December is upon us again. As the year draws to a close, this is a time to reflect on the year gone by and plan for the path ahead. In fact, a wise person is believed to have once said, "I can't believe it's been a year since I didn't become a better person".
There are several astrological events scheduled for the month, notably the Winter Solstice, in the Northern Hemisphere, which is scheduled to occur around the 21st. This marks the shortest day and longest night of the year and symbolises a shift in energy.
December is of course, holiday season and we've provided special mention for the Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's Eve period, in our section for your zodiac sign, below.
Other noteworthy, although not entirely astrologically relevant dates this month include:
International Anti-Corruption Day, December 9.
World Human Rights Day, December 10.
International Human Solidarity Day, December 20.
Forecast for Your Sign in December
This is a brief explanation of the astrological influences on each zodiac sign this month and a supplement to your full predictions at 'Monthly Horoscopes'.
Aries ♈ (March 21 - April 19): A retrograde Jupiter continues to be favourably placed in the friendly zodiac sign of Aries. During the beginning of the month, Venus aspects this sign and a combusted Mars will be favourably placed in Scorpio with the Sun. These planetary alignments will bring good fortune to most Ariens. You will be motivated to strive for success in your immediate plans, but progress will be limited due to Mars' combusted alignment. You will be in a relatively spiritual frame of mind and this includes during the holiday period. Around Christmas, Mars will be weaker in strength than earlier. Your idea of a fun holiday period will be more on the lines of a quiet, peaceful time and this seems to be how you will spend the last few days of 2023.
Taurus ♉ (April 20 - May 20): The Sun and Mars will aspect your sign, during the beginning of the month. Your ruling planet, Venus also occupies its own sign of Libra at this time and will be growing in strength. Taureans will be motivated and confident about their plans for the future and there will be minor gains and progress in these plans, as December progresses. A weak Venus will enter Libra around the 25th and remain stationed here for the rest of the year. You will be inclined to have a good time, socialising and partying with friends and family. This will be an enjoyable period, as long as you avoid becoming unnecessarily boisterous or aggressive.
Gemini ♊ (May 21 - June 20): Mercury is no longer combusted, but is adversely placed in the sign of Sagittarius and aspects Gemini. There will be many new plans for the future. Progress and limited success in these plans will be possible with a little effort. Mercury will be in retrograde during the Christmas and New Year's period. You will think of doing something a little different this year. But your plans could potentially run aground, due to confusion resulting from a communication gap.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22): December will begin on a favourable note as the Moon will occupy this sign during the very beginning of the month. You will thus be in a relaxed mood as you enter December, as most of your short-term plans will proceed according to plan. This situation will however, change thereafter for a short period, till mid-December. On the 25th, the Moon will be favourably placed, exalted in Taurus. This will be a time of fun and enjoyment that you will spend with people whose company you enjoy. On the 31st, the Moon would have moved on to Leo and you will be confident about a positive start to the year ahead.
Leo ♌ (July 23 - August 22): The Sun will be favourably placed in Scorpio, but Saturn will aspect this sign. This will cause mixed fortunes, although you will remain in a positive frame of mind. You will be eager to implement new plans for the year ahead. During the period between the 25th and 31st, the Sun will be in Sagittarius. Your positivity will allow for a time of spirited celebration.
Virgo ♍ (August 23 - September 22): As the malefic 'Ketu' will be placed in Virgo and Mercury will be in Sagittarius, clashes, worries and confusion may prevail at the beginning of the month till mid-December. The period from the 25th to the 31st will be one more of introspection, than revelry. You will be relatively detached from the goings-on around you.
Libra ♎ (September 23 - October 22): The malefic influences on Libra will cease to affect this sign from December onwards. This will cause a favourable change of fortunes that will be further assisted by the presence of Venus in Libra. You should see some form of progress or success in your present plans, as a consequence of these alignments. You are also likely to be involved in relaxing leisure and recreational activities. Venus exits your sign just before the 25th. There will be fun and celebration from then till the 31st, but this may be more about partying with friends and less about spending time in the company of loved ones.
Scorpio ♏ (October 23 - November 21): The Sun will occupy your sign along with a combusted Mars, during the beginning of December. You will be full of confidence and ready to take up the challenges before you. On the flip-side, you will be inclined to act on impulse and in haste. Do not expect to change the world all at once, as the rewards of your efforts will come slower than you think. Venus joins Mars in Scorpio just before the 25th and will remain there in the period till the 31st. This suggests that your holiday season will be a fun time of socialising and entertainment.
Sagittarius ♐ (November 22 - December 21): Jupiter continues to be in-retrograde, while Mercury occupies your sign. You may receive some form of recognition this month. The will be several financial plans on your mind. You will be unclear or confused about the correct course of action, hence only limited progress will be possible. In the period from the 25th to the 31st, Mercury will be in-retrograde and combusted. You will intend to celebrate the holiday season, but your plans may not pan out quite as you think. This will however, not dampen your spirits and you will look forward to making a success of 2024.
Capricorn ♑ (December 22 - January 19): The Moon aspects this sign at the beginning of December, while Saturn is now direct and favourably placed in Capricorn. Life may be hectic in December, but there will be reasonable success in your plans for the month. The 25th to the 31st could be a busy time both due to work and home commitments. You will however, be upto the task, although the period may not be a whole lot of fun.
Aquarius ♒ (January 20 - February 18): Saturn occupies your sign and this planet is now direct and stronger than before. December will bring new opportunities and financial gains. Although you are likely to be busy, your efforts will bring future rewards. Your focus may be more on work than play during the holiday season. This is thus likely to be a busy time, but you will contend with the situation.
Pisces ♓ (February 19 - March 20): Jupiter is in-retrograde and the malefic 'Rahu' is placed in Pisces. December will be a generally dissatisfying month of struggles, worries and obstacles. You are likely to be ready to let your hair down and forget about your worries during the Christmas to New Year's period. Your troubles however, may also decide to join you while you party.
News Updates for December 2023
A round-up of breaking news and the most interesting stories from the world of astrology and esotericism.
An astrologer tweeted his prediction for the result of the recently concluded, Cricket World Cup, 2023. He is reported to have stated that the hosts India would win the title clash against Australia and the tweet gained a fair deal of attenion. The result of the final turned out to be different however, for which the astrologer had to cop a fair deal of criticism.
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The UK's Daily Express covered a story about TikTok influencer, Amy Demure who dables in astrology and who has revealed which star signs she thinks will find luck in their love lives, come 2024. She is reported to accomplish all this as she lip-syncs to Diana Ross', Upside Down.
The TikToker said everybody should "watch out" for the following star signs in the next few weeks: Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius. Her exact words being, "They are going to be absolutely crushing it in life. If you try to battle them, you will not win. They are going to be on fire; they're going to be succeeding in life; they're going to have determination, motivation, and energy." Seems like, "They're going to be" quite busy!
The writer, Lauren Ash suggests that adding up the date 11/11/2023 = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 0 + 2 + 3 = 11 and results in what's known as a triple 11 day. According to Ash, '11/11' opens a portal every year on November 11, when the day and month of the calendar align in numeric harmony. This year, the 11/11 portal opens just a few days before a dramatic new moon in Scorpio, challenging you to confront your fears. This article also explains that the number 11 is considered a 'Master Number' in numerology, promoting personal growth, spiritual enlightenment and abundance.
Kendra McQuarrie, a contestant on the reality TV show, Survivor 45 was recorded as saying, "I think something crazy is going to go down. Because there's going to be a solar eclipse, and I'm really into astrology and I'm into the energies that we're all being affected by. Some people don't know that they're being affected by them. Some people tune into them a little bit more."
The kicker is, something crazy actually did go down in the show, just as McQuarrie predicted! This led TV critics to ponder whether, "There is something to all this astrology business after all?"
Kendra is also reported to have explained how her own birthday is impacting how she plays the game and said, "I'm a Libra - all about balance. So I'm taking it easy. I'm not being too forceful. I'm just making genuine connections. I'm just being myself and hoping that people see that and connect to that and want to come and work with me."
Manchester Evening News reporter, Jenna Campbell had her tarot reading cherry popped. During the course of the reading, the tarot reader informed her that, "You care too much and you're going to cry about life, not because it's horrible, but because you feel things very intensely." Campbell's reaction to hearing this was, "I could feel myself shifting around the seat as I started to feel a little too seen. I could actually feel my eyes welling up slightly, but forced myself to stop as it felt a little too on the nose."
Campbell's conclusion of the whole experience was, "It may need to be taken with a pinch of salt, but, much like astrology and other forms of spiritual practices, it can provide a helpful tool through which to navigate life and upcoming milestones. Similarly, it can help focus the brain and illuminate issues."
Jayme Sawyer, writer for the Bluebanner paid a visit to an intuitive reader and received a tarot reading. Sawyer said this of the experience, "Even though I had doubts going into this reading, what Raines said really resonated with me. I left with a new insight into my situation and the actions I should take moving forward. I didn't expect to find interest in intuitive reading, but it is something I will try again in the future."
According to this article, high-end gold jewellery, based on symbols of the zodiac signs, appears to be in demand right now. The piece quotes jewellery store owner, Laura Freedman as saying, "Astrological jewellery is high on gift lists this year because it is personal, it connects people and it delivers good karma". The article does however, have the flavour of an advertorial, on which the NYT is probably earning a hefty commission. This is a well rehearsed business practice that most large media websites employ nowadays. Nevertheless, it does bring to light the increasing mainstream acceptability of astrological concepts.
Famous Birthdays this Month
Some famous personalities with birthdays in December are:
Pablo Escobar, December 1, 1949
Britney Spears, December 2, 1981
Marisa Tomei, December 4, 1964
Jim Morrison, December 8, 1943
Kim Basinger, December 8, 1953
Emmanuelle Chriqui, December 10, 1975
Frank Sinatra, December 12, 1915
Jennifer Connelly, December 12, 1970
Taylor Swift, December 13, 1989
Jane Austen, December 16, 1775
Steven Spielberg, December 18, 1946
Brad Pitt, December 18, 1963
Kylian Mbappé, December 20, 1998
Nostradamus, December 21, 1503
Alison Brie, December 29, 1982
Ellie Goulding, December 30, 1986
Val Kilmer, December 31, 1959
These are the most favourable and unfavourable dates this month, according to the prevailing celestial alignments. The good dates are the best of those mentioned for our 'Monthly Lucky Dates' section. This selection is suitable for commencing or undertaking any type of important task, be this of a personal or professional nature. Doing so will multiply your returns and increases the chances of success. The opposite is true of the inauspicious dates.
The Most Auspicious Dates in December
December 9 : From 07:02 to 10:43 IST or 20:32 (December 8) to 00:13 (9) EDT*. This is a 'Dwipushkar Yog' that occurs on the 12th day of the waning moon, during the 'Nakshatra' of 'Chitra'. The 'Chitra Nakshatra', or constellation is considered to be auspicious.
December 23 to 24: From 21:19 to 06:25 IST or 10:49 (December 23) to 19:55 (23) EDT*. A 'Tripushkar Yog' will start on the 23rd, at the time mentioned and continue till the 24th. This occurs on the 12th day of the waxing moon, during the 'Nakshatra' of 'Bharani'. The 'Bharani Nakshatra', or constellation is however not considered to be auspicious.
The Most Inauspicious Dates in December
December 3 to 4: From December 3, 19:27 to 06:58 (4) IST or 08:57 (December 3) to 20:28 (3) EDT*. Two unfavourable periods, 'Gand Mool' and 'Bhadra' run consecutively from the 3rd to the 4th, on the 6th and 7th days of the waning moon.
December 30: On December 30 from, 07:13 to 09:43 IST or 20:43 (December 30) to 23:13 (30) EDT*. Two unfavourable periods, 'Gand Mool' and 'Bhadra' run consecutively on the 3rd day of the waning moon.
Saturn is presently in-retrograde and therefore ineffective. At the beginning of December, Saturn will occupy its own zodiac sign of Aquarius, at 6° and strengthening. ♄ ♒
It will continue to occupy Aquarius, as Saturn is a slow moving planet and will increase to about 7°. ♄ ♒
Saturn will be at around 8° by the end of December and still in Aquarius. ♄ ♒
Two back-to-back meteor showers are due to occur this month. The main celestial events for December are:
The Geminid meteor shower from December 4 to 17, peaking on the 14th. This will be visible in both hemispheres, towards the constellation of Gemini.
The Ursid meteor shower from December 17 to 26, peaking on the 23rd. This will be visible in the Northern Hemispheres, towards the constellation of Ursa Minor.
The Winter/December solstice will occur from December 21, at 22:28 EST, or December 22, at 08:58 IST
The conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter in the zodiac sign of Aries on, December 22, at 09:20 EST. This is an auspicious alignment known as, a 'Gajkesri Yog'. This signifies a harmonious blend of the Moon's emotional sensitivity and Jupiter's progressive, benevolent and philosophical attributes.
On Christmas day:
Pisces will be the ascendant and the malefic Rahu will occupy the ascendant's house.
The Moon sign will be Leo.
The Sun sign will be Sagittarius.
A retrograde Jupiter will be the ruling planet of the ascendant and Sun sign.
On New Year's Eve:
Pisces will be the ascendant and the malefic Rahu will occupy the ascendant's house.
The Moon sign will be Taurus.
The Sun sign will be Sagittarius.
A strong and favourable Sun will be the ruling planet of the Moon sign and this occupies the house of actions.
The horoscope charts for Christmas day and New Year's Eve are shown below:
Horoscope chart for Christmas day.
Horoscope chart for New Year's Eve.
What's Coming Up in January?
Some important events that occur during the first month of 2024 are:
The Sun entering Capricorn, which is considered to be a highly auspicious time of the year.
Jupiter will turn direct after a period of retrograde motion.
January will be Capricorn and Aquarius seasons. We'll be looking at what this means for these two Saturn ruled signs.
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