We always prepare for a few raised eyebrows during any year in which love planet, Venus, goes retrograde for six weeks! Pay attention to what she has in store between 4 March and 14 April. Throughout the year, change-agent, Uranus, will be re-engineering our social fabric in ways that are bound to have profound and lasting effects.
For northern hemisphere friends, I include a few nuggets for each sign of the zodiac. For a deeper read, check out both your Sun and Rising signs, or better yet, book a personal session! Southern Hemisphere friends can check out the Gogo’s forecast in ELLE South Africa‘s January-February 2017 issue! Enjoy and be well.
After a substantial holiday break, all systems are on line by the end of January, providing the energy to move your initiatives forward. Big ideas, big ambition, plus a hefty dose of willpower can advance career goals with an impressive single-mindedness. Enlisting support for your vision shouldn’t be an issue as long as you continue to believe in yourself and your higher purpose. Success and happiness ultimately come from keeping the needs of others in mind, so leave ruthless inclinations to the Neanderthals. September dumps extra tasks onto your plate, irritating but necessary, as you’ll appreciate come October.
In relationship, Jupiter bestows goodwill, optimism, and for some reconciliation, for most of the year. Harmony is nurtured whenever you both follow through with promises. The urge to explore is strong by the end of February. Spontaneity is a traveler’s dream, but accidents can be a nightmare. Impulsive decisions could come back to bite, especially 10-14 April whilst Venus and Mercury are both retrograde. Choose destinations and activities wisely, working as a team to minimize vulnerability in unfamiliar situations where events aren’t always in your control. The creative impulse is strong starting in May when the lunar nodes activate your solar 5th house, and is further strengthened during August’s total eclipse. Take precautions unless you’re ready for the pitter-patter of little feet.
Saving up for big-ticket items motivates you to be resourceful with finances. Ideas for wealth creation start to percolate by the end of January, but taking action could be delayed. April’s Mercury retrograde cycle invites you to rethink strategies, a cautionary reminder that slow and steady wins the race. Splurging and risk-taking may tempt you in June. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is, so trust your gut. November could prove lucrative for shared investments.
The spotlight is on goals and new career directions as 2017 begins. If working large public projects is on your agenda, you may need additional training or credentialing. By May, it’s all about developing confidence and leadership. Collaboration with a respected co-worker offers fulfillment, and if you can steer clear of workplace drama, recognition and/or financial reward for your mutual accomplishments is a possibility.
March and April unearth ghosts from the past, daring you to prove you’re still a player in the game of love. Should you permit desire to take the wheel you’re in for quite a ride. Twists and turns help to clarify whether you’re cut out for this intimacy business. April’s new moon amplifies your need for love and affection, and company during those long summer days sounds rather tempting. September’s tetchy Mars-Full Moon opposition is another hurdle, as you swing between optimism and cynicism. If you can weather second thoughts and misunderstandings through Autumn Equinox, Venus should transport your romantic inclinations into serious territory. Commitment is part of October’s conversation, either with your therapist or main squeeze, where communicating vulnerabilities can be cathartic. Your free spirit gets exercised in November, and if absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder, Venus and Mars will have you hooked, for better or for worse, by the end of the year.
Overspending during the festive season forces you to get organized. It’s your year to avoid debt, not rack up more. Track income and expenses, create a strategy to save for the future, and settle debts during April and May. Accepting additional work to bolster cash flow may be too much to handle this summer. If you minimise expenses and pay off creditors, Venus and the new Moon in optimistic Sagittarius may well brighten your credit report come December.
New Year has you fluttering at warp speed, either hard at work or entertaining pipedreams about the elusive perfect job. By summer’s end, you want evidence of professional progress. Becoming more visible and re-introducing yourself to key people prepares you to write a new story in April. Reading your CV should motivate both prospective employers and yourself, offering clarity about which goals were pure fantasy so you can adjust accordingly. Critical thinking skills open some doors and close others come autumn. December’s pace speeds up, but don’t you dare neglect healthy routines either before or after work.
Realizing that you needn’t always have the final word is part of the post-holiday healing process. Good boundaries in intimate relationship often require breaking old patterns, and you may need support. Learning to be authentic without having to dominate takes courage, honesty and maturity. If you’re up for the challenge you’ll weather winter and spring, discovering that building something meaningful together is more about progress than perfection, and respecting each other’s individuality means giving each other room to breathe. Appreciation for what you’re co-creating will carry you towards summer inspired and ready for what the new year has to bring.
Community involvement re-connects you with colleagues and clients who have fallen off the radar. Joining a professional organization is an energetic investment in career security. Giving the heave-ho to negative beliefs about your ability to direct your financial well-being encourages the money to flow, and earns you respect and recognition. Not only do you weather tax time stresses, but you may also discover a new income stream that offers an added cushion. With the arrival of autumn you’re no longer content to chase success. Though uncertain about the destination, your changing hopes and dreams mean new opportunities to explore.
Adding techniques that improve how you work activates ambition and self-esteem through winter. Opportunities draw some Cancerians overseas, or at least far afield. Expect to be in the public eye, enjoying connections with colleagues, both old and new, as goals take shape. Remember to push the pause button if overwork threatens in April. Organization is your best friend, allowing you to communicate new ideas clearly and powerfully. If you’re aiming too low, August expands options and forces you to make choices about what stays and what goes. Wind down the year attending to practical measures to enhance your creative flow.
Friends top your relational menu early this year. New group social activities are an emerging focus in March, leaving April for catching up with old friends. Avoid gossip like the plague. You’ll be showing the exit to toxic relationships late in the month, affirming your belief that healthy alternatives do exist. Look for new prospects to materialize through group involvements by June’s new Moon. A serious relationship could be in the making by the end of September. All systems are GO as the year winds to a radiant close, with romance and passion on the front burner from mid-November.
Optimism about the future leads straight to financial planning this year. Slow and steady wins the race when attempting to increase business earnings. You’ll need a strategy and your professional network is a reasonable place to begin. Wealth creation requires determination and by May you have it in spades, as long as your heart is 100% onboard. Your energy attracts lucrative opportunities in July. Staying in integrity is key, and failure is not an option. An August crisis could test your stay power. Remain proactive: analyze cash flow and earning capacity; then gather information about new income generating options.
By winter’s end, the desire for recognition has you approaching career goals with unwavering determination. Self-promotion is “up”, whether you’re starting a business or climbing the ladder. Be cautious about business deals in April, especially if a lot is on the line. Eliminate whatever’s in the way of your progress, be it individuals, habits, or attitudes that sabotage. There should be plenty of juice for enhancing your public image by month end. Creative ideas need to be proven financially viable during July. August’s eclipse will let you know which to toss. Trusting in the process is essential come autumn.
All work and no romance makes any self respecting Leo irritable. If you haven’t satisfied that roving eye by April, you’ll be feeling it. Assess what needs to change. For some, the culprit may be shyness or sadness; for others it’s kids at home or enormous responsibilities. Avoid feeling sorry for yourself! Determination returns in May. If you’re minus a main squeeze, take yourself out to places you love on dates. If you’re in relationship, commit to play dates. If you feel that you’re still in the doldrums by December, don’t lose heart. The new Moon is about to change that tune.
If you’re receiving financial help or supporting someone who’s not working, that income may start to dry up early in the year. Assess its effect on your ability to cover expenses, and take steps to rectify the situation in March. Explore new ideas for earning during May. Networking is key. Developing clear boundaries around what’s yours, mine and ours is important this year. Live within your means and don’t let the credit card tempt. Autumn brings a boost for income generation, a new perspective on your worth, and the possibility for a fresh start. Keep those boundaries in tact!
This year sees you taking a new career step or embarking upon a new career path. It’s challenging, but confidence grows with each success. Mastering existing skills and awareness about what motivates us humans eases your transition. In fact, come April, you’re one step ahead of everyone else, spearheading projects, and introducing concepts and ideas. People take notice, and recognition keeps your motivation high. Suddenly, you feel ready to claim ownership of the life you are creating. Leadership qualities shine because you’re experiencing a rebirth of sorts. Alongside business plans and mid-year progress reports, don’t neglect your professional image.
Opening new doors and closing others is cumbersome when it involves more than just you. Late February’s lunar eclipse will no doubt be felt in your intimate relationships, Virgo, and whatever changes are in store will require a period of adjustment, especially if it means time apart. In April you may feel deprived of affection and prone to whine. Take extra care of the you-that-is-two. Talk about needs, even if you’re unsure what they are. Resist the urge to control. In fact, developing deep trust in the process you are both going through is where the real growth happens.
Include your partner and get proactive about long-term financial goals this year. Weigh options and assess the need for a loan between February and April. You’ll need discipline to conserve resources. June shows indicators of a profitable year. Use any bonus that comes your way to satisfy old obligations or invest. During summer, establish a new normal with finances. While there will assuredly be ups and downs, it’s your path and it’s rich! October sees you focused on keeping the bank balance in the black and brainstorming other income streams to explore and materialize during November and December.
“Endings bring new beginnings” is your career mantra. Tie up loose ends in January and prepare for a big change by summer’s end. Whether it’s finishing a project or leaving a position, identify what you want from your next workplace in March so that you can set goals during April. By June you’re primed for success and recognition, armed with energy and tenacity to take your career to the next level. It’s a great time to start something new or focus on self-promotion. By July your old confidence is back as you network and begin to shape a dazzling future.
Your relationship is going places, literally. A creative adventure is both exciting and scary, as you wonder how supportive your friends will be. Life in expansion mode can be both freeing and unsettling at the same time. With so many adjustments, identify grounding rhythms to keep you anchored to the planet. Leaning on each other more often means finding new ways to show each other appreciation. With eyes on the long term, dedicated to a common goal, and create stable routines on which to build your future. By autumn you’ll both need space to exercise your individuality, an empowering way to acknowledge your successful transition.
If you don’t have long-term financial goals, March is your moment. Investments should be of the stable variety. Plans for home ownership require carefully researching financing options during April, so that come May you’re ready to take action in earnest. Mid-winter brings the confidence and energy to explore ways to increase your income to kickstart to your future. By July’s end, you’re excited about launching a side business, gathering courage to let go of whatever’s been holding you back. Design your business plan and set a realistic budget for the year ahead by November. Then go get ‘em!
You’re primed to get your office in high gear by January’s end, and woe betide anyone who stands in your way! A 180 degree shift in your work habits maximizes efficiency during March, demonstrating your management skills and preparing you to take some risks. A salary increase is on your mind in April. Iron out kinks in the summer schedule to open up space for your creative needs. Come autumn the boss looks to you for generating prosperity strategies. You are a bridge-builder between old and new ways of doing business, designing systems to move business operations into the proper century.
Either you’re wrapped around your lover on a stunning beach or fantasizing about it as the year begins. Holiday hook-ups are undeniably fun, but the longevity piece is another story. February’s lunar eclipse stimulates the pleasure principle, and there’s magic afoot if you suspend disbelief. Reviewing your intimacy requirements during April means that sizzling beginnings will need to prove their staying power, with this new Moon sowing seeds for what lasts. Reliability and income are other desirable attributes. Being in love with love boosts your creativity, carrying you through any period of disillusionment. Good things are worth waiting for!
Expanding your financial portfolio preoccupies your mind from day one of 2017. Global trends make you skittish and more cautious about investing during April. Disagreements over money are also possible then, provoking your readiness for a bona fide financial plan in May. Explore ways to increase your business income during August. Month end looks promising for the type of slow, steady growth that invites you to set new benchmarks. Networking increases business contacts and visibility during spring. If your bank balance is looking healthy, you’re more inclined to spend on an overseas trip than a holiday shopping spree this year.
Growing business profitability and reputation are 2017’s professional goals. A patient, steady approach depends upon a well-defined plan that may include changing your location so that it’s affordable, visually pleasing, and well-suited to your practical needs, a perfect project for April. Inter-office communications will need extra care during August to avoid crossed wires and misunderstandings. Actually, it’s a good month for a stay-cation to recharge your batteries. Self-promotion is at the top of your to-do list for spring, perhaps adding additional services to attract new clients. The year ends on an energetic high note with an optimistic outlook for 2018.
Let’s Get Physical is the theme song for your summer camping trip or red-hot romance, or both. You’re feeling frisky in March and may need space, especially if you’re not feeling amorous. Come April you’re inclined to kiss and make up, unless you’ve wandered into greener pastures. By setting intention about the kind of relationship you want, and working to actualize it, you’ll have a clearer sense come winter if you’re on the right path or merely spinning your wheels. Communicating your need for the space and freedom to create will be important if this relationship is to continue.
Taking control of finances means re-evaluating beliefs about prosperity. Assessing the worth of goods and services you use helps you to set a fee for your business. Alternative methods of payment, new invoicing protocols, and volunteering for a good cause are all possible once your old ideas about wealth begin to transform. Later in the year when that ego is comfortable stepping aside, conflicts over money resolve more quickly, collaborations become a pleasure, and business earnings are on the rise. You can always go back to the old paradigm, but with things going so well during the final quarter, why?
Assess advancement opportunities early, before divulging your bright ideas. Though opposition may be voiced by higher ups, progress shines through eventually. April’s sleepless nights continue until you make peace with the long road ahead. Belief in yourself is key. You’re angling for a reasonable work schedule after being spread thin during April-May. By mid-June the powers-that-be give you the thumbs up, and success is but a motion away. You continue to press for more innovation in September, this time without resistance. By October you’re a different person, on the job at least, optimistic about your new status and increased responsibilities.
You’re providing most of the support in this relationship. Yes, good things are worth the wait, but you’ll need an agreed upon goal to continue functioning as the rock. April leaves you wondering if this arrangement is sustainable, as heartfelt longing amplifies your more physical needs. A long distance relationship is hard work. You continue to battle into June, after which you’re inclined to either redefine your situation or move on. A new vision, so very needed, takes its sweet time to materialize, but your ruling planet arrives as summer begins to help fortify a strong sense of self.
January rudely announces the need to live within a budget while you’re busy creating your ideal reality. By May, you have a plan and are keen to get there post haste. A bit of a crisis in July leads to disagreements over joint holdings, but the new Moon moves in with empowering waves. By August’s lunar eclipse, you’re ready to get out from underneath a controlling situation and discover just how resourced you are. Ideas for a new income stream are flowing non-stop in September and by November you’re networking and focused on making your dreams a reality.
It’s the year to re-invent yourself, Aquarius. Expand your professional network through Spring. As old career goals morph into new, being strategic is important. Grow vigilant about not wasting time. Keep to a schedule, prioritize, and get organized. Build a skeleton so your ideas have a place to materialize. From November you’ll have the discipline to bring your business plan to fruition. Summer events keep your calendar hopping, and it’s the perfect time to attend to your professional image. Presentation is as important as wardrobe in the fine art of self-promotion. Don’t be afraid to make a statement. Jazz it up!
Proceeding slow and steady, like a turtle, helps grow or welcome a significant relationship this year. You find the sensual-practical types attractive, yet you flutter about, sampling what’s on offer throughout Spring. Your romantic urges are strong but your interest quickly fades. As summer approaches, having a significant someone in your life feels, well, significant. You aren’t exactly exempt from that song’s sentiments, we all need somebody to lean on, Aquarius! Safeguarding your individuality once in relationship remains your biggest challenge. As autumn arrives so does the awareness that most successful partnerships share a common goal. Find one!
Be resourceful and take advantage of that desire to make money this winter. Update old beliefs around self-worth and question whether you’re on the right path. If you ask for advice, listen. You need to be practical, disciplined, and decisive. Short-term earning options are better choices. Over the summer avoid cash layouts for anything that sounds too good to be true. Focus on paying off your debts and rediscovering your assets. Consolidate resources in September, and by November you’ll be growing your earning capacity and expanding contacts to help sow the seeds for a brighter business year in 2018.
This winter exploring different ways to improve your work situation leads you to take creative risks that may be resisted by higher-ups unless you’re able to show that your proposals will be both affordable and effective. After trying your level best to work within the limits of your position, by mid-summer your need for recognition along with the desire to be a leader will either earn you a promotion in-house, or provoke you to move towards something more creative come autumn. By November, you continue to introduce changes within an existing business model, this time with more desirable results.
Instead of getting swept along on your partner’s life path, winter events demonstrate that you’ve got a direction of your own to follow. Any doubts about your romantic leanings are dispelled by June, when passion speaks louder than words. That radiance could be solely from the experience of pure pleasure, or perhaps it’s an indicator of things to come about nine months from now. Feeling misunderstood or taken for granted in August is easily remedied by talking it through. Getting healthy together or DIY projects bring you closer during spring, when you discover it’s the little things that count.
The best quick money is avoiding credit card debt and saving for what you really want. Become clear about needs and who you really are before setting financial goals. You may worry about having enough to afford a home or car, but when the travel bug bites come March and April, you and your partner may prioritize a trip overseas instead. With those desires satisfied, May sees you productive, happily making up for lost earnings, and ready to tighten your belt. Good news about joint finances arrives in June, so that come October that big-ticket item may be a reality.