Jan 4-10, 2008
The weekend begins on a high note as the fiery Sagittarius moon merges with amenable Venus for Friday-night festivities. By Sunday morning, as Venus squares stern Saturn in Virgo, the atmosphere won't be so hot. But since we'll be in the "balsamic phase" of this lunar cycle, it's likely that nothing too drastic will result from the square. On Monday, Mercury enters Aquarius, the sign in which it turns retrograde three weeks later. And on Tuesday, at 3:37 a.m. PST/6:37 a.m. EST, the moon and sun meet in the middle of Capricorn and inaugurate the new year.
It's fairly simple. If you survived the trauma Pluto put you through while it was opposing your Mars ruler on the 2nd, and you're not any the worse for wear, i.e., didn't hit bottom, feel free to take the weekend off. And contemplate what you want to happen when Tuesday's Capricorn new moon inaugurates a new cycle of your career arc. This year, the top of your solar chart, your achievement-oriented midheaven, attracts considerable attention from the universe at large. It wouldn't hurt to put your own thoughts out there too.
Your Venus ruler zips through the zodiac this year, without slowing down enough for you to catch your breath. After a fiery but tense January, you're up for some well-deserved soul satisfaction until Valentine's Day is history. Career challenges will keep you on your toes in March. Easter is iffy, a sudden change of heart, perhaps a new group of friends? If you can get away, take some time in April to refresh and renew your spirit. Come May and the birthday, having both loving Venus and the creative sun in your sign should bring many happy occasions. Money in June.
Right now, romantic Venus is in your Sagittarius marriage house, so if you're not attached, by all means, get out of the house. After the pressures connected with Valentine's Day have lifted would be another good time for making whoopee. The last two weeks of March can be brilliant careerwise, courtesy of a very friendly client. Soon after the sun crosses into Gemini, Venus catches up. Make plans to do something special for Memorial Day, before your Mercury ruler, also in Gemini, turns retrograde that day. More good loving in September.
How about a little night music? Listen for harmonious Venus entering your Capricorn complement on the 24th. Her seductive serenade continues while the goddess visits your house of sex and other people's assets through mid-March. May could be particularly enjoyable; Venus' interlude in earthy Taurus celebrates all the senses. Come the summer solstice, Venus hooks up with the life-giving sun to bring you almost everything a Crab desires. After a long, hot summer, romance and creativity are renewed at the autumn equinox. Once again, the timing proves impeccable.
Leo, more than any other sign, is able to chart the course the Lion takes during the year. Start with your sun ruler's transit of pragmatic Capricorn, with its emphasis on improving work and health habits. Segue into your Aquarius house of significant relationships and, as the sun moves through Pisces, discover more of the resources and attitudes you share. Arian aspirations ignite in spring; you follow through during productive Taurus. Gemini is quite social, as befits the variety of associates you've acquired. Rest up during Cancer so you can spring back into the limelight for Leo.
Even with restrictive Saturn in your sign this year, the Virgin will experience an interesting love life. Romantic Venus is in your Capricorn house of hugs, kisses and recreation from January 24 until February 17; since your Mercury ruler will be retrograde then, forget about working. You won't get much done. Venus settles into your Pisces house of partners on Palm Sunday for three weeks of couple-consciousness. Curious about the exotic, the esoteric or an expat? Fly away in early May while Venus accentuates the sights, sounds and tastes that sensuous Taurus offers.
Since this week's column focuses on the effect your Venus ruler has on the other signs, read for your significant other and those who might not be in that category, just yet. On your own, you'll enjoy the goddess's transit through your Aquarius house of romance and risky ventures that begins right after Valentine's Day. Her trip through your adventurous Aries marriage house in April heightens your willingness to try something new. But if you intend to travel in June, while Venus is in air sign-friendly Gemini, know that Mercury will be retrograde during that entire transit.
Why is the Capricorn new moon on the 8th different from all other new moons? Because it is the event that begins the redemption of your financial situation. However, you'll need to envision what you'd like to see happen after your Pluto co-ruler leaves enthusiastic Sagittarius for its trip through down-to-earth Capricorn on January 25. It might take the full 16 years of Pluto's transit to attain your idealized state, but at least you'll be on your way. 2008 is the year to reconnect with spiritual brothers and sisters from the '90s.
Take a minute during the Capricorn new moon on Tuesday to make "new-moon magic," i.e., to light a candle and add your hopes for 2008 to the rest of humanity's. Since your beneficent Jupiter ruler will be in Cap, the earth sign that delivers what fiery Sagittarius promises, for the rest of the year, your chances of getting what you want are pretty good. If it's a hot romance, picture yourself engaged in your favorite sport with the athlete of your dreams while magnetic Venus is in your Aries house of fun and games in April.
On Tuesday, during the Capricorn new moon, consider sending your hopes and dreams for the fabulous year you're about to enjoy into the cosmos, where they'll percolate until they reach perfection and come back to bless you. Too much? With hyperbolic, optimistic Jupiter in your sign this year, come the summer, you won't think so. Devilishly horny Goats can expect an infusion of good loving while Venus is in your sign from January 24 through Valentine's Day, and again when the goddess enters your Taurus house of romance and risk. May Day! May Day!
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Pay attention: The times to put your hopes and money on romance depend on Venus' circuit of the zodiac. The planet of love, luck and nice stuff is at home in Aquarius from February 17 to March 12. She twirls through your Gemini house of happiness from May 24 to June 18. The goddess ennobles your Leo marriage house, soothing the beast within, from July 12 to August 5. She returns to open-minded, hot-to-trot Sagittarius, where she is today, from mid-October until Veterans Day. Venus ends 2008, once again in Aquarius, attracting people and presents during most of December.
Fish are such dyed-in-the-wool romantics, it hardly matters if you know when your chances of attracting affectionate partners are good. Here goes anyway: Need a quickie? January 12. Obsessing over an angel? March 6. Want to look your best? March 12 to April 4, while Venus is in your sign. Online dating? May's the month. Cuddling and creative cooking? Mid-June to mid-July, while the goddess camps out in your Cancer house of pure love. Massage your mate or pick out a new, improved partner during her transit of Virgo in August.