This week’s horoscopes are a summary look at the major astro events happening between December 4 and December 10. Your more detailed forecasts are on vacation this week as I get prepared for the holiday season and do some writing ahead to provide detailed weekly horoscopes throughout the rest of 2017.

Astrological happenings:

  • Mercury stationed retrograde in Sagittarius at 2:34 a.m. US Eastern time on December 3 (11:34 p.m. US Pacific time on December 2), and will be retrograde until December 22. That means this is the first full week you’ll be feeling the full Mercury retrograde influence, although you may have felt some of the effects of the communication planet’s slowdown during the Mercury retrograde pre-shadow period that began on November 14. The weekly horoscopes for the week of November 27 to December 3 covered what house this retrograde falls in for each sign, which is recapped below. While Mercury retrograde is often perceived as a time when communication mix-ups, delays, and technological snafus are prone to happen, the key to working with Mercury retrograde is understanding it’s also about all things “re”: for example, revisiting issues or matters that have come up in the past or have a link to the past. Whatever comes up for you between now and December 22 that has come up before or gives you a feeling of déjà vu might just be a second chance or an opportunity to get something right. (Want more tips for working with Mercury retrograde? Request your free Thrive During Mercury Retrograde guide.)
     
  • There’s a conjunction between Mercury and Saturn, both in Sagittarius, on Wednesday, December 6. Pay close attention to how you communicate with others, particularly if you feel challenged in getting your point across or understanding where someone is coming from. Your task: look for the positive and the silver linings, and try your best to be a lover and not a fighter.
     
  • Mars moves into Scorpio on Saturday, December 9, and the house this involves for each sign is noted below under “Where you may feel the influence of Mars’ sign change and Mercury retrograde.” Horoscopes for the week of December 11-17 will cover the effects you may feel in more detail. Mars is known for its fiery and energizing qualities, and you can draw upon these influences for finding some extra motivation, oomph, assertiveness, and the ability to power through things. To use Mars’ influence to your benefit, try to keep a cool head if you find a situation or conversation is getting heated, or if something angers you. If you need some extra confidence, energy, and drive to complete something you’re working on, or to assert yourself about a matter, Mars can give you a helping hand.
     
  • Mercury (retrograde in Sagittarius) forms a trine with Uranus (retrograde in Aries), and Venus (in Sagittarius) squares off with Neptune (in Pisces) on Sunday, December 10. If you’re looking for inspiration or innovative solutions, you could find them now. While the Mercury-Uranus trine can help you come up with a new and possibly surprising solution for a situation you’ve been wrestling with an answer for, Venus square Neptune can take your daydreams to a new level. With Neptune in the mix, you’re more likely to let go of or see past perceived restrictions, limitations, and inhibitions, which can inspire you in new and creative ways.

Where you may feel the influence of Mars’ sign change and Mercury retrograde:

Aries: Mars moves into your house of intimate relationships, shared money and resources, power, and healing. Mercury is retrograde in the area of your life that’s about your world views, personal and spiritual beliefs, higher education, faraway places, and long-distance travel.

Taurus: Mars moves into your house of your closest one-to-one relationships, including romantic relationships, close friendships, and business partnerships. Mercury is retrograde in the area of your life that’s about intimacy, power, healing, and shared money and resources.

Gemini: Mars moves into your house of daily work and service, health and fitness, and routines. Mercury is retrograde in the area of your life that’s about your closest relationships, including romantic relationships, close friendships, and business partnerships.

Cancer: Mars moves into the area of your life that’s about creativity, self-expression, fun, leisure, light romance, and children. Mercury is retrograde in your house of daily work and service, health and fitness, and routines.

Leo: Mars moves into the area of your life that’s about your home, family, ancestry, your foundations, and important female figures in your life. Mercury is retrograde in your house of creativity, self-expression, fun, leisure, light romance, and children.

Virgo: Mars moves into your house of communication, mental processes, and siblings. Mercury is retrograde in the area of your life that’s about your home, family, ancestry, foundations, and important female figures in your life.

Libra: Mars moves into your house of earned income, material possessions, values, and self-worth. Mercury is retrograde in the area of your life that’s about communication, mental processes, and siblings.

Scorpio: Mars moves into your house of self, self-image, and how you relate to and project yourself to others and the world. Mercury is retrograde in the area of your life that’s about your earned income, material possessions, values, and self-worth.

Sagittarius: Mars moves into your house of the subconscious, privacy, closure, hidden things, and retreat. Mercury is retrograde in the area of your life that’s all about you—your sense of self, your self-image, and how you relate to and project yourself to others and the world.

Capricorn: Mars moves into the area of your life that’s about your friends, groups and organizations, and social activities. Mercury is retrograde in your house of the subconscious, privacy, closure, hidden things, and retreat.

Aquarius: Mars moves into the area of your life that’s about your biggest dreams and highest ambitions, fame, and recognition. Mercury is retrograde in your house of friends, groups and organizations, and social activities.

Pisces: Mars moves into the area of your life that’s about your world views, personal and spiritual beliefs, higher education, faraway places, and long-distance travel. Mercury is retrograde in your house of your biggest dreams and highest ambitions, fame, and recognition.

Have a wonderful and starry kind of week!

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