Innovation is the name of the game as December gets underway. Mercury trines Uranus on the 1st of the month, providing great advantage to those who can think laterally and inventively. On the same date, however, Mercury squares Chiron, sounding a faint note of caution to the fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, not to ride roughshod over the feelings of those who are more traditional in outlook.
Venus enters passionate, sultry Scorpio on December 4th. While this is certainly good news for Scorpio and the other two water signs, Cancer and Pisces, it could potentially have some repercussions for global finance. A Mercury-Jupiter square on the same date cautions against blind optimism when it comes to money or business.
It's a better story as the week wears on. A Sun-Mars sextile on December 6th sounds a more positive note for business people, especially those in the creative industries. Mars squares Pluto on the same date, warning against bullying tactics, but there are some very positive energies around for those who are prepared to be ahead of their time. Another boost in this direction comes on December 8th, as the Sun trines Uranus.
It pays to get in quick with technology or innovation during that first week, because the pace slows considerably once Mercury arrives in Capricorn on December 9th. For Capricorn and the other earth signs, Taurus and Virgo, this is an intellectual boost, but the fire signs in particular will find delays and obstructions very frustrating. Patience is key. Mars opposes Uranus on December 10th, so rash action should be avoided. A New Moon in Sagittarius on December 11th will help the fire signs, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, find ways around, over or under obstacles, instead of pushing through them.
On December 14th, the Sun squares up to Jupiter, providing a creative kick for the fixed signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, who will be inspired to break boundaries. Later that week, a positive Venus-Pluto sextile is very empowering for any earth signs - Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn - who have been struggling to deal with debt.
International strategy may be in the news around December 19th, when we may face a choice between important but potentially unethical intelligence and information gathering, as signified by the Mercury-Pluto conjunction, or forgiveness and a much more open relationship with a certain power, as hinted by the Venus-Chiron trine. The following day, the Mercury-Uranus square suggests that what one country may feel is a brilliant idea will be poorly received by others.
December 21st is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, and the Sun arrives in Capricorn. For Capricorn and the other earth signs, this should bring an increase in motivation and conviction - a sense of being on the right path, whatever that path may be. This is further reinforced by a very pleasant Venus-Jupiter sextile on December 24th.
Uranus turns direct on December 25th, and begins retracing steps through Aries once again. This indicates a slight shift in our consciousness; what was once avant-garde is now an everyday reality, but are we ready for the next thing which is set to become the norm? Mercury trines Jupiter on this date too, so the optimism and enthusiasm for the future is there, but only time will tell whether it will remain.
We round out 2015 on a humanitarian note. Venus enters philosophical Sagittarius on December 29th, bringing love and compassion not only to the fire signs but also to the wider world, just a little. On the same day, the Sun sextiles Neptune, lifting our collective spirits and encouraging tremendous tolerance. The year end will not be immune to the odd diplomatic spat, as Mercury squares Mars, but with luck these should be short-lived, allowing us to see in 2016 on an optimistic note.