The good news for you this month is that the love planet Venus is in Capricorn, an Earth sign compatible with yours. Her transit in your 9th House of Higher Learning and Faraway Places is good for connecting with people from other cultures and in educational settings. Venus will remain in responsible Capricorn until March 5, 2014, which sounds helpful when you're serious and committed to working on relationships and are dealing with a mature person.
However, Venus turns retrograde on December 21, which can slow down progress in partnership issues. This backward period lasts until January 31, requiring even more planning, patience and self-control. However, you can use this time to untangle emotional knots, resolve problems and reassess your approach to others. Reconnecting with someone from your past is another possible effect of Venus Retrograde.
But you still can be tempted to take risks this month thanks to the New Moon in adventurous Sagittarius on December 2. It lands in your 8th House of Deep Sharing where you're challenged to stretch your tastes and values. While this can widen your perspective and expand your understanding of what real intimacy is all about, you can also attract someone who makes promises and plans that might not be very realistic.
Still, opening your heart and mind can only be helpful as long as you don't lose touch with your basic principles. Finding balance between practicality and possibility appears to be the key to making love work well in your life this month.