Here's what the planets have to say about every facet of your life in the month ahead.

By Maressa Brown
December 02, 2019
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Ah, December! The year's grand finale, brimming with merry holiday festivities, QT with family and friends, spiced sweet-tooth fixes, sparkly cocktails, and warm, twinkly lights everywhere. This time around, the twelfth month of the year is prime time for plenty of partying and reflecting on the past year, so we can work toward next-level fitness, joy, and success not only in the coming year but the coming decade.

December's tone is the ultimate reflection of its two main astrological themes: Until December 21, the sun travels through fiery, adventurous, no-filter, party-loving Sagittarius. Then, for the remainder of the month (and until January 20), it makes its annual trip through industrious, conservative, goal-oriented Capricorn, ushering in a time of family togetherness, revering tradition, and working to get what you want.

Sagittarius and Capricorn seasons—the first, encouraging you to get out of your comfort zone, and the second, urging you to clarify your goals and come up with a plan—combine to support game-changing moves and heartfelt memory-making. The fire-to-earth energy can be used to channel your passion and internal spark into concrete, pragmatic action that not only leads to zeroing in on a badass resolution but making it your reality.

But Sag SZN and Cap SZN aren't the only astrological events this December. Here are a few other planetary highlights you'll want to take note of:

  • December 1: Jupiter, the planet of fortune, expansion, and philosophy exits mutable fire sign Sagittarius and lands in cardinal earth sign Capricorn, where it remains until December 19, 2020. This transit supports slow, steady growth and an inclination to take on hard work.
  • December 9: Mercury, the planet of communication, transportation, and technology, has spent quite some time in Scorpio—initially entering the sign on October 3, going retrograde from October 31 to November 20, and then moving forward in the fixed water sign once again. Now, it enters mutable, adventure-loving fire sign Sagittarius, flipping the script from secretive and calculated to boisterous and #nofilter until December 28.
  • December 11: Venus, the planet of love, and Saturn, the planet of rules and tests, pair up in Capricorn, potentially triggering challenges in relationships—or encouraging you to get serious and commit.
  • December 12: A full moon in Gemini squares off against Neptune, the planet of dreams, requiring you to reflect on what's real and what's not.
  • December 13: Venus pairs up with Pluto in Capricorn while Mars in Scorpio harmonizes with Neptune in Pisces. When the planet of romance gets cozy with secret-revealing Pluto, we'll crave transformative, emotional connection. And the same day, Mars (the planet of action) forms a positive angle to Neptune, amplifying themes of sensuality and escapism.
  • December 20: Venus, the love planet, leaves taskmaster Capricorn to travel through Aquarius (a platonic relationship-loving fixed air sign) until January 13, turning our focus away from more traditional love connections and toward BFFs, casual situationships, unconventional partners, and the community.
  • December 26: One of the main astrological events of the month and year, this new moon and solar eclipse fall in Capricorn, fueling slow, steady shake-ups. It's part of a series of Cancer vs. Capricorn eclipses that began on July 12, 2018 and last through July 4, 2020.
  • December 28: Communicator Mercury joins the party of planets making their way through Cap, swapping out Sag's direct style for Cap's serious, grounded tone.

Want to know more about how December's planetary vibes will affect your health and wellness, relationships, and career? Read on for your December horoscope, broken down by sign. (Pro tip: Be sure to read your rising sign/ascendant, if you know that, too!)

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Aries (March 21–April 19)

Health: Your hustle as of late is no doubt admirable, but you could feel stressed, run-down, and in need of some meditative, solo time around December 12 when the full moon in your third house of communication squares off against dreamy Neptune in your twelfth house of spirituality. Whether it's hitting the road for a long-distance run or luxuriating in a drippy vinyasa flow, ensuring that you're getting your fave form of physical self-care will help you power through and feel even more capable moving forward. (Related: The Best Workout for Your Zodiac Sign)

Relationships: When communicator Mercury moves through your ninth house of adventure from December 9 to 28, you'll be compelled to speak even more directly about your fantasies and goals with everyone in your inner circle. Researching and planning an exciting trip or having philosophical conversations with your S.O., a potential partner, or your besties will be sure to light you up inside.

Career: Around December 26, when the new moon and solar eclipse falls in your tenth house of career, you'll be antsy to feel recognized at work or in a bigger way for your professional efforts. You want to see a concrete payoff in the form of more responsibility, an exciting new opportunity, or a raise. Making a case for yourself—while recognizing that only so much is within your control—is your best bet now.

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Taurus (April 20–May 20)

Health: Although you proudly stick to a tried-and-true routine, you might be surprised by the urge to shake things up on December 26 when the new moon and solar eclipse occurs in your ninth house of higher learning. Honing your skillset in a way that bolsters your commitment to well-being (think: a yoga teacher training or working with a personal trainer) will have you feeling right on track. (See: Why You Should Start Your Resolution Right Now)

Relationships: You'll be inspired to be more forthcoming about your physical and emotional needs while communicator Mercury moves through your eighth house of sexual intimacy from December 9 to 28. Spelling out what you want from your partner or a potential match in a clear, direct way can be especially empowering and confidence-boosting.

Career: Around December 12, when the full moon lights up your second house of income, you'll zero-in on give and take as it relates to how you bring in cash. Sure, that paycheck is sweet, but if you feel like your work is falling short in terms of representing your values and long-term dreams, it might be time to shift gears in some way. You deserve to feel fulfilled emotionally and mentally, as well as financially stable.

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Gemini (May 21–June 20)

Health: You might feel like exploring new ways to hit long-term wellness goals around December 3 when powerful Pluto in your eighth house of transformation forms a positive angle to communicator Mercury in your sixth house of wellness. Making your routine more holistic (think: adding in a mental health practice) can make your results even more fulfilling.

Relationships: You'll feel fired up to connect with someone special or deepen your commitment to your S.O. around December 26 when the new moon and solar eclipse lights up your eighth house of sexual intimacy. A desire to break free of old habits and hang-ups in your closest relationships could characterize this moment, as well—do your best to identify those, and you'll be able to break new ground.

Career: You might be feeling like you deserve more credit for your work efforts around December 12, when the full moon in your sign squares off against dreamy Neptune in your tenth house of career. But it might also be tough to read higher-ups and figure out where you stand. Focus on getting clear and confident about your long-term vision, and the rest will fall into place.

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Cancer (June 21–July 22)

Health: While communicator Mercury moves through your sixth house of wellness from December 9 to 28, you'll be inclined to get more organized, strategic, and detail-oriented in how you're working on your wellness. Writing up weekly schedules and weaving in new routines (like that Pilates workout you've been wanting to try) can feel just as grounding as it does productive and thrilling.

Relationships: You'll be taking stock of your most intimate one-on-one relationships around December 26, when the solar eclipse and new moon lights up your seventh house of partnership. If the foundation is stable and based on shared values, chances are this moment can be a launching pad to grow even closer. But if it lacks reciprocity or is otherwise unbalanced, you might be compelled to move in a different direction.

Career: You've been super-busy lately, keeping your nose to the grindstone on a bunch of projects. You might finally feel like you need to slow down around December 12, when the full moon is in your twelfth house of spirituality. Giving yourself permission to recharge could be just as useful as plowing through more work, as it'll allow you to feel re-inspired and even more motivated to learn and grow.

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Leo (July 23–August 22)

Health: You'll be motivated to make your physical and mental fitness even more of a priority around December 26 when the new moon and solar eclipse falls in your sixth house of wellness. Heads-up: This might require cutting certain commitments out of your hectic schedule, as chances are, you're spread a bit thin. You'll realize that streamlining your to-dos is crucial to feeling your best. (See: How to Make Time for Self Care)

Relationships: Whether you want to meet someone new or enjoy QT with your current flame, you'll have the best opp to do so by hitting up all those parties and group events filling your calendar this month, thanks to relationship-oriented Venus' trip through your seventh house of partnership from December 20 to January 13. Platonic, intellectual bonds have the potential to evolve into more—or feel satisfying just as they are.

Career: Sure, you're a natural-born leader, but that doesn't mean you always have to tackle massive undertakings totally solo. You'll do well to shake off any control freakiness and lean on colleagues and friends to make progress on an ongoing project around December 12, when the full moon falls in your eleventh house of networking. Feeling like you're part of a team that's striving for a big-picture effort can boost your morale.

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Virgo (August 23–September 22)

Health: If your same-old workout routine is feeling stale, you might be inspired to get more experimental and creative with it while beauty-loving Venus moves through your sixth house of wellness from December 20 to January 13. Moves like using an app to track your progress, checking out a cool new group fitness class, or doing a run challenge with friends can keep you motivated and seeing results.

Relationships: Whether it's because you've been a total workaholic as of late or because it feels like your focus has been elsewhere, you might be craving more magic and insatiable chemistry in your closest relationships. It'll feel like the time to prioritize playful, joyful fun with a potential match or your current S.O. around December 26 when the new moon and solar eclipse falls in your fifth house of romance. Embracing open, heartfelt self-expression can set exactly the tone you're hoping for.

Career: At work, you'll be stepping up to the plate to take on more responsibility or pitching a major project around the December 12 full moon in your tenth house of career. Although you're pretty much always game to help higher-ups and colleagues, this transit's all about feeling more comfortable in a leading role versus the supporting cast. You might be surprised by just how much you enjoy having all eyes on you.

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Libra (September 23–October 22)

Health: You might find yourself craving new knowledge and personal growth in your fitness routine around December 12, when the full moon falls in your ninth house of adventure. Because the moon squares off against dreamy Neptune in your sixth house of wellness, you might be unclear on exactly what you want to accomplish. It might be more of a feeling than a specific goal. Running with whatever your intuition says is right can be truly powerful. (See: The Mental and Physical Benefits of Trying a New Workout)

Relationships: It tends to be easy for you to squeeze in self-care, but you'll be inclined to do that even more in your relationships while romantic Venus moves through your fifth house of romance from December 20 to January 13. That might mean finally scheduling that spa day with bae or being more vocal about wanting an old-school date night complete with flowers and candlelight. Hey, your heart wants what it wants, and you should absolutely own that.

Career: You'll be focused on bolstering your sense of security more than usual around December 26, when the new moon and solar eclipse falls in your fourth house of home life. If your current job path or position feels too unsteady or unpredictable, you might start researching side hustles or a whole new direction. A big move might be a part of the equation, as well. All this change might sound daunting, but it's meant to provide comfort in the long-run.

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Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Health: You could find yourself gravitating toward opportunities for learning and teaching healthy living tips around December 26, when the new moon and solar eclipse falls in your third house of communication. Connecting with friends or acquaintances in this way helps you see your routine in a whole new light, fueling your personal evolution. You might want to take your favorite practice to the next level by getting a certification or going on a retreat.

Relationships: Around December 12, when the full moon is in your eighth house of sexual intimacy, you'll be focused on ensuring that your needs are being met as frequently and fervently as your partner's and vice-versa. (See: How to Tell Your Partner What You Want In Bed) If you're single, this transit could compel you to be more direct with app matches about what you're looking for. Because it squares off against dreamy Neptune in your fifth house of romance, letting go of logic and allowing your heart and gut to inform your actions is the way to go.

Career: You'll be driven to speak up about your biggest, boldest plans and aspirations while communicator Mercury moves through your second house of income from December 9 to 28. Fiery, animated, truth-seeking conversations with colleagues and friends sharpen your focus and amplify your enthusiasm.

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Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

Health: If you've been holding back from making that appointment for a physical, signing up for a new yoga studio, or researching a new functional medicine protocol, you'll get a blast of take-charge energy while communicator Mercury makes its annual trip through your sign from December 9 to 28. Not only will you feel more psyched to share what you believe and need out of your wellness routine, but you'll be able to lock down the info that moves your agenda forward.

Relationships: Your fiercely independent nature could be tested around the December 12 full moon in your seventh house of partnership. If you're attached, you'll be working on your ability to compromise and find common ground while maintaining your signature, fiery sense of self. If you're single, it's a sweet time to open yourself up to a transformative and fulfilling one-on-one connection, which could very well be within reach.

Career: You'll be reflecting on the value of the work you bring to the table around December 26, when the new moon and solar eclipse falls in your second house of income. If it feels like you're not being compensated fairly or your current work isn't reflecting your long-term goals and principles, it might be time to take the first step toward shifting gears.

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Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

Health: You could be compelled to put hardcore workouts and rigorous clean-eating routines on the backburner to improve your mental and emotional health around December 26, when the solar eclipse and the new moon fall in your sign. Practices like therapy or meditation might feel less concrete and therefore intimidating, but the effort is well worth it, especially when it comes to strengthening your self-esteem and clarifying your self-image, which can have major benefits for your mind and body. (Here's How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation Anywhere)

Relationships: You're not one to make dramatic plays for affection or attention, but you could be yearning for a cinematic-level connection around December 13, when romantic Venus pairs up with transformative Pluto in your sign. You want to feel like your relationship is supporting and fueling your personal growth. Figure out what that should look like for you, then hold it in mind as you move forward.

Career: Getting more social and creative with your moneymaking efforts comes naturally while artistic Venus moves through your second house of income from December 20 to January 13. Signing up for a group project with colleagues or doing a charity event where you can network with business contacts lights your inner fire and can set you up for returns that are gratifying emotionally and financially.

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Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

Health: Around December 26, when the solar eclipse and new moon fall in your twelfth house of spirituality, you'll be drawn to self-reflection and facing deep-seated fears and antiquated narratives that have been holding you back. Bolstering your sense of inner peace is key now, and it can be incredibly grounding as you consider the wellness intentions you want to set and achieve in the new year.

Relationships: Your daily grind has been out of control—so around December 12, when the full moon is in your fifth house of romance, you'll be more than ready to put all those responsibilities on the backburner to have some holiday fun with your sweetheart or BFFs. Getting in touch with your inner playful little kid by going ice skating or baking cookies can set the stage for a festive, heartwarming moment you've totally earned.

Career: While social Venus moves through your sign from December 20 to January 13, you'll want to try bouncing your most creative ideas off of colleagues and friends. Your signature inventiveness and an eye toward progressive, innovative concepts is on fire more than usual, so you could easily land on a unique pitch that morphs into a passion project.

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Pisces (February 19–March 20)

Health: If you've been struggling with feelings of isolation or stagnation, the best fix is feeling like you're part of something bigger than yourself around December 26, when the new moon and solar eclipse falls in your eleventh house of friendship. Sure, it's an extra-quiet, post-holiday moment, but embracing opportunities for connection and group activities (like taking a candlelit yoga class with your BFF or talking through wellness concerns with loved ones) will have you feeling supported and prepared to amplify your self-care game plan in the new year.

Relationships: It's possible you'll feel torn between your work obligations and particularly high demands of your personal life around December 12, when the full moon in your fourth house of home life squares off against dreamy Neptune in your sign. You might initially feel resentful, but seeing this as an opportunity to reprioritize and share your needs in both areas of life could prove to be a serious win for your emotional well-being.

Career: While information-gathering Mercury moves through your tenth house of career from December 9 to 28, you could be more inclined than usual to sit down with higher-ups and talk about your big-picture goals or to deliver a major proposal that sets up a rewarding, long-term project. Employing assertive and direct communication now helps you ensure that your professional path better reflects your dreams.