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Weekly Astrology Forecast for December 19–31, 2022* - A Mercury Retrograde Auld Lang Syne!

Hey star-gazers! This is your weekly astrology forecast for December 19–31, 2022.

Yes, that’s a bit more than one week, but I’m taking a bit of a holiday over Christmas, returning in the New Year. So nobody is without astrological forecasts throughout the holiday season, be sure to visit my YouTube channel where I’ve posted year-ahead horoscopes for all twelve astrological signs (you can watch those for your sun, moon or rising signs!)

With that, let’s dive in and take a look at the astrology of the last weeks of 2022.

First off, on December 20, Jupiter enters Aries, which will help a lot of us feel like we’re picking up a storyline that might have been interrupted by Jupiter’s retrograde motion and re-entry in the sign of Pisces. For many of us, Jupiter’s return to Aries could coincide with feelings of renewed expansion, hope and possibility for the year ahead.

Look to your individual natal charts to understand where this renewal might occur, since that will tell you about the topics that will be activated in the first half of 2022, before Jupiter enters Taurus in May of next year.

Planets entering new signs can often come in with a splash and so, be on the lookout for potentially positive manifestations around December 20 in the house that Aries corresponds to in your chart. Even in difficult houses, Jupiter can sometimes bring some auspicious blessings, so whether Jupiter will bring new learning horizons, financial benefits, relationships, or even a positive turn in health matters, we can all look forward the feeling of expansion returning to our lives.

It’s also nice that this ingress roughly coincides with the Winter Solstice, occurring the next day, and corresponds to the Sun’s entry into the sign of Capricorn.

The Sun is joining Venus, Mercury, and Pluto all piled up in the sea-goat’s sign, where Mercury and Venus, in particular, may have been taking advantage of their transit through the more focused, diligent, and sober sign of Saturn, which could have corresponded to increased fiscal prudence in our lives, or a greater attention to matters pertaining to concretizing our plans into 2023.

If you’re looking to start setting any intentions for the year ahead, then I’d highly recommend doing this under the signature of the Solstice on the 21st, taking stock of your past year and where you intend to take your solar path in the upcoming one.

And, of course, as this is the sign of Saturn, you may want to begin thinking about the implications of Saturn’s sign-shift in March of next year, and how you can prepare yourself for the hard work that Saturn will demand of us in this sector of our lives.

If you aren’t sure what this will correspond to, then check out my dedicated Saturn-in-Pisces forecast so you can mentally prepare for the energetic change-up.

The Sun entering Capricorn will also square Jupiter in Aries and so you may want to avail yourself of the positive friction that this configuration could present to nail down your hopes, dreams, and desires in a more concrete set of goals and objectives to undertake in the year ahead. And, of course, with Venus and Mercury here, the two planets which correspond to finances, but also to ideas and analysis, will help you do your best cogitation under this configuration.

Next, on December 22, a trine between Venus and retrograde Uranus, still within a separating conjunction to the North Node will perfect, potentially echoing that fated event that we explored the possibility of last week.

Uranus can present unexpected opportunities, and its expansive trine with Venus could make this a beneficial configuration for sudden bursts of creative inspiration or a moment of whimsy under the mistletoe.

I really like this signature for all the possibilities that the wildcard and unpredictable planet could bring our way in matters pertaining to beauty, luxury, creativity, and indulgence.

As though anticipating all the cake, cookies, and spiked eggnog this season, the New Moon occurring in Capricorn on December 23 may have you thinking about looking after your health in 2023, which could be thanks to the asteroid Hygeia’s close conjunction to the luminaries.

The asteroid of preventative health in Saturn’s boundary-making, limit-inducing sign could have us considering how to get more serious in all matters pertaining to self-control and discipline.

Free from any Ptolemaic aspect to the two malefics, I would consider this a decent New Moon for setting new intentions, though I’d note that the ruler of this New Moon is in aversion to the house that it rules, and, though dignified, might not necessarily be the strongest lunation under which to manifest, though planning for the year ahead couldn’t be better any better configured, especially with Venus and Mercury co-present in the sign, alongside transformative and intense Pluto, and, of course, squaring a fiery Jupiter.

Next, on Christmas Eve, Mercury in Capricorn will sextile Neptune in Pisces, potentially offering us a moment of levity, hope, and merry-making right in time for Santa’s descent down the chimney.

Mercury having entered Capricorn earlier this month might have led to a mental shift that felt more serious, weighty and concerned with matters pertaining to security and hard work, and so, engaging in a harmonious and balancing aspect to the planet of dreams and imagination in an emotional and creative sign, I think this is the Christmas configuration that we all need to deck the halls and be merry in the waning days of a challenging year.

Four days later, Venus will perfect to the identical partile aspect, extending the days of levity, hope, and beauty, and so, on the 28th, its trine to Neptune may have us all dreaming about possibilities for a better year ahead, particularly in matters concerning relationships, but also how we value and treat ourselves.

This may be the configuration under which you make some resolutions towards greater self-care, personal appreciation, and perhaps even a commitment to pamper yourself more into 2023, so enjoy these days between the 24th and 28th for the lovely Neptunian-Piscean energy that gets activated.

Now, just when we thought we were largely done with the dance of so many retrograde planets, Mercury joins Mars and Uranus, turning retrograde in the sky in the sign of Capricorn.

The little grey planet’s apparent backward movement will take us through to the New year, emphasizing the hard-won gains and discipline-demanding domicile of Saturn.

Airy Mercury is shifting up its elemental retrograde pattern to close out the year fully in an air sign.

Unlike previous retrogrades this year that danced between air and earth elements, this fully, tangible, and weighty retrograde in Capricorn is demanding that we come down from the daydreamy sextile to Neptune and park ourselves more fully in the material world.

As this retrograde takes us into the middle of January of next year, look towards the house that this retrograde is taking place in in your natal chart. This will hold the key to the sector of your life that you are being asked to revisit — not only potentially gathering more information, changing your communications tack, or contemplating the implementation of new ideas, but where you may also have to commit to making changes to your longer-term outlook, worldview and mentality.

Finally, on December 31, the Sun in Capricorn trines the North Node in one of the nicest signatures to close out what may have been an otherwise rocky year for some of us. I take this as a celestial promissory note that fated events, with beneficent Venusian blessings will befall our solar paths next year, so, with that, see you all on the other side of the ball drop!

*DISCLAIMER: All astrological forecasts are for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. Any decisions that you might make as a result of reading this or any other astrological blog entry are YOURS ALONE and the creator of this blog will not be held responsible! For any legal issues, see a lawyer; for medical ones, consult a physician. None of the information in this blog constitutes actionable advice from a licensed professional. Once again, this forecast is for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY!

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