Privacy, please! As the Sun slinks through Sagittarius, your eighth house of intimacy and regeneration, you're ready for your own personal cocoon. The first three weeks of December are your annual hibernation time. As the rest of the world is singing Christmas carols, you're pulling a Greta Garbo and wanting to be alone (or at least, alone with one particular person for some sexy time for two). Pass on the plethora of holiday invites and instead schedule some time to rejuvenate your soul. Slip away for some privacy, perhaps leaving the office early to enjoy an afternoon at the spa or steam room. Balance out the holiday hoopla with some intimate one-on-ones, where you can nestle in and be vulnerable with a select, trusted few. If a year-end goal has yet to be accomplished, rest assured that you'll be able to focus on it intensely, as the Sun in your eighth house gives you singular, laserlike focus. It ain't over 'til it's over, Taurus. Train your vision on exactly what you want and don't waver!
On December 13, a new moon in Sagittarius amps up the soul-merging, heralding a new chapter in your personal or financial life. If you've hoped to get closer to your honey, this is the moment to make a move, broaching a conversation (or sharing a fantasy) that you've been shying away from. A special holiday proposal might be in the works-but no snooping for the diamond ring, Taurus! Or, you may hear of exciting baby news, just in time to celebrate your growing brood over the holidays. Perhaps the mergers will happen in the boardroom rather than the bedroom. A promising joint venture could begin at this mid-month new moon. Someone's skills could be the perfect complement to yours; or perhaps a venture capitalist type sees the promising potential of your ideas. It's a great time to look for investments, loans or financing possibilities.
That same day, revolutionary Uranus goes direct (forward) in Aries, your twelfth house of the subconscious, ending a five-month retrograde (backward) period. Since July 13, you may have felt like you were lost in a fog, unsure of who you could trust. Maybe you relied a little too heavily on the comfort of a good Cabernet, or struggled with other forms of escapism and denial. Perhaps your impulsive habits–buying and smoking a pack of Capri Slims in one day–got the best of you, Taurus, disconnecting you from your keen intuition. (Hence, the fog.) Or, if you've not been adrift, you may have felt at the mercy of someone else's flakiness or unreliability. Every time you've turned around, your fancy Persian rug has been pulled out from underneath you. Well, Taurus, can you say, "Enough is enough?" This planetary shift brings you back to yourself, your gut, and your groove. After feeling annoyingly out of the loop, you're back in the driver's seat-where you belong.
Your recently-recovered sixth sense will come in handy on December 28, when a deeply feeling full moon in Cancer lights up your third house of ideas and communication. Since this moon forms a potentially tense T-square (opposite Pluto in Capricorn, in your ninth house of optimism, and square Uranus in Aries, your twelfth house of the subconscious) you may find yourself in the middle of a "big" conversation, or hear intense, game-changing news, perhaps even some that's a little shocking. (And no, you should not go trying to imagine what that could be…all you'll be doing is giving your deepest fears an honored seat at the table. With unpredictable Uranus involved, it's likely to come from left field).
The upside of this moment? Well, you get to transform your bullish ways. If you can drop the know-it-all mantle, you might just reap the benefits of heightened spirituality and infuse your life with an overall tranquility. Blind faith doesn't come easy for your "what you see is what you get" sign. However, this pop quiz on your deepest beliefs could spark a major evolution. If you hear yourself telling friends, "I can't believe this happened to me!" that might be your first clue to reel in any errant victim energies. Use this opportunity to get more connected to yourself as the source of everything in your existence (not to mention the creator of your karma)…the good, the bad and the ecstatically sublime. Even inching toward more personal responsibility can yield great results. Meditate or hone other tools (aside from your mind and mouth), to get in touch with your deepest truth. This full moon, even if it's a little unsettling at first, offers you a five-star, impossible-to-refuse opportunity to align your head with your heart. Move beyond words and analysis and begin to rely, even slowly, on your vast stores on intuition and other metaphysical or unseen ways of knowing.
Being open to change, no matter how scary it may seem, will reveal new vistas. So instead of taking a polarizing stance, i.e. "I'm never talking to so-and-so again!", turn the focus inward, releasing whatever has to go, surrendering to the unknown and opening up to your mega self-healing capacities. Perhaps you'll have an "a-ha!" moment, realizing the golden key to better collaborations. Or, you'll see the light and start to shift the way in which you express ideas to people. (Note: "I want it and I want it today" may not endear you to anyone other than your moxie-admiring mother…do we have to remind you she's not exactly a trusted source?) If you're gunning for a breakthrough, you must accept compromise as part of that process. You can't tango alone, Taurus-and why would you want to?
A few days later, usher in the New Year in lavish, homey style, as the moon in Leo lights up your fourth house of domesticity and forms a supportive trine angle the Sun in Sagittarius, your eighth house of intimacy. Plan a decadent dinner for two (think: potato latkes, heirloom tomato salad, roasted rosemary and garlic pork loin) or host an intimate gathering, perhaps with your jolliest relatives, where you ring in 2013 with candlelight, bossa nova and your deepest wishes for beginning anew. End the year gathered with your nearest and dearest. Sure, board games and cheese trays might sound almost embarrassingly tame-especially compared to some of the New Year's ragers you've had. Who cares? You always feel most secure surrounded by your clan, so enjoy them now...before a busy 2013 gets underway.
Ready, set, dive…into the deep waters of love. Last month, questions of partnership came to the fore, as a cluster of planets in Scorpio played pinball in your seventh house of relationships, offering you a key opportunity to get clear on what works and what doesn't in your primary partnership. The first half of December, sweet, magnetic Venus is clarifying whatever loose ends are left: Can you compromise with your mate on his beloved Sunday afternoon football gathering with his brother? Instead of vacationing with the fam, can you squeeze in a long weekend visit early next year? Is angel hair pasta really a make-or-break aspect of your relationship, if your love prefers linguine? With harmonious Venus here, chances are, you can iron out any wrinkles with ease.
And you'll want to, since the December 13 new moon in Sagittarius, your eighth house of intimacy, augurs deal-sealing commitments, merging deeper than your wildest dreams. Yep, if you thought intimacy was about hand-holding and spooning during sleep, meeting the family and buying a TLC-worthy wedding dress at Kleinfeld's-guess again. Nice as those things are, you may broaden your own concepts of closeness and soul-merging at this new moon. So, you make it to the altar, rocking that Marlena Dietrich dress, and head off to the Seychelles for an unforgettable honeymoon…now what? You're with this person. Forever, ostensibly. When the afterglow fades and there's no "big day" to anticipate, how do you keep the romance and attraction alive?
The idea of permanence (and its oh-so-wily twin, impermanence) around relationships is on the table this month. Have you made enough room for it? Have you been vulnerable enough (and not in an intellectual, I've-got-this-under-control kind of way)? For the first three weeks of December, the Sun in Sagittarius, your eighth house of deep bonding, making this foremost on your mind and shining a light on what intimacy means to you. Make real-time changes midmonth, around the Sagittarius new moon and after the 15th, when love planet Venus enters Sagittarius, too…bringing an air of ease and affection to all joint ventures. The eighth house also rules joint finances, so coupled Tauruses may want to set some long-term financial goals. Do you want to buy a home? Funnel more into a retirement account (or open one)? Save up for private school for kids or grandkids-or perhaps tuition if one of you wants to go back for a degree? Put it all out on the table in the second half of December.
If you've become distant from your sweetheart, the December 13 new moon can act like a nice, necessary (and decisive) reset button. Perhaps your attention has become fragmented, you've been taking your love's support for granted or you're struggling through a rough patch (a la fellow Taurean Bono's classic tune: One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWdG8NoFXY0). Use the new moon to refresh your commitment to one another, airing out old grievances and forgiving on the highest, most spiritual level. Plan an especially romantic night on the 13th. Enjoy tantric-grade sex, emotional bonding, and visualizing next steps. (Cohabitation, perhaps? Or a surprise holiday engagement?) Long-term couples looking to further develop their sexual connection might want to explore resources on "sacred sexuality" or explore what One Taste founder Nicole Daedone calls orgasmic meditation, or OM (www.onetaste.us).
Until December 25, spicy Mars is in Capricorn, your travel and study house, so hit the road, Taurus! A holiday vacation-for-two could reignite a spark, even if it's just a night or a weekend at a charming little B&B (or a huge Vegas casino...whatever your pleasure). You'll be more than likely to bond over adventurous activities, like paddling through a biosphere or scaling Macchu Picchu. (Speaking of Peru, if you're looking for inspiration, check out this woman's account of the Snow Star Festival…start planning now: http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/travel/celebrating-the-snow-star-festival-in-the-peruvian-andes.html?_r=0)). Even if you opt for the tropical, hammock-swinging vacay, you'll want to add an element of learning or horizon-broadening to the agenda. Stock up your Kindle with thought-provoking reads to discuss, or take a foreign language class to prepare. Making this a joint effort brings you closer to your honey. Anchors away!
Let go and let God (or whatever transcendent, universal force you prefer to take the reins). Your workaholic sign can sometimes display other compulsive behaviors-which only drives you mad chasing your own tail, accomplishing little besides giving you a false sense of control. On December 13, these self-defeating ways come to the fore, as changemaker Uranus moves direct (forward) in Aries, your twelfth house of addiction and the subconscious. For the last five months, you've been struggling with old demons…like, say, avoiding emotional intimacy by sparking up a covert flirtation; losing hours of precious time cyberstalking exes you don't even care about; falling into a self-destructive pattern of overindulging at happy hour. (Hint: you know you've gone too far when you roll in a 4:00am from "a drink" that started at 6:00pm.) When Uranus moves direct (forward), you may become painfully aware of your self-sabotaging patterns and avoidance techniques, but this also means that you can see clearly enough to heal these behaviors once and for all. Employ cutting-edge modalities, perhaps even on a neurological level. Check out this science-oriented approach to recovering from addiction: http://www.naadac.org/component/content/article/45-knowledge-center/654-september-2012-neurochemistry-webinar. We all have addictive tendencies in one way or another-it's human nature. But that doesn't mean you have to be controlled by your fears and self-soothing vices.
That same day, use the bright, forward-moving energy of the new moon in Sagittarius, your eighth house of cleansing, to clean out your body and soul. Any detox efforts you take up now–a green juice fast, perhaps?–will "take," making you pay keen attention to what you digest, both food-wise and energetically. Perhaps you're steeling yourself for a visit with the pal who always sends out subtle "poor me" vibes. Under this influence, you may decide to take a hiatus from needy types like this.
Clear away the clutter now, so you're fully prepared for the December 28 full moon in Cancer, your third house of friends, communication, and siblings. If a relationship with a sister or close has been teetering on the brink, this could be your moment of truth. Perhaps you notice this person wincing every time you share a success. Or you may be the one who turns green with envy at her latest coups (whether she's scored a new pair of sexy boots or a coveted industry award). Expect the sibling rivalry to be exposed under this full moon. If you need to face down said "frenemy," look for constructive ways to manage your stress and take the high ground, so that the focus is more on an inspiring vision for how you can evolve this relationship-rather than a battle over who's "right" and who's "wrong." Rip up that scorecard; it has no place in this conversation.
When New Year's rolls around, you'll be content to hang in with your family, as the moon in Leo, your fourth house of roots, trines harmonious Venus in Sagittarius, your eighth house of intimate affairs. Keep the celebration low key…not to mention heart- and food-centric. Slip on your ruby slippers (the fuzzy kind that match your pajamas), and repeat after us: There's no place like home to ring in 2013!
Love Days: 7, 11 Money Days: 27, 17 Luck Days: 24, 15 Off Days: 22, 9, 13
Get resourceful, Taurus! The first three weeks of the month, the Sun is in Sagittarius, your eighth house of joint ventures. Money is definitely on your mind. This is a perfect time to turn your attention toward long-term finances, the acquisition or sale of property, and overall year-end and new-year planning. Your sign is exceptional at stockpiling your resources, making the metaphorical donuts, and padding your bank account from efforts that directly result from your hard work. Now is the time to imagine yourself as a magician. Where can you wave that wand (by visualizing, trusting, allowing) and reap the financial rewards, letting those resources find you? Where you can "work smarter, not harder" or even draw miraculous opportunities by simply imagining what you desire?
Well, if you're not sure, you'll get a big clue on December 13, when a new moon in Sagittarius, your eighth house of easy money, brings you a new cash-generating opportunity. This could arrive quantum-field style, meaning without you even expecting or planning for it. Perhaps you'll crack the passive income code once and for all. (Yes, making money in your sleep could happen. Believe!) Make a smart, informed investment, perhaps even an educated gamble. (Your friend who's got the prototype of a new shaving cream could really be on to something…) Whatever the case, you are definitely turning over a new financial leaf. Over the next six months, expect transformation in your attitudes toward your money and making it work for you. Business owning Tauruses might want to seek investors, short-term loans or seed money (perhaps through a silent partner) if you're ready to expand. You might serendipitously receive a check, perhaps through an inheritance or a generous relative's gift, or even a bonus or refund.
After you've done some soul-searching and number-crunching on the finances front, get set to race out of the gate at the end of the month, when dragon-slayer Mars enters Aquarius, your tenth house of ambition and professional recognition. Go, Taurus, go! Your new year's resolutions come early…and with some all-important action behind them. Prepare to conclude 2012 with a goal-oriented fire driving you forward. Since Mars can bring tension, there could be some irritatingly-timed work emergencies between Christmas and New Year's, in what might have otherwise been a light week. If that's the case, you shall rise to the occasion, ready and able to put out fires and deliver under pressure.
Adding to the potential for stress, the month ends with a potent full moon in Cancer, your third house of communication. Watch out for fireworks, as the moon forms an unsettling T-square with Pluto in Capricorn, your ninth house of perspective, and Uranus in Aries, your twelfth house of hidden agendas. Since full moons tend to be times of "illumination," you could very well see the light, when it comes to holes in your education, shady people you've trusted, or outmoded behaviors that you need to release. Though the remedy is well within your grasp–commit to learning and letting go–beware of going straight into reactive mode, especially if explosiveness is your default. Let the hothead schtick go, and increase your trust in your team, as well as your larger vision. Say goodbye to anyone who could be aptly described as a parasite.
On the day of the full moon, you're a silver-tongued devil. So if you've been wanting to pitch an idea or hold an important meeting, the powers of persuasion are yours. There's just one little caveat: you may sense there's an elephant in the room, but you can't say for sure. If a colleague has been covertly furthering his or her own agenda, that may come into the open now. If it crosses your mind that something is not being said, ask. (If you're working on bad assumptions, it's you who pays the price.) Of course, be prepared to possibly dislike the answer. If you learn something shocking or temporarily upsetting, all kinds of other buried resentments could come flying out. Even in the midst of a knock-down-drag-out fight, you can keep your eye on clarity and moving forward, once that air is sufficiently cleared.
If you've been too focused on the end goal and bigger picture, you might have missed some critical details, thinking that they matter less in light of the big team victory. However, your coworkers might not be of the same mind, so remember that the details count. Saying "thank you" and giving credit where credit is due…it's necessary, Taurus. If you meet with opposition, be prepared to explain your rationale to colleagues who have been reading you wrong. If that's the case, tamp down ego concerns, as this was not personal…just a communication error.