In early February, there will be a partial eclipse of the Sun, your life-ruler, in Aquarius, your polar opposite sign, 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 partners, perhaps leading to separations. Potential legal problems will need to be resolved in the run-up to the Grand Mutation at the end of May. Though some situations proceed smoothly in spite of this influence, you are not favoured to come out on top in ego-related situations.
This is no time to resist authority, nor to display arrogant or aggressive attitudes which might at any other time cause opponents to back down. You have reached the halfway point in your birthday year, which makes it a good time to measure your progress (or lack of it) over the last six months. Your influence over other people and your ability to gain their cooperation occupies your mind. Do others see you as strong, independent and forceful?
Should you be married or living with someone, you will most likely assess your role in the union from a rather ego-centric viewpoint. Do you dominate your partner, or is it the other way round? Does the partnership help, or impede personal growth? Has your monetary potential, or social status been improved by the relationship? These concerns apply as much to business alliances as to personal relationships. Ego becomes a bigger factor and you become more assertive in legal matters, contracts and negotiations. More than your fair share of conflict develops. Expressing undue stubbornness or antagonism, however, makes it difficult to resolve issues, or to reach compromises.
In mid-February, shining Jupiter enters the midheaven, just as glorious Mars ascends his day-throne, Aries, your ninth house of travel, the higher mind and cultural pursuits. The increased energy and enthusiasm may inspire you with greater ambitions for the future, more urgent desires to expand your career and other long range goals. You should not hesitate to go after exactly what you want, to promote yourself and your interests. A family member may be given a special promotion or recognition at this time, so your own reputation and status is enhanced. You will receive recognition, or rewards you have earned. However, it is also possible to receive recognition or rewards that you really have not earned. Success is unlikely to be accompanied by responsibility. At first it may seem a stroke of luck to carry off a prize, or gain a better position with no strings attached, but the lack of accountability or merit poses the danger that what has been easily gained can be easily lost.
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. 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 crosses the midheaven, part of the massive concentration of cosmic heavyweights gathering there in May. You are likely to play an expansive role in your career and public life, but may be tempted to give people more credit than they deserve. The actions of others can inspire and expand your own potential and you can improve your intellectual, monetary and social status. Your spiritual and cultural awareness grows, and you get keener on sports or physical fitness. Now you'll seek the finer things in life.
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, bringing an unstable period regarding the status of marriage, partnership alliances and joint ventures. Associations may suddenly or unexpectedly begin, come to an end, or undergo significant change of one sort or another. The potential includes forming alliances with those who may be regarded as unusual partners, at least for you. Expect to meet unconventional people and unusual situations. Contracts signed under this influence, as well as the status of legal matters may not only be changed but completely reversed. A key element has to do with outside forces over which you have no control. Change, 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.
Material rewards and the tangible recognition for your efforts concern you this month. You are into shaking fruit from the money tree career-wise, or from work in other areas. What (or who) do you need in your life to be a happy, productive individual? Part of the answer lies in your role in the lives of others; the satisfaction you derive from just being a friend, a lover, parent, child, club member, or business associate. The quality and importance of these relationships becomes more vital, so you seek out the companionship of others. You tend to assess your personal influence or status with friends and contacts and so may become more assertive, or even manipulative in these relationships. Avoid stubborn pride and arrogance, or run the risk of severely straining relationships and affiliations. Situations arise in which you can exhibit personal generosity, integrity and inspiring leadership.
Trying a different or unique approach to things works to your advantage and, in fact, might succeed better than you ever dreamed possible. However, being different just to be different is not likely to work at all. Your plan or idea has to have a solid foundation. Participation in group efforts, organizational or club meetings, fund-raising and political activities is favoured at this time. Under this influence you are also encouraged to socialize with friends and spend time with children and their activities.
June and July seem somehow more fated, with the three transpersonal planets retrograde, but the entry of Venus, Mars and the Sun into moody Cancer between the 17th and the 22nd makes the solstice even more potent than usual. Your unconscious motivations and the influence these hidden factors have on your conscious drives are active now. Have you an unconscious resentment of authority? Now is a good time to analyze why you may have developed hidden resentments. A need to use or gain hidden power and control or even to hide the power and resources you have is stimulated. Understanding your subconscious, courageously dealing with failure or shame and accepting limitations will develop remarkable inner strength and determination.
Increased energy and enthusiasm can broaden the path to personal happiness, as Jupiter, Lord of Fortune, moves into your eleventh house sector of friends, desires and personal goals at the beginning of July. This is accompanied by a solar eclipse, so of course, all events may not have fortunate consequences, nor bring immediate satisfaction, but the people, circumstances and actions you take (even the apparent mistakes) prove increasingly providential within the twelve-year cycle of this new planetary vibration. Friendships increase and relationships with current friends are expanded; the same applies to children in your life. Membership and participation in organizations becomes more beneficial. Your success comes through an emphasis on the role you play in the lives of others, as well as a need for more freedom within those roles; as parent, lover, spouse, relative, friend and member of society.
Month of Months
August is the month of months for Leo! The new Moon in Leo on July 31st encourages an examination of your partnership relations and advises that you should take extra care of your health. This aspect brings the opportunity to express your emotions, get what you want and follow your heart. Your emotional life is given a chance to grow in one form or another. You will find the opportunity that will lead to success. What are your desires, your requirements for emotional satisfaction? Money? Love? Power? Knowledge? Success may even come in the form of an opportunity to realize what you do not want, in itself a highly liberating prospect. Be ready to expand your intellectual horizons, because success involves taking advantage of opportunities to learn, as well as to demonstrate your own knowledge or expertise. Renew your inner vitality and energy. How determined are you? What is your purpose in life? How much personal influence do you wield? Jupiter's aspects favour children in your life, with opportunities for their higher education or training. Advertising or direct-mail promotions are avenues of opportunity. Spiritual guidance and participation in religious activities, cultural pursuits, and political activities are stimulated for you. Superiors or authority figures may be instrumental in helping you get something published, or assisting you with long distance travel plans. Opportunities may also lead to ultimate success through court decisions, or the job and health of a parent.
You can be more forceful and dynamic now, but too much self-assertion makes it difficult to accept (or ask for) the advice and opinions of others. The urge to develop your personality, appearance and personal skills is combined with a greater need to be more successful and independent. A strong, healthy self-image makes you more productive as an individual, which in turn encourages you to treat others with more generosity and sensitivity. Take care of things personally. Don't allow others to speak or act for you. It is your personality, behaviour and physical presentation that can make the difference between success and failure.
A Place To Stand
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 begin to assess your satisfaction with a career, efforts involving other long-range goals, and the role you play in the lives of other people.
As you scrutinize these roles, some strain can develop in the relationships and activities which are not making you happy. Your skills should not be just inwardly directed, but also used for the benefit of others. The concept of sharing is important. A lack of friends can bring a desire to establish friendships, or, if it's a case of having had many friends, you may realize they lack the affection and commitment that accompanies fewer but more meaningful friendships. The same may apply to any of your relationships. You may have to take responsibility for a child that is not biologically yours, or become more responsible as a member of an organization or group effort. Under this influence, the answers you need are not found within yourself, but by reaching beyond yourself and finding a place to stand in the wider world outside.
With Venus in her own sign Libra in early September, in good aspect to Saturn and Jupiter, this is a splendid time for creative communication and long term success! Social situations can be ego-massaging experiences. Even better, they may be opportunities leading to wider recognition of your personal integrity, special talent, and efforts. This potential is not a sure bet, mind you. It represents a chance to create your own opportunity. Climb into the driver's seat when it comes to gaining co-operation and support from a partner, or other allies. A chance encounter may lead to a position of leadership, enhancement of your social status, or other personal success.
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, turning the focus to financial and business matters. You may be inspired, for example, to give more physical organization to your bank and financial papers. You may go through bills and accounts -- making payments or taking some sort of action regarding debts, assets, and income. Energies are directed to increasing income; working overtime, seeking an additional job, or doing whatever is necessary to earn money. As the Sun moves into Libra on the 22nd, you'll take actions to attain, or as the case may be, hold on to something or someone you deem highly worthwhile. Your mental processes are energized. Filled with many new ideas, you have an urge to read more, gather all kinds of information and learn new things. You really need to communicate, as planning projects, attending meetings, running errands and taking short trips occupies all of your time. Buying a computer, new car, or communications equipment, or upgrading your present systems and machines may well be on the agenda. Social activities with siblings and neighbours increase; you may find yourself assuming leadership in community affairs. Be more assertive in self-expression, but avoid the delusion that your own ideas and opinions are the only ones worth listening to. Pleasant or not, it is in your best interests to turn each situation into a positive learning experience.
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. Domestic concerns, real estate contracts and any paperwork to do with household agreements or career issues should be scrutinised very carefully now, for your heart is likely to be elsewhere. Romantic interests and the needs of children become mpre prominent.
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.
The first week of November brings more than the usual volume of communications and activities, especially with those closest to you. You are apt to be swamped with information and ideas, not to mention coming up with an increasing number of your own. Travel and transportation are highlighted. The energy is good to develop new skills with machinery or computers. Writing, design, arts and crafts geared toward business enterprises or that will serve a definite function become more important. Think before you jump. Avoid violent confrontations with oafs and other objectionables. Rash action now can cause accidents, especially burns, cuts, or mishaps while driving.
As the year draws to a close, Mars strides into your fourth house. Your personal possessions, home or domestic arrangements, family relationships, family-owned property or business, and real-estate transactions in general come forward. Family activities proliferate. If you have been thinking about a new business venture or achieving some material goal, 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.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
The stars show this is the year of romantic excitement, travel and adventures with dashing foreigners. Happiness and pleasure will come through children, friends and faraway places. This is a year of big changes in your relationships with lovers and with children, as Chiron and Pluto meet for the first time in sixty years. The target areas include creative talents and the increasing need to develop and use them. If they have been wasted in the past, you must correct the situation. If they are currently being employed, you will (or should) seek to gain greater control over how, where, or by whom they are used. Children as well as romantic attachments are other areas of intense interest and concern.
Avoid the destructive tendency to manipulate and control; to view people only as extensions of your own influence and identity. The positive approach to these relationships is to form more powerful bonds. You may be forced to transform your attitudes and behaviour with regard to enjoying life and the pursuit of pleasure, especially if there has been abuse in the past. Giving enjoyment and pleasure their proper roles in your life and not being controlled by them-- either through hedonistic abandonment or misguided denial-- gives you at least one facet of the ultimate personal power you seek.
Venus in Sagittarius from January 1 declares that if you'd like to put a little more romance in your life this is the time to try it. Vacations, socializing, hobbies, pastimes (and taking a few risks!) are likely until the 25th. Establish or improve relationships with children, strengthen rapport with a romantic partner, and expand social contacts. Remember to curb that extravagance, or overindulgence in your pursuit of pleasure. Imagination and artistic urges are stimulated and can make it a successful creative period, either on your own, or with a partner. Mars and Venus getting together at the end of the month signal some wild times in the workplace.
Venus in Aquarius from mid-February to March 14 sees the emphasis shift from you to other people in your life. Partnerships are heavily emphasized. As well as an increased focus on current marriage or business partners, there is a good likelihood of establishing new partnerships and joint ventures. Resolve disagreements. Under this influence you are likely to be concerned with legal matters, contract negotiations of one kind or another, public relations, the income of a relative, and unusual situations wherein you must seek as well as offer cooperation.
The beginning of April sees the Aries New Moon, which brings interesting contacts with academics, artists, foreigners and travel opportunities, while April, May and June are times of extraordinary activity, as the Grand Mutation in your midheaven brings new opportunities for career or political developments.
Romance is waiting in the shadows for the weekend of June 24, when Mars and Venus get together in your house of secrets. Just don't let them mess with your head! Jupiter moves on into Gemini (your solar eleventh house) at the beginning of July, bringing greater interest in friendships and group activities, as well as better conditions for the fulfilment of your most cherished hopes and wishes. You'll be spending more time and money on children and romantic partners (whom you may meet through friends or associates in social groups).
Mars in Leo from the beginning of August, as the Sun trines Pluto, arouses your competitive spirit and inspires you to be more aggressive, perhaps even physically combative, than you may ordinarily be. You'll be able to get to the bottom of things, in more ways than one! Be resourceful: separate what is important from what is not. Determination and concentration are available, but you may be less patient and more restless. Many of your physical activities these days are directed to satisfying personal needs and goals. Friendships may be the source of much of your romantic inclinations. Mars trine Pluto culminating on the 18th brings a very intense romantic and sexual energy.
With the Sun in Libra from September 22 with Venus and Mercury in sexy Scorpio, romantic opportunities will come fast and furious! You may find yourself in disagreement with others over principles or value judgments. Explain your position, but let others have an equal right to their own opinions. Discord may cause strained relations, but it is unlikely to inspire major upsets. A threat to your integrity or ego dissipates quickly in the stimulating atmosphere. Agree to disagree. Avoid exaggerating your own importance in social settings. Let others approach you. If they flatter and compliment you, or offer a position of leadership, keep your responses modest. If, on the other hand, they offer insult or object to your presence or status, your most effective strategy is not to respond in kind.
Mercury retro in Scorpio foreshadows romantic excitement, especially with delightful strangers, artists, or intellectuals after mid-October, as Venus moves from Scorpio into Sagittarius. If others are ever to be impressed by your honesty, integrity and worth, this is the time to demonstrate these qualities. This is also the time to seek situations that exhibit these traits. It's a very lucky time. Your inner vitality and self-image thrive. You are more generous to others, and others will tend to treat you likewise. You aquit yourself with pride and may find yourself quite an enthusiastic entertainer or host. Social events, such as banquets and other formal affairs in which you participate are apt to be joint ventures. Such activities may be held in your honour, or in honour of the efforts of a partner or other allies, superiors and other authority figures.
Mars entering Libra in early November brings a powerful creative energy to bear on Leo. You'll be full of energy and ideas and will be prominent in local affairs. You brothers and sisters will be likely to bring social benefits early in the month and opportunities or prosperity through friends and partners is bubbling all month. The Sun in Sagittarius from the 23rd encourages you to become more interested in fun and games than taking care of business, or other serious matters. Diets are thrown out the window in an orgy of self-indulgence; moderation is not the key-word of the moment. Even if not usually a sensualist, your capacity for enjoyment increases. You see children more as extensions of yourself than as individuals in their own right and you perceive their actions, whether good or bad, as being a direct reflection on you. Romantic encounters involve more ego-gratification than emotional commitment. Should your creative projects be criticized, or romance become difficult, your suffering arises more from the bruised ego than the broken heart..
Career and Finances: Stake Your Claim
Expect a big career move this year. Property will be advantageous, as will the parental influence, or the influence of older, well set-up people. Speculative gains associated with foreign matters, children and real estate may be valuable. Prospects are good for changing direction in political, spiritual and educational matters, especially now that Jupiter has turned direct. Career 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 ninth house for over a month and Jupiter moves into your midheaven. Physical efforts may focus on higher education, religion, politics, travel, cultural pursuits, foreign languages, writing, and publishing. Speculative ventures, sports, court decisions, a second marriage, and activities or relations with in-laws will also be in the foreground. Increased energy and enthusiasm can inspire you with greater ambitions for the future, giving a more urgent desire to expand your career and other long range goals.
Go after what you want; promote yourself and your interests. A family member may be given a special promotion or recognition at this time, and it is through their success that your own reputation and status is enhanced. Although you will undoubtedly receive the recognition or rewards you have earned, it is possible now to receive recognition or rewards that you really have not earned. Success is unlikely to be accompanied by responsibility. At first it may seem a stroke of luck to carry off a prize, or gain a better position with no strings attached, but the lack of accountability or merit poses the danger that what has been easily gained can be easily lost.
April sees the Sun, Mercury and Venus in your ninth house too. You need to impart information to others, either directly, or through writing and publishing. Intellectual status becomes a bigger priority now. You want others to embrace your religious or philosophical beliefs, but tend to resist their efforts to impose ideas on you. Religious, educational or political institutions take more of your time. The desire to pursue higher education or advanced training is stimulated, as is the urge to speculate, take risks and be more daring. You become more outgoing and assertive when travelling abroad, or dealing with those of a different race or culture. Responsibilities related to your father or other authority figures become a priority. Increased competitiveness in sports can make you a more formidable opponent, but a less able team player. 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 career issues and relationships with partners.
June and July see more of a focus on friends and contacts. Jupiter in your eleventh house all July brings a fabulous stream of creativity, leading up to the fortunate trine aspect between Jupiter and Neptune at the end of the month. The magic of illusion and imagination, enhanced spirituality, or investigating the paranormal can be enjoyable, even fortunate diversions if they pose no serious threat to life, limb, or your bank account. You should experience the highest inspirations, as well as the kind of dumb luck that comes from just being in the right place at the right time. You have the ability to be a master of disguise!
August should bring high energy and financial benefits through career and government, or public activities. September is liable to overconfidence. October favours paying serious attention to financial paperwork and getting the detail right. Circumstances do not readily flow your way. October's Scorpio new Moon conflicts with Uranus, presenting you with some sudden and probably unwelcome choices in family and partnership matters. However you can be inspired to make some changes, especially in your domestic arrangements.
For the remainder of the year things are pretty good for Leo.
Health: Balancing Your Energies
Health issues this year are associated with chronic stress through overwork, violent confrontation and people working against you behind the scenes. However, limitations, afflictions and adversities prove to be blessings in disguise, as you develop inner growth and understanding.
You should take care whilst travelling and stay out of dangerous situations, for the stars do not favour taking risks abroad. May is especially stressful, especially in the week around the 20th. The full Moon in Scorpio brings conflict between heart and head, home and career and sudden eruptions of an unexpected nature.
August brings the chance of fever and injuries to heart, back, head and face, as Mars transits Leo. Mid-October, as Saturn moves back into Taurus will also be productive of tension. Overall it's a good year for Leo.
Home and Away: Family and Children
Expect some long journeys and good fortune in matters of the mind, foreigners and cultural pursuits. Marriage to a foreigner is possible. Children do well, especially through travel or intellectual development; benefits come through parents and older people too.
Children's interests are favoured throughout the year, but will be very prominent during October and the first two weeks of November. Career and political interests, public life, along with family and domestic issues will generate a lot of stress, especially in May, when the Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter exchange thunderbolts! Partnerships are under stress at this time. 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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