Your December 2023 Horoscope Brings Capricorn Season, Mercury Retrograde, and So Many Sequins

The first transit set to make New Year’s Eve worthy of frosty 90s eye makeup or glam and glitter is Venus, ruler of beauty as well as love, entering bold Sagittarius on Friday, December 29. Sagittarius is that sign that’s good at getting what it wants. Perhaps that’s because its ruling planetary body is Jupiter, which is considered the luckiest planet of the zodiac. Jupiter goes direct on Saturday, December 30. So, with the lucky planet now dancing in the right direction and Venus feeling herself with all the unapologetic bravery of a Sagittarius, New Year’s Eve 2023 was made for memories. Go big on your makeup. You’ll want photos of this night. Keep reading to see what your December 2023 horoscope has in store for your star sign.

Important Astrological Dates in December 2023

Here are the major dates you’ll want to keep an eye on this month, no matter your astrological sign:

Important dates in December 2023:

Monday, December 2: Venus enters Scorpio
Wednesday, December 6: Neptune goes direct in Pisces
Tuesday, December 12: New moon in Sagittarius
Tuesday, December 12: Mercury goes retrograde in Capricorn
Tuesday, December 26: Full moon in Cancer
Friday, December 29: Venus enters Sagittarius
Saturday, December 30: Jupiter goes direct in Taurus

December 2023 Monthly Horoscopes by Zodiac Sign

Not sure what your sun sign is? Here’s a quick refresher of the dates for each. Click a specific zodiac sign below to open up your December 2023 horoscope and see what’s in store for you this month, or keep scrolling for an overview of all the signs.

  • Aries (March 21 – April 19)
  • Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
  • Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
  • Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
  • Leo (July 23 – August 22)
  • Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
  • Libra (September 23 – October 22)
  • Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
  • Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
  • Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
  • Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
  • Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

December sees you embracing a new form of love. What sort of trouble, and by trouble, we mean pleasure, is your star sign getting into this December? Some harsh truths may come to light when Neptune retrograde ends, but with a creative hobby or passion, you can power through any stress (even when Mercury retrograde begins). Remember: Don’t panic. Just allow extra travel time and proofread any important emails. And, while reminding you that astrology cannot control the economy, we can tell you that Capricorn season offers many opportunities for building abundance. Read your full December horoscope here, Aries.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Your strength lies in understanding the difference between self-care and isolation. Don’t mistake healthy boundaries for walls holding you back from love this month, Taurus. You have so much to celebrate. And add one date, Tuesday, December 12, to that list of winter festivities. Sure, Mercury retrograde begins. But it’s also a new moon that wants to create magic within your friend group. Capricorn season begins this month. While the sign can have a stuffy reputation, you’re happy to take a page from its book and look forward to more abundance in the new year, not to mention a devilishly good time. Jupiter, the luckiest planet of the zodiac, goes direct in your sign just in time for midnight on New Year’s Eve. Read your full December horoscope here, Taurus.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Your task is to balance your banter with serious listening skills. Around the time Venus enters Scorpio, a friend might require more than your usual jokes or animal memes; they need your support. Remember, Venus isn’t just about romantic ties; the planet rules all relationships. So, be that friend who checks in, especially since some might be too down to reach out themselves. Considering that your ruling planet, Mercury, starts one of its infamous retrogrades around this date, Tuesday, December 12, put a reminder in your calendar so that you don’t forget. And no, the universe hasn’t forgotten your fame-hungry side. And as Venus leaves Scorpio and strides into Sagittarius, get ready for a gossip-worthy finale to the year. Read your full December horoscope here, Gemini.

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Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Venus urges you to do absolutely nothing, Cancer. You pour so much love into your relationships. Is it time that you kick back, relax, and enjoy them? Even if you hate the holidays, at least make the most of some time off. You can come up with celebrations and rituals that are all your own. A full moon in your sign this month begs you to reach out and connect with friends. Even if you don’t have the luxury of spending the holidays however you like, use the bright full moon in your sign to connect with your chosen family. Beware that Mercury goes retrograde this month, but as long as you make your plans, whatever they may be, gifts included, ahead of time, you should avoid any stress. There is one order from Venus, ruler of love, that you must obey: Have an epic New Year’s Eve celebration. Read your full December horoscope here, Cancer.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

If you have the luxury of choosing how you spend your holidays, Leo, please indulge in it. The other signs may be jealous, but no one would fault you. You must face some brutal truths when Neptune goes direct mid-month. This period is ideal for introspection and might involve letting go of unreliable friends or romantic partners who don’t have your best interests in mind. You have work/life balance on the brain as the sun enters Capricorn, but despite the sign having a solid association with your career, you get to indulge in its devilish side as the year ends. This is partly due to Jupiter, the planet like the wild and wealthy aunt who shows up with surprise gifts, ending its retrograde just in time for New Year’s Eve. Read your full December horoscope here, Leo.


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Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

December orders you to ditch the passive-aggressive texts and be bold in expressing your feelings, thanks to Neptune, the planet of illusion, going direct. Mercury, your ruling planet, does the opposite and goes retrograde. Expect the usual communication and travel mishaps. As the sun enters bustling Capricorn, you’re tempted to return to work sooner than needed. Remember that downtime and rest are investments. Now, your job is to look to the sky (especially around the full moon in Cancer) and connect with friends and chosen family. Oh, and sleep. If you don’t have the luxury of choosing who you spend the winter holidays with, try to wrestle yourself at least free for New Year’s to connect with your chosen family. You don’t have to go out, you don’t even have to change out of your pajamas, but you deserve to have fun with people that you trust. Once 2024 gets here, acclaim is headed your way, and you’ll be grateful for the downtime. Read your full December horoscope here, Virgo.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

As Venus, your ruling planet of love, money, and beauty, enters Scorpio, you’re poised to receive some opulent news, so keep an eye on your inbox, Libra. However, you may be overworking yourself, so find time for rest, even if your schedule is packed. Mercury embarks on one of its infamous retrogrades this month, and between that hot mess and the holidays, you’ll want every extra minute of sleep you can get. However, as Capricorn season begins, it’s important to lighten up, especially if it isn’t entirely up to you how you’re spending the holidays. Don’t forget that you can create moments of joy and togetherness throughout the year. December could also bring unexpected reunions, just in time for New Year’s Eve. So, dear flirty Libra, are you ready to accept the fact that you may kiss someone unforeseen at midnight? Read your full December horoscope here, Libra.

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Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Your first star assignment is to relax, Scorpio. Just because you have a stinger doesn’t mean that you need to use it all the time. In case no one has pointed this out yet, your intensity can unknowingly cause you to stir up drama when life is otherwise peaceful. And as the holidays can also lead to strife, do yourself a favor and relax into doing nothing. Well, there are a few magical days to take advantage of. Despite the state of the economy, we made sure to point out the most financially abundant days of December. Just beware that, unfortunately, Mercury is going on one of its backward dances this month. As a result, you might have to work extra hard to have your voice heard. But at least now you have a productive avenue to channel that intensity. Plus, just in time for New Year’s Eve, Jupiter goes direct, lighting up your 7th House of Partnership, ensuring that you feel cared for, kiss or not, at midnight. Read your full December horoscope here, Scorpio.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

December asks you to take stock of the changes in your love life over the past year. You can be like a shark, always moving and never stopping to reflect. But now, just in time for the end of 2023 and your season, a new moon asks you to set aside meditative time for fresh starts and to set intentions, especially around personal growth and relationships. The full moon in Cancer and your 8th House of Sex is a night to switch off the brain and immerse in physical pleasures, whether with a partner or through self-care rituals like a luxurious bath. The month ends with generous Venus entering Sagittarius and your lucky planet, Jupiter, going direct, which means that all the other signs should be very jealous of the New Year’s Eve plans the stars have in store for you. Read your full December horoscope here, Sagittarius.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Happy solar return, Capricorn. You deserve to celebrate your birthday all month long. You’re likely overdue for fun with friends. Venus helps you celebrate with your comrades, but to avoid miscommunication, you’ll have to talk about what Neptune and Mercury are up to. While Neptune ends a retrograde and Mercury begins one, both actions may make communication hazier. When the sun enters your sign later in the month, the stars remind you to stop trying to control everything and be open to changing your point of view, especially as it pertains to your solar return. Is that holiday an annoying family affair that’s taking attention away from your birthday, or is it an excuse to double down on the festivities? Just make sure to carve out time for relaxation amongst the revelry. Read your full December horoscope here, Capricorn.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

December starts with a bold ask: Are you brave enough to give networking a chance? Use this time to attend holiday parties, not just for fun but also to build potentially beneficial relationships. Despite the festivities and your rational understanding that you deserve downtime, you’re thinking about work a lot this month. When Neptune does direct, you’re obsessed with starting the new year with more security in your emotions and bank account. Despite the scary economy, anything is possible, especially with your friends by your side. If you’re dating someone new, know that New Year’s Eve is an excellent opportunity for Aquarians to blend their romantic and platonic worlds. But if you have to choose? End 2024 dancing with your friends, for sure. Read your full November horoscope here, Capricorn.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Even the calmest Pisces might feel holiday-induced stress this month, so connecting with your chosen family has never been more important. December starts off on a slightly harsh note, thanks to your ruling planet, Neptune, ending its retrograde. Now that the planet of illusions is done with its backward dance, you must face the truth about who has your back and who just wants to argue regressive points with you over egg nog. Use this knowledge to make the most out of this month. Even if you loathe holidays, you deserve to celebrate in your own unique way (especially when you read what New Year’s Eve has in store for you). Not only does Venus come bearing gifts, but so does the lucky planet Jupiter. This month is about rising above pettiness to revel in the joy of being you. Read your full December horoscope here, Pisces.

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