Hibernate or motivate? That is the question this month, o' Capalicious one. On the sleepy side, the Sun is in Sagittarius, your twelfth house of rest and closure, until December 21. You're at the end of your solar year, a time to sum up events of the past 12 months and prepare for your birthday. Still, it's impossible to power down the way you'd like. That's because energizer Mars is visiting Capricorn until December 25, adding some serious voltage to your personal goals and drive. You may be starting a bold new life chapter just as you're ending another cycle. Expect a lot of overlap-and the need for a few restorative naps whenever you can escape the action. You feel both tired and wired this month, so find ways to keep your energy (and blood sugar) as stable as possible.
December 13 could be just the moment to use one of those last vacation or personal days...and to focus on YOU. A Sagittarius new moon reboots your twelfth house of healing and spirituality. Go within and soul-search. How can you be kinder to yourself, and more connected to the flow of life, which allows you to hear divine guidance? A few ideas: start a meditation practice, initiate the peace process with a "frenemy" or loved one, or just to let go of things you can't change. Surrender is an art form, and not an easy one. It's also a discipline, so don't expect to master it overnight. Seek tools that help you direct your thoughts, intentions and energies toward what you DO want, rather than dragging yourself through other people's muck. Can you say "codependent no more?"
Also on December 13, volatile Uranus ends a five-month retrograde (backward) period in Aries, your fourth house of home and family. Since July, your domestic life has been anything but restful. You may have moved, couch-surfed or just felt generally antsy and claustrophobic at home. Not easy for a sign that likes deep roots! A female relative or friend may have been particularly difficult, acting out or pushing your buttons-seemingly for her own sadistic glee. While you normally keep your cool, you may very well have lost it. When Uranus goes direct (forward) mid-December, the friction should ease. You can now revamp your lifestyle or home situation, knowing that your changes-even the radical ones-are for the best.
On December 21, the Sun moves into Capricorn for a month. End of the world? Hardly! More like the start of a new reality for you. The January 11 Capricorn new moon will really set things into motion next month. But for now, this Sun shift reboots your system, putting you in a New Year's resolutions kind of way. As for those Mayan prophecies? Not to be taken literally, no matter how many wars or natural disasters we're seeing. If anything, the 12-21-12 date is symbolic of the "end" of the world as we know it-with all its divisiveness, greed and selfish destruction of the planet. The spirit of 2012 has actually been accelerating for the past few years, marked by a widespread cultural shift toward unity, cooperation and soul awakening. We'll take an extra helping of that, Mayans.
Of course, Rome wasn't built in a day, and we'll see that at the December 28 Cancer full moon, which forms a T-square (three-way tug o' war) with intense Pluto and Uranus. Cancer rules your seventh house of relationships, so this full moon could mark a major turning point in a partnership or key connection. Togetherness won't be the easiest process and you may need to face some of your own shadowy fears before moving forward. Are you speaking up for your emotional needs? Setting proper boundaries with draining or difficult people? Don't just look at the relationship-examine your entire life and see where adjustments should be made. A holistic approach will help you balance the demands of family, love, and work with your own deep desires.
New Year's Eve brings an intimate night, as the moon is in Leo, your private and sexy eighth house. Ten-nine-eight...countdown to that midnight kiss. Make it a good one, Capricorn! You'll definitely want to slip off for some steamy post-party action if you've got a willing companion. Or, you might want to skip the big celebrations altogether and hang that "do not disturb" sign. With the moon angling love planet Venus in your twelfth house of retreat and fantasy, this could be the night for rose petals, dripping candles, chilled Veuve and some behind-closed-doors activity. Single Caps could meet someone special during tonight's magical vibes. Others may feel the evening's stars on a more spiritual level. Try a meditation or a ritual to put closure on 2012 and welcome in the new year with fresh new energy. Relax, relate and release, Capricorn. You don't have to hold onto baggage. Remember, the rest of the world is celebrating a famous historical martyr whose birthday also happens to fall during Capricorn season. You don't need to compete for "Most Sacrifices Made in 2012."
It's time to bring sexy back, Capricorn. Your mojo may already be on fire, thanks to the help of red-hot Mars, which is in your sign from November 16-December 25. Work it, Cappy! Snowflakes will liquefy in your presence. You'll be mistletoe's most wanted visitor. Good news: no need to play the coquette or dumb yourself down to flirt (as if you'd ever...). The blunt-yet-witty assertiveness that you already wield comes across as charming now, and will keep admirers on their toes. Picture: a classic film's leading lady peering disdainfully through her lashes, brandishing a long cigarette holder and eyeing her suitors like prey. Meow!
If you're not feeling quite so Garbo, you might need some new, er, garb. Ditch the office-friendly or practical gear at every opportunity-or at least, spice it up with some slinkier details. Capricorn is the sign of structure, and you do look good in pieces that have a tailored, day-into-evening flair. Just aim for something that looks sultry, not stiff, such as this metallic mini with pockets (http://www.elle.com/fashion/spotlight/guest-blogger-jamie-beck#slide-3) or this leather shift dress in the season's trendy oxblood tone (http://www.elle.com/fashion/trend-reports/oxblood-clothing-accessories-fall-2012-trends#slide-1).
On December 28, a Cancer full moon spotlights your committed relationship house. A partnership could reach an important turning point. Is it time to make things more official (or less)? You may find yourself at a crossroads, as this full moon prompts you to be proactive rather than keeping things status quo. Simply letting a relationship run on auto-pilot won't cut it either.
The moon will sit in uncomfortable opposition to transformational Pluto in Capricorn (and also your chart's natal Sun, if you're born end of December or early January). If you want things to progress to the next level, you may need to make some deep internal changes. Or perhaps you need to search your own soul before deciding whether to proceed. With changemaker Uranus in Aries wedged between the moon and Pluto, your family or home life may be a sticking point. Perhaps you disagree on whether or not to have children or how to raise the ones you have. Maybe the family doesn't approve of this relationship. Perhaps a long-distance romance that was once exciting is now one tattered suitcase away from being exhausting. Argh! Enough already from the peanut gallery!
As 2012 draws to a close, you may want to either pass Go or pack up the game. Is it time to move in together, to buy a home, or to put a meddling relative in his/her place? Your feelings may run extreme near this date-and if so, avoid making huge, sweeping changes to your lifestyle. However, you may want to initiate dialogue or take a small but significant step toward kick-starting your love life. If you're single, get on eHarmony or freshen up your OkCupid profile with new headshots and come-hither copy (note: you're not posting a resume here-so get a little personal, would ya?).
In a relationship that needs a refresh? This full moon prompts you to take action. Sign up for couple's therapy or book a vacation a deux. If your attitude needs a tweak, register for an eye-opening workshop or course. Would a new living arrangement help diffuse tension-or give you more quality couple time? Having your bedroom-and squeaky bedframe-right next to your teenager's room could be a total buzzkill. Or maybe that two-hour commute that leaves you too exhausted for intimacy needs to be shortened-either through a part-time remote work arrangement or a relocation closer to the office. Have your home appraised for possible sale, get pre-approved for a mortgage, scan listings for apartments in your faraway honey's hometown.
Ready to take the matrimonial plunge? Look at engagement ring styles on the web and pointedly ask your beau if a cushion-cut or a square setting would look better on you. Forget hints-use a sledgehammer. Need better boundaries with people in your life? Firmly but politely tell your best friend she can retire from her role as your life coach. Quit enabling a troubled or draining relative. Stop pleasing your parents before you please yourself. Wow, that's a big to-do list. Before this turns into a burdensome chore, let's shorthand it: please yourself, and the rest will follow. Those that don't-they've got their own issues. Not your problem!
Siesta, por favor? Amid all the action this month, you're gonna need a nap or two. The Sun is in Sagittarius, your twelfth house of rest and closure, until December 21. Although other cosmic activity keeps your energy high, you need to regulate how much you expend. Burnout is a distinct possibility unless you honor your body and soul's need to rejuvenate. Try meditation, an extra hour of sleep, or even nightly bubble baths. Be mindful not to overextend yourself with commitments. Do you really have to be the designated chauffeur shuttling every aunt, uncle and cousin to and from the airport this year? Could you delegate a couple side dishes to others instead of taking on the whole Herculean holiday meal preparation? (The answer is yes. No excuses.)
The Sagittarius new moon on December 13 sounds the call to attend to your spiritual, emotional and psychological well-being. Incorporate some relaxing practices into your life: yoga, therapy, and consistent sleeping and eating habits. Establish new support systems rather than playing the stoic, stiff-upper-lip role. There's no award for suffering, Capricorn, so if you've been gunning for an Emo Emmy, drop out of that thankless race.
Also on December 13, changemaker Uranus ends a five-month retrograde in Aries, your home and family sector. Domestic discord may have colored this transit, or you may have found it hard to put down roots, relax at home, and settle into your own skin. If you had a home on the market or were undergoing renovations, the process may have been noisy, costly and disruptive. Uranus rules electricity, so there could have even been an issue with your home's wiring or appliances. Perhaps there was loud construction across the street, or circumstances that unexpectedly forced you to move. Either way, upheaval and stress will subside now that Uranus has returned to direct (forward) motion. A move can proceed smoothly, and family relations will improve. Your own emotional fluctuations will stabilize, and if you've been hoping to get pregnant, you should have an easier time. Whew! Onward and upward, Capricorn. Into your birthday season...and another new year!
Love Days: 24, 29 Money Days: 9, 17 Luck Days: 7, 15 Off Days: 27, 5, 13
With go-getter Mars in Capricorn until December 25, it's a race to the finish line-or maybe the race is just getting going. Mars energizes your first house of fresh starts, giving you an early burst of New Year's resolution fever. While December isn't typically the time that people launch initiatives or make big changes, you needn't wait until the New Year to set it off. In fact, you may be eager to put a few things in place before the calendar turns. You're more assertive under the transit, so stand up for yourself and your worth. No need to be confrontational about it (a Mars side effect)-confidence will carry the day. This is a great time for self-promotion, perhaps through social media or just being open about what you do. When a fellow partygoer asks where you work, don't just coyly reply "I'm in sales," or "I'm an entrepreneur." Unless, that is, you want the conversation to stop cold. (Well, you might; you despise small talk.) But seriously, maybe you're "bored" because YOU'RE being boring. Try telling a new acquaintance, "I own a small business with my brother that goes into elementary schools and teaches kids how to live sustainably" or "I give business advice to women entrepreneurs on drive-time radio." Not only will the conversation flow, but you could leave with some promising new connections-or even a customer!
Besides, since work shows no signs of slowdown, you might as well have fun while you're being productive. Just don't stress yourself out or pressure people for firm answers if you're trying to close a year-end deal. The rest of the world, after all, is downshifting into holiday hibernation mode. Plus, 2013 will have plenty of profitable action in store. From December 25-February 1, Mars will be in Capricorn, your second house of work and money. A promotion, pay increase or new job opportunity could arrive in the first month alone. Mars cranks up the heat, too, so be careful what you wish for in a sense.
The last week of December could be busy with a must-finish project or deadline. You may feel pressed to accept a job offer with not much time to think it over or opinion poll your friends. Easy does it, Cap. There really is no rush here-so tell them to back off if you're not ready to commit. Mars in Aquarius could bring an unexpected expense (or the bill from those pricey presents-argh). However, it could also bring a last-minute moneymaking opportunity that you decide to seize. So maybe you spend New Year's Eve cater-waitering an event at double pay instead of sipping champers and honking noisemakers with your friends. With the moon in Leo, your eighth house of wealth and windfalls, you might just want to make that money! Perhaps you're invited by a prestigious business contact to a private party, forcing you to abandon plans with friends or family. If a little extra hustle helps solidify your value to your company, then pull out the stops. Hello, year-end bonus. If possible, do your professional reveling early, then try to sneak back to your peeps before the clock strikes twelve.