December Astrology Discover your Divine Mars and Venus

In this blog post and three videos, the key deep planetary movements of December 2023 are set out first.

And after the ‘start summary’, there follows a really detailed statement of the complex and muddled fraught planet energies/movements in December, with many retrogrades.

Do: be very careful to consciously maintain your steps through your life and to preserve your stability in December’s muddled and fraught energies.

But realize that Venus transits Libra this month

And Sun/Mars transit Scorpio this December.

So, armed with these insights, let’s discover the gifts of our Divine Mars and our Divine Venus this month.

See the Pt 1 Video

See the Pt 2 Video

See the Pt 3 Video

OK let’s do a preliminary review of the main December 2023 planetary energies, before we go into the fuller detail:


Saturn is now Retrograde since November 4th. His Retrograde imperative of tying up loose ends and completing unfinished business recedes. Did you do all you needed to???

Saturn now demands that we adopt the right path for the unfoldment of our destiny, the healing of our key karmas and our spiritual growth. If we don’t open to our needed new path and way of being and understanding and manifesting our life now, we will bring blocks and suffering on ourselves.

When we truly understand our Saturn Destiny and life purpose, Saturn becomes experienced by us as Friend and Guide.

Do get a Reading from me if you want to know about your karmas, destiny and life path in this life, or if Saturn is transiting through the sign before your natal Moon, the sign of your natal Moon and the sign after your natal Moon (in other words if you are in Sade Sate, or if you are experiencing your Saturn return or transiting Saturn opposition or square your natal Saturn.


Ketu the South Node is becoming established in Virgo since he entered it, as always retrograde, on 30th October.

His call is to embrace a more appropriate and healing path for yourself.

Are you doing that? It might very well involve a deeper connection with alternative medicines and healings.

Have a look at my wife’s website. Maggie does very many different Healing Modalities online:


Rahu the North Node is becoming established in Pisces. At its highest this involves an imperative to deepen your intuitive and visionary self – indeed included is the call to couple that with Ketu’s call to a new turn in your needed healing.

The Nodes of the Moon:

The Nodes of the Moon, at root, indicate our life purpose direction built upon the karmas amassed from our past lives and ancestry.

Absolutely do get a Reading from me if you are having a Nodal Return, or if Rahu or Ketu are transiting over one of your planets or key houses.

Mercury goes through a Retrograde with three Gandanta crossings, the Sun through one Gandanta crossing.

Note the dates of these Gandanta Crossings set out in the more detailed report below.

Gandanta crossing can feel very uneasy, but do note that they can be opening to inspiration for us – indeed, partly because of that unease and unsupportiveness we feel.

Sun and Mars are transiting in Scorpio.

The ‘lower’ manifestation of this Sun/Mars transit through Scorpio is not nice. Beware letting anger rise in you and take you over at times.

The energies of the New Moon on December 14th could be very angry. Be aware. Don’t fall for that part of it.

Mars and Mercury transiting together, including in the Gandanta zone between Scorpio and Sagittarius at the end of December. This will cause turbulences for us to be aware of and manage.

But let’s please open our eyes and our hearts to the higher potential of this transit of Mars through Scorpio and Venus through Libra.

The higher potential is for us each to become properly expressive of the Divine Mars energy.

Stand strong in expressing your Mars. Understand your natal astrology Mars scripts. Heal these. Get in touch with me for a Reading.

Stand loving in expressing your Venus scripts.

Understand your natal astrology Venus scripts. Heal these. Get in touch with me for a Reading.

Venus transiting in Libra

Venus is transiting Libra the sign that Venus rules until 25th December is a beautiful energy of love and kindness, sex, beauty and art.

Ketu has transited out of Libra into Virgo, so this means the complexifications of our Venus issues with Ketu’s Past Life Insights and Karmic Demands upon us, and Ketu’s cutting energies, are all now hopefully becoming consolidated, and from now beginning to allow us to move on renewed. And so Libra is freed of this challenging energy now.

Foster fairness, kindness and good health. Make yourself stronger.

But don’t let the current Sun/Mars in Scorpio turbulent aggressive energy ruin it.

And, also, don’t let Venusian languor and indulgence and self-pleasing take over.

Note that the way each zodiacal sign will experience the Venus in Libra energy will vary.

Neptune is stationing at 0 deg Pisces – watch out for upcoming visionary possibilities which are the highest expression of Neptune.

Be aware when the other planets move into aspect from Neptune.

Pluto in Capricorn is square Venus in Libra at the start of the month.

This is the opportunity to come more fully into your own power in the context of your relationship.

Seek to be genuine and true.

Mars starts December receiving a square form Lilith. This is a call to be more genuine in the way you assert yourself.

This is a call to develop your awareness of what is directing you from your subconscious and your shadow material.

Make the resolution to handle this for your strength and purpose and authenticity – and for the needed Fullness of YOU.

Vesta moves from 16 Gemini to 9 Gemini in December – in Ardra Nakshatra.

Vesta is the sacred hearth, the sacred flame, the needed sense of the divine presence and focus. Keep awareness of your natal Vesta sacred flame and altar or hearth flame through December.

Now let’s go on to the very thorough summary of the planet movements in December 2023 set out below.

And do look out for my separate upcoming Videos and Blog posts all about the upcoming key energies of the December New and Full Moons as well.

And do also refer to the resources I offer, so as to decode how these planetary energies will manifest in your life, personally, particularly the following:-


Get a Reading from me. Go to:

See the December 2023 charts for the lunations plus the ephemeris, in both Western and Vedic astrology:

Read about the key energy of each planet here:

Read about the energy of each sign:

See the life-area of each House in your chart here:

See my wonderful Nakshatra Videos and Blogs list, followed by Planets visionary contact resources here:

December 2023 Planets Report:

Now, here is my more detailed nitty-gritty detailed summary of the Planet Movements in December 2023:

The Winter Solstice:

December 21st is the Winter Solstice – a sacred festival back to the hunter gatherers and first farmers and beyond. Many sacred cairns round here in the West of Ireland where I live are orientated to the Winter Solstice.

Let us make this a time for honouring our ancestors and the land, for focusing on the harvest we have made in the past year, and for identifying what harvest we wish to reap in the year to come.

This is the end of the descent into darkness, and it is the start of the growing of the light. There is a shift in the great Balance.

Let us attune to this.


Sun starts December at 15 deg Scorpio ruled by Mars, in Anuradha Nakshatra. Sun is conjunct Mars in Scorpio!

Sun enters Jyestha Nakshatra within Scorpio at 16 Scorpio on 3rd December.

Jyestha has the energy of ‘the older sister’.

Its energy can help us with charisma and inspiration.

Sun enters the next sign, Sagittarius, at the same time entering Mula Nakshatra on 15th December.

Cultivate the potential for connection to the Divine, to Blessing, to sense of purpose, to hope and optimism!

Very importantly, note that Sun is transiting the Scorpio-Sagittarius Gandanta zone of immateriality and unsupportedness from December 12th to 19th.

Be open to the visions, but also be aware of the propensity for weakness and unsupportedness that is the nature of the Gandanta zones, the three transition points of water sign to fire sign of which Scorpio to Sagittarius is one of these.

Avoid people or discussions that will weaken or distract you.

When Sun is in Sagittarius, there is a wonderful increase in blessing and sense of purpose. It is ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter will be trine the Sun at this time, centering on 28th December.

Mula Nakshatra, the first Nakshatra in Sagittarius, is in the wonderful expansive energy of Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius.

But note so very importantly that that Mula Nakshatra itself is ruled over by Niritti, the Goddess of Death and Destruction.

Be open to needed (or enforced) Death and Rebirth experiences yourself, especially where those are due and needed.

Sun enters PurvaAshadha Nakshatra on 30th December, and Sun ends December at 15 deg Sagittarius.

Sun moves into inconjunct (150 deg aspect) from Uranus on 11th December. Be open to change that may be needed in you or your life.

Sun is also  moving into a square from Neptune from the date of the New Moon of 12th December. The highest manifestation of this is intuition, sensitivity and vison. It’s exact on 16th December.

New Moon 14.12.23:

Moon and Sun at 26 Scorpio in Jyestha Nakshatra

This is a very fraught energy. Watch out for my video and blog on this New Moon.

Full Moon 27.12.23:

Moon at 10 Gemini in Ardra Nakshatra

Sun at 20 Sagittarius in Mula Nakshatra

Watch out for my video and blog on this Full Moon.


Mercury starts December at 6 Sagittarius in Mula Nakshatra.

Mercury reaches PurvaAshadha Nakshatra at 14 Sagittarius on December 10th staying there until December 16th.

PurvaAshadha is ruled by Venus, very demandingly so, so not the energy we experience will be the combination of Venus + Mercury in Sagittarius ruled by Jupiter!

Mercury then turns Retrograde at 14 Sagittarius on 13th December, remaining Retrograde until January 1st. delays, communications problems, etc!

Mercury re-enters Scorpio on 28th December.

Note that Mercury is thus in one of the three Gandanta zones of immateriality and unsupportedness from December 24th to January 11th, as follows:

Mercury is Retrograde from December 24th to January 1st.

Mercury turns Direct at 28 deg Scorpio from January 2nd, re-entering Sagittarius on January 8th.

AND Mercury is conjunct Mars in the Gandanta, because Mars transits through the Gandanta from 22nd December from 26 deg Scorpio to 2.1.24 at 4 deg Sagittarius.

Real dangers in this energy.

Once Sun enters Sagittarius on December 17th, Mercury increasingly is Combust until 28th. Be careful wise and measured with your decisions and communications.

Mercury and Sun are exactly combust – Cazimi – on December 22nd, at 6 Sagittarius.

Please note that exact combustion can be a time for receiving guidance and insights. Look out for those!

Mercury is conjunct Mars on 27th December and has a square aspect to Neptune.

Note that Mercury transits across Galactic Centre (which is around 3 to 4 deg Sagittarius, Mula Nx) at around 3 deg Sagittarius three times during these retrogrades, and Mars transits Galactic centre once around 31st December to 1st January.

Mercury is moving backwards and forward, but generally into a trine from Jupiter at 12 Aries. Watch out for this.

Concentrate on seeking the big picture and being open to enlarging thoughts and concepts and blessings. It’s a good energy for organization.

As with every Mercury Retrograde period, be careful with posts and communications.


Venus starts December at 2 deg Libra. Libra is the sign that Venus rules, so Venus’ strength or dignity is very strong.  

Venu starts December in creative Chitra Nakshatra ruled by Mars.

Venus enters Swati Nakshatra ruled by Rahu North Node on 6th December at 7 deg Libra. Make sure that Swati’s driven buffalo energy (Male Buffalo is Swati Nakshatra’s power animal) does not overturn Venus in Libra’s harmony and love.

Venus enters powerful imperious Vishakha Nakshatra ruled by Jupiter on 17th December at 20 Libra.

Let Venus moderate Vishaka’s potentially overbearing nature.

Set high standards in love instead.

Vishakha has the Victory Arch.

Go for passion and love.

Note that Venus is opposition Uranus on December 21st. So look out for different insights, surprises, openings in love – even revolution.

Venus enters Scorpio on 25th December, still in Vishakha Nakshatra.

Try to use this new Scorpio energy to strengthen your Venus love and creativity issues – and your handling of these.

I say this basically because Scorpio energy is about death and rebirth.

Apply such death and rebirth energy to your Venus issues!!!

Make a project of cultivating being strong when Venus transits Scorpio!

Leaving Vishakha Nakshatra, Venus next enters mediative and visionary Anuradha Nakshatra ruled by Saturn within Scorpio on 28th December.  

Don’t let Mars in the Scorpio Abhukta Mula Gandanta at this time PLUS the Mercury retrograding into that Gandanta at this time upset the potential of Venus.

Venus ends December at 8 Scorpio, still in Anuradha Nakshatra.

Note that Pluto in Capricorn is square Venus in Libra at the start of the month.

This is the opportunity to come more fully into your own power in the context of your relationship.

Seek to be genuine and true.

Seek to build upon and prologue this through December and beyond.

When Venus is at 7 deg Libra trines Saturn at 7 Aquarius (it’s exact December 5th), this can give form to your Venusian abilities such as dance or art or the expression of loving relationship.

Venus is steadily moving into an opposition aspect from Jupiter at 12 Aries.

It’s exact around 9th December.

Check your attitudes out.

Make sure to be open to expansionary attitudes, blessing and sense of purpose.

Venus also moves into an opposition aspect to revolutionary Uranus. It’s exact on 21st December.

Venus is steadily moving into a square aspect with sober demanding Saturn as the month ends.

Note that the way each sign will experience the ‘Venus in Libra’ energy will vary.

For example, for Cancer Ascendant Libra is 4th House. So this means that , so you can successfully  work to have harmony in the home will be supported.

But note that for Virgo Ascendant, this is 12th House from Libra, so manage your finances to avoid loss, go for enjoyable foreign cultural experiences.


Mars starts December at 11 Scorpio in Anuradha Nakshatra ruled by Saturn. Mars is conjunct Sun in Scorpio! A very powerful energy.

Mars enters Jyestha Nakshatra ruled by Mercury on December 9th.

Jyestha Nakshatra has a superior and courageous energy. Mars will do well with that.

You too can fly high – and please make the effort to do so with Mars in Jyestha in Scorpio.

I say: ‘Make sure that you stand and fly with strong wings!’

Why do I say this?

Well, let me explain the possibly rather odd-seeming last two sentences:

By coincidence I am currently reading a novel about Icarus, the son of Daedalus, who put on wings and flew high.

But Icarus’ downfall was that he flew too close to the Sun, so the story goes – and he crashed!

This was because his wings were fixed on to him using wax.

So, make sure that you stand and that you fly with strong wings (not wax-fixed wings), now and ongoing.

How can we do that?

If ‘weak wings’ is a problem of ours (i.e. if we are too weak), now is the time to take steps to heal our weakness and our cowardice now – if that’s a problem feature of yours.

Don’t use wax like Icarus did!!!

Use something stronger.

Balance courage with good proper strategy and good intention. Do the work!

Mars enters Sagittarius on December 27th, entering Mula Nakshatra, therefore, which is ruled by Ketu.

AND Mars will also be traversing the Gandanta from 22nd December, the Gandanta stretching  from 26 deg Scorpio to 2.1.24 at 4 deg Sagittarius.

While Mars is in the Gandanta, research and do vision work.

Beware giving into weakness because of the insubstantial nature of the Gandanta zone.

Equally, in the other direction, beware impulsiveness and protect yourself, your life and your relationship, by allowing to arise behaviour patterns at this time stemming from the anger, impatience, etc, that is all around this November

Mars ends December at 3 deg Sagittarius.

Note that Mars starts December receiving a square aspect from Lilith.

This is a call to be more genuine in the way you assert yourself.

This is a call to develop your awareness of what is directing you from issues and experiences crushed down or suppressed or denied into your subconscious and into your shadow material – a situation that keeps us from being the fullness of the Self we were born to be.

Make the resolution to handle this in the oncoming times to create and foster your strength and purpose and authenticity; the fullness of your identity.

Note also that Mars moves into a square to Neptune from 12th December.

Positively this is putting our energy into vision work.

Negatively, beware falsehood or deception.

And note that Mercury actually becomes conjunct Mars, when the square to Neptune becomes exact on 28th December.


Jupiter starts December at 12 Aries 50. Jupiter is Retrograde in Ashwini Nakshatra ruled by Ketu South Node.

Jupiter turns Direct at 11 deg Aries on 30th December.

At this time, look out for activations in your chart caused by aspects from Jupiter at around 11-12 degrees of:
Aries (Ashwini)

Libra (Swati)

Leo (Magha) and

Sagittarius (Mula).

These Jupiter activations will carry Jupiter’s nature and energy of Blessing, sense of purpose, connection to the Divine and Enlargement.

And note also Jupiter is opposition Venus at 12 Libra exact on 10th December. The two Benefics combine. Honour this time. Connect to its potential. Perceive their very different Benefic Natures. Seek to understand it. Seek to internalize it. Jupiter is an energy of blessing. Venus is an energy of sweetness and kindness which when properly used can heal the negativity of others in a loving way – hence Venus being called the Preceptor of Demons.


Saturn starts December at 6 deg Aquarius in Shatabishak Nakshatra ruled by Rahu North Node, and ends December at 9 deg Aquarius.  

Please see my comments in the first paragraph of this post about the energies of Saturn.


Uranus starts December Retrograde at 26 Aries. Uranus is in Bharani Nakshatra ruled by Venus, Note that and Uranus ends December at 25 Aries.

Sun moves into inconjunct from Uranus on 11th December. Be open to revolutionary new change that may be needed in you or your life.

Venus is opposition Uranus around the exact date of December 21st. So look out for different insights, surprises, openings in love – even revolution in your expression of love.


Neptune is at 0 deg Pisces at December. Neptune is in PurvaBhadra Nakshatra ruled by Jupiter.

Neptune starts December Retrograde, but he turns Direct on 6th December.

Note that Neptune will be very powerful while he is near-stationery in velocity. And he is in Pisces, where his energy can really shine are permeate.

Analyze carefully what aspect Neptune in casting to your natal planets.

What House in your birth chart is Neptune transiting through?

At his highest Neptune is sensitive and visionary.

Cultivate your intuitive visionary nature.

There are wonderful uses for this which can really expand our awareness.

But also – make every effort to be honest (to deal magnificently with the deceptive other side potential of Neptune.


Pluto starts December at 4 deg Capricorn in UttarAshadha Nakshatra ruled by the Sun, and ends December at 5 deg Capricorn.

Note that Pluto in Capricorn is square Venus in Libra at the start of the month. This is the opportunity to come more fully into your own power in the context of your love-showing and relationship.

Seek to be genuine and true.

Seek to build upon this power that is offered

Seek to prologue this through December and beyond – as long as you live.


Ketu South Node starts December at 28 deg Virgo in Chitra Nakshatra, and ends December at 26 deg Virgo (Mean South Node always Retrograde).

This is a supreme call to each of us to increase our health and healing awareness for the coming 18 months while Ketu transits Virgo the Healer’s sign.

Ketu calls us to cut away that which we have outgrown or does not serve.

Ketu is a call to intuition and openness to divine insights.

Ketu also makes us connect to his gift of past life awareness and ancestral issues – do the work for this and the healing and empowering results will be tremendous. Get in touch with me for a Reading about this.


Rahu North Node starts December at 28 Pisces in Revati Nakshatra ruled by Mercury and ends December at 26 Pisces (Mean North Node always Retrograde).

Rahu is in the Gandanta at the end of Pisces, and at its highest, this will bring you many insights and intuitions.

Rahu is slowly heading towards Chiron. As this transit grows, look out for awareness of your woundedness and ways of healing your existential wound and empowering yourself around that.

Rahu starts December at 29 deg Pisces. Chiron is at 22 Pisces.

They finally converge in March.

Make this a very special journey to study the nature and meaning of Chiron in your life, and to make a project of intuitive healing and empowerment work with your existential wound.

Get a Reading from me.


Chiron spends December at 21 Pisces in Revati Nakshatra ruled by Mercury.

On December 27th Chiron goes Direct. We have had a time to explore our vulnerabilities. Now is the time to move forward actively working with them.

Rahu is slowly heading towards Chiron. As I said in the section on Rahu, they finally converge in March.

Make this a very special journey to study the nature and meaning of Chiron in your life, and to make a project of intuitive healing and empowerment work with your existential wound. Get a Reading from me.

Lilith (Black Moon):

Lilith starts December at 12 Leo and ends December at 15 Leo.

This month, Lilith moves from Magha Nakshatra ruled by Ketu to PurvaPhalguni Nakshatra ruled by Venus.

Lilith transits to our natal planets will activate material stuffed down into our unconscious and our shadow side and denies the fullness of us. Check out your Lilith transits. They need to be handled in a way that releases it full potential. Get a Reading from me.


Ceres transits from 9 to 21 deg Scorpio in December (transiting from Anuradha Nakshatra to Jyestha Nakshatra).

Ceres is our personal Harvest.

Transiting Ceres brings to us an energy of harvest: what is the harvest of your natal planets when activated by Ceres?

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Pallas moves from 13 to 25 Libra in December.

Pallas transit from Swati to Vishakha Nakshatra.

Pallas activations point to the need to recognize disowned qualities within one’s self.

Recognize how we may be projecting them onto others.

Recognize how we may be denying our gender qualities, or taking on the opposite gender qualities to survive difficult situations even from very early on in our life.

Check out what transiting Pallas is doing to your birth chart. Bring in the struggle to rediscover and reconnect with essential qualities of one’s own sex.

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Juno transits from 24 to 29 Leo in December. Juno thus transits from PurvaPhalguni Nakshatra to UttaraPhalguni Nakshatra.

Juno’s energy includes commitment in relationship, and how we may be rendered powerless by


Get a reading from me about your relationship scripts and issues.


Vesta moves from 16 Gemini to 9 Gemini in December – in Ardra Nakshatra.

Vesta is the sacred hearth, the sacred flame, the needed sense of the divine presence and focus.

It is so wonderful to connect to our natal Vesta shrine especially during fraught times like the energies of this month.

For example, you might like to know, I love the feeling of connecting to my Vesta sacred shrine: I have Vesta conjunct Neptune and my IC, in sextile to Venus.

We can gain a lot by discovering the many connections we, like every human, can make to faces of the Divine.

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