The year comes to a close with three planets resuming direct motion: Uranus on the 9th, Mercury on the 13th, and Jupiter on the 25th. Matters put on hold will regain momentum but also present challenges to be resolved. Career-related changes are possible, either for you or coworkers, and this area of your life will be prone to power struggles. Do your best to sidestep the action, but don’t hesitate to be tactfully honest if something from the past resurfaces. Friendship is in focus from the 20th on, when Venus is in Aquarius, your solar eleventh house. That’s great for holiday socializing and widening your circle of acquaintances. You’ll also want to get together with your closest pals during the last week of December to celebrate the season and another year of friendship. Communication involving relatives will test your patience in the week leading up to the December 10 Good Moon (lunar eclipse) in Gemini, your solar third house. The less said the better, especially with in-laws, because you’re unlikely to convince anyone to see things your way. The same could be true of a neighbor or coworker. Talk with a friend if you need a second opinion, if you’re unsure your perspective is on target. Although you’d rather be playing, Mars in Virgo, your solar sixth house, keeps the pressure on at work, as does the December 24 Good Moon in Capricorn, your solar tenth house. Take care, though, not to push yourself or others too hard. It will only result in short tempers that can spark conflict. Ease stress with after-work exercise or a lunchtime walk.