Merry Christmas, Happy New Year. Whether you're checking out the ornaments
on the tree, racing around returning presents or wondering what to wear for
New Year's Eve, somewhere in the back of your mind there's that question:
Is the new year going to be anything like the old year? Better, as bad or worse?
The best day to envision your future possibilities (we're all somewhat
psychic) would be Tuesday, the 30th. That's when intuitive Uranus enters
imaginative Pisces (for the next eight years) and loving Venus merges with idealistic
Neptune. That's also the day that retrograde Mercury returns to Sagittarius,
the sign of the seer.
The new year begins and ends with a surge of passion, audacity and determination.
There may be moments in May when you doubt your progress, but they'll pass
as soon as your Mars ruler slips away from Saturn's restraints. Family
matters can seem more serious than they really are - don't let them
interfere with a hot summer romance. Late September, when prosperous, protective
Jupiter gives the nod, is the time to launch a new project; you haven't
been in such a cosmically favored position for the last two years.
Because your affectionate Venus ruler goes retrograde in the sign of the Twins
this spring, you could find yourself in an exasperating dilemma, unable to make
up your mind and move on. Venus' extended trip through Gemini - from
April through July - can also have an impact on financial matters and other
things of value. Be patient, use your imagination to find a solution, and trust
that luck will prevail in March, August and November, when Venus and Jupiter,
the bearers of good fortune, fulfill your heart's desires.
In 2004, quick-witted Twins get to master the art of factoring prudence and
practicality into the decision-making process without compromising their ultimate
vision. Imagine: more money, less guilt! Because your Mercury ruler crosses
the border between realistic earth signs and inspired fire signs during its
three retrograde sessions, you'll come out with high spirits and high ideals
intact. April, August and December are the months to go on vacation, visit old
friends or write the screenplay. June and July, the best time for making mad,
This year, Saturn stretches from 6 to 27 degrees of Cancer, molding impressionable
young Crabs into shape along the way. The divine disciplinarian brings a sense
of responsibility and mature behavior no matter what your age, so prepare to
grow into the person you were destined from birth to become. The trickiest time
for the USA and George W. is June, when the planet of repression and retribution
sits on their sun degree. Although Saturn doesn't flip into reverse again
until November 7, the Election Day results could turn out to be disheartening,
Try to do some skiing, skating or scuba diving during the first two months
of 2004. Physical activity coupled with a change of climate will rejuvenate
your body and spirit like nothing has in years. While partnership matters continue
to be unclear, fanciful or difficult to nail down, they shouldn't throw
you for a loop anymore, like a Uranian twist of fate. A clandestine fling in
June might become more intense and last longer than either one of you figures:
a meeting not only of sexual appetites, but of minds and creative talents as
You remain the chief beneficiary of Jupiter's largess through September,
after which the jolly giant moves into your Libra money house for the next 13
months. Don't take opportunities to become wealthier and wiser for granted.
Because unpredictable Uranus can upset Virgins born in August, while destructive
Pluto nails those born in mid-September, knowing what to do and having the wherewithal
to do it would be a very good thing. When your Mercury ruler turns retrograde
in April, August and December, take a vacation, plan a reunion, go on retreat.
Your luck should improve dramatically once expansive Jupiter gets to Libra
in time for your birthday. Thirteen months of protection, prosperity and enthusiasm
follow, so plan to launch a pet project while the force of the Greater Fortuna
is with you. A romance or a close friendship may go south while your Venus ruler
is retrograde in the sign of the Twins this spring; give yourself lots of time
- say, until August - for things to settle before making your choice.
Saturn in your career midheaven suggests that you're going to be president
of something, someday soon.
In 2004, you won't feel you're slogging through a swamp, because
your Mars co-ruler doesn't go retrograde. Instead, the red planet takes
swift, sure steps around the zodiac from hot, horny Aries to sociable Sagittarius.
In the course of the year, you'll get to sample the best or the worst qualities
nine signs have to offer before you move on. Compare that to the six months
you've just spent treading water in soulful Pisces, sacrificing self-preservation
in an often futile attempt to be compassionate. Change, the fixed Scorpio will
find, is good.
If the odds are favorable, take the chance and the ultimate payoff. As long
as Jupiter is in your career midheaven, you'll continue to expand your
influence, spread your good name and enjoy your ruling planet's protection,
even while it's retrograde from January 4 until May 4. A risky adventure
when fiery Mars is in impulsive Aries this winter, a joyful Leo experience when
it explores new terrain in July. Venus in your Gemini partnership house for
months on end can make spring 2004 an especially social and marriage-minded
The situations you're already involved in don't change drastically
in the new year. However, they're liable to intensify or have more impact
on you than they already have. Since your Saturn ruler continues traveling through
Cancer, your cosmic complement, long-term relationships in both your personal
life and business could become more serious. You may have to assume greater
responsibility for significant others or back off entirely. Keep in mind that
prosperous Jupiter in earthy Virgo keeps the funds flowing through the summer.
The biggest change, the one that'll affect how you react to almost everything,
is your unpredictable Uranus ruler's shift out of Aquarius for good. Whatever
lesson the Great Awakener taught you is now part and parcel of the persona you
present. What you're left with now, and for years to come, is artistic,
idealistic Neptune in your sign. If you haven't already started, try to
explore whatever talents you do possess and learn more about the art forms that
appeal to you. 2004 is the year you reach a higher level of spiritual awareness,
Total transformation, especially for Fish born in February, or simply a change
in appearance, attitude and demeanor? This year, independent-minded, humanitarian
Uranus remains in Pisces, even during its retrograde session - June through
November. Meanwhile your Neptune ruler continues inching its way through Aquarius,
introducing artistic folks into your social scene. Because benevolent Jupiter
is in your marriage house, they're also likely to be wealthy, witty and
wise. A romantic attraction becomes serious in August.
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