Just like presents un­der the tree, there’s a mixed bag of astro­log­i­cal of­fer­ings for the Christ­mas sea­son, but pa­tience, plan­ning, diplo­macy and, for some, romance will help ease your way into 2019.

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You may be feel­ing a lit­tle sen­si­tive at Christ­mas gath­er­ings, mean­ing some­one’s crit­i­cism or un­sup­port­ive re­marks could up­set you. It’s best not to give them any fod­der, so keep your most-val­ued thoughts, ideas and achieve­ments to your­self – you don’t need any­one else’s ap­proval, any­way. If you’ve got lots of last­minute tasks to do around the house or con­cern­ing fam­ily, mo­ti­va­tion planet Mars in your zone of home and do­mes­tic­ity will give you a push; un­for­tu­nately this align­ment sparks fam­ily con­flicts, so tread care­fully.


Been burn­ing the can­dle at both ends? Of course you have – that’s the hard­work­ing Capricorn’s way. Mer­cury, planet of brain power, is now in your zone of rest and heal­ing, urg­ing you to slow down and un­wind be­fore you have a com­plete melt­down. Got a pas­sion pro­ject you’re itch­ing to start? Use the sum­mer break to get crack­ing. Your rul­ing planet, Saturn, is in your sign, push­ing you to stop putting duty and obli­ga­tion be­fore fun and plea­sure. If you’re not happy in your life, that will be­come in­creas­ingly hard to ig­nore.


Got a fes­tive to-do list so long you don’t know where to start? On De­cem­ber 22 Santa brings you an early present – a full moon in your zone of or­gan­i­sa­tion, giv­ing you the abil­ity to pri­ori­tise and man­age time like a pro. Mean­while, Venus, planet of love, re­mains in your zone of longterm plans un­til New Year’s Eve, so if your part­ner has been last on your list in 2018, make your re­la­tion­ship a pri­or­ity go­ing for­ward. Don’t let work draw your at­ten­tion away from the peo­ple who mat­ter most.


In­stead of a Christ­mas break, you might feel like you’re head­ing for a Christ­mas breakdown. As you ap­proach the fin­ish line, be re­al­is­tic about what you can get through, for the sake of your own san­ity. Christ­mas Eve could be par­tic­u­larly stress­ful – your rul­ing planet Nep­tune, the planet of il­lu­sions, is clash­ing with Mer­cury, planet of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­tel­lect, caus­ing a day of mixed mes­sages and gen­eral con­fu­sion. Try not to lose your cool – in­stead, chalk it up to the silly sea­son and have a laugh about it.


If dreams of sun-soaked hol­i­days have lulled you into an early state of re­lax­ation, wake up and smell the eggnog. On Christ­mas Day the plan­ets of il­lu­sion and in­tel­lect are at odds, mean­ing you may not be see­ing things clearly. Pre­tend­ing fam­ily ten­sions don’t ex­ist, or try­ing to live out a TV-com­mer­cial fan­tasy of Christ­mas har­mony, won’t work out well. The De­cem­ber 25 to 31 pe­riod is ideal for fo­cus­ing on next year’s goals – make sure other peo­ple’s opin­ions or ideas don’t steer you away from what you want.


With more so­cial en­gage­ments than Harry and Meghan, your en­ergy may be flag­ging. But with ac­tion planet Mars in your zone of so­cial ac­tiv­ity un­til New Year’s Eve, the buzz will con­tinue long af­ter De­cem­ber 25. If De­cem­ber so far has been tough on re­la­tion­ships, good news – Mer­cury, planet of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, has fin­ished its foot-in­mouth high jinks, and is now mak­ing words flow like Cham­pagne on New Year’s Eve. If you’ve got some­thing im­por­tant to say to some­one spe­cial, this is your mo­ment.


Phys­i­cally on task, but men­tally on hol­i­day? You’re on the home straight now, Gemini, but you’ll need to work hard to stay fo­cused – es­pe­cially on Christ­mas Eve, due to ten­sion be­tween the plan­ets of men­tal clar­ity and day­dream­ing. You’ll have to be your own PA in or­der to stay on track – steer­ing clear of dis­trac­tions, such as so­cial me­dia, will help. Fam­ily re­la­tions could be fraught, but don’t be tempted to hide the truth to keep oth­ers happy. Keep it real, and you’ll avoid drama down the track.


If Cupid didn’t strike your love life this year, don’t de­spair – Mars, planet of in­ti­macy, is in your zone of travel and ad­ven­ture un­til New Year’s Eve, so you could strike up a romance with some­one on hol­i­day or on an ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­ity. Cou­ples could hit tur­bu­lence, draw­ing swords over dif­fer­ing view­points. Try to be open-minded rather than de­fen­sive. Pa­tience is a virtue, Cancer.

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2019 will be all about ex­pan­sion on the home front, start­ing from now. Venus, planet of love, and Mer­cury, planet of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ideas, are in your home and fam­ily zone un­til De­cem­ber 31, giv­ing you the im­pe­tus to dis­cuss ren­o­va­tion projects, mar­riage, adding to the fam­ily or mov­ing house. If you’re sin­gle, you could meet some­one in your home­town or through friends. As Venus tends to­wards over-in­dul­gence, think twice about mul­ti­ple serves of the Christ­mas



The best gift you can give your­self on Christ­mas Eve is strong bound­aries. Don’t let oth­ers take ad­van­tage of you – if you do, you’ll re­gret it. Over­haul­ing your fi­nances is a wor­thy New Year goal. On Jan­uary 2 your sharp or­gan­i­sa­tion skills will be at their peak when the Sun aligns with Saturn, planet of re­spon­si­bil­ity; make the most of this for bud­get­ing, re­think­ing in­vest­ments and set­ting fi­nan­cial goals.


As you check out of work for the hol­i­days, the im­pend­ing full moon of De­cem­ber 22 could bring some good news or a good lead for pro­fes­sional suc­cess in 2019. Af­ter the highs of the fes­tive sea­son, your emo­tions could take a nosedive on Jan­uary 2, when the Sun and melan­choly planet Saturn col­lide, leav­ing you feel­ing adrift or iso­lated. Try not to be­lieve ev­ery­thing you think – Christ­mas may be over, but there will be plenty to cel­e­brate in the months ahead.


This year might not have turned out as you’d hoped, but you can turn things around. The De­cem­ber 22 full moon hits your astro zone of vi­sions, so carve out time amid the mad­ness to scrib­ble down what you in­tend to cre­ate next year – be clear on what you want. Travel will be a big focus, so maybe lock in a hol­i­day. On Christ­mas Eve, know what you need to get done, and don’t let any­one in a last-minute panic ca­jole you into help­ing sort out their mess. AWW

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