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Similar to the way Pluto transformed publishing and sports while it traveled through Sagittarius, so the little mass with the powerful pull can transform government while it transits Capricorn for the next 16 years. The crossover comes on Jan. 25. Militant Mars, currently retrograde, retreats into Gemini on New Years Eve, confronting and, no doubt aggravating, Pluto on Jan. 2. Their next opposition on the Cancer-Capricorn solstice points occurs at the Pisces new moon in March. Expansive Jupiter is already in earthy Capricorn, getting the lay of the land. Saturn is retrograde in Virgo until May Day, and in clean house Virgo, another take care of business earth sign, until summer 2010. Uranus remains in Pisces until 2012, which is when Neptune leaves Aquarius. Venus begins the New Year in early Sagittarius, circles the zodiac and ends up Aquarius again. For Mercury retrograde, read Gemini. Happy New Year!
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Depending on which country you find yourself in, 2008 could be your year of living dangerously. Rams are noted risk-takers; however the ones you choose this year could be more goal-oriented than those youve taken for the sheer hell of it. Be it a spiritual journey, a photo safari or a school year abroad, theres a good chance that with lucky Jupiter as your guide, youll come away not only richer in experience, but wealthier as well. As for romance, a tried-and-true relationship is your best bet until summer. Then, fireworks!
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Finally, a year tailor made for earth signs! What should fit you to a T is generous Jupiters transit through your Capricorn house of life-long aspirations. This year, you may actually get what youve yearned for, and more to the point, without the sweat or the attendant anxiety. Of course, youll still need to be patient, especially in matters of affection and art. Stoical Saturn in your Virgo house of romance and creativity will continue to make that area of your life worth the attention that perfection demands.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Twins have until March, which is when take-action Mars leaves Gemini, to make the major move youve been deliberating. Otherwise, it might not come about until Mars returns in summer 09. Keep in mind that your Mercury ruler is retrograde from the end of January until Feb. 18, from Memorial Day until June 19 and from the autumn equinox until mid-October. Give yourself a few days before and after Mercurys stations to acclimate to these changes in direction before you boldly go anywhere you havent been before.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Its not only the earth signs thatll benefit from Jupiters transit through Capricorn, the addition of powerful Pluto to that ambitious sign plus Saturns continuing sojourn in discerning Virgo constitute a positive prognosis for water signs as well. Pisces and Scorpio will receive sustenance and structure from earth and, for Cancer, significant support from partnership (Capricorn) arrangements. However, until independent Mars exits your sign on May 9, also the day Jupiter turns retrograde, you may prefer to go it alone.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Magnetic Venus in your high-spirited Sagittarius house of recreation and romance from Dec. 30 until Jan. 24 is a good reason to make hay while the sun shines on the slopes. However long your vacation turns out to be, be sure to take it and make it memorable. The rest of the year is infused with a strong work ethic thatll pay off handsomely when constructive Saturn in your personal money house is rewarded by generous Jupiter in Capricorn: Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, early September and Thanksgiving. Solar Aquarius is also good.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Read Gemini for the dates when your Mercury ruler goes retrograde for three weeks at a clip and leaves you dwindling your thumbs or thumbing a ride. Energetic Mars in your Gemini career house until March 4 may provide an opportunity disguised as an offer you cant refuse, not if you want to advance in your chosen field. However, it is durable Saturn in your own sign thatll keep you grounded during the highs and lows of seasonal changes. The partnerships continue to be unpredictable and frequently brilliant.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Despite the bad press, 2008 could be the year to buy your dream house. Jupiter, the Greater Fortune, residing in your Capricorn home base for the next 12 months can be a fount of wealth and happiness. Even more so while your artistic Venus ruler visits from Jan. 24 through Presidents Day. Family affairs take an upturn in spring, although not without a struggle or clever manipulation. But it is your physical appearance and personal desires that take center stage as courageous Mars blasts through Libra in September.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
Hanging at the high end of the gene pool isnt going to end anytime soon. Status-seeking Saturn continues to dominate your house of public recognition in 2008, although until it comes out of retrograde in May you might not appreciate the advantages of hobnobbing with the honchos. May is also when your energetic Mars co-ruler enters Leo and adds a burst of creativity to your career aspirations. Its good to be King if only for the summer. Romance blossoms in March when Venus and erratic, erotic Uranus hook up in Pisces.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Its a short interlude and not necessarily a sweet one; however, the attraction of opposites, between alluring Venus in your sign and passionate Mars in your Gemini marriage house, over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend is not to be missed. No matter where youre spending the holiday, be on the lookout for an Aries or a Scorpio with the gift of gab and something to read. Remember: your luxury-loving Jupiter ruler spends 2008 in your Capricorn money house, plus Plutos arrival could transform your financial profile forever.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
What began in October when militant Mars first entered your Cancer house of allies and antagonists continues to demand your attention until Mars moves on to Leo around Mothers Day. Since this seven-month trip through your marriage house wont occur again, try to resolve as many of the issues Mars activated as possible. Talk them out with your lawyers, agents, business partners and past and present spouses. But while Mercury is retrograde in your Aquarius house of assets next month, postpone signing any agreement.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
Not a whole lot changes this year. Imaginative Neptune in your sign continues to inspire or deceive you, before taking a retrograde break from Memorial Day to Halloween. And your inventive, but erratic Uranus ruler continues to float through your Pisces house of assets and values, at times disrupting your money stream, other times increasing the flow. However, 2008 could well be your year of karma cleaning. The many benefits Jupiter in Capricorn bestows get filtered through your 12th house of dreams and cosmic consciousness. Take notes.
Pisces: Feb. 19 - Mar. 19
The complicated dance Fish are doing with the Water Bearer continues to enchant you both. Magic happens in public places in the spring, very much in private in the fall. During summer you take a well-deserved break. Saturn in your Virgo marriage house insists that couples get serious about their commitment to each other and the institution itself. Business partners clean house and organize their efforts more effectively. March is ideal for intense romantic and creative activity. A happier Happy Birthday!