Holidays, who? December's total solar eclipse is the real star of the show, and the celestial experts suggest you take notice.
While you're perusing gifts astrology fans love (Candles! Bath salts! Calendars!) be mindful to pause from gifting and merrymaking for some TLC, especially considering we've entered fiery Sagittarius season. With the uncertainty headed our way from the eclipse, you'll want to find a suitable self-care routine.
"It might be kind of a funky feeling," astrologer and author Narayana Montúfar (opens in new tab) says of the event. "There might be wake-up calls, but there might be confusion in terms of where we're heading. It's not a good time to make big decisions."
So, what exactly does la bella luna have in store for each members of the zodiac? We'll tell you everything you need to know (and even throw in a bit of astronomy, too).
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When is the total solar eclipse?
As we prepare for the new moon on December 4, we can also expect a total solar eclipse to take place. It's the final one of the year, and the final one in the Gemini Sagittarius axis, which has occurred for the last year and a half.
"I'm thinking it could be really telling," Montúfar says. "It's closing the door on all the change that we've been experiencing since May of 2020."
In terms of astronomy, this eclipse occurs when the moon positions itself between the sun and earth in a straight line. This year, it'll be visible for those in the Southern Hemisphere.
What to expect from the total solar eclipse
As per usual, eclipses are a bit of an unsettling time. However, any confusion that the December happening generates is only meant to place people on the right path. Now more than ever, it's vital to be receptive to new ideas.
"I think we really need to start thinking about letting go of our old ways of thinking of how we approach the world," Montúfar says. "It's time to abandon some of the life views that we've been holding for a while and be open to seeing things from a different perspective."
Particularly if you're a Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo or Gemini, you can expect the beginning of the month to have a strong impact.
"This is going to reveal a lot of changes on a spiritual level," Montúfar predicts. "It could bring revelations, confusion and big a-ha moments on something that's spiritually important to us."
How to prepare for the total solar eclipse
"It's a time of surrendering—the universe is going to change what it's going to change," Montúfar adds.
With that in mind, save the manifesting for a more appropriate time. Right now, you'll just want to soak up those relaxing vibes, which is the perfect precursor to the busy holidays. You'll want to figure out how to relax with a go-to de-stressing method, be it yoga or lighting candles.
(Montúfar recommends taking time to unwind and meditate. Our favorite meditation apps can point you in the right direction.)
Keep a similar mindset for Venus retrograde
December will keep astrology fans plenty busy. We'll kickstart the month with the total solar eclipse and eventually hit Venus retrograde on December 19. Although this is event might be more laser-focused on relationships and careers, it does beg for a similar mindset as the total solar eclipse on the 4th.
Essentially, you'll still want to be open and willing to accept the path the universe has in mind for you. Right before Venus goes retrograde, it'll cross Pluto, the planet of transformation. Then, this will happen again the planet both goes retrograde and direct.
"This is very much a scenario where you have to change and the universe is going to hit you with lessons if you are resistant," says astrologer Renée Watt (opens in new tab).
A look ahead
Like December 2021, there's plenty to look forward to in terms of astrology next year (did you see those love horoscopes for 2022?), let's take the eclipse as an opportunity to get adjusted spiritually and prepare for all that's ahead. Happy total solar eclipse, dears!
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)
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