The astrological mood flickers between sensitive and strangely oblivious next week. We might be farsighted and happier to work with new people, places, and things, but we’re dense at home with the sun and Venus in freewheeling Sagittarius and Mars in extroverted Leo — all extroverted fire signs. It’s easy to get lost in the bustle, so stay brisk and centered. Mercury in determined Capricorn can help us stay mentally focused, though we can obsess or micromanage.
This weekend the mood is direct and pragmatic but serious under a Scorpio moon. Preholiday depression is natural but not necessary. It’s easy to compare this holiday to an ideal or a memory and find it lacking, but use these instead to keep priorities straight.
We might be called to cut through a polite or confused haze and be ruthlessly but not brutally honest. Political protest could prevail, and our cynical streak might show. But cynicism and other strong feelings can distort our understanding as Mercury semisquares Neptune.
Early next week, a direct, breezy new Sagittarius moon adds holiday spirit; it also makes free speech a necessity or compulsion, but listen as well. The sun squares Uranus. Ask what needs a temporary change versus a permanent fix.
The vibe is cooperative, determined, pushy, flirtatious, and impassioned midweek as Venus trines Mars in fire signs under a competent Capricorn moon. Avoid fights over the sales bins. Strangers are fascinating in this extroversion, but personal and political autonomy and self-determination take center stage. People in controlling relationships will feel the heat. Friday, Dec. 11: Get organized and make agreements early. Afternoon clouds up, and our reaction time slows down as Mercury semisquares Neptune. Emotional expectations increase as communications decrease this evening; understand before reacting. Attitudes may develop in the late evening as the moon enters Scorpio. Saturday, Dec. 12: Morning is efficient, honest, and impatient; avoid shopping malls and other ditsy places. Notice a workmanlike approach to family events. While working side by side, take the opportunity to tangentially approach deeper questions this afternoon. Talk big but not personal tonight. Sunday, Dec. 13: Morning is good for a long talk with ourselves but maybe not with others. Pay attention to avoid tempers and mishaps midday as the Scorpio moon squares Mars. The afternoon flows into more healing, creative, and exploratory edges. Kindness is key. Monday, Dec. 14: Change scents the air as the sun squares Uranus under a Sagittarius moon; make the changes useful, not gratuitous. It’s an erratic midmorning; keep acceptance open, and control impulses. The afternoon brings fresh horizons, confidence, and competence as the sun sextiles Jupiter. Tuesday, Dec. 15: This magical day demands our attention; the trees, clouds, and spirit sing. Listen as the sun sextiles Neptune. Avoid talking about bills and other harsh realities; we need more numinous food and aren’t thinking clearly. If dear ones appear preoccupied, share a new experience instead of trying to work things out. Wednesday, Dec. 16: This morning, the new moon in Sagittarius prompts an adventure of mind, body, or spirit. The moon enters Capricorn in the afternoon to provide pragmatic follow-up and get us back to work. It conjuncts Pluto this evening and lets us feel what’s missing. Thursday, Dec. 17: We need useful work or will cause trouble; energy and determination may be behind a bad mood, a real mistake, or a real gift. As Venus and Mars trine in fire signs, we connect over our efforts; trust built now creates openings later.