MONTH OF December
A little holiday fun, Leo? We don’t have to ask twice. With the Sun in Sagittarius and your festive, flirtatious fifth house until December 21, you’re feeling bauble-y and bright. It won’t take long for you to magnetize kindred spirits either as lucky Jupiter spends its final three weeks in Pisces and your intimate, merging-minded eighth house.
Those seasonal gatherings can serve up more than bracing bourbon drinks and lively conversation. You could spark a connection with your next business collaborator, a well-connected ally or a sexy someone who has soulmate potential. Christmas Day also features the moon in Aquarius and your partnership zone, so if you’re thinking of making things official this holiday, you could be unwrapping something special on December 25.
Enjoy all the eating, drinking and merrymaking because on December 21, the Sun shifts gears into Capricorn and your healthy sixth house. Joined by curious Mercury, beautifying Venus and transformational Pluto—then bolstered by the December 23 Capricorn new moon—you could go from zero to Peloton star in the span of a month. Get your affairs organized, perhaps doing a deep decluttering between Christmas and New Year.
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Lucky Jupiter also returns to Aries and your worldly ninth house from December 20 until May 6, 2023, its second leg of a visit that started May 10, 2022. Opportunity can come from far-flung places, so stay open and ready!
But don’t rush into anything binding because communication planet Mercury will turn retrograde (backward) in Capricorn from December 29 until January 18. You could experience some additional stress or be susceptible to seasonal germs. Much as you want to pick up where you left off pre-pandemic, ringing in 2023 in the middle of a packed dance floor or raging house party is NOT the wisest move. Maybe a private VIP event with a tight guest list where you can mix business with expensive champagne (and don your high-end apparel that’s been trapped in dry cleaning bags the last couple years).
With the moon in Taurus and your goal-oriented, ambitious tenth house this December 31, spend some time really thinking what you’d like to accomplish in 2023, and how. Artistic Venus and deep-diving Pluto are closely aligned as the clock strikes twelve, so add some soul to your goals by creating a beautiful and sensual ritual. And because Pluto rules the unconscious, a guided meditation or sound healing track could help you reach into deeper realms for inspiration.
Celebrate! It’s Sagittarius season until December 21
Lead with your heart, Leo! The Sun is in Sagittarius and your passionate, expressive fifth house until December 21. Your mistletoe game is at its best this time of year, and you could be the life of every holiday event, bringing your natural joie de vivre and dramatic flair. Glam up for party season and make sure to capture it all on camera (not that you need us to remind you about that). You’ve been working hard this year and putting a lot of energy into your big projects. Now give yourself a couple weeks to kick up your kitten heels and have some well-deserved fun.
Neptune retrograde ends on December 3
The fog starts to lift around your finances and intimate affairs starting December 3, when hazy Neptune ends a five-month retrograde in Pisces and your eighth house of shared endeavors. If you’ve been dealing with jealousy and emotional roller-coaster rides or money has seemed to slip through your fingers, you’ll get a firmer grasp on all of it. And just in time for gifting season, so go easy if you find yourself flush with cash! Keep your boundaries (and your budget) clear. Leos love to be generous, but there are plenty of ways to express that without breaking the bank.
If jealousy and trust issues flared since the summer or a close person drifted into shady behavior, you may have struggled with what to do. Did you cover up for their transgressions, hiding your shame behind a cheerful facade? Neptune’s course correction will help you sort out any codependent patterns that you’ve lapsed into. Open up to support, Leo. You don’t have to be superhuman or figure this all out yourself! With Neptune moving forward in your mystical eighth house, some spiritual counseling or an intuitive reading could be surprisingly healing.
Team up at the December 7 Gemini full moon
Your leadership skills shine on December 7, when the Gemini full moon fires up your eleventh house of teamwork, technology and humanitarian causes. Gather with your favorite cutting-edge crew, both in person and virtually, and do some good in the world. ‘Tis the season for giving, so donate your time and influence to a social justice cause you care about. A collaborative project you’ve been working on all year could also come together beautifully now.
Has a friendship or alliance run its course? Since full moons can also signify endings and transitions, this might be time to part ways, leaving space for some new kindred spirits to join your tribe. Hang out with people who inspire you, Leo (always a good idea). This full moon will arrive in tandem with motivational Mars, the planet of energy and encouragement. Being around people who are as passionate as you are, even if it’s about a totally different topic, will keep you feeling buoyant through all of life’s ups and downs.
Jupiter returns to Aries on December 20
Ah, now that’s more like it! This December 20, lucky Jupiter will make its second lap through Aries and your worldly, visionary ninth house. You got a taste of this action from May 10 until October 28 of this year, and it inspired Leos to throw caution to the wind. Maybe you started a business venture, got back out into the world or committed to an exciting next chapter.
Whatever the case, Jupiter in Aries made you eager to learn, grow and experiment! Now it will return here until May 16, 2023, giving you five months to cast a wide net and consider opportunities far outside your usual comfort zone. Exciting!
You’ll feel a lot like a newly freed butterfly, and you’re more than ready to flap your wings, Leo. Since October 28, you’ve been cloistered in your cocoon because Jupiter dipped back into Pisces and your private, intimate eighth house for a final round of soul-searching and focus. Jupiter’s been weaving in and out of Pisces and your eighth house of wealth, joint ventures and investments since May 2021—an extra long cycle. All that inner work hasn’t been easy, but you’ve grown so much as a result of it.
Now it’s time to apply all of that learning to life outside the bubble. And here’s a silver lining: You might emerge with a fellow monarch in tow! The eighth house rules deep and permanent bonds, and hopefully this cycle strengthened yours, helping you become more authentic with loved ones, friends and colleagues.
December 21: Sun enters Capricorn and December 23 Capricorn new moon
Wellness wagon: all aboard! You shift from hedonistic to healthy on December 21, when the Sun enters Capricorn and activates your healthy, organized sixth house for a month. The festive and decadent spirit of Sagittarius season shifts into one that’s more service-oriented. It’s ideal for doing holiday volunteer work and treating your body like a temple between feasts.
On December 23, the year’s final new moon arrives in Capricorn. As it fires up your wellness sector, there’s a potent opportunity to break out of a self-sabotaging pattern and get free. Look at ways you could streamline and systematize your life, perhaps delegating to a rockstar assistant or a capable service provider.
Don’t get SO into your spreadsheets and plotting that you prematurely short-circuit your worldly explorations. This new moon will lock into a square to expansive Jupiter. One part of you wants to tightly scope your master plan, but Jupiter’s calling you out to explore new horizons first. Craft a flexible guidance system but make it one that allows you to pivot if a new opportunity pops up—because it certainly could!
Mercury turns retrograde in Capricorn on December 29
Warning: Back up your data, protect your tech and watch what you put in writing. Communication planet Mercury goes retrograde from December 29 to January 18, reversing through Capricorn and your sixth house of health and organization. Chaos could ensue around deadlines, and signals can get easily scrambled as everyone makes a mad dash to the year-end finish line. Inspect all of your work closely and don’t cut corners—and if you’re in charge, refuse to let people slack. Sure, you might have to be the “bad guy” who sends them back for a do-over, but it’s better than being the martyr and doing it all yourself.
Stress levels could reach epic proportions, making you susceptible to seasonal sickness. Wash your hands regularly, get enough sleep and load up on the homeopathic preventions—especially since you’re likely to be mingling until the wee hours. Hold off on your ambitious 2023 fitness plans until the third week of January and start easing your way into workouts with gentle yoga, walks or a moderate pace. With Mercury retrograde in this health-conscious zone, you could sign up for a gym or studio only to lose your steam…or discover that you missed out on an even better deal somewhere else.
Love & Relationships:
Hang ALL the mistletoe! Until December 9, magnetic Venus is making sexy waves in Sagittarius and your fifth house of passion and self-expression. Love and lust are in the air! Solo Leos are a hot commodity, and you’ll draw in fun, adventurous prospects just by being yourself. Flirt with abandon and enjoy your turn in the romantic spotlight. Coupled Leos can amplify the spark by being your celebratory self.
Be mindful of the friends you bring around and socialize with now. Sultry Mars is in Pisces on an extended trip from August 20 to March 25, heating up your group activity zone. However, the red planet is in stressful retrograde from October 30 until January 12, which could cause disruptive waves in your circle. With Mars retrograde in your technology zone, be careful dating online this month, especially on December 1, when Venus and Mars oppose each other exactly, and again at the December 7 Gemini full moon. Mars will be exactly conjunct the full moon, and things could get tense between your friends and your partner.
The tone gets more serious starting December 9, when Venus moves into Capricorn and your healthy, analytical sixth house. For the next three weeks, you’d rather share kale juice and turmeric tea than smoky mezcal cocktails. Go on a wellness kick with your partner, penciling in spin classes for two and cooking up more nutritious fare together between holiday feasts. Single Leos might meet someone at the gym or while out running errands.
Warning: With Venus in this critical zone, be mindful of a tendency toward pickiness. Does it really matter how your love interest slurps their coffee, in the grand scheme of things? (Not really, Leo.) The critical streak could also turn inward, too. Don’t get down on yourself, especially since body issues can get stirred up during this cycle. Treat yourself to some sexy new workout gear and comfy winter clothes that keep you warm but don’t hide your best features.
Money + Career:
Play first, work later? With the Sun in Sagittarius and your festive fifth house until December 21, you’re not exactly in the mood to buckle down. But hey, Leos understand that it’s all about “who you know,” so your mingling serves a purpose anyway.
At the Gemini full moon on December 7, you’re in high networking mode. La luna lights your eleventh house of teamwork and collaboration, so RSVP “yes!” to any events today. With go-getter Mars in cahoots with the full moon, you could make quite an impression in a group setting, whether that’s a slam-dunk pitch meeting or the company Christmas party.
Just bear in mind that Mars is retrograde, and you could come across as combative or obnoxious if you try to dominate the spotlight or get into any inflammatory debates. Put on your “party face” and choose your battles. Better to excuse yourself and refresh your drink (go easy there too) than get trapped in an upsetting conversation.
Over the holidays, you’ll play catchup and knock out those overdue tasks as the Sun makes its monthlong sojourn through Capricorn and your organized, systematic sixth house. Use the quieter year-end days to sort through piles, clean out your Inbox and catch up on unfinished work.
Heads up though: Mercury, the planet of communication and technology, will turn retrograde from December 29 to January 18, a time of scrambled signals and slowdowns. Silver lining: This tricky transit IS ideal for handling unfinished business. Make the most of Mercury’s mayhem by plowing through incomplete projects and streamline your operations. Less is more now, Leo. Even the best-laid out projects could go awry, so remain flexible. Hold off on any hiring decisions until later next month since the sixth house rules employees and helpful people.
Love Days: 21, 26
Money Days: 4, 15
Luck Days: 1, 12
Off Days: 10, 23, 28
Identical twin sisters Ophira and Tali Edut (The AstroTwins), have been ELLE.com‘s official astrologers for over a decade. They are the authors of several astrology books, including their popular yearly horoscope guides, and have read charts for celebrities including Beyonce, Karlie Kloss and Emma Roberts. For their spot-on predictions, books and online courses, visit them at astrostyle.com.