The New Year kicks off with a close alignment of the Sun with the cosmic Teacher, Saturn, in the down-to-earth pragmatic sign of Capricorn sounding a very serious note to the year ahead. Saturn resonates with personal and collective responsibility, respect for individual rights, tolerance and accountability. Capricorn is concerned with structures, hierarchies, authority, control and mastery. Big business, big football clubs, and big Government are all closely associated with Saturn in Capricorn and we can expect the governors and the governed to become more aware of the fragility of the ties that bind them. Like all structures – built or otherwise – solid foundations are required to stand the test of the Lord of Time (aka Saturn). Taking time to strengthen our personal foundations (physical, emotional, mental, financial etc) will certainly be time well spent this month.
Cosmic Warrior Mars returns to his own sign, fiery Aries, on the 1st ready to tackle the New Year head on; as you would expect this placement is highly charged and driven. Mars never takes a backward step, his bravery has never been questioned, his win ratio is better than Guardiola’s, he has never drawn a match but he has lost 2 – once to Hercules (the strongest man in the universe) and to Venus Aphrodite! Venus for her part arrives in Sagittarius on the 8th making a favourable aspect to Mars – inspiring optimism and cooperation, rather than conflict, in the interests of the general good. The first new moon of the year is on the 6th, putting the psychological emphasis back on structural Capricorn. The first full moon falls in the sign of sovereignty, Leo, on the 21st: whilst changes beckon and opportunities abound the total lunar eclipse throws up unexpected challenges. New doors will be opening and others will be shutting – keeping an open mind, staying calm and centred will be key to successfully navigating this deep pocket of psychological turbulence on the cosmic highway.
ARIES MARCH 21 – APRIL 20
Your highest ideals are at the forefront this month; planning for what could turn out to be a transformational year begins right now. Bold Mars, your ruler, is particularly dynamic in Aries enabling you to easily mobilise your most valuable assets – initiative and courage!
TAURUS APRIL 21 – MAY 21
The Sun and stern Saturn dominate the sector of your chart associated with adventure and travel: sensible plans will be rewarded. With Venus in outgoing Sagittarius don’t let work commitments or mundane routine stop you from enjoying what the stars are about to offer. The full moon on the 21st brings an exciting opportunity.
GEMINI MAY 22 – JUNE 21
Expansive Jupiter and communicative Mercury are powerful in Sagittarius at the start of the month; new ideas fly and you win support from all quarters. Take full advantage of the opportunities that come your way, particularly after the 6th.
CANCER JUNE 22 – JULY 22
A close relationship is in the spotlight this month urging you to focus on your private life and temporarily put career plans on hold. The new moon on the 6th helps you reach a deeper understanding, but only if you trust your instincts. As Warrior Mars marches through Aries step boldly into the future that you want to create.
LEO JULY 23 – AUGUST 23
As forceful Mars activates a pivotal sector of your chart be alert to potential changes in your environment. The importance of positive, strategic long-term thinking is more important now than ever. The new moon on the 6th clarifies an outstanding issue.
VIRGO AUGUST 24 – SEPTEMBER 22
Relationship-minded Venus arrives in open-minded Sagittarius on the 8th in the domestic sector of your chart. You might need to let go of, or at least review, any preconceived ideas / unconscious beliefs that may be contributing to a recent problem. The Capricorn new moon on the 15th helps the process.
LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 23
Combative Mars is in your opposite sign (Aries) all month, the focus will be on you versus the opposition – anything that’s not working in your relationship field will be scrutinised. Challenging encounters and exciting connections are in the cards, particularly around the Leo full moon on the 21st.
SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 – NOVEMBER 22
From the 7th Venus – lover of beauty – shines on the financial sector of your chart. Fortune favours the brave especially as the bringer of abundance, Jupiter, makes a favourable aspect to the cosmic Beauty inspiring confidence and optimism. The 10th brings a surprise.
SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 – DECEMBER 21
Artistic Venus has just entered your sign helping you deliver creative solutions, whilst fortunate Jupiter ensures a positive outcome to all your projects provided that they are well thought through. The Capricorn new moon on the 6th helps keep your feet on the ground.
CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 – JANUARY 20
Expansive Jupiter aligns with communicative Mercury at the start of the month, marking the beginning of a new chapter in your life. The 6th is an important date as the Sun joins transformational Pluto, encouraging you to stand tall and break free from limitation and restriction.
AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 18
Dynamic Mars is powerful in the communication sector of your chart ensuring that this month will be anything but dull! Career opportunities could come out of nowhere as you leave recent problems behind and win the recognition that you deserve. The full moon on the 21st heralds an important meeting.
PISCES FEBRUARY 19 – MARCH 20
Your close relationships find favour in the stars this month as Jupiter and Venus, the planets of good fortune, love and romance, are well aspected. Venus also shines on your career, so be sure to take full advantage of this opportunity to usher in a new era of high achievement.