August 23 through September 22
Cozy up, Virgo. The Sun is in Sagittarius, your fourth house of home and family, putting you in the mood to nest. However, family time has its ups and downs during the first half of December. Your ruler Mercury is retrograde (backward) in Sagittarius until December 13th, stirring up misunderstandings, bumpy travel plans, and a bit of domestic discord. You’ll need to take quite a few deep breaths and pick your battles. A female relative in particular could get under your skin, and you may find her unusually irritating. Bottom line: you need space! If you’ve volunteered your home as a crash pad for out-of-town guests, you might want to keep the local motel on speed dial, just in case.
Not that you’ll have time to make egg nog and trim the tree all month, Virgo. Big career news could arrive at the December 10th Gemini lunar eclipse, which brings a blast of energy to your professional zone. This is the conclusion of events that began this summer at the June 1st Gemini solar eclipse. Since then, you’ve been on quite a trajectory: your professional goals may have completely changed or taken a new direction. In some way, your responsibilities are shifting. Eclipse events could also involve an important man in your life, possibly a father, brother or husband. A boss or key client could depart.
If your money has been unpredictable, things should stabilize in December. Radical Uranus has been retrograde since July 9th in Aries, your eighth house of wealth, joint ventures, and intimacy. Uranus goes direct (foreward) on December 9th, which will help you stabilize both emotionally and financially. On December 25th, expansive Jupiter ends a four-month retrograde, this time in your ninth house of travel, education, and expansion. Jupiter will remain in Taurus until next June, so consider going back to school, taking in international trip, or doing something that’s been on your “bucket list” for quite some time. You need to dabble, explore, and follow your passion… and now is a golden time to do it.
With the moon and Uranus both in Aries on New Year’s Eve, a quiet and reflective night will help you tune into your soul. Take some time to write in your journal, and to sum up the past year with all its highs and lows. What have you learned? What can you let go of? What can you bring into 2012 to honor the wiser, worldlier person you’ve become? If you do go out, skip the huge crowds, or at least travel with the tight and trusted crew. The eighth house is a sexy, slinky part of the chart (oo la la!). You may be feeling rather seductive, ready to share a memorable midnight kiss.
LOVE & ROMANCE:
All month long, there’s at least one celestial body in Capricorn, your fifth house of love. Romantic Venus is here until the 20th, giving you an extra pinch of glamour and flirty energy. On the 21st, the Sun moves into Capricorn, cranking up the heat. The Capricorn new moon on Christmas Eve sets off a fresh six-month cycle for your love life. Make a 2012 resolution to pursue your passions, and also to explore the edgier side of your desires.
Another reason to take a walk on the wild side? Passionate and unstoppable Mars is in Virgo from November 2011–July 2012. A revolution is brewing in your bedroom for the next several months, Virgo. Mars is the planet of action and confidence, and having it in your sign really stirs things up. You’re becoming raw, unfiltered and outspoken in ways you’ve never been. And why shouldn’t you? After a lifetime of compromising and being “nice,” you’ve had enough. Now, it’s time to own that lusty part of your earth-sign nature.
Brassy Mars has shot independence through your veins, and you’re no longer willing to settle for less than you deserve. It’s a funny paradox: once you stop trying so hard—or even caring what anyone thinks—you become magnetically attractive. You’ve got the winning hand here, so enjoy it. For some Virgos, being single actually sounds like fun. Since you’re not emotionally invested in following a traditional path right now, you might even boldly pursue someone…or allow yourself to be pursued. Even if you’re happily paired up, the white-hot spark of selfhood can’t be snuffed out. As you become more self-determined, it will change the dynamics of your relationship—and it might just reignite the romance.
If you’ve been feeling emotionally disengaged since July, that will change on December 9th. Erratic Uranus has been retrograde in Aries, your intimate eighth house, making you feel distant, even cut off, from some of your feelings. You may have felt smothered by too-close bonds, or perhaps some of your own trust issues flared up. While you can expect to need bursts of extreme closeness mixed with periods of radical autonomy, Uranus’ return to direct (forward) motion will make it easier to balance that out.
MONEY & CAREER:
You’ve been building up toward a goal since the summer, and December brings it all together. On June 1st, a Gemini solar eclipse planted biodynamic seeds in your tenth house of career and success. You may have radically shifted directions in the past six months, or just developed a new attitude and leadership style. In some way, your professional path is shifting, Virgo—and there’s no turning back. The tenth house rules public acclaim and achievements. You may be fully stepping into your expertise or ready to see your name in lights.
On December 10th, a Gemini total lunar eclipse reveals where all of this is heading. This could be a moment of change that could bring an epiphany or a big opportunity. Since eclipses can sweep away outmoded parts of our lives with little warning, you may have to deal with an unexpected shift this month. Full moons bring closure, so there may be one chapter that ends in order for a new one to open. A boss, client or manager could exit your life. A company division might be eliminated or restructured, or you may decide it’s time to leave a gig you’ve outgrown. Perhaps something you enthusiastically began this year doesn’t feel like the fit you anticipated. Should this be the case, cut your losses and keep it moving. There will be plenty of opportunities coming your way in 2012. With ambitious Mars in Virgo from November 2011-July 2012, you’ll likely have more exciting options than you can handle, so don’t be afraid to be selective.
Finances have been bumpy since July, when changemaker Uranus went retrograde in Aries, your wealth and joint resources house. You may have dealt with unexpected debts, tax bills, property issues or even legal matters. You’re being pushed to be smarter about money management, but the lessons may have been abrupt and harsh. On December 9th, Uranus moves forward again, helping you create innovative ways of building long-term financial security. Since Uranus rules technology, you may want to automate some of your bill paying in 2012. Check out the latest bookkeeping software, and consider tracking your budget with an app like Mint.com.
If you’ve been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, or are thinking of continuing your education, the first half of 2012 is a great time to go for it. On December 25th, expansive Jupiter goes direct (forward) in Taurus, your ninth house of travel, learning and risk. Jupiter has been sluggish for the past four months, but on Christmas Day, it rockets forward, powering up your urge to take a big leap of faith. Jupiter is in Taurus until June 2012, after which it moves into your career house for a year. So if you’re still exploring or feeling the need to experiment before settling into a solid groove, the next six months are the perfect time for that.
HEALTH: MIND, BODY & SOUL:
Self-care is a theme this month while the Sun visits Sagittarius, your fourth house of home and family. The fourth house also rules children, so a pregnancy could be in the works. However, with your ruler Mercury retrograde (backward) until the 13th, it may take a few extra tries to conceive. There could be tension among your relatives that will also require extra work to settle. Know when it’s time to back away, Virgo—especially when nobody’s listening to your sensible words.
Your relationship with your mom or a female relative could use a little repair work, and Mercury retrograde is a good time to heal that bond. Virgo, you have a tendency to cut people off when they upset you, but the whole Queen of Hearts routine really hurts you in the long run. On December 9th, radical Uranus goes direct (forward) in your emotional eighth house after a five-month struggle. It’s time to find new strategies for conflict resolution—you know, like talking about it openly. Uranus may be hotheaded, but it’s also a visionary planet that’s all about evolution and reform. Maybe it’s time to leave some of the more childish or dramatic behaviors behind and try something new in 2012.
Love Days: December 4, 26, 30
Money Days: December 11, 20
Lucky Days: December 8, 18
Off Days: December 15, 28