Jan. 11-17, 2008
Since not much is happening, why not see where the burst of
constructive energy generated by the Capricorn new moon on the 8th takes you?
Unless you sense that you're headed for trouble, if not a complete disaster,
when flirtatious Venus tests erratic, erotic Uranus this weekend. By Wednesday,
you could have an excuse to make amends as the goddess of love, beauty and regifting
approaches idealistic, imaginative Neptune. Who remembers “Let's break
up just to make up”?


Not to worry, Venus won't desert you. The randy Ram should enjoy a reasonable
amount of romantic activity in 2008. This weekend, Venus may show you just how
fickle the heart can be when she squares irascible Uranus. After that shock of
recognition, feel free to social climb for profit and position in time for a happy
Valentine's Day. Somehow, you'll appear more attractive in April,
when Venus is in Aries, and more rambunctious in July, as Venus prowls through
your Leo house of risk and romance. Married you can always get in September, during
Venus' transit of Libra, your cosmic complement.


What about the money? Personal finances continue to swing back and forth as long
as assertive Mars remains retrograde (January 30) in Gemini. Even after Mars returns
to Cancer (March 4), it'll focus primarily on resolving — not too
rashly, we hope — a matter that has been irritating you since last autumn.
The red planet leaves family-centric Cancer on May 9, giving you one more reason,
besides your birthday, to celebrate the end of this trial by fire. Daredevil Mars
provides ready access to other people's money in mid-November. Inherit,


Read for Taurus to get a sense of the financial implications of Mars' transit
through your Cancer house of personal money matters. Add the impact on a business/cultural
enterprise that might occur when the red planet confronts expansive Jupiter in
Capricorn at the end of April. Start zeroing in on folks who'll understand
your enthusiasm for this venture by adding more than their “two cents'
worth.” Mars is also the instigator that'll shake things up at your
house or in your family circle during its transit of Virgo, the consummate critic,
in July.


Moon Children should know when they're more affected by their ruling “light”
than usual. For those who plan ahead, clip and save: An annular eclipse of the
Aquarius sun on February 6, the day after Mardi Gras and all those primaries,
not visible in the USA. A total eclipse of the moon on February 20 at 2 Virgo,
visible here, there, everywhere. The total solar eclipse takes place on August
1 at 10 Leo, visible only in the far, far north. The partial lunar eclipse on
August 16 at 24 Aquarius could be truly memorable, since it conjuncts faith-based
Neptune at the same time that militant Mars provokes subversive Pluto.


Although you might not appear as affected by the yearly eclipses as a Moon Child,
still you should read your Crabby neighbor's forecast for the dates these
phenomena take place. An eclipse of your sun ruler can imperil your regal stance
for a few days, while a lunar eclipse often provides an opportunity to show your
strength. This is especially true in mid-August, when impressionable Neptune in
your Aquarius house of partners is being targeted. Also at this time, there's
an unusual amount of planetary activity in your Virgo house of assets and acquisitions.


Love life in 2008, Part 2. A typical June can be superbusy, supersocial for Virgo,
but because your Mercury ruler will be retrograde then, take advantage of the
“no significant progress” maxim and relax. While romantic Venus is
in your Gemini career house, a cute client may want to play rather than work.
And, if all goes well, play house during July while Venus is in domesticated Cancer.
The goddess of love and beauty enters Virgo on August 5, the day after Barack
Obama's 47th birthday. For the rest of the month, you'll be practically


Last week, we left you and your Venus ruler hanging in airy Gemini because Mercury
was retrograde. Come mid-June, the goddess transits your Cancer midheaven and
activates your career zone through a social or family connection. Venus in Leo
is always festive, the company you'll keep in July especially compatible.
This year, try to take an extended summer vacation. During September, the planet
of love and beauty will be in Libra at the same time that passionate Mars is passing
through. Instant attraction! Fireworks! Fun!


Although informing you about the major influences in 2008 has been my main objective,
don't think your love life won't be significant. But probably not
until Venus enters your Pisces house of romance and other creative pastimes in
mid-March, which, as Fate would have it, is when your Mars co-ruler will be in
Cancer, the third empathetic water sign. Nothing like a Grand Water Trine for
feeling connected to the cosmos! In May, Venus settles into your Taurus marriage
house for three weeks, an excellent time to indulge in all things sensual, sublime
and sybaritic.


Have you noticed? Magnetic Venus in your sign has been attracting attention from
an unusual assortment of interested parties, and will continue doing so until
the goddess shifts into Capricorn on the 24th. Her exit coincides with Pluto's
exit from your sign after a 12-year stint. Coincidence? Archers born near the
Capricorn cusp should listen for the cosmic “clink” of champagne glasses
as affectionate Venus and passionately possessive Pluto conjunct. A marriage made
in heaven or hell? Only time will tell.


More good lovin'! After her sojourn through your Taurus recreational zone
in May, and a flirtation with a co-worker or fellow gym rat, Venus arrives in
your Cancer house of significant others in mid-June. For the next four weeks,
cozy up to the person, or persons, who provide the most comfort and genuine concern
for how you're feeling. Up for serious social climbing? Wait until the goddess
gets to Libra in September for the festive debuts of the fall season. Come mid-November,
Venus makes it back to Capricorn and holidays at home.


This year, it's your turn to be tempest-tossed by the two eclipses in Aquarius
as well as the one in your Leo marriage house. Read the Cancer forecast for the
dates and Leo's for the effect they may have on your allies and antagonists.
Remember that living with Neptune in your sign for so many years might not have
the dramatic impact everyone expects. Despite its glamorous connotation, Neptune's
influence is subtle, albeit persuasive. It'll take time to absorb the full
benefit of the transit, particularly for developing artists.


Besides being dyed-in-the-wool romantics, Fish also tend to be confirmed hysterics.
Therefore it wouldn't hurt to know when in 2008 you should guard against
flipping out. Forewarned, forearmed and all that. Aggressive Mars meets restrictive
Saturn in your Virgo partnership house for the Fourth of July holiday, not the
best time to try for a reconciliation. Remember, with explosive Uranus in Pisces,
you're already on a short fuse, able to go off at any time. Mars favors
that Uranian lightning rod in October, a good time to show how brilliant, how
innovative, you can be.

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