Thanks to the sun and three other planets all in outgoing Sagittarius, this is a lively and sparkling time of the year. But Mercury is retrograde December 3rd to 22nd, so take time to back up computers, double check travel schedules, be mindful of your words and texts and do your holiday shopping early.
There’s a charming full moon in Gemini December 3rd, and an inspiring Sagittarius new moon December 18th. The big news is that on December 19th, famously strict Saturn leaves Sagittarius and enters its own turf of Capricorn for two and a half years. The area where Saturn is visiting in your chart will demand commitment and discipline, but do the necessary work and you’ll gain maturity and wisdom in the process. The sun’s entrance into Capricorn on December 20th marks the winter solstice, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year.
Holiday time is a magical time, but a potentially perilous one for kitty. Wrapping paper, Christmas trees, tinsel, ribbon and rubber bands – oh my! Keep those things in a secure place far away from your cat.
Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Thanks to a posse of planets in colorful Sagittarius, your social life will soar this month. You could meet someone with a foreign accent at a party or while traveling. With Mercury retrograde through December 22nd, stay on top of travel arrangements. Enjoy the fun because December 19th, formidable Saturn enters your career zone for two and a half years. Increased responsibility and authority could evolve into an important leadership position.
On December 16th, there’s an exciting aspect between the sun in Sagittarius and change-agent Uranus in Aries that could mean an unexpected trip for you. Kitty doesn’t do well with sudden movements and chaotic energy, so be respectful of him. If kitty isn’t going along then make sure to spend quality time before you leave.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Bulls were born to shop but with Mercury retrograde, be sure you do your holiday shopping early or after the 22nd. The December 3rd full moon in your financial zone could bring a year-end bonus or unexpected check. On December 19th, Saturn enters your zone of travel and higher learning; you may decide to go back to school, work abroad or finally discover your true calling.
It’s easy to become frazzled during the holidays; for you but also kitty who picks up on your energy. Carve out some downtime and schedule some serious naps for you and your Taurus companion. You’ll both feel better.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Your ruler, Mercury, is retrograde in your partnership zone, and communications both professional and personal could be misconstrued. Use your words (and texts) responsibly. The Good news? After two and a half years, tough-love Saturn leaves this area on December 19th. Break out the champagne and celebrate with your sweetheart. Christmas Day Saturn gets serious with loving Venus—there could be a ring under the tree!
Gemini kitties are highly sensitive and affected by Mercury retrograde, just like their humans. Keep an eye on kitty and be sensitive to what he needs. Once Mercury moves out of retrograde, (December 22nd) both you and kitty will feel calmer.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
With a cluster of planets in your zone of work of well-being, you’re on a decluttering mission to streamline your life, health and work habits. A great use of Mercury retrograde and the perfect way to start the year. After two and a half years, Saturn leaves your day-to-day work area and heads into your relationship zone. The new year could bring a serious relationship or deepen your current one.
Moon rules Cancers and moon-ruled kitties love their snacks and kibble. The December 18th new moon falls in your healthy-living zone and is an ideal time to reboot your exercise routine and kitty’s. Before you head out the door for a run or to the gym, give kitty his work out too.
Leo (July 23 – Aug 22)
Romantic Venus visits exuberant Sagittarius and your zone of love and creativity through December 25th, making December one of the most passionate and playful months of the year. Leos are the creative geniuses of the zodiac and, with taskmaster Saturn in your work zone beginning December 19th, you’ll develop the necessary self-discipline and focus to complete a major long-term project over the next two and a half years.
Friends and family (and maybe even you) love giving holiday gifts to kitty. There are a lot of cat toys on the market. Check to make sure the materials are safe and the pieces are secure.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)
With four charming planets in your domestic zone, you’re in the mood to do some major entertaining; circle December 17th and 20th. With Mercury retrograde, some old friends and relatives may show up. On December 19th, Saturn enters Capricorn and your zone of love and creativity. You may become involved with someone older, take a current relationship to the next level or turn a hobby into a lucrative business.
Will you have house guests visiting during the holidays? Make sure your guests know about kitty, his habits and your rules. For instance, do they know about keeping outside doors closed or not shutting the linen closet where kitty takes his naps? Post a helpful list on the fridge listing kitty’s habits and dislikes.
Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)
The fiery Sagittarius new moon (December 18th) in your communication zone brings social invitations, a possible romance or opportunities to publish your book or promote your business. Saturn enters its long stint in Capricorn and your domestic zone December 19th, so the next two years you may renovate, invest in real estate or welcome a new family member.
Saturn in Capricorn enters your Libra kitty’s domestic zone on December 19th. Kitty may feel a greater need to hunker down and be closer to you. Being a sensitive Libra, you would naturally pick up on those cues and welcome an opportunity to get closer.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)
Once Mars enters your sign on December 9th (through January 26th), your natural focus and determination accelerates and nothing stands in your way – not even Mercury retrograde. On December 19th, Saturn enters Capricorn and your zone of communication and conversations; it’s time to write your book, tell your story and find your voice. Powerful mentors and teachers will come into your life to help get you message out.
Thanks to action planet Mars in Scorpio, your Scorpio kitty (and you) will be feeling pretty feisty. Double and triple check things like fireplaces, electric heaters and, of course, Christmas tree lights. You can’t be too careful. Extra play time and exercise for kitty will help burn off some of that fierce energy.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
After hosting Saturn for two and a half years, the reality planet leaves on December 19th and enters Capricorn. You’ve worked really hard and grown along the way; now it’s time to celebrate. Amorous Venus enters Sagittarius on December 1st. There’s the flirty Gemini full moon on December 3rd and the annual Sagittarius new moon on December 18th. Mercury goes direct December 22nd, so wait until then to throw the best holiday party ever.
With the sun, moon, Venus and Mercury all in Sagittarius this month, you have permission to shine, and does your Sagittarius kitty. Your kitty is feeling the power and needs extra attention. Do something special for him. Perhaps a new cat condo for the holidays?
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
A gathering of planets in your private sector in early December urges you to carve out some down time. Your world wakes up on December 19th when your guardian planet, Saturn, enters Capricorn for the next two and a half years. Saturn brings challenges but also more authority, respect and recognition. On December 21st, the sun enters Capricorn, followed by magnetic Venus on the 24th. It’s going to be a deeply meaningful holiday.
If Saturn in Capricorn brings more responsibility for your sign, what can it bring for your Capricorn kitty? Perhaps a new kitten (or even a new child) in the house could place kitty in the role of mentor or protector.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
With four planets in your social sector and the December 3rd full moon in your romance zone, you could find true love at a holiday party or through a friend. Coupled? Plan a steamy weekend getaway. On December 19th, Saturn enters your quiet zone for two and a half years. You’ll always be a firebrand but now you’re willing to slow down, perhaps start mediating, and even do some necessary soul-searching.
It’s not uncommon for people to put costumes or head gear on their cats during the holidays, but be conscious of kitty’s feelings and mood. Most kitties wouldn’t be comfortable in that sort of thing and rebellious Aquarian kitties wouldn’t stand for it.
Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Mercury retrograde in your career zone urges you to tie up loose ends, complete old projects at work and start thinking about your professional objectives for 2018. Thanks to diplomatic Venus, it’ll be easier to communicate with co-workers and bosses. On December 19th, structured Saturn shifts into Capricorn and your networking zone for two and a half years, bringing fresh opportunities for group ventures, goals and new peer groups.
This is the most sacred season of the year; a time to join with family and dear friends, to count our blessings and give thanks. Perhaps one of the things we’re most grateful for is our precious kitties, our darling angels with fur.
Virginia Bell is an astrologer and writer based in New York City. She writes a horoscope column for CBS, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has written astrology columns for brands including Refinery29, TV Guide and US Weekly.