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    Neil Giles is a storyteller, astrologer and historian. He is a novelist and journalist and has written for theatre, radio and television, as well as many articles for Astrology on the Web.
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    2008 Horoscope Forecast
    Cancer the Crab in 2008 
    long-term partnerships for fun & profit

    In a nutshell, it's about partnership and communication, Cancer. Or, should that be 'in a Crab shell'. However you describe it, you'll get the best from 2008 by fostering organized and efficient working relations and 'long term' partnerships that will fulfil you in romance or profit you in business. For some lucky Crabs, there'll be a decent serving of both of these.

    Jupiter, lord of fortune, sets the pace in earthy Capricorn, bringing partners and close associates into focus. Partnership for business or romance will flourish and you will make interesting connections. Study, overseas links or travel, academic or legal concerns will flourish through those with whom you’re associated. This is a year for expansion and new horizons and someone close or someone with whom you become close will lead the way. New people will bring humour, excitement and a more philosophical approach. However, Jupiter in the sign of the Goat will urge that the transactions or exchanges in any situation are clear and above board. Some of you become involved in a partnership that brings both business and romance. Others go into business with a romantic partner or vice-versa. The doings with those around you will take on a ‘larger than life’ character. You may become involved with exuberant, powerful or gifted individuals. Someone close may set out on a new path, shifting their interests, beliefs or life direction. In turn, the effect of this change will make an impact on you. However, changes that come through a new influence in your life may put you at odds with older ones. You will have to navigate a process of personal change. You will face a choice at some point to leave the past behind and begin a new life. Someone else may be the trigger or the means by which this comes.

    Jupiter turns retrograde in Capricorn on May 9th and moves forward on Sep 8th, staying in the sign of the Goat for the balance of the year. In Nov, the lord of fortune makes sweet music with Saturn in Virgo, bringing a tide of real achievement or profit from activity. There will be a rise in status for some.

    Saturn, the measurer of effort is in discriminating Virgo and your solar third house. This will bring a note of reserve in personal communication and continues a cycle of education, new ideas, plans or developments. Business schemes for the ‘long term’ will feature. You will deal with authority, experts or older people in daily business or communication. Be ready to study or increase your skills or information load, taking you away from familiar ground or out of your comfort zone. You will thus have to rely on the advice or skills of others in unfamiliar situations. Saturn in Virgo is an ideal time for a big dream to become a big scheme and make itself real. Gather tools, techniques, associates and  ‘know how’. Keep the lid on the pot though. This is not a time to tell everyone what you’re up to. Share on a ‘need to know’ basis. Hold a little back. Keep your own counsel as well as taking counsel with practiced advisers. With these strategies, you will flourish. Dealings with siblings or neighbours may experience reserve or restriction or they may bear on weighty or more important matters than usual. There may be restriction with usual travel routines or travel may become more demanding. Remember too that this is Saturn you're dealing with so very little is going to happen at speed. Determined persistence over time is the solution to any or all problems.

    Saturn is in reverse in Virgo as the year starts then moves forward once more on May 3rd, continuing til the end of the year. From late Oct to mid Nov, Saturn opposes Uranus in Pisces. You will be caught between an urge to leap ahead and a need to play it safe as these two giants wrestle. There may be testing communications or equipment problems. Overseas or foreign links may present you with a challenge or conflicting options or ideas. Expect to be at odds or uncertain about equipment, technology or data. There may be a clash or a division through the differing approach or ideas of associates. There may be a clash of experts or expert advice. This may be a cultural or an educational matter. Legal concerns may feature. Are you on the horns of a dilemma about diversification or a change of direction? Decisions are needed. You may face the reality of turning big plans into actual practice. Don't let the big picture blind you to the need for a grasp of the details and don't lose the kingdom for the sake of 'a nail in a shoe'..

    2008 Cancer Love and Money Love and Money Go to Top

    With Jupiter in Capricorn and your house of partnership, romance will flourish. If you're single, you may meet your match and even take the plunge. If you're in a relationship, it will enter a phase of fruition or change. A partner will lift their status, travel overseas, take on a program of study or just be in the right place at the right time for opportunity or good luck. A partner will open a door to social activity, travel or advancement. You may commit to a teacher. A partner may be a teacher or become one for you. If you're single, a new relationship will come from among, educated, travelled, successful or foreign people. With Mercury also in Capricorn as the year begins, communications around partnership matters will feature. Listening will be as important as talking. You may have to learn a new style of speech or a new language in order to carry out the year's business.

    Venus is in Sagittarius as the year begins. Relationships at work will feature, especially dealing with the public. Practice the art of negotiation. You need to socialize or mix with people in order to advance your work or business situation. An office liaison is a possibility for some. If you're single, you'll need to learn the how to deal with this. If you're in a relationship then you're old enough to know the traps and stay away from temptation. You may deal with people involved with health. Daily contact will involve people who are qualified, linked with overseas or cognizant of the big picture.

    The Lunar North Node is moving through Aquarius this year. You'll make contact with financial wheelers and dealers or with the money markets. You become interested in making money through investment, speculation or joint involvements. Plans will be made behind closed doors. There may be secret or confidential dealings. For some, there will be a strongly erotic attraction or relationship. You will connect with compelling or magnetic people. Be watchful as you are dealing with hidden agendas or with people whose motives or concerns will not always be clear to you. Mix with wealthy or driven people. Some of you will devote time to studying human behaviour or esoteric subjects. Late Apr and May will bring strong romantic or idealistic impulses and unusual people. Make sure you're perceptive and sound in your judgement.

    The last of the big movers this year is Pluto, lord of the underworld. He dips his toe into the sign of Capricorn, preparatory to a long stay. Jan 25th sees the opening gambit but the dark god returns to Sagittarius on Jun 14th until finally settling in Capricorn on Nov 26th. In the long term, this will transform personal or business relations as you, over time, break old connections, renew close ties or forge new links with people to whom you're drawn by attraction, compulsion or destiny. This begins a cycle of dealings involving deep karmic bonds. Some will find a soul mate as this era unfolds. Others will have the chance to fix or resolve past matters. For those of you that accept the place of karma and past lives in the journey of this life, you will have an opportunity to uncover past situations and connections in order to reshape your life and your sense of purpose. There will be personal impact and compelling encounters but you can lay ghosts and bring troubled spirits to rest.

    2008 Cancer Home and Family Home and Family Go to Top

    While the financial side of the home will feature strongly for some, the balance of home life may have to operate around the demands of work, investment or business. This will be a busy year and you will be working to develop what you have and consolidate advances. Thus, even though the more personal side of family life will benefit in the 'long term' from your efforts, there will be a deal of attention going out into business or financial activity. Close ties will of course bring the personal side of your life into focus and they will be an ongoing theme this year. Partners will bring the juice, the expertise or the experience. In the main, get the household running the way you need it to in order to keep up with your responsibilities or get through the list of daily tasks.

    2008 Cancer Work and Health Work and Health Go to Top

    Information, terminology and new equipment, devices or programs will get working life in gear this year. Focus on knowing the 'how to' of everything you work with. You will need to upgrade your skills or your information. You will need further facts, relevant knowledge or necessary techniques or methods. Follow the behest of Saturn in Virgo and learn how things are done, detail by discerning detail. Listen to the advice of experts that come in to advise you, or to partner or mentor you.

    Social and personal interactions will feature in the routines of work and health. You will need to be socially adept, skilled in the art of negotiation and capable of dealing expertly with the public and with co-workers or staff. Get situations or people to work for you. Learn to delegate or take on further people to carry the load. Females will feature at work or with health concerns. If you're looking for guidance or advice to boost your health or to find a remedy for what ails you, look far afield. An overseas link or something from a broader spectrum of thinking or practice will be just the ticket. If there are problems with mobility or communications, take them seriously and take action.

    Mars is retrograde in Gemini and your solar twelfth house as the year begins, coming off an opposition to Pluto, the underworld lord as he sets himself to leave your solar sixth house of work and health and journey to Capricorn and your house of partnership. Watch for the return of past conditions in health matters, especially with mobility or the nervous system. Don't push the limits with activity or forcefulness or you'll find yourself stressed or fatigued by your own efforts or hidden opposition from others. This latter is a concern, especially early on. Make sure that someone you're working with isn't somehow working against you or secretly obstructing your efforts.

    2008 Cancer Career Matters Career Matters Go to Top

    The 'leg up' or the new connection will be an important part of career dealings. It will be through the agency of someone else and their influence in business or personal life that you will be able to make the move or open the door. Follow the lead or the guidance. Take the lessons. Enjoy the advantage that comes from knowing someone. Get out there and develop some financial clout to give yourself greater status in the career stakes.

    Mercury the MessengerMercury the Messenger  Go to Top

    Mercury moves into retrograde (reverse) motion three times a year for about three weeks each time. This phase heralds a time of confusion and misunderstandings that can affect arrangements, travel, transport, appliances, machinery and communications. The breakdowns that occur are a function of neglect, inattention, simple misunderstandings or component failure. They will often bring to the fore the very contingency we should have planned for and didn’t. When the retrograde phase occurs, watch out for such possibilities as well as putting off major decision-making or the signing of crucial documents and agreements. We tend to miss things while Mercury is in reverse motion and then have to come back and do them again. A process of review in the retrograde phase can efficiently show where problems might lie and help us with damage control or the mending of things. Double check arrangements at these times! What you think you’ve said and what others have understood will often prove to be two different things.

    Mercury's first reverse cycle is in Aquarius and starts on Jan 28th.  You will review your financial arrangements or joint obligations. There may be difficulty communicating with or understanding the demands of finance partners or money people. You may need to adjust for unexpected costs or expenses. Expect some delays with outgoings or incomings, as you come back to obstacles or difficulties you have previously encountered. There may be a revelation as to what needs to happen or what you need to do. Hold off major decisions until you know where you stand. As the Solar Eclipse comes in Aquarius during this cycle, there certainly will be a termination with a fiscal arrangement or situation.

    The second retrograde cycle for Mercury starts in Gemini on May 26th. As this cycle takes place in your solar twelfth house, there may be problems with communications or arrangements. Distraction, confusion or preoccupation may lead you off track. You'll have to watch concentration or work hard to stay focused. You may be absorbed by worries, past matters or reflections. The inner world will feature and creative or spiritual activities are favoured. Prepare for unexpected problems with vehicles or equipment. There may be gossip or you may be a target for a verbal barrage. Bat it away gently. See the other side of things. Mercury moves forward on Jun 19th. As the busy messenger hits reverse squaring Uranus in Pisces, there may be sudden or unexpected news or communications related to overseas links, legal matters, travel or study.

    The final reverse motion cycle for Mercury is in Libra, beginning on Sep 24th. Home or family matters may be involved with miscommunications, confusion or unexpected events. You need to revise plans or clarify developments through discussion. This is not an ideal time for renovations, improvements or social occasions in the home. There may be a clash of views with a family member or someone close, as you have difficulty getting on with or getting through to someone. There may be an unexpected break in the domestic situation. A departure or arrival may alter the family balance. The motives or dealings of others may be hard to comprehend. Creative or inspired solutions are possible. Mercury moves forward on Oct 15th..

    2008 Cancer Lady Moon Lady Moon Go to Top

    Your New Moon comes on Jul 3rd. Partnership or close associates set the theme at this point. There'll be a new start in romance or business. As Jupiter, Uranus and Venus all harmonize, there will be a sudden or unexpected development or alliance. Overseas links or past contacts may be involved. There may be a resurgence with someone close after a break or change. There may be a new venture or project coming to fruition after a lot of work. An alliance may reach its full potential or fulfil its possibilities. Someone close will provide the nous, the finance or the leadership that will set you on a new path.

    There is no Full Moon in your sign this year.

    2008 Cancer Eclipses Eclipses  Go to Top

    Eclipses of both the Sun and the Moon often indicate the end of a cycle or a significant change in the direction or pattern of the affairs governed by the house in which the eclipse falls. Eclipses of the Sun may affect work, direction and relations with people in authority. Eclipses of the Moon may affect matters of home, family and emotions as well as relations with women and children. Both may affect your health.

    A Solar Eclipse comes at the New Moon in Aquarius on Feb 7th. There will be a break, change or an end of cycle with regard to joint finances or obligations. Payment schedules may be reorganized or disrupted. You may end a financial association, or may finalize payment on an account or a debt. If you are unable to meet obligations, you need to revise your schedule. There may be delay or disruption with fruition payments. Hidden obstacles or opponents may be somehow connected with this.

    A Lunar Eclipse comes at the Full Moon in Virgo on Feb 21st. There will be breaks, disruption or an ending that will affect communications, travel or business. You will lose a contact. There may be a standoff or a delay. An associate will depart for a time or perhaps for good. A female or family member may be involved. You may lose touch with a sibling or a neighbour. It's hard to keep to your usual travel routines, as there will be problems with communication devices or difficulty with vehicles. There may be delay or disruption with a deal or business scheme.

    A Solar Eclipse comes at the New Moon in Leo on Aug 1st. You will be at the end of a cycle with personal spending. There may be delays or disruption with ordinary expenses. You may receive extra bills or incur unexpected costs. There may be delay with payments or confusion with schedules or arrangements. Something will not go through as planned. You may have to wait for money owed to you, or be unable to afford something you really want. Be careful of extending too far then having to call a halt. Reorganize personal spending or the budget in light of developments at this point.

    A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Aquarius on Aug 16th. Changes will come in personal money management or spending due to changes with joint finances. You will have to adapt household or family spending to suit the more complex matters of fiscal involvement or obligation. You may end a payment cycle. There may be interruption with the operation of investments or credit facilities. You may be unable to maintain payments or need to restructure a payment schedule. There may be changes with the people you deal with over finance.


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