas Day. An unlocking influence, Venus/Pluto set the stage for breaking down a wall or barrier – yours or theirs, for a change of heart or for a profound heal the heart process to begin. Emotional triggers run especially deep. Feelings long buried can surface. You can’t hide what you feel, nor should you.
Saturn turns a corner with Uranus on December 23. It’s the last of three meetings in 2021.
Saturn/Uranus, a “traveling with the brakes on” influence, has been a dominate influence for most of this last year. Saturn will now move forward, and so will you.
You may look back on Christmas day as a milestone, as a last or a first of many. Venus/Pluto underscores the fact that reality has changed, that there is no turning back, there is only one direction to face, and that is forward.
Jupiter leaves Aquarius for Pisces on December 28. Jupiter in Pisces can benefit you in many ways. Jupiter in Aquarius may have been stressful. Hopefully you’ll feel Jupiter in Pisces as an ease up on the stress and uncertainty that may have plagued you over this past year. Jupiter in Pisces helps you to go with the flow better, to open to potentials and opportunities you might not have clued into previously.
LEO July 22 – August 22
The solar eclipse in Sagittarius is accompanied by Mercury in the same sign. You can feel their influence as a fresh boost of energy, inspiration, or creativity. Yes, try your luck. You could hit a winning streak. Speculative ventures can prove lucrative and worthwhile.
Among the many ways, the eclipse can deliver, it could bring good news. Perhaps there’s an opportunity to travel, or to welcome someone into your home or your heart. Volunteering or the spiritual side of life can call out to you. Too, the eclipse could give you more insight into what is around the corner. Of course, how the eclipse shows up in your life is a matter of how it aligns with your birth chart. If nothing of significance happens, then you’ll witness it via the top news stories (i.e., weather extremes, the new variant in full swing) and the added activity generated by the holidays.
Mercury leaves and Mars enters the sign of Sagittarius on December 13. This planetary switch will continue to keep you/keep it going strong.
Chiron in Aries ends retrograde on December 19. On this same day, Venus in Capricorn begins retrograde. While there’s still one more week of shopping, etc. to do before Christmas, we’ll all feel that sense of being ready for a change of pace. Venus retrograde continues to January 29. The transit makes you aware of the changing nature of your priorities, it takes you through an important reassessment or renovation cycle. Are you getting the respect, acknowledgement, or results, or answers you feel is due? Are you getting enough reward out of your job or paycheque, your exercise or health regime, or commitments? Time is a precious commodity, and it is important to use it wisely. Timing it right is also an important factor. Giving you a timetable to work with, Venus forms three conjunctions with Pluto, on Dec 11, December 25, and March 3. The start of March marks a goal post and/or springboard time. What steps do you need to take, what needs to be filled in or finished off, before you can hit go on your next chapter?
Saturn/Uranus, a “travelling with the brakes on” transit, has been in operation for most of this year. As of December 23, Saturn turns a corner as it squares Uranus for the third and final time. Saturn/Uranus and Venus/Pluto are both signaling along the same lines. Reality has changed and is changing in an undeniable and irreversible way. Venus/Pluto in Capricorn conjunct on Christmas day suggests a history re-write, and/or a milestone of significance in the works. This holiday (perhaps the year too) may prove to be the end of many and/or the beginning of many yet to come.
VIRGO August 22 – September 22
The end of Neptune retrograde on December 1 can be a subtle influence. Still, it is noteworthy, this in terms of moving the potential (what’s already on brew) to the next level. Perhaps you already have a sense of the direction forward, of what you are working toward. Progressively, the future is unfolding and taking on a life of its own. You’ll see it shape up in a more well-defined way from here on in.
The total solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 3 (or 4, depending on where you live), is a significant catalyst in this regard. It could springboard you in some accelerated fashion. You will feel the fullest effect of the eclipse if you are born on or near September 5 to 8. The eclipse could spark a significant change to your home (an address change perhaps?), family, and personal life. Planning a trip or itching to travel? A significant arrival or departure (for you or regarding another) is within the possibility. (That could also include saying goodbye to one ready for transition.) The eclipse also gives a thumbs up to new scouting missions and marketing ventures, teaching, educational pursuits, and the spiritual quest.
Venus in Capricorn is one of your best Venus transits. It creates an intensified magnetic aura around you that is especially attractive (at all levels). Keep up with your affirmations and mantras, put your ambition to work and watch the good it does you. Venus in Capricorn is an excellent transit for calling it forth, for manifesting, for making it real, and for building it better. It can assist you to create or achieve something of significant value and worth (finances, material gain, professional, relationships). Venus typically transits a sign for approximately three weeks. Giving you an extra long grace period, Venus transits Capricorn through the start of March! This lengthy time extension is due to Venus in retrograde travel from December 19 to January 29. Venus retrograde is an important reassessment cycle. It also sets into play fated circumstances and relationship chapters. This transit holds greater transformative punch as Venus teams up with Pluto (agent of the soul). Nothing is small or insignificant about this planetary pairing. The karmic wheels have already been set in motion, especially so since the lunar eclipse in Taurus on November 19. Venus and Pluto will meet three times, December 11, December 25, and March 3. Know it now or recognize it some time later, Christmas Day is likely to stand out as a milestone or anniversary of note. It is an ending of many that have come before and a beginning to many that will come to be.
Underscoring the significance of this moment in time, Saturn forms (surpasses) the last of three exact square alignments with Uranus on December 23. This “travel with the brakes on” transit has kept the uncertainty going for most of this past year. Along with the start of Venus retrograde and Venus/Pluto, we’ll feel this as a significant staging or time has come moment. There’s still time to put in and ducks to line up. Look to the start of March for the next springboard cycle.
Jupiter advances into Pisces on December 28. The transit can enhance romance, inspiration, creativity, and/or increase your fanbase. An ease up on it influence, it could alleviate some of the stress associated with work or working it out. To the plus, Jupiter in Pisces can increase your ability to let go and go with the flow.
LIBRA September 22 to October 22
A chapter of your life is coming to closure and a new one is under construction. Whether there is something actual to pin it on or it is simply a feeling, you are likely to sense the momentousness of this moment in time.
Saturn in Aquarius squares Uranus on December 23 for the third time this year. This transit has been working on the reinvention mandate, but it has largely been a “travelling with the brakes on” influence. As of this last meetup, Saturn will be on a faster move along. Uranus will continue in retrograde until the middle of January.
Typically, the transit’s length is 3 weeks through a sign, but this time, Venus will tenant Capricorn through the beginning of March. The reason for the extended visit is due to a retrograde cycle which happens from December 19 to January 29. Venus retrograde is an important transit on its own. This time around Venus is also on an important developmental track with Pluto, the great transformer, the planet that correlates to the soul’s deepest desire for evolution. Venus meets with Pluto three times, on December 11, December 25, and March 3. Mars will join the action mid February into the start of March. Suffice to say, it is an important work in progress regarding your relationship with yourself, your past, and your future and the people who share time with you. Venus retrograde sets fate into play in some potent way. A sense of déjà vu is a clue to the importance of the circumstance or relationship replay. The work in progress will continue to unfold layer by layer, step by step. Venus gives you an extended period to reassess, to line up your ducks, to get prepared. Renovating, downsizing, making a personal life or career change? Whether launching or taking it to the next level, the beginning of March is the right time to aim for.
Coming together on Christmas Day, Venus retrograde conjunct Pluto underscores the fact that time is on the move, that you are standing at a threshold of significance. Looking back on this holiday you’ll remember it as momentous as the end of a life chapter and a life chapter begun. Mark it with a new tradition.
Jupiter leaves Aquarius for Pisces on December 28. This transit calls for you to go with the flow even more than you usually do. Jupiter in Pisces can stir potentials that may have previously gone largely unnoticed. It can stir your imagination, inspiration, and compassion (for another, for humanity), it can see you yearn for more spiritual fulfillment, more peace and quiet, more love. Go gentle on yourself and on others too. The archetype of Libra has the art of giving well mastered. Jupiter in Pisces wants you to master the art of receiving too! Jupiter in Pisces can increase a penchant for mediumship, music, dreaming (prophetic, creative), moviemaking, design, writing, etc. Romance and hopefulness are hallmarks of Jupiter in Pisces. Let the muses play, but also, keep a handle on reality. Under Jupiter’s influence, it can be easy to get caught up and swept away, to over-indulge, overdo it, and over-estimate. The last thing to mention about this Jupiter transit is that it is important to protect the immune system. Keep tabs on consumption of recreational drugs or alcohol. Don’t slack off on health and safety. You are a precious being. Take good care of yourself!
SCORPIO October 22 to November 21
Mars in Scorpio keeps you/keeps the action going strong through December 13. Look to the solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 3 (11:42 pm PST) for a top-up of fresh incentive and opportunity. The eclipse can put your future into drive in some significant, unexpected, or preview way. Giving you more to work with, for and toward, this eclipse can set the action onto a prosperity or higher price tag track. Everything is worth more – what you own, what you have to work with, what you want to buy, even your time. The eclipse also sparks a fruitful personal growth and learning cycle. (Looking to get pregnant? The eclipse enhances fertility.) Resourcefulness increases; trust your instincts. Previously hidden or untapped talents can surface. For example, you could find your intuition is speaking up more, that a natural talent is unfolding, or that you know more than you think you know. Put will into play, there is a result waiting to be gained. Opportunity for travel, relocation, teaching, coaching, writing, and publishing also fall under the jurisdiction of this eclipse. Of course, for the eclipse to be a significant catalyst, it must make a direct contact to your chart. Otherwise, you’ll see its workings in a more general sense.
Venus in Capricorn meets with Pluto on December 11. This transit can mark a finish line or timeline of significance. Whether it is something actual to pin it on or it is a sense, you may feel like you are crossing a threshold. You are. Venus/Pluto shifts a reality, a priority, an evaluation process, or a perception. Pluto is the agent of change. Evolutionary astrology correlates Pluto to the soul and its evolving desires. Venus correlates to money, manifesting, and survival (at all levels, including emotional), and relationships at all levels (self to self included). Venus is also the attraction planet. Combined with Pluto, it holds a particularly strong magnetic pull. Venus in retrograde motion, December 19 to January 29, is a reassessment transit. The transit intensifies the karmic replay or the fated dynamic of circumstances. It is a time to review priorities and to get a better handle on structural change that can be necessary or desired. Venus retrograde also puts attention on the redefinition or re-establishment of boundaries, or the building of a better foundation or wall. It may be a time to reduce your overhead, clear up old debt, redo official agreements (contracts, leases, passports, licences, etc.), to resecure your money, your reputation or status (professional, personal), or your property (intellectual or otherwise).
Venus meets with Pluto 3 times, December 11, December 25, and March 3. Expect to be working through something of significance for that entire time. Coinciding with Christmas Day, Venus/Pluto marks this holiday as a milestone or anniversary of note. If it isn’t obvious to you now, it will be when you look back on it at some other point in time. Turning a corner on December 23, the final of three alignments of Saturn/Uranus also brings the sense of the momentousness of this passage of time. (Saturn/Uranus, a “travel with the brakes on” transit, has been influential for most of this past year.)
Jupiter enters Pisces on December 28. This in the flow transit can act like a tuning fork. It helps you resource from that which is invisible yet teaming with life. In other words, it loans you greater access to universal energies, to the trends of the collective consciousness. As such, Jupiter can enhance opportunity and potentials. It can revive hope, faith, or the spiritual side of life. Creativity, romance, or career can flourish.
SAGITTARIUS November 21 – December 21
The total solar eclipse in Sagittarius will be especially potent for you if your birthday is on or near December 3 to 7. Fresh inspiration, opportunity, reason, or cause is in ample supply. It can jettison you onto a new or next trajectory, perhaps unexpectedly so. Once launched or ignited, it is take-flight, go the distance time. Watch December 7 to 9 to kick it up, and/or to be revealed.
Affecting each of us in a myriad of unique ways, in general, an eclipse accelerates the action. An eclipse in Sagittarius sets the future on go in some significant way. Beyond the attention on the holidays, the spotlight is on health, personal wellbeing, mobility, freedom, more room to move, travel, relocation, a new education or career track, speculative ventures, marketing, etc.
Venus in Capricorn travels in retrograde motion from December 19 to January 29. It brings a shift of momentum and attention, which fits well with taking a break over the holidays. Venus retrograde is an important cycle for each of us. It is a time to reassess priorities and goals, to redesign or restructure where necessary or desired. Venus retrograde puts added attention on all matters to do with money, survival, and relationships. Venus in Capricorn also puts added attention on the ageing process, the past, and on time (i.e., timeframes, time-limits, the right moment). Most notably, Venus retrograde puts fated circumstance into play and dials up the unfinished business of relationships. This transit is punched up significantly due to Venus meeting with Pluto three times, on December 11, December 25, and March 3. Whatever the transit delivers, anticipate that it will occupy you until the start of March. Mars in Capricorn will join Venus/Pluto at that time. Until then it is a time to work through it, to process, develop, renovate, or prepare. The meeting of Venus/Pluto on Christmas Day can hold special significance. Know it now or realize it later, it marks a milestone, anniversary, or threshold crossing of note.
Saturn squares Uranus on December 23 for the third and final meeting this year. This “bust up the concrete, travel with the brakes on” influence, has been influential for the better portion of this past year. This Saturn/Uranus square, happening two days before Venus stations retrograde can be felt in a subtle or obvious way. It is a good time to stop and regroup, to shift your attention from the outer world to your personal world and the people in it.
Jupiter leaves Aquarius for Pisces on December 28. While Mercury keeps the action going in the last few days of the month, Jupiter in Pisces is a go with the flow influence. Combined, they keep you immersed in the moment.
CAPRICORN December 21 to January 20
December opens with Neptune ending retrograde (December 1) and a total solar eclipse in Sagittarius on December 3 (11:42pm PST). They’ll prompt a subtle or more visible shift regarding how you perceive, witness, or process. You’ll find you are more willing to accommodate or go with the flow, more open and forthcoming, and more ready to entertain and explore in ways that you may not have previously considered. At the same time, potentials, trends, and circumstances start to colour themselves in a more well-defined way. Also, the solar eclipse could trigger an insight, an inspiration worth pursuing, or clue you in unexpectedly. What surfaces teems with greater potency and life than usual. If the eclipse comes and goes with little note, then it is not making a direct contact to your birth chart.
A more noticeable influence for you is the Venus transit. Due to her retrograde cycle, December 19 to January 29, Venus extends her visit to Capricorn through the start of March! You will feel this transit as a significant, perhaps even momentous period. You are on the threshold of major change, at a finish line, goal post of significance. The sentiment: the time is right/ripe, time is on your side, it is finally time, it is finally your time. You’ll think it, feel it, or see it in action. Even so, this change of format is a work in progress. Keeping the evolution on an intensity track, Venus teams up with Pluto, December 11, December 25, and March 3. Expect to be working your way through on an all-consuming developmental track until the start of March. By then, Mars will join Venus/Pluto. It will take you up to then to wrap it up or to get yourself set up. While Venus tours retrograde, it is a time to reassess, reprioritize, line up your ducks, get yourself better organized or acclimatized, and to bide time if you need to. Venus retrograde is also a signature of fated circumstances, for destiny in the making, for a replay of lifetimes past. Look back on it later or know it now, Christmas Day marks a milestone or anniversary of significance.
Saturn in Aquarius turns a corner with Uranus on December 23. It is the final of three meetings in 2021. In general, the transit gives you the sense of finally being able to move ahead. Preceding the start of the Venus retrograde cycle by just a couple of days, Saturn/Uranus finds you more than ready to throw off the shackles and take a break.
Jupiter enters Pisces on December 28. It’s a good transit for easy going or for easing into it. Give into inspiration or the mood of the moment. This transit finds you more receptive and open minded, more sensitive, expressive, and intuitive.
AQUARIUS January 20 – February 18/19
The total solar eclipse on December 3 (11:42 pm PST) can place you at the start of a major lifestyle change. Whether you are actively designing or choosing, or they take on a life of their own, new goals will now or soon gain more definition/become more of a reality. You can see an increase of income or opportunity, perhaps travel or a new career trajectory is in the works. It is a trend setting eclipse for the markets and for speculative ventures. People may enter or exit your life in some significant way. The eclipse can be a catapulting or acceleration influence if it makes a direct contact to your natal chart. Otherwise, you’ll witness its influence in a more general or indirect way.
Jupiter continues in Aquarius to December 28. This transit keeps you energized and going strong. Each day is an opportunity. It could produce something out of the blue, especially December 7, 8, when Mars squares Jupiter and Mercury squares Neptune. Too, these dates can put you in the know, or set you free. They are good for travel or for getting your message across to a wider audience. At the very least, these dates are likely to put you and the holidays into full swing.
Venus is on an extended tour of Capricorn. For your sign, Venus works toward bringing something long in the works to completion or an ending. Simultaneously, it is also seeding and setting a foundation for the future. From December 19 to January 29, Venus travels retrograde. Venus retrograde is a time to pull back and regroup, to get yourself better organized. Give yourself the gift of time as best you can – and make sure you put that gift of time to good use! Finish off creative projects, renovations, clear your clutter, do your homework, etc. Venus retrograde takes you through a destiny making timetable. Fated circumstances come into play. People of significance can come or go.
This Venus cycle holds more than the usual impact as Venus confers with Pluto, agent of the soul, to create deep, profound, and lasting change. Venus/Pluto meet three times, December 11, December 25, and March 3. These dates give you the timetable regarding your internal process and the evolution of circumstances. By the beginning March, Mars will join the duo. That will be a springboard, a threshold crossing, or full thrust launch time.
Venus/Pluto on Christmas is significant in terms of an altered reality in the works. Know it now or recognize it later, you’ll come to see this holiday as a setting a new precedent, as a milestone or anniversary of significance. Capricorn is the archetype of traditions. Why not create a new one this year?
PISCES February 18/19 to March 19/20
As of December 1, Neptune in Pisces ends the retrograde cycle it began at the end of June. It is mostly felt as a subtle shift of a trend, a consciousness, or a momentum. You could also feel it as an unblocking influence (creative, or otherwise), as a change in your health or energy level, as an increase in sensitivity, sensory faculties, and responses. In other words, you could find you are more in tune, with others or regarding your psychic awareness.
The total solar eclipse on December 3 (11:42 pm) signals the start of a new life chapter or era. Setting a new reality into play, it can be a springboard for a new career or lifestyle trajectory. This eclipse can be an especially potent catalyst for you if your birthday falls on or near March 3 to 5. The action of an eclipse covers a span of time. What unfolds or shapes up for you now will be more fully built and on the go by the spring.
December 7, 8 can put you/it on go, perhaps unexpectedly so. Mars square Jupiter and Mercury square Neptune can prompt an insight or clue you in to more. These transits and the weekend that follows can coincide with the end of a school semester, the start of a vacation or travel. It will not be a surprise to see holiday shopping and such move into a fuller swing.
December 11, Venus joins forces with Pluto for the first of three conjunctions. The sun is square Neptune on this same day. On December 13, Mercury enters Capricorn and Mars enters Sagittarius. Combined, they produce a noticeable shift of momentum.
On an extended visit to Capricorn, Venus travels retrograde from December 19 to January 29. To a large extent, it is well timed for taking time out and for cozying up for the holidays. Make the time you spend quality over quantity. Venus retrograde is a time to reassess your goals and priorities, to finish what needs to be completed or ended, to set yourself free so that you create ample space in your life to welcome something fresh. Venus retrograde can be a time to say good-bye, or to reacquaint with something or someone from your past (this or another lifetime). Venus retrograde is a signature of fated circumstances, destiny in play, and/or karmic recall. Venus is conjunct Pluto again on Christmas Day. Know it now or realize it later, this transit marks a milestone or anniversary of significance. Venus and Pluto will meet again at the start of March. Mars in Capricorn will join in. Look to your birthday month as a springboard time, for that next chapter to begin.
Jupiter enters Pisces on December 28. Every twelve years, Jupiter returns to your sign. In so doing, it marks the start of your next twelve-year growth cycle. For the month’s end, Jupiter in Pisces is good for going with flow and for easing your way back into action.