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DECEMBER 2017

Aries Sun
Aries Rising

Early December sees your focus shift to partnership matters, dear Aries, a trend which will last nearly seven weeks, until roughly mid January.

Mars isn’t comfortable in Libra because his natural inclination is to action and competition, while Libra can have a tendency to laziness or hedonism and rewards cooperation and compromise over competition, something that doesn’t come naturally to Mars. Mars can’t operate at full strength in these conditions, so expect the pace of activity to slow down during this time.

 

At the same time Mars is changing signs, Uranus is doing the same, bringing unexpected activity behind closed doors, possibly with a partner or joint venture. Be careful of the risk of accidents and overconfidence, and remember to take basic safety precautions as the risk of accidents rises with Uranus in opposition to your ruler, Mars.

 

The 3rd is a busy day, when Mercury stations retrograde just in time for the full moon and the sun catches a challenge from Neptune in your 11th House of friends, organizations, hopes and dreams. You maybe misreading a social situation or not seeing a friend clearly at this time.

 

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The full moon brings an income source to an end, or if you took steps to begin a side hustle of any sort at the last new moon in Taurus in late May you may begin to see your efforts pay off now.

 

Near the 6th you could hear news related to a publishing obligation or legal case if you or a partner are involved in one, or you may find your long distance travel plans interrupted or affected in some way.

 

Then on the 10th, Mercury retrogrades back into Scorpio and your 8th House of other people’s money. You could hear news of a tax or loan obligation of yours, or regarding bonus or commission income–even news of an inheritance is possible. Alternatively, if you have a partner, your partner’s finances could come up. This could happen quite suddenly, as Mercury reaches out a friendly hand to Uranus the same day.

 

There could be confusion, misunderstanding or deception involving a partner’s finances though, so make efforts to get all the information you can, if necessary. You’ll want to be ready to take action near month’s end.

 

News from a partner is possible near December 15th.

“You could have an unexpected insight about a partner or business matter near the 20th, when Venus, ruler of both your 2nd House of earned income and your 7th House of partnership reaches out a friendly hand to Uranus in Pisces.”

The sun moves into sidereal Sagittarius on the 16th, as your energy is directed toward international affairs for the coming four weeks. You could be working on a publishing or broadcasting project, a legal case, higher education or travel matters during this time.

 

Watch for something unexpected to come up that day as the sun reaches out to Uranus. This would be something that affects you privately, not something that others would necessarily know about. You could even have a sudden inspiration or insight into your own unconscious patterns.

 

The new moon in Sagittarius December 18th highlights your solar 9th House, bringing an opportunity related to publishing, broadcasting, higher education or long distance travel, as a few examples. Watch for something to come up within +/- 4 days.

 

You may be inclined to make a long term commitment or contract near this time, possibly with a woman or a foreigner, but delay if you can–Mercury is still retrograde and not at his strongest, so he isn’t much help right now and you may have cause to regret your decision later.

 

On the other hand, if you are reconnecting with someone you’ve had dealings with in the past, you can proceed–with the caveat that this Pluto ruled-new moon may trigger a sudden or unexpected transformation later of whatever you begin now, within the next 10 days.

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This 33 page guide is filled with everything you need to know to rock any retrograde!

You could have an unexpected insight about a partner or business matter near the 20th, when Venus, ruler of both your 2nd House of earned income and your 7th House of partnership reaches out a friendly hand to Uranus in Pisces.

 

Try not to overdo it on the 21st, when Saturn is pushing you to work hard on a commitment.

 

Venus moves to join Saturn, Pluto and the sun already in Sagittarius that day, ensuring that international affairs bring financial and partnership benefits over the coming three and 1/2 weeks, too.

 

Mercury stations direct at 18° Scorpio on the 22nd, and any slowdowns you’ve experienced in your 8th House of other people’s money will begin to resolve so you can make progress. If you’ve a loan or other financial commitment or arrangement under consideration, give Mercury some time to get back up to speed before signing anything and especially give some space to the days around December 22nd. Mercury will be at full strength once he leaves the shadow of the retrograde January 11th.

phaedra

astrologer & artist

Financial obstacles may dampen your enjoyment of the Christmas holiday if you celebrate it, so take the opportunity to appreciate the special traditions you share with loved ones. An international or legal partnership may be tested, though if the relationship is strong it will emerge even stronger. If weak, it may unravel. Either way, Saturn will show you where the weakest points are over the holiday.

 

Finally, on the 28th, Mars and Neptune reach out to each other–you may have the opportunity to spend time with friends or enjoying a social engagement. Take a partner for maximum enjoyment.

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