Love comes in two distinctly different flavors this month. The teller of the tale is Venus, Astrology's traditional planet of amour. She starts December in the steamy sign of Scorpio , which tends to push relationships to extremes. We either are so hot that we can't get enough, or we are so fed up that we shut down and put an "out of business" sign on our hearts.
But even if you've been disappointed one too many times, Venus' conjunction with the integrating Moon's North Node on December 12 is an invitation to dive deeply into your desires. At the very least, this is a time to examine what you need and consider what you're willing to pay for it. Relationships are about exchanges, and being clearer about what you're willing to give for what you want to get puts you in a stronger position to succeed.
Yet even with the love planet in possessive Scorpio, there's a first push toward freedom that comes with the New Moon in adventurous Sagittarius on December 13. Expanding personal horizons puts pressure on static partnerships to grow. Still, it's worthwhile to let imagination take you beyond the limits of your current reality. Even if you don't reach the dreams you're conjuring up, it's better to hope for more than to settle for less.
The second act begins on December 15, when Venus flies into outgoing Sagittarius, stirring restlessness and a hunger for adventure that's kicked up to an even more romantic level the following day. Realism may be missing, so don't let fantasies carry you too far beyond reason.