Your career transformation continues over the next 12 months with an important question about control, near the Pluto-Jupiter square on Thursday 30th March. Your professional life is being dominated by people, organisations or situations which want the reins. The challenge to you, is to find a way to share the reins. Going to extremes has not been the answer, as you appear to been veering between giving in/giving up – and then trying to tightly control what is going on. As April begins, it may help to remember what has worked very well for you since 2008, when this cycle began – and what to avoid. Is there a middle way or compromise?
Near Friday 30th June the question will repeat, as Pluto is opposed by Mercury. Around a week later, you have a Full Moon on Sunday 9th July to deal with, when you must make a firm decision. Around one month after this, on Friday 4th August, we have the second square from Pluto to Jupiter, so you can give yourself a progress report. August does seem like a time of reckoning, as those old adversaries Pluto and Ceres face off, on Monday 21st. Even if you do not particularly want to seek professional advice or career counselling, it is still worth surveying the lay of the land in your chosen field. See where things are really at, by reading widely across the web, dipping into forums and if possible, reading hearts and minds.
This becomes absolutely crucial once Saturn changes signs on Wednesday 20th December. There is usually no great clanging sound when an outer planet moves from one zodiac sign to another, but in this case you will be confronted with the realities of your business, company or chosen profession in the days just before Christmas. This is, of course, the time of year when people resign, new appointments are finalised, companies merge or fold, redundancies are signalled or retirements kick in. All of this is going to have a more profound impact on you than usual, even on Christmas Day itself.
This birthday report covers you until April 2018, so we now move into the first quarter of that year, starting with the Full Moon on Tuesday 2nd January. You then have about a fortnight until the biggest new beginning of the year, around Wednesday 17th January. The time for fast and easy options is over. You must now live in the real world, regarding your position, mission and ambition. In fact, near Wednesday 24th January you seem likely to have one of the year’s most vital meetings, news announcements or paper trails to follow. You have learned so much about movers and shakers, power trippers, and ‘Great Dictators’ by this point that you could write a book about the way power actually works – but no need to do that – just lean on your gathered wisdom.
Europe, Australasia, the Americas and Wider Exploration
As you enjoy travel, have far-flung connections and strong ties in other countries, you will see a welcome change in the atmosphere from 20th December 2017, when the toughest cycle in 29 years is at an end. Until then it will be helpful to slow down and stick to a plan that is tried, tested and trusted. The issues for you now may revolve around immigration, airlines, cultural differences, language, borders, religion, or cultural gaps. We associate the Ninth House with publishing, the worldwide web, education, beliefs and philosophies of all kinds – and academia. Perhaps something on that list is crossing over with these rather serious questions tying you to Europe, Australasia, the Americas or places even further afield.
Timing is everything in astrology and you can make your life a great deal easier by avoiding the more difficult periods for discussion or action plans. Friday 19th May is not particularly helpful, as Saturn trines Uranus, and the opposition between Saturn and Mars on Monday 29th May could also park an obstacle in your path. June in general is very hard work, so if you are trying to book a holiday – for snow or sunshine – you may want to allow more time than usual and do a great deal more checking.
These tricky times cover all the oppositions involving sombre Saturn in Sagittarius, so – Saturday 11th November is also on the list, as Saturn again trines Uranus that day. Almost immediately, Mercury Retrograde Shadow begins, so from Wednesday 15th November 2017 until Wednesday 10th January 2018, you will see delays, reversals or standstills. Check with your airline before you fly, or receive overseas visitors and keep a weather eye on university schedules, publishing deadlines and so on.
Partners, Lovers and Children
2017 is an important year for reshaping your personal life, no matter if your priority is your former, current or potential partner. Children also have a fated part to play, from May, when past life karma returns and you will collect credits from a previous incarnation, or settle some debts. The children in question may belong to you or other people and stretch from toddler age to young adulthood, depending on your own age. A sense of déjà vu or a genuine flashback will become obvious to you from May 2017, stretching past your birthday in 2018. In some cases it will directly relate to the events of 1999 and 2000. Near Friday 21st July your karma will speak to you, very clearly. If a baby is born this year or a stepchild arrives, it is entirely possible that you knew this face in a previous life.
Decisions about pregnancy, children, adoption and so on, are best made well away from the eclipses this year. These include August 6th, 7th, 8th and crucially, the Great American Eclipse (which affects us all) across August 20th, 21st, 22nd. An eclipse always coincides with a blind spot, a cover-up job, or a ‘not knowing/not seeing’ situation, so you can see why it’s best avoided.
I am sure you have heard all about the cycle of Jupiter, the planet of good fortune, happy endings, problem-solving and growth – in your partnership zone. This classically brings new opportunities to date someone who is good for you, as well as welcome changes in a marriage or serious relationship, which help both of you find greater meaning and happiness together. Jupiter is also a planet of resolution, so if your love life is unhappy, the way out, or the way through, will be evident. This cycle ends in October.
Partnership is about more than love and sex, of course, and it may be that you are finding your other half, professionally, this year. If so, this person would be very different to you, but also rather good for you. Together, the pair of you can create a double act that is your own version of the Moon landing astronauts, Armstrong and Aldrin.
Romantically or professionally, duets make wonderful new music for you, near Wednesday 6th July at the Jupiter-Neptune quincunx. We also have a useful sextile from Jupiter to Saturn on Sunday 27th August. There is a Jupiter-Chiron quincunx on Saturday 23rd September which helps you keep growing together, and even if there is a moment of truth near Thursday 28th September at the Jupiter-Uranus opposition, it can only help you. Just as the cycle is closing, we have a Full Moon on Thursday 5th October which I think will help you sign off on one episode; no matter if 2017 for you has been about fixing issues, or pursuing bigger dreams. The New Moon on Thursday 19th October really will be a genuine fresh start for you. If this period coincides with a new lover, you two could move in together or be engaged by 2018.
Making and Saving Money
You will be given a chain of opportunities to make or save money, quite substantially, from Wednesday 18th October and the call, news or paperwork which appears then is very important, as it is the start of something big for 2018. The Full Moon on Saturday 4th November will show you the pros and cons of your new decision about the money, house, business, company, possessions, charity or apartment. An extremely beneficial relationship is then the main story, with a new beginning near Saturday 18th November, followed by a natural high at the Jupiter-Neptune trine on Sunday 3rd December.
You can, and must, mean business in early 2018 as well, because the year as a whole could be extremely rewarding, with the end of any issues in sight, and vast potential ahead. On Sunday 7th January we see Mars conjunct Jupiter, so the new year will be off to a flying start, as Mars is your ruling planet and Jupiter – as you know – is all about abundance and win-win solutions. There is only one real concern at this time, and it is the radical changes to come from May 2018, but that is really a prediction for next year. From that point forward you are going to be affected by a revolution with banking, currency and the world economy which sweeps the world, but has a personal impact on you. For that reason, when you are making your plans for 2018 and beyond, try to be as flexible as possible so you can move with the changing times.
The only other point I would like to make about your money, business or property is that we have quite a long Mercury Retrograde period, which will coincide with your 2017 birthday. For that reason you may want to allow for delays, changes or reversals – and perhaps a standstill – affecting your finances, from now until May 2017.
Past Lives, Old Friends, Important Groups
I have mentioned the importance of past life karma with the world of children and young adults, this year. You will also see old patterns played out, old friendships (from this or previous lifetimes) return, and important groups in your world, become even more so. This is all triggered by the return of the True South Node to Aquarius, the sign which rules political parties, rock bands, trade unions, football teams and the rest.
From Tuesday 9th May there is an important return of particular situations, faces or bonds which matters a great deal in terms of collection or repayment – spiritually. Please do avoid the eclipse period across August 6th, 7th, 8th though as eclipses conceal, they never reveal. In general, though, you will find 2017 and 2018 bring you full circle with a group of people, among whom friendships are made, or re-made, which will have a lasting impact on you.
Happy Birthday Aries.