Virgo, December 2017

Your ruling planet, Mercury, retrogrades this month!

by Annabel Gat; illustrated by Nicole Ginelli
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Dec 1 2017, 2:00pm

Welcome to Sagittarius season, Virgo! The holidays are here, and as the Sun moves through this festive Fire sign, you’re enjoying connecting with your family and spending time at home. It’s a wonderful time to connect with your loved ones and beautify your home, thanks to the planet of love, money, and beauty entering Sagittarius on December 1.

December 1 does bring some drama, due to warrior planet Mars opposing the planet of surprise, Uranus. Unexpected issues concerning cash will arise. Be careful for concentrations—people are in an irritable mood. Sensitive issues will flare up, and you and the people you connect with will be questioning if you feel valued and supported. Fortunately, the next day, December 2, lucky planet Jupiter will connect with dreamy Neptune, facilitating gentle communication and boosting your intuitive abilities.

It’s definitely a busy start to the month: Your planetary ruler, Mercury, also begins its retrograde on December 2 (or December 3, if you’re in the East Coast), finding you running into people from your long ago past. Mercury retrograde has a bad reputation for miscommunication, delays, and technical difficulties, but this is an important time for you to slow down and reconsider the decisions you’ve made since November, Virgo, especially ones relating to your home or family, as well as to check in with yourself about your boundaries and your need for personal space and privacy. Avoid making important decisions, signing contracts, or traveling until Mercury retrograde ends on December 22.

A full moon in Gemini arrives on December 3, bringing about a climax around a situation concerning your public life, your reputation, or your professional goals. Gemini is a chatty Air sign, so expect there to be plenty of revealing, emotional conversations during this full moon. Endings are taking place, and again, with Mercury retrograde, now is the time to finish up projects, not add more items to your to-do list.

Mercury retrograde meets Saturn on December 6, putting you in a serious and focused mood. It will also bring back conversations about commitments that were going down last month—think back to November 29 and 30. Mercury makes a harmonious connection with Uranus on December 10, stirring back up some brilliant ideas you couldn’t yet implement from November 24.

A full moon in Gemini arrives on December 3, bringing about a climax around a situation concerning your public life, your reputation, or your professional goals.

The Sun meets Mercury retrograde on December 12, which will bring back ideas and conversations from November 22. Mercury meets lovely Venus on December 15, reminding you of issues from November 18. Because Mercury retrograde is activating the home and family sector of your chart, expect these to be big themes around these days. A fresh start around these issues arrives with the new moon in Sagittarius on December 18, which is a great time to energetically clean your home, reconnect with your roots, and generally go within to tap into your sense of inner safety and security.

Mars enters Scorpio on December 9, igniting the communication sector of your chart, so just because messenger planet Mercury is retrograde doesn’t mean that you won’t be saying what’s on your mind and getting shit done. You’ll feel energized to take care of paperwork and shoot off important e-mails, but please, Virgo, double-check everything, because accidents abound during Mercury retrograde! Additionally, Scorpio is a very psychic sign, so you can expect a good boost to your intuitive abilities.

One of the key days this month is December 19, when Saturn enters Capricorn, marking the beginning of a new two-and-a-half-year journey in your life, little virgin, around creativity. It’s time to buckle down and do something with the piles of art you have in notebooks, the files of music wasting away on your computer, and the urge you have to get in front of an audience. Saturn is the planet of responsibility and maturity, and while it’s in Capricorn, you can expect to be taking things—even fun things, like partying and dating—much more seriously.

On December 21, the Sun enters Capricorn, a sign, like you, that’s grounded, practical, and hard-working, but has a devilish edge. Expect some fun times during Capricorn season. During the winter solstice, however, the vibe will be sober, as the Sun will meet with Saturn on December 21. Venus soon enters Capricorn, on December 25, also meeting with Saturn, which will put people in the mood to talk about commitment and other serious matters, not just eat cake and cuddle, which is Venus’s usual itinerary.

Action planet Mars makes a harmonious connection with dreamy Neptune on December 28, wrapping the month up with proactive yet gentle conversations within your partnerships. The vibe is energetic and empathetic, with warrior planet Mars working effectively with psychic Neptune. Good luck this month, and see you in 2018!