Your horoscope for December 22 to 28, 2016

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      Mercury in Capricorn has just started a three-week retrograde tour. As is typical, the cycle can mess with plans, communications, mobility, the budget, and decision-making. Double-check everything; revise as necessary. Count your change; save your receipts. When in doubt, delay or take a pass.

      The transit tends to give us a run for it, but it also holds benefit. It’s timely to reconnect, remember, honour, and slow down. Shift work to second place and personal life to first. A mix of the traditional and nontraditional is the best way to navigate through the holidays.

      By Thursday, most of us will feel checked out of the office. Even though Friday/Saturday can be full to the brim, the go is mostly smooth-running. Saturn in harmony with Uranus puts all of us on the same page. Let’s be open; let’s be good to self, to other, and to all.

      The moon transits Scorpio from Friday through Christmas Day, stirring deep emotions regarding the past, the present, and the as-yet-unwritten future. Despite how difficult the holidays can be for many, overall the conversation, connecting, and social atmosphere are upbeat.

      No matter how or with whom, Venus in Aquarius suggests a happy medium prevails on Christmas Day.

      It comes; it goes—we’re over the holidays in a flash. Jupiter/Uranus hit the ground running on Boxing Day Monday. It’s a get-going, cut-to-the-chase, strike-flint day. Tuesday continues the good trend. Wednesday’s Capricorn new moon aligned with Mercury retrograde is informing or news-generating. Use this day to talk, reconnect, resume, renegotiate, re-sign, to make it official, or to get a head start on your New Year’s resolution.

      March 20 - April 20

      For the next few weeks, Mercury retrograde keeps you focused on the long past and the long overdue. Don’t waste time on regret, fear, or doubt; you’ll get yourself there soon enough. You’ll feel it deeply, profoundly, Christmas Eve through Christmas Day; the words don’t need to be said. Boxing Day through new-moon Wednesday reenergizes you.

      April 20 - May 21

      Mercury retrograde is best spent taking time out and/or putting the brakes on anything that has been getting the better of you. A short vacation or temporary pause will do you plenty of good. The Scorpio moon and Venus at peak from Friday through Christmas pack high emotional impact. Soak it up; make it special; show up—let them know how much you care.

      May 21 - June 21

      Indirectly, Mercury retrograde may be helpful to your budget. You could run out of time, or it could be difficult to find something appropriate or appealing. Christmas Day through Boxing Day, the stars tug on the heart but good. Venus in Aquarius keeps the connection stimulating, upbeat, and fun. Monday through Wednesday could thrust you into it, perhaps unexpectedly so.

      June 21 - July 22

      Staying the course can be a challenge on Thursday. Take it as it comes; make it up as you go along. Despite Mercury retrograde, Friday through Christmas Day should go relatively easy on you. Venus in Aquarius is good for the social end. The Scorpio moon makes the holiday a particularly emotional one this year. As of Boxing Day, you are already over it.

      July 22 - August 23

      Mercury retrograde could necessitate a change of plans, schedule, or choices, but with Saturn and Uranus in such good shape, no matter how it shapes up, it’ll work out just fine. Friday through Christmas Day, give your best to family and your lover, or share your wealth with good friends. The moon in Scorpio and Venus help you to make the most of it.

      August 23 - September 23

      Thursday can be a cutoff or let-yourself-off-the-hook day. Spend extra on the convenience and don’t waste your time. Ideally timed for the holidays, Mercury retrograde is good for a personal and priority regroup. Friday through Christmas Day, the heart brims to overflow. Time and quality attention are the most precious gifts you can give and receive.

      September 23 - October 23

      Thursday could keep you on a sprint. Folks pop up everywhere; it shouldn’t surprise you, but the gifts or news could. Friday through Sunday keep you submerged, richly so. Venus in Aquarius starts Christmas Day on a bright note. You won’t be hanging out for long. As of Monday, you’re already on full steam ahead. Tuesday/Wednesday keeps it fresh and in motion.

      October 23 - November 22

      Friday through Sunday, the Scorpio moon has you fully present and on full show. The next few days are yours to own. It’s the simple things and the special people in your life that keep your heart on overflow. Monday, you’re anxious to get a move on. A change of scenery or topic does you plenty of good. If you can, give yourself extra breathing space.

      November 22 - December 21

      Thursday could keep you out with the crowds or on a social track, but as of Friday, it’s time to pull back. The moon in Scorpio draws you into the deeper realms/yearnings of your heart and soul. Christmas Day can be a private, romantic, or social affair; either way, it’s high on the satisfaction scale. Christmas evening through Tuesday, you’ll perk right up.

      December 21 - January 20

      Extra output, extra creativity, or fast thinking may be required Thursday. Go with your gut instincts. A blend of the traditional and nontraditional is ideal for the holidays. No matter what or who may be missing, Friday through Christmas Day you’ll feel blessed to be here now. Monday through Wednesday pushes your refresh button in some significant way.

      January 20 - February 18

      You’re in for a good one! This holiday weekend does right by you in all the best ways. Thursday is full to the brim. Friday through Sunday are a smooth go. Venus in Aquarius hits the sweet spot on Christmas Day. Uranus dives into it fresh and fast on Boxing Day Monday. You’re on a great roll through Wednesday.

      February 18 - March 20

      Overspending is likely Thursday—but, hey, it’s par for the holidays. Friday through Christmas Day, emotions run the show. The words don’t need to be said. You feel it; they feel it. Soak it in; soak it up. Monday/Tuesday are great for travel, skiing, a fresh infusion, or a fresh go at it. Duty calls on Wednesday.