This is a year in which love must take up
the mantle of responsibility. Be prepared to do the hard yards
and the right thing and you will have the most benefit from romance,
either the tried and true romance of your mate or that of a new
and exciting partner.
You may come into the year with outstanding
money matters to be sorted, especially if the credit card or overdraft
is involved. Work your way through difficulties with patience
and you could alter your position to one of advantage as time
goes on. Be careful of getting in deeper to solve problems. Such
a tactic will make things worse. Put that bullish patience to
work and obstacles will melt through prolonged exposure to your
There could be surprises or unexpected elevations
in work that may change your financial situation with some speed.
For some, this will be a lucky year where opportunity is concerned.
For others, you will simply have the fruit of your efforts in
the long term if you persist until all is done. Use what you earn
to secure your position and you may find yourself sitting pretty.
Tension between Jupiter and Pluto reveals that extravagance will
cost you dearly. Don't dither over financial decisions but do
weigh them up carefully.
Home and Family
Matters of work, responsibility or public
status may influence the home or family scene this year for many
of you and the home may be strongly touched by the obligations
of life in the outside world. For some, there will be changes
or unexpected developments that affect your working or professional
life and thus influence life at home. This may include promotion,
increase in authority or change in the direction of employment.
There could be dealings the public or public issues that will
colour domestic life or add new factors to your emotional life.
Detachment or the controlled response will be your best tactic
for problem solving. See what is happening in the world at large
and thus devise the best strategies to deal with your personal
situation. Stay away from underhand or deceptive dealings or people
who function that way. This is a year in which you can elevate
your public profile or status, but mud will stick if you don't
handle things well. Act to safeguard or strengthen family or emotional
ties and you will benefit greatly. For some, older children may
make important or defining decisions during the first eight months
of the year.
Work and Health
You may have to watch fatigue or tiredness
this year. Your powers of endurance are good, but you may find
that too much outward activity or involvement without a break
to refresh and recuperate will take you to the limit. Watch especially
overdoing it with people. Holidays and work in solitude will help
balance what will be an otherwise busy schedule. Take advantage
of any chances you have to get away from things for a few days.
Jupiter, the lord of fortune, enters Libra and your solar sixth
house of work and health on September 25th. He will sojourn there
for twelve months from that time. There may be a new cycle of
education with regard to work or learning. You may take a new
path or hit a new level of operation. New vistas could open before
you or new horizons may beckon. Some of you may travel overseas
or have dealings with people from other cultures in relation to
work matters. Cooperation and the advice or teachings of others
will play a part. There may be health challenges that necessitate
change. Don't be stubborn. The tried and true won't help here.
Seek the advice of health professionals and follow it. Some of
you may simply become more interested in health care and may even
study in order to practice it. If you struggle with health matters,
it may be your belief system that's letting you down. Re-evaluate
and make change where necessary.
This is an odd year from a career point of
view, one with distinct contrasts. Glittering Venus in your solar
tenth house may put you in the forefront in matters of profession
or status. Some may come to the attention of the public. You may
have success through creative or spiritual pursuits. Yet you will
need to be wise and discerning for scandal or deception may prove
to be your downfall or undoing. Conduct yourselves in accordance
with the highest values or ideals and you will rise in people's
estimation, whether it be the mass of people of just those you
know in your circle. Others of you may have a sudden or unexpected
lift in the schedule of responsibilities or obligations. Some
will find themselves in a role of a new or different status.
However, with warrior Mars in Aries and your
solar twelfth house, some will work away either quietly or behind
the scenes to achieve goals. For others, work may have a public
and private face. It will be important to keep a clear distinction
between the two. For some, work that you have done in secret or
kept in a developmental phase may come to fruit. However, if it
does, it may not be to universal acclaim. This may be a year in
which the feelings of others about what you do could be mixed.
Some of you in a public role may attract criticism or strong reactions,
along with the praise and sense of achievement. With Saturn in
your third house, learn new skills that will help communicate
and negotiate any difficult patches. You won't have to suffer
fools gladly but you may need to appear to do so at times. Learn
to keep your own counsel, rely on your inner certainty and you
will find clarity and determination for the road ahead.
Mercury the Messenger
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 begins the year still in retrograde
motion, in Sagittarius and your solar eighth house. You may need
to attend to joint finances, negotiating or resolving outstanding
matters. If you've given the credit card or the overdraft a bit
of a hammering, work to get them down to reasonable levels. Discuss
problems. Don't assume results. This first cycle ends on January
The second retrograde phase for Mercury begins
on April 7th and comes in your sign. You may need to review your
style of communication. There may be confusions involving arrangements
or exchanges with those close to you. If there are mistakes, check
to see it's not you who has it wrong. You might lack certainty
or determination. Slow down and look at everything with fresh
eyes rather than pushing ahead. Watch for errors of judgement
or delays while travelling or driving. Be careful of the period
from April 14th in particular. This cycle comes to an end on May
Mercury's third retrograde phase comes in
Virgo and your solar fifth house, beginning on August 11th. Romantic
interests may be troubled by poor communications or confusion.
There may be difficult dealings with children. There could be
a period of review or change with creative projects. Watch for
injuries in recreational activity. If you're overdue for a good
workout or a resumption of healthy activity, this could be a good
time to get going again. Changes here could have some impact on
your home life as well. This cycle comes to an end on September
The messenger's final reverse motion cycle
for the year begins on December 1st in the sign of Sagittarius
and your solar eighth house. As at the beginning of the year,
financial matters will be under the microscope, especially if
joint moneys or holdings are involved. Be careful with the credit
card and overdraft. You may be discussing loans or investments.
Hold final decisions until you know precisely how things stand.
Don't overextend at the end of the first week of December. For
some, past financial doings may catch up with you here. This cycle
comes to an end on December 21st.
Your New Moon comes on May 19th, with harmonious
aspects to Chiron the wounded healer. Creative projects may receive
a boost with a renewal of energy. Leisure pastimes may flourish
and leave you feeling renewed. Relationships with children may
come onto a new footing. Advancement may come through important
meetings. Responsible action is required to fulfill your obligations
to others. Consult with experts or elders over plans.
Your Full Moon comes on October 28th, bringing
a Lunar Eclipse. There may be a change or an ending with partners
or close associates. A cycle of interaction may come to a close.
Something may change in your partner's life, bringing changed
circumstances for you both to deal with. Your health situation
or that of your partner may affect your plans or arrangements.
Your work situation could be affected by a personal matter.
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 may affect work, direction and relations
with people in authority. Eclipses of the Moon may affect matters
of home, family and emotions as well as relations with women and
children. Both may affect your health.
A Solar Eclipse comes with the New Moon in
Aries and your solar twelfth house on April 19th. There could
be changes in your spiritual life as a connection comes to a close
or a cycle ends. Watch health matters, especially with fatigue,
indulgence or overwork. You may feel lost for a time and have
to find your way again. There may be losses at this time that
are unforeseen or unexpected, yet you could gain in wisdom if
you accept the changes that occur. Avoid clashes with women, especially
where creative or spiritual pursuits are involved.
May 4th brings the Full Moon and a Lunar Eclipse
in Scorpio and your solar seventh house. Mystic Neptune inserts
himself into the tension, adding a note of uncertainty or confusion.
There may be a change for your nearest and dearest or a close
associate that will bring change in your life. A cycle may come
to an end with a partnership matter. There may be confusion or
difficulty at work that affect your partnership situation. Your
partner's working life may go through change. This is not a good
period for decision-making or fine judgement. Assess before taking
action. Beware of deception or unexpected change by people in
The New Moon in Libra and your solar sixth
house brings a Solar Eclipse on October 14th. Watch your health
at this time. You may not be able to keep to your usual routines.
There may be problems with a co-worker or the end of a cycle with
your working situation. There could be difficulty or an ending
around a female co-worker. New work opportunities could improve
finances. Be ready to change where necessary. There may be a change
with regard to a romantic interest at your place of work.
Venus the goddess moves into retrograde phase
this year, from May 18th until June 30th. This takes place in
Gemini and your solar second house of personal finances and resources.
You may need to review matters of money and personal spending.
Look at the budget. Watch the way you do things and make changes
where necessary. Relationships may be influenced by money matters.
You may have to work out who pays for what and why. Settle problems
or disputes over money by reviewing the situation and examining
different points of view. For some, an outstanding obligation
may catch up with you. For others, an overdue payment or settlement
may sweeten your coffers. A money problem you thought was sorted
may raise its head again. Someone you haven't seen for a while
may come back into your life, bringing an issue about money to
be discussed or reviewed. For most of you, problems will be minor,
easily sorted with patient attention.