As the week starts, we find ourselves in the waxing phase of the moon (a.k.a. the second quarter). This indicates it's an opportune time to put our goals and plans into action with accelerated benefits as a result.
The last full moon of 2018 is also occurring this week, kicking off the official start of winter. The full moon in Cancer falls on Saturday December 22nd, with the sun moving from Sagittarius to the next sign, Capricorn, just the day before. Because it's happening at nearly the first degree of the sign, those most impacted will be those with astrological placements within the first five degrees in the signs under the cardinal category: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
So it's not just about the sun signs this week. In fact, taking a look at any planetary placement in the first few degrees of these cardinal signs will give you clues of the overall theme this full moon in Cancer holds for you personally.
Also, a grand water trine is happening surrounding the full moon between the Cancer moon, Venus in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces. This will illuminate a massive sense of compassion and sentimentality towards the end of this week.
Here’s the rest of what this busy week has in store for you, courtesy of professional astrologer Allie Schultz of Reality Check Astrology.
Aries: March 20–April 20
Leading up to this week's full moon, you'll be pushed in the direction of facing the depths of your emotions regarding the path you're currently on in life. Now is not the time to suppress how you're feeling, but instead confide in a trustworthy friend to gain insight as well as a fresh outside perspective. If you do feel the drive to make changes in where your life may be headed, remember to take baby steps. There is no rush or deadline to conquer what you set out to achieve.
Taurus: April 20–May 21
With the karmic North Node sitting in the house of communication for you personally, now is the ideal time to take action on manifesting and setting intentions. You'll be bound to have a boost of self-confidence this week as a result of truly beginning to believe in your talents and abilities. This week is also ideal for redecorating your home or work space if you choose to do so.
Gemini: May 21–June 21
Gemini, this week brings good luck to you through your social life, as both Mercury and Jupiter are in your house of relationships. However, you may find your emotions are running high in regards to your own reputation and how others see you—you are taking it to heart. Realize that even though your feelings are valid and you have every right to feel the way you do, it doesn't mean that the thoughts associated with these emotions are necessarily the truth. Don't beat yourself up.
Cancer: June 21–July 22
The full moon on Saturday falls into the literal start of your sign, Cancer. Saturn plays a major role for you this week in delivering a vital learning experience, and it can become quite an emotional process. Try not to meet this upheaval with resistance. Instead, look at what you can gain from this occurrence. It's going to pass, so if you can, put it aside until you are ready to face it if now doesn't feel like a good time to do so.
Leo: July 22–August 23
Leo, this week you may find yourself encountering difficulty with concentration when it comes to creative endeavors. Don't force yourself if you aren't up to it because you'll just upset yourself. Instead, learn to listen to what your body is telling you and rest. Take a breather by engaging in self-care activities. Then, once you feel ready, try again.
Virgo: August 23–September 23
Virgo, pick your battles this week because there's a good chance of feeling hypersensitivity. This can result in wanting to hurl fighting words—but perhaps before you react, consider the potential damage that can cause. Ask yourself: What's more important—being at peace, or perceiving being right? Key word being "perceiving," as you have trickster Neptune in the mix of all of this influencing you.
Libra: September 23–October 23
With the gift of gab handed to you this week, use that opportunity to speak up: Let your truth out by taking advantage of having planet Mercury in the house of communication. Also, despite that desire to give those you love lavish gifts this holiday season, remember that you don't have to prove your love and affection by going totally broke. Be mindful of your bank account.
Scorpio: October 23–November 22
With Mercury and Jupiter falling into your second house, you can expect some form of holiday bonus coming your way! You may be thinking in a monetary sense, but really it can come in any form in which you hold value. Allow yourself to receive the blessings you're being granted, and be sure to express your gratitude.
Sagittarius: November 22–December 21
I know you're counting the seconds down to 2019, Sagittarius. The thing is, don't look so far ahead that you forget what is right in front of you. Keep on reminding yourself to stay mindful of now, and appreciate what you have gotten out of your life's journey up until the very moment you are reading this.
Capricorn: December 21–January 20
Be sure to speak directly, clearly, and honestly as it will be fairly easy to misconstrue and misunderstand your words and intentions this week, Capricorn. Fortunately, the pressure and tensions will ease up once the sun enters your sign on Friday. Take some time to relax, and enjoy quality time with loved ones while taking others' feelings into account.
Aquarius: January 20–February 18
This week, you appear to have the Midas touch in the public arena, especially career-wise. Pat yourself on the back, because all of that hard work has obviously been paying off! One thing to be cautious about, though—don't act impulsively because it can turn the good vibes to sour fairly quick. Think things through before making a major decision.
Pisces: February 18–March 20
Now is not the best time to take financially based risks, Pisces. However, you’re having some brilliant ideas in terms of long-term professional goals, so don't hold back in that respect! Luck-filled Jupiter is in your tenth house of career, giving you the green light to go for it!