A holiday atmosphere is with us from the get-go. Fun and adventure-loving Sagittarius hosts the New Moon on the 2nd, then welcomes cosmic messenger Mercury on the 4th as he shakes off the heaviness of Scorpio and heats up communication for his brief two-week stay
Efforts and energies relocate to the new relationship platform we unveiled at the beginning of October, when action hero Mars moves into Libra on the 7th. He is launching an extraordinarily prolonged, and flat out extraordinary journey through that sign that will last through July — and outfit us for battle come April. For now, he’s directing focus to negotiation and give-and-take. The first report on how what that’s faring comes with the chatty, data-drenched Gemini Full Moon on the 17th.
Venus is also setting out on her own long journey December 20, when she begins a retrograde in Capricorn that will extend to the end of January. This is unfortunate timing, since she rules money, relationships, possessions and other matters we value.
As with a Mercury retrograde, the Venus edition puts agreements and major purchases at risk. Finish your shopping early if you can. Last-minute purchases are likely to disappoint or require returning. This is also not an auspicious time for engagements, weddings or launching a business.
Instead, this retrograde is suited for rediscovering what’s most important to you and reconnecting with old friends. Sounds like New Year’s, doesn’t it?
The winter solstice comes on December 21, when the Sun enters Capricorn. The winged messenger Mercury follows suit on the 24th. Thoughts and talk turn practical and goal-oriented, amplifying year-end reviews.
The year goes out with a bang thanks to a gauntlet of volatile, even incendiary planetary aspects from Christmas Day through New Year’s Eve. Tempers and frustrations flare. Minds are made up. Comfort zones are exceeded; hands are forced; words are exchanged.
Take special care on the 25th and the 30th, especially behind the wheel, when the god of war clashes with change agents Uranus and Pluto. Some outbursts will move forward on developments (or deepen fractures) dating to early May and November. We’re ringing out the year as the dust settles from breakups, breakouts and breakthroughs — all opening the door to the first seven months of 2014.
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