Each month, we're breaking down what's going on in your life. Read on as Donna Page, a professional astrologer with a graduate degree in counseling psychology, gives it to you straight.
You’ve got a Christmas wish list, and you want to get it fulfilled. Like, now. And the planets are lining up just right to help you get it all done. Venus, the planet of love and money, goes into Sagittarius this month, making you want it all. The full moon on the 3rd makes the first weekend in December ideal for letting loose with your friends. Ugly Christmas sweater party, anyone?
Mercury also goes retrograde this month, leaving you with a serious urge to speak your mind (whether people want to hear it or not). The new moon on the 18th gives you a sense of planning for the future. On the 19th, Saturn goes into Capricorn and on the 21st, the sun goes into Capricorn, which deepens your desire to look ahead. What do you want next year to look like, anyway? Only you really know the answer.
Here’s what else is in store for you this month:
Life is a learning experience, Aries, and this month you’ll feel it more than ever. The full moon on the 3rd and new moon on the 18th are vibrating between the sector of your chart that represents education and knowledge. You may find yourself thinking about what else you want to know. Maybe it’s time to finally take that photography class you’ve been thinking about, or read Jane Eyre just because. People will also come to you with ideas and new information. Did you ever think about starting an Etsy shop to sell your DIY jewellery? It’s definitely worth considering.
This month, you’re going to get your finances straight. The full moon on the 3rd and new moon on the 18th are bouncing between your second house of financial well-being and eighth house of shared resources. As a result, you’ll suddenly want to take a closer look at the difference between your salary and what you’re spending. Don’t panic if it’s not a great situation: If you really want something, you have the resources to make it happen. When the sun shifts into Capricorn at the end of the month, it creates an energy that makes you want to make your dreams a reality next year. A balloon ride adventure across the Spanish countryside? Start planning now.
The full moon on the 3rd is in your sign, making the first weekend of the month perfect for going out and doing something for yourself. It’s all about finding a balance between what you want to do for you and what others want for you. Got someone who is pushing your boundaries? Tell them to slow their roll. When Mars goes into Scorpio on the 9th, you’ll be reminded that life isn’t all play and no work. Luckily, you’ll feel passionate about what you’re doing on the job and will want to make sure you put in the time and effort you need to get things done. Venus floats through Sagittarius, which is opposite your sign, until the 25th, giving other people the urge to connect with you. Finding time to make sure everyone is happy is tricky, but you’ll make it work. Just be careful not to overcommit—it’s easy to take on too much, and it’ll only leave you feeling wiped.
You’re crazy-busy this month, Cancer, but the end is in sight. You’ll be racing to clear out your work calendar so that you can truly enjoy the New Year. Ditto for the rest of your life—little things you’ve been planning to do for ages will finally get done. And, while it’s going to be kind of nuts for a bit, you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy by the end of the month. Just don’t neglect yourself in the process. The full moon on the 3rd leaves you with an urge to be able to get everything done and still take care of yourself, so don’t hesitate to pour yourself a hot bath at the end of a challenging day and kick back with a glass of wine. You’ll also start thinking about how you can kick things up a notch next year for your health. Maybe you’ll run a half marathon or finally actually drink eight glasses of water a day. Whatever it is, you can definitely make it happen.
Parties and friends are tops on your list this month, Leo, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The full moon on the 3rd creates a very strong energy of wanting to be with others, so have a girls night the first weekend of the month. Heads up: You might spend more money on Christmas gifts than you planned but hey, life is short. On the 9th, Mars moves into Scorpio, creating a rumbling about getting things done at home. If you have roommates, you’ll suddenly expect them to pull their weight a little more than they have been. The new moon on the 18th makes you want to chill and enjoy life. After all, it’s so much more than work. On the 19th, you’ll start to mull over ways to be more organised in your life. Maybe you should start actually using that calendar feature in your phone. It can make a huge difference.
You’re struggling to figure out your work-life balance, Virgo, but this month you’ll be one step closer to a solution. Mercury, your ruling planet, goes retrograde this month, creating an energy between the work you have to do and the time you want to spend at home relaxing. You’ll also start thinking about where your career is headed. Are you happy where you are? Is it time to move to a new city? And can you even afford it? The universe is stirring up an urge to travel to see family, so take a timeout and head home. You can do some solid thinking there.
The full moon on the 3rd activates your house of travel, giving you a serious craving to get out there and explore. Now is the time to take a little getaway or start planning your next epic trip. The new moon on the 18th emphasises your ability to speak your mind. Sure, not everyone will be into your ideas but really, that’s their problem. Mars is in Scorpio in the sector of your chart about financial wellbeing, making it a great time to go shopping. You’ll find the best deals possible and can actually save a lot in the process. By the end of the month, you’ll start getting a little introspective. What can you do to make sure you’re the best version of yourself? A little time and thought will help you figure it out.
Taking risks is well, risky, but this month they’ll pay off for you, Scorpio. You’ll suddenly feel confident about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. The new moon on the 18th leaves you wanting everything and not wanting to be on a budget. Go ahead and splurge—just make sure there’s enough cash left over so you can take care of basics like your rent, too. Mars, your ruling planet, moves into your sign on the 9th, creating a time that’s all about you. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself if someone gets out of line. The universe has your back.
SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 22–DECEMBER 21)
It’s party time. You’ve got three strong weeks of celebrating yourself, so take advantage of it. Plan a spa date with friends or do that food crawl in your neighbourhood you’ve been thinking about. You’ll create plenty of new memories for you and the people you love. On the 9th, Mars goes into Scorpio in a sector of your chart that represents taking a time out, so make plans to chill out—and actually follow through with them. You’ll need your energy to keep on celebrating. The new moon on the 18th creates a collective birthday for you, so plan on spending it out with friends. Toward the end of the month you’ll start feeling a little more serious. Suddenly, you’ll make plans to pull in more money—and hey, that’s never a bad thing.
You’re going to get things done, Capricorn, and nothing can stand in your way. The full moon on the 3rd emphasises work and productivity, gearing you up to tackle that inbox you’ve been neglecting. And hey, once all that work is out of the way, you’ve got plenty of time to enjoy way more fun things. You’ll get a lot of Christmas party invites and, while you should hit up as many as you can, don’t forget to take a timeout for yourself here and there. Mars shifts into Scorpio on the 9th, activating your house of friendship. Suddenly, you’ll find new work and life opportunities will come your way because of your friends. Maybe you should reach out to your BFF about that job opening in her office. It could lead to much more than you think.
Mars, the planet of action, moves through the sector of your chart that represents learning new things in the beginning of the month, making you ready to branch out a little. Why don’t you take that art class, already? By the 8th, you’ll suddenly find yourself focused on your job. Is this really the place where you should be? If not, it’s time to do something about it. BTW, now is the time to put the office bully in her place. Next time she tries to target you, outsmart her. You’ll come out on top. The new moon on the 18th will give you a serious urge to get out with friends and travel. So, plan an impromptu weekend trip with the girls where you can just relax and catch up. You’ll be ready to show New Year’s how it’s done when you come back.
PISCES (FEBRUARY 19–MARCH 20)
This month is all about dreaming big, Pisces. How can you make more money at work? And what would you do if you won the lottery? (Hey, it could happen.) Don’t be afraid to channel that extra energy into your creative side. You’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar—now is the time to make it happen. When Mars heads into your sister water sign Scorpio, you’ll get into a serious flow. Suddenly, you’ll be able to put some serious effort into things you actually care about. The new moon on the 18th happens in the sector of your chart around your career, making it a good time to think about what you want your work to look like in 2018. Are you on the right track? If not, it’s time to start taking steps to make that happen.
This story originally appeared on Women's Health US