January, 2008

January is partnership month for you, Cancer, and with it comes a roller coaster!

Jupiter, the good luck planet, has been in your 7th House since December 19, 2007, and will remain there until January 5, 2009! Overall, this is an excellent time for combining forces with someone you trust. This is not a period to work alone or spend a lot of time alone and out of touch. Since it is through other people that you are most likely to succeed, there are benefits to be gained from increased interactions. Other people, especially partners or other allies, are a source of stimulation, broader knowledge, and new experiences for you. Unless negative situations spoil the otherwise fortunate potential of this influence, the status and circumstances of a current partnership and other alliances as well as joint ventures are likely to be greatly enhanced during this time. The outlook is just as potentially prosperous for new unions established under this influence. The success of this period also extends to consultations, legal matters, contract negotiations, and your efforts to gain the assistance or cooperation of others for any reason. Negative potentials you may want to avoid include the tendency to take others (especially a partner) for granted, to exaggerate the prospects or status of a relationship or joint venture, and to overestimate the assistance or cooperation you may receive from others.

Saturn, the planet of Karma, went retrograde in your communications sector on December 20th. Saturn will remain here until May 3, 2008. During this transit, you may become increasingly aware of shortcomings in communication skills, mechanical abilities, and with regard to your ability to physically get from one place to another. 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, it means you will be constantly confronted with inadequacy in your methods, self-expression, or knowledge that must be overcome. There are various potentials. Responsibilities related to relatives, neighbors, and those with whom you deal on a daily basis become tedious, or your contacts with them become troublesome or limited. Such a situation may have developed as a result of past neglect. Travel and daily transportation can become frustrating, especially if you encounter problems that are solely a result of your past neglect or indifference. If you have not routinely maintained vehicles, they will likely have to be repaired or replaced at this time, no doubt at great expense. The same may be said of communications equipment, computers, appliances, and other machinery you rely on every day. In general, you are more serious in your efforts to gather information, exchange ideas and opinions, learn new things, and develop new skills. It is wise to remember that the test of this period is overcoming obstacles. When one way is blocked, you must find another. When one method fails, you must devise a new one. Meetings and discussion must have structure and purpose. Allocation of time and resources must be more organized and efficient. Though this period is filled with potential restrictions and limitations, the highest reward for correct actions is ultimately more freedom; you will know how and when to get things done -- leaving you with more free time.

The Sun eased into your 7th House - the House of marriage and business commitments on December 23, 2007, and will remain there until January 20, 2008. During this time, you will be concerned with the influence you exercise over other people and your ability to elicit their cooperation. Do others see you as strong, independent, forceful? If you are married or living with someone, you are likely to assess your role in the union from a purely egotistical point of view. Do you dominate your partner, or is it the other way around? Does the partnership help or impede your growth as an individual? Has your monetary potential or social status been improved as a result of the relationship? These issues also apply to business alliances you share. Your ego is a bigger factor in interactions. You are apt to become more assertive in legal matters, contracts, negotiations, and interactions with people in general. By choice or circumstances you are likely to engage in more than your fair share of open conflicts and opposition this month. If you become unreasonably stubborn or antagonistic during this transit, trying to resolve conflicts or reach compromises will be a formidable task. With that in mind, dear Cancer, try looking at the situation from the other person's point of view - really try to see yourself from the outside looking in, and perhaps you'll gain some insight as to why other people are having a hard time working with you. It may not necessarily mean that the other party is right - but this can give you a base from which to work. Start practicing the psychological debate: state something like, "The thing is, when you _____ , it makes me feel ____", instead of saying "You suck. You always make me look dumb when you _____." The first example makes your feelings known, yet allows the other person the ability to explain or discuss this with you. The second example is antagonistic and inflammatory towards the other person, leading that person to respond defensively or walk away. Try to stay with example one, and gently remind the other party to do the same, should they be antagonistic. Perhaps that will ease tensions somewhat this month. If that doesn't work, counting to ten or thirty may help... this too shall pass!

Retrograde Mars will enter your 12th House, the House of subconscious Mind, on January 2nd. This retrograde lasts until the end of January. The month of January therefore has potential to be full of frustrations that you can't quite put your finger on. It's just under the skin, so to speak. Past actions, good or bad, may catch up to you during this time. You may prefer that others do not observe your activities right now, either because these efforts actually concern secret matters or merely because you may accomplish more by working alone. Even if you do not experience the need to take covert actions, and circumstances do not force you to be alone, the most positive way to make use of your available energy right now may be to go it alone. Under this influence you can explore and develop inner strengths, and gain a deeper understanding of your childhood conditioning, subconscious mind, fears, and dreams. Yet another potential of Mars transiting your 12th House is for increased involvement with the activities of charitable organizations, hospitals, prisons, and institutions that are concerned with minorities and the underprivileged.

The New Moon on January 8th shows a struggle between you and your partner, be it your spouse or your business partner. Your emotions may be running high between January 7th and 9th, so take care to notice when you're waxing jealous, possessive, or in an otherwise rash manner, and do well to curb such behaviour, else incur disagreement or worse from your partner. Refer to the advice above for Sun in the 7th House!

Mercury, the planet of communication, will move into your 8th House on January 9th. The 8th House is the House of sex, rebirth and joint finances. With regard to Jupiter's placement this month, it seems likely that you will be discussing combining bank accounts and handling legal paperwork such as wills, estates or power of attorney. Psychological analysis, or assessment and development of your talent and skills may claim your time and attention during this period. You may be kept busier than usual handling inheritance, tax or insurance matters, preparing investment analysis, and allocating funds for the repayment or collection of debts. Under this influence you may also seek information and ideas with regard to research and investigation projects or surgical procedures you may be contemplating. The problem you face in January comes with the Mercury retrograde on January 29th. The potential for miscommunication, misunderstanding or arguments concerning the above legalities is great under a Mercury retrograde, so be sure to get all your paperwork signed well ahead of the retrograde, by January 20th.

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 2nd and 3rd Houses - that is, the energy and actions put in motion in your relationship house now come full circle within your House of personal finance/possessions, and your House of communication.

Venus enters your 7th House on January 25th, joining Jupiter, and stays until February 17th. The emphasis during this time shifts away from you to other people in your life. It is a period in which partnerships are heavily emphasized. In addition to increased focus on those with whom you are already allied in marriage or business, the potential circumstances also include the possibility of establishing new partnerships and joint ventures. Should negative circumstances exist in any of your alliances, this is a time of increased pressure to resolve disagreements. Under this influence you are also likely to be concerned with legal matters, contract negotiations of one kind or another, public relations, the income of a relative, and various situations in which you must seek as well as offer cooperation.

Pluto stakes his claim in your relationship House on January 26th and will stay for five months, until June 14th. Pluto is the planet of change, so expect some big changes during the first half of this year, especially in your love life and/or your business partnership. The month of January does prove to be quite the roller coaster, between Retrograde Mars starting on January 2nd (discussed below), the New Moon's energy on the 8th, Pluto's influence starting on the 26th, and the Mercury retrograde on the 29th. 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 period'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. The influence of this particular period focuses on brutal honesty about what you want and need from other people --it is all or nothing. If you are involved in a marriage and either you or your partner is not totally committed, you may be tempted to abandon the alliance rather than accept such a half-way status. Consciously or subconsciously, you will tend to view all partnerships-- business as well as marriage-- and cooperative efforts as a means of gaining greater personal power. Alliances and joint ventures that fail to give you increased status and influence, or interfere with your attaining such things are likely to be abandoned. You may seek to manipulate or gain control in partnerships, or you may be used in the same manner by a more powerful partner. Even healthy relationships may flounder since you may tend to become more isolated within yourself as a means of escaping any sort of real or imagined control you believe the partner may have. The positive potential suggests that you can establish and nurture extremely powerful alliances that bring great benefit for everyone concerned. The karmic clue to gaining power now is through cooperation, and to realize that you must use others as well as allow yourself to be used in equal measure - to the benefit of all concerned.

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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