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Aries horoscope for December 2023
December is always a month where it is about getting the most out of the old year before it ends, while at the same time preparing for the New Year that is getting closer by the day. As is often the case there is a crossover or an overlap between the two, with the planets not all suddenly changing places at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day. However, there is more of a crossover this year in that Mars has found himself right in the middle of the pack of faster planets while held back, Venus is running behind schedule. This is helping to keep the spirit of adventure alive even though the Sun will always leave your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery just before Christmas and last year all planetary activity here for the year had run its course by then.
This year you not only have Mars making his first visit in two years but running late Venus won't even return until 30th December. With Mars here until 4th January, Venus not leaving until later next month and the dwarf planet Ceres, making her first visit in four years, won't leave until February. Meanwhile, as he always does the Sun will spend the last 10 days and the first three weeks of every year in your career sector, but this year you not only have a head start but this is the beginning of the end of an era. Pluto, the planet of change and revolution has been in your career sector since 2008 and when the Sun and the faster planets return each year, he is ready to change things up.
However, while Pluto will retrograde back in for 11 weeks after leaving in January it is before the Sun returns, making this the one chance to take his call for change seriously. There will be a chance to get a head start on this when Mercury returns on 2nd December. While Mercury will retrograde back out on 23rd December, the Sun will be here by then and returning in the New Year he is returning to spend Christmas, New Year and the holiday period back in an adventurous part of your chart with Mars. Meanwhile, after starting the month in your relationship sector Venus will spend from 5th December to 30th December in your financial sector, while returning to spend the New Year and the early weeks of 2024 in an adventurous part of your chart.
Love & RomanceSix weeks after the Sun left your relationship sector Venus, the planet of love is not only still here, but until leaving on 5th December she will continue to work her magic. Because it was not just the Sun and Mercury, who will always move through your relationship sector each year that moved through but Mars having made his first visit in two years and the dwarf planet Ceres her first in four years, a lot of water has already passed under the bridge. Venus' departure will end all planetary activity on the relationship front for the year, making the early days of the month the most important. Though there has been times when there has been tension between your personal and relationship needs, this leaves you with a better sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you.
Venus' departure will not only leave your relationship sector empty, but with all planetary activity on the romantic front for the year having ended in October, in the final months of the year it becomes more about the Moon's final visits. The Moon will move through your romantic sector from 2nd December to 4th December, bringing a chance to embrace the spirit of romance and to bring this into your relationships. It is just a few days later that the Moon will return to your relationship sector from 7th December to 9th December. With Venus leaving on 5th December, they will miss each other by a few days, but with a chance to not only pick up on her influence but reflect on the journey the year has taken you on.
Because the Moon will return to your romantic sector so early in the month it will have time to come full circle, returning for its second visit for the month but also its last for the year from 29th January to 31st December. While the Moon will leave on New Year's Eve and won't follow you into 2024, this promises a romantically charged end to the year. The Moon will be here when Venus, the planet of love returns to an adventurous part of your chart on 30th December, giving her mission to bring the spirit of romance and adventure together a boost from the start. This is something that will follow you into 2024.
Business & CareerBecause the Sun will always return to your career sector on the December solstice, the solar spotlight will always shift onto your career and professional situation, matters and options before Christmas and remain there into the first three weeks of the coming year. Also the norm for the last 15 years is to have Pluto, the planet of change and revolution here as well. However, Pluto's long rein is coming to an end and Mercury's return on 2nd December will get things off to an early start. Mercury will normally rush through in 14 to 15 days, giving you just enough time to get your head in the game and around your options before he is gone again.
However, by the time Mercury returns he already has the brakes on, ahead of a retrograde turn on 13th December that will see him retrograde back out again 10 days later, just a day after the Sun's return. This will be a case of Mercury tagging out as the Sun tags in but with a lot to mull over from the weeks that this smart and intellectually savvy planet has spent here. Mercury will return again in January and with Mars here by then and with the Sun and Pluto both leaving on 21st January, his visit this month is more in preparation for when everything will come together next month. Mercury won't get too far into your career sector but far enough to form a friendly aspect to Jupiter, in his final weeks in retrograde motion in your income sector ahead of a direct turn on New Year's Eve.
For the 10 days, from Mercury's retrograde turn on 13th December to when he retrogrades back out on 23rd December, the doors will be open to the past, second chances and untapped income potential on the income and career fronts. Meanwhile, while playing a more subtle role, the asteroid Juno, the queen of commitment will be in your work sector all month. There will be a chance to tap into that sense of resolve and get a read on work and job matters when the Moon makes its last visit to your work sector for the year from 4th December to 7th December, with its last visit to your career sector for the year happening just a few days later, from 14th December to 16th December. These will all be good days across the income, work and career fronts.
MoneyOn both sides of the financial fence, there is a chance to pause as you move into the new month and the final weeks of this financial year. On the income side of the financial fence, it is a combination of both planets here starting to slow down, Jupiter ahead of his direct turn in your income sector on New Year's Eve and ahead of Uranus' direct turn next month and waiting for things to kick in professionally. This will begin with Mercury's return to your income sector on 2nd December, something that will give you a chance to get your head in the game ahead of the Sun's return on 2nd December.
On the other side of the financial fence, while you begin the month with no planetary activity in your financial sector after the Sun, Mars and the dwarf planet Ceres left last month, with Venus yet to return this is a chance to pause and create a firebreak between these different chapters. With your financial housekeeping done, Mars leaving you with a sense of what you are fighting for and with Ceres' last deep dive into your financial needs and priorities for another four years ending just 10 days before Venus returns on 5th December, she will return to reap the benefits. The momentum is there as well as all the tools and resources, allowing Venus to fuel your financial confidence, update your financial desires and expectations and work to turn those desires into reality before leaving on 30th December.
The Moon will make its last visit to your financial sector for the year from 9th December to 12th December, ensuring your financial instincts are sharp and you are emotionally and intuitively engaged during Venus' early days. As the Moon's first visit since the Sun, Mars and the dwarf planet Ceres left and as it will be coming full circle from last month's New Moon, this will also be a chance to tie up loose ends. It is two weeks later that the Moon will make its last visit to your income sector for the year, something that as it moves through from 22nd December to 24th December will sharpen your nose for money and act as a trigger. With Jupiter turning direct a week later on 31st December, the timing couldn't be better.