Sun Signs—December 2017

This month wraps up the difficult process of the last two-plus years spent examining our beliefs. Mercury shifts into reverse on the third, encouraging us to slow down and digest what we’ve learned and what truly matters. By the end of the year, it’s time to get serious about turning ideas into a workable plan.

By Lisa Awrey  

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) Congratulations archers, you’re ready to graduate. So celebrate, but not so fast and not too much. It’s a good time to slow dance over what you’ve learned the past three years. Take stock, especially of your relationships; breathe, and imagine how you might apply your newly minted maturity to building a solid base for your finances. 

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) This month is a natural time to hibernate and slow down, but you’re not sleeping—you’re dreaming—and there’s a difference. Make time to purge, not just the cobwebs in the attic but those in your psyche, aka your fears. Wrap up any unfinished projects. How’s your physical body these days? A chiropractic adjustment could set you on a fresh course. Aim for a clean slate, there’s a new you around the bend.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Take advantage of the expansive energy available this month to focus on the big picture. You’ve been charging ahead to get things done but expect some delays; you may need patience for the frustrating people in your way the first part of the month. Use the downtime to have some fun; after all, being a social animal is key to your success. You might find there’s someone you really should meet at one of those holiday parties.  

PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) The month starts with your two planetary rulers positively in sync, reinforcing your mojo around imagining and manifesting what you want. A slower pace, especially during the first few weeks of the month, might be what you need to integrate the whirlwind of activity and responsibility that’s engulfed you the last few years. A surprise breakthrough financially or year-end bonus makes it all feel worth it and could land you a nest egg. By the 25th, you’ll be more in the mood for kinship. Being surrounded by family and friends helps you realize you have much to be grateful for. By year’s end, you’re ready to crank up the dream machine again. 

ARIES (Mar 21-April 19) Your words have power. In fact, one of your favorite mottos—actions speak louder than words—may flip-flop this month. So think before you speak (or post that comment), it could backfire. Double check your travel plans, too; allow for missed connections. Channel your energy into straightening out shared finances; get your taxes done early. By the end of the year, you’re better positioned to take serious aim at your long-term goals. 

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Lessons around what’s yours, mine, and ours have been testing your patience the past two years. Whether you’ve been working out the details of a divorce, digging out of debt, or trying to attract investors, you’re ready to wrap up this crash course and pay off your credit cards. Security’s a high priority, and this month you may be trying to simplify your finances and make money flow more easily. Looking deeply at what truly makes you feel secure frees you to trust more, perhaps cracking the door open to true intimacy. Maybe you don’t have to be the sole breadwinner in order to live abundantly.  

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Your ruling planet, Mercury, the speedy messenger, backpedals through your relationship house most of the month. Clouding your usual sharp mind and crackerjack communication skills and fogging up your relationship mirror. A positive attitude and consummate social graces can help clear up misunderstandings. Your sense of humor goes a long way, too. You’re in the midst of rethinking all your relationships; use this period of forced revelry to imagine your way into an ideal relationship.  

CANCER (June 21-July 22) You’re fired up to entertain this month. You’re the dazzling life of office holiday get-togethers. Your passion for fun heats up and you’re keen to carve out time for creative projects and things you love, including your kids. Take time out, soak in the tub, and recharge your batteries between the festivities. Though few are as good at pulling all the details together as you, you’ll feel less resentful if you let others pitch in and share in the production. Christmas brings the magic; a makeover and new outfit can boost your sparkle, inspiring your special someone to pull you under the mistletoe.  

LEO (July 23-Aug 22) That worn-out caution repeated to artists for millennia, “don’t give up your day job,” may just reverse at the close of 2017. You’re ready to take your creative work to the next level and make it part of your daily bread. You’ve put in the 10,000 hours the last two-plus years, and you’re now a master at expressing yourself. Trust it, Leo. Here’s your new mantra: “Dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, and sing like there’s nobody listening.”  

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) The hard lessons you’ve learned about where you come from and what constitutes home are up for review, and you’ve gained deep insight into the adage ‘blood is thicker than water’. Go ahead and put the finishing touches on your foundation, which for some of you is a writer’s hut or home office. You’re closer than you realize to that dream of doing what you love. Invest in a cozy sweater and put the kettle on, it’s time to get the rewrites completed on that book. 

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) This month, think before you speak. Write it down instead. Your ideas are churning into overdrive and you have much to say., just remember to edit yourself. Less is more when it comes to messaging, and brevity is key to being heard. You’re beginning to build new networks, and they’re listening closely, so be selective with the connections you forge. You’re also hot to spend this month, but don’t blow the year-end bonus on holiday bling. If you must spend, make sure it’s an investment in your future.   

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21). You’re coming on strong and ready to rock. The research you’ve been doing on finances and your income and output the last few years is ready to pay off and your stock just went up. Don’t worry if the year-end bonus or dividends don’t arrive in time for the holidays—the check is in the mail, for reals. It’s your time and your year, Scorpio. Forget orange, black is back.  

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