Your essential guide to the week ahead from Citizen Femme’s resident astrologer, Zana Wilberforce.
This week is off to a productive start as the Sun enters Capricorn on Monday 21 December during the winter solstice. You might be writing organised lists or sharpening your focus on a new topic of interest. There’s a grounded energy that keeps the ebb and flow of the changing seasons in check as we come to the end of a turbulent 2020.
The holidays also mark the grand finale of another year passed. Travel may well be off the cards for many of us this Christmas, but there’s still a range of festive activities being brought to you by local businesses, from virtual wreath making to at-home restaurant kits. Here’s how to get festive (from home) in London and spread Christmas cheer and spread Christmas cheer despite the new Tier 4 restrictions.
December 22 – January 19
This week starts off with a month-long voyage in your sign, Capricorn, lighting up your adventurous first house from Monday 21 December. It’s a week of contrasts in many ways as you embrace the spotlight and simultaneously organise time to unwind this festive season. As a sign that appreciates structure, why not try your hand at perfecting Graham Campbell’s fluffy Christmas soufflé infused with brandy anglaise.
January 20 – February 18
You’re feeling grounded this week, Aquarius, as a month-long voyage in Capricorn sweeps through your house of healing. Time is on your side for the first time in a long time, calling for a wellness revamp. A hit of fresh country air on a winter walk is just the ticket this festive season. Restrictions pending, swap the eerily silent city streets for meandering streams in Ardingly, Sussex. The waterside walking path runs along the tranquil reservoir with vast views across the South Downs.
February 19 – March 20
Teamwork is the vibe this week, Pisces. Your eleventh house of togetherness makes you the leader and voice of reason, a role that you use generously to create fairness and camaraderie. Take the lead this Christmas with a restaurant meal kit. Simon Rogan’s Michelin-starred Christmas menu ships to mainland Great Britain and features five decadent courses. Nonna Tonda’s fresh pasta kits are filled with artisan Italian sauces if truffle pudding isn’t your thing.
March 21 – April 19
This is a week of increased focus and concentration for you, Aries. You’re prepared to return to a project with an eager eye and a fresh set of ideas as Capricorn season makes headway. These grounding moonbeams set the tone for a productive entry into the new year. It’s not all work and no play this festive season. Show your support for the arts and get your theatre dose with The Old Vic Theatre’s full-scale performances streaming throughout the Christmas period.
April 20 – May 20
After a period of nesting, you’re feeling ready to rumble with the Sun’s entry intro Capricorn on Monday 21 December. The familiarity of autonomy feels like a breath of fresh air as you appear from underneath the woodwork, all shiny and new. Bath’s Christmas Market has gone virtual this year if a spot of retail therapy is on the agenda. For last-minute gift ideas, stuff your stocking fillers with crafted trinkets and personalised presents in support of independent traders.
May 21 – June 20
A grounded energy and themes of stability take centre stage this week for you and you’re ready for it. The influence of the Sun’s entry into Capricorn on Monday 21 December drives you to think ambitiously and with a focus on finances. Wreath making can provide a creative break from any overthinking and inspire a jolly festive mood this Christmas. Sign up for a virtual class.
June 21 – July 22
The sun shifts into Capricorn this week, spotlighting your relationship sector. In the month ahead, look to the kindred spirits that illuminate your life and keep them close. Speaking of illumination – make sure to check out to London’s prettiest Christmas lights around Bond Street and Covent Garden. Lights in the shape of white peacock feathers abound along Bond Street in homage to men in the 18th century who waltzed around in their dandiest attire.
July 23 – August 22
Time to get practical this week as the Sun marches through your task-oriented sixth house in pragmatic Capricorn. Whether you’re negotiating a contract or manoeuvring plans for the holidays, there’s a system in place. Run any final Christmas errands with a trip to Greenwich Market. On Wednesdays, the buzzy market will be staying open late with a generous selection of craft-focused gifts and homemade candles inspired by gingerbread aromas.
August 23 – September 22
This Monday marks the Sun’s entry into Capricorn and your playful fifth house. Even if things are different this year, family members and friends can rely on you to bring the pizzazz. You would usually be out and about town over the festive period, popping to the Royal Opera House for a showing of The Nutcracker. This year, you can watch it from the comfort of your couch with Nutcracker Online presented by San Francisco Ballet.
September 23 – October 22
The winter solstice arrives this Monday, kicking off the week with the Sun’s month-long visit in pragmatic Capricorn and your domestic fourth house. This is your nesting period, a time to nurture your body and invest in the things that are most meaningful. Though popping by Borough Market this festive season isn’t on the cards, you can still shop for thoughtful gifts from local businesses online via Borough Market Online. You can’t go wrong with foodie gifts and beautiful Christmas hampers here.
October 23 – November 21
Mark your calendar this week as the sun slinks into Capricorn, lighting up your third house of social activity and communication. Leave idleness aside and remember to check in on your loved ones this festive season. Better yet, drive to a festive film screening in one of London’s contact-free drive-in cinemas and spend some quality time together. Christmas classics such as Home Alone and The Grinch are currently showing at Troubadour Meridian Water.
November 22 – December 21
Capricorn season takes centre stage this week as you momentarily shift your attention away from adventure to hone your finances. Let this be a reminder that experiences are more important to you than material possessions. Embark on an operatic journey and mentally transport yourself to Austria with virtual performances live streamed by the Vienna State Opera. Online carol services are also available to ramp up the festive mood.