Roll up your sleeves, Scorpio. December is always a productive time for you, as the Sun makes its annual visit to Sagittarius, your second house of work and money. After November's intense traffic jam of Scorpio planets (one reinvention moment and new project after another!), you're ready to pour your energy into something beyond yourself. On November 13, a total solar eclipse in Scorpio totally reset your inner compass-if not your whole identity. Did you stumble out into Oz or what, Scorpio? While you still may have wobbly sea legs from the changes, December's energy grounds you, helping you finally choose a "true north" (for now) and get moving. Direct your energy toward a big personal goal or making that fundamental change that's been a long time coming. Don't be overwhelmed; just take small actions each day. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step!
The first footprint might best be stamped on December 13, when a Sagittarius new moon helps you clarify and set new priorities. This new moon could bring job offers, moneymaking opportunities and cosmic assistance with creating healthy new habits. After all, your life is changing, so referencing your old routines no longer helps. Speaking of health, changemaker Uranus ends a five-month retrograde (backward) spin in Aries, your fitness and well-being house, on December 13. Uranus has been retrograde since July, making it hard to manage stress, get regular exercise, or feel organized and on top of your game. Nothing a Scorpio loathes more than feeling control slipping out of your grasp, no matter how hard you clench. Just when you thought things were locked into place-bam-another curveball. Uranus' return to direct (forward) motion midmonth will help you whip your ship into shape.
On December 21, the world will end-KIDDING-just testing your Scorpio reflexes! Actually, the world as we know it is "ending" in a sense. It's actually evolving to the next level of spiritual enlightenment, which is what the whole Mayan "end of days" concept is actually about. As a result, we may see a much sharper divide between the lightworkers (http://www.angeltherapy.com/article12.php) on the planet and those that are stuck in the matrix of war, greed, divisiveness, and pain. With structured Saturn, the planet of leadership, in Scorpio for the next three years, you're poised to help the world shift into this higher state of unity and connection. Yes, you, Scorpio. Who better than the sign so intimate with the darkest depths of the human shadow-paradoxical as that sounds? If you know the way down that murky tunnel, you can surely guide us out of it.
Think about it: so much of New Age thinking feels like fluff because it doesn't acknowledge the "ugly" side of being a human being. Although friends may accuse you of having a dark side, the truth is, you're just more open about talking taboos. These things exist, after all, and it frustrates you when people want to gloss over the dark side of the spectrum. Truth is, we all have the capacity to cause pain and destruction-and the potential to change the world's vibration to a higher one of love, joy and oneness. Chances are, you've covered the gamut on this one (yep, you've had your sadistic moments along with your enlightened ones). Scorpio, after all, is the sign of transformation. In your zodiac animal totem, you can either be a ground-dwelling Scorpion, a soaring Eagle, or a Phoenix rising from the ashes. So grab a flashlight and follow your intuition to the highest spiritual zenith. Mark a trail. We'll set our GPS by yours.
Now then. Back to December 21 and the stars...that day, the Sun shifts into Capricorn, your third house of communication and local travel. It's a great time to gather with friends, host parties and check out new hot spots in your 'hood (not the WiFi ones-you're cleared to take a break from work now!). Your mind is active, so write down your thoughts. They could be the seeds of an important 2013 resolution-or even a revolution. Yep, that could be in store for you next year, as cosmic life coach Saturn continues to forge through your sign and a couple more changemaking eclipses touch down on the Scorpio/Taurus axis. Make way for the (really, really) new!
You may get a sneak preview-or a hit of massive inspiration-at the Cancer full moon on November 28. Cancer rules your expansive and worldly ninth house, and this illuminating full moon will underscore your big visions. However, as your truth becomes self-evident, there may be logistical complications to work through. This moon will form a tense T-square (three-way struggle) with volatile Uranus and Pluto. You may struggle to express what you envision in a way that people understand. Or, you may see a big gap between your desires and the structures, systems and people-power needed to achieve them. This could cause undue stress and even discouragement-a real bumpy come-down from the lunar high.
The magic (and missing) ingredient from this equation: spirituality. That could mean ramping up your creative visualization, saying some prayers, meditating or simply practicing the art of surrender. Allow the universe to be your event planner, Scorpio. Sometimes the gap between the "what" (your dream) and the "how" is best filled through the art of allowing. Doing nothing is sometimes the most effective "something" you can do. When you meddle, you complicate or delay the manifestation process. So quit trying to force a result according to your human agenda. There may be something much better that you're just not seeing with that tunnel vision of yours!
New Year's Eve features a Leo moon in your VIP-loving tenth house of status. Break out the formalwear or snag those exclusive tickets. Strut across that step-and-repeat while the society page pops its flashbulbs. With the moon forming a supportive angle to Venus, you could rub shoulders with some powerful people-and connect, possibly even romantically, with one or two of them. Who says you can't mix business with pleasure? Sounds like the perfect finale to the year. Send 2012 off on a powerful note, Scorpio!
Work will keep you busy this month, but there's still time for romance, especially in the first half of December. Love planet Venus is in Scorpio until the 15th, putting you in the mood for love. Dress up in some cute new winter-wear, or get inspired by some of the world's most artful holiday window displays: http://www.elle.com/news/fashion-style/top-holiday-window-displays-2012?click=news. The sheer creativity could prompt you to rekindle your DIY ways and break out the sewing machine for some Etsy-style sartorialism, or to put together an outfit that no other sign could pull off. Your secret weapon? An attention to the finest of details...and the ability to exude almost intimidating confidence, like your Scorpio sister and style icon Kelly Osbourne, who rocked lilac locks in 2012 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2139968/Kelly-Osbourne-matches-lilac-hair-purple-dress-BritWeek-soiree.html).
On the 15th, Venus moves into Sagittarius, your second house of work, money and luxe sophistication. Plan some posh holiday dates with a traditional twist. Pair a trip to the town hall tree lighting with a wine tasting, or follow a caroling session with dinner at an intimate five-star restaurant. If you're single, the holiday party circuit could turn up a sexy snow-suitor or two. Mistletoe alert! Put a little extra effort into your ensemble and don't slack on the social graces (easy on the abrasiveness-give the poor admirers a chance!). And don't hesitate to make the first move yourself, Scorpio. Flirt with that eligible cutie as you pluck cheese cubes and fruitcake slices from the catered spread. Heck, do it even if you're NOT single...flirting is a nice exchange of life-force energy, and it's all in fun. Your witty ways could win you a business connection, even if you're not feeling a love match.
With sexy Mars in Capricorn, your communication house, until December 25, your bantering skills are at an all-time high. Just make sure those clever remarks don't cut too close to the bone. It's one thing to playfully tease someone, but be careful: you might be hitting a sensitive area. What's up with the underlying aggression behind your joking anyway? Maybe there's someone (an ex, perhaps) you're still feeling pissed at. You might just be projecting that onto an innocent bystander. Sure, he's about the same height as your ex, with the same cocky drawl, golfer's gait and seeming affinity for WASP-y Ralph Lauren plaid shirts. But before you club him with a verbal version of his nine-irons, pause and remember: you have no idea who this person is. Energizer Mars here can make you a little argumentative, so coupled Scorpios should make sure you're not fighting for fighting's sake with your partner. Be open and direct, but don't forget to layer the tough love in a "praise sandwich." Are you gagging now? Fine. We are, too. But studies show that people take criticism better when you begin and end with a compliment or acknowledgment. Lord knows this technique works on you, so practice the Golden Rule and be constructive with your feedback. Otherwise, keep it to yourself!
Habits are hard to break, but this month, pay attention to the ones you have. The Sun is in Sagittarius, your second house of daily routines. If you're ready to spark up some new practices (daily yoga, more fresh produce, a vow to stop complaining), the Sagittarius new moon on December 13 lends its full support. You CAN alter your reality, Scorpio. If you're feeling stuck, jot down in a journal how you spend your time. It could be eye-opening to discover that you spend hours responding to your negative friend's emails or reading doomsday news about Middle Eastern conflict that makes you feel hopeless about life. Sure it's great to be supportive and up on current events-but not at the expense of proactively writing to a promising contact or reading a helpful article that puts you in a positive mind frame. Ingest information that puts you in an elevated and confident mood-at the start and the end of your day.
Also on the 13th, revolutionizing Uranus turns direct (forward) in Aries, your sixth house of health and fitness. This could rev you up for a wellness breakthrough. You've had a stressful run since July, when Uranus backpedaled into retrograde motion. Now, you're ready to try the latest health technologies. For a boost, check out bestselling author and "wellness warrior" Kris Carr's new cookbook Crazy Sexy Kitchen (www.kriscarr.com).
Family can bring friction after December 25, when aggressive Mars begins a six-week visit to Aquarius, your domestic fourth house. A female relative (or roommate) could be particularly combative. Your home may become a bustling hub of activity, with no place for you to rest! You may start to feel cramped in your quarters, and Mars could even spark the urge to move. At the very least, you might want to declutter and move the furniture around to help yourself feel less claustrophobic. The fourth house rules motherhood, and Mars here intensifies the chances of baby news-either for you or someone close to you. If you're hoping to expand your family, the accelerate Mars cycle from December 25-February 1 revs up your plans. Statistics show there are more Virgos in the world than any other sign, since the holidays are such a big conception time. Is it time to join the trending topic (hashtag #babymaking) and add another wee one to your brood?
Love Days: 20, 24 Money Days: 5, 13 Luck Days: 29, 11 Off Days: 22, 27, 9
It's a wonderful life...for some people. But you're not ready to check into the Jimmy Stewart holiday head-trip hotel just yet. Nostalgia and nog will have to wait. The Sagittarius Sun is too busy warming up your work and finance house until December 21. And on December 13, a Sagittarius new moon could bring a fresh moneymaking or career opportunity. You certainly won't want to have your eye on the punchbowl instead of your paycheck that day, Scorpio. Let the rest of the slackers sip hot cocoa and string Christmas lights. You've got some year-end hustles to handle-and a heck of a lot less competition to boot.
For many Scorpios, this fall has turned your goals-and maybe your life-inside out. Do you even recognize yourself? (If the answer is no, it might be a good thing!) Saturn, the planet of long-term success and goals, has settled into Scorpio for the next three years. And on November 13, a total solar eclipse in Scorpio broke open a new dimension of your identity. Hello, reinvention. But as you blossom, you need to shed a few of your old ways-especially if they're only keeping you gridlocked into limiting patterns. How can you tell if that's happening? You'll know if you feel you've hit a ceiling with your earnings, your career growth, or in some other part of your life. Numbers don't lie, and they can be mystical measuring tools when used properly. Look to where things have flatlined to see where an inside-out transformation could be due.
The Sagittarius season will help you define new priorities and places to focus your attention. But the change you're up for also needs to happen on a deep, cellular kind of level. After all, if you keep doing the same things you've always done, you'll end up back at a familiar destination-no matter how different your intention. Recommended reading for Scorpios: Joe Dispenza's Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How To Lose Your Mind and Create a New One (http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Habit-Being-Yourself-Create/dp/1401938086). Dispenza, who was featured in the documentary What The Bleep Do We Know?, brings brain science to a personal, accessible level-one that can convince even the most controlled Scorpio to try a new approach.
Speaking of control, have the people on Team Scorpio been stressing you out with their rebellious, wily ways? Since July, erratic Uranus has been retrograde (backward) in your sixth house of organization and helpful people. Trying to make even simple plans has been quite a feat. Red tape, surly subordinates, chaos trumping control-you've seen it all. If you're a business owner, you may have had a revolving door of employees. If you work in a service sector, there could have been irksome policy changes, endless bureaucracy, and difficulty getting clear instructions. Your stress and frustration levels could be nearing critical mass!
Fortunately, Uranus goes direct (forward) on December 13, untangling these stressful knots. There should be less interruptions to your daily routine and less in-fighting among the people who work with you. If sleepless nights and feeling spread thin have become the norm, tech-savvy Uranus can help you create efficient new systems, perhaps even automating parts of your process. Why stay glued to Twitter and Facebook, for example, when you can pre-load your 140-character missives into an app like HootSuite? If typing up notes is a burdensome part of your job, look into voice-transcription software like Dragon Dictation. If you're a busy parent juggling multiple schedules, check out the awesome app from MomAgenda.com (created by savvy Scorpio mother Nina Restieri) There are a million different smartphone- and tablet-ready ways to manage your time and money.
You may really want them come the end of the month, when a Cancer full moon in your inspired ninth house clashes with Uranus and Pluto in your communication sector. You could realize that you need to revamp your image, delivery, marketing materials and systems to truly soar. You've got the vision, Scorpio. Now you need to represent yourself in a style that truly reflects your greatness. You might also take on the practice of giving back and donate a portion of your proceeds or paycheck to a cause. You'll make a deposit in the karma bank and plug into a contagious sense of abundance. Feeling blocked? Do some creative visualization, check out The Artist's Way (or pick up its practice of free-written "morning pages"). You could even make a vision board. It may sound cliche, but it really does work-when there's an emotional connection, your brain responds to inspiring images as though they're real, firing off the same neurons it would if you actually HAD those things. It's a mind-transforming version of "fake it 'til you make it" that pulls your desired reality to you. So don't pooh-pooh it as fluff; there's actual scientific credence behind your cut-and-paste desire collage. Who knew?