Spoiler alert! Trickster planet Mercury reverses this week at the least user-friendly time of shopping frenzy and holiday planning – and stays there for the rest of the year. Try to find something – anything – in aggravating situations to smile at, because a sense of humour is your best friend right now. Here’s your weekly horoscope December 11-17, 2023.
Sagittarius, Nov 23 – Dec 21
Annual new moon in Sagittarius on 13 December opens a gift box of multicultural mingling and promising possibilities for you birthday enthusiasts. Not so welcome news is an itchy and scratchy Mercury retrograde, so use the current sun/Mars energy in your sign to unravel mixed messages and misunderstandings.
Capricorn, Dec 22 – Jan 20
What’s good about Mercury retrograde in your sign? Mercury affects your mental processes. Everything in your life passes through Mercury’s filter, and the coming weeks need a calm, creative mindset open, if necessary, to taking plans back to the drawing board when the unexpected makes its entrance.
Aquarius, Jan 21 – Feb 19
This is the kind of week when you say Okay, and they hear No Way, so it’s worth making the extra effort to clarify misunderstandings. Aquarians need space: to think, to operate, to be yourselves, so if this congested week starts closing in, step back for a bigger vista. But be satisfied with small successes…
Pisces, Feb 20 – Mar 20
The most meaningful presents often don’t cost anything except a generous and caring spirit. With Neptune and Saturn gracing your sign, your Piscean gift to this quite possibly messy, stressy week could be sprinkling everyday conversation with genuine compliments and encouragement. So go ahead: make someone’s day.
Aries, Mar 21 – Apr 21
Arrangements changing like whiplash? This week, as always, complaining is draining, so address that awesome Aries willpower to not dwelling on negatives. While patience may not come automatically to your passionate personality, Mercury retrogrades always benefit from talking less, listening more and staying available to negotiation
Taurus, Apr 22 – May 21
With the planets of expansion and change, Jupiter and Uranus, lying low in your sign, caution is your smartest path through the irritations of mischievous Mercury’s tricky business and less is definitely more. Spending less money and more time with loved ones could mean less stress, more pleasure.
Gemini, May 22 – Jun 22
When your mentor planet Mercury backspins this week for the rest of December, rushing or cutting corners could create epic meltdowns, so slow down. Take some deep breaths. Tread carefully. Hard as it might be right now to stop your brain racing and fingers pressing send, stop, check and consider before you do.
Cancer, Jun 23 – Jul 23
For Cancerians, familiarity breeds contentment, but when the enthusiastic boost of this month’s new moon on 13 December tempts you out of the comfort zone into the frenzied frivolity of parties, presents and new possibilities, why not answer the call. Only caution? Mercury’s retrograde, so check arrangements carefully.
Leo, Jul 24 – Aug 23
As quicksilver planet Mercury backflips for the remainder of 2023, the season of unreason ramps up, with hitches and glitches to festive plans raising frustration levels. For any chance of a cool yule, forget rigid thinking and get flexible: exercise your signature superpowers of being creative and spontaneous.
Virgo, Aug 24 – Sep 23
Due to the signal-jamming static of your planet mentor Mercury backing up until New Year’s Day, miscommunications are likely to ripple through the rest of December. Leave nothing up to chance with holiday plans and arrangements: send follow-up texts, don’t assume anything, confirm and reconfirm everything.
Libra, Sep 24 – Oct 23
This week’s escalating tensions call for your best Libran mediating skills and peace-making talents, which continue in demand throughout the season of merry mayhem. If a hotspot of arguments and contention arcs up around fiery midweek new moon, apply soothing Venusian calm and conflict resolution.
Scorpio, Oct 24 – Nov 22
Mercury’s swerve into reverse unleashes a welter of questionable rumours and confusing data. What to do? Relax. This isn’t a time to force issues, so go with the flow. Take extra time to keep checking and clarifying arrangements. Choose your travel companions and fellow partygoers carefully.