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    Neil Giles

    Neil Giles is a storyteller, astrologer and historian. He is a novelist and journalist and has written for theatre, radio and television, as well as many articles for Astrology on the Web.
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    2008 Horoscope Forecast
    Aquarius, the Water-Bearer in 2008 
    truth and wisdom in the hidden realms

    Earth is where it's at this year with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto all lined up for a shimmy through the element that rules caution, practicality, worldly ambition and material pursuits. Nonetheless, this is a watershed year for you. Jupiter is in Capricorn, the cardinal earth sign and a serious, determined placement. Thus, the Lord of Fortune is in the sign of the Goat and opens the door to your solar twelfth house, drawing you inward on a search for truth and wisdom in the hidden realms.

    In time, this will bring to the surface realizations about what you want or believe in, as well as revelations about the past. You will explore the inner dimensions. You will travel in strange climes. The cauldron of the year will help cook up a new inner life. In time, you will taste a new inner world. Immerse yourself in the hidden and in the things you haven't seen or haven't wanted to see about your life. By the year's end, you'll be ready to re-emerge and flourish under influences that will uplift you for giant Jupiter will be set to move to your sign in 2009. Your luck will be in then if you do the work now.

    This year, some of you will enrich a current direction in knowledge or learning as you seek to understand its broader possibilities or its wider implications. You will study to increase the breadth of your knowledge as you move from one level of accomplishment to the next. Others step back from a path to contemplate the situation, doing so in order to choose another area or discipline to move into and expand those inner horizons. Some will take a more spiritual path, leaving worldly interests behind. Others will stay in the midst of the action, but study in secret or after hours.

    You may be disillusioned with a current situation. Powerful or tragic events are triggers by which such changes come about. This is a learning period. You will see there are more streams of knowledge or understanding than you have imagined. As you learn to navigate the currents of these streams, you will receive an upliftment that comes from deep knowledge or a strong faith, drawn from a deep well. It's the right time to take a spiritual teacher – or, from another angle, you may aspire to understand the mysteries, or the tenets of philosophies or doctrines.

    Jupiter moves forward as the year starts, turns retrograde on May 9th then moves back into forward motion on Sep 8th. Jan and Nov bring the Lord of Fortune into harmony with Saturn, the measurer of effort, in Virgo. Secret deals will come to fruition. Secret wisdom will call you. Hidden forces or skills will come into play to advance or alter your situation or your state. People of status or achievement may impart their wisdom or lend their support. Financial plans will flourish if you've played them close to your chest.

    Pluto, lord of the underworld will follow in the path taken by Jupiter as he moves to the sign of Capricorn for the first time since the Eighteenth Century. This will usher in a period in which focus on the inner self intensifies. You will follow the urge or heed the pressure to discover more about who you are and about how you function from within. There will be a deepening relationship with hidden or subconscious aspects of your nature. There will be revelations about the past and the patterns in your life. Forgotten or suppressed material rises to the surface. You will come to understand something of the hidden forces or desires that drive you. You may come to see where others have opposed you or stood in your way. You may also come to understand just how you can sabotage your own efforts. Deep spiritual or creative breakthroughs emerge, as you purge the old memories that rise from the depths. You will explore new dreams and horizons with a renewed sense of purpose in your life. Powerful events or people may come to influence your destiny. You will have to deal with situations or events that you cannot control. Their pressure or impact will cause you to find new answers and perhaps a new way of living. This transit awakens a search for new foundations for work and health. These things unfold slowly but inexorably over time, as Pluto takes his slow but relentless steps forward. You will see the fall of structures you have made, within you and without. Pluto enters Capricorn on Jan 25th, moves back to Sagittarius on Jun 14th then settles for the long voyage in the sign of the Goat on Nov 26th.

    As Pluto clashes with Mars retrograde in Gemini on the bell of New Year, watch your dealings with males. There may be feisty, mobile or talkative creatures that sometimes impede your effort or dominate the scene. Male children may also feature, bringing conflict or rebellion. It'll be a year for the knee and elbow pads as there could be injuries to the arms or legs, especially to an older boy that may be athletically inclined.

    Love and Money Love and Money Go to Top

    The Lunar North Node is in your sign while the South Node is in that of Leo, bringing the focus of new associations onto personal relationships. New romance and connections will flourish. Old connections will be shed, though some of them may return for resolution or a new start. The pattern of a relationship will find new form or give a more appreciable focus to personal enjoyment and closeness. Unusual events or people will touch your personal life. Prepare for group work or new associations with community activities or interests. New influences will alter your thinking or ideas, sending you in a new direction over time. Conversely, you may begin to think or operate in a new or different way and seek or find new friends or interests. In the end, you'll find what you're looking for because you've changed your priorities with regard to what's important in a relationship.

    Late Apr to mid May will bring a period where aspiration or ideals will be high but judgement may be flawed or idealistic. You will be drawn to creative or spiritual people or interests. Make sure that those you take into your trust are worthy. If new romance comes at this time, take time to be sure that someone is what they seem to be. Late May to mid Jun will bring a period where unusual people or situations will bring change or a time of review. It's time to take up new interests, forge a new connection or alter your ideas due to the influence or presence of someone new. Alternatively, you may go through a significant personal change, moulding a new image or taking on a new sense of presence.

    Venus the goddess begins the year simmering in fiery Sagittarius. There will be links or connections made in friendship this year. They will bring you into a new circle or introduce you to new activities or ideas. However, there is a whisker of tension between Venus and Saturn in Virgo, so it may be that you will have to leave something or someone behind in order to forge a new connection. A close relationship may grow out of a friendship, but there may be a cost to pay for this. A secret relationship is in the wind, maintained under the constraint of another liaison or a tricky business connection. Minimize activity or social interaction with friends, as it's better to concentrate on a few connections of importance where there is the sympathy of shared ideas, beliefs and interests. A commitment to social or community endeavour limits your time for pleasure or leisure. Secret ventures emerge, or deals that you cannot disclose to the general run of friends and connections. Be ready to commit money or resources to an important venture or group project.

    Saturn, the measurer of effort is in Virgo and your solar eighth house. Money will be a driving force or concern. You will shed old obligations or connections in joint matters and move into new ones. It's time to start working towards important 'long term' financial goals. These may be a revision or an adapted version of what you've done before. Some of you change your fiscal goals or priorities and you will certainly rationalize; you may even downsize. Be ready to deal with experienced financial operators, as you find new and more efficient uses for your money. It's time to learn new skills or methods in your approach or handling of finances.

    A new start may also come in your erotic life at this time. A landmark change is in the air with family finances or the family constellation, especially one that involves older people. There may be money from inheritances or trusts. Along with financial side of things, some of you become increasingly interested in the study of occult matters, psychology or the mysteries of life and death. Issues with intimacy are something you have to deal with or consider. Health or health practice may be bound up with your financial operations.

    Saturn starts in reverse motion, moves forward once more on May 3rd and remains that way till year's end. A Nov clash with Uranus in Pisces will bring concerns over balancing personal spending with investments, joint finances or financial obligations. Prepare to review or redirect your methods of management in order to solve a problem, or gain an end.

    Home and Family Home and Family Go to Top

    Saturn's journey in Virgo will see changes in financing for the home. There may be a new purchase, a need to refinance or changes in the structure or the division of assets or obligations with joint holdings. Changes in financial life or holdings will shift the focus with home or family concerns. Family money, loans, trusts or inheritance may alter your fiscal situation. Put new money to good use. Solve old problems. Get the money right and you'll get your home and family life right.

    With the influence of the North Node in your sign, change in close or personal relations will affect the family configuration or the line-up in the household. Comings or goings will affect the doings in the domicile. There may be a new start as romantic partners, friends and new ideas or interests bring a new quality to life at home. Conversely, the range and demand of professional or personal involvements may take time away from the family or the household. With Jupiter in the twelfth house, there will be revelations about the past that may affect family life in some way. If you decide to walk a different path, it's because of the cycle of inner change you're going through, which will alter your ideas about what's important in your personal life. Some of you will be more concerned or committed in personal, romantic or family relations due to changes in your priorities, interests or values.

    Work and Health Work and Health Go to Top

    Watch concentration or attention. You might not be as focused on the immediate tasks as you need to be. Creative ideas or secret schemes are in the wind. Think beyond the immediate towards a speculative future. Somehow or other you will to turn the year into a stepping-stone to different tasks or accomplishments. You may wish to change the way you live and will thus need to alter the way that you work. With Mars in reverse in Gemini as the year starts, take care over safety and accidents relating to the head or extremities.

    Watch yourself with 'high risk' endeavours and don't try to come back to past skills or practices as though you haven't missed a beat. Don't get caught trying to prove you're as agile, speedy or fit as you once were. Conversely, you may take up past practices, sports or vigorous activity to revive an old recreational routine. Watch yourself with regard to over-expenditure of energy or effort. You'll want to go for it this year, but take care that you don't exhaust yourself in the process. Vary your routines and activities with sport or athleticism.

    Career Matters Career Matters Go to Top

    Saturn in Virgo endeavours to advance your career prospects or professional matters through investment and astute money management. Some of you will enter new fiscal ventures in order to bring in the rewards, using money to make money. You are inclined to move away from wages or the regular job, as you want to be 'worth' more, as much as to have cash in hand. Thus, direct involvement in finance or investment will appeal. Others will make funds available, seeking a profitable return through organizations or expert professionals in the money market. One way or the other, what will be important is the grasp of a new vocabulary and new work methods, as well as patience and analysis. You'll have to know what you're doing and not simply take matters on trust.

    Some of you will seek to profit from investment, in order to finance other interests or projects. Others will simply wish to put money back in to better their returns. One way or another, you will wish to profit. Remember that Saturn in Virgo will not give up riches easily. It is not a lavish placement, but rather a careful and meticulous one. Some of you will become involved in secret deals or projects that will pay dividends later on. Look to Nov for results.

    With Mars in reverse in Gemini, you may revive a past creative project or activity. This will involve communication, self-expression or physicality that demands versatility and agility. Be ready to take up the cudgel of old creative projects or speculative ventures and beat yourself a new path. You can revive something at which you once excelled, or you may start something you've always wanted to do. In the long view, you're headed for change with lifestyle, relationships, career and interests; the full set.

    Mercury the MessengerMercury the Messenger  Go to Top

    Mercury moves into retrograde (reverse) motion three times a year for about three weeks each time. This phase heralds a time of confusion and misunderstandings that can affect arrangements, travel, transport, appliances, machinery and communications. The breakdowns that occur are a function of neglect, inattention, simple misunderstandings or component failure. They will often bring to the fore the very contingency we should have planned for and didn't. When the retrograde phase occurs, watch out for such possibilities as well as putting off major decision-making or the signing of crucial documents and agreements. We tend to miss things while Mercury is in reverse motion and then have to come back and do them again. A process of review in the retrograde phase can efficiently show where problems might lie and help us with damage control or the mending of things. Double check arrangements at these times! What you think you've said and what others have understood will often prove to be two different things.

    Mercury's first reverse motion cycle is in your sign and begins on Jan 28th. There will be problems with personal communication. You'll be unable to get a point across to someone close. There will be difficulty getting through to a partner or a close associate. This may be a direct result of confusion or it may be that delays or separations impede contact. You may disagree over personal matters or you may take a different road. Watch for clumsiness or minor accidents. Work for clarity with arrangements and take extra care in preparation if you're responsible for presentations. Get the basics right. You are going through a change of mind over issues or personal concerns, so there may be a shift in attitudes or ideas. Be careful, you're likely to be distracted or preoccupied with past matters that require reflection. Mercury moves forward again on Feb 19th.

    Mercury's second reverse motion cycle starts in Gemini on May 26th. Communication problems will hit romantic life, bringing separations, misunderstandings and clashes or confusion over arrangements. You will have difficulty getting through to a romantic link, due to an absence, a change of schedules or a disagreement. Interruptions or delays arise with lifestyle activities or recreation and changes or cancellations affect social life. These may come out of the blue. Delays or interruptions in creative work or with speculative ventures are a bugbear. Wait things out; change your approach, or go back over old ground. There may be a problem dealing with a child. Children may be unruly, demanding or needy. As the messenger reverses by clashing with revolutionary Uranus, there will be surprises, drama and events or people of a sudden or excitable character. Mercury moves forward on Jun 19th.

    Mercury's final reverse motion phase starts in Libra on Sep 24th. Overseas travel, study matters or legal concerns will be set for confusion or hasty rearrangement. Problems with communication feature, especially with overseas links. You may not get through. You may get the wrong message, or you may convey your own messages wrongly. Surprise events or unexpected changes alter the bigger picture and thus alter your plans or schedules as well. Cross-cultural differences are in the frame, such as linguistic problems. Go back over old ground with past subjects of interests. You may decide to complete a course of study, or you may interrupt your studies in order to pursue other interests or deal with a surprise development. Relations with those of other cultures are likely to be testy or difficult. In the end, despite any disruption, you will be somehow inspired by what's gone wrong. Mercury moves forward again on Oct 15th.

    Lady Moon Lady Moon Go to Top

    Your New Moon comes with a Solar Eclipse on Feb 7th, bringing a large stellium of the planets and the Lights in your sign. It marks a new beginning at a very personal level, affecting relationships, demeanour and presentation or image. However, as Mercury is in reverse motion at this point and conjoining Chiron, you will cover old ground, finally start a project, or take a direction that has been calling for some time. You will be inclined to change your mind as to where you're going, what you're doing and who's involved. You can overcome delays or obstacles. You may strike out in an unexpected direction, or form a liaison with someone who is in some way uncharacteristic as a companion or partner. You may withdraw from current connections to pursue your own path. Changes, interruptions or breaks affect personal relations. It's time to undergo a strong shift in thinking or feeling, as you engage in unusual or radical communication, expression or action.

    Your Full Moon comes with a Lunar Eclipse on Aug 16th, just as Mars in Virgo clashes with dark Pluto, lord of the underworld. Partnership matters or personal relations come to an impact point or bring revelations or change. You may not be seeing things clearly, or you may be hopeful or emotional rather than clearthinking. Excitement or upset with someone close is in the stars, especially with a female. For some, this will be a point of departure as a personal or emotional connection alters. For others, it awakens a new connection with sparks of intense interest. Financial or erotic concerns rate highly and there's the potential for an irrevocable step, or the crossing of an emotional or fiscal Rubicon. There may be a strong or seductive attempt at influence. Personal encounters and creative stimulation bear a certain fascination. Be sure you know what you're doing.

    Eclipses Eclipses  Go to Top

    Eclipses of both the Sun and the Moon often indicate the end of a cycle or a significant change in the direction or pattern of the affairs governed by the house in which the eclipse falls. Eclipses of the Sun affect work, direction and relations with people in authority. Eclipses of the Moon affect matters of home, family and emotions as well as relations with women and children. Both may affect your health.

    Your own New and Full Moons are associated with eclipses, as discussed in the previous section, but the Full Moon in Virgo brings another Lunar Eclipse on Feb 21st. This means changes or an ending with joint finances or fiscal obligations. You will hit the end of a payment cycle, or there will be disruption or delay with incoming or outgoing money. You may withdraw from an obligation or an interest and may be unable to continue with a fiscal involvement. It will be time for a change or strategy with credit or joint obligations. Changes or an ending are in the wind with those you deal with over finance. Someone may be away, distracted or headed in a new direction. This can affect home finance or mortgage arrangements.

    The New Moon in Leo brings a Solar Eclipse on Aug 1st. Partners or close associates will bring change into your life. Be ready for a break, separation or an ending that will affect dealings or connections with those close to you. There may be interruptions to your association or time away from one another. You come to the end of a designated time span or may cease relations due to a change in circumstance or feelings. You and your partner may take time apart. Your loved one is at the end of a cycle and seeks a new beginning of some kind, either personally or professionally.

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