The end of the calendar year has no relevance to astrology, although this December happens to coincide with a few astrological endings.
At the beginning of the month, a solar eclipse in Sagittarius will end an 18-month eclipse cycle. The eclipse will happen under the influence of the planet of communication, Mercury. As such, an emphasis on truthful communication will be present throughout the month. Information that was previously in the shadow will come to the light of awareness, both on an individual and collective level.
Later in the month, the full moon in Gemini will show us which opinions stand side-by-side with truth. On Christmas Eve, we experience the third and final Uranus square Saturn for the year, a relationship that will highlight the dynamic tension between much-needed change and outdated structures. This is the last time these two planets will be in direct contact for a while, although the tension will persevere through 2022. And on December 28, Jupiter will return to Pisces and, just before the end of the year, herald a sense of hope and light.
Key planetary dates
December 4: New moon total solar eclipse takes place in Sagittarius. This is a good time to find a place of stillness in your thinking mind and allow for the part of the mind called nirodha to emerge. The phrase “go inside and close the blinds” has multiple meanings during an eclipse. In a literal sense, many humans would close the windows and entryways and stay inside during eclipses. From a personal embodied perspective, learn what is going on internally by going deep within to access truths that are often kept in the shadows. Find whatever expression of this phrase aligns for you during the year’s final solar eclipse.
December 10: Venus conjunct Pluto. The planet of relationships joins the outer planet of transmutation. When Venus connects with the outer planets, themes that are unconscious and transparent become more significant in life. Be mindful of any generational family dynamics, unconscious patterns that you carry into relationships, and how the collective power structures might affect your way of relating to self, others, and the planet.
December 13: Mercury moves into Capricorn. This positioning lends the swift planet a more reflective orientation. Mercury in Capricorn engenders thoughts that want to plan what is to come—and not in an impulsive or impetuous way. Instead, it seeks an approach to create a responsible way forward, a way that cares for ourselves and the world at large.
December 14: Mars enters Sagittarius. The planet of fire brings with it a heat that can burn like a flaming arrow. A day after entering Sagittarius, Mars meets with the south node, and any time this planet and the south node are together, it can bring up frustrations that are rooted in your old ways of emotionally identifying with the world. This can bring about a lot of inauspicious experiences. Bravery is invited. Practicing Virasana Pose can be helpful. The posture is commonly translated as “Hero Pose,” but another interpretation is “brave person.” (Modify the pose if needed.)
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December 18: Full moon opposite the sun in Gemini. This full moon brings us to a sense of clarity around what our opinions have been. The full moon in Gemini falls in a trine, or a beneficial and easy flow, with Jupiter, yet it creates friction, or a square, with Neptune. The square to Neptune may bring with it new information that once clouded our vision, while the trine to Jupiter promises opportunities to upgrade and expand out of the last few difficult months. Mars with the south node during this full moon brings an invitation to be mindful of how you express your truth. Be sure to state your beliefs as your own opinion and not a truth that others must adopt.
December 19: Venus goes retrograde in Capricorn. The planet takes a step back and calls on us to review our relationship with the systems that are around us and that structure our lives. Is your relationship to life based on societal norms, your family of origin, your regional culture? Does your relationship with life orient toward allowing your inner world to be the authority of how you act externally? Reviewing how you desire to narrate your life is important. Go within yourself to find what things no longer hold value for you.
Venus will be in Capricorn until March 6. This gives us time to begin to create more emotionally mature boundaries around what we are realizing we value and what makes life feel artful. During Venus in Capricorn, find a new space in your journal, track how much your values shift, and plan ahead to align with these values in a way that allows you to continue to care deeply for yourself and the people who rely on you.
December 21: The Sun enters Capricorn. We are at the winter solstice, the point at which the Sun is born anew after being at its lowest point in its journey through the year. The sign of Capricorn is a very reflective sign that is concerned with integrity. This Capricorn season is a great time to look within and be sure that your internal and external states are aligned.
December 24: Uranus retrograde square, or comes to 90 degrees with, Saturn. On Christmas Eve, Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Aquarius meet for the third and final time of the year. These two planets have been the featured aspect of 2021. Uranus in Taurus continues to ask us what sustainability is and how it looks moving forward—in a way that is helpful to our communities and the earth. Saturn in Aquarius is asking us to continue to liberate ourselves from old systems that oppressed our minds. Changing the world truly does begin with changing our thoughts.
December 28: Jupiter enters Pisces. Jupiter is in its home sign in Pisces, which empowers it to express its qualities with ease. Jupiter removes obstacles, and we have experienced many as a collective recently. This placement brings with it a promise that as we no longer cling to old beliefs, obstacles will continue to be removed from our ability to access clearsightedness. Jupiter in Pisces also helps us to continue to dream and envision, which will lessen the feeling of heaviness in these changing times. The invitation is for us to be with what is present so that together we can create the future we envision.
About our contributor
Cameron Allen began his path to understanding mind-body awareness with a degree in health and sports science and psychology. Beyond the colonized education system, he began seeking understanding through direct experience with nature, Astrology, herbalism, rootwork, yoga, and other indigenous technologies. Cameron is a herbalist, astrologer, and writer. Cameron is a student of life and continues to deepen his studies of ancient wisdom and apply it to modern life.