Predictions for the week of February 24
All Signs: With five planets in Pisces (including Mercury retrograde) many of us are visualizing the future and reminiscing about the past. This will arise naturally, but it will also be provoked by encountering people and situations from our past or having a sense of repeating a cycle. For example, according to numerology, this year we are all repeating a cycle similar to 2004, 1995, 1986, 1977 and 1968. According to Chinese astrology, this year is repeating a cycle of 2001, 1989, 1977 and 1965. Thought-provoking to see the connections, isn’t it? Mark Twain said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” (That’s why I decided to do a quick recap of past and future this week.)
Aries (March 21-April 19) Many of you have suffered with challenges in relationships in the last few years. These partnerships have either undergone major adjustments or they have ended. This means that in the next two years, you are perhaps getting along with less support from others. You’re standing on your own two feet. Even though this might be scary, consider it to be like boot camp training because in truth, you are coming to a career peak in about five years from now. So this process is simply going to strengthen you and give you confidence in yourself. Since 1996, you have reinvented yourself. And around 2003-05, hopefully, you strengthened your home base. You can handle whatever arises.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) Around 1999, you started to reinvent yourself. By around 2005, it was vital that you established a home base that you could rely on. After busting your buns since 2010, you are now book-ending the process that you began in 1999. It’s time for you to step out in the world and gain increased recognition for your efforts. You will also start to focus more on your external world than you have in the past 14 years. However, this switch of focus might create problems in partnerships because the balance of power is shifting. Whatever is happening, you know that you can’t go back to the way things were. You have to go forward. Pack a hot lunch.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) In the mid-90s, you got recognition for your achievements. You felt proud. But by 2001, you were in a new sandbox, creating a new identity, which was pretty much established by 2008. (Look back at the details of your life to see how this plays out.) This year, you are entering a time of hard work. In fact, in the next few years, you might feel overwhelmed. But fear not, you will prevail. (For one thing, lucky Jupiter is in your sign giving you a major boost of good fortune and energy. Following that, increased earnings will reward your hard labor.) All of this is a build-up for a time around 2015 when you will get kudos for all your efforts. (Applause! Applause!)
Cancer (June 21-July 22) Around the turn of the millennium, you began to downsize your stuff. By 2003-4, this process was mostly complete and you sailed off into a whole new world, hopefully a little lighter. Most recently, the last few years have been a strong focus on home and family. Many of you made major renovations or residential moves to feel secure about where you lived. Now you’re entering a time where you might have increased responsibilities with children, but privately you’re asking yourself what you really want to do with the rest of your life. (That, plus the basic question of how long after Labor Day you can get away with wearing white shoes, just about covers it.)
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Although you’re focused on shared property, taxes and debt, in the big picture you want to solidify your home base by moving or repairing/renovating where you live. In 2003-4, you gave up a lot so that by 2005 you could move in a new direction. This new direction completely redefined who you were. Since this is “behind” you, the big question is what are you going to do with the new you? What do you want to do? According to astrology, before you can answer that you have to define where your bed is at night. Quite literally. In other words, where is your home going to be? Once this is settled, your mind will be free to pursue career questions.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Although you were pleased with how things were unfolding at the turn of the millennium, right now you’re in a state of flux. Perfect. That’s exactly how it should feel. Since you set off in a new direction around 2008, you have been redefining and tweaking your life to the point where it is now. This is a crossroads. In the next two years, you will either change jobs, change residences or both so that you have a strong sense of who you are and what you’re doing in the world. Right now, a gaggle of planets opposite your sign heightens your focus on close friendships and partnerships. Think of this as a learning opportunity.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You’ve been reinventing yourself since 2010. Naturally, you had to streamline your life and let go of a lot of things prior to that but now you are focused on cash flow, earnings and even major expenditures. You’re trying to make it all come together. An obvious question is what you do you want to do to earn your money? But at a deeper level, you are actually questioning your basic values right now. Essentially, you have to define to yourself what really matters in life. Different things matter for different people. If you don’t know what’s important for you, you won’t know what to work for. This is why success is defined so differently by so many different people.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a hugely defining time in your life. Older Scorpions can relate back to the mid-80s because that was the last time Saturn was in your sign. Saturn is also known as the Great Teacher. Any Saturn transit is a maturing process. Saturn forces us to focus on responsibilities, duties, obligations that in turn lead to external success, rewards and a sense of accomplishment. Saturn is a straight shooter and always comes through. Right now you are beginning to redefine who you are in the world. You might not sense this but it’s actually beginning. Ironically, this is a very playful month for you. Love affairs, sports events, vacations and fun times with children are all beautifully promising diversions.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You can’t ignore home and family! Major purchases, renovations, family meetings and visiting guests keep you on the go. Enjoy entertaining amid the chaos. But in the bigger picture, you’re starting to streamline your life. (In fact, many of you have already started to do this.) In the next year or so, you will let go of people, places, relationships, homes, jobs and possessions. Why? Because in about 18 months — around 2015-16 — you’re going to enter a new sandbox, which will be the beginning of you completely reinventing yourself and the world. (The last time you started to do this was in the late ’80s.) You love an exciting, stimulating future full of all kinds of possibilities!
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Short trips, visits and errands create an accelerated pace, but you love it. This is a good time to write, teach, edit, act, sell or market. This is also an excellent year to improve your job as well as improve your health. You feel confident and very much on top of your game because others are appreciating what you have accomplished. Later this year and into next year, partnerships and close friendships will be wonderfully enriching. In fact, singles could meet and marry someone older, richer or worldlier. (Someone like that sounds like a great labor-saving device.) Enjoy your good fortune but make sure you take time out for yourself. You can’t be all things to all people all the time.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) This is wonderful time to wrap up financial projects. But in the bigger picture, you want to play! Lucky Aquarians are on vacation, enjoying love affairs and delighting in the arts, sports events plus playful activities with kids. However, in the “really big” picture — we’re talking a 30-year cycle — you are now entering your time of harvest. This lasts for about five years and most of you will achieve success and recognition in areas you’ve been involved with for the last several years or even much longer. It’s a time of kudos, raises, promotions, graduations and the achievement of cherished dreams. Pretty heady stuff.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) With the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Neptune all in Pisces, it’s all about you! Retrograde Mercury will bring confused communications, lost papers, books, glasses and keys. You might lock yourself out of the house with the bathtub running. (A friend locked himself out of his car with the engine running.) Nevertheless, you have much to look forward to because this year you will have a feeling of a richer home with more beautiful things in your home. In fact, many will move to a bigger home. You will also enjoy a richer, happier relationship with family members. Start planning for a big vacation late this year or next year because it’s going to happen. (“Should we pack tropical?”)