Gardening by the Moon's Sign December 2016

Plant by the Moon for Best Results

December 7, 2016
Gardening by the Moon December 2016

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Use the December 2016 dates shown in the Moon’s Astrological Place calendar below to find the best days for the following garden tasks.

Plant, Transplant, and Graft

Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces 

See our complete Planting by the Moon calendar.


Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini, or Aquarius 

Build/Fix Fences or Garden Beds 


Control Insect Pests, Plow, and Weed

Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius


Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius. During a waxing Moon, pruning encourages growth; during a waning Moon, it discourages growth.

The Moon’s Astrological Place in December

1 Capricorn

2 Capricorn

3 Capricorn

4 Aquarius

5 Aquarius

6 Pisces

7 Pisces

8 Aries

9 Aries

10 Taurus

11 Taurus

12 Gemini

13 Gemini

14 Cancer

15 Cancer

16 Leo

17 Leo

18 Leo

19 Virgo

20 Virgo

21 Libra

22 Libra

23 Scorpio

24 Scorpio

25 Scorpio

26 Sagittarius

27 Sagittarius

28 Capricorn

29 Capricorn

30  Capricorn

31 Aquarius

See your customized Moon Phase Calendar.

Mercury in Retrograde

Sometimes the other planets appear to be traveling backward through the zodiac; this is an illusion. We call this illusion retrograde motion.

Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. Intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.

When Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions.

Mercury will be retrograde from December 19, 2016–January 9, 2017.

See our Mercury Retrograde for the full year.


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