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December’s Top Five Astro-Events

1. The Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius takes place on the 4th, marking a significant turning point for those with prominent placements in the 9º to 15º range of the Gemini/Sagittarius polarity. For most people, this eclipse may bring a feeling of time speeding up, hectic travel and shopping conditions, and the dismayed recognition of inflation. With the Sun and Moon opposing Black Moon Lilith and quincunx Uranus, watch out for trouble spots on the road, reckless or mentally unbalanced people, and those who talk endlessly without saying anything. This eclipse hits Joe Biden’s progressed Midheaven and Jill Biden’s Sun at 12º Gemini, so may bring some unexpected developments from the White House.

2. Mars enters Sagittarius on the 13th, marking a distinctive change in how people go about getting what they want. Our Inner Warrior becomes more open and direct than the subtle extreme designs of Mars in Scorpio. The next five weeks is a good time to enjoy projects and activities that bring enthusiasm, more engagement with others, and traveling experiences that take you out of normal routines. Mars’s change of signs is unusually noticeable due to its opposition to Ceres and the North Node. This configuration may bring a change of plans due to rapidly developing events, perhaps concerning health or the caretaking of children or elders.

3. Venus turns retrograde on the 19th while in Capricorn and conjunct Pluto. Since Venus is slowing down into its retrograde station, it remains very near Pluto from the 8th through 27th and delineates a timeframe when personal and business finances could use some major adjustments. This phase forces relationships centered around shared finances — including marriages — to take a serious look at what must be done to stay within budget and to achieve long-range goals. Be practical, take into account inflation, and avoid over-leveraging high risk-benefit projects. The US business/economic/financial cycle is due for a correction. Biden’s infrastructure plan may get bogged down in the details of how to pay for programs.

4. The Winter Solstice on the 21st (11:00 am EST) takes place just three days before the Saturn-Uranus square, placing this dynamic front and center over the coming several months. One of the tightest aspects in this chart is Jupiter trine Hygeia (orb: 0º06’) which offers some favorable developments concerning the pandemic in the near future. Potential market turmoil can be seen in the conjunction between Venus retrograde and Pluto, plus Vesta near the Midheaven opposite Black Moon Lilith. Look for a fascinating celebrity marriage around this time (Mercury conjunct Juno). Political scandal, misinformation, and uncertainty are likely with Pallas conjunct Neptune and squaring the Midheaven for the chart set in Washington DC.

5. The third and final Saturn-Uranus square takes place on the 24th, completing this clash of titans. This outer planet duo has intensified our collective interactions in several historic ways, including the pandemic, how to deal with global warming, and social divisions along cultural and economic lines. Those with their Sun or other important placement at 10º to 12º of the fixed signs are most influenced by this particular Saturn-Uranus square. Saturn works hard for security within a social network (in Aquarius), while Uranus urges one to break away from habitual paths due to boredom, corruption, or toxicity. With growing covid infections, Uranus represents those who tout their personal right to not get vaccinated. Saturn in Aquarius urges precautions for the common good.

Bio: Michael O’Reilly is a professional astrologer and counselor specializing in the use of political and evolutionary astrology. His recently published book, The Ultimate Book of Astrology Books, is a collection of book reviews he wrote for Dell Horoscope magazine between 1993 and 2020. Visit his website at or email him at

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