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Your Horoscope by Susan Miller
This is a very busy month, with emails and phone calls to return, packages to ship, and meetings to schedule. In this over-the-top month, the crosscurrents of Mercury retrograde on December 3 will stay in backward motion until December 22, but in truth, we always feel Mercury’s impending retrograde two weeks before the onset date. It simply intensifies during the dates mentioned.
I have several friends who think they can outwit Mercury retrograde by signing contracts and cutting deals right up until the date this planet of thinking, agreements, and negotiations turns retrograde, but that is the wrong idea. Mercury is the wildest at the start and end dates of the retrograde. If you must fly in the face of astrological advice that says never sign papers with Mercury retrograde (and at times we have no choice), then do so midmonth, but stay away from the five days that circle December 3 and the ones that circle December 22.
This situation with Mercury will create a dilemma for you in terms of holiday gift shopping. Express package companies will run late, overwhelmed with the demands of the public, and bad weather conditions will further complicate a tough situation. Retailers will have skimpy stock to display and no ability to get that one gift you can come to the store (or the website) to buy. Shop and ship early to stay sane.
On the full moon in Gemini, 12 degrees, December 3, operative plus or minus five days, you may be thinking about making plans for international travel and/or finishing up legal matters. Alternatively you might be working on an immigration matter, getting a visa, or seeing about putting in an application to update your passport or to get a visa. You may be doing work with people abroad, and if so, you may not need to fly to see the client – all might be accomplished by email. Make sure your work is perfect, with no inaccuracies, because flaws proliferate during Mercury retrograde. If you are heading back to college or graduate school in January, you will be thinking about which courses you will sign up to take. If you are defending a thesis, try to put it off until January, February, or my favorite month, early-to-mid March.
There will be a problem with the full moon, December 3, plus or minus four days, however, in that it is in hard angle to the Sun and new moon, creating confusion. It would be a bad time to make a binding commitment verbally or in writing. Add Mercury retrograde, and conditions are likely to change radically later, in ways you could never anticipate. Rather than commit, wait until January.
If your birthday falls on October 6, plus or minus four days, you will find a way to enjoy this full moon. The same is true if you have Libra rising 12 degrees, or have the natal moon at that degree, plus or minus four degrees. If you know you have a natal planet in Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius, or Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius at 12 degrees, you will find this new moon will bring a positive experience, too. I still will ask you to delay making agreements.
Your income has been prosperous, as noted by the arrival of Jupiter in your second house of earned income two months ago, October 10. Jupiter is set to stay until November 2018. Now, Mars will come tearing through your personal financial sector, from December 9 to January 26, and it seems you will be spending far more money than you have in a long time. You may have anticipated these expenditures and saved up for them. You may be getting ready to buy property or renovate, give an important party, or travel overseas, all costly but exciting goals. If you have no idea of the type of expenses might be mounting up, you might want to slow down your spending until you get a better view of what is coming.
Don’t worry too much about money, however, for on January 6, Mars and Jupiter will combine forces and bring an outstandingly positive day for financial news. The person most likely to come to give you the good news seems to be your spouse, business partner, agent, manager, job broker, or other person who represents you.