Sometimes there’s nothing you can do about poor timing, and this month is an example. Difficult planetary alignments involving your solar ninth house indicate challenges in two areas of life: travel and relatives. Stay home for the holidays if you can; if not, be prepared for delays and cancellations from the 18th on. Relatives, especially in-laws, are who they are, but at least you can mentally prepare yourself to make the best of it. Mercury turns direct on the 13th, just in time to unravel all the pre-holiday mix-ups that occurred during the previous three weeks. Double-check your gift list with a sharp eye to find any omissions, and confirm that gifts ordered online have indeed been shipped. You’ll be among the favored few at work, thanks to Venus in Aquarius, your solar tenth house, from the 20th on. People will seek your input and share their secrets, both of which can provide valuable information you can use in the new year. Plan an after-work get- together before year’s end. With Mars in Virgo, your solar fifth house, all month, you’ll be the life of the party. The December 10 Good Moon (lunar eclipse) in Gemini, your solar second house, has much potential to boost your bank account, both now and into the next year. But you’ll need to rein yourself in the first week of December, when the urge to splurge will be strong. Better yet, skip shopping that week and put the energy into organizing financial records. Social events could also be pricey this month, so be ready to suggest a less expensive alternative.