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Cancer horoscope for December 2023

At the same time that December is following the normal pattern for this time of year, it is also deviating from it in a way that means there is little urgency, especially on the job front or with whatever it is that occupies your time. Yet at the same time, things are likely to be much busier than they will normally be, making it important to pace yourself from the start. Because the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of December in your work sector, this is a busy time of year for you, whether at work or with whatever it is that keeps you busy. However, with the Sun always gone by Christmas, there is usually a chance to catch your breath over the holiday period.

While the Sun will leave on 22nd December and as always, will spend the rest of the year and the first three weeks of January in your relationship sector, unlike last year this won't bring all planetary activity in this busy part of your chart to an end. Instead, with Mars making his first visit in two years and Venus not returning until 30th December, this is something that will keep going through the holiday period and into the early weeks of January. While contributing to putting a lot more planetary activity in your work sector this year, having the dwarf planet Ceres here until early February is a chance to carry out her first deep dive into your needs and priorities on the job front in real time.

While Mars is making this the busiest month of the year, Ceres is focused more on job satisfaction and a sense of purpose, which will hopefully help you work smarter. Also helping to keep things balanced is Venus, who held back by a retrograde phase earlier in the year won't finally return to a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart until 5th December, after the Sun and the rest of the planets have left. With Venus here until 30th December and with help from Saturn and Neptune in your sector of adventure, travel, learning and discovery, she will be doing her best to ensure life doesn't become work and play. Even before she returns on 5th December, Venus will spend the early part of the month bringing some work/life balance reminders.

Love & Romance

While it is not usual to move into December with no planetary activity in your romantic sector, unlike last year it is not because all planetary activity for the year has run its course. Instead, while they did leave your romantic sector empty when within the space of just 48 hours the Sun, Mars and the dwarf planet Ceres all left late last month, this wasn't the end of the story. Instead, your romantic sector will remain empty for just 10 days before Venus, the planet of love returns on 5th December to begin the most romantically charged weeks of 2023. Held back by a retrograde phase, Venus is not only late returning to your romantic sector this year, but she won't return to your relationship sector until January.

With December likely to be the busiest month of the year for you, Venus should struggle to make matters of the heart a priority but instead, she has friends in high places. As was the case when the Sun, Mars, Mercury and Ceres returned over recent months, for the first time in three decades it was to find Saturn in an adventurous part of your chart. Venus will move into that same aspect in her early days, this time bringing the spirit of romance and adventure together in a way that only the planet of love can. With Venus not leaving until 30th December, she will be working to make these the most romantically charged weeks of the year.

The Moon will give you a better read on this when it makes its last visit to your romantic sector for the year and the only one while Venus is here from 9th December to 11th December. Meanwhile, while the Sun won't return to your relationship sector until 22nd December Mercury, the planet of communication's return on 2nd December will be a chance to spend nearly three weeks getting the communication lines open. Mercury's retrograde turn on 13th December means that he will retrograde back out 10 days later, but after turning direct in the New Year will return for a second time next month. With Venus and Mars both returning in January, Mercury will get the communication lines open ahead of the Sun's return and then come back next month to support them.

Business & Career

It is a given that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of December in your work sector and that he will always keep the solar spotlight on your work situation, job matters and options before leaving on the December solstice each year. This is always going to make the lead up to Christmas some of the busiest weeks of the year for you, but this year this is not only likely to be busier but will continue through the holiday period and into the early days and weeks of 2024. So much so that as you try and apply the brakes to bring this professional year to a close you could find that they are not working, though with some help on the way.

What is firing things up and keeping them fired up is Mars, who returned to your work sector a day after the Sun and won't leave until early January. While the Sun will put the spotlight on work and job matters, Mars has returned to fire up your warrior and competitive spirit, a drive to make things happen and get things done. Unlike the Sun, who returns at the same time each year, it has been two years since Mars was last here and from the start to when he leaves, the warrior planet of the cosmos will be making up for lost time. Mars won't take his foot off the gas over the holiday period, but help is on the way in the form of Mercury, who after leaving on 2nd December will retrograde back in for a double dip visit on 23rd December, a day after the Sun leaves.

Not only will Mercury give you the intellectually savvy edge needed to work smarter, but in retrograde motion he will have the brakes on. This won't be enough to slow Mars or his drive to keep you busy down, but it will give you better control. However, the professional gods are still saving the best until last when on 30th December, held back by a retrograde phase earlier in the year Venus will finally return. This will put Venus and Mars together in your work sector, one with the drive and the other with access to the laws of attraction for the first time in 17 years. They will move into the New Year together, with the momentum building this month setting you up for an empowered start to your 2024 professional year.


While you have no planetary activity in either of your two money houses, apart from the Moon making its last visits to both for the year, on one side of the financial fence you have a lot of history while on the other side, you have a lot of history but also a big future. It is on the income side of the financial fence that you not only have a lot of history but support that is keeping that history alive. It was in October that Venus left your income sector, but not before a retrograde turn kept her here for four months. This was the planet of money's longest visit in our lifetime and as the asteroid Juno, the queen of commitment was here for the final two months and left a week later, this has left you with a huge amount of momentum and resolve.

While there is no longer any planetary activity in your income sector, with the Sun in your work sector until 22nd December and Mars, making his first visit in two years not leaving until early next month, there is more than enough happening on the job front to keep the income momentum going. Meanwhile, on the other side of the financial fence, there is both a lot of history and a big future. There was a lot of planetary activity on the financial front at the start of the year, including Saturn wrapping up a three year financial boot camp in March and Pluto, the planet of change and revolution returning for the first time in our lifetime just a few weeks later.

Pluto left in June and your financial sector has been empty ever since, but with the planet of change and revolution returning in January, 2024 is set to be a big year for money matters. Meanwhile, the Moon will make its only visit to your income sector while the Sun is in your income sector from 2nd December to 4th December, sharpening your nose for money and acting as a trigger just as Mars is starting to fire things up on the job front. The Sun will be gone when the Moon returns from 29th December to 31st December, but Mars will still be in your work sector while Venus, the planet of money will return on 30th December and while the Moon is here. Meanwhile, the Moon will give you a read on money matters when it moves through your financial sector from 16th December to 18th December.


Because the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of December in your health sector, the solar spotlight is always on your health needs, situation and matters at this time of year. This year the Sun has company, with Mars' first visit in two years giving you the motivation to get moving, Ceres making her first deep dive into your health needs and priorities in four years and Mercury having already spent weeks focused on knowledge and information gathering. The Sun is only here until 22nd December, Mercury will leave and come back on 23rd December while Mars and Ceres are here all month.

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