In December 2022 the energy shifts from mutable (Sagittarius season, Jupiter in Pisces) to cardinal (Capricorn season, Jupiter in Aries).
The shift will be quite noticeable!
If, after the turbulent eclipse season we have taken some time to unwind and regroup, in December we are ready for action. This is a time to rewrite your priorities.
With so much cardinal fuel in the air, you may want to write your New Year’s resolutions a bit earlier… preferably before December 29th, when Mercury goes retrograde.
But let’s take a look at the most important transits of the month:
December 4th, 2022 – Neptune Goes Direct
On December 4th, 2022 Neptune goes direct at 22° Pisces. I don’t get particularly excited about Neptune changes in direction, however this time Neptune direct is a big hooray. Why?
The Mars retrograde-Neptune retrograde square has been messing with us for weeks now.
Mars is still retrograde, but out of the square orb, and now that Neptune goes direct, the fog will finally lift and we will be able to see the world more clearly. Things will finally start to make sense again.
December 6th, 2022 – Mercury Enters Capricorn
On December 6th, 2022 Mercury enters Capricorn.
If in the last weeks you’ve got all excited about the future and came up with new ideas, now that Mercury has entered Capricorn, it’s time for action. What concrete steps can you take to turn these rather abstract ideas into actionable todo lists?
Capricorn is the most strategic sign of the zodiac, and when Mercury is in Capricorn, our mind will automatically become more goal-oriented. Now it’s time to connect the dots and take practical steps towards reaching your goals.
December 8th, 2022 – Full Moon In Gemini
On December 8th, 2022 we have a Full Moon at 16° Gemini. The Full Moon is exactly conjunct Mars retrograde so this is a rather “angry” Full Moon. “Angry” not necessarily in a literal sense, because we all have a choice around the way we express our Mars energy.
Most likely, since the Full Moon is in Gemini, it’s our communication that will be influenced by Mars. We may become straightforward and more assertive in our interactions with others.
Even if Mars is retrograde, there is a feeling of impatience. We have a strong drive to express ourselves and our point of view. The ruler of the Full Moon, Mercury, is now in the early degrees of Capricorn so it has an appetite for action.
However, keep in mind that the Full Moon squares Neptune, so there may be some overlooked elements to consider.
Thankfully, the Full Moon is also trine Saturn, giving us a much needed dose of discipline and discernment.
All these ingredients suggest an action packed full Moon where we will take concrete steps towards changing those aspects of our life that are bothering us (Full Moon conjunct Mars retrograde) so we can build a more sustainable foundation for our future (Mercury in Capricorn, Full Moon trine Saturn).
December 10th, 2022 – Venus Enters Capricorn
On December 10th, 2022 Venus enters Capricorn. Venus is what we like and what we value. Venus is how we feel about things and people.
When Venus enters Capricorn, we become more intentional and more strategic about what we want. Our standards rise.
Capricorn is a sign that likes clarity, so if you are a bit unsure about what your motivations and priorities are, Venus in Capricorn will help you clarify that. And once you know what you want, there’s nothing that is going to stop you from attracting it and manifesting it into your life.
December 20th, 2022 – Jupiter Enters Aries
On December 20th, 2022 Jupiter enters Aries. Jupiter has already spent a few months in Aries, so this energy is not completely new. However, this time Jupiter is in Aries to stay and to fulfill its mission.
Jupiter in Aries is bold and courageous. He’s convinced he’s right, and there’s nothing that’s going to stop Jupiter in Aries from going for what he believes in. Jupiter in Aries invites you to be bold and courageous in the area of your life ruled by Aries.
This energy will influence you until May 2023, so you have a good 4 and half months to take purposeful action. Pay attention to the day of the ingress (and the week after) when you should get more clues about the concrete areas of life that require a Jupiter intervention.
December 21st, 2022 – Sun Enters Capricorn
On December 21st, 2022, the Sun enters Capricorn. Happy birthday to all Capricorns out there!
Sun in Capricorn also means that we have the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.
0° of Cardinal signs give us a tremendous energy and sense of direction. We now feel we can move mountains. This is a great time to be clear about what it is that you want to achieve.
December 23rd, 2022 – New Moon In Capricorn
On December 23rd, 2022 we have a New Moon at 1° Capricorn. If you want to get a taste of Jupiter in Aries, the New Moon in Capricorn will give you a rather intense introduction to it.
The New Moon in Capricorn is exactly square Jupiter in Aries, so there’s no time to pack your gear or reflect on your journey ahead.
You’re now climbing the mountain and rushing to get to the summit! Sometimes the best way to take action is to jump straight into it.
December 23rd, 2022 – Chiron Goes Direct
On December 23rd, 2022 Chiron goes direct at 11° Aries. As with any slow-moving ‘planet’, changes in direction are more important than the retrogrades per se, and even more important than most transits.
So when Chiron goes stationary retrograde (once a year) and stationary direct (also just once a year, i.e. now) we feel its energy more strongly than ever.
If you’re Chiron-sensitive (and if you’re into astrology, you probably are) Chiron stationary direct will reveal something very personal and vulnerable about yourself. Something you don’t feel easy about. But something that if you choose to explore and embrace, will eventually heal you.
December 29th, 2022 – Mercury Goes Retrograde
On December 29th, 2022 Mercury goes retrograde at 24° Capricorn.
Mercury retrograde points to what needs to be reviewed, reassessed, and reinvented in your life. Pay attention to the Capricorn sector of your chart to get more hints about what needs a revision in your life.
Mercury turns direct on January 19th, 2023 at 8° Capricorn. If you have planets or angles between 8-24° of Capricorn you will be particularly influenced by this transit.
December 29th, 2022 – Mercury Conjunct Venus
On December 29th, 2022 Mercury retrograde and Venus meet at 24° Capricorn.
Within hours of turning retrograde, Mercury conjuncts Venus (also at 24° Capricorn). This Mercury-Venus conjunction will pretty much set the tone for the entire Mercury retrograde cycle.
In the following weeks, we are invited to explore not only our thoughts, but also the emotional imprints attached to those thoughts. Capricorn rules “systems” so this transit is an opportunity to reset mental models that are deeply ingrained in our psyche.
When we understand how our thoughts influence our feelings and the other way around, we can get to the root cause of our motivations, and we’re able to reframe those mental and emotional models that no longer serve our growth.
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