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December 2023 Wellness Horoscope: How the Cosmos Will Affect Your Well-Being This Month, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

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December always seems like a powerful time to reflect—to see where we’ve been and what we’ve moved through, so that we can better understand how we may want to move forward in the next year. This December, however, the encouragement to learn from the past may seem even more pronounced, as Mercury goes retrograde from December 13 to January 1. The apparent reversal of the messenger planet inspires us all to retrace our steps, giving every sign’s December 2023 wellness horoscope a deeply reflective, contemplative energy.

This holiday season, we could find ourselves revisiting places from our past, reconnecting with friends and family members we haven’t seen in a while, and bringing back old traditions. To ensure wires aren’t crossed—as is wont to happen during Mercury retrograde—just be sure to clearly communicate (and perhaps even re-communicate) the logistical details of any holiday gatherings, and double-check your gift list in the interest of avoiding mistakes.

This holiday season, we could find ourselves revisiting places from our past, reconnecting with friends and family members we haven’t seen in a while, and bringing back old traditions.

Thankfully, just as Mercury is beginning its retrograde this month, three other celestial bodies are ending their own retrogrades and bringing us renewed clarity as a result. Up first: Neptune, the planet of illusion, stations direct on December 6, offering us a magical time to turn our attention to our dreams and the visions for what we want to manifest in our lives. You could feel more connected to your intuition and sense of artistry, noticing how things are more unified than you had previously thought. (Just keep a close eye on those boundaries.)

Later in the month, the asteroid Chiron—which symbolizes past-life wounds and karma—turns direct on December 26. Around that date, you could feel attuned to the need for and the possibility of engaging in some deep healing work. Given that it’s in the fiery, initiatory sign of Aries, Chiron can also marshal our will to champion causes near and dear to our heart.

Lastly, Jupiter, the planet of luck, turns direct on December 30, which could bring a sense of abundance, growth, and can-do spirit to the year’s end. In particular, if you’ve been feeling stuck, not able to gain traction on some important goals, Jupiter’s upcoming advance should be music to your ears as it can help propel your aims forward.

Just how these and other cosmic happenings this month will inspire you, however, depends on your personal astrology. To uncover your December 2023 wellness horoscope, read on for your sun, moon, and rising signs. May these insights amplify your awareness, helping you foster a greater sense of well-being as we all usher in another new year.

December 2023 wellness horoscope for every star sign

In This Article

01 Aries
02 Taurus
03 Gemini
04 Cancer
05 Leo
06 Virgo
07 Libra
08 Scorpio
12 Pisces

Aries

You could be feeling more adventurous than usual, Aries. You planetary ruler Mars spends December transiting your ninth astrological house of discovery. It’s a month in which you’ll want freedom to explore and learn new things, and it’s also an auspicious time to research ideas for future travel while reflecting upon the past trips that have shaped who you are.

When Chiron resumes its forward motion in your sign on December 26, you’re able to access a powerful wave of healing energy. Tap into the tenderness you feel, and embrace yourself with a robe of self-compassion. Doing so can help you see that you are more whole and healthy than you may have previously believed.

Wellness tip: Write a list of three places you’d like to visit and the reasons you’re curious to explore those places and cultures.

Taurus

Your relationships are top of mind this month, Taurus. Your planetary ruler Venus moves into your seventh house of partnerships on December 4, where it’ll stay for the better part of the month. In turn, you’ll gain greater appreciation for those relationships that offer you satisfaction and delight, and at the same time, you’ll find clarity around those that don’t serve you. As the winter solstice arrives on December 21, allow yourself to be surprised by social invitations that unexpectedly appear or disappear.

In any case, the year ends with a bang for you: With Jupiter turning direct in Taurus on December 30, you can sense that new horizons are right around the corner.

Wellness tip: Send a handwritten card to a couple close friends to express how much you cherish and appreciate them.

Gemini

Are your collaborations feeling reciprocal, Gemini? As your planetary ruler Mercury enters Capricorn and your eighth house of shared resources, you could come to a new understanding about which partnerships in your life are truly worthy of your investment.

When Mercury retrogrades from December 13 to the end of the year, you have the opportunity to reflect upon past relationships. Whether you do so with joy or bittersweetness, know that such reflection can bring value, helping you make your current and future partnerships stronger. As the Mercury cazimi arrives on December 22 (when Mercury comes into close conjunction with the sun), be on the lookout for ideas that help you amplify your powers of seduction.

Wellness tip: Take time to reflect upon a past partnership, appreciating what it taught you about yourself and what you now expect in a similarly committed relationship.

Cancer

What would it feel like if you could access a greater sense of vitality, Cancer? This is an important question to reflect upon as the new moon arrives in Sagittarius on December 12, highlighting your sixth house of health and wellness. You could conjure up new ideas for wellness-related resolutions or goals you may want to set. At the same time, it’s a moment in which you can access—and act upon—different ways to make your home or office more organized, which is something that will bring you additional ease during this holiday season.

What it means to celebrate life takes on new meaning for you on December 26, the day of the full moon in Cancer. And with it, you’ll get numerous glimpses of how special your friends are, and how much they appreciate and adore you.

Wellness tip: Consider how being more systematic or methodical, at home and at work, can be a pivotal stress-reduction technique.

Leo

It’s that time of year when you reconsider your day-to-day habits and health goals, Leo. The winter solstice marks the moment when your planetary ruler, the sun, embarks upon its monthly journey in your sixth house, turning your attention toward enhancing your well-being.

Setting aside some time to consider how you might revamp your routine to better suit your wellness goals will pay off in spades. A particularly good day to do so is December 22, the date of the Mercury cazimi (when the planet forms a close conjunction with the sun), which may inspire your mind with an array of ideas for feeling your very best.

Wellness tip: Reflect upon what optimal health means to you, documenting your thoughts in a journal that you can return to again and again.

Virgo

Take care to choose your words wisely this month, Virgo. The Mercury retrograde beginning on December 13 and lasting to the end of the year could have a profound impact on you, given Mercury is your planetary ruler. Should friends from the past reappear in your life during this time, consider the important lessons they may offer you.

Some special dates to consider include December 22, when the Mercury cazimi could allow you to think more creatively than usual and problem-solve, and December 27, when Mercury’s connection with assertive Mars in your fourth house of family could stir up tension in an encounter with a relative.

Wellness tip: Before sharing your thoughts with others this month, take a breath or two to center yourself and connect with a deeper level of awareness as to what you want to say.

Libra

Your finances are your focus this month, Libra. Beginning December 4, your planetary ruler Venus spends several weeks in your second house of resources. And with that, you’ll want to be more aware of how you’re spending your money.

This doesn’t mean you need to limit yourself when it comes to enjoying beautiful things and exquisite experiences. Rather, it’s a time to tap into your talent for resourcefulness and create more with less.

When Venus forms an intense opposition with renegade Uranus on December 21, be open to unexpected social invitations. A surprise encounter can leave you feeling excited or open doors that you hadn’t previously considered (or even knew existed).

Wellness tip: It’s totally valid to cut back on holiday gifts this year in service of your financial well-being. There are plenty of ways to get crafty and make or find fabulous gifts on a budget—which won’t just save you money and stress, but will also help you flex your creative muscle.

Scorpio

Your charisma quotient is rising, Scorpio, as Venus enters your sign on December 4. Don’t be surprised if you feel especially interested in organizing gatherings and bringing friends together for celebrations this month.

Let yourself be immersed in the holiday cheer while also being careful not to overextend yourself financially (especially on gifts or other items for yourself). Otherwise, you may find yourself with a good dose of buyer’s remorse later this month. That’s because on December 27, your traditional planetary ruler Mars unites with retrograde Mercury in your second house of money and resources, while also making a tense square to idealistic Neptune.

Wellness tip: Gather some friends together for a spur-of-the-moment festive get-together—that is, without investing much time or money into decor or prep.

Sagittarius

You’re on the cusp of a new chapter, Sagittarius, as your season is well underway. The new moon in your sign on December 12 could have you setting your sights on a new goal and envisioning the sense of freedom you will feel whenever you achieve this aim.

Just take note: As retrograde Mercury backpedals from Capricorn into Sagittarius on December 23, it will be important to watch your words. While you may feel very passionate about something (or that certain someone), be mindful before you speak to avoid saying something you may later regret.

In any case, the month—and year—ends on a high note for you, as your planetary ruler Jupiter returns to direct motion on December 30. You’ll be firing on all cylinders, imbued with even more positivity than usual, as you meet and greet 2024.

Wellness tip: Tap into a deeper understanding of the goals you want to set and the power of learning something new by doing a non-dominant handwriting practice.

Capricorn

You’re ready to say what you mean and mean what you say, Capricorn, as the month starts with Mercury moving into your sign. Just be sure to keep your proverbial ducks in a row (at least, when it comes to communication) on December 13, when Mercury goes retrograde.

You could find unexpected progress by looking back to the ways you’ve traditionally approached situations, whether challenges or opportunities. Indeed, a trip down memory lane may warm your heart and give you a productive vantage point.

As the sun enters Capricorn on December 21, kicking off your season, you’ll have an extra twinkle in your eye and the ability to tap into greater vitality.

Wellness tip: Honor the darkness of the winter solstice by taking steps to prioritize restful sleep.

Aquarius

You’re considering new ways to invest in yourself and enhance your earning potential this month, Aquarius. On December 5, as your traditional planetary ruler Saturn makes a supportive trine with value-centric Venus, a colleague’s input can point you toward new career opportunities. And on December 21, thanks to a powerful opposition between Venus and your modern-day planetary ruler Uranus (the planet of innovation and ingenuity), you could find that viewing professional pursuits from a different lens unveils a previously obscured pathway.

Wellness tip: Write at least 10 of your core values on a sticky note, and place it in a spot where you often look, whether on your computer, bathroom mirror, or bedside table. Reminding yourself of your values can help you orient toward opportunities that align with them.

Pisces

It’s a tide-turning month for you, Pisces. After all, both your traditional planetary ruler Jupiter and modern-day planetary ruler Neptune end their retrograde phase in December, restarting their forward movement.

As Neptune turns direct on December 6, you could have a supercharged ability to access all things magical, mystical, and manifestation-related; it’s an ideal time to set intentions for the year ahead. And as Jupiter restarts its forward trek on December 30, you could tap into a greater enthusiasm for life, particularly when spending time with good friends or like-minded others.

Wellness tip: Consider humanitarian or social-justice causes that speak to your soul, and then reflect upon ways you can become more involved in supporting these altruistic aims.

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