The final month of any year will always bring a sense of panic, a final rush to accomplish all that we need to, but for you this year has a much less panicked feel and in the lead up to Christmas, you may find that nothing much rattles you. Surely this can't be true. A lot of this comes from the fact that unlike last year, you didn't have busy work forces to contend with. At the same time, when your professional year is coming to an auspicious end, the main thrust has already been and gone. The Sun, as will always be the case each December, will keep the spirit of adventure alive right through to the 21st December. Yet, despite the fact that the Sun will always spend Christmas, the New Year and the first three weeks of every year in your career sector, this doesn't have the all or nothing feel of most years. In fact, it is Mercury's retrograde turn in your career sector on the 19th December that will give you a chance to reflect on and review your options over the holiday period. One factor that you don't usually find in December is the enormous support from friendship and relationship building, both that there is any support at all and the degree of that support. However, the real reason why you're likely to find the wind is taken out of your sails and any urgency or sense of panic is likely to drop rather than raise in the build up to Christmas, is Mars' return to a nostalgic part of your chart on the 19th December, the same day Mercury turns retrograde. Due to return to Aries in late January, after a busy few years the wind down of your current Mars cycle really will bring a chance to spend time in life's slow lane.
Taking your professional or work hats off this month won't be an option and that means over Christmas/New Year, with the walls between one professional year and the next paper thin or simply non existent. However, things will scale back in time for Christmas, allowing you to at least ditch the manic phase. For the first time in over a decade you're destined to end one year and start the next with lucky Jupiter in your work sector, but here until October 2017 he's in this for the long haul and this doesn't explain the frenetic pace. The planet responsible for that is Mars, who moving through your career sector is firing up your professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit, while already giving your 2017 professional year a head start. However, with Venus returning on the 8th December and Mars leaving on the 19th December, his often manic approach to things will drop back in time to slow down a little over the holiday period. Venus will spend the rest of the year in your career sector and not due to leave until the 3rd January, will bring a dream end to one professional year and a dream start to the next. It is into this atmosphere that a Full Moon in your income sector on the 14th December could bring a Christmas bonus or pay rise for some. Helping to maintain a balance between work and play is the fact that the Sun will always spend Christmas and the New Year in an adventurous part of your chart. Yet even before the Sun's return on the 21st December, a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure is in play from the get go. December is always an important month for money matters, though their focus is less on spending and more on smart money management. As the month progresses friendship, teamwork and camaraderie will become a lot more important as well.
As is the case at this time every year, the focus is on both your relationships and your financial situation and money matters, due to the fact that the Sun will always start December in your relationship sector and end both the month and the year in your financial sector. That is still the case, yet this year the lines are blurred, with the focus remaining on your relationships long after the Sun leaves your relationship sector on the 21st December, while it has been on money matters for several months now. This year has taken you and your relationships on quite a journey and in this, the final month of the year, it culminates in a powerful opportunity for friendship and relationship building. In the meantime, before the Sun throws the solar spotlight onto your financial situation and money matters on the 21st December, you've had time to fire up your financial passions and fighting spirit, establish what you're fighting for and from the 3rd December you'll have the smart head for money needed to get your head in the game. The one problem you will have this month is one you don't usually have and is the problem we would all like to have. That problem is finding a balance between work and play, but as this isn't an active point of the year for either matters of the heart or professional matters, this isn't usually a problem. For the first time in over a decade you have lucky Jupiter in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, creating a special December, Christmas and holiday period for matters of the heart. Into this mix Mars' return to your career sector on the 19th December will suddenly bring your professional year roaring back into life in its final days, while giving you a massive jump on your 2017 professional year. Your challenge over the holiday period is figuring out how to balance the two, for this will require a balance between work and play and the right work/life balance.
While you will often have to keep your work hat on over the Christmas/New Year period, for despite the fact that the Sun will always leave your work sector on the 21st December it is common to have either Venus or Mercury stay on, into the early days of the New Year. At the same time, with Uranus in your career sector since 2010, taking your professional hat off hasn't been an option for the past six years now. However, in both cases this has either been a case of tying up loose ends or taking the time to reflect back on one professional year and ahead to the next. Until leaving in March 2019, Uranus will always spend from July to December in retrograde motion and not turning direct until the 29th December, at most this should be a chance to slowly turn your attention to your new professional year, by that point just days away. However, this will not be a quiet transition, with major, once in a generation job and career developments coming to a head between the 20th December and the 31st December, just when you should be clocking off for the year. Yet this is not only being policed but vigorously policed by Jupiter, who is spending his first Christmas in your home and family sector in 12 years. Here to police a balance between work and play, he will be most vigilant in the final part of the month. From the get go there is a need to make work/life balance a priority, to assume that the month is only going to get busy and to learn from past experience what happens when you don't take time out. The less time you think you have to spare, the more time you will need to self monitor some time out, for this is one year when one professional year is not only set to flow into the next without a break, but is going to get even busier and more intense the closer you get to the New Year. Yet another saving grace is Mars' return to an adventurous part of your chart on the 19th December.
The challenge of finding a balance between work and play is one you're all too familiar with, for it is a dance that you play at this time every year. The Sun will always start December in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart but will always end the month and the year in your work sector. While the Sun shifts from one to the other on the 21st December, with Venus and Mercury often travelling ahead or behind the Sun, that line in the sand is often blurred and that is the case this year as well. While the Sun will spend the first three weeks of December in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, you will move into the month with Venus already in your work sector and Mercury not only returning on the 3rd December, but spending the rest of the month here. This means having your work hat on from the get go, with heart and head in the game ahead of the Sun's return. This brings a chance to establish what you want, get ideas on the table and do your homework, long before the Sun returns to shine the solar spotlight on your work situation, matters and options. While that battle to balance playful and work forces is the norm at this time of year, the two areas of surprise are on the relationship and financial fronts. The last time you moved into December with Mars in your relationship sector was in 1999, while Venus' return on the 8th December is as far ahead of the Sun's return next month as possible. Together Venus and Mars, the planets of love and passion, are here to spice things up on the relationship front, long before your annual review brings a need for relationship housekeeping. In the meantime, while the Sun won't turn the spotlight onto your financial situation and money matters until February, Mars' return to your financial sector on the 19th December is a chance to get a jump on your whole 2017 financial year.
Because of the predictable pattern of the Sun through our chart every month has a regular pattern and in December that means the focus will always be on first home and family matters and then over the Christmas/New Year period a more fun and playful influence will come into play. This is the point in the year when your professional year is winding right down and while there may be thoughts of looking at new options in the New Year, that's because the Sun's return to your work sector on the 20th January is also part of the familiar pattern. This year you not only get what you would normally expect at this time of year, which is a lot of focus on home and family matters and on all things fun, playful, romantic and creative, but the professional and money gods have already shown up in mass. For the first time in 12 years you will end the year with lucky Jupiter in your income sector, but thanks to Mars' return to your work sector last month, your professional year has already roared back to life. While the Sun won't return to your work sector until the 20th January, Venus' return on the 8th December will see her join forces with Mars to create a potentially spectacular end to this professional year. It is while Venus and Mars are firing things up on the work front and lucky Jupiter is standing by to ensure the money follows, that a Full Moon in your career sector on the 14th December will give your professional year its final thrust. The middle days of December are not only the best days of the month for income, work and career matters, but of 2016. While Mars will leave your work sector on the 19th December, shifting his focus onto your relationships, income and work developments will continue to unfold throughout the Christmas/New Year period, giving you a massive head start on both your 2017 financial and professional years.
Regardless of anything else that is happening this month, the thing that overshadows everything is the fact that for the first time in 12 years you'll spend the final month of the year, Christmas and move into the New Year with Jupiter in Libra. In the same way that you were able to take ownership of your new solar year from the get go, you're in a position to take ownership of 2017 before it begins and of how you want to bring this year home. This is your life, your story and from within has come the power and determination to be true to yourself and your authentic path and journey. Without a doubt this is putting pressure on your relationships and that would have been the case even if you didn't have Uranus in your relationship sector and even if he wasn't moving towards an opposition with Jupiter over the Christmas/New Year period. Already a stressful time for relationships, this year this could be more severe, yet from the get go it's important to realise that nothing is broken or wrong and it is simply that taking your own power back is raising the bar on your relationships. All this is, is figuring out how to balance your personal and relationship needs, after years of putting your own needs second. Just as well you have some massive support from the communication gods, support that 'surprise, surprise', locks into place over the Christmas/New Year period. From the get go there is a massive amount of focus on communication, over and beyond the fact that you have the Sun in your communication sector until the 21st December. With Mars firing up your romantic and creative passions and fighting spirit until the 19th December and Venus in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart from the 8th December, the love gods are spending the whole month here. In a huge and defining month for home, family and/or property matters, you will also have to also make room for developments on the work front in the days leading up to Christmas, developments that don't usually begin until February.
As much as life will go on and December is always going to be a busy and vibrant month, there is a theme running through the month and especially over the Christmas/New Year period that isn't normally here and has to be taken into account from the get go. For the most part busy work forces are controllable and the fact that this is destined to be such a potentially lucrative month is making it easier to work smarter. It is in the period between Christmas and the New Year that, unable to wait for next year, work forces are going to come alive, with some of the most stunning developments on the work and income fronts in decades, coming together in the final 10 days of the month and of the year, just when most of us are taking our work hats off. Yet whatever this triggers is likely to have its biggest impact next year, with both your 2017 professional and financial years getting off to a massive head start. Yet, that theme that is running through the month from the get go will have something to say about this, for this is a theme that is all about pulling back, needing time to hear yourself think. That theme is Jupiter, who for the first time in 12 years is moving through your sector of subconscious thinking, imagination and review, bringing you to the final phase of a 12 year Jupiter cycle that began back in 2005. No matter how busy life gets, how many balls you're juggling, if you don't factor in time to hear yourself think, put out the 'do not disturb' sign and spend time navel gazing, you will find the wind taken out of your sails and the rug taken out from under you. That is an extreme case and for much of the month, with busy work forces pulling back as well this won't be a problem, but it could be in the final 10 days of the year. If you are working through the holiday period, from the very early days of the month start working smarter and even if you're not, you're likely to find that life has enough demands on your time. Plan to read some books over the holiday period or just for a busy end to the year and structure a situation where you still have plenty of time out to recharge your batteries.
While for the rest of us December is the final month of the year, a month that is more about things coming to an end, with your birthday month and new solar year underway, for you this is a month of new beginnings. Whether you are a November or a December born Sagittarian, until the Sun leaves Sagittarius on the 21st November this is your birthday month, a chance to look to the future and what you want from both this new solar year and from 2017. This is something you've been working on and towards since early March, when Mars returned to begin his longest visit to Sagittarius in two decades. Having only left in late September and with Venus having arrived just three weeks later, it was then your heart's turn to get a jump on what you wanted from this new solar year, weeks before it even began. Both Venus and Mars have since moved on, but their legacy lingers, leaving you with a clear sense of what you want from the coming year and with your passions having been awoken. Even Mercury, who is here to help you work on your game plan will leave on the 3rd December, though surprisingly won't ask for a commitment. Even once your birthday month ends on the 21st December the message will still be to keep your mind and your options open and to move through with just a draft plan. That is because Mercury will double dip visit back into Sagittarius in the early days of January, allowing you to tie up loose ends and finalise your game plan then. In the meantime, you have reached a stunning month for income opportunities, mainly because of the number of planets in your income sector, but also because of the huge amount invested professionally during the course of the year. In the meantime, there is a lot of support from the communication gods around the time of a Full Moon in your relationship sector on the 14th December, so much so that a breakthrough is possible. The love gods also have a special treat in store, with some special developments on the romantic front during the final 10 days of the month and year.
What you can expect at this time of year is a slow start to the month, then everything coming alive just before Christmas, anything but the month you actually have. This is definitely not an active point of your professional year, with the most active months of any year for career matters being September/October and for work matters May/June. While income opportunities will open up each January/February and may sometimes come into effect in the final days of the year, nothing can prepare you for what is likely to be a game changing month across the income, work and career fronts. It's as though the professional and money gods have come together, lit a bonfire, ripped up the rule books, thrown them into the fire and are now dancing around them. For the first time in 12 years you have lucky Jupiter in your career sector as you come to the end of one professional year and into the next and not due to leave until October 2017, taking your professional hats off even over the holiday period is not an option. At the same time, Mars' return to your income sector last month, his first return in November since 1999, brought the money gods into the game and with Venus returning on the 8th December, she'll be here to help milk every possible income opportunity. Venus normally returns with the Sun in January, but she has returned in time to turn what are always the most lucrative weeks of any year, into the most potentially game changing in a decade. It is into the cauldron of income and career potential that a Full Moon in your work sector on the 14th December will turn the middle days of the month into some of the most stunning of not just the month, but the year for income, work and career matters. Yet you can't forget that the first three weeks of December are also the final three weeks of your old solar year and until the Sun returns to Capricorn on the 21st December there will be a need to work smarter and pace yourself, recognising a need for time out to hear yourself think.
While there has been something special in the air since early September it is only now, especially as Christmas and the end of the year approaches that this is being fully appreciated. That something special is Jupiter, who will be spending his first Christmas and New Year in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery in 12 years. It is not just that the holiday period is approaching or that with one year coming to an end and another just over the horizon that is stirring a sense of adventure and curiosity, but you finally have the time and space to embrace this. You have not only had a busy and demanding professional year, but for several years now and while the Sun will always leave your career sector around the 22nd November, it is the norm to have professional forces linger into December and sometimes even into January. The last time you moved into December with no planets in your career sector and none on the way was in 2008, so to have the Sun wrap up all planetary activity for the year last month, means all the professional pressure of the year has dropped off. What a coincidence that all the planetary activity in your career sector for the year should be over by the end of January, for the first time in eight years, just as Jupiter is spending his first December in an adventurous part of your chart in 12 years. With huge professional developments next year, you have earned your right to not so much take your professional hat off, especially if that's not possible, to at least dial it back as you take time to embrace a sense of adventure and life's richer experiences. At the same time, even before the Sun begins winding down your old solar year there will be a need for time out to hear yourself think, though you will have energy and passion in abundance when it comes to the things that excite you. A real surprise this month is that from the 19th December you gain the Midas touch, something you'll retain through the first four months of 2017. This is the start of some potentially lucrative months.
That you'll need to have your professional hat on at this time of year is a given, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of December in your career sector. However, what isn't a given is how much the professional gods have already invested, starting with Mars' return back in early March, for what should have been a six week visit aimed at fuelling your professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit. Instead Mars didn't wrap up his longest visit in two decades until late September, with the support still in play this month a direct flow on from that time. Yet once the Sun is gone not only career but income developments will continue to unfold, with the potential for a major professional and/or income breakthrough in the final 10 days of the year, giving your 2017 financial and professional years a massive head start. The one effort to slow this professional juggernaut down will be a Full Moon on the 14th December, but apart from issuing some work/life balance reminders and a trigger for home, family and/or property matters, there are no real obstacles. After two years of hard graft it seems your professional boat is finally coming in. However, what you will find is that you can't push yourself and especially until the 19th December, after which you'll have a lot more energy and while you'll crave down time, it will be when you choose. As you move into the new month you are in the final weeks of your current Mars cycle and this is normally the point where you're running on empty, there will be little wind in your sails and you just lack the motivation or energy to push yourself beyond your limits. That all changes with Mars' return to Pisces on the 19th December, filling up your tanks with pure passion, energy and warrior spirit, just in time for the major career and income developments that will dominate the final 10 days of the month. All this in an important month for both personal and professional networking, friendship and relationship building.