Expect a major test of your willpower and determination to succeed, especially in January. The main frustration will be your inability to control the situations that emerge, due to the actions and decisions of others. The best way to view it might be as a test of your endurance! Since situations are unpredictable and unexpected, it is hard to be prepared, but disruptive challenges do not necessarily make further attempts to attain your goals a futile effort. It may be difficult to maintain your leadership or status, so stand up for your own integrity, principles and decisions. When all is said and done, you can overcome the challenges and emerge the stronger for it.
In early February, there will be a partial eclipse of the Sun in Aquarius, but this will not be visible from most populated parts of the world. Nevertheless, the concentration of energies in Aquarius create tensions and deceptions in your relationships with friends, perhaps leading to separations. Potential problems in clubs or associations of which you may be a member will need to be resolved in the run-up to the Grand Mutation at the end of May. In any case, it's a time for the ending of old feuds and a new beginning in your relationships with those at home and family members in general, especially your parents.
Let's Get Physical!
In mid-February, shining Jupiter enters Taurus, your solar second house, just as glorious Mars ascends his day-throne, Aries, your first house of personality and self-image. This brings more physically activity for you. An energizing force arouses your competitive spirit, making you more aggressive and physically combative than usual (if possible!). Physical activities now aim to satisfy personal needs and goals, so you need to keep that restless spirit on track. Financially, this can be a tricky, even ruinous period. Money can bring a lot of pleasure, which is fine if you can afford it. Keep a firm hand on the plastic, especially if you have taken responsibility for the creditworthiness of your partner, or other associates. Expenditures may be controlled by making it fun to learn to conserve and invest current assets, as well as finding ways to increase your income. Resist the urge to exaggerate wealth and status in order to impress others -- hold back now on the luxury items and other status symbols. You may need to spend on higher education, political interests, religious or spiritual activities, travel, publishing and cultural pursuits. Accidents or illness tend to involve your head or face. Be careful when handling sharp objects and hot or explosive materials, or you may find yourself in hospital.
Mars makes the fortunate trine aspect to Pluto at the beginning of March, so research and investigation flourish during this period, especially regarding your role in overseas projects, cultural issues, education and dealings with foreigners. You can really get to the bottom of things with the help of the intense, focused energy that surrounds you. Psychological analysis, assessment of property, and financial investments are infused with a physical focus that gives keener perception to the intellectual efforts. Under this influence you have all the control you need if you do not take it for granted. You can also see how to apply its subtle but deadly accurate force. Your recuperative powers, should you need them, are at a high level. A big shakeup can be expected in the early weeks of March, especially once Pluto turns retrograde on the 15th. Your attitude (and activities) related to higher education, cultural pursuits, religious or spiritual growth become more intense and serious -- and what is just as important, your previous ideas in these areas are apt to be significantly altered, or completely transformed. If you lacked the means (or the willingness) to deepen your knowledge and experience in the past, circumstances will force you to correct your attitudes. You need others to accept your ideas and information, but do not become obsessed with information, or with using it as a weapon to manipulate and control. A second marriage (or circumstances related to a second marriage), in-laws, the judicial system or court decisions, publishing, writing, broadcasting, advertising, politics, or foreign travel may inspire increased personal power and influence. If you should travel abroad, your thinking and ideas will be deeply affected by experiences in other lands and among those of a different culture or race.
As March draws to a close, Mars marches into your second house, part of the massive concentration of cosmic heavyweights gathering in May. Energy and enthusiasm focus on financial and business matters. You'll want to sort out your bank and financial papers, going through bills and accounts, making payments or taking action regarding debts, assets and income. Increasing income, working overtime, seeking an additional job, or doing whatever is necessary to earn money seems to be easier. You get the chance to attain, or hold on to something or someone you deem highly worthwhile. Other activities may be geared toward achieving priorities or establishing new ones. Seek ways to stimulate your physical energy, since you may have more of a tendency to view energy itself as a valuable commodity.
The Aries New Moon in conjunction with the benefic fixed star Alpheratz on April 4 heralds the beginning of a new cycle of grace, popularity, independence and honours, so it's a sign you'll do well in your personal year.
The Grand Mutation
May sees a gathering of all the major planets in the fixed, earthy sign of Taurus. Only the three outermost, transpersonal planets are elsewhere. This certainly is a year of big changes and confrontations, when Jupiter and Saturn now form the Grand Mutation, their final conjunction in an earthy sign for hundreds of years. Some astrologers hold that this is really the first light of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. This massive conjunction at 22° Taurus opposes the fixed star Unukalkhai (Alpha Serpentis), which at 22° Scorpio was associated with the gigantic earthquake in Turkey after the solar eclipse of August 1999. Unukalkhai was rising over Istanbul at the point of greatest eclipse. It will be setting at the end of May.
Uranus glowers in his retrograde station during May 2000 at 20° Aquarius, in conjunction with the malefic fixed star, Castra (destruction; uncontrollable temper; malevolence). This squares both Saturn and Jupiter, the aspect being partile (exact) just days before their Grand Mutation. The strongest potential is for instability and unpredictable developments likely to bring about significant change in your role in the lives of others: as a spouse, lover, friend, child, parent, or member of a group or organization. New roles may suddenly begin, while old ones abruptly come to an end. If you were once content to be a loner, you may now decide you need the friendship of others. If you have always had many friends, you may now prefer the company of very few, or even none at all. Outside forces over which you have no control are the inspiration for drastic or unexpected changes. These may, at least in part, be triggered by the actions of those around you, new people you meet, or situations you never expected to encounter.
Mars bounces into Gemini early in May and the energized atmosphere brings more than the usual volume of communications and activities, especially with close relatives and neighbors. Information and ideas flow in and you are inspired to generate not a few of your own. Travel and transportation take your attention; you have some good ideas on public transport and you might buy or sell a car. New skills with machinery or computers can be developed. Writing, design, arts and crafts geared toward business enterprises or that serve a definite function (rather than a way of passing time) are stimulated. Under this influence you are apt to be more of a doer than a thinker, eager to turn ideas into physical reality -- and more than ready to speak your mind. You will not hesitate to use physical means to express yourself. Should ruffians push their way onto the set, you may be tempted to get a bit too physical, or you may become the victim of those who resort to fisticuffs. Rash action now can cause accidents, especially burns, cuts, or mishaps while driving.
June and July seem somehow more fated, with the three transpersonal planets retrograde, but the entry of Venus, Mars and the Sun into canny Cancer between the 17th and the 22nd makes the solstice even more potent than usual. Personal possessions, home or domestic arrangements, family relationships, family-owned property or business and real-estate transactions are suited to this influence. Enthusiasm for doing things as a group may encourage family activities, such as rescuing or restoring heirlooms. This is a great time for a new beginning. If you have been thinking about a new business venture or achieving some physical goal, you are likely to put plans in motion. Make sure your household insurance is in effect, check your home for possible fire hazards. Watch your step to prevent falls, cuts, and others mishaps around the house, and go out of your way to avoid angry domestic scenes.
Expand Your Contacts
Jupiter enters your third house at the beginning of July. Develop your knowledge and skills with computers, or any type of machinery and mechanical equipment. Communications and travel increase, widening your circle of contacts and encouraging the exchange of ideas and information. Your artistic and design talent, or writing ability is enhanced and you take greater interest in neighbors or community activities, as well as increased contacts with siblings. Your status with neighbors may increase in some way and you may seek to relocate to a more influential neighbourhood. A secondary potential of this period allows your neighbours and siblings to become more prosperous! Participation in meetings and discussion groups demand more of your time and attention. Reading increases. A growing pile of magazines, newspapers and mail may clutter your environment. It's a good time to acquire telephones, computers, answering machines, or other communication devices.
Pleasures of Life
August sees you actively pursuing the pleasures of life, as Mars moves into your solar fifth house. You need little urging to put a lot of effort and physical enthusiasm into speculative ventures, social events and activities related to entertainment or a vacation. Creative juices flow during this time, but there is no telling exactly how or where you will direct them. Romantic notions are apt to be physically carried out. Artistic endeavors are inspired and imaginative. Children's interests and activities claim your time and attention. Physical aggression should be avoided, bearing in mind unpleasant, even dangerous, consequences of overindulgence and risk-taking adventures.
Lord of Karma
Saturn, Lord of Karma, enters Gemini on August 11th, restimulating the Grand Cross aspect of the August 99 solar eclipse. This influence has as much to do with the past as it does with the present. It will force you to throw out what is wasteful and to abandon unsuccessful situations, replacing them with something more solid and useful. You will become increasingly aware of shortcomings in communication skills, mechanical abilities and your ability to get around and will be confronted with inadequacies in your methods, self-expression, or knowledge which must be overcome.
Responsibilities related to relatives, neighbours and local identities become tedious, or your contacts with them become troublesome or limited. Such a situation may have developed as a result of past neglect. Travel and daily transportation begins to bug you, especially if problems arise due to your past neglect or indifference. If you have not maintained vehicles, they will have to be repaired or replaced. The same may be said of communications equipment, computers, appliances and other machinery you rely on every day.
You are more serious in your efforts to gather information, exchange ideas and opinions and develop new skills. When one way is blocked, find another. When one method fails, devise a new one. Meetings and discussion need structure and purpose. Allocation of time and resources must be more organized and efficient. Though this period is filled with potential restrictions, the highest reward for correct actions is ultimately more freedom. You will know how and when to get things done.
With Venus in her own sign Libra in early September, in good aspect to Saturn and Jupiter, this is a splendid time for long term success! The emphasis shifts to some degree from you to other people in your life. Partnerships are heavily emphasized. In addition to increased focus on those with whom you are already allied, the possibility of establishing new partnerships and joint ventures is high. Should negative circumstances exist in any of your alliances, you'll feel increased pressure to resolve disagreements. Legal matters, contract negotiations of one kind or another, public relations, the income of a relative and various situations in which you must seek as well as offer cooperation come to the forefront.
Establish solid, long-lasting relationships in the first week or two of the month, especially around the 8th and 9th of September. Mark these days! There's no telling what good thing can happen under this fortunate influence. Try your luck at the races and other sporting events, or with lottery tickets. You could be the winner in a beauty or photography contest, or emerge the favourite in an audition. Artistic and musical ventures are successful. The recognition you deserve for your efforts in writing, publishing, advertising, higher education, politics, religion, direct-mail promotions, long distance travel, dealing with those of another race or culture and foreign languages is likely this month. You are favoured in court decisions and other judgments. Of course, when there is too much of a good thing, overindulgence, wastefulness, exaggeration or physical laziness can prevent you from gaining the true benefits of this fortunate aspect.
Saturn, however, is at his station all month in conjunction with Alcyone and the Pleiades. He turns retro in your third house on the 12th. Beware of injuries, especially to the eyes, through accidents while travelling, or violence and trouble with the opposite sex. Jupiter is in conjunction with Aldebaran, a royal star which brings ego-based conflicts, especially with siblings, neighbours and people in your environment. Jupiter too turns retro in opposition to Pluto (at the end of the month). Retrograde planets tend to generate the events that seem more fated, less under our own control than they do when direct. So the world seems to have a mind of its own.
Mars enters Virgo on the 18th giving you plenty to do in the way of physical exercise and work -- on the job as well as around the house, perhaps bring the need to hire others to keep up. This lively flow makes you more aggressive and competitive concerning work, co-workers, or employees. Do not give in to angry outbursts or rash actions. Your health and/or physical fitness may require a medical and dental checkup. Headache, fever, inflammation, or flareup of chronic illness is likely. Why not begin a program of physical fitness. Be sure to consult a physician and other health experts before you start, because enthusiasm can easily get out of hand. If your body is not used to vigorous exercise be careful not to overexert yourself.
Venus enters Scorpio on September 25th. Others may offer various positive proposals, any of which may turn out successfully. A dynamic role for you emerges; grab the chance. Should you play it well, the consequences are fortunate for all concerned. Watch for opportunities in co-operative efforts, diplomatic quests and legal suits. A good period for sports, physical fitness and work projects. You feel more intense with regard to social contacts as well as romance or sexual encounters, especially from the standpoint of the psychological motivations and behaviour patterns involved. This can be a productive period to participate in group therapy. Pleasures are bound to be more deeply felt, although a certain lightheartedness may be missing. If there are no obvious impediments to prevent you from doing so, this is a good time to ask for loans or favours, as well as to collect those you are owed.
Mercury in Scorpio turns retrograde in the middle of October, just as Venus moves into Sagittarius and Saturn retrogresses once more into Taurus. This is an awkward time. Partnership and contractual matters, or anything to do with legality and conflict should be scrutinised very carefully now, for your heart is likely to be elsewhere.
As the Sun prepares to dive into Scorpio on the 23rd, Saturn causes the strange feeling that something is out of joint, leading at the end of the month to a fortunate trine between Mars and Saturn. Time seems to expand to suit your needs. The maturity and experience behind your actions is the key to their successful outcome. Should you fail to apply such wisdom, you may still benefit from the actions of those who do. This is a most favourable influence -- not just for the potential success of your efforts, but because they are likely to produce meaningful, long-lasting accomplishments. It is an auspicious time to initiate projects geared toward bringing benefits at a later time in your life.
As Mars enters your seventh house of marriage, partnerships and open confrontation in the first week of November, more energy and enthusiasm enlivens partnership and other alliances, cooperative efforts and interaction with others in general. The company of others stimulates you to physical action and, indeed, getting things done will be more difficult to accomplish by yourself than it might be with a partner or partners. Even if you want to be left to your own devices, other people will find a way to get in your face. More than one open confrontation is apt to occur.
As the year draws to a close, Mars stalks into your eighth house. Energy can be intense during this period, especially regarding certain activities. Sex, money and financial as well as psychological analysis cross your mind. A partner's income or jointly-held property may require more attention than usual. You may be forced to collect debts and favors owed to you, or make arrangements for repayment of your own debts. Insurance, taxes, inheritance, or money that you manage for others may also demand more time and attention. Situations with regard to sex include several possibilities; the physical act itself, counseling, or surgical procedures you undergo. Close attention to detail and enhanced awareness of subtleties mark your physical efforts.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
The stars show this is the year of unpredictable situations, especially in the romantic arena. You must tread carefully where friends are involved. Venus and Mars engage in a dance of deliciously sexy, risque proportions, as friendships turn to liasons and liasons become partnerships. This is a year of big changes in your relationships, travel plans and modes of communication, as Chiron and Pluto meet for the first time in sixty years. New Year's Eve, with the Moon in sultry Scorpio and the Sun in horny Capricorn, should be wild! With Mars subdued in your twelfth house, from Jan. 5 to Feb. 12, past actions, good or bad, may catch up to you. You will be best working alone or behind the scenes. Under this influence you can explore and develop inner strengths, and gain a deeper understanding of your childhood conditioning, subconscious mind, fears, and dreams. Secret enemies may be working against you, but Mars and Venus getting together at the end of the month signal some wild times.
Venus dives into Pisces from Mar. 14 to April 7, so by choice or circumstances you may tend to withdraw from society into a sort of self-absorbed romantic daze. You are apt to find all types of excuses, legitimate or otherwise, to pass up invitations to go out -- you're too ill, you're too overweight to fit into the clothes you wanted to wear, you have too much work to do -- any number of reasons. Romance may have to be secretive, or relegated to the world of fantasy and dreams. You may be more susceptible to false flattery or unworthy attentions. Love relationships from the past, especially those in which you suffered a loss, can intrude in some way. Avoid the tendency to engage in self-pity by turning your attention to helping others less fortunate than yourself.
The beginning of April sees the Aries New Moon, which brings a fabulous new flavour of success into your life, while April, May and June are times of extraordinary activity, as the Grand Mutation in your solar second house of finances and personal values bring a difficult period for marriage, partnership, female relationships and joint ventures. It's a bad time to establish new associations of this type. You resist compromise, since the time for that has passed. You are not at your best, neither mentally nor physically. Everyone seems to have lost their sense of humor - including you.
Potentially enjoyable experiences somehow fail to measure up. Social activities lose their appeal or may be altogether absent. You'll be working or spending time alone; at least you'll get more accomplished that way. To overcome negativity, turn your attention as much as possible to other things.
Jupiter moves on into Gemini (your solar third house) at the beginning of July, bringing greater interest in neighbors or community activities as well as increased contacts with siblings. Your status with neighbors may increase in some way and you may seek to relocate to a more influential neighbourhood. A secondary potential of this period allows your neighbours and siblings to become more prosperous! Participation in meetings and discussion groups demand more of your time and attention.
Mars in your fifth house from the beginning of August with Venus in your seventh means you need little urging to put a lot of effort and physical enthusiasm into speculative ventures, social events and activities related to entertainment or a vacation. Partnership issues are more readily resolved and relations with your spouse should improve nicely. Creative juices flow during this time and romantic notions are apt to be physically carried out. Artistic endeavors are inspired and imaginative, but children's interests and activities claim your time and attention. Physical aggression should be avoided, bearing in mind unpleasant, even dangerous, consequences of overindulgence and risk-taking adventures.
Mercury retro in Scorpio foreshadows romantic excitement, especially with delightful strangers, artists, or intellectuals after mid-October, as Venus moves from Scorpio into Sagittarius. With the Sun in your eighth house from October 23, an intenser edge to your sexuality emerges to deal with the inevitable confusions that can develop under retro Mercury. Exciting developments will emerge in November, when Mars enters your seventh house. Energy and enthusiasm center around partnership and other alliances, cooperative efforts and interaction with others in general. Others stimulate you to physical action. You get the attention of others by emphasizing whatever is most attractive about yourself: physical beauty, artistic talent, or a charming personality. Don't wait for others to notice you (even though they may); take every opportunity you can to be in their direct line of vision: "If you have it, flaunt it ". The next few weeks are ripe for promoting cordial relationships and socializing with older family members, superiors and authority figures. Allies, spouses, or other partners may receive recognition or special promotion at this time.
It gets easier in December, when the social aspects of romance may also be on your agenda. Joining organizations and participation in group activities can be very rewarding and the romantic agenda really picks up when Mars enters Scorpio just before Christmas on the 24th. Look forward to a lively holiday!
Career and Finances: Stake Your Claim
Expect a big career move this year. Financial priorities will be high and some powerful forces are acting on your income and long-term plans. However, prospects are good for changing direction, especially now that Jupiter has turned direct. Financial issues should be more easily resolved after Jan. 12, when Saturn too turns direct.
Mid-February will bring increased energy and personal magnetism as Mars crosses into your first house for over a month. This is a period to look for opportunities that expand your spiritual and artistic awareness and allow you to develop and use your intuitive abilities. Depending on your particular interests and the nature of circumstances at this time, your efforts may mean eventual success in activities that involve such areas as promotion, photography, magic, illusion, oil or gas industries, charitable institutions, bankruptcy proceedings, art and entertainment. The only problem you encounter during this period may be in distinguishing genuine opportunities from false or misleading promises. Be as astute as you can under the circumstances.
April sees your personal magnetism and physical charm in full blaze! You have a visceral need for personal identification with beauty. This influence extends beyond the physical and social aspects of your own charms. You want to surround yourself with it. Attending a concert, art or fashion show may be on the agenda. Partners or other allies are supportive, helping you attain personal goals and improve your self-image. In turn, you may be willing to extend your cooperation. Avoid the tendency for self-indulgence, or overstating your own importance and attractiveness, perhaps to the detriment of those in close relationships with you. You can easily dominate the romantic scene. Just don't overdo it and turn the whole situation into little more than the pursuit of ego-gratification, as the Grand Mutation in May approaches. May will bring matters to a head regarding financial and speculative issues. Avoid confrontations with friends and children.
During this period your usual sources of information may dry up, the path you were taking toward spiritual development may suddenly lose its appeal, or your economic growth and general prosperity may be restricted. Cultural pursuits are more serious. However, there is also the implication that your ideas and attitudes concerning these things will be of a more serious nature, which in itself may be a positive change. This is likely to be a period when you must give back some of what you have been given in life. If you have gained wealth it is time to be philanthropic. If you have gained knowledge and experience you must now share it with others. Tradition and authority rule against you if you have indulged in too much individual freedom or divergence from structure and form in the past. Under this influence you can become more realistically or solidly based in many areas. It will be to your ultimate benefit to accept a slower return on your efforts during this period.
Speculative efforts in August may develop into workable solutions after mid-September. October favours putting energy into workplace relations and not getting too over-excited about the way other people are dealing with the pressure. October's Scorpio new Moon conflicts with Uranus, presenting you with some sudden and probably unwelcome choices. However you can be inspired to make some wonderful changes, especially in your domestic arrangements as well as your career now.
For the remainder of the year, you can expect various ups and downs until Christmas when Mars surges into Scorpio, favoring joint ventures and shared investments.
Health: Balancing Your Energies
Health issues this year are associated with sickness abroad, at sea, or while travelling. There is some danger of hospitalisation. There may even be a death or illness among friends. Animosities may be difficult to overcome and you may experience some heavy troubles and secret sorrows. However, the fortunate Aries New Moon should bring you out of the doldrums in April and set you on course for success, especially if you undertake some serious approach to New Age thought and deeper issues of life.
Home and Away: Family and Children
The travel bug bites this year, particularly long-distance or overseas travel and emigration. Anything of an overseas character and anything connected with your marriage or business partner's relatives also attracts your attention. The trend, of course, relies on the monthly influences. With legal issues, seek a compromise solution rather than taking matters to extremes. Sometimes religious or spiritual issues will be thrown into prominence, bringing increased personal interest and progressive changes in these areas.
Children's interests will be very prominent during August and the first two weeks of September. Family and domestic issues will generate a lot of stress, especially in May, when the Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter exchange thunderbolts! June and July will bring a lot of attention to domestic matters and family relationships should prosper, especially through the influence of the older members of the group.
Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray, or awry.
Periods of confusion affect
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