First up, last week’s true prediction about North Korea. Two words. Sony and Obama. This is the BBC report and you can scroll down the page to the original forecast, below. If you also scroll down to other weekly editions of The Astrologer’s Diary you will see the building theme of December; the end of the global financial crisis (pending a flashback next year) and the beginning of new,serious concerns about airlines and the aeronautical industry. Saturn enters Sagittarius on Tuesday 23rd December at 4.33pm in London. His tenure in Scorpio, the sign associated with the sharemarkets, foreign currencies and the global economy has been gruelling. One very good reason for this is that entire generations of people who are most vulnerable to job loss, salary cuts, funding losses and investment crashes were born with Uranus, Neptune or Pluto in Scorpio, so Saturn has directly affected their lives. The flashback will come from June 16th through September 17th 2015, when an unresolved issue at Wall Street or with the Euro or Dollar will return. In the meantime, astrology has been a reliable early warning device for some of the new travel and space travel issues. Saturn will join Ceres in Sagittarius; an ancient symbol describing power and control concerns. Airline management is a very likely target.
Aries: 22-28 December 2014
Aries, what happened to your money, business, house, charity, apartment or possessions (perhaps repeatedly) since October 2012 has taught you who and what to value. This has its own rewards. The cycle is over this week. Good riddance to some very bad rubbish, you might assume, as the global financial crisis has had a personal impact, and far-reaching changes elsewhere have also taken their toll. Saturn can feel quite relentless, as though nothing will ever improve or alter. This is his great illusion; he always moves on, and this Christmas will show you just how much is possible. The issues you were dealing with from December 6th through 23rd, when Saturn passed 28-29 Scorpio (check your chart to see if those degrees are significant) will come back between June and September next year, and that is the last time you will have to deal with these matters. You have found out what ‘valuable’ actually means and that is an amazing discovery. Without that hard path you’ve been on, it would not have occurred. If you have been taken off one pathway that was taking you nowhere, so be it. You now know where to go next and exactly why.
Taurus: 22-28 December 2014
Taurus, you have learned so much about equality, justice and fairness in the last two years that you could practically write a thesis on it. Particular chemistry with a former, current or potential partner has formed part of your education. Very particular alchemy with people who have fought you, competed with you or even been hostile towards you, has also enlightened you. Nobody could have a more profound understanding of what balance means, than a Taurus person who has met his or her own challenges since October 2012. Apart from a re-run of some issues with this person, dating from the last fortnight or so (these will occur in June-September next year) you can turn your back on 2013 and 2014 and relax. Believe it or not, you will be able to approach the person (or people) in question without constantly having to refer to that mental set of scales in your head, where the needle has always wobbled, and you have always been weighing and measuring. This is a very, very New Year.
Gemini: 22-28 December 2014
Gemini, before Saturn moved into Scorpio in October 2012, you had certain assumptions about what your working life should be, and how it should operate. This applied no matter if you were working full-time, volunteering or studying. Before the final quarter of 2012, you also had particular expectations of your body, and how it functioned. What has happened to you, in a sequence of very demanding chapters, has been a hard book of life for you to write. Your service and duty to others, in particular, has been strangely at odds with a relatively new idea that your projects, plans, roles and goals should form as some kind of escape from the real world. Now Saturn is changing signs, you can close the book. Those gruelling chapters concerning your daily workload, your lifestyle, your body and your core routine are history. So call this a document of record and leave it at that. This book of your life will only apply to you for a very short time, from June to September next year, and only as a function of what occurred in the last fortnight, because you must revisit those issues. Beyond that, your achievements in particular, will have a completely different spin. The work you must do, to be successful, will no longer be Work, capital W. Your Downtown Abbey days are over.
Cancer: 22-28 December 2014
Cancer, the New Moon in Capricorn, your opposite sign, on Monday 22nd December falls at 1.35am in London at 00 Capricorn 06 in your horoscope. New Year, new start, new rules with (or for) your former, current or potential partner. Also, perhaps, with someone who is against you. As you are ruled by the Moon, lunar phases like this matter more to you than the other 11 signs. We also have a potent Mercury-Pluto conjunction on Christmas Day, Thursday 25th of December at 6.53am when there is a profound question that must be answered by (or for) this key person in your life. The rest of your week must be put in context, though, and perhaps it is entirely natural that you must turn to your son or daughter first, or the question of stepchildren, fertility, adoption or fostering. This is after all the stuff on which many partnerships spin, or topple over. There is another common outcome of the transit you are experiencing now; a serious sexual relationship which may end in parenthood or new aunt or uncle status, but does not. Saturn has given you four separate, very hard episodes to live with in relation to these themes in your chart, and your life. Since October 2012 you have been asked to bear up, four times. Now you must relax and let go. Of course you will have to resolve what happened in the last fortnight, from June-September next year. You will not have closure otherwise. For now, though, those techniques and systems you have come to rely upon, just to get through, will not be required any more. Enjoy the sensation that brings.
Leo: 22-28 December 2014
Leo, you have had Saturn at a difficult angle to your natal Sun in the last two years or so, at the same time that this planet was conjunct the immum coeli of your chart, which is where you are forced to look at your ancestry; the culture and place you were born into; your sense of belonging. What did one unforgettable problem in the final quarter of 2012, 2013 or 2014 teach you? Primarily to rethink your entire past, because the immum coeli is about your roots. What grounds and connects your family tree. Your people, both in terms of your blood relations and your acquired family, as well as your wider sense of belonging to a nation. The symbol of a tree battered by constant rain and wind is a good symbol for what you have been through, Leo. By association, trees are also homes. They contain nests. There have been issues, perhaps more than once, about where you should nest, and how you should nest – yet comfort and security have eluded you. All of this has taken place under the most relentless Saturn cycle in 29 years, because it has also affected the relationship you have with a former, current or potential partner. It has most certainly affected your ambitions to achieve more, or climb higher. Now that Saturn is departing this angle of your solar chart, you may feel winter change to summer so rapidly (whatever the weather outside) that it will take considerable blinking and adjustment before you can see clearly. Do trust this process, though. Apart from a replay of one issue from the last fortnight (up for closure in June-September 2015) it’s over.
Virgo: 22-28 December 2014
Virgo, if nothing else, the last two years or so has taught you how to deepen your understanding of words and why they matter. This might seem faintly ridiculous, given they are just marks on a page, or on a computer. For all kinds of reasons, though, life since October 2012 has made the whole business of reading, listening, writing or speaking utterly demanding. It should be so simple, non? You are a Virgo, ruled by Mercury the messenger. You were born with winged sandals and helmet, to move as rapidly as quicksilver (Mercury rules it) across the web, and across all channels for your voice, across all mediums and media. Saturn is ruled by lead, which might give you an idea of what has happened in this impossible chemistry experiment. The heaviest, dullest people, projects or situations have been so very hard to carry, for such a very long time, that you may even have forgotten what it is like to sit down at a computer, or to open your mouth – without any sense of restriction or limitation. After Tuesday 23rd December you can discard this. The cycle is over. There will be a replay of one issue from the last fortnight from June to September next year, but apart from this exception (which will close a small chapter) you must relax into a new way of being heard and read.
Libra: 22-28 December 2014
Libra, the last two years (actually slightly longer than that; this cycle began in October 2012) has taught you when to dig your heels in. By remaining firm on price, or refusing to sell out or cheapen yourself, you have learned about your values. You are also enriched by a deeper understanding of what is precious to you and why. Beyond the material issues, and there have been plenty of those, you have actually increased the pleasure you take in that which you have stubbornly preserved in your life. It may be principles which actually had a pound, euro or dollar value upon them. It may be a particular house, apartment, possession, business or company. Now, Saturn is leaving Scorpio and you can enjoy what you have learned and earned – very much the hard way. The constant sense of being limited or restricted which has dogged everything you have tried to do, since the end of 2012, will vanish on Tuesday 23rd December. The only caveat here is that you were dealing with one financial issue with your bank, salary, tax, property, company, charity or possessions in the last two weeks, which will not be fully resolved until June-September next year. Apart from that, though, you can stop thinking small and boxing clever because you have seen the last of Saturn in Scorpio.
Scorpio: 22-28 December 2014
Scorpio, if you have personal horoscope factors in Aries (check at serennu.com) then the last two years has also been personally wrenching in terms of your concerns about your reputation or personal appearance. Whatever your horoscope, and there may be nothing in Aries at all, you have been enduring a cycle which has been so unforgiving that you may be struggling to remember what it felt to look at your name, or face, or photograph, or video, or online profile – and be unaffected. The level to which you have been affected by Saturn’s conjunction to your natal Sun, and his transit through your First House, depends on your personal chart. If, for example, you were born with Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and/or Pluto then there have been deeper questions about your business interests, finances, economic acumen and so on – and profoundly about your values. This has affected you on the rather superficial level of image, profile and appearances too. Yet – no matter what your chart looks like – from Tuesday 23rd December you have an extra Christmas present. That present is release and relief. Wrapped inside it there is also something rather precious. A profound trust in yourself, because you have made a contract with your soul and you now understand what matters most to you about the way you look and appear, and what can be left behind in 2013 or 2014. You’ve located the substance in the surface. That’s a gift.
Sagittarius: 22-28 December 2014
Sagittarius, the relationship you have with yourself has been severely tested since the final quarter of 2012 when Saturn entered Scorpio and the Twelfth House of your chart. The Twelfth House is impenetrable to outsiders unless they hypnotise you; analyse your dreams; interrogate you. Even then there is something awfully confused and confusing about the secrets you have been keeping – the uncredited roles you have been playing. Your conversations with yourself have been affected by this lack of clarity and consistency, consequently everything from your time alone, to your sleep, may have been affected. One particularly hideous episode can be put down to experience. More importantly, you are not the only person to have gone through it, or at least a version of it. Far more important this Christmas is the ability to have one final contract with your own soul and agree – with your mirror reflection, your spirit, your journal or your anonymous blog – that you will only take good things away from all this. And what is good? Well, you know yourself at the deepest levels. No labels, no roles – just you, on the inside. Enjoy and trust the week to come, as from Tuesday 23rd this phase in your life is over. Why trust? Because X is no longer a problem – if X occurred prior to December 6th. Next year you will gain some closure from June-September on a matter that concerned you in the last fortnight, but mostly – this is over.
Capricorn: 22-28 December 2014
Capricorn, your ruling planet Saturn leaves Scorpio on Tuesday 23rd December at 4.33pm and you may be throwing your mince pies in the air if you are having afternoon tea in London. (Adjust for your time zone). This cycle has been particularly tough if you have horoscope factors in Scorpio, as Saturn has conjuncted, or sat heavily on, a major part of your personality which expresses herself (or himself) through money, property and business. Please be aware that a matter you focussed so hard on, in the last fortnight, is not resolved and must be dealt with, once and for all, between June and September next year. If you have horoscope factors in Scorpio then it was financial or material in nature. Even if you don’t have Scorpio placements, the time has come to lighten up and lose a load off your shoulders. You have done some very tough karma indeed with one particular friend. You have also been burdened by a group, team, club, society or other network of people. The exchange with Saturn (and he does give back eventually) is deeper wisdom and a far more profound appreciation of what matters. As you begin to circulate in an entirely different atmosphere over this highly sociable Christmas and New Year period, hang onto what you now know, trust and savour about friendship. And especially about people power. It’s so hard won and you have learned it in a series of exams that you had no desire to take.
Aquarius: 22-28 December 2014
Aquarius, you may be resigning, accepting redundancy or just finalising a difficult project very close to Tuesday 23rd December, when Saturn leaves the Midheaven of your chart. In other cases you will make a long overdue decision about your university course, your non-profit work or your chosen field as a whole. The relief and release when Saturn leaves Scorpio will be substantial and add to the sense of self-indulgence and hedonism of Christmas and New Year. You’ve worked at work. Now you can genuinely have a holiday and seldom has it felt so much like a complete break. The interesting thing about ambition and success is that you can be mistaken about it. You did not choose (no, not at all) what happened to you since the final quarter of 2012, yet without this thorn in your side, you would not have been forced to make the choices which now reveal so much. You have well and truly figured this out, now. What success is, and what it is not. Now, move into a totally different year.
Pisces: 22-28 December 2014
Pisces, if you are part of the generation born with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto in Sagittarius (check at serennu.com) then travel and self-education is a major part of who you are; consequently one episode from the last two years has been a very difficult memory to carry. You are also an internet ‘natural’ if you have outer planets in Sagittarius in your chart, and the ridiculous limitations and restrictions you have been dealing with online have taken away from your very soul. Even if you have a chart free of Sagittarian influence, the transit of Saturn through Scorpio, in your Ninth House, has boxed you in. Cultural, regional or language obstacles are very common on this cycle. So too are such difficult experiences on the road, or in the air, that there is a certain fear factor surrounding future journeys. University life, night classes and the business of teaching can also be dragged down by this cycle – publishing and writing certainly are. The sheer relief of Saturn’s departure from Scorpio on Tuesday 23rd December will sustain you as you set about making your 2015 plans. Because you have to proceed as if it’s really true – you no longer need be restricted, confined, limited, blocked and altogether stymied by life. You do have one final piece of closure, though. It concerns your travel, foreign, regional, academic, educational, web or publishing agenda last fortnight; forward it to June-September 2015.
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