December 2011 Aries Horoscope

As above, so below

Expect a natural tension this month between your attraction to lofty dreams of the future and the routine requirements of the present. This duality is highlighted during the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Gemini on Dec. 10. It falls in your 3rd House of Information, where your thoughts tend to wander and become overly occupied with trivia, and a square from macho Mars in realistic Virgo challenges you to focus your attention where you can produce concrete results. Yet the Sun's presence in your 9th House of Higher Thought and Faraway Places continues to heighten your sense of intellectual wanderlust and fuel your search for meaning. Mental Mercury's direct turn on Dec. 13 also takes place in your idealistic 9th house, permitting you to readdress a plan that has gone astray and grow more articulate in expressing your beliefs.

On Dec. 20, Venus enters progressive Aquarius and your 11th House of Groups, where she attracts more cooperative colleagues and unconventional friends. The Sun's entry into dutiful Capricorn and your 10th House of Career on Dec. 22 seems, at first, to smother the fires of fantasy with the unbearable weight of professional and family responsibilities. However, the ambitions of this cardinal sign could motivate you to solidify a lifelong dream into concrete reality. The Capricorn New Moon in your 10th house on Dec. 24 is buoyed by a trine from propitious Jupiter, reminding you of the joy that comes from reaching your goals.

Keep in Mind this Month
Think globally and act locally is more than a political slogan; it's the way you bring your highest aspirations down to earth and make them real.

Key Dates for Aries

SUPER NOVA DAYS
Dec. 2 - 5: Looking for a fight
You are fired up by a square between unstoppable Mars and the willful Sun on Dec. 2. Conflict with an authority figure is possible, so don't let hopelessness incite a battle when you can use this force to motivate yourself instead. Tension continues as impatient Mars makes an argumentative square with Mercury on Dec. 4 and is frustrated by obtuse Saturn the following day. Fortunately, a charming trine between loving Venus and incorrigible Mars on Dec. 5 helps you make peace by transforming anger into creative play.

Dec. 22: Vocational vortex
The Winter Solstice is usually a serious affair for you, Aries, with the Sun's entry into Saturn-ruled Capricorn and your professional 10th House of Career. Today, however, a trine to the Sun from upbeat Jupiter and a square from surprising Uranus can lift your spirits with new hope and bright ideas. This seasonal shift marks a significant turning point in your work, but an uncomfortable Venus-Mars aspect stirs up relationship issues with an awkward moment or inappropriate behavior. Still, if you can set aside small differences, you'll see a more rewarding future and recognize that you must take chances to change the direction of your career.