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Whatever (or whoever) you celebrate in the coming month, chances are that it will involve some copious and time honored meals for you and your loved ones. December always feels like that month that is a little bit outside of the norm and where you can indulge a bit, all in the good name of the holidays. And why not? After the year we’ve had, we could all use it.  

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Your December Horoscope: Deck the Halls, 
Bang on the Walls, and Set the Table!  

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Rockin Around the Retrogrades 

 

December starts in Sagittarius which is why fun always does seem to be the order of the day. This one hits a little different though, my friends, because we’ve got two hectic retrogrades coming to a close that have not spared any of us and one coming up that is going to keep us on our toes. Neptune ends its retrograde on December 1st, where its been since June 25th. The direct transit is finally going to help us pack up and do away with some of those harsh meditations we’ve had about the nature of the universe and our own place in it. Of course, those were good conversations to have with ourselves and I hope you let that little voice shine through to ask yourself what it is that you really believe. Neptune is, after all, the planet of belief and we all need to bang on the walls and test the foundation of the spiritual home we’ve built for ourselves to see what sticks. Look, it’s going to feel great to have your faith restored and it comes just in time for all the movies you love watching every December. But you’ve gone through that process (or crisis, perhaps) for a reason. Be glad it’s done but be grateful it  happened.  

 

The other big news in Retrogradeville is that Chiron, our beloved wounded healer, finally turns direct on December 19th after spinning us like a top since July15th. If you’ve been grappling with messy emotional stuff, major life transitions, or generally feeling like you might just be cursed, you’ll feel a profound relief that won’t just be about the many glasses of prosecco you keep getting served at office parties. Chiron in retrograde is a rare opportunity to really examine our trauma so that we can make some sort of peace with it, and to finally get into the business of real fulfillment. It’s not easy work and it doesn’t end just because the universe starts spinning again, but if you’ve begun that work you may just find that the path forward looks a little clearer. In particular, you may have found yourself looking at some of your most important relationships and realizing that they’re a lot less healthy than you thought. Much like the glorious onion you are, some layers will be shed but there’s no need to rush or purge your contacts list. You’re growing and getting a little better at seeing the world for what it is and your rightful place in it, and by the time that industrious Capricorn takes over the night sky on the 21st of December,  you’ll be full of ideas for the future.  

 

The retrograde relay race concludes with Chiron passing the baton to Venus, who goes retro on the same day and stays there until January 29th, 2022. We all know that Venus rules love and beauty but it also keeps a watchful eye over finance, business, and other relationships. It’s actually a wonderful progression of the tea that Chiron and Neptune spilled for you: now is the time to process, check in on those long-term relationships that have formed the backbone of our values for so long. Are we getting what we need? Do we feel valued, loved, beautiful? What are we missing and how do we want to get it? All of these questions will come naturally as 2021 draws to a close and they’ll do so just as you’re getting ready to casually pose under some mistletoe. But a word to the wise - when those old flames come a calling, leave them on read. Whether you believe it or not, you’ve got plenty to look forward to and no reason to look back.  

Silent Night (and Noisy Sky)  

 

The month begins with a new moon and a solar eclipse on Saturday, December 4th, which gives you all the energy you need to harness the holiday spirit and breathe all of that newly enlightened air into your lungs. It’s a powerful day so spend it with people you love or on your own but try to avoid those people that you’ve realized may not be great for you (thank you Retrogrades). It might feel a little wobbly but that’s ok! You’re exiting a year where you’ve hopefully had a lot of time to work on yourself and that requires a lot of energy: take this last month as a time to relax into your newfound wisdom and reflect with the people you love.  

 

Mars moves into Sagittarius and Mercury enters Capricorn on December 13th, and the movement of these two very active planets into somewhat divergent houses may leave you wondering whether those holiday plans you want to make are the wisest choice (for your health or your wallet). But whatever you decide, you’ll be inspired to reach out to them during a full moon in Gemini on Sunday, December 18th. Remember those recipes for cocktails or cookies you’ve been holding onto all these months? Why not try them out and see if the neighbors are around for a toast? This holidays season it’ll be the little gestures of closeness and warmth that will really count.  

 

We move into Capricorn on the 21st and celebrate the Winter Solstice, so make a list of the things you might want to get done in the new year but, for a change,  don’t check it twice. Instead, leave it until lucky Jupiter enters mystical Pisces on December 28th and see if you can’t manifest all your newly acquired wisdom into something even more incredible for the coming  year. For all those completing the 12-year Jupiter Return cycle, this is a particularly powerful time and a real opportunity for you to harness the energy of the future.  

 

But anyway, weren’t we talking about dinner? And dessert? Oh, and drinks? It is the holiday season after all, and we all need a signature dish.  

As ever, Virginia 

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Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Acquarius

Pisces

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Aries
21 March - 19 April

Just like a Gingerbread Martini, you tend to be at your very best when there’s something to celebrate, and this month sets you up for success. The solar eclipse on the 4th brings out your natural tendency to shine, and the desire to have those around you shine as well. But this is a tough period that you’ve been ending, oh mighty (and maybe sometimes flighty) Ram: Chiron retrograde hit you in the gut and there’s good reason for that: after all, it spun through your natal house for these past six months. Give yourself a break and a round of applause, you made it!

You’ll start feeling the weight lift once Mars moves into Sagittarius (fire reps for fire, after all), and by the time you get to the end of the month that wonderful movement of Jupiter into Pisces is going to feel like you’ve got a new lease on life. But don’t forget that this has been a profound time and you’ve had to do some real soul searching, which is great. Now is the time to think back on it all and continue developing that newfound wisdom you always thought was reserved for grownups. Who knows, Aries? You may just surprise yourself.

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Taurus
20 April - 20 May

No matter what or who you celebrate, no holiday meal feels complete without a centerpiece of a juicy, perfectly cooked Roast Beef (or one of the many plant based options on the market). You, my dear bull, are much like the classic roast: dependably delicious and hard to mess up, which is probably what makes you such an essential part of any holiday feast. This month will be no exception, and you’ll probably find yourself leaning into those traditions that you love so much, especially as Mercury enters Capricorn mid-month and makes your communication feel a little bit easier with those friends you seem to have lost touch with recently. There’s something about the holidays that just makes it feel easier on you, know what I mean?

But here’s the thing. You’ve been pulling a lot of weight these last months, and doing it alone won’t make the burden any lighter. After all, a good roast is nothing without sides to accompany it, and you should be able to lean on those around you for support. The new moon on the 4th will tell you exactly who you can trust and who you’ve outgrown, and the end of the Chiron retrograde will help end an uncomfortable growth spurt. But don’t let that stop you from learning something new or starting another project in 2022. Jupiter in Pisces means that your luck might just change so be ready to welcome it, because it may just be the thing you need.

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Gemini
21 May - 20 June

The wonderfully fastidious pastry chef David Lebovitz has a recipe for Salted Caramel Cream Puffs that so reminds me of you, my beloved winged friend. Of course, I know you won’t have the patience to follow it and that you’ll probably wind up with something closer to a loaded Salted Caramel Popcorn Cheesecake (as yet to be invented, of course), and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The fact is, I know you’re also really in need to bust out a little bit - this whole Chiron/Neptune/talk about our feelings vibe has sort of worn out its welcome with you, and you need a moment to shake off the heaviness and enjoy some laughs. So listen, you do you and just save me a bite of whatever the finished product is. Deal?

Of course, you’ll be busy come mid-month when your home planet Mercury enters Capricorn and everyone is trying to get you to sign onto their next project or work proposal. Not to mention the various callers you might have coming to check out your Gemini full moon on the 18th, which incidentally coincides with a move into your 8th house of sex, death, and transformation. You know what, Gem? On second thought, let’s catch up after the 28th when
Jupiter inspires wild ideas in you, cause I got a feeling you’re gonna be pretty busy until then.

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Cancer
21 June - 20 July

One of my greatest memories is making Christmas cookies with my Aunt Chris, a cusp of Magic baby who just squeaks into Cancer but who couldn’t be a better spokesperson for all of you. Crabs of the world, you are the comforting and buttery cookie tray of the astrological world and if you don’t hear it often enough, we all love you and couldn’t imagine the holiday season without you. I tell you this because I know you haven’t quite felt it lately: that Neptune retro felt really harsh on you and at a certain point you couldn’t even hideaway in the comfort of your shell. And yet, to the outside eye, you kept it all spinning, never burning even one sugar cookie.

And here’s the good news. It starts looking up for you after the new moon on the 4th as long as you make your health and well being a priority. The new moon is a moment to shed all the toxic stuff and welcome in a new year, so take that opportunity and run with it. You’ll also get a renewed bit of strength with the transit of Mars into Sagittarius on the 13th: the fiery power of the archer in physical Mars means that you are not going to be pushed around by anyone, no matter how much they might like your cookies. If you stand up for yourself in that amazingly soft yet firm way that only you do, the end of the month and transition into 2022 will be as sweet as Aunt Chris’s sugar cookies.

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Leo
21 July - 20 August

Honestly, Leo, who brings it better than you when it comes to holiday glam? You are the ultimate New Years’ Eve reveler, the human equivalent of a luxury hamper filled with Caviar, Truffles, and Edible Gold. I don’t even know why we’re having this conversation - aren’t you way too busy getting ready to host or be an honored guest at some event that would never let me in? Here’s
the thing though, my lion or lioness. I know that you have been feeling uncharacteristically vulnerable these past few weeks and that it has been decidedly not on for you. Insecurity is not your happy place and the various retrogrades that have caused it (not to mention that rubbish full moon last month) have really tested your patience. And please don’t take this the wrong way
love, but patience is not exactly your default state.

Luckily, the solar eclipse on the 4th really strikes some inspiration in you and sets you off on a yellow brick road that you’ll follow through the month. It’s also going to be really interesting to watch you walk into 2022 and the Jupiter residence in Pisces because it will give you a chance to take all of your fancy dreamy ideas and maybe make them real. That’d be something, wouldn’t it? Almost as good as a spoonful of Beluga, I’d say.

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Virgo
21 August - 21 September

Years ago when I was working in a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York, I learned two things. First, working in a Michelin-starred restaurant is pretty terrible. Second, Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Lemon zest and Parmigiano is very possibly the most delicious dish that
no one ever told me about. You know how this goes, Virgo: you are the champion of the unsung hero and no one knows better than you that if you just put in the effort and get your oil nice and hot, you can change the game on this once lowly and outcast brassica. That’s why we love you, after all.

A lot of the past year has been about finding balance in your life, Virgo, and it hasn’t come easy. The new moon on the 4th is going to give you the chance to think more about it and while you’re going to want to have more conversations with your partner, children, or distant cousins about it, just know that you’re the one who needs to meditate a little bit more. Chatty Mercury’s move
into Capricorn is going to make it all feel worth it if you stop focusing so much on what your vision is and a little more on what the universe is showing you. That open heart will come in handy as Jupiter swings into Pisces at the end of the month because it may just be that going a little off-script is the way to get even more on track. Some people even add chili flakes to their Brussel sprouts…

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Libra
22 September - 21 October

Truth time Libra. I don’t admit this often but as a kid, my absolute favorite moment of any dinner from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day was the instant when a dish of perfectly candied yams came out, covered in tiny marshmallows. It was like someone threw every rule out and said, “let us now feast on candy and sugar in concert with our meats and vegetables!” and it made the whole world seem right to me. As years have gone on and I have moved to parts
known and unknown, I have come to respect the great sweet potato and find many new and wonderful ways to honor it at the table. Now I might serve a Hasselback Sweet Potato with Maple-Bourbon Butter that goes far towards redeeming the good name of this fine root. You, my great and fine friend, know exactly what I’m talking about. A perfect balance of sweet and savory is kind of your thing, after all.

Balance is going to be the name of the game this month, because you’re going to get a challenge just when everyone else is dusting themselves off from the past few months. That eclipse on the 4th is going to shed a little bit of light on some people, places or things that aren’t quite at your level so do yourself a favor and stick with your close people during those few days. The Mars
transit is going to get you hotter under the collar than you might have wanted and a few uncomfortable conversations about end of the year bonuses or who’s going to who’s house for
Boxing Day are gonna come up. Then, that Venus retrograde hits your home planet and makes you a little bit tense (ok, more than a little bit). Be real with it, and say no if you need to. Your
friends and family will get it and support you. You’re a sweet, sweet potato. Don’t let anyone wipe away your marshmallow shine.

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Scorpio
22 October - 20 November

Is it any surprise, Scorpio, that you embody the very essence of decadence, the liqueur-filled chocolate truffle? You are that indulgence that we have to temper throughout the year but as soon as the halls get decked and the holly gets boughed, it is on. Of course, this is your default position so for you, indulgence isn’t a once-in-a-blue-moon thing. For you, decadence is kind of a way of life, and you’re never quite sure what the big deal is for anyone else anyway.

Well my dear scorpio, put away the stinger for a moment and open those arms up because December is actually going to see you want to reach out and show the world your mysterious ways. The new moon and eclipse on the 4th set you off on a path towards quality interaction and Chiron and Neptune going direct are great for your desire to connect with people. But it’s you, so when I say connect I mean really connect; you want high-quality company that will give as good as they get from you, whether it’s seduction, banter, or show tunes after champagne. They’d better appreciate it too, because it’s not every day you get your truffle recipe out.

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Sagittarius
21 November - 19 December

Is there any more universally acknowledged symbol of any holiday ever in the world than the greatest snack food that humankind has ever created, the pig in a blanket? There are many iterations of course, from vegan versions to the Cantonese Lap Cheong sausage to the fanciest French saucisson. Though I am a purist, I have to admit that I have a soft spot for pull-apart Pigs in a Blanket with Curry sauce, which just feel like a party on a plate. No matter what though, my great and powerful Sag, you are the very essence of the pig in a blanket: warm, fun, open to
interpretation yet faithful to an ideal beyond all other things. You’re the ultimate snack food and this is the month where you get to be on everyone’s menu.

You’re in your home sign for most of it and as always, that’s a thing to be enjoyed. No one does holidays like you so whether you’re coming off Thanksgiving, planning eight Hanukkah menus, or a Christmas spread to put everyone else to shame, you’re in your element. With that said, the
new moon on the 4th ushers in a surprisingly reflective time for you: where you’d normally want to go all out on celebrating, this year you may find yourself a little more restrained. And while before you would have considered that (!!) stingy on your part, this month you’re actually
starting to think about who you want around and in whom you want to really invest your energy. Guess what? The party may actually be even better and there will even be some curry sauce leftover for the next day. And that’s not so bad, Sag. See, told you that Chiron retro would do you some good.

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Capricorn
20 December - 19 January

Try, just try to serve a holiday dinner without having the version of mashed potatoes that you, your family, and your friends have all decided is your preferred interpretation. Mashed potatoes are so deceptively simple, aren’t they? If you’ve never made them or never thought of the difference it might seem as though they’re the most foolproof dish in the food chain, but the truth is that there are layers upon layers to discover. Sound familiar, Cap’n? You, dear soul, are
the most utterly wonderful puzzle and the creamiest conundrum at the holiday table, and nothing could possibly go on without you there.

Now, I don’t mean to put any pressure on you when I say this, although I know that you’re probably not even listening because you’re already measuring the place settings and deciding on your preferred napkin fold. But if you should stop for a moment, try to actually relax and enjoy what’s around you. The transit of Mercury into your sign on the 13th sets you up for your birth month on the 21st, meaning that all the cards are slowly but surely (your preferred speed)
moving into alignment. The end of Chiron/Neptune retro means you finally have everyone’s attention, and you’ve got big plans for the year ahead. All of that is amazing, really. But it won’t
hurt to let loose just a little bit and maybe even have an extra helping of those mashed potatoes that everyone loves so much.

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Aquarius
20 January - 19 February

The truth is, Aquarius, you could bring just about anything to the table, couldn’t you? I mean we
all know it’s going to be super interesting and maybe a little weird and something you picked up at a market under a bridge next to a tunnel around the corner from a magical treehouse. And it will all be just another day in your life. And likely it’ll be the largest cheese and charcuterie board ever assembled, or perhaps some mochi that you just learned how to make after a dream
you had last night, or a Rainbow Baked Alaska that you decided to try and of course succeeded perfectly at. The rest of us will all look at you dumbfoundedly, having not previously known that you even owned a spoon, let alone the tools required to pull off such culinary feats. But it’ll be
nothing special for you because you’re only here for the rest of us. And that,water bearer, is what makes you awesome.

That said, I know you really like staying aloof and really don’t dig the deep dive emotional stuff but this month you really need to give yourself a chance at it. There have been a few chinks in
your famous liquid armor these past months which is entirely normal; despite your best efforts to the contrary, you are only human. Mars in Sagittarius emboldens you and lucky for it, because
Venus retrograde is going to have you on the prowl for hookups that are a little more physical than your norm. Embrace it, and go towards that Jupiter transit with wide-open arms. Be the cheeseboard you know you can be.

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Pisces
20 Feburary - 19 March

There is a dish that originates in the Italian Riviera known as Cappon Magro, and it is in equal parts fascinating and horrifying. Despite its rather elaborate presentation (really, you need to see it), the dish itself has humble roots. What was once a food of the poor is now an architectural ode to seafood and vegetables in alternating layers, and is really only served on the most special occasions. Apart from the obvious affinity that you’ve got with such a fish-filled dish, my Pisces, you do love the idea of a challenge with some heart. Perhaps indeed, that would be a fitting way to describe yourself as you go around the table (don’t get nervous, you’ll be fine).

If you’ve been looking up at the night sky these past months, you’ve been charting a redemption arc that finally ends with the direct motion of Chiron and Neptune this month. Not a minute too soon, either: it’s been hard for you to be the one that everyone else calls to talk about their problems with, even more than usual. Well, it gets even harder once Mars comes knocking in
Sagittarius, and with Mercury also in Capricorn don’t be surprised to find your normally docile blood running hot and making a few harsh statements. It’s ok to get a little mad, and to ask
people around you for the same support you’ve given them. That tower of seafood doesn’t stand on its own, you know. Be proactive and put yourself in time out before you need to, and get ready for Jupiter and big, big dreams at the end of the month.