Rachel Lang is a professionally certified astrologer and healer who works with individuals, small businesses, and corporations. An internationally recognized speaker, she also hosts workshops and offers classes, retreats and meditation groups. Rachel loves helping people identify and heal challenges or roadblocks in life. She supports them in decision-making processes by mapping astrological trends and forecasts to offer a glimpse of what’s ahead. Her favorite part of her job is writing horoscopes and articles for LVBX Magazine. You can find out more or schedule a session online at http://rachelclang.com
ARIES (MARCH 21 – APRIL 19): I hope you have travel plans this holiday season. Your wild spirit and sense of adventure could reach an all-time high. If you don’t make the most of this vibrant energy, you could end up feeling stuck in a rut. And I ask you: Is there anything sadder than a bored Aries? So, plan mini-adventures all month long. Then, you will close the year with a bang.
That doesn’t necessarily mean this month will be all hearts, smiles, and laughter, however. In fact, Mercury in retrograde from December 3 through December 22 could stir up a few conflicts or, at the very least, misunderstandings. You always have a choice. To engage or not to engage; that is the question. What is the best course of action? Is it to fight or let things slide? This month, you don’t want to allow minor squabbles to get you down. So, choose your battles wisely, and try not to let others’ mistakes or misunderstandings cause you to go down an anxiety spiral.
If your career ambitions lean toward writing, directing, or creative arts, the New Moon on December 19th could help inspire a new body of work. Though you may still have to finish ongoing projects, you can start planting seeds now. If you have a stuck or frustrating project right now, you might receive insights guiding you to walk away. Of course, you don’t want to admit defeat, but there are better uses of your energy!
On December 9, your ruling planet, Mars, enters Scorpio, a sign in which it feels right at home. You might experience the benefits of this influence in your work as well as your love life. Mars energizes you to pursue goals, take risks, and maximize your potential. It also fires up your competitive drive.
Now, your love life is another matter. Mars in Scorpio asks you to go a little deeper. If you have been bored in your relationship, it’s time to spice things up! If the boredom has caused you to question your whole relationship, find ways to rekindle the flame that first drew you together. If you are single, you might expect romantic fun most of this month, except December 24 and 25, when you need to pay attention to your intuition if you suspect inauthenticity.
If you feel lonely or unhappy about your love life this holiday season, trust that it is part of the process and believe something remarkable is about to emerge in your life. It can be challenging to want so badly to manifest love, while and remaining optimistic even when disappointments occur. You have almost reached a turning point when miracles can happen. While you’re still single, make the most of your relationship with you. Go ahead and spoil yourself!
TAURUS (APRIL 20 – MAY 20): With the holidays coming, your sentimental side might be more active than usual. Commercials tug at your heartstrings and holiday movies rekindle mushy feelings from the past. You are taking time to look back down Memory Lane; consequently, you might feel inspired to reconnect with people from your past. So, call an old friend just for a chat or heal a divide that has been difficult for you to manage. This is a time for healing. Trust that any effort you put forth for that purpose will be well received and even beneficial to you in the long run.
We can thank Mercury, the planet of communication, for its assistance in bringing up issues from the past. On December 3, Mercury stations retrograde and will appear to move backward in the heavens. For three weeks, you, too, might feel as if life is on hold or worse, backtracking. This is never the case, though. As often, you manifest great things after overcoming seeming setbacks. So, if you feel discouraged at any time, you can visualize this image: A race car drives in a loop before reaching the finish line. We are always coming full circle, but moving forward toward our purpose in life at the same time.
All of this astrological activity will happen in a sensitive area of your chart this month, activating your psychology and emotions. As a result, you may encounter past relationship stuff to unpack. By the end of the month, you will reach new levels of closure and move on with grace and gratitude.
The New Moon on December 17 brings all of this heart work to a whole new level. If you have ever been inclined to see a healer, therapist, astrologer, or shaman, you might find it helpful now.
On a material note, you might want to research new investment opportunities or reassess your assets and overall portfolio at this time. Though you might want to wait to make significant changes, you can ask for advice and do some investigating at this time. Wait until January when Saturn is well into Capricorn and Mercury out of retrograde to make a move. For now, ask questions and receive guidance from people whom you trust.
The Full Moon on December 3 could bring awareness about a financial opportunity or even a new job. This is a great time, too, to establish professional relationships, especially if you have wanted to work with an agent or representative. The right person could come into your life at just the right time.
Your love life gets very interesting after passion planet Mars moves into your seventh house of relationships on December 9. What are you going to do with all that feisty energy? You might explore new romantic possibilities. If you are single, the end of the month looks favorable for chance encounters, which could be fun! Be open to surprises. For those of you in relationships, this is a wonderful time to cozy up with your special someone and enjoy romantic nights at home. Challenges you’ve encountered throughout the year will subside, allowing for real connection and tenderness.
GEMINI (MAY 20 – JUNE 20): Well, it’s happening again; your ruling planet is gearing up for its final retrograde journey of the year. Get ready for tests in agility and flexibility. Of all the other signs, you have these gifts mastered. Therefore, when friends change plans at the last minute, colleagues forget to respond to an email, or your plane gets delayed, shrug your shoulders and relax. Mercury loves to remind you to lighten up and not take things too seriously. Yes, it may offer these reminders in the form of lost keys or email glitches, but Mercury always has good intentions.
So, you want to close the year out with a bang? You have everything you need to reach your goals. Move through any setbacks, and realize the gifts in even the most trying circumstances. I say this because several planets are transiting through Sagittarius, your opposite sign. So, you could encounter challenges with others. You know, like those people who continuously push your buttons? You could also feel betrayed or disappointed. Little misunderstandings can build into bigger challenges. So, embrace compassion — first for yourself and secondly for others.
In other astrological news, Saturn transits into Capricorn on December 19, the sign in which it feels most at home. This means it lightens any pressure it has put on your relationships over the past three years. (Yay!!) You have probably had to take a hard look at partnerships, in general. You may have let go of a relationship, or maybe you deepened your commitment to another person. These are Saturn-like activities. This is a significant turning point for you if your relationship has made it past the Saturn in Sagittarius time, and your relationship is solid. If you’re still struggling, you might experience a reprieve after December 19.
Speaking of relationships, with several planets, including Venus, the planet of love and relationships, in your house of partnerships this month, your love life takes the spotlight up to December 21. You might even decide to get married or engaged. I guarantee love will be on your mind if you are single! Socialize as much as possible and get out to meet new people. Your friends might randomly ask to set you up. Just say yes.
CANCER (JUNE 21 – JULY 22): Can you think of a better time of year for a Cancer? The family gathers together, we decorate our homes with festive trimmings, mushy movies air on most networks, and loved ones visit from out of town. Yep. Cancer, this is your time. Ironically, this is also the time of year when the sun is in opposition to yours, which can stir within you some tension. Still, however, the sentimentality, entertaining, celebration, and nostalgia hit home for you more than any other sign. After all, this is a time that’s all about family and connection.
This year, however, you face a different pressure. You’ve got Saturn crossing over into your tenth house of career. Because of this, you could feel torn between work and life. If this sounds familiar to you, then your keyword this month ought to be:
Saturn, the taskmaster of our solar system, makes its way into your seventh house of relationships on December 19. This starts a two and a half year cycle during which Saturn could assist you in making new commitments. If you have been wanting to take your relationship to a whole new level, this could be good news for you. However, your relationships, in general, will require additional hard work. Saturn’s influence could test your dedication this month as this includes begin to manifest in your chart. Keep going, even if you encounter roadblocks. If you feel alone or disappointed by relationships, these emotions could be extra intense as this transit starts. Reach out to friends for support, and you might also consider seeing a healer for help with clearing the past.
This influence also means it’s time to attend to your health. If you have had nagging issues, you need to get them checked. Make your health a top priority this month.
Up to December 21, new professional opportunities could come unexpectedly, perhaps through close friends or a business partner. You could land the job of your dreams! Think carefully about where you want to be in the future before signing any contracts. Keep your long-term goals in focus to avoid the temptation of jumping into something new if it’s not exactly right.
Enjoy some steamy, sensual nights after December 9, when Mars moves into your fifth solar house of romance. You and your special someone might enjoy getting out of town or breaking out of your routine for a few days before the 24th. If you are single, you might feel readier to attract the love of your dreams. Setting an intention is the first step of a love manifestation process. Keep believing, and you will call in the one.
LEO (JULY 23 – AUGUST 22): The month starts out on a high note, closing out your year with a bang! As you reflect back on the previous year and set goals for the next one, you might consider this exercise.
1. List at least four accomplishments
2. Write at least seven personal breakthroughs
3. Note the top ten happiest moments of 2017
It can be easy to review your year and note the disappointments, losses, or unrealized goals. However, focusing on the negative just sets you up to feel bad. Positive energy keeps you set to win now and for the future. It also keeps you aligned with more positive circumstances manifesting in your life. Plus, you have a lot to look forward to next year! So, make self-congratulations your top priority this month.
Saturn, the planet of rules and structure has been hanging out in your fun house of self-expression for most of the past three years. If you have felt creatively blocked in any way, you have had to learn lessons in discipline. Thanks for the education, Saturn! The next two and a half years are all about completing and building anything you started during that last cycle. Stay focused! You have periods of hard work ahead of you, but you will reach the success you desire.
Mark your calendars for December 3, a big, action-packed day in the heavens. Mercury, the planet of communication, stations retrograde and will appear to move backward until December 22. During this time, you may encounter a few minor misunderstandings, especially if you have children. During this time, clarify everything, and it’s okay to be blunt if you need to express something important.
The retrograde period is also good for finishing any creative projects you have in mind for the holidays. You might feel a little more sentimental this year than most, and making videos or photo books could be an excellent way to channel that energy.
Venus, the relationship planet, in Sagittarius means romance for you all the way up to December 24. If you are single, you might meet someone right before the holidays, especially December 21, when someone could come into your life from out of the blue. Fate has a way of making itself feel like magic. If you are in a relationship, you could experience a fresh start of sorts with the New Moon on December 17.
VIRGO (AUGUST 23 – SEPTEMBER 22): Have you made a holiday wish list? If not, you might consider trying this exercise at the start of the month. Make a list of wishes for the universe, one that includes both material things and any dreams you desire to fulfill. This is a magical season, after all, and magical experiences start with intention. So, think big, and trust the universe to do its part to help you co-create. If you need some inspiration, check out Collette Baron Reid’s book, “Uncharted: The Journey through Uncertainty to Infinite Possibility.”
Mercury, your ruling planet, stations retrograde on December 3, which is an astrologically eventful day. If minor misunderstandings start to escalate into conflicts, then try to step away from the fight. Feelings could get hurt more easily… especially yours. You could also encounter complications with your home. If anything needs an upgrade, it may short-circuit so you can get a better, newer version. All mishaps offer us gifts and lessons. If you experience anything frustrating, try to note any positive outcomes.
Professionally, this is a time to learn new skills and develop ways to share your knowledge and expertise with others. You could receive a consulting job or mentoring opportunity after December 9. From December 22 through the end of the month, your creative ideas could help position you for a new job or promotion.
On December 19, Saturn makes a big move into the sign of Capricorn, a fellow earth sign. For the next two and a half years, it will do its part to support you in completing new writing or creative projects, but be mindful! Saturn wants you to prove yourself through commitment and discipline. As you start this new Saturn cycle, you might have some random fears or doubts creep up from your subconscious mind. Do you have what it takes to start a new side hustle? Are you capable of writing that manuscript? The answer to these and similar questions, of course, is yes.
Focus on your creative efforts for at least five minutes a day, and you will start to build your empire. Saturn likes sustained growth over time. Saturn also likes to place blocks or obstacles along your path to remind you to stay committed. The bigger the block, the greater your successful outcomes.
Your love life makes horoscope headlines at the end of the month when Venus moves into Capricorn on December 24. You can close the month out with romance and connection. Even if you are single, you might bask in the warm glow of love during the holiday season.
LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 22- OCTOBER 22): Say good-bye to 2017! I’d bet it has been an eventful year, right? I encourage you to reflect back and celebrate all the life you have lived in the past twelve short months. Go ahead! Pat yourself on the back. You survived ups and downs, made huge strides forward, and accomplished more than you thought possible. As a new year begins, you might write three goals to manifest over the course of 2018. Simplify by sticking to three, and make them attainable. Keep in mind: Focus will be a keyword for you in the next year.
If love is on your 2018 manifestation list, you start out with some delightful possibilities. Saturn, the planet of dedication, moves into Capricorn on December 19, and it will be there for two and a half years. If you are in a relationship, this influence could inspire you to make a move with your partner or even start a family. It’s time to nest and build a future together. If you encounter any romantic challenges this month, like miscommunication or competing goals, you might be experiencing growing pains in your relationship. This could be a good time to solicit help from a couple’s counselor or healer.
For those of you who are single and on the quest for love, hang in there! Libra is the sign of partnership, and your desire for love might feel overwhelming at times. Venus in your third house until December 21 gives you ample opportunities to socialize, and this could prove favorable for meeting someone special at a party or other event. If you have lost hope, try to change your mindset. Rather than focusing on what you don’t have, you might benefit from enjoying what you do. For inspiration, read “Calling in the One” by Katherine Woodward Thomas and complete the exercises.
This month, you could resolve to learn a new skill, develop a hidden talent, or take a class to help take your career to a new level. Or you may be called to mentor or guide someone else. Any investment you make in yourself will pay off eventually in some way. So, give yourself a gift!
Finally, if finances have been on your mind, strategize ways to manifest more money. Mars moves into your house of earned income on December 9, energizing you to ask for a raise, reach out to clients, or interview for a new job. You have luck on your side, with Jupiter’s help. Therefore, what do you have to lose? Take a risk!
SCORPIO (OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 21): Goodbye, 2017! For many of you, the past year has been… well, let’s just say it was eventful. It pushed you way beyond your comfort limits. Perhaps you had to learn lessons about valuing yourself and setting clear boundaries. Maybe you had some financial ups and downs. In all ways, you grew and expanded. As you look forward, setting intentions and goals for 2018, let go of the past and move on! Your future looks extremely bright. Besides, you can’t keep ruminating about situations, jobs, or relationships that didn’t quite work out. No, accept that you learned enough to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. Then, focus on your present-day desires.
Finances could improve after December 19. Saturn, the planet of discipline and rules, has been occupying your house of earned income for the past two and a half years. The pressure you might have felt actually helped serve a purpose. It aided you in sticking with your long-term goals. However, this wasn’t always easy! Financial fears and insecurity emerged from deep within your subconscious mind. You had to work through all of that and find faith despite those doubts. That Saturn cycle is over. Go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief!
All money matters turn in a more favorable direction this month. On December 3, Mercury stations retrograde. Under this influence, you might reconsider entrepreneurial ideas that never quite took off. This month could be a favorable time to consider them as new streams of income; perhaps the timing wasn’t right before. The Full Moon on this same day will help you see a clearer vision.
With Mercury in retrograde from December 3-22, exercise caution when signing any deals or contracts. Pay attention to every detail, and solicit a second opinion if necessary.
You can attract an audience at this time, which could prove favorable if you have been aiming to promote yourself or your business. Make the most of this time by working with a marketing or PR representative. You might also consider hiring an agent to help you secure new job opportunities.
Your love life sizzles after December 9, when fiery passion planet Mars moves into your sign. If you are single, you could be motivated to try online dating or singles’ activities. If you are married or involved, find ways to sneak away for some alone time in the rush of the season. You and your partner could experience the same intensity that sparked when you first met. On December 27, you could feel as if you are living in a dream.
SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22 – DECEMBER 21): Happy birthday! As you start your new solar year, you might find it helpful to do a little soul-searching. Look to the future, and you might even make a list of things you’d like to manifest in 2018.
- Start with your spiritual side—is there a meditation practice you’d like to try?
- Then, think in practical terms. How much would you like to grow your wealth this year?
- Finally, look at your romantic life. Would you like to manifest a partner? Or a stronger relationship with the one you already have?
Each life change starts with an intention, either silent or spoken. Set clear ones for yourself, and you will plant them as seeds ready to grow throughout the year.
If you have recently encountered a series of tests of faith, then chances are, you have passed with flying colors. For most of the past three years, Saturn, the planet of rules, order, and discipline, has been in your sign. Our planetary police officer might have tried your patience! As a result, you have had the chance after chance to refine your goals, to focus on your future, and most importantly, to let go of the past. On December 19, Saturn waves goodbye to Sagittarius and moves into Capricorn. For the next two and a half years, you will learn the importance of prioritizing and valuing yourself.
Start early by taking a little YOU time early in the month. With Venus transiting through your sign, go ahead and spoil yourself with massages, facials, shopping trips, and more! Think luxury. One note of caution, however: If you are considering a total style change, try not to go too crazy. Mercury is Retrograde from December 3-22, and this is not a time to make wild changes. However, it is a favorable time to refine your appearance, so you look and feel your best.
Professionally, others notice you right now, and you can steal the spotlight if you so choose. Keep that in mind as you contemplate your leadership skills and strategize how to use them to their fullest. Mercury in retrograde could challenge communication this month, and you and your colleagues or clients might have times when you don’t exactly see eye to eye. Try to understand the other perspective, especially on December 6. By the end of the month, you will have the green light to move ahead in any professional endeavors. Until then, relaxation is the key to keeping your worries at bay.
In love, Venus in your sign until December 24 means romantic possibility, connection, and lighthearted fun. Your social life could keep you quite busy. On December 25, you might encounter a turning point in your current romantic relationship. Ask yourself: Am I getting what I need from this relationship? If the answer is no, do what is most loving for yourself, even if that means having some tough conversations. Past relationship stuff could come up for you under the retrograde period, but the New Moon on December 17 means a new beginning for you, whether you’re single or involved. Let the sparks fly all the way until December 21 before you start to wonder about the future.
CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22 – JANUARY 19): Admit it, underneath your cool exterior you have a soft spot in your heart for the holiday season. This December, you might want to indulge your sentimental side and revisit your childhood home, look through old photos, digitize home movies from your childhood, and relive some of those sweet times in your life. Who knows? You may even discover forgotten talents or become inspired to reconnect with friends from your past.
Your ruling planet, Saturn, is making a big move on December 19. For the next two and a half years, it will be transiting through your sign, helping you focus on your goals and reach new levels of success. For some, Saturn’s influence can feel like a great big anchor, keeping them stuck in one place. For you, however, Saturn’s insistence on structure and rules feels familiar, comfortable, even. Saturn pushes you to exceed your limits, but it’s not always comfortable. So, this month, as Saturn enters your sign, you get a preview of this cycle and what it can mean for you. Pay attention to what significant life events are up and what themes emerge. These will foretell circumstances to come. Make dedication your keyword in times of stuckness.
Mercury will be retrograde from December 3-22, and as a result, you might feel a little blah about work. Go ahead and try to accomplish new goals. If you feel frustrated or stuck, relax a little. Step away from problems that don’t seem to have a solution. You can come back to them. During this period, you may experience miscommunications with others or find annoying little glitches or errors. Try to let go and find ways to relieve stress. Travel delays or setbacks could also occur. Make sure you cross-check every detail when booking flights or hotels, especially on December 6.
With season’s festivities, you will probably find yourself going from one party or event to the next. Your social circle is expanding, and you might find yourself among a whole new group of friends. Enjoy the celebration and connection. Who knows? You may even meet someone special.
If you’re in a relationship, keep clear communication. The New Moon on December 17 is an excellent time for a romantic night. When Venus enters your sign on December 24, you start a whole new chapter in love. What will it be? The good news is: You get to decide.
AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 18): On December 3, Mercury stations retrograde and will give the appearance of moving backward in the heavens for three weeks. It’s an optical illusion Mercury performs three or four times a year, and its symbolism reminds us that we are never stuck. Nor are we ever backtracking in our lives. We keep moving forward, even if everything appears to be at a standstill. During times of stuckness, we do the critical job of reevaluating our lives, healing the past, reaching to others for support, and finding ways to align ourselves to manifest our goals. This important spiritual work doesn’t always get its deserved appreciation, but it allows us to have breakthroughs and moments of genius insight. Remember that this month if you ever feel frustrated by changed plans or delays. You’re not stuck- you’re witnessing a spiritual process.
The Full Moon on December 3 lights up your fifth house of creativity and children. If you have been thinking about starting a family or adopting a little furbaby, now is a good time! Likewise, anything you want to bring to fruition (an art project, new website, short story, etc.) has potential to grow a life of its own.
With so many planets in Sagittarius and your 11th house, expect a full social calendar this month. You could find yourself meeting new friends, and your networking potential is a bonus! If you have been looking to make a fresh start professionally, you might have some luck around the time of the New Moon on December 17. Until then, network like a champ and maximize your social media contacts. Mars, the feisty planet of ambition, energizes your tenth house of career after December 9, and your competitive spirit will motivate you to reach your highest goals.
At the end of the month, Saturn settles into a new sign, making its way into your 12th house. You might have a spiritual awakening or decide to do some personal healing with a therapist, coach, or healer. Anything you do to support your spirit will allow shifts to occur in all areas of your life.
With so much activity this month, you might wonder if there’s time for your love life. Juno, a dwarf planet, associated with deep connections (like marriage), enters your sign on December 16. You could feel a sudden readiness to settle down. If so, make sure you do not compromise any aspect of yourself or fall into codependent patterns. From December 21 on, love is fun! If you are single, this is a great time to go out and socialize. If you are involved, plan a spontaneous date night and try something new.
PISCES (FEBRUARY 19 – MARCH 20):
I am writing this letter to inform you that great things are about to happen in your life. You have asked for gifts, and I don’t disappoint. In fact, it is my job to make dreams come true! So, I am writing you back to let you know I have received your requests, have considered them carefully, and will be granting all of your wishes.
Don’t you wish all holiday dreams came to fruition like they do in movies? No matter your background, you might feel nostalgic and sentimental this time of year. As children, we believe in a benevolent universe, one filled with magic. We see everything as potential, and the receipt of holiday gifts for which we asked prove our beliefs to be true. Over time, it’s easy to stop believing, but you don’t have to! In fact, beliefs are powerful because they are thoughts we have thought over and over and over again. They hold weight, energetically. If you have been feeling a lack of hope or faith, you might want to do this exercise:
Write down a few beliefs operating in the background. Then, rewrite them into something more supportive of your big goals and dreams. For example, if you believe “money is the root of all evil,” but you dream of living in prosperity, you might want to rewrite that belief.
I write this because you have a tremendous amount of astrological support for your success right now. Your tenacity and hard work will inevitably pay back rich dividends. So, what do you have to lose? Believe! The New Moon on December 17 in your house of career kicks off a monthly cycle of growth and expansion. This is the time to network, meet new friends, and take calculated risks to finish work that you’ve started.
Mercury stations retrograde on December 3, and you may encounter some challenges with others. Patience is your keyword. Trust your intuition if you question someone’s motivations. Your intuition is never wrong. You can choose to ignore it, but it’s never wrong.
On December 9, Mars, the fiery passion planet, moves into compatible Scorpio. Under this influence, your romantic feelings could surge to new levels. If you have been chasing someone who is unavailable or unresponsive, walk away. I can be hard to let go but so worth it when you meet the one! If you’re in a relationship, expect fireworks are at the end of the month. This is a time to rekindle the spark you first felt and experience love in a whole new dimension.