Get Plans in Place before December 18 …and make sure you have an exit strategy at all your holiday gatherings.
by Lilly Roddy
I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season! Best to get all of your holiday plans in place before December 18. Venus (planet of beauty, love, and money) is going retrograde in Capricorn on the 18th. We will be questioning how we spend our money and who we choose to be in relationships with. If you are going to make major purchases, be sure you do that before the 18th. All of our relationships will be under review with this Venus retrograde, and those that are problematic may not survive this period. It could be a good time to consider relationships from your past! Hold off on investing your money in new things until after Venus is direct on March 5, 2014. • Uranus goes direct on December 18, resulting in a push for more freedom and respect for individual rights. The nation’s chart will see some serious headway made with these issues during 2014. • The holiday week (December 22 through the 29th) can be quite edgy, especially on the 25th. Make sure you have an exit strategy at all of your holiday gatherings this year—or just make sure you spend the holidays with people you really like! • Good days this month are the 3rd, 10th, 12th, 24th, and 26th. Days to stay under the warm covers are the 6th, 17th, 21st, 25th, 29th, 30th, and 31st. • All of the December holidays get their original meaning from the Sun entering Capricorn and the daylight hours becoming longer. Take some time to celebrate coming out of your own darkness!
ARIES (March 21–April 19). As the month begins, you are into the holiday spirit. You are feeling upbeat and may even be considering having friends and family over for a holiday get-together. You are certainly in the mood for getting things cleaned up and in order, both at work and at home. You begin to feel a bit less free with your time after the 18th. Work and relationships will dominate your schedule this month, so you may not have as much time for the holidays as you had planned. Relationships could be especially tense if you don’t clear the air. Keep your plans very flexible toward the end of the month.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). This continues to be a serious time for you as Saturn, planet of future planning, affects your horoscope this month and for all of 2014. You are considering what works and what doesn’t in your life. The things you choose to keep must help ensure your future, so you are choosing very carefully. Pay attention to your health this month. You will want to start a new fitness program in the new year. Co-workers are a bit edgy this month, so you may want to give them plenty of room. By the end of the month you are feeling better and things are moving along more easily. If you can, take some time to get away. It will be very good for you.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). Relationships and intimacy are being strongly activated in your horoscope this month. This is a time to renew or invigorate your existing relationships. You and your partner will want to get closer. This can also help existing business relationships as well. The first part of this month is good for investing and making money—something that will be even better with a partner. After the 18th, be content with what you have and wait until next year before making any changes. Money and finances take the lead as we get to the end of the month. 2014 will be a time for review.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). This is a very busy month for you. It’s going to be very important that you stay centered and keep your boundaries and agenda close at hand so you don’t get pulled off course. You should try to get as organized as possible during the first half of the month. As we get closer to mid-month, you will be pulled in the directions of career, home, and relationships all at the same time. Of course, this will reach its peak right around December 25. Make sure that you are doing the things you want to do and you’re with the people you really like. Otherwise, you will feel very trapped and angry. You will be busy at work as well. Make sure you have time for yourself.
LEO (July 23–August 22). You’re getting into the holiday spirit as the month opens, feeling freer and more like yourself. If you have the time and the opportunity, this would be a great time to get out of town for the holidays. You are still very conscious about where you spend your time and money, and you are being very selective about the people you choose to be with. As the holidays approach, you are more focused on getting your life in order. You will be fairly strict with yourself about food during the holidays. You are a bit more sensitive to many things during this time. Make sure you have some open spaces to wander in.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). This is the time of the year when you naturally focus on home and family. At the beginning of the month, you are working on making your home as comfortable as possible. This is a good time to invite family and friends into your home. You are in a very creative mood for the latter half of the month. If you can channel this energy, you can get a lot done this month. Watch your impulse spending—you are feeling a bit restricted in your finances, but you might be too quick to justify your need to buy things. Social groups and organizations are very good for you through July 2014. You could make some really great contacts!
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). This is going to be a busy and hectic month. Mars (planet of action and confrontation) enters your sign on December 7 and will remain there until August 25, 2014. This will make you a lot more direct and to-the-point. Normally, Libra is a sign noted for its patience, but your most authentic feelings will be coming to the surface. This can create some real problems in your relationships if they aren’t going well. If they are, this is a great time of renewal. You will be pulled in many different directions over the holidays. Make sure the person you are pleasing is you. Don’t overstay your welcome during the holidays. Keep your dance card flexible, especially around the 25th, and do exactly what you want to do.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). You are maintaining your focus this month on completing tasks and making sure you have plenty of time for yourself. This is a good time to take on some leadership roles. You will be getting all the details in order during December. You will be very popular during this holiday time, and many people will want you to join them. However, you are planning to get some rest and take some time for yourself. You can appear in public, but make sure you can make a quick getaway. This is also a great time for writing, teaching, planning, and general organizing.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). This is your yearly birthday cycle, a time to recall the past and consider what new directions you are taking your life in this year. You have been working hard to get your finances in order, so you aren’t so preoccupied with that. You are trying to make the best use of your time and money. The holidays are a happy time for you, but you might cut back on a lot of celebrating unless it has some real meaning for you. Group activities are very important for you this month, and that activity level will increase throughout 2014. Look for places where you can make a difference in your community.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). Like the other cardinal signs of Aries, Cancer, and Libra, this is very busy month for you. It’s very likely that you’ll try to get too much done in a short period of time. Work can be especially bothersome if you are not being involved or included. Take more of a leadership role, and put angry feelings to good use. For some, this is a time to cut back on how you use your resources and time. For others, it’s a good time to plan for some big career goals. Just don’t overload yourself this holiday, which would be easy to do. Venus is retrograde in your sign, and this will certainly make you rethink your relationships and how you got into them. Old problems could resurface, and this could be the best time to really address and fix them.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). You have been working hard this year, and December is no exception. Your career focus is very strong this month as you look ahead, wanting to improve your status. You are more than ready for a leadership position, so you may even start your own business to satisfy this desire. You will be ready for rest and retreat as the holidays get under way. You will do what is expected of you at your family gatherings, but then you’ll need to escape from all of that warmth and fellowship. Make sure to plan something for yourself for the holidays! You are back on your game after mid-January.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). You are in a retreat mode as the month starts. Normally you are more upbeat for the holidays, but you’ve really been choosing your company carefully. You’ll be feeling more defiant this month, so it could be a great time to get away. You’ll be thinning out your friends since you have reached a different place in your life, and you want more healthy people around you. You are just not in the mood to rescue anyone this month. Make sure you contact the friends you really like—with Venus retrograde, you can certainly be in contact with friends from your past. Relationships are much easier after the 7th.