January, 2008

This is going to be quite a reflective time for you, Aquarius. Several planets have taken up residence for a time in your 12th House, the House of subconscious mind, dreams and secrets.

Jupiter, the good luck planet, has been in your 12th House since December 19, 2007, and will remain there until January 5, 2009. Whatever benefits you accrue or gains you make during this transit may be hidden, or at least not obvious to others. This can include such situations as being given a raise in salary for certain efforts, but not the title or recognition that should have accompanied the promotion. Under this influence, the adverse possibilities include indulging in self-pity, laboring under the burden of unnecessary guilt, or using guilt as a weapon to get others to do what you want. Positive potentials of this transit include developing inner strength and power through expanding your psychic energy and intuitive ability. Another positive benefit of this transit is that you have the opportunity to overcome your hidden fears and worries. This is also a period when if you need help, it is likely to arrive just in time to save the day, and it may come from hidden or unexpected sources.

Saturn, the planet of Karma, went retrograde in your House of sex, rebirth and joint finances on December 20th. Saturn will remain here until May 3, 2008. Because this is a relatively long-term period, many other influences will occur that may either emphasize its effect or perhaps mask it temporarily. Other significant factors that will contribute to the way you react, and ultimately to the way things turn out, include your age, maturity, and your past experiences. This influence has as much to do with the past as it does to the present. It will force you to throw out what is wasteful and to abandon unsuccessful situations, replacing them with something more solid and useful. In the case of this particular period, the emphasis is on joint income or whatever assets and status you may have gained through marriage or business partnership, inheritance, investments and property you own or manage for others, and finances related to debt or the collection of debt. The tax collector will cast his long shadow if there has been careless attention paid to such matters or deliberate attempts to evade or mislead him in the past. Death is likely to be another focus of this influence. It does not imply your own demise or even that of a family member or friend. Some aspect of death, however remote it occurs from your own circle, may come along to remind you of the need to appreciate life. This is also likely to be a period of personal evaluation with regard to being more resourceful, and willing to use whatever skills and abilities you possess to contribute to your own independence, financial and otherwise. If you are forced to understand and responsibly handle debts, monetary assets, and material and nonmaterial resources at this time, do these things willingly and well. It is the key to your future security.

The Sun moved into Capricorn in your 12th House on December 23, 2007, and will remain there until January 20, 2008. This is a period to learn more about your unconscious motivations and the influence these hidden factors have on what drives your conscious ego. If your outward behaviour, for instance, suggests the possibility of an unconscious resentment of authority, this would be a good time to analyze why you may have developed such hidden resentment. Under this influence, you may experience a need to either use or gain hidden power and control or, as the case may be, to hide the power and resources you have. Understanding your subconscious, courageously dealing with failure or shame, and accepting necessary limitations or restrictions can enable you to gain remarkable inner strength and determination at this time.

Retrograde Mars will enter your love sector, the 5th House, on January 2nd. This retrograde lasts until the end of January. Your willingness to actively pursue the pleasures of life is greatly enhanced by the energetic influence of this period! You need little urging to put a lot of effort and physical enthusiasm into speculative ventures, social events, and activities related to entertainment or a vacation. Creative juices flow during this time, but there is no telling exactly how or where you will direct them. Romantic notions are likely to blossom during this transit! Inspiration and imagination spark artistic endeavors. Activities related to children are more likely to claim your time and attention. The negative potential of this transit includes the introduction of physical aggression into any of the situations described above, so do take care to watch your temper. Mars is the god of war, after all. Also to be avoided are the unpleasant, perhaps dangerous, consequences of overindulgence and risk-taking adventures, which Mars energy brings on.

The New Moon on January 8th shows a struggle between what you dream about and what you work towards in life. This transit lasts only a couple of days, but can be pretty harsh on those Aquarians who are insecure. If you don't care much for yourself normally, these feelings are enhanced during this transit, and may lead you to isolate yourself. Relating to women may also prove difficult during this time, as you may just not understand them (even if you are a woman yourself, dear Aquarian, you may find hanging out with the guys to be far more preferable to that of other women). If you need time alone during this transit, take it, but try to get some navel-gazing accomplished, to figure out why you're so unhappy with yourself.

Mercury, the planet of communication, will move into your 1st House on January 9th. The 1st House is the House of Self and individuality. A greater urge to talk about yourself during this period means that consciously or subconsciously your thoughts and discussions will tend to be self-centered. However, you may not always be the initiator of this personal focus. Circumstances at this time may require that others present some sort of written review of your personality or performance, or that they may speak to you about certain aspects of your appearance and personality. This influence alone is not an indication of whether the comments and concerns about you will be of a positive or negative nature. The other effect of Mercury in the 1st House is that you have more of a tendency to drift from subject to subject so quickly that you leave people confused. Mercury has a way of inflicting nervous or anxious energy, so your rapid subject changes could be of a social anxiety nature, or you may just be quite distracted during this time. Remember to ground and center before entering a social setting to avoid this flighty behaviour.
It should also be noted that Mercury will go retrograde by the end of the month, on January 29th. This is sure to cause all sorts of communications upsets with the way people understand you and your point of view, so remember to slow down and be very clear in speech and in writing. It would also be wise to have any contracts or legal documents signed by January 20th, well ahead of the retrograde, to avoid miscommunication and misunderstandings.

The Moon will be full on January 22nd, and anything you started back at the beginning of January has great potential to come to fruition now. The Full Moon occurs on the cusp of your 6th and 7th Houses - that is, the seeds sown in your House of dreams and secrets now pays off in your House of work and health, and your House of relationships and business commitments.

Venus enters your 12th House on January 25th, and stays until February 17th. Although Venus is the goddess of love, this placement is not a fortunate one, dear Aquarius. Thankfully, this transit lasts less than a month. By choice or circumstance, you may need to withdraw from society during this period. You are apt to find all types of excuses, legitimate or otherwise, to pass up invitations to go out -- you're too ill, you're too overweight to fit into the clothes you wanted to wear, you have too much work to do, or any number of other reasons. Under this influence, romance may have to be secretive or relegated to the world of fantasy and dreams as a result of your withdrawing. You may be more susceptible to false flattery or unworthy attentions. Love relationships from the past, especially those in which you suffered a loss, can intrude on the present in some way. The tendency to engage in self-pity is likely to be enhanced under this transit, though you can choose to ignore it by turning your attention to helping others less fortunate than yourself.

Pluto makes his debut in your 12th House on January 26th and will stay for five months, until June 14th. Pluto is the planet of change, so expect some big changes starting during the first half of this year. That said, Pluto's influence now will last over a period of many years. It carries much depth and power of transformation but because of the length of this transit's duration, you will only witness evidence of it at certain times, usually during the months when it begins (starting this month), and at various times over the next several months when other circumstances and influences occur to trigger it. Much of what takes place will depend upon the appropriateness of your age, level of maturity, and past experiences. Naturally, the more you are aware of this powerful influence and its potential, the more you will understand and be able to use it to attain personal growth and other positive goals. The nature of this influence is an increased urge to seek ultimate control and a position of greater power in specific areas of your life. During this particular period, power and influence are subtle and may, for one reason or another, be hidden. You may be forced to deliberately hide your personal influence as well as material assets that may give you such power. Your search for control of one sort or another may itself be hidden or just not be very obvious to others. You may develop interest in dream analysis, occult subjects, and the development and use of intuitive and paranormal power such as clairvoyance and ESP. No matter what form it takes, inner strength is what you're after. Engaging in self-pity, self-serving-guilt, and playing the martyr are not only unacceptable ploys should you use them to engage the attention, affection, or cooperation of others, but they simply will not work. Even worse, they may have seriously unhappy consequences. A great deal of time may be spent analyzing your hidden resentments, fears, and worries, though you are not likely to take definite actions that reflect a more positive attitude until this period has ended and a new cycle begins. You may have a difficult time voicing to others your disappointments and failures, but you will have to confront them within yourself. Isolation may become increasingly marked throughout this long period, whether you physically inhabit a remote place or simply retreat within yourself. You may deliberately engage in secret activities or circumstances may require covert actions. Confinement and restrictions, mental as well as physical, are important concerns, and you seek to understand and overcome whatever imposes such limitations. Part of this Karmic lesson however, is not so much to abolish limitations and restriction, though that may be a necessity at some point, but to understand, and if possible, to at least control how you deal with them.

Lastly, if you find yourself wondering why there's so many computer outages and glitches, and wondering if the world has hit an early Mercury retrograde, check it out: as of January 3, 2008, we've entered an eleven-year solar storm caused by erupting spots on the Sun. Giant blasts of solar energy will be bathing the Earth in its wake between 2008 and 2019, with peak activity in 2011 or 2012 according to's website.
These solar blasts are so strong that they can take down entire power grids, not to mention your cell phone connectivity. The plus side to such an event is that the aurora will be absolutely beautiful for those living far enough north to see the Northern Lights.

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