Significant December astrology events to close out 2022

From the winter solstice to the new moon, December astrology events keep cosmic calendars full and brimming with energy

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December astrology events are here to give 2022 one final cosmic hoorah!

If you're wondering what planet is in retrograde or what astrology season we're approaching, we have all the intel about the twelfth month of the year and its celestial energy—with insight from the professionals, of course. 

Since we're approaching the holiday season, be sure to have a look at our go-to astrology gifts and advent calendars for each zodiac sign

If you're curious what's ahead, have a look at your 2023 horoscope and uncover the luckiest zodiac sign of 2023 and the luckiest star sign in love in 2023

December astrology events 2022

1. Sagittarius Season (November 22 to December 21)

Sagittarius season coincides perfectly with the holiday season, as it's a time to get more lively and connect with those around you. Expect feelings of optimism and spontaneity.

2. Neptune Direct (December 4)

Beginning December 4, in the midst of Sagittarius season, Neptune will start to move forward in Pisces, just like Jupiter direct. After some cosmic upheaval in late October and early November (a certain eclipse season ring any bells?), we're definitely anxious for this transit.

"There will be this undeniable absolution in love and a general feeling of surrendering to the unknown without fear," astrologer Liz Simons says of Neptune retrograde's end. "Direct Neptune may even elevate our creativity, allowing us to explore our fantastical side through our intuition and emotional expression."

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Meet the expert: Liz Simmons

Liz Simmons is a freelance writer, astrologer, and tarot reader based in Salem, MA. She views astrology and tarot as another tool in our arsenal to understand the cosmic interplay in our lives. Currently, Liz contributes astrological articles and horoscopes to StyleCaster, POPSUGAR and She is also the resident astrologer at ASCEND Get Lifted. Check out Liz’s Instagram @the__crone and her website, 

3. The Full Moon (December 7)

The December 2022 full moon, also coined the Cold Moon, will be a wonderful time to be open-minded and expand your horizons, but don't let conflict brew when communicating with those around you—that's where problems start, according to the professionals. 

For the next full moon, we spoke to astrologers to see who's going to really resonate with the energy, how everyone will be affected by the event—regardless of birth chartsand more cosmic intel.

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4. The Winter Solstice (December 21)

Ready for the shortest day of the year? The winter solstice might feel dark, but its energy is bright. 

"It’s all about new beginnings, magic, evolution, inventiveness and the sacredness of life," says astrologer Michelle Bell, founder of Cosmic Fusion says of the event. "This is the time to tap into the transformative energy of the solstice."

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Meet the expert: Michelle Bell

Michelle is an astrologer and the founder of Cosmic Fusion, an app that combines your Western zodiac sign + your Chinese element + your Chinese animal to uncover your unique personality.

5. Capricorn Season (December 21, 2022 to January 19, 2023)

Just as we ring in the winter solstice, Capricorn season will begin.

"While Capricorn season is about hard work, control and determination, it’s also the time to celebrate your wins and reap the rewards of your diligent self-discipline," Bell says. "This month is a reminder that you deserve your success."

6. The New Moon (December 23)

The next new moon takes place in Capricorn (and shortly after the winter solstice). We can expect to set new intentions and get our goals aligned for the new year ahead.

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Mercury Retrograde (December 29, 2022 to January 18, 2023)

We end the year with Mercury retrograde 2022 and begin the next with Mercury retrograde 2023. Talk about a fun New Year's Eve celebration. Don't fret, though, as much as Mercury gets a bad rep, the next three spins coming up (excluding the final of 2023) all take place within one sign, so it's more manageable. 

"These first three might be somewhat easier to go through since earth energy is stable, determined and rational," Simmons says. "So, it might be easier to work through the logistics of the craziness that Mercury retrograde could bring."

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.