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    2008 Horoscope Forecast
    Virgo the Virgin in 2008 
    trials... and delights!

    This year holds trials and delights, Virgo. You and your lifestyle are in focus for growth and fulfilment as Jupiter, lord of fortune moves through Capricorn, adding spice to your recreation and romantic life while inspiring creativity or speculative ventures. Your love life will take a turn for the better, either through a lift in an existing relationship or a connection with someone new. You will really need to be yourself and play a responsible part in the union. You may take up a new profession. You may teach what you know. Artistic or qualified people gravitate towards you as you carve a path. It's just the time to practice new skills. You may speculate with money or investments. A bit of luck or an opportunity will lift you up and move you ahead.

    Social life and entertainment will feature. If you've a yen to tread the boards or to be on one side of a camera or the other, this is the year to do it, either for amateur enjoyment or more seriously if you wish. Take the opportunity to learn a new instrument or revive your prowess on one you already know. Give vent to the gifts of your creative expression. Encourage others to do the same with theirs. As Mercury is also in the sign of the Goat as the year begins, you may pursue a writing project, learn a dexterous art or improve fitness with expressive exercise. Choose anything from yoga to dance to skilful sporting activity. Work hard at what you do but be sure you enjoy it too. Jupiter moves forward as the year begins, turns retrograde on May 9th and moves forward once more on Sep 9th.

    Even in sober Capricorn, Jupiter is somewhat buoyant and irrepressible. Elsewhere, there is serious work to be done. Saturn, measurer of effort, continues his journey in your sign, laying the foundations for a new cycle of personal responsibility. Saturn calls you to the dance of self-determination as you start this new phase in your personal life. Serious or determined endeavours, dealings with authorities or the advancement to new levels of achievement are the milestones. Some of you will take on new duties in partnership while others will carry burdens alone because partners or associates step back or choose new directions. Some of you feel isolated through work or conditions. It is hard to delegate or to get others to pull their weight. Some of you will take a heavier than usual load while others will find yourselves separated from familiar people or points of reference and 'go it alone'.

    There may be a rise in status for some, one that will ask for more than you've had to give before. As sobering as this sounds, there are rewards for sustained effort in doing what's required or setting new directions. Though there is an emphasis on completing old or outstanding matters, this point marks the start of an era. Step up, undeterred by what must be done and you can set patterns and structures that will carry you into the future. In the overall, this new era will see you become a new and different person with regard to your function and role in important relationships. Saturn is in retrograde as the year begins then moves forward on May 3rd and remains that way til the end of the year.

    In Nov, Jupiter and Saturn harmonize in a trine, bringing you an opportunity to reap the benefit of your efforts or to bring together the different streams of your endeavours. Those in authority will cooperative or approve. Support will come. You will have the foundation that you seek to take things further. Luck, speculation or opportunity will contribute to your finances.

    2008 Virgo Love and Money Love and Money Go to Top

    Jupiter will amp up social and romantic life this year. Singles may begin a romance or cement a casual relationship into something stronger. You may even decide to commit yourself, not always easy for the independent Virgo. Those in a relationship will broaden or expand their activities, interests or ventures in order to open new doors, financially or creatively. Many things are possible this year if you're prepared for the risk. Some of you will go it alone while others will favour the joint effort. One way or another, you'll want to prove yourself by taking greater responsibility or setting a new course. Put your abilities to the test. Social interaction or occasions will feature in your calendar.

    Investment, speculation, new ventures or business concerns will be a source of money for you. There will be opportunities to advance your finances. These will come as you find a resurgent energy with past endeavours or enter into a new line of operation. You may even make a few dollars through a stroke of luck. If you do, invest it wisely. You will find you can move ahead at speed if you rely on your own efforts or take the initiative in a situation. Money will come from your projects or ventures. This is an ideal time to start a business or develop it further. For those of you that work, this doesn't mean you have to give up a job. However, you'll do well if you diversify your activities and your investments. Take a risk or bring new ideas or schemes into practice. Someof you make money through artistic or creative endeavours. Jupiter harmonizes with Uranus in Pisces in the month of Mar to bring exciting possibilities with romance and partnership ventures. You could strike gold both ways.

    There is a profusion of earth in the Heavens for you this year with Saturn in your sign and Jupiter in Capricorn. There will be practical and material efforts at advancement and consequent success in such efforts. But that's not the end of the list of planetary change. Dark Pluto, lord of the underworld begins the establishment phase of a move into the sign of Capricorn, opening a door that's been closed since the Eighteenth Century. Your life is set to receive a turbo boost as the transformative power of the outermost planet begins to flow into your veins and gives you the strength and purpose to begin again and reshape your destiny. Creative efforts, children, romantic partners and shrewd investments may all contribute to the regeneration of your lifestyle over the coming years. You can live life with a passion as you set sail into new waters. There will be obstacles to overcome and many of them will be bound up in your own resistance or reluctance. You will have to set aside self-doubt and the doubts of others and make your mark in whatever way you choose. Over the coming years, the powers of this outermost of the ancient gods will touch your life and works, imparting secrets and moulding your inner talents into skilful practice. Pluto enters Capricorn on Jan 25th, returns to Sagittarius on Jun 14th then settles into the sign of the Goat for a lengthy stay on Nov 26th.

    2008 Virgo Home and Family Home and Family Go to Top

    Venus is in Sagittarius as the year begins. There will be purchases or improvements in the home. However, with Venus in tension with Saturn in your sign, there will be expenses or responsibilities for you as a consequence. You will undertake demanding work yourself or you perhaps be constrained or tested by the necessary budget. You'll wish to beautify your home but will be unable to spend freely. Money is a concern in the home with regard to rent or the mortgage. Keep a little aside if you can just in case there is pressure from that quarter.

    Family or guests will be part of the domestic scene but they may create responsibility. Someone may be demanding or there may be a degree of care required. Work or health concerns will affect home or domestic life. There may be a change in the operations or patterns at home due to changes with work or health for yourself or for a key family member. Some of you will have to care for someone in the family. Others will work from home. Home may be a base for the business you're involved with. You may simply feel the pressure of balancing the demands of work against the responsibilities of running or keeping a home.

    2008 Virgo Work and Health Work and Health Go to Top

    The Lunar North Node travels through Aquarius, the South Node through Leo, bringing new contacts, ideas or practices with work and the pursuit of good health. This is a year to focus in the moment and the action. You will learn new skills or you will apply what you have in a new of different way. You will work as part of a team or throw in your efforts with like-minded people. Devote yourself to meaningful activities in your daily routines. There may be a passionate commitment or a need to work on behalf of others. Some of you will take up new employment or enter a new work environment. There may be an extreme or sudden shift of interests. Others will shift the focus away from work or employment, looking to a new kind of daily life where health concerns will determine the routines. Some of you will go into business for yourselves or you will apply knowledge or skills that you have pursued over these last years. It's time to turn potential into practice. You will become specifically reliant on your abilities or knowledge, even if you're working in a team situation. Unusual people or practices will feature.

    This year will bring a sharp turn or change of direction. New ideas or beliefs will call for a more creative or devoted use of your day from late Apr into May. New people or practices will feature from late May into Jun. There will be something unusual or radical in the connections and decisions that you make at this time. Your activity cycle will be strong. Health concerns of all kinds will be high on the list.

    2008 Virgo Career Matters Career Matters Go to Top

    The year starts with Mars in reverse motion in Gemini, clashing with Pluto, lord of the underworld in the last degree of Sagittarius. The opportunity arises to revive a past career initiative or project involving home or family. You may endeavour to recharge a flagging enterprise. Past professional endeavours, skills or situations come back to haunt you. Communications or vigorous action will feature. A frustrating or difficult individual, a male especially, is in the air. There may be a struggle for authority or issues to be addressed over anger or irritation. Difficult or feisty people emerge in the course of professional duties.

    It's the time to transform your home life due to career demands or responsibilities. Powerful professional changes are in the wind because of a changing situation at home or in your family life. You will be ready to launch a new enterprise or career move but you will meet opposition or obstacles on the way. Be determined and you'll succeed. With Jupiter in the sign of the Goat, you can take a punt, try your luck or start a new venture. The harvest will come because you've made the effort and taken the initiative. With Saturn in your sign, the burden falls to you now, but so will the rewards.

    2008 Virgo 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 phase begins in Aquarius on Jan 28th. Work or health will be affected by confusion or delay with arrangements, travel or communications. Relations with co-workers or the public will be testing. There may be an absence or a disagreement. Prepare for an unexpected change of duties or daily routine. Work-related travel may bring extra problems, either with disruption to schedules or traffic problems. Service the necessary vehicles in advance. Conditions may delay or disrupt usual travel patterns. There may be concerns over equipment or machinery at work. Take extra care with safety and maintenance. There may be an unusual individual or situation to deal with. You may find you are distracted or off the air at work or in daily business. Take time to consider the problems that need solving. A fresh or revised approach will be important. Don't sign any work or wage agreements until this period is done. Mercury moves forward on Feb 19th.

    Mercury's second reverse motion cycle starts in Gemini on May 26th as the messenger clashes with Uranus in Pisces. There will be confusion or difficulty dealing with authority or with career concerns. A partner or close associate may be involved. You may have feisty times with your loved one. There may be difficulty in organizing schedules or coordinating your involvements. You may have to deal with a short break or separation. A change in duties or responsibilities is in the air. You may return to past areas of endeavour or alter your modus operandi altogether. You may argue with a boss, get caught up in testy dealings with the public or find you're in the middle of difficulties that involve others, leaving you to mediate or play the diplomat. Review career options. You will have trying times communicating with professional bodies or people. You may not be able to get to those you need to see. Avoid new professional arrangements or contracts until this period is over. Mercury moves forward on Jun 19th.

    Mercury's last reverse motion phase begins in Libra on Sep 24th. There will be a review with finances. There may be confusion, delay or problems concerning payments, bills and the simple matters of earning and spending. Load payments correctly. Be sure to check that everyone has the right information. Work to avoid misunderstandings. Avoid signing any financial documents or agreements at this time. A change or absence will affect those who usually deal with your financial situation. Expect to have some difficulty getting through to an important person. You may have a setback or an alteration with earnings. You'll need time out to revise financial plans. There will be developments that will alter the picture. Give the dust time to settle before you make new decisions. You may disagree with someone over financial strategies or spending and will need to resolve your differences. It may simply be tricky to get the books to balance. Mercury moves forward on Oct 15th.

    2008 Virgo Lady Moon Lady Moon Go to Top

    Your Full Moon comes on Feb 21st, bringing with it a Lunar Eclipse. Partners and close associates will feature and there will be a strong sense of renewal in personal relations or there will be a new start, transforming lifestyle or romantic life. A powerful individual or a successful venture will be in the frame. There will be realizations or an altered state with regard to close ties. You will take up a new life path. Someone will come into your life and bring about changes in the way things work. Opportunity or luck may take a hand but it's most likely you will get something you've worked for. This will mark the end of a cycle in your life. Lifestyle patterns or romantic activity will emerge in an altered form.

    Your New Moon comes on Aug 30th. You will take on responsibilities or the burden of tasks or involvements. You will lead the way or go it alone as you take a new path. New skills or methods will go into practice. You will present a determined or capable image. You will make changes with regard to the daily routines of work or health. You may take on a big project or a new job. You will take new authority, deal with authorities or find that the authority in a partnership shifts to you. There will be a change of cycle or an ending in a close relationship.

    2008 Virgo 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 tend to 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.

    There is a Solar Eclipse with the New Moon in Aquarius on Feb 7th, bringing changes or a cyclical end in work or health matters. It's time to take a break from or end a job, a set of duties or a work situation. A co-worker may go for a time, or for good. There is a shift in the direction of your job or the end in a cycle of authority. A change in circumstances, practices or treatments is likely with health. Someone you customarily see for treatment will depart or change their situation. You have come to the end of a natural cycle in dealing with a health matter. If you've tried something unusual or different with work or health, you may find yourself back where you started.

    A Solar Eclipse comes with New Moon in Leo on Aug 1st. Watch this time for health or energy concerns, as you'll be tired or stressed due to work or health conditions. It's time to make a new start in daily life because of changed circumstances. You may find yourself at an emotional low or you may lose faith with someone or something. A creative or spiritual aspect of your life may be interrupted or come to an end. You may lose interest or energy for customary pursuits. If you've been under pressure or someone has worked against you, these influences will pass, leaving you free to go your way. Prepare for a discovery or revelation about hidden opposition.

    A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Aquarius on Aug 16th. Someone that's connected with work or health matters will go from daily life or routines, most likely a female. This may be a temporary or a permanent departure. A change in diet is required to deal with a health concern. Your routines or habits will alter or have to change. A health matter may affect your work situation or routine activities, either with your own health or someone else's. An option or condition may appear or disappear suddenly. Changes develop in the nature of your relations with co-workers or the public.

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