2012 Horoscope Forecast
Aquarius, the Water-Bearer in 2012
time for a new beginning!
The year begins with Mars turning retrograde in Virgo and your 8th house of sex and other people's resources on Jan. 24th, which may lead to a great deal of frustration and turmoil for you. Your drives, desires, and needs aren't going anywhere, but your ability to get them met may take a hit until April 14th. This may be a case where you might not get what you want, but will eventually get what you need.
For some, this might mean that a health issue is zapping your vitality and that may be felt in the bedroom. Many medications can have the unpleasant effect of diminishing your libido or ability to perform, so you may want to check with your doctor about alternatives. Others may find that important loans or refinancing isn't coming through for you in the way you hoped. This is a good time to research whatever is ailing or eluding you, because you might uncover a problem you hadn't expected. Hang in there, because after Mars turns direct on Apr. 14th, you'll have all the energy and passion you need to get your life back on track.
During the first half of the year, expansive, inspiring Jupiter will activate your 4th house of home and family, suggesting that your clan is growing in one way or another. For some, that might mean buying or selling a home. You may decide to build an addition to an existing home, or be fortunate enough to afford an investment property. Others may be moving in with family members, or perhaps family members must move in with you. In any case, it will be very busy under your roof!
By the time Jupiter enters Gemini and your 5th house of children and creativity, you'll be ready for some fun. Be aware that this is potentially a very fertile time, whether you are hoping to start a family or a business. If you never had a green thumb before, you do now! Some of you might adopt a child or give 'birth' to a new endeavor that becomes your 'baby'. Venus adds to your creative power from March 5th – Apr. 3rd and again from June 27th – August 7th, helping you to create whatever you wish. Enjoy!
Goal-oriented Saturn remains in Libra and your 9th house of higher education for most of the year, urging you to take on program of serious study. Whether you take a traditional route and enroll in a college program or you come up with an independent course of study on your own, the Universe demands that you broaden your horizons, and it won't be easy.
Saturn isn't called the Great Taskmaster for nothing, and you'll definitely earn your credits once this transit has passed. For some of you, the great challenge will be in dealing with a different culture, and that could even include the culture of your mate or partner's family. Yes, in-laws may be your mountain to climb this year, but with persistence, you should be successful! Once the Great Taskmaster enters Scorpio and your 10th house of career and reputation on Oct. 5th, you will be glad you took the time to make your resume stronger. Saturn will spend approximately 2½ years insisting you take on a more authoritative role and you may have to learn the subtle but vast difference between leading with authority and being authoritarian.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
You are the loveliest of them all as Venus starts the year off in your 1st house of personality. Even the fact that you might not feel very sociable makes you even more attractive to others… the less there is of you to go around, the more intense the demand! The weekend of Jan. 13th is especially pleasant as creative Neptune joins forces with romantic Venus, making you a mysterious force to contend with. After January 14th, Venus grants favors in your 2nd house of personal finances, making it easier to get what you need. However, with Mars in your 8th house of sex and other people's money, you might find you have to flirt and cajole to make your point clear. There will be a sense of “I know you want this, but what can you do for me?” in most exchanges.
Mars turns retrograde on Jan. 24th, so what happens now will continue to be an issue for the next 6 months. Venus enters Aries and your 3rd house of communication on Feb. 9th, making it easier for you to express yourself in a way that people will notice. With Saturn still demanding diligence in your 9th house of higher education, philosophy, and travel, it will be nice to have the edge when it comes to expressing your point of view.
After March 5th, comfort loving Venus in Taurus enters your 4th house of home and family, connecting with Jupiter to make you one of the most content people around. If you would like your family to meet a special person for the first time, this is the month to do so.
On April 3rd, Venus moves into your 5th house of romance and creativity, where she will remain for some time to come due to the retrograde cycle. Your love life can benefit from this influence as Venus favors all things cherubic and starry-eyed. Relationships with children also benefit… it will be much easier to have patience with the little ones in your life. However, with Mars smoldering in your 8th house of sex, death, and taxes, some of the harsher realities of life might jolt you from your pleasant daydreams. Fortunately, Jupiter will join Venus in June, making it easier to whistle a happy tune. An Eclipse on June 4th will bring a social event or group activity into the spotlight, and what happens around that time will continue to impact you through November.
On August 7th, the focus turns to your relationships with co-workers. With Venus in nurturing Cancer and your 6th house of health and service, you should be able to enjoy very supportive and friendly connections with your cubicle mates and work pals. And not a moment too soon, as it comes on the heels of Mercury Retrograde… if you need to butter a colleague up after an awkward misunderstanding, now is the time to do it! After Sept. 6th, sensual Venus enters charismatic Leo and your 7th house of significant others. You are naturally drawn to the most impressive of characters, and as one of the most unique members of the Zodiac, you are able to appreciate such special talent. If you aren't currently partnered, you may meet the purr-fect playmate now, so be on the lookout!
Venus moves into Virgo and your 8th house of sex, death, and taxes on Oct. 3rd, stirring your desire for intimacy. This should also be a very good time to apply for a loan if you need one… others will be more willing to share their resources with you. Venus then moves into civilized Libra and your 9th house of higher education and travel on Oct. 28th, making you glad you worked so hard on your studies and intellectual growth over the past 2½ years. Single Water Bearers may even meet someone special from another country or culture!
During the last week of November, Venus joins Saturn in your 10th house of career and public standing, placing you in a position of beloved leadership. As an Aquarian, you can lead by inspiring others rather than using fear as a motivator. You will need to remember this principle over the next 2½ years or so, and what happens now will remind you that you can be both kind and strong.
As the year ends, Venus activates your 11th house of friends and associates, which sets off sparks with Jupiter in your 5th house of pleasure and romance. Single Aquarians could find they aren't single much longer, and partnered Water-Bearers can look forward to rekindling the old fire.
Home and Family
Jupiter spends the first 6 months of the year making your home a jolly place… it may seem that it is growing by leaps and bounds! Whether you have friends or family staying with you, your house is a popular place to be. Some of you have undertaken a remodeling project recently, and it should turn out quite well, increasing the value of your home nicely.
There is a very good chance your family will grow this year, and it could be through many different avenues. Whether you are expecting a baby, arranging for an adoption, or taking in a family member who needs a place to stay, the Universe is calling on you to open your doors. You'll be glad you did!
Work and Health
July may be the month to watch out for regarding your work and health this year. Both the Full Moon on July 3rd and the Full Moon on July 19th could trigger a health crisis that lays you out for a while. The key is in being aware of your stress levels and what you can do to relieve stress without hurting yourself. That is to say, as much as a double or triple martini may relax you after a rough Monday, in the long run you need to focus on dealing with the overload of stress hormones flooding your body.
In this particular instance, long-distance travel for business rather than pleasure may be the beginning of a malady that is hard to shake. Don't drink the water and be sure to carry hand sanitizer!
Career and Finances
Retrograde Mars in your 8th house of other people's money may slow you down during the first half of the year, but don't worry too much about it. Mercury retrograde in your 2nd house of finances in March won't help much either. However, you will actually have an opportunity to decide what you really value and want to invest in. In fact, not getting what you want, when you want it might be a huge blessing in disguise.
Once Saturn enters your 10th house of career and public reputation and has Venus give her blessing, you will find yourself in a relatively secure position. A lot of hard work will come with your new assignment, but you have never been more prepared than you are now. Just be sure to budget carefully, living below your means, so that you are able to save more or pay off more of your current loans.
Ah, Mercury retrogrades! You can expect the Winged Messenger to go retrograde three times a year for about three weeks each time. During retrogrades, you can expect miscommunication, delays in travel, and breakdowns in machinery and appliances. Usually these breakdowns are due to neglect or lack of attention to detail and the retrograde period simply brings this to the surface. It's often a good idea to hold off on making any important decisions, purchases, or signing contracts when Mercury is retrograde. Brides planning weddings should certainly consult an astrologer to avoid scheduling the Big Day during a retrograde! On the positive side, Mercury retrograde is excellent for research and investigation. It is a time to go over everything carefully, looking for loopholes, mistakes, and weaknesses. Here are this year's Mercury retrogrades and how they are likely to impact you:
March 12th – April 4th Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, 2nd House
I won't lie to you… this may be a tight month for your budget. With both Mercury and Mars retrograde in your money houses, you may feel like you are getting the shaft no matter where you turn. What can do now is avoid making any big purchases, signing any contracts, and looking to see where you can trim the fat off of your budget. Once Mercury turns direct on Apr. 4th, Mars won't be far behind. Relief is on the way.
July 15th – August 8th Mercury Retrograde in Leo, 7th House
You may need to rely on your ability to read body language and other forms of non-verbal communication, because your most significant others are going to have a hard time communicating during this retrograde. If you aren't very good at reading minds, this could be a bit rocky for you. If you are single, don't expect to get a clear signal from any potential dates until after this passes!
November 6th – 26th Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio, 10th House
Many of you may find that an expected promotion or other form of recognition gets delayed this month, and I wouldn't blame you for feeling bitter. You have worked incredibly hard and been more responsible than any Uranus ruled should have to be, so the wait seems like an insult. The good news is that right at the end of this retrograde, Venus comes in to smooth everything over. From here on out, you will be recognized as someone to be reckoned with!
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your personal New Moon occurs on January 23rd, signaling new beginnings for you. This is a time to reflect upon the events of the past year and set your intentions for your own personal new year, which begins with your birthday. You have had lofty goals in mind… how close are you to reaching them? Think about what has been working and what you may still need to adjust in order to be successful.
Your Full Moon happens on Aug. 2nd, and will represent the culmination of what began back in late January 2012. With Mercury Retrograde, much of what goes on may be internal. A heart-to-heart talk with your partner, mate, or most significant other may shine light on where you are now and where you would like to be a year from now.
Eclipses indicate change in the area of life they impact, and are often felt for much longer than regular lunations. In cases where the eclipse makes a close aspect to planets or angles in your chart, they can be felt for up to a year. Here is what to look for during the eclipse cycle of 2012:
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20th may spark a crisis involving the children in your life. You will need to pay close attention to their behavior and listen to what they are trying to tell you if you want to be effective. This eclipse may also bring a bit of romantic drama into your life… if you haven't been paying attention to a certain someone; you are going to hear about it.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on June 4th only solidifies changes that began with the New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Gemini two weeks earlier. If you can step up and be the grown up, you should be able to steer clear of any more tears and emotional outbursts. Many of you are feeling incredibly creative and you should make time for enjoying life with your favorite folks.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on Nov. 13th may bring up issues at work that are frustrating to you… hold steady, because just around the corner lies your reward. For some, it may mean the beginning of a new career. Embrace these changes, because they are in your best interests whether or not that is obvious now.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius on Nov. 28th echoes what was begun during the New Moon and Solar Eclipse on May 20th, but this time you should already know how to handle the energy. In fact, you can use this energy to create something very positive and creative! Friends and associates are willing and able to help you get your ideas off the ground; you just have to present them clearly.
That's it for 2012 dear Aquarius! Hope we've been a help. Don't forget to follow us up on the monthly and daily forecasts for more details.