December Horoscopes

Monday November 30th 2015
Proserpine, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Proserpine, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The holiday season promises to be charged with emotions this year, with a Full Moon on Christmas Day, and the Moon and Jupiter embracing on New Year’s Eve.

But before then, mid-December looks a bit sticky, as Mars, the god of war, clashes first with the Lord of Underworld, Pluto, and then with the Lord of the Sky, Uranus. This looks like war.

However, Mars is in Libra — the sign of diplomacy. Remember for example that John Lennon and Mahtma Gandhi have this placement. Mars in Libra is a warrior for peace, and this December his hand is strengthened by Venus in Scorpio from December 5. This puts the lovers in “mutual reception”, which means they support each other in otherwise rather awkward situations.

Venus will be in Scorpio — one of her least favourite places traditionally, but not this year. With Mars’s support, Venus becomes powerful in Scorpioland. Interesting. It’s a bit like Proserpina becoming Queen of Hades. Even if she is trapped down there, she is in charge. Does she though, become a lover of war?

Please take a look at November’s horoscopes if you need a reminder of what the Saturn-Neptune square means for you. This aspect is separating in December but will come back again in June and September 2016, and it has an underlying influence on the astrological weather.

The Jupiter-Neptune opposition which took place in September will not come again, but that energy also subtly influences the weather until Jupiter leaves Virgo in 2016. Staying grounded was never more important.

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  1. aqua says:

    I have to say Ive always been sceptical about the concept of Libra being a peaceful sign.
    In my observance the dynamic underlying strong Libra placements is well described in John Lennons own words:
    ‘LENNON: It is a diary form of writing. All that “I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved” was me. I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically — any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace. Everything’s the opposite. But I sincerely believe in love and peace. I am not violent man who has learned not to be violent and regrets his violence. I will have to be a lot older before I can face in public how I treated women as a youngster. ‘

    • Christina says:

      All points well taken, but there is a difference between the “sign of peace” and a “peaceful sign”. On the contrary, Librans are contrarians, but the search is for harmony. Since perfect harmony is impossible, this is a search that must be pursued continuously. This why I think strong Librans often choose impossible partners.

      I do think Venus is the planet of romantic love — and values.

      • aqua says:

        ‘ On the contrary, Librans are contrarians, but the search is for harmony.’

        Yes agreed, but I think though that John Lennons comment pretty much infers that, ie a cardinal sign that creates conflict to find balance again.

        And Mayan Astrology, a practice known for its mathematical accuracy and complexity certainly doesnt promote the view of Venus as loving.

        And ironically the physical reality of the planets back this up. Venus is a shitstorm literally 😉 whereas Mars is nearly habitable.

        And the mythological descriptions, certainly in Greco Roman tradition do not paint a picture of a loving deity, far from it, rather vainglorious covetous and jealous. The other thing Ive noticed over the years about some strong Libra contacts is quite marked almost comedic levels of vanity, far exceeding anything Leo could dream up. [And I say that , fully aware that we all have the dynamic of Libra in our charts]
        Perhaps all the planets express and are involved in variations of love, I dont agree its just Moon and Saturn.

        I think as astrologers down through the generations and particularly influenced by Alan Leo etc we have stereotyped the signs and planets with rather trite ‘personalities’ whereas the archetypes are really more about dynamics and themes and are totally dependant on placement and aspect, or rather – context.

        Other signs that are badly stereotyped in my view are Pisces, Taurus and Virgo. {actually all of them potentially]
        Anyway with both Venus and Mars in Libra, it isnt very peaceful at the moment, what with Isis running amok, yet another major shooting in the states today and UK Parliment just now, voting for airstrikes against Syria. And the Paris shootings happened when Mars was in its ingress of Libra. 🙁

        • Christina says:

          Actually, I agree with pretty much everything you say. But I also like to differentiate between how this energy strikes our personal lives — we don’t all have to go to battle and how it works on a mundane level. Like I said, it looks like war.

    • mimi says:

      I fully agree, I have met quite a few Libras in my life and they certainly were not all that sweet and lovely – Venus gives them the means to get what they want in a nice way but very often that ends in talking, talking and talking until the other person gives in. Libra is the sign of the authority !

      And I never believed in Vemus as the planet of love.
      Venus is about values. For true love I look at the Moon and maybe Saturn.


  2. mimi says:


    what do you think is the significance of the crossing of Venus over the face of the Sun in 2012 ?
    I think this was a very powerful event.
    Could it be that this was the moment when the events in the Middle East were transforming towards a sort of full-out war. Venus can be a war-planet too.


    • Christina says:

      A very good question. And, of course, in certain cultures (mesoamerica, central asia), Venus is the planet of war. I need to think about that one. But I think you could be making a good point. I think we need to look at previous transits of Venus also to get a grip on the question. I was just listening — literally minutes ago — to a show about Cook’s voyage to the South Seas to measure the transit of Venus in the 1700s. I will look out some dates.

      • mimi says:

        How interetesting!
        Never knew mr. Cook was interested in astrology.
        Those were the days when men could just sail out to sea and go discovering all sorts of corners of the earth.-Of course astrology means traveling and discovering in the mind.
        I”m curious what you can come up with.