2008 Horoscope Forecast
Taurus the Bull in 2008
romance, travel, spiritual growth
Welcome to the year of the earth signs, Taurus. Your determinedly practical nature will find a firm foundation in the movement of Jupiter, the lord of fortune, Saturn, the measurer of effort and dark Pluto, lord of the underworld. These three will ground you in a few practical realities as they tread the cardinal and mutable paths of earth.
Jupiter is in Capricorn as the year begins, opening doors to the wide horizon. This is a year to learn, to travel, to seek professional training or to litigate in order to get what you want. You may wish to learn other languages, see other lands, experiment with different cultures or cuisines. It's time to make connections or friendships with people of foreign or exotic background or of academic standing. Overseas links or people may be of influence. It's the right time to travel to advance your situation, your knowledge or your experience. You may journey geographically or you may travel into the higher realms of knowledge. You are drawn to explore deeper or more significant beliefs or practices that will become a new foundation in life. Humour, lecturing, education, publishing or self-expression feature. You will be drawn to the life of a traveller, a scholar or a raconteur.
Saturn, measurer of effort, is in Virgo and your solar fifth house for the run of the year. He begins in retrograde then moves forward on May 3rd, remaining that way till year's end. Matters of romance, recreation, lifestyle or children will feature, as will creative projects and speculative ventures. Learn new skills. Make new endeavours. Become scrupulous about details and methodology. Give time and effort to people and projects that matter. Clear the dead wood in your obligations. Some of you begin a romance, one that will take real effort or bring responsibilities. For those in a relationship, it's time to reshape your lifestyle and your operations together to give your love or life a new form or direction. The learning of new skills, the pursuit of new ventures and the alteration of daily routines in work and health will contribute. The key to this change is to live in a different way. Health concerns will drive this for some. New practices in work or new interests will drive this for others. Nov sees Jupiter and Saturn in harmony, bringing prospects for the realization of dreams. You'll get the results your efforts merit. As Saturn opposes Uranus at this time, peaking on Nov 4th, you will get life on track, join with a new circle or achieve a surprise result after sustained application.
Dark Pluto is the third of the triumvirate in earth this year. On Jan 25th, he moves to the sign of Capricorn, taking a brief look around until mid Jun then slipping back into the sign of Sagittarius. On Nov 26th, he returns to the sign of the Goat, intensifying your experience of the big world you live in by urging study, travel and adventures on a broader horizon. Communications, knowledge and beliefs will begin to play an intense or important part in your search for truth and wider understanding. Other cultures or foreign lands may draw you away from usual routines and familiar places. Why not embark on a search for life's deeper meaning... As Pluto moves slowly, all of these will gather momentum over time.
Love and Money
Venus the goddess simmers in fiery Sagittarius and your solar eighth house, though her heat is mitigated by a square from Saturn in Virgo. You'll be hot for action, Taurus. Erotic and financial relations will feature. However, you may be under restraint as to what you can do or what you set yourself to do. Money will be the concern for some and you may put other interests aside to pursue financial stability or gain. Don't sacrifice too much though. Gains may be harder to make than you think or more limited than you desire. Be realistic. There may be secret deals, investment schemes or partnerships born of necessity. You could make hard work pay or you could get all hot and bothered. It will all depend on how you handle things. With Jupiter in Capricorn, Lady Luck may bless you with old-fashioned good fortune. Opportunity may come in or from other lands.
Those single will be best to focus on a relationship based on agreements that actually work. Get business and romance to intertwine. Be prepared to wait for what you want; you may have to deal with limited contact or delays due to the arrangements of others or the demands they must meet. Those in a relationship will be best to enter into new kinds of ventures or schemes. Tie up your business life. Set goals together. Conversely, one of you may branch out and do something different, business wise, seeking their own way.
Married or single, some may find the temptation of a secret liaison irresistible. Think carefully though for anything of this nature may be more demanding or costly than you realize. Be perceptive and discerning. Weigh gains against losses before taking a risk. This year may also see the end of relations where joint finances are involved. For some there will be separation from a partner or a close associate while others will set the terms of a partnership and meet demands in tandem. Commitment will be important in personal or business relations. Some of you will shoot for the moon and will be ready for a risk or a gamble. Make sure you've got all your facts and figures right and don't get caught out by details. You may have to wait for the results you're after or you may experience delays in achieving your goals. Persistence will see you through.
Home and Family
With Saturn in Leo in these last few years, you Bulls will have made sterling efforts at stability or expansion with home or family life. You may have built, moved or simply consolidated in order to give yourself a foundation for the future. One way or another, you will have passed out of an old cycle and into a new one. This will have taken more time or effort than you imagined or calculated. Some of you have been disillusioned and so put aside a big dream to tackle something simpler or more achievable. With Saturn under pressure from Neptune in 2007, tiredness or changing interests or aspirations have brought you to a place you did not actually expect to arrive at. The issue now is to take the threads of what you have and weave a lifestyle that suits, whether you’re independent or with a partner. What you have may be less grandiose than dreams born under the influence of Leo but it will also less expensive or demanding. It's time to live a simple and skilful life where efficient routines and good health will set the pace.
Work and Health
New kinds of recreation or exercise will feature. New practices or skills will assist you in the wider context of your lifestyle. You may benefit from yoga, meditation, sports where strict training patterns are involved or even gardening or outdoor pursuits. You need to simplify your diet or adopt a healthier approach with fresher or better quality food and healthier preparation. Raw foods, less takeout and varied cooking techniques will improve the quality of your life by improving your health and lifestyle. Do a cooking course and learn the benefits of better eating.
The recent opposition of Saturn in Leo and your solar fourth house with Neptune in Aquarius and your solar tenth house will have given your career situation or aspirations a hammering. You may be exhausted from your effort or disillusioned with your professional situation. Career influences or connections may have been distracting, disruptive or even deceptive. If you are fatigued or disinterested, you may be searching for a new kind of fulfilment or a new kind of life. The devotional aspect of life may have taken on new importance.
This year, the Lunar North Node is in Aquarius, bringing contacts and associations to develop your career aspirations. Friends, groups and new connections or ideas will give you the lift you need. You are ready to set out on a new course, start a new line of professional development or take up a new cycle of responsibilities. You will profit by throwing in your efforts with others or changing the basis on which you do things. Jan 28th to Feb 19th will bring a period of review in career matters, professional connections or responsibilities. Consider but hold back on big decisions. A New Moon Eclipse in Aquarius on Feb 7th will see the end of a career cycle or connection. The Full Moon Eclipse in Aquarius Aug 16th will reveal what can and can't be done and with whom you will or won't engage professionally.
Mystic Neptune offers a mixed blessing as he joins with the Lunar North Node in the last week of Apr and on into mid May. You may deal with creative or spiritual people. New interests or practices may fascinate you. You feel a call to move away from current involvements or alter your direction. Romantic or creative aspirations bring a change of direction. Be sure you're not seduced or taken in though. Avoid untoward involvements, whether professional or personal. Don't mistake a scam for a scheme and don't put finance or good relations at risk for the sake of an impossible dream or an unrealistic punt. Chiron the wounded healer will continue this flow into Jun as he brings unusual people or practices into your life. It's the right time to take up new interests or operations to advance or alter your career situation or your cycle of responsibilities. A teacher or practitioner of an unusual calibre may feature or help set a new path for you..
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. There may be problems with communications or travel that affect career or professional concerns or dealings, including misunderstandings with authority. You may break from regular duty. Disruption affects your cycle of responsibilities. You are inclined to return to past tasks or interests. Past contacts may return to your sphere of operation or you may lose touch or fall out with newer contacts. Be ready to go over old ground with a career concern. There may be delays with career advances or changes. Mercury moves forward again on Feb 19th. This period is an opportunity to gather support or rectify past problems. Be inventive.
Mercury's second retrograde cycle is in Gemini and begins on May 26th. Money is the issue and personal spending or earnings will need review. Poor communications may be a problem in basic transactions. There may be surprise expenses, late payments or simple errors with addition or subtraction. Talk things over. Review your situation. Double check arrangements and paper work. You may deal with a talkative or scattered individual over a money problem. Don't fall for robbing Peter to pay Paul 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. A difficult authority figure may feature.
Mercury's final reverse motion cycle for the year begins in Libra on Sep 24th. There will be concerns with work, health or daily routine. Watch for minor health concerns. A health situation may affect your work situation or your regular routines. There may be confusion or changes with travel patterns. There are difficulties with work-related communications or equipment. Service vehicles if you rely on them for work. Service the computer or get in extra paper or ink for the printer. There may be confusion or disagreements in dealing with co-workers or the public. There may be delay or disruption because of others. Take care with safety. Double check the diary. The messenger moves forward on Oct 15th.
Your New Moon comes on May 5th, bringing a shift or change in your personal life. It's just the right time to make yourself over, so you can really enjoy close personal relations. You may adopt a new style of presentation, especially for career or professional purposes. Focus on diet and general health matters. Home, family or females may feature in the issues or concerns at this time. The harmony of Saturn and Pluto at this point will bring travel, overseas links, study or legal concerns to the fore. Powerful people may feature or cast an influence.
Your Full Moon comes on Nov 13th. Tension is high in close personal relations. Look to the 'long term' and the important goals in lifestyle or romance to sort things out. Don't get dewy-eyed or overly hopeful when looking for solutions. Be practical and adopt a realistic view. Someone near is feisty or set on a course. You'll have to negotiate in order to alter the projected outcome. There may be fierce interest or rivalry in the air. Someone's behaviour may be explosive or revealing. Decide what you want from a relationship. Working or professional relations may be confused or clouded by current influences. Make sure you know what you want and where you're going..
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 a New Moon in Aquarius on Feb 7th. There may be a break or change in career or professional dealings. You may be disillusioned with your situation, as you are drawn toward more creative or spiritual pursuits. You may experience confusion or even deception in professional matters or dealings with authority. You may break with a professional contact or situation. Be ready for delay or disruption as you carry out your responsibilities. You are disillusioned with conventional pursuits and incline towards something more radical or unusual.
A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Virgo on Feb 21st. There may be a break or separation affecting romantic activity or recreational pursuits. Look to a change of lifestyle due to change with work or health. Your feelings for people or activities may diminish. There may be a separation or a change of pattern in relations with a child and you may take time out from a creative venture or project. This may be a choice, or because of disruption or delay. Be prepared to put aside a familiar skilful practice of some sort.
A Solar Eclipse comes with the New Moon in Leo on Aug 1st. Changes, cyclical ends or disruption to familiar circumstances will affect your home, domestic or family matters. There may be a departure or a return in the family. There may be delays or interruption with a purchase or a renovation. Some of you even move from the place where you are or, conversely, may be unable to pursue a change in living circumstances. There is sure to be discussion and an uncertain outcome. You may need to review a key decision.
A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Aquarius on Aug 16th. There may be a highly sensitive individual or situation involving authority or career matters. You may reach a dead end or a state of uncertainty about where you're headed professionally. Mix with creative individuals or people of an unusual nature. There may be an element of deception or confusion in professional dealings. Problems with a female disrupt or interrupt the cycle of your responsibilities. A realization or revelation about where you're headed or those with whom you're involved comes forward. You may be inspired on one tack or disillusioned with another.