2008 Horoscope Forecast
Aries the Ram in 2008
hard work and its rewards
Get ready for hard work and its rewards, Aries. It's an earthy year and Jupiter, the lord of fortune is in Capricorn, the cardinal earth sign, bringing career, business and dealings with authority into the frame. Saturn, measurer of effort is in meticulous Virgo, the mutable earth sign, focusing on improvement with work skills or methods. A discerning and critical approach will be the foundation of a new regime in daily life. Scrupulous application will be the means by which you accomplish this. Health will be in focus as you make sustained effort towards improving everyday routines.
Pluto, lord of the underworld is the third of the planets to join this earthy surge in the Heavens. On Jan 25th, he enters Capricorn for the first time since the eighteenth century. For some, this will start a transformative career change. This may come as a natural evolution or as a stunning development. Powerful people or events will push you towards a new road or a new life. It's time to take on challenges that will test you, as you fight for what you want against rivals or opposition. You may have to make sacrifices, give up what is not required or accept inevitable alterations. Transformational change brought by Pluto will come by degrees and over time. Early born Rams will feel the initial impact most strongly. Overall, this is a year for achievement! Re-order your life then take it by the scruff of the neck to get your breakthrough. Take on the impossible challenge but stay focused on details, health and healthy self-criticism.
Warrior Mars, your ruler, begins the year moving backwards in Gemini and your house of travel and communication, challenged by the opposition of Pluto in Sagittarius. Travel, communication, education, business dealings and relations with siblings or neighbours will bring pressure or present challenges, obstacles or delays. These will have their roots in the past and you will need to work at resolving such difficulties. You may need to learn in order to do so, ending a style or a line of communication. It's time to break through into a new level of communicative ability or mobile response. Revise plans, schemes and action style. It's best to incorporate news or information from the big picture into the microcosm of your schemes or ideas. The world will open up for you if you act quickly or seize the moment. Seek out the new information, equipment or methods you need to get up and running. Overseas links feature. You may end a foreign connection or transform what you have into a different working model. Expect delays or be prepared to put in extra time and effort to get things working or get the thing that works. Mars moves forward on Jan 30th, allowing you to build up your usual head of steam. Take extra care in traffic in Jan. If you're going to travel overseas then, don't be careless and don't visit places without knowing the risks.
Love and Money
Venus blazes in Sagittarius as the year begins, urging freedom, independence and a wide circle of contacts or interests. But, the effect of the goddess is muted by tension with Saturn in Virgo. Work or health will be strong concerns this year and may curtail romantic activities, limiting them to what's possible, given the demands placed upon you or your romantic partner. You may either make connections through work or else lose connections because of intense labour, effort or involvement in a demanding situation. Romance in a work situation could be high risk or peter out under pressure. For the singles, spend time in your own company and focus on goals or needs with work or health. Money and achievement will be important so don't waste time on relations that aren't worth it. Thrills will come with someone you can work with as well as be with. A new relationship is in the wind, but it may be affected by delay or periods of separation. Social, business or romantic companions may be foreign, exotic or highly qualified.
For those in a relationship, work or health concerns may take time and energy away from the lighter side of romance or passion. You may have to make sacrifices in order to achieve goals or solve a problem situation. This is a year to learn the art of negotiation so make sure you apply it to primary relationships. You can have something precious if you work your way through the demands of real advancement or change in your professional life and find the oasis that lies just beyond all that effort.
The Lunar North Node is in Aquarius in 2008, bringing friends and groups into focus as means by which you can pursue your interests or achieve your dreams. Connect with like-minded people. Work towards a common purpose in a team effort. You'll be inspired, creatively or spiritually from late Apr to mid May. Unusual people or practices may send you in a new direction from mid May to mid Jun.
Home and Family
With Saturn in Virgo and Jupiter in Capricorn, work and career will be dominant forces. Thus, home or family will have to serve professional demands or duties. You need a strong foundation in home life to support career activity or to help you to carry out your responsibilities. Some of you will need your living situation to meet high standards in order to reflect your achievements where others may improvise with a home situation in order to give the scope needed to pursue your goals. One way or another, home or family life will need to serve the obligations you take upon yourself, personally or professionally.
Work and Health
With Saturn established in Virgo, there will be significant change with work, health or daily routine. This is a landmark shift and new tasks, duties or skills will feature. You will need to put real effort in to build something new for yourself. You may start a new line of work or a new business. Exercise routines and general healthcare will need attention. Changed health conditions are on the horizon. Don't try to minimize the impact or import of health needs by ignoring them or playing them down. Be specific, practical and immediate in your effort to put things right. Put new regimes of healthcare or self-nurture in place when needed. If you have to change what you do because of health requirements then do so. New skills or activities will contribute to your wellbeing.
Saturn in Virgo brings an increase in workload or a new line of work. This may see you operate in a more solitary capacity. Some may undertake new learning or skilled activity while others will change duties or jobs. Either way, time and effort will be required for what you do. It will be important to balance the demands of work with changed healthcare requirements. Don't focus on work at the expense of health. For some, work routines will need to be structured while for others there will be a higher organizational content in what you do. Negotiation skills will feature for some. Take on new or more skilful interactions with work, co-workers or with the public. Take charge of what goes on. Dealings with older people or authority may be part and parcel of your day. Saturn is retrograde as the year begins, moves forward on May 3rd and remains in forward motion for the rest of the year.
From the last week of Oct until mid Nov, Saturn in Virgo opposes Uranus in Pisces and your solar twelfth house. You are pulled between radical or individualistic action and conservative or cautious development. You may be uncertain about the risk and the future or the safer, slower course. Work or health provide surprises or 'out of the blue' events to change your direction, divert you or delay your course. You may lose faith or interest in something you have been doing and shift your ground or your duties. The unexpected will take a hand in things to alter or radicalize your daily routines.
With Jupiter in Capricorn, the focus is on career and dealings with authority. There may be promotion or opportunity for advancement. Set yourself for a new career and a rapid rise through the ranks. Make fortunate connections with people of status or authority. These will benefit you in career or professional matters. Set out to deal with people that have power, knowledge or position. Luck may bring you opportunities you may have otherwise missed. Learning, a philosophical approach and good humour will assist you on your career path. You will need to set yourself realistic goals and keep a sense of proportion over the projected results of your endeavours. You will also need to watch your own reactions. Control is of the essence, Aries, especially when you have to compromise between what you desire and what you can achieve. Jupiter moves forward as the year begins, turns retrograde on May 9th then moves forward again on Sep 8th. In Nov, Jupiter trines Saturn in Virgo, enabling you to marry hard work with opportunity and fortune to find real success. If you're seeking status or authority, you can find it under this influence.
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 retrograde cycle starts in Aquarius on Jan 28th. There may be confusion or poor communications involving friends or groups. There may be interruptions or delays with group activity. You may withdraw from usual connections for a time or you may be unable to attend familiar activities or see familiar people. You may fall out with a friend. Embrace new ideas. Meet different people. See how much your attitudes are a function of the people you mix with. Review your thinking. Mercury moves forward on Feb 19th.
Mercury's second retrograde cycle is in Gemini and begins on May 26th. Communication is the issue and relationships with your siblings and with people in your neighbourhood will need review. Poor communications may be a problem in education, writing or media projects. Talk things over. Review your situation. Double check travel arrangements and paper work. You may deal with a talkative or scattered individual over a breakdown in communication, sales, or important local issue. Don't let your tongue run away with your head until things get back on track. You may have a change with payment styles or scales. Mercury moves forward on Jun 19th. As the busy messenger moves into reverse while squaring Uranus in Pisces, problems may arise suddenly or unexpectedly and secrets will come to light. A difficult authority figure may feature.
Mercury's last retrograde phase begins in Scorpio on Oct 12th
in hard aspect to Chiron, awakening confusion or discussion
about finance. Review joint money or holdings. There may
be confusing communication about finance or unexpected news related
to finance. The cost of a project or scheme may cause concern.
Difficulty or confusion presents itself in financial dealings. Be
careful of fiscal involvement with friends. An unusual or difficult
individual is in the frame. Erotic relations are a concern for
some. There could be a renewal of a past
association or a revival of interest with your loved one. Be careful
of secret liaisons. Mercury moves back to Libra on Oct 24th and
then forward again on Nov 1st.
Your New Moon comes on Apr 6th in testing aspect to Jupiter in Capricorn. There may be tensions with authority as you make career moves or set a new professional course. You may take on new or additional responsibilities. Don't try to take on more than you can handle; be shrewd rather than bold. Don't let expectations get out of hand and don't give way to exaggerated reactions. You may clash with someone in a high position. A new professional position is in the stars.
Your Full Moon is on Oct 14th. Restraint and self-control are needed as this peak of the light comes. Confusion arises with communication. You may have trouble keeping feelings or ideas in proportion. Avoid exaggeration or misrepresentation and make sure you have your facts straight before you let fly in the classic fiery manner. Prepare fot some difficulty or differences with partners or close associates. If you're in a relationship, clear the air rather than just getting carried away with feelings. It's quite hard getting on with someone or getting through to them. You may have to make pressure decisions. Stay calm in order to do so.
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 Aquarius on Feb 7th. A line of contact with friends or groups may be interrupted or end. A friend may depart or seek new climes while an old companion may return unexpectedly. There may be a setback, a change or an end with your ideas or goals. You'll be tempted to return to past activities or interests. If you are disillusioned with current connections, step back from them. It's so eaasy to lose momentum with an important scheme or project.
A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Virgo on Feb 21st. There will be a change or an end with work-related tasks or health practices. A co-worker will take some time out or depart altogether. An expert official or an authority figure may disappear from daily life. You may shed duties or give up a work or health related activity. Changes in health may affect work or vice-versa. There may be interruption in daily routines as work or personnel alter. For some, this will bring advancement or benefit as someone's loss becomes your gain. For others, you will have the opportunity to renew your efforts or begin again.
A Solar Eclipse comes at the New Moon in Leo on Aug 1st. Lifestyle, romance, creative endeavours or recreation will be subject to change or a cyclical ending. New interests or activities may shift your focus. An unusual individual or idea may see you break from past concerns. There may be a break or a change in personal relations, affecting romance or relations with children. A change with friendship may alter your direction.
A Lunar Eclipse comes at the Full Moon in Aquarius on Aug 16th. You and a friend may separate or end an association due to a revelation or a sharp change of ideas or interests. You feel the need to step away from groups or group activity and there may be disruption or an end to a special project or venture. You may simply lose interest in certain ideas or activities for a time or even for good.