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Monthly General Horoscopes - December 2018


The last month of 2018 has a special message for you and it is one that even if you are not mentally hearing loud and clear, through all your other senses you will be. Emotionally and physically there is a good chance that you feel you have nothing left in the tank, that you've given all that you can and if 2018 was a dance, you'd be happy to sit it out. This is not a problem unless you are telling yourself this is a problem, for it is anything but. Instead, you have not only come to the end of a busy year, but to the final month of a 22 month Mars cycle. With Mars returning to Aries on New Year's Day and a lot of exciting things developing next month, both professionally and personally, the moment the doors open to 2019 you will need to hit the ground running. If Mars is offering you a chance to cruise in the slow lane this month, take it. This is also an important month for home and family matters and chances are, with some exciting new beginnings there, you may want to spend more time close to home or focused on things close to home. This will definitely be the case in the lead up to a Full Moon in your home and family sector on 23rd December, just days before Christmas. Another reason that even though there are some powerful forces already in play professionally, you might not be tempted, is the strong sense of adventure in the air this month. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of December in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery, before shifting the solar spotlight onto your professional game, from 22nd December. However, with lucky Jupiter in the first full month of his 13 month visit here, a sense of adventure is something you can no longer turn your back on.


With Mars having just wrapped up a six month visit to your career sector last month, when he normally only spends six weeks here and Venus only just leaving your work sector on 3rd December, this professional year has already asked a lot from you. It has given a lot and it will continue to give a lot, but you're ready to stand back and let things unfold, powered more from the momentum gained over the last six months. Instead, it is your relationships that catch their second wind, with both Venus and Mercury returning for double dip visits to your relationship sector in the early days of the month. Mercury, the planet of communication will retrograde back in on 2nd December while Venus, who retrograded back out at the start of last month, will return to start over from the very beginning again. Mercury will only dip back in, turning retrograde on 7th December and then leaving 11 days later, on 13th December. This is just long enough to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. However, with a Full Moon in your communication sector on 23rd December, there will still be a chance for the communication gods to contribute. Venus, however, is here to stay, with the planet of love not leaving until 8th January. Venus will see out the year here and as Jupiter only left last month, there is a lot of relationship potential for her to capitalise on. In the meantime, while the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of December in your financial sector, this is the first full month of Jupiter's 13 month visit. Things won't really take off financially and you won't really start to appreciate the full potential until Venus returns next month. It is then that Venus will take off her planet of love hat and don her planet of money hat, joining forces with lucky Jupiter to ensure your 2019 financial year gets off to the best possible start.


Fortunately, December begins on a weekend, making it easier to work with Venus in what is a last ditch and valiant attempt, in the early days of the month, to ensure there is a balance between work and play. Venus will leave a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart on 3rd December, not only ending all planetary activity here but becoming part of what is an 11th Hour explosion of income, work and career potential this month. Fortunately, the Moon is here from 2nd December to 4th December, helping to champion Venus' cause before it follows her into your work sector. It is not just Venus' return to your work sector on 3rd December that will see this professional year flare back into life again. However, returning just weeks after lucky Jupiter left and just days behind the Sun, returning to finish what she started was always going to give you access to a huge amount of untapped job potential. What makes Venus' return such a game changer is partly that there are no more playful forces once she leaves and partly because she returns to find Mars in your career sector. Not due to leave until New Year's Day, Mars is turning December into one of the most exciting months of this professional year. Throw in both a Full Moon in your income sector on 23rd December and the forces in play behind the scenes there all month and you have a stunning coming together of forces across the income, work and career fronts. Yet those balance reminders at the start of the month are important, for this is an equally stunning month on the relationship front, as lucky Jupiter spends his first full month in your relationship sector in over a decade. The difference on the relationship front is that there is no urgency, while Venus and Mars are pushing to capitalise on a last minute wave on the job and career fronts. On the relationship front, it is not until next month that the ideal conditions come together.


Despite the fact that you are in the dawn of a major new professional wave, there is not only a chance to maintain a balance between work and play this month, you would have to work hard to sabotage this. Left to unfold naturally, this month would naturally find an even balance. For years you have battled work/life balance issues and while you might experience some in the very early days of the month, once the fog of war clears you'll appreciate this as nothing more than a timely reminder. What you have this month is a rare set of circumstances that are interacting brilliantly, allowing you to have it all. Yes, you have Uranus in his first full month back in your career sector and Jupiter in his first full month in your work sector in over a decade and this is an important month on both fronts. However, the professional gods are in no hurry, with things not only accelerating in the New Year, but with an explosion of potential across the income, work and career fronts. If you only keep half of your focus on your professional game this month you'll keep the professional gods happy. However, it is how this is counterbalanced that makes this surprisingly easy. Venus had left a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart in early November and with the Sun and Jupiter gone, there should be nothing left to maintain a balance between work and play. Instead, Venus not only returns for a double dip visit on 3rd December but to find that Mars is spending the whole month in an adventurous part of your chart. Venus and Mars are the planets that will fire things up on the job and career fronts in the New Year, so have a vested interest in making December as fun, playful and adventurous as possible.


On paper, December is a month where there is less a balance between work and play and more the overlapping of the two. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of December in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, before returning to your busy work sector, where it will always begin and end the year. With Venus and Mercury usually travelling close to the Sun, where he goes they follow. This can see December start on a playful note, only to start becoming a lot busier as the month progresses. What has made the shift more pronounced over the last decade, is that you have had Pluto in your work sector since 2008 and Saturn since last December. This is a familiar and ongoing mandate, with the Sun simply turning the solar spotlight onto what is already there. This means that while the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of December in a playful part of your chart, underneath this things are already moving on the job front. Often all planetary activity on the playful front is over by Christmas. However, the love gods and those supporting all things fun, playful, romantic and creative, have decided that two can play at that game. Yes, the Sun will still leave on 22nd December, but with Jupiter not only in his first full month in this fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart in over a decade but here now until December 2019, when it comes to a balance between work and play it is now 'game on'. This creates some exciting dynamics, dynamics that are here to stay. In the meantime, there are some exciting developments on the financial front and with anything that you're passionate about. You not only have Mars fuelling your financial passions and fighting spirit all month but a passion for change.


Like a Roadrunner cartoon, you might find that you're frantically trying to apply the brakes before running off the cliff, except there is no cliff and your attempts to slow down will become a lot easier. It was in May that Mars returned to your work sector, kicking off what is usually the busiest six weeks in a two year period. Except Mars didn't leave until last month, exactly six months after arriving. While Mars is no longer here, setting a busy pace, when you've been in the fast lane for so long, just like Roadrunner, once you get going it is hard to slow down. A Full Moon in your career sector late last month didn't help, but there is just enough momentum to get you to the end of this professional year, without burning out in the process. This is creating just enough of a void to let other aspects of your life in and this month this includes your relationships, home and family matters and a chance to finally find a balance between work and play. While the Sun won't return to a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart until 22nd December, there is already more than enough for you to tap into from day one. While the solar spotlight is always on home, family and/or property matters in the first three weeks of December, with lucky Jupiter in his first full month of a 13 month visit, this is also the start of something special. At the same time, Venus and Mars, the planets of love and passion come together to support Chiron, the planet of healing in his final days in retrograde motion in your relationship sector, for another five decades. Before Chiron can turn direct on 9th December, Venus will return for a rare double dip visit to your communication sector, on hand to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. What old relationship ghosts Venus can't vanquish through words Mars, warrior planet of the cosmos is on hand to fight with his bare hands.


There is a need to let your heart lead the way into the final month of 2018, with Venus finally wrapping up her double dip visit to Libra on 3rd December. This is a very narrow slice of the month and for less than 72 hours Venus is giving your heart a voice, but this is also the last link protecting a balance between work and play. As Venus' final days fall mainly over the weekend, this is a chance to catch your breath before moving into December proper and into what is destined to be a busy end to the year. Yet as reluctant as Venus might be to leave Libra, exciting things await her return to your income sector. Venus had already spent nearly two months in your income sector before retrograding back out, so she returns to continue what she started. With the Sun and Jupiter having left while she was gone, Venus not only returns to find there has been a huge amount of momentum gained and progress made in her absence, but that the professional conditions have changed dramatically. With Mars spending the whole month in your work sector and the North Node not only spending its first full month in your career sector but with a Full Moon here on 23rd December, the professional gods have been saving the best till last. This creates a busy month, with exciting developments around the income, work and career fronts. However, you will also find that you are mentally sharper, able to work smarter, think on your feet and that you enjoy the stimulation of having to find answers and solutions. This is something you may have struggled with all year, but you are now not only curious and mentally stimulated, but you have more mental clarity and acumen. You are ready to bring this financial and professional year home on your terms. Yet you can also find time to make your relationships and home and family matters a priority.


Your birthday month may have ended and Jupiter's 13 month visit to Scorpio may have run its course last month, but you are nowhere near ready to define your game plan or expectations for the year ahead. This is something that might confuse you to start with, for apart from Ceres staying on in Scorpio to help you define your needs and priorities, you should be ready to commit to the journey ahead. After all Venus and Mercury, the planets that rule heart and mind have not only been and gone, they left in the early days of your birthday month. However, in a remarkable twist of fate, Mercury will retrograde back into Scorpio on 2nd December and after retrograding back out early last month, Venus returns on 3rd December to start over from scratch, with a complete do over. Mercury will only dip his toe back in the water, retrograding back in on 2nd December, turning direct on 7th December and then leaving again on 13th December. Venus, however, is here now until 8th January, spending the rest of the year giving your heart a voice and full control of the huge amount of resources and momentum gained throughout the year. In the meantime, while the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of December in your income sector, with lucky Jupiter in his first full month here, this has changed everything. To start with this might feel like a disadvantage, for instead of racing to exploit this year's income potential, you are now playing a long game. However, with the professional gods not ready to push things forward on the job front until the New Year, this gives you time to slowly get your ducks in a row. This works to your advantage, with Mars spending the final month of 2018 in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart.


Whether you are a November or a December born Sagittarian, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of December in Sagittarius, this is your month. And until the Sun leaves on 22nd December, this is a chance to embrace this new solar year and the journey ahead. Yet from the moment the Sun returned to Sagittarius last month this will have felt different, sensing from the get go if not for months now, that this was no ordinary solar year you were moving into. That is because you not only have the Sun in Sagittarius but lucky Jupiter as well. This is the first full month of Jupiter's 13 month visit to Sagittarius, which itself is the foundation period or gateway into a new 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion. Saturn only wrapped up a three year visit to Sagittarius last December, so you have put in the hard work, faced the challenges and have no doubt done a lot of growing up over recent years. This has all created a strong foundation that Jupiter is now able to build on. This makes a New Moon in Sagittarius on 7th December a chance to not only commit to this new solar year but the journey that the next 12 months will take you on. However, you also start the month with Mercury in Sagittarius but in retrograde motion. Retrograding back out on 2nd December Mercury will return on 13th December, but won't leave until the New Year. With Venus not returning to Sagittarius until January, both heart and mind are taking their time when it comes defining your expectations or any kind of game plan. In fact, there is an air of patience across most aspects of your life and that includes on the financial, professional and even romantic fronts. December is a month for simply settling in, with all areas of your life opening up in the New Year.


For you, December is always a month when the lines between the past, present and future become blurred. The Sun always spends the first three weeks of December in a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart, with the month long wind down of your old solar year always underway as you move into the final month of each year. Yet with Saturn and Pluto not only in Capricorn but in direct motion for several months now, you are already looking to the future. Even after the Sun returns to Capricorn on 22nd December, kicking off your birthday month and new solar year, the lines between the past, present and future will remain blurred. However, they won't just remain blurred because Mercury won't return to Capricorn until the New Year and Venus until February and instead will remain blurred for the next 12 months. That is because this is Jupiter's first full month in a nostalgic part of your chart, where he will spend the next 12 months bringing home your current 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion. When Jupiter joins Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn next December you will enter the most powerful year in a lifetime, but until then the gods are allowing you to straddle the past, present and future. This has taken any urgency out of the year, though there is an urgent need to start the month with your professional hat on. That is despite the fact that the month begins over the weekend. With Venus not only finally leaving your career sector on 3rd December, but wrapping up all planetary activity in both professional houses, this is a chance to finalise your professional expectations. In the meantime, there is a lot more focus on your relationships this month, even before a Full Moon in your relationship sector on 23rd December. Fortunately, Mars is spending the whole month in your communication sector, with the warrior planet of the cosmos able to push through communication barriers.


By the time the Sun and Jupiter left your career sector last month, Venus and Mercury had been and gone, creating the perception that your professional year was winding down. To start with that might still appear to be the case. For while Ceres has stayed behind to reflect on your professional needs and priorities and the North Node's first full month in your work sector is creating some momentum on the job front, on their own these are not active forces. While you do have Mars spending the month in your income sector and he will exploit any professional gain he can, the professional conditions at the start of the month don't match his hot headed enthusiasm. December begins over the weekend, but by the time you move into the first Monday of the month, everything will have changed. It begins when Mercury retrogrades back into your career sector on 2nd December, followed by Venus on 3rd December. Both are returning for double dip visits and while Mercury will turn direct on 7th December and leave on 13th December, Venus is here for the rest of the year. With a Full Moon in your work sector on 23rd December, it appears that work and job matters aren't as dormant as they appear to be at first glance. What you have is a stunning month across the income, work and career fronts, with the professional and money gods working together to end your professional and financial years with a bang. The one worry is that there are no safeguards against life becoming all work and no play. Mars wrapped up all planetary activity in a playful part of your chart last month and Venus will wrap up all planetary activity in an adventurous part on 3rd December. However, you have had enough time to learn from both, able to manage this yourself.


With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of December in your career sector and lucky Jupiter spending his first full month here in over a decade, you have the weight of the solar system behind your professional game. Yet something will be holding this back, with a sense that the professional gods aren't putting their full weight behind this. What might take you by surprise is how easy it is to maintain a balance between work and play, but also how little pushback there will be. It is almost as though these powerful professional forces are encouraging you. The reality is they are. While you have the means to flex your professional muscles when you want to or when you need to, the reality is that it is next month that everything will come together across the income, work and career fronts, in a spectacular way. With Mars returning to your income sector on New Year's Day, Venus not returning to your career sector until early next month and a total lunar eclipse on the job front, January is when everything comes together. Rather than push as much as possible into the final weeks of 2018, the money and professional gods are holding back, preparing to put all their resources into the early weeks of 2019. That would have been the case anyway, but it works out perfectly, with some playful and adventurous forces in play this month. Venus and Mercury will both return for double dip visits to an adventurous part of your chart in the early days of the month, Mercury on 2nd December and Venus on 3rd December. And while a playful Full Moon isn't until 23rd December, there are undercurrents in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart all month. Even the professional gods will support a balance between work and play, aware that this guards against overthinking things.


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