Let's face it, Gemini: sometimes, your twin selves are all the relationship you can handle. Between the mental negotiating you do between your own ears in a single hour, who has time for another real, live person's needs? But this month, as the Sun tours Sagittarius, your seventh house of relationships, you're all about blending your dynamic energy with another's. As vital and fabulous as you are on your own, this month, you'll be focused on joining forces with a certain someone who perfectly compliments your sparkling, witty self. Two is better than one, Gemini-at least, as 2012 draws to a close. And if you're already happily coupled, you'll have the emotional energy to invest in your beloved.
Making your quest for coupledom all the more pressing, you've recently left an outworn version of yourself in the past, thanks to the late November 28 lunar eclipse in Gemini, your first house of fresh starts. You've been reborn, reawakened, ignited with this super-strength full moon. The eclipse transported you (via rocket…or what felt like one, anyway) into a new level of self-awareness and initiative. Perhaps you were the type to wait passively as your mate brought up serious conversations about marriage and monogamy. Perhaps you were permissive about your honey's ever-present ex, not because you were okay with it, but because you didn't want to risk having a conversation that would infringe on your own freedom. Perhaps you've been hedging your bets with a potential business partner, because you weren't 100 percent sure about your own contributions. Post-eclipse, you're looking at a whole new relationship horizon, as your life swiftly moves in a committed new direction, with a new host of personal goals and perhaps even an entirely new orientation afoot. Time to draw a new map, Gemini.
The red-letter day to chart your new course? December 13, when a bold Sagittarius new moon lights up your seventh house of relationships. Partnerships you forge now will really bloom at the end of May 2013, at the Sagittarius full moon. As this day approaches, think long and hard about your ideal one-on-one collaboration, both in love and business. Plant your well-thought out seeds now, perhaps even making a fresh start in a current relationship. Could it be that you finally want to take the plunge and truly commit? And yes, this applies even to already hitched Twins, since the new you might need an evolved partnership to match.
Also on December 13, rollicking, freedom-loving Uranus moves direct (forward) in Aries, your eleventh house of groups and networking. Since mid-July, you may have noticed that a once-collegial environment went AWOL and you were in the midst of a bickering, stilted group dynamic. Now, with this change-maker planet moving full steam ahead, stability will return within your team and group affiliations. Whereas in the last five months, you may have felt like an outsider, unable to click with your tribe, now you'll enjoy renewed connection. Think: fellow Gemini Maurice Sendak's words in Where the Wild Things Are, when young Max has to return to his home: "But the wild things cried, 'Oh please don’t go- We’ll eat you up- we love you so!'" You're returning to that kind of full-throttle group lovefest. Ahhhh.
As things settle with your peeps, the Sun drifts into Capricorn, your eighth house of privacy, on December 21. While your social butterfly sign is not one for staying in –this time of year, you crave true intimacy…something that you're not going to find over margaritas with a first-date, spewing canned lines about how you relate to your family. ("Really, I love them more than anyone in the world," you say, as the mere thought of your mother makes you break out in hives.)
As the month ends, pull down the shades. You're up for getting cozy at home or with a loved one. The mood to hibernate is a rare one for you, so definitely take advantage of your cocooning instincts and banish all guilt for not attending every soiree and being the fount of scintillating conversation that your friends have come to expect. Give the smartphone a rest, and enjoy the stillness.
This restful period will prepare you for the potent December 28 full moon in Cancer, your second house of money and hard work, which forms an unsettling T-square, opposing transformational Pluto in Capricorn, your eighth house of joint resources and squaring revolutionary Uranus in Aries, your eleventh house of independence. Translation: you've got money on the brain, as your practical considerations (paying your student loan bill, having enough dough to splurge at Neiman's when the mood strikes) are pitted against your more soulful, emotional longings (pursuing your deepest dreams, adding a little mysticism to your daily life). Power struggles in a key relationship could certainly be a part of the equation, as you wonder if joining forces will enhance stability or take a wrecking ball to it? Ask yourself, what do I value more-intimacy or predictability-and can I have them both?
These are the million-dollar questions here, Gemini. With free-spirited Uranus in the mix, you may just come face-to-face with the limits of your individuality…does marching to the beat of your own drum cut you off from valuable joint ventures? As much as you don't want to yield even an ounce of your personal freedom, you'll have some intense soul-searching to do, as you're torn in three directions, beckoned by the warring pulls independence, intimacy and security.
The missing link is passion, so counteract confusion by hooking into your deepest desires. If you're not feeling genuinely enthusiastic about your choices, then maybe you should reconsider this path…or at least the approach you're now taking. To put your pleasures front and center, may we recommend that you join one of our favorite (Gemini) business gurus, Danielle LaPorte, for the launch of her new book and life-planning system, The Desire Map. You can register for a 3-day launch party December 5-7 at https://wt107.infusionsoft.com/go/desiremap/ophira/.
On New Year's Eve, a festive moon in Leo, your third house of local activity, makes you want to stick close to home, hanging out with close pals and party hopping through your 'hood. Since the moon forms a trine to love planet Venus in Sagittarius, your seventh house of relationships, sparks could fly with a friend. If you're dipping into platonic waters, venture out as a couple with a bunch of friends. Spin your favorite tunes at a party. (No one gets a dance floor going like energetic you.) Or, if you're in a relationship, you may want to host a low-key gathering with your sweetie. The more the merrier as the calendar turns, Gemini. You CAN enjoy the company of your closest pals and snuggle up with your sweetie. In fact, that's pretty much perfection in your book. Happy 2013!
For the first half of December, love planet Venus moves through Scorpio, your sixth house of wellness and analytical critique. Work on giving constructive criticism to your partner-and practicing what you preach, too. With love planet Venus here, you're poised to bring more integrity to your relationship, since you're consumed with practical concerns of how your partnership functions. That's fine, as long as it doesn't turn into a blame game, or cause you to become excessively picky and critical. Single Geminis could have a fateful meeting as you're going about your wellness activities. We can see it now: You're at the local health food store when you notice a hottie who's also eyeing that last bottle of agave (or Bragg's amino acids). Instead of getting cutthroat you might just concede…on the condition that the cutie makes you a gluten-free dinner.
All month, you have relationship mojo in spades, as the essence-giving Sun shines in Sagittarius, your seventh house of partnerships. Perhaps it's time to make a union official? Or perhaps you're ready to shed the Louis Vuitton-sized baggage you've been dragging around. Get rid of the ghost that's been wrecking your love life. (Need inspiration to say that final "see ya"? Check out this tune about lost love from Gemini sister Somi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWwiBE8IHmw&feature=related)
What does it mean for you to find a serious partner, at this stage of your life, based on the person you are now, as opposed to the person your mother said you were or how you felt growing up in school? Remember, as vividly as you might recall the past, you can always start on a clean slate in life, if you make up your mind to do so. Geminis are masters of reinvention, after all. So work that skill! On December 13, a new moon in Sagittarius, your seventh house of harmonious relations, brings back that lovin' feeling if you're paired up. For single Geminis, the new moon is an excellent day to send your soulmate wishes into the ether. (If you want to do more than just "think" your wish, type it here…and intend to see it come back tenfold. http://www.sealedwithlove.com/index.php/love/make_a_wish/)
On December 15, pleasurable Venus slides into Sagittarius, your seventh house of coupledom, making your love light shine even brighter. Venus' appearance helps make your transition from "me" to "we" all the sweeter. Not only are you attracting in your ideal mate, but with spicy Mars in Capricorn, your eighth house of intimacy, you're ready–really ready–to do something about it. With Mars here until December 25, you're laserbeam focused on exactly what you want, and maybe even a little obsessed. The green-eyed monster could appear. Gemini, jealousy is a real part of relating-and it can be a signal that you're actually emotionally invested in a relationship. Otherwise, why would you care so much? If possessive or angsty feelings surface, follow the trail: Do you deeply care about this person and need to express that with some full-bodied emotional confession? Or are you lusting after an unattainable relationship to avoid the risk of a real commitment?
Maybe you just need to get reconnected with your own attractiveness first, Gemini. Lucky you: Mars could find you feeling more come-hither than ever. If you're not yet owning your sensual side, make like Justin Timberlake and bring sexy back. The options are endless: learn how to pole dance by taking X Factor classes; immerse yourself into Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts (led by Gemini "pleasure revolutionary" Regena Thomashauer); spend an afternoon getting lost in your local lingerie boutique, reminding yourself of how good it feels to be in your own luminous skin. One caveat: you may also end up arguing with your love over sexual or trust issues. And yeah, you might have a regrettable freakout when you spy your sweetheart joking around with a coworker. Or perhaps you pick a row over the things you spent your time and money on jointly. If you're tired of paying a disproportionate share of the bills or picking up after your messy mate, your frustrations could come to a head now. One pal who dated a Gemini for years used to say that she felt "hijacked" by his decisions, i.e. he'd make elaborate plans without consulting her, and then wonder why she was so upset. If you're the type who thinks, "Oh, my honey won't mind driving my elderly uncle to fill his prescriptions"…think again. If you're the one roping your love into convoluted agendas, expect some feedback.
On December 21, the Sun enters Capricorn, your eighth house of intimacy. Is it time to make this beyond official...and more like permanent? You might find yourself on the receiving end of a serious proposal: to get married, to have kids, to settle into a new, more committed relationship phase. If this chapter had a road sign equivalent, it might read: "Prepare to merge." Now, that's an exit no Gemini ever feels completely prepared to take. However, as the year ends, you may be ready to consider the benefits, and how (or if) they outweigh the possible drawbacks.
This month, you may find some uncomfortable emotional baggage surfacing, issues you thought were long put to rest. With intensifying Mars touring Capricorn, your eighth house of intimacy, hidden psychological stressors could surface. Instead of fretting, or thinking you're somehow flawed for not having gotten over it, take solace in the fact that these issues are coming up for air so that you can finally heal them. Or, you may realize that you've become an emotional sponge, accepting the errant anxieties and neuroses of those around you. Shaking off this energy just might call for a little space-clearing ceremony, sage stick aflame. If the intensity starts to take its toll, book your therapist for an extra session. Or seek a metaphysical healer who can help you rebalance your energy and chakras. On your own, start meditating. (We like this chill video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmA-dWdaI5k or anything by "spirit junkie" Gabrielle Bernstein at http://www.gabbyb.tv.) Even if you end up filing your nails instead of sitting lotus and getting your "ohm" on, even playing chants or New Agey music is a good starting point to keep calm.
With beautifying Venus in Scorpio, your sixth house of wellness, until December 15, bliss out at a gym with feel-good spa amenities. (Don't even think twice: you need that executive whirlpool session, or a languid afternoon the eucalyptus-scented steam room.) Instead of getting swept away in the decadence of the season, you may decide to pass on pancetta-laden pizza and black sesame seed truffles, in favor of heart-healthy fare: butternut squash soup, roasted eggplant with garlic and ginger, fresh papaya with lime juice. Since your sign is known for healthy eating, it might not be such a stretch to opt for a "vegivore" holiday dinner, where meat is the supporting actor, not the star of the show, i.e. pan-roasted brussel sprouts with locally-raised bacon. Bonus? You won't feel so lethargic, post-dinner. Show the world that you can still feast on fresh and sustainable fare-Streamzoo and Tumblr the delectable creations you whip up!
Love Days: 9, 13 Money Days: 20, 29 Luck Days: 27, 17 Off Days: 24, 11, 15
This month, your excellence in the career arena has one requirement: a partner. Or maybe a few of them! Yep, collaboration is the key to thriving, as the Sun moves through Sagittarius, your seventh house of joint ventures. Spend time with your colleagues, listening to their needs and expressing your own. Schedule some one-on-one holiday lunches (perhaps at an airy, spacious restaurant) to recap the year and set the ball rolling for 2013's goals. Meet someone for gingerbread lattes to talk about how your synergistic skills might form the perfect little empire.
Go-getter Mars is in Capricorn, your eighth house of joint resources, until December 25. You could be poised for a big year-end payoff. This could come in the form of passive income, a bonus, a generous relative's gift or some other lump-sum payoff. Don't spend it all in one place, o' impulsive Gemini! Since Mars can fuel tension, you may have some hair-raising financial stress. (Who needs THAT during the shopping-driven holiday season?) But if, say, your stock value goes down or that property you've been trying to move won't sell, know that there are other opportunities to cash in big before the end of the year. While a big-ticket expense may be unavoidable, don't cry your eyes out all the way to the Apple store (or creditor's office). If you get hit with a hefty tax bill, you may have to make some kind of payment arrangement. The downside? Well, it's kind of crappy to feel strapped. The upside? Maybe this is just the kick in those J Brands you needed. Alchemize the anxiety, turning it into a real-time plan for achieving that financial goal or dream. Set your sights high–and take bold actions toward that dream, no matter how lofty. Dial down the nagging Nelly voices that tell you it's insane for little old you to send that bold proposal to the executive at HBO or the high-profile tastemaker. Remember: a little chutzpah goes a long way. Whether you're pitching yourself for the gig of your wildest dreams or negotiating a home seller into bring down her price, dare to be bold. If you don't ask, how will you receive? ESP is not an acceptable means of communication. For some great, real-time money manifesting and management support, check out The Daily Worth (www.dailyworth.com).
On December 28, a full moon in Cancer, your second house of money, brings a potential job offer, or an undeniable turning point on your career and financial path. Even if you're stressed out, you may need to take out that magnifying glass and take a closer, harder look at your money sitch. Start crafting a realistic budget for the coming year. If expanding your fiscal resources is a top priority, brainstorm ways you can bring in more dough in 2013. This new phase may call for pushing the limits of your imagination (which, frankly, is awesome…consider for a moment just how much bigger your world can become, when you start to erase self-imposed limits). Since the full moon is opposite power-player Pluto in Capricorn, your eighth house of wealth and windfalls, your magician-like skills of manifestation are at an all-time high. (For some tips on how to enter the right state of allowing, check out this inspiring Abraham Hicks clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPDvOnnnhUI&feature=endscreen&NR=1)
Though you may be lured by the conventional path of paying your dues and padding your nest egg, you have a golden opportunity now to examine the underlying energy, unconscious patterns, and limiting beliefs that are holding you back from realizing your deepest desires. You can log 12-hour days all you want, but if you don't truly believe you can have what you want, you either won't be able to pull it off, or you'll spend all your time disbelieving your good fortune…and effectively push it away in the end. This full moon is an invitation to work on both your practical daily habits AND your soul-stirring, belief system.
A word to the wise: the potent full moon will also be squaring unpredictable Uranus in your eleventh house of group activity, perhaps revealing an uncooperative person in your midst. This person-decidedly not a team player–could be disrupting your financial flow. You want to just hit the "eject" button, but due to office politics, the solution might not be that simple. Or, maybe the culprit is your own inner rebel, who insists on keeping a degree of autonomy at the expense of your long-term financial stability. Your independence may be just that important to you…and that's fine, as long as you're clear on what you really need. So use this full moon to check your priorities, and trust that you can find the perfect balance between security and freedom. Believe. You got this, Gemini.