2008 Horoscope Forecast
Gemini the Twins in 2008
strong foundations, fiscal expansion
Home and finance are the big movers for you this year. Saturn, measurer of effort is in Virgo and your solar fourth house, looking to build strong foundations or improve home, family or domestic life. There will be responsibility, measured advancement or a break or separation from familiar circumstances or people. And, while Saturn grounds you through correct action and meticulous effort, Jupiter, lord of fortune, moves through Capricorn and your solar eighth house. Joint monies, investments and fiscal expansion or opportunity will be in the frame. Have an eye for the main chance. Be prepared for risks or speculations. Put your money where your mouth is, after you've asked the right questions and taken the right advice. With these two heavenly giants working in harmony, as they will in Nov, you can fulfil 'long term' plans or put yourself on the road to financial transformation. You may buy a home, buy into a financial package or seek to make your fortune.
Pluto, the underworld lord begins the establishment phase of his entry into Capricorn, auguring powerful or transformative change with joint finance, investment and shared resources. Over the unfoldment of this period, the power of transformation will touch your life. For some, this will be a matter of money and your financial situation as you set out to alter the way you work with money and increase what you have. However, for others, the process of personal change will go deeper. You are drawn to esoteric or behavioural studies and are likely to become involved with people or practices outside the more conventional walks of life. Some will experience change through an encounter with powerful forces or events that you cannot control but only accept. Pluto in your solar eighth house will send you on a journey deep into the mysteries of life, death and transformation in the years that lie ahead. Pluto enters Capricorn on Jan 25th, moves back to Sagittarius on Jun 14th then settles in Capricorn on Nov 26th.
The Lunar North Node is in Aquarius and the South Node is in Leo in the course of the year. This will bring a cycle of light and bright communications, especially if overseas links are concerned. You may travel or plan to do so. You may study or put yourself in the way of new or interesting subjects. Exotic or qualified people will feature in new associations. You may form relations or have chance meetings with interesting folk. Legal or academic connections may be involved. You meet all sorts and may seek far horizons. You are drawn away from the more mundane aspects of life into distant climes. If you're city-based, the country may attract you. Some of you will not only travel but also take up residence overseas, at least for a time. Romance, creativity and new or unusual people or practices will feature in Apr and May. A new path or a new journey is in the air. Estates, trusts, taxes or inheritance feature in your financial dealings this year.
Love and Money
The year begins with a hiss and a roar. As New Year's Eve turns to New Year's Day, Mars rolls back into your sign, carrying through on a reverse motion journey that began in Nov 2007. Personal relations will be testing. Guard against impulse or impatience in your dealings with partners or close associates. You may be more clumsy than usual. You may be frustrated by delays or an inability to clear the backlog of situations or involvements. It will be important to review your action style and revise the way you operate in order to get the desired results. As Mars clashes with Pluto, the lord of the underworld, there will be intense dealings. You will form a 'hot' contact, renew feelings with an old connection or find yourself at odds with someone. You may have a rival or an opponent. There will be a frisson or a charge in the air. Don't step up unless you want to see things through. Mars moves forward on Jan 30th, clearing the way ahead for activity, advancement or the vigour of romantic life.
With Venus in Sagittarius as the year begins, partners or close relations will feature. Singles may find a new romance or a business partnership. This may involve someone of professional accomplishments or from a foreign background. Communications, education or links with overseas may be part of the package. Those in a relationship will find that social activity or interests come through your partner. You'll expand your circle through a partner or simply enjoy a more varied social life. This will be a rich year for social or romantic enjoyment.
Home and Family
Saturn is in Virgo as the year begins. New work or health routines will bring changes in domestic life. For some it will be work on the home itself as you renovate, improve, alter or even change address. Such moves may be an upgrade or they may be 'purpose' specific. For others, there may be a change in the family group as someone leaves or an additional member arrives. You will adapt routines or the home itself to cope with the change. Some of you leave a home or experience separation from loved ones or family. Whichever occurs, a new cycle of responsibility will be underway with living conditions.
The purchase of a home will be a key point in proceedings for some. Responsibility for someone close may come for others. You may have care of a family member, especially someone older or infirm. Saturn can bring separations, endings or solitude. Thus, you may begin a cycle of independence or more solitary pursuits with home life. You may work at home or bring new health options there. One way or another, emotional or domestic life is set to alter, influencing your situation ‘long term’. Review the past. Reflect on its patterns and implications. Some of you visit an old family home or have changed dealings with family members. Step up and put on the twin mantles of authority and responsibility in emotional and domestic life. As you work your way through the year under the influence of Saturn, you find you'll have something to prove about your ability or achievements. This may be a hangover from family or early life experience. Some become fastidious about housework or cleanliness. As tidiness is not usually a long suit, this will be a notable change in practice. Others will simply hire a housekeeper or use a cleaning service.
Saturn begins the year in retrograde, moves forward on May 5th and remains that way til the year ends.
Work and Health
With Saturn in Virgo, work on the home or in it may be a feature of the year. Some of you set up the home office. Others build one, add an extension or put up a shed and inhabit it. You may take undertake a project or a work cycle that sees you in solitude at home rather than commuting to the big smoke and mixing with co-workers. Isolation seems necessary or more productive for the work you're engaged in. There may be new techniques or equipment to undertake new duties or tasks. Some of you will take a stint at home, looking after family or the domicile rather than holding down a job.
Mercury begins the year in Capricorn, focusing on communications, especially where finances or joint monies are concerned. Part of your work cycle will be involved with such communications. Follow the markets. You keep up with investments or fiscal dealings by working on the phone or online. You will need to actively keep in touch with experts in money or finance. You will come to understand more about people and human behaviour as you pursue these lines of activity. There will be deep discussions and secret deals or plans in your working life.
As far as health is concerned, you'll need to explore your feelings and emotional state. Watch for warning signs that suppressed or unexpressed emotion is beginning to create health problems. Persistent or recurring conditions will need attention. Watch for signs of rigidity, inflexibility or persistent lows in mood. All of these are conditions that are out of kilter with your inner nature so the signs will be obvious. As regards forms of treatment or a remedy, go for the tonic, the herbal and the natural. You'll want something that will nurture your system and encourage good practices with health. Focus on a good, plain diet. Choose fresh foods and step away from too much sugar, too many additives and too much junk food. Be careful of dietary infringements because you're out of sorts or upset. Get in tune with your emotional state and you'll get into good patterns with health. Forms of exercise that will relieve stress and balance the system will be the ones to choose. You may even begin a meditation practice. Don't mistake being busy for being active. Set time aside for good routines with exercise.
Uranus continues his radical and often eccentric journey in Pisces and your solar tenth house. In recent years, this will have shaken up your career direction, your professional contacts or your duties or responsibilities. There will have been unexpected changes or developments. There will have been exciting or difficult people or situations to deal with. Issues of authority or dealings with people in authority will have been part of the shake-up. You will have had sudden reversals of feeling, sympathy or loyalty with some bosses you have worked for. You may have had a sudden elevation or demotion, thus dealing with an altered position. You will have moved from one project or involvement to another, often widely differing ones. You will have developed passionate interests or concern with issues or matters of wider social involvement. You will have stepped away from the place where you were in 2003 or left it well behind you, by accident or design.
There will be a crossroads as Saturn in Virgo comes into tension with Uranus in Pisces from late Oct til mid Nov. There may be changes at home with work or health matters that will affect your career or responsibilities. Necessity will draw attention to the details and little things of life, turning your focus away from the status or importance of professional dealings. The solitude or privacy of you want in your personal life may call you away from active engagement with career concerns. Conversely, it may be that new career options or sudden developments with professional matters will call for more time away from home, bringing delay or disruption with domestic or family matters.
You will struggle to balance a career and a home life. You will find there is a different quality to life with your career concerns, one that either clashes or does not integrate with home or personal life. Excitement with career or professional dealings may disrupt home life and its routines. You may struggle between the push and pull of professional and personal demands. Keep up a persistent effort in both camps. Don't sacrifice one for the other. Work to bring these two different realms of your life into balance. Don't be afraid of the new and don't stick religiously to the old. Make an alchemical fusion that allows you to have satisfaction from both. Some of you in fact decide to sacrifice one side of life to meet the demands of the other. This will prove to be a 'short term' solution, leaving you stranded in isolation or reduced circumstances. Integration is the way. This will require persistent effort.
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 begins in Aquarius on Jan 28th. Communications or news from overseas will affect your thinking or plans. There may be problems with distant or foreign contacts. Legal matters may be delayed or there may be unfavourable results. There may be delays with travel or you may be caught by unexpected developments. The big picture may alter, altering your view of what to do. There may be difficulty or confusion with study. This cycle will alter or reverse what you're trying to do, bringing unexpected options or responses. You may deal with situations or people where communication is difficult due to cultural or language barriers. Feb 19th will see Mercury move forward again.
Mercury's second reverse cycle starts in your sign on May 26th. Communication, travel and movement will be under pressure. You will have to work for clarity. Watch clumsiness and general organization. Relations with partners or close associates may be difficult or suffer from a break or disruption. As Mercury moves into reverse squaring Uranus, there may be sudden or surprise developments, especially with career, authority or your duties. You may turn around, you may go backward or your situation may be reversed. Excitable people may ambush you. You review your career under duress. Avoid stresses by seeing the situation in a new or different way. Mercury moves forward on Jun 19th.
Mercury's final reverse motion cycle begins in Libra on Sep 24th. Confusion will touch romantic life. There may be an unexpected break or separation. Past contacts may return or you may come back to old creative or romantic ground. Communications with romantic contacts may be tricky or testing. There may be delays or a break from creative projects or recreational activity. The actions or needs of others may prevent you from doing things you wish to do. Take extra care with demanding physical activity or recreation. Put safety first. There may be difficulty with the organization of your social life. Expect arrangements to change. Functions or celebrations may change or bring confusion or double-booking. Be patient and polite with difficulties. Mercury moves forward on Oct 15th.
Your New Moon comes on Jun 3rd in a conjunction with Venus the goddess while busy Mercury is retrograde in your sign. Issues of love or money will arise at this point and you will need to revise your ideas or approach to something or someone to remedy problems from the past. You will need to go back over old ground or talk something through in order to improve the situation. This may be a costly or a painful time as there will be a sudden reversal of the expected outcome. However, much of this will be minor and pass quickly. Communications will be an issue to review.
Your Full Moon comes on Dec 12th, bringing tension with a Grand Cross of the planets and the Lights in mutable signs. There will be pressures or uncertainty affecting home life, relationships, career or dealings with authority and yourself. Delay or restriction may bring tension to a head. You will be caught between personal and professional demands. An older person or authority figure will apply pressure or add to your responsibilities. You may be unable to finish necessary work or dealings at home. There may be tension with loved ones over restriction or delay. A separation may cause problems or be the problem. You may be discontented with your situation or the people or responsibilities you have to deal with. Authority figures or professional contacts may be excitable or difficult. Management of the four key areas of life is the solution. If you've never had the patience of a saint, order it off the internet or get it on your next trip to the supermarket.
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. Disruption or an end will affect study, travel or legal matters. These may simply be delayed or there may be a more serious consequence. There may be a loss of contact with overseas links. This may be a business contact or a personal one. Weather conditions may play a part in the delays or disruption. There may be something that's unclear or uncertain as to what will happen next. You may have to wait a situation out. Religious or political matters may be involved.
A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Virgo on Feb 21st. There may be a delay or an ending with home, family or domestic matters. There may be a departure from the family group. The arrival of an older influence may bring about the departure of a newer one. There may be a change in the home itself, perhaps a renovation or a change with the patterns of life in the domicile. There may be a shift with the tasks or schedules of the home. Issues of work or health could affect the rhythm of family life.
A Solar Eclipse comes at the New Moon in Leo on Aug 1st. There will be a break or an end with communications or travel. You may lose a contact. Problems are indicated with business deals or dealings with the public. A deal or scheme may even fall through. Relations with siblings or neighbours may be affected. You may alter the direction of daily travels or the route you normally use may be unavailable. There may be problems with the use of equipment or vehicles. There is a change in your ideas or your thinking. You may take a break from or decide against a course of study.
A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Aquarius on Aug 16th. Travel conditions or plans may be altered unexpected breaks or changes. There may be disruption with links or contacts from overseas. Legal dealings may not go according to plan. A foreign or qualified individual may somehow behave out of character or remove themselves from the proceedings. Your thinking about the future or the big picture may alter because of events in the wider world. An emotional or unusual individual may depart your company.