Monthly Astrology Forecast for December 2021

Welcome to Pandora’s monthly astrology forecast. Here you’ll find news for the year, for the month and for dates this month when important changes are happening in our skies. You’ll also find words and videos explaining what they mean, how to handle them and how to know if they affect your chart specifically.

Pandora Astrology Monthly Forecast

December 2021 In A Nutshell

December’s themes revolve around transformation. The total Solar Eclipse on December 3rd (or 4th depending on your time zone) brings you face-to-face with your shadow side. Watch “Heal Breaches by HOW You Act on Your Beliefs” to learn how seeing your shadow side inspires you to change some of your long-held ideas and values, and how you act on them. Then, tune into “Broadened Minds Gain Bigger Hearts” to discover how the Full Moon in Gemini can help you evolve through the practice of tolerance. Our third video, “Tradition vs. Progress,” provides important insights into the Saturn-Uranus square which has been altering our world all year. Its third and final peak occurs on December 23―get ready for more revolutionary changes that dismantle the old to build the new. And finally, because Venus goes retrograde on the 19th, “Clean Up Your Relationships” helps you navigate this six-week period and understand what it means when this happens in Capricorn. When retrograde, Venus reminds you not to take your relationships for granted. This is an ideal time to transform your partnerships to better support your life’s journey. Watch all four videos to learn how fully embracing transformation can help you live your best life! More about all these topics in the videos below.

Long-Term Shifts in 2021

This year began with a planetary conjunction that replaced the heavy feel of 2020 and put in place a new, lighter and brighter, feel which sets the tone of 2021. This is the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which happens about every 20 years and combines the hope and promise of Jupiter with the restrictions and discipline of Saturn. These two disparate planetary themes combine to form what I’ve named the “Wisdom Hot Degree,” which is 0º Aquarius, the meeting-place of Jupiter and Saturn. Whatever house this occupies in your chart will be a place where you will experience growth opportunities this year, and you will also face reality checks and some hard lessons. The Wisdom Hot Degree expires in late December 2021, so its effects last all year.  

In 2021, we Pandora Astrologers expect the covid pandemic to end and some state of normalcy to return. One main reason for this is that the Pandemic Hot Degree (P.H.D.) expired in the middle of December 2020, which brought a sense that the light at the end of the tunnel had appeared, though we were not out of the tunnel yet. Such an expiry doesn’t bring effects overnight, because the P.H.D was rooted in a Saturn/Pluto conjunction which has a much longer cycle (approximately 35 years) than Saturn/Jupiter one (just 20 years), but the P.H.D. did drive bad behavior due to a general feeling of oppression among humans, and that feeling has already begun to lift. From here, it gets better, and likely it does so faster than we expect. 

The other reason we expect normalcy (or something like it) to return is that 2021 has a few planetary events in it, but nothing as large, dramatic and heavy-feeling as 2020 did. The P.H.D. was not only heavy and painful, it was also triggered by Jupiter and Mars several times each during the course of the year, bringing those negative sensations of painful entrapment right up in our faces, making them impossible to ignore. This year, nothing like that is happening. The Wisdom Hot Degree is experiencing no multipass triggers from other planets at all, and this does much to lighten things up in 2021.

During 2021 there are just two planetary aspects being formed: one is Saturn in a harmonious sextile with Chiron and the other places Saturn in a stressful square with Uranus. Neither of these multipass transits is being triggered by Jupiter, Mars, or any other planet. These aspects suggest work that needs doing, but it’s work that is doable, not work that feels impossible or insane. 

The toughest aspect of the year is undoubtedly Saturn square Uranus, which pits conservative and authoritarian Saturn against progressive and reactionary Uranus. We’re seeing this in governments all over Earth and while this aspect is in play (from February through December) we’ll see authoritarian governments behave in crushing ways while rebels work to restore or gain freedoms. Expect propaganda and a cacophony of voices. 

The year also begins with a large pile of planets in Aquarius, bringing an emphasis on groups, community and tribe (including tribalism) and also on science and progress. Aquarius is a much lighter and brighter feeling sign than heavy, dour and restrictive Capricorn. This is a distinct shift in tone. 

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During 2021, Pluto is in Capricorn, Uranus is in Taurus, Neptune is in Pisces and Chiron is in Aries–exactly as they were in 2020. This video explains what these long-tern “planetary eras” mean, and for these 4 planets, it still applies: Planetary Eras: Outer Planets In Signs In 2020. As of 2021, Saturn and Jupiter are no longer in Capricorn, so that part of the video no longer applies, but our videos about Saturn in Aquarius and Jupiter in Aquarius will bring you current.

Our 2021 News Playlist includes these topics and more
It will be updated throughout the year with videos that are relevant for 2021.
And if you missed the videos we made about covid during 2020,
Our 2020 News Playlist is still up.

How do December’s planetary movements affect you?

Check this YouTube playlist for Pandora Astrology’s horoscopes this month and watch the one for your Rising sign as well as your Sun sign. 

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts. How will they affect you? Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Tradition vs. Progress: Saturn Square Uranus

The Saturn-Uranus square has ruled the news headlines all year. The face-off between the status quo vs. progress, inflexibility vs. adaptation, and compliance vs. revolution have infiltrated our lives and reverberated around the world. Conflict between the old and new feels hostile, frustrating and stressful, but its constructive nature can build innovative ideas, meaningful change and humanitarian breakthroughs. The secret to surviving these chaotic times is to welcome change with a hopeful, curious heart and mind. Watch the video to learn more about what to expect during this Saturn-Uranus square.

Mercury Watch

Mercury spends all of December moving ahead at speed. Isn’t this how it should always be? If only. Because Mercury doesn’t always present such stellar (pun intended) opportunities for development of ideas and swift movement of projects, take advantage of this time to get things into the best shape possible by the end of the month. To make good use of Mercury Direct, look at This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades. Mercury will turn retrograde again in January. Don’t make me say “I told you so” when it happens.

Seasons

Sagittarius begins the month of December with a bright, fiery mood generated by this Mutable Fire sign. Cheerful Sagittarius is the sign most associated with hope and faith. In the season of Sagittarius we consume the last of the perishables we have harvested before hunkering down for a serious winter mood in Capricorn.  In Sagittarius we feast and grow fat, so that we have enough to carry us through the dark of the year. We are generous to our neighbors, because they will huddle with us round the fire and help us keep the spark alive. This year Sagittarius runs until December 21.

The first day of Capricorn is also the winter solstice, the day when the “sun stands” still (that’s what “solstice” means) in its yearly journey north and south of the equator. On the winter solstice the sun reaches the southernmost point in its path, warming the southern hemisphere and creating summer there, while its absence cools the northern hemisphere and creates winter there. Capricorn nights are long in the north and the winter solstice is the longest, darkest one. Thus does Capricorn remind us to take a serious look at life and prepare to achieve under the difficult conditions of winter. 

If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.

Happy Birthday, Sagittarius!

Here is your monthly horoscope for December:
“Planetary Party Gifts”

Happy Birthday, Sag! December’s astral alliances bring gifts of confident self-articulation and self-assertion. It’s a wonderful time to interview for that new job or to create better personal boundaries. But, keep on the look-out for Mars turning your confidence into a conflict. This shadow energy could manifest into passive-aggressive behavior, a self-serving war of words, or ‘making mountains out of mole hills.’ Instead, invite action-oriented Mars, thoughtful Mercury and diplomatic Venus to your birthday celebration – they bring much better gifts! Watch your horoscope video to learn many more tips on how to live your best life this month!  

December’s Horoscopes Have Arrived

If you want to know how the sky news of December 2021 affects your sign,
check your horoscope here
Be sure to check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign. 

The 2022 Astrology Class Curriculum Is Ready!

Classes run on Sundays at 11am Pacific and
Mondays at 5pm Pacific

Whether you are an advanced student ready for intensive study or a beginning excited to explore the world of astrology, or somewhere in the middle looking to grow and develop your skills, there’s something at your level here. Pandora’s offerings include:

  • Techniques of chart interpretation (find what really matters in a chart)
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  • Synastry, aka relationship astrology (to make all your relationships better)
  • A chart study practicum, where the students do the readings (guided by the teacher) 

Classes come with study materials you absorb before the class session. In session it’s all examples, using students’ own charts to understand how astrology works. You will get to know yourself and the people in your life better, in a small-group setting with a warm atmosphere, no judgment and plenty of personal attention from a master astrologer in practice for 30+ years. 

Lunations

Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

“Heal Breaches by HOW You Act on Your Beliefs”
Solar Eclipse and New Moon in 12º Sagittarius
on December 3rd / 4th, 2021

The Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius of December 2021 is a total one, and it brings you face-to-face with your shadow side. This eclipse encourages you to change your belief systems, expand your inner wisdom, and widen your horizons through philosophical conversations and new adventures. It’s a time to release your self-imposed limitations and to heal what ails you. The actions you take during this eclipse really matter—let them be for healing and mending. If you have a planet in your chart placed between 7º and 17º of a Mutable sign, you’ll feel this potent eclipse. Watch the video to learn the roles Vesta, Chiron and Pallas Athene play, as well as how you can manifest this eclipse’s cosmic blessings.

“Broadened Minds Gain Bigger Hearts”
Full Moon in 27º Gemini on December 18, 2021

December’s Full Moon in Gemini casts a gentler, calmer light on the Sagittarius themes illuminated by the Solar Eclipse earlier this month; however, this does not negate the need for meaningful change. It’s time to move forward on your evolutionary path by practicing tolerance and empathy. Don’t let Gemini’s intellect stimulate you to overanalyze your thoughts, emotions and decisions. Instead, channel Jupiter’s harmonious energy to expand both your heart and mind. If you have a planet in your chart placed between 22º and 29º degrees of a Mutable sign, you’ll feel this Moon. You’ll also feel it if you have anything between 0º and 2º of a Cardinal sign. Watch the video to find out so much more about how you’ll be impacted by this Full Moon.

Want to capture the beautiful moon on film? Here’s an article I found about how to photograph the moon on nightskypix.com.

Your December horoscope video will tell you more about these Full and New Moons. When checking your horoscope, always check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign. Your Rising sign’s horoscope will generally work better.

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