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By Maria DeSimone

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Capricorn Horoscope: December 2012

Bend like a willow

The extra energy and enthusiasm you're feeling this holiday season comes courtesy of Mars' visit to your ambitious sign. However, there are some detours that will probably slow down your productivity. While you may chafe at having to deal with delays and distractions, be adaptable instead of forcing yourself to meet unrealistically rigid deadlines.

Intellectual Mercury's entry into your 12th House of Escapism on December 10 can take your mind off your work, as will the inspirational Sagittarius New Moon on December 13 and beautiful Venus' entry into this house on December 15. These planetary tides can pull you off your schedule -- and maybe even off the grid entirely.

Instead of fighting these forces, give yourself time to escape to explore unfamiliar places and metaphysical dimensions. Furthermore, overreaching Jupiter's off-kilter quincunx with naysaying Saturn on December 22 can alter your course. Adjustments you made when this aspect first occurred on May 16 might need to be revisited now, and then repeated again during their third and final alignment on March 23, 2013.

Energetic Mars' shift into experimental Aquarius and your 2nd House of Resources on December 25 reminds you that there are many ways to prove your worth and earn a living. A potent and pragmatic Saturn-Pluto sextile on December 26 shows you how to turn a stressful situation into a productive one, and it will recur to provide similar support on March 8 and September 21, 2013.

On December 28, the hypersensitive Cancer Full Moon in your interpersonal 7th House brings surprises in relationships. A tense lunar square with shocking Uranus and an opposition to unwavering Pluto could force a showdown that radically reshapes a meaningful alliance.

Keep in Mind this Month
The greatest strength you have now is the ability to adjust your approach to shifting situations instead of trying to resist the winds of change.

Key Dates for Capricorn

SUPER NOVA DAYS
December 21 - 22: Ahead of the curve
The Sun's entry into competitive Capricorn on December 21 is the Winter Solstice -- the beginning of your personal astrological New Year. Normally, this is a time to review the past and make resolutions for the coming 12 months. You also receive a generous dose of faith and imagination with a Sun-Neptune sextile and an extravagantly hopeful Venus-Jupiter opposition on December 22. However, a number of surprises just around the corner are likely to change your plans, while a constraining Jupiter-Saturn quincunx reminds you that your shortest route to the future may not be a straight line.

December 30: Letting go to grow
Today you face strong feelings of resentment, mistrust and a tendency to tear yourself down with harsh criticism, thanks to the Sun's conjunction with ruthless Pluto. Yet a wise Sun-Saturn sextile gives you plenty of ways to build yourself up again if you can shed the negative baggage of the past.

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