Horoscope Quickies Dec'11
December 2011 Overview Horoscopes
The following are short overview horoscopes for an upcoming month, written by Annie for Essential Magazine. For our detailed December monthly horoscopes, see Monthly Horoscopes from December 1.
Notes/Overview: In December 2011, Mars is moving through Virgo all month. Mars will retrograde in Virgo on January 23rd, 2012, at 23 degrees of the sign, and turn direct again April 13th, 2012, at 3 degrees Virgo. With this upcoming retrograde, Mars will stay in Virgo for an unusually long time, until July 3rd, 2012. This points to much enthusiasm and energy for work for Aries and Sagittarius, and to some degree, Leo. However, these signs should watch that they don't take too much on their plates because it can get complicated later when Mars retrogrades. Same goes for Virgo in general, and overexertion can be an issue. The Mars retrograde period will affect other signs more on a relationship level - Scorpio, with friends and associates, Pisces, with partners, and Taurus, with lovers or children; on a mental level for Cancer and Capricorn; and on an emotional/primal level for Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra.
Mercury continues to retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius until the 13th. On the 10th, a Lunar Eclipse occurs. It squares Mars and falls along the Gemini/Sagittarius axis. Coupled with a retrograde Mercury and Uranus turning direct on the same day (Uranus energy is intense at a station), we should be especially watchful of hastiness and impatience, in our actions, driving, and so forth, but also in our communications. The Sun trines Jupiter and sextiles Chiron on the 22-23rd, occurring in Earth signs, which is strong for Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. The Sun also squares Uranus, so there can be some unexpected or surprising energy along with it. However, the New Moon cycle is reaching its Balsamic phase at this point, with a New Moon occurring in Capricorn on the 24th, just when Jupiter is set to turn direct.
Be wary of misleading information and prepare for the potential need to redo projects you thought were complete in the first half of the month, dear Aries. You could be dealing with delays and a general feeling of being held back. Around the 10th of December can be especially hectic and possibly chaotic. It can be hard to know who or what to believe. After mid-month, things begin to straighten out. Ironically, your money picture looks quite bright around the holidays. The 22-23 is strong for love and money, especially from foreign or non-routine sources.
Watch for a clash with a lover over money or intimacy matters around the 4th, when somebody requires more space, as well as impulsiveness with money around the 10th. Challenges with finances can occur then, but they are ultimately pushing you towards better management of your resources. Romance and travel are favored in December, although both are better after mid-month. Your romantic life continues to stimulate and challenge you, and although part of you might long for a more settled and stable situation, it's never dull! The month finds you especially adventurous, in fact. You're both breaking routines and building new ones.
Close relationships can be very complicated in the first half of the month, dear Gemini, and particularly around the 10th, when surprising emotions bubble up to the surface with great force. Personal revelations serve to push you towards growth and experience. Watch for impatience in both speech and action on the 4th. General confusion and delays clear up by mid-month. Family life is exceptionally busy for you in December. While challenges can present themselves, it's a good time to address long-standing problems and to take action to fix them. Love is intimate and passionate.
An especially busy December is in your forecast, dear Cancer. Prioritize tasks well so that you can minimize problems. Past or previously hidden matters are illuminated around the 10th. Don't jump to speak about a personal subject unless you're certain it's not premature to do so. You might continue to meet with delays and assorted little problems in your work, but by mid-month, these smooth out. While it's usually recommended to start shopping for the holidays early, if you haven't started yet, you might want to save the bulk of your buying for after the 14th. Watch for hastiness and impatience in speech and actions this month.
Be extra cautious with your spending this month, dear Leo, as there is a bit of a risk-taker in you right now! There may be some drama or heightened emotions in a friend's life around the 10th of December. Relationships become clearer by mid-month, before which signals can be confusing and displays of affection muted. A partner feels stronger and more confident at this time. Good news or rewards on the job front can arrive in the last week of the month. You may want to make work-related New Year's resolutions a little early - on the 28-29th. You're coming across with increased charm at this time as well.
Love matters are strong in December, dear Virgo. While you may be on the fence about many things until mid-month, you're certainly not lacking when it comes to admirers. You are exuding much charm and positive energy that won't go unnoticed. Willingness to take emotional "risks" in the second half of the month can bring interesting experiences into your world. Work can be demanding around the 10th, when some of you could be wrestling with a decision or some uncomfortable gossip. Try not to react impulsively at this time. Family is supportive and comforting in the last week of the month, when efforts to reorganize the home can also pay off.
You've been going through a maturing process recently, dear Libra, and sometimes you may have felt that it was forced upon you. Impulsiveness in relationships may have come at a price. This month, you're likely to feel more in your element on a romantic level from the 20th forward. Until mid-month, delays and transportation matters can be very tricky. Around the 10th, news can arrive that has you acting on impulse, but it's best to wait things out. Prepare yourself for changes to your itinerary. The second half of the month is less chaotic. All of December, take extra time for rest, as energy levels may not be up to par.
Money matters can get very tricky in the first half of the month, dear Scorpio, when sticking to budget may be difficult but is necessary. Avoid borrowing and lending, as both can bring heavy complications at this time. Changes in your financial arrangements may be in store around the 10th. Impulsive decisions should be avoided, as reason is clouded by heightened emotions. Work schedules can change at a moment's notice this month, but ultimately for the best. The last week of December brings a growing feeling of strength in a partnership. You'll be in fine shape to host during the holidays, and will probably want to stick close to home.
Avoid an overly independent stance this month, dear Sagittarius, as relationships can be tricky enough to handle as it stands until mid-month. Alienating someone special will not help. Impulsive executive decisions can be a downfall, so try to keep your cool. Relationships heat up around the 10th. This can also be a time when something personal comes to the attention of others. The last week of the month finds you considerably more balanced and naturally confident (not brashly so). A project begins to regain momentum and money-making ideas are plentiful.
You start off December on the right foot, dear Capricorn, with determination but also great charm in your manner. Work seems readily available to you, and others are spreading helpful word of mouth. A love interest is paying attention. In fact, for Capricorns, December is one of the best months of 2011 for romance. A work or health matter comes to a head around the 10th, when emotions run high. While life can be a little chaotic then, this can also point to a peak if you handle yourself well. While the holidays may not run close to schedule this year, you're bound to enjoy yourself despite the lack of routine. Expect the unexpected. New Year's resolutions might be made a little early - on the 28-30th, when your resolve is especially strong.
Friendships can be fairly wacky in the first half of the month, dear Aquarius, and this includes both platonic and romantic ones. Heightened emotions surrounding love and creative matters are especially likely around the 10th. Recognize that signals from others can be misread before jumping impulsively to action. The second half of December brings considerably easier energy for you overall. You begin to feel more confident about making important decisions and you convey your ideas with greater certainty. On the domestic front, good news may be forthcoming as 2011 draws to a close. Family ties are stronger and comfort levels run high.