Born on March 3rd, 1968 at 7:30 pm in Tampa, Florida, Susan Hopper (aka Moonbeam) became
interested in astrology while still in grade school. Driven by her
fascination with the human mind and interpersonal relationships, she earned
her BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of South
Florida. She applies Jungian and Cognitive theory to her work as an astrologer. A free-lance writer and counselor, Susan enjoys teaching the art and science of astrology and contributes regularly to Astrology on the Web.
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2012 Horoscope Forecast
Capricorn, the Sea-Goat in 2012
creative in the public eye
By now you've heard that Mars will be in Virgo until July 3rd, with much of that time spent with Mars retrograde in motion. This may mean obstacles in your path as you reach for your goals, especially those that involve higher education, publishing, and travel.
Jupiter will be lending you some assistance by giving you creative ideas on how to reach your goals, so be ready to brainstorm when you come up against a wall. The good news is that you will surmount these challenges, but you must remain disciplined and pay attention to detail.
You also need to guard against becoming fanatical about your beliefs or ideas. Getting along with people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds is important now, because it will be all too easy to go from a friendly debate to an all-out battle. In-laws may be especially prickly during this time period. Avoid people and groups who aggressively promote their own beliefs, or worse, want you to invest your money in them.
During the first half of the year, expansive, inspiring Jupiter will activate your 5th house of romance and children, giving you a super boost of creativity. This is potentially a very fertile time, so keep that in mind whether or not you are planning a family! Children of the body, heart, and mind will increase, and that can mean you might adopt a child or give 'birth' to a new endeavor that becomes your 'baby'.
By the time Jupiter enters versatile Gemini and your 6th house of health and service, you will be ready for an overhaul in both body and mind. This can be a time to really improve your health and appearance, but it could also be a time when too much of a good thing leads to excessive weight gain or poor health. Relationships with co-workers are likely to be supportive and friendly, with lots of lunches and happy hours throughout the week. Instead of treating yourself with an extra glass of beer or slice of chocolate cake, treat yourself to regular massage and other calorie-free methods of stress relief.
Your ruler Saturn remains in Libra and your 10th house of career and pubic standing for most of the year, placing you in the public eye. You've worked hard to be in this position, so there shouldn't be any cause for anxiety. You may have more responsibilities both at work and at home, but for the most part you won't resent it. After all, of all the signs, you are the one most suited to handling Saturn's energy and know the value of his gifts.
Some of you may also be more involved with a parent or authority figure during this transit. Follow Libra's lead and attempt to be as diplomatic and fair as possible in all things. Once the Great Taskmaster enters Scorpio and your 11th house of friends and associate on October 5th, it will be time to consider what groups you belong to and how you fit in. You may also be placed in a position of leadership and responsibility among your peers, which might arouse some jealousy among them. Some of your friends will prove they are as loyal and noble as the eagle (one of Scorpio's symbols), while others will reveal themselves to be more like scorpions.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
Money and what you value comes into play in your relationships as the year begins, urging you to make sure your heart and your pocketbook are in the same place. What you purchase now is more likely to be meaningful and truly reflective of your tastes... and quite possibly on sale! The weekend of the 13th is especially pleasant as creative Neptune joins forces with romantic Venus, making it a great time to take someone special on a date.
After January 14th, sociable Venus lights up your 3rd house of communication giving you a gift of words, which you might need with Mars in your 9th house of in-laws and those at a distance. You also may have a hard time focusing on long term goals when more immediate, pleasant activities await you. Mars turns retrograde on Jan. 24th, so what happens now will continue to fester for the next 6 months.
Venus enters Aries and your 4th house of home and family on Feb. 9th, making home a bit of heaven on earth. With Saturn still lingering in your 10th house of career and public standing, it will be nice to have a sanctuary to come home to. After March 5th, sensual Venus in Taurus enters your 5th house of romance and creativity, connecting with Jupiter to make you one of the luckiest people on the planet. Even if you are not a gambling sort (and not many Caps are) you still might want to play the lottery!
On April 3rd, Venus moves into your 6th house of health and service, where she will hold court for some time to come due to the Venus retrograde cycle. Your health can benefit from this influence, especially if you focus on positive ways to reduce stress in your life. Relationships with co-workers are also more pleasant, making work almost as nice as being at home. However, with Mars itching for a fight in your 9th house of higher education and travel, you may find that whether or not you like it, you have to travel for work or take certification courses.
Fortunately, Jupiter will join Venus in June, fortifying your ability to shake off any difficulty to encounter in other areas of your life. An Eclipse on June 4th will bring everything you have been working on to a head, and what happens around that time continue to impact you through November.
On August 7th, the focus turns to your closest relationships as Lady Love moves into emotional Cancer and your 7th house of marriage and partnerships. And not a moment too soon, as it comes on the heels of Mercury Retrograde… if you need to kiss and make up, now is the time to do it! Strengthen your bonds with the most important people in your life as Venus smiles on your closest relationships.
After Sept. 6th, sensual Venus enters attention-loving Leo and your 8th house of intimacy, urging you to do a bit of roaring in the bedroom. When was the last time you and your mate got away for the weekend? A change of scenery could do wonders for your sex life, and you don't have to leave town to find a cozy bed and breakfast or reasonably priced resort.
The focus turns to higher education, travel, and perhaps in-laws again after Oct. 3rd, when Venus moves into Virgo and your 9th house of matters at a distance. Fortunately, this month you should be able to put everything right and finally make real progress in your endeavors. You may feel like you have been tested and now you finally get the results… It looks like you passed!
Venus then moves into civilized Libra and your 10th house of career on Oct. 28th, possibly earning you a raise or promotion. Single Caps might find love on the job (perhaps with a superior) or with someone much older. During the last week of November, Venus joins Saturn in your 11th house of friends and associates, encouraging mature social connections. You will be networking and organizing groups over the next 2½ years or so, and this will serve as your introduction.
As the year ends, Venus moves quietly into your 12th house of secrets and solitude, urging you to slow down and recharge your spiritual batteries. Traditionally, this is a time of secret affairs and unrequited love, and perhaps you are longing for someone unavailable. In any case, you must begin by loving yourself, and now is the time to go easy on yourself and others. Forgiveness is the key.
Home and Family
Saturn's position opposite your 4th house of home and family might leave you feeling a bit like you can't go home again, but that's not entirely true. Of course things are changing in your life… you are getting older, your parents are getting older, your children are getting older! Things change, and so do you.
What you will need to do is find a sane balance between your career demands and your home life, or else Uranus, the planet of unexpected upsets, might cause a rebellion under your own roof. With Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn for some time to come, you can expect serious growing pains. But if you work with the energies instead of against them, you might end up with some revolutionary ideas about how to really have it all.
Work and Health
With Venus going into retrograde motion in your 6th house of health and service and Jupiter entering shortly after, this year is all about making your work environment more pleasant and your life in general healthier. Yes, you'll have to contend with Mars heckling you from the sidelines, but in the end he's no match for Lady Love and the Jolly Giant. The key will be in not letting stress get the best of you… that means no daily triple martinis or deep fried lunches. You can indulge in moderation but if you let stress get the best of you and start overindulging as a prize for having been put through so much, you'll lose more than you gain… figuratively, anyway! If you must treat yourself for all you do, day in and day out, do it with a weekly massage at your favorite spa. People will wonder how you manage to do so much anf still look so well!
Career and Finances
With your ruler Saturn firmly in your 10th house of career for most of the year, you can bank on good results in your career. Saturn is exalted in Libra, which makes this a great time for you, even if the rest of the world is complaining. As a Capricorn, you are no stranger to hard work, and you've earned some pretty stellar karma this time around. Don't accept less than you deserve, especially during June when you should be able to reap some of the rewards of your hard work. Many of you are just coming into your own power now, and if you do so with a compassionate, civilized heart, you have the potential to make the world a better place.
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, 3rd House
Mercury retrograde in your 3rd house of travel and communication? Classic! You can expect mechanical failures, checks lost in the mail, and miscommunication galore as Mercury gums up the works. At least there should be no surprises… you should know by now that this is not a good time to sign contracts, buy cars, or anything else big that could go terribly wrong. After April 4th, the lines of communication clear up and you should be able to carry on without any trouble.
July 15th – August 8th Mercury Retrograde in Leo, 8th House
This can actually be a very psychic time for you, if you pay attention to your dreams and meaningful coincidences. Yes, loans will be delayed and inheritances muddled, but you can penetrate a wealth of information if you tap into the collective unconscious at this time. Once Mercury turns direct on August 8th, everything is back on track, and hopefully you've gained a bit of 'inside' information.
November 6th – 26th Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio, 11th House
Mercury retrograde in your 11th house of friends and associates, combined with Saturn, may make for some serious gaffes. I highly recommend checking all of your reservations, appointments, and dates at least twice. No matter how careful you are, chances are good something will go wrong in a big way during this time. At least if you can prove you did everything in your power to set things right, no one can blame you.
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your Full Moon happens on July 3rd, and will represent the culmination of what began back in late December 2011. Fortunately, you are very prepared for what happens now, even if it might seem sudden or unexpected. Careful planning has put you and your family in a great position to make the best of these changes. While some situations are ending, other, more suitable ones are beginning. Embrace the dance of life.
Your personal New Moon occurs on December 28th, 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. A lot of change has taken place and you are all the stronger for it! Cheers!
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 trigger critical issues with your health, so pay attention to what your body might be trying to tell you. It is no secret you have taken on a massive load of responsibility and you have the stress to match that… please slow down and take care of yourself. Consider any diagnosis a wakeup call… not even you are invincible.
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. You can be immensely successful but you still need to slow down and take care of yourself. Believe it or not, there are people who love you and will do everything necessary to help you. Learn to delegate a bit so that you'll have more time to recharge your physical and spiritual batteries.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on Nov. 13th may find you feeling vaguely uncomfortable as it connects with Saturn in your 11th house of friends and associates. It may be that someone among your circle of friends is not quite right, or perhaps there is someone whose intentions are bad. Listen to your intuition, and remember that Saturn is your friend, perhaps more so than others.
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, when your health gave you a wakeup call. The key is in understanding the effect unconscious motivations have on you, especially when you try to pretend like nothing bothers you and soldier on. More than ever, you need to speak up and set healthy boundaries. There are plenty of people cheering you on, all you have to do now is stand up for yourself.
That's it for 2012, Capricorn—hope you enjoyed it! Don't forget to follow up on my monthly forecasts throughout the year.