Planet Waves Horoscopes: December 2017 | Omega

Explore this month’s astrology and its celestial influence in your life with astrologer Eric Francis.

Here's the month-by-month breakdown with Eric Francis.

Aries (March 20-April 19)

Saturn enters your house of professional advancement this month, which is the thing you need if you want to succeed at something meaningful. This is in the top tier of transits that can advance your cause, or that of the world. Saturn, which tends to describe worldly affairs, enters Capricorn, the solar 10th house of Aries—typically associated with fame, notoriety, and success. Yet this never happens by itself. One must do the 10th-house work of developing a solid reputation, especially where Capricorn is concerned. You will need more traditional means than the website, app, and Instagram feed. It will be essential to understand the difference between a solid achievement and a little flash of success. You've likely done plenty the past 10 years that qualifies, though in any event now is the time to get moving. The emphasis must indeed be on building: relationships, organization, work habits, and—most significantly—purpose. Saturn says work with time, including the past. You're likely to have abandoned many past accomplishments, perhaps deeming them unrelated to what you currently want. However, you must work with all your skills, particularly now. There's one last ingredient that will come up, one way or another: the whole issue of authority. You must be your own self-regulated individual, and also know your place in every pecking order. From there, you can move around.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)

Your need to understand and fully embody your relationships is at a peak. I can see this from planets gathering in your opposite sign Scorpio, which is one place to gather such information (for Taurus). You're in a position to benefit from your encounters with others; there would seem to be plenty of mutual desire in your environment; there may be more than one relationship or suitor that has your attention. And the presence of Vesta, an unusual, meaningful asteroid, is saying: nothing is quite normal, as if events and your relationship plane exist on different levels of reality. The question of service is essential: how you and partners serve one another, and more significantly, how you serve something larger. Your relationships are not romances. They are experiences that call for grounding in purpose, which means going beyond fulfillment, fun times, and self-improvement. Those are a basic foundation, on the level of rest and good food. You are beginning to rise above your foundations when your encounters with others are devoted to a greater purpose. That might mean working to provide a resource, a place of refuge, or a reservoir of wisdom and meaning—whether for your immediate community of friends or the wider world. Wisdom and meaning are the kinds of things people tend to run from. You take your life more seriously than that.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)

It's time to slow down and be more meticulous. I suggest you do that right at the point where things fall apart or seem to go out of control, which may be an ongoing situation. That's the thing. Life is pushing nearly everyone beyond their limits, and there are few examples of what I would call personal restraint. It's too easy to delete anything we don't want to deal with; until, of course, it starts to add up as karma. It's easy to bob and weave around personal accountability, until you realize that you're lonely, and make the connection. It's really easy to avoid actually being vulnerable, and that always comes at a cost. So it's time to slow down the movie. It's time to think about everything in terms of the results that it's likely to yield, and to be ready to work with (or deal with) those results. This primarily involves two areas of your life: anywhere sex enters, and anywhere money enters. Both call for an internal audit, and for the creation of an ongoing paper trail so that you can look back, in the near future, and assess your progress. You will benefit from such concepts as a long-term approach, the making of incremental progress, and daily devotion. Where do you start? Pick the easiest thing, or the most difficult, and tackle that first.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

It's been strange having Pluto in your relationship house for nearly 10 years. In the astrological technique I use to write this column, one's opposite sign is the first place to look for information about relationships, and you have Capricorn looking right back at you. That leads to a somewhat formal and structured approach to relating; you're probably one of the people who think society is severely lacking something for the absence of courtship rituals. Pluto has run roughshod through Capricorn, dismantling your old concepts, presenting people in your life who might seem remote, or intense, or who cannot handle their own power. Saturn's presence in your relationship angle, beginning just before the solstice and lasting a bit under three years, will cool things off for you. You will have an ongoing opportunity to clear out old karma, make repairs, and evaluate your real desires and needs. You might decide that current partners, or your way of relating to them, are not up to what you really need. At a certain point you will have to stop compromising. Start with establishing a level of communication that you need, and do everything in your power to hold your own standard. This will begin a process of coming to terms with this thing we call "the other," which is on one level an extension of yourself, and on another, a guest you invite to dinner.

Leo (July 22-August 23)

The whole concept of work is largely misunderstood, and it would be fair to say that upcoming transits will bring you to a deep level of understanding. Work is variously presented as a necessary evil; as a burden; as the conversion of time and labor into money (yours, or someone else's); as duty; and as mere activity (that, particularly lately, working is keeping busy no matter how unproductive). Work is rarely presented, or experienced, as something meaningful and relevant. It's rarely presented as something satisfying, and which makes a contribution. Powerful forces have been operating in your life, helping you dismantle your old ideas of work (meaning what was given to you by various ancestors and other authority figures). Now you get to start putting something together that you can live with, grow with, and develop into something beautiful. There's just one cost: to have meaningful work, you must give yourself to it. There's an element of submission to the task that must be completed, and to the larger purpose involved. This is about true commitment, which moves you from within. You must want it more than a good time, or being liked, or being social. Most of all, it's essential that you be following a calling of some kind. That might be about your own mission, or joining with someone in their mission: positive results require both approaches.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

One way to understand your sign is the metaphor of a child carrying the groceries. Virgos tend to be given too much responsibility too young; or maybe there's something about you that takes life seriously and has from a very young age, and knows that you must do your bit. The advantage of this is that you will tend to grow younger, particularly in your desire to have fun. You might spend your lifetime claiming elements of your childhood, and bringing them to your daily experience of life. What children understand better than adults is the idea of serious fun. Usually adults have to learn this, through developing their talents. Music, painting, drawing, building things, writing—these are all serious fun, and they all require an investment. Playing guitar scales is not fun, at first. Writing is tedious and requires meticulous attention to detail. Then once you can do it, even a little, it's an amazing experience. Saturn entering your 5th house of fun, pleasure, play, playful sex, and art, is an invitation for you to embark on a journey like this. You've probably got several partially developed skills that you still feel called to do. Or you may be a master at something and feel like you just want to have more fun doing it. If you play first violin for the New York Philharmonic, it's time to buy a fiddle and join a jug band.

Libra (September 22-October 23)

Self-esteem is among the most critical problems in our society. Once a person has enough to eat, a dry roof, and is not debilitated by illness, self-esteem is the usual issue. It manifests countless ways. For Libra, one place we look for information is the sign immediately after yours, Scorpio (this will work for any sign). Scorpio is the constantly simmering, sometimes seething, pot of transformation. Its work is never done, and there would seem to be no solid ground. It may be difficult to orient yourself on the matter of how to feel good about yourself—where, exactly, to place the locus of your self-respect. Your astrology has some suggestions. What makes you feel good? What do you want the most? What is interesting to you? Follow your inner attractions and navigate to your inner being who is turned on by existence. Some of the things you like might not be considered acceptable or appropriate by others. Some might seem excessive. You might revel in a kind of ambiguity that's essential to giving up one form and emerging as another. To really feel good about yourself, ride this process of dissolving and recreating yourself, and feel the pleasure of doing so. You're not a static entity. You have the power to be compatible with nearly anything or anyone—almost at any time.

Scorpio (October 23-November 2)

Every factor in your life is guiding you in the direction of what is tangible: what is physically real, what you can touch, what you can hold, where you can put your feet, and what you can actually do. It's also true that big ideas are inspiring you, and though they always have, you're seeing bigger possibilities. Most people, however, let the possibilities dance around in their head like sugar plum fairies. It's time for you to take action, making real the experiences and achievements that you want. We could identify numerous individual factors that all say the same thing: that it's time to bring your mind and your body to what you want to do, and what you want to become. This is not merely for the sake of activity. You are in a position where every cell in your body is calling out for you to find yourself. You have always craved meaningful activity, meaningful work, and a life where you bring yourself into what you do and want to be present all the time. Many will say there's more to life than work, yet you are unlikely to hear someone whose contributions you value the most ever make that statement. Your solar chart describes a person learning to focus their mind; to focus their language; and wanting to bring meaning and beauty into all that you do. Cheers to that.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 22)

After nearly three years, Saturn is going to leave your sign this month. But not before it finishes its one contact to the Galactic Core in 30 years. We have with this image, or metaphor, one of the most tangible factors in all of astrology (Saturn, which builds, structures, and regulates our perception of time) making contact with one of the most intangible (the Galactic Core, a spiritual homing signal). This is describing you bringing something into existence, based on what might feel like inspiration so subtle you cannot feel it. Alternately, you may feel cut off from your usual sense of inspiration and adventure: this depends on whether you consider Saturn a friend. You are a driven and inspired person. Your vision for life far exceeds what expectations others might offer you. You knew more than your guidance counselor and probably a lot more than your parents. Saturn in one's sign is always about fundamentally coming to terms with who you are. For you, that means the past few years have been about fully claiming your vision, your values, and your right to be the person you are: the one who sees the world as different from how it currently is. Saturn will move on to Capricorn, lifting some pressure from you, and having given you something that nothing else can. Remember what you have learned, and who you are becoming.

Capricorn (December 22-January 20)

If you read astrology textbooks, you will not find many commentaries on signs where Saturn is supposed to have a positive expression. It is, however, the planet that rules your sign. You must cultivate a conscious and hopefully positive relationship with all that it represents. And while people do tend to have issues with authority (often a Saturn factor), you are at least aware that this is something you must address consciously. On December 19, Saturn will enter your sign for the first time since the late 1980s. This begins an actual era of your life: a formative time; a time of transition, and of drawing out some of your deepest and most beautiful qualities. Get ready for that: what you contain, what is latent, what is lurking in potential, and what you simply must evolve into: you will be hearing from all of these things. There will be a peeling back and unearthing. Your life may at times feel like an archaeological dig. At other times you will feel like a potter in the studio, sculpting yourself as the wheel spins. While you're using one hand to hold that pot stable from the outside (discipline, structure, restraint, timing), notice that your other hand is on the inside pushing yourself wider. That inner hand represents your passion, your desire, your thirst for life and your craving for experience. May your hands work together.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Astrology has a place where all the missing socks can be found, and the Bic lighters and guitar picks; the missing people and misplaced ideas and lost dreams. This is the same place where we tend to carry our fears, and the baggage of our ancestors and of society itself. It's also where our deepest potential can be found: your actual desire for who you want to be. It's called the 12th house (by far the most mysterious and complex of the lot). Saturn, the planet that in traditional astrology rules your sign, is about to dive in. This will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of your psyche. You'll be invited to make friends with all of who you are, and to reclaim what you've disowned or denied. Many would find this to be daunting, even frightening. You are made of stronger stuff than that, though to the degree that you face your fears, you will also encounter your most deeply held wants and needs. Embark on this journey with an open heart and a sense of adventure. You're being invited to do what so few people attempt, much less succeed at: to let go of your preconceptions and get to know yourself in an entirely new way. Do this willingly and you'll discover the keys to freedom.

Pisces (February 19-March 2)

Do not be deceived by the hostility, turmoil and confusion of the world. It's nothing new, and nothing special. There's a place for you, and your journey is leading you there. Saturn's entry into Capricorn later this month begins a major new phase of your professional and creative life, wherein you will have many opportunities to make contact with the wider world. First, though, let's consider these last moments of Saturn's journey across your 10th house of reputation and success, which for you is Sagittarius. In these three years, you've been in overdrive building your vision. You've done more than lay a solid foundation. You have discovered and demonstrated that you can go from feeling to idea to concept to actually developing something tangible. This is the essential skill here on the cosmic physical plane: in effect, manifestation; but really, transubstantiation. As you embark on the adventures ahead, remember that your mission is spiritual. You are teaching what is possible, in the face of the world's impossible situation. You will be demonstrating how to weave yourself into society, in a time of alienation. You are committed to doing something useful, when so much is so pointless. You're doing something real in a time of illusions. Have confidence that the structures of the world will part and make room for you. They are not as solid as they may seem.

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