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    2008 Horoscope Forecast
    Capricorn, the Sea-Goat in 2008 
    You'll dance through the year!

    There's a lift of spirits at a very personal level. Giant Jupiter is in your sign! The Lord of Fortune calls the tune and you'll dance through the year, moving onwards and upwards on paths of expansion. There will be professional or personal opportunity, overseas travel, higher education or connections with important people or teachers. Any or all of these will play a part in a cycle of growth. Expand your horizons. Open new frontiers. Just make sure the expansion confines itself to the parameters of your knowledge and the circle of your contacts. Don't let it get to your waistline! Remember! Lordly Jupiter brings as much in the way of indulgence as he does with opportunity.

    Your luck will be in with love, money or business. You'll be ready to open up to new vistas there as well. Opportunity or fortune will bring chance meetings or new contacts. Travel or travellers will play a part in forming new connections. Take a punt, enjoy a gamble and put your hand up to be chosen by the Lord of Fortune for opportunity or adventure. Mar and Sep will be rich with schemes or deals. There may be a radical flavour to them or a need for speed in execution.

    However, as Mars in reverse opposes Jupiter on the bell of the New Year, just make sure you don't set your expectations too high or run on the fuel of hopefulness. Don't be unrealistic, even though you're being positive. While Jupiter is the Lord of Fortune, in your sign he is served by acumen, determination and plain business nous rather than native extravagance or excess enthusiasm. Jupiter starts in forward motion, turns retrograde on May 9th then moves forward again on Sep 8th, remaining that way until year's end. While Jupiter in your sign and Saturn in Virgo would normally favour litigation, remember that you may gain more from negotiation and settlement rather than a protracted battle.

    The coming year begins a new cycle for you as Pluto, lord of the underworld, enters your sign for the first time since the Eighteenth Century. The years ahead will set your feet on the path of transformation as powerful events or strong inner urges strip you and your life back to the basics or essentials so you can begin again. Some of you will try a new and truly testing endeavour, where others will be transformed by the power or the impact of events or people. You will discover a previously unheralded or unknown part of yourself and your powers, a process born of necessity where the very thing you seem to lack you will find somewhere in an unexplored depth, but only when pressed to do so. It's an intense and abiding process of self-examination. This will forge a new 'you' in time. Be ready for an end and a new beginning in character, demeanour or personal relations. Some of you will break from old contacts and start afresh, where others find renewal and regeneration within your present circumstances.

    Pluto moves slowly but his influence is irresistible and inevitable. Deep personal change will unfold for all in the coming years. Pluto enters your sign on Jan 25th. Thus, early born Capricorns will feel his power first. He then turns retrograde and returns to Sagittarius on Jun 14th. On Nov 26th, the underworld lord returns to your sign, set for a long journey.

    Love and Money Love and Money  Go to Top

    Jupiter in your sign opens a door to new romance or to an improvement in your current situation. You may make vows, renew them or find someone that is compatible. Love is in, Capricorn. However, there's always a first and second fiddle and your plate will be full this year, leaving you with little time for the niceties. There'll be romance but it may not always be romantic. For some, there will be relations with a mentor or teacher who will lead you into new climes. Others will enter into personal or social relations but practical or business matters will feature as strongly as the romantic or sensitive side. Some of you will simply work with business partners while others may turn a romantic partnership into a business one as well.

    While Jupiter lords it over your chart, Venus begins the year in Sagittarius and your solar twelfth house, bending a little to pressure from Saturn in Virgo. Breaks or separations affect personal relationships and you may take a separate path to a partner, due to the demands of work or business. Be ready to spend time apart to accomplish your ends. Some of you will put relationships aside to focus on your own endeavours. Others foster secret dealings or liaisons. You may have to care for someone close to you, or decide to step back from the arena of social interaction. Some of you will have to deal with change in close relations, in either business or pleasure.

    If there's a break up of any sort, don't fight over the furniture or fittings. It will only be a cover for deeper emotional issues. Sort them! With Mars starting the year in a retrograde cycle that began in Cancer in 2007, you will have to clear matters of past disenchantment or outright hostility that have affected close relations, partnership or work relations. If there's a parting, work to do it on good terms. If you have a rival, don't let things turn bitter. If a relationship is in transition, give it time and space to bring necessary change. You may start the year strapped for cash, or needing to wait for schemes or dreams to come to fruition. You may put everything in to a project that will take time to mature.

    Money matters will bring new challenges and new interests this year. The Lunar North Node is in Aquarius and the South in Leo, focusing your attention on personal spending, money and resources. New or unusual individuals or ideas will influence your handling of money. It's time to downsize or shed some holdings or interests to do more with cash and income. Be prepared to adopt unusual or innovative practices. Consider teaming up with others in the attempt to do something new or different with finance. You may accumulate possessions or resources to build a foundation for security, or to anchor new enterprises.

    Some of you will raise or donate funds for a humanitarian or compassionate purpose, while others will investigate new avenues of financial involvement. There is more emphasis on what you have, rather than what you owe. A significant change in values is in the wind this year. Late Apr into mid May will bring an idealistic light to fiscal dealings. Be sure it doesn't blind you to dishonesty. If it seems too good to be true, it will be. Don't let charm or romance get a grip on your funds. Devote some part of them to a higher or a noble cause. Late May into mid Jun will bring unusual individuals or schemes into your purview. You will set out on a new course or take radical advice.

    Home and Family Home and Family  Go to Top

    With the emphasis on earthy development through personal growth or expansion and detailed far-reaching plans, there may be little time for home and family as you would like to enjoy them. This sector of your life will bring responsibility, or you can free yourself from these demands to expand your horizons. Often this area will be second on your list. Just remember, the immediate goals that take attention away from home or family are intended to provide you and your loved ones with greater security in the end. Some of you will have to start again completely to find what you're looking for. For others, home will be a bolthole or a place of business. Some of you will travel to see the world, leaving home behind. Others will have to uproot themseves to find who they are. The year presents a signal change, transformation or an end in domestic or family life in the years to come.

    Work and Health Work and Health  Go to Top

    Mars is in reverse in Gemini and your solar sixth house. Work, health and daily routine will be in focus and this will be a testing year to get things done. You will all too easily find an obstacle or a delay that leaves you stranded for a time. There may be conflict with co-workers due to differing ideas or communication problems. Dealings with the public bring frustration or testiness in getting a point across, so some of you will have to watch for eruptions of anger or ill-feeling. Learn to defuse situations, especially if you choose to work in a hostile or testing environment.

    In the course of the year, you'll have to go back over old ground or redo earlier tasks. You will have to learn skills needed for new work or routines. Remember to garner information you've previously ignored. Dexterous handling or adept communication is a requirement. You may be frustrated by work that doesn't give the scope you're looking for, or conversely you may at last begin work or routines you've wished to pursue for some time.

    Take care with health and safety. You may need to learn new skills or to be versatile in your moves or approach. Watch for problems with the nervous system or with mobility. Difficulty with work-related transport, vehicles, equipment or machinery is in the stars. If you need a vehicle for work, drive it well and keep it serviced. Wear a safety helmet if you use transport that requires one.

    In general, take especial care with sharp edges and dodgy cars. There are testing times right from New Year's Eve with Mars opposing Pluto, the lord of the underworld, to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. Problems will erupt out of the blue, but they have been building underneath the surface for some time. Be watchful and perceptive. If you handle firearms or explosives, put extra safety practices in place. Obstacles to advancement in your chosen tasks will feature. As far as exercise is concerned, work on suppleness or agility. Discourage yourself from eating on the run. You may take time to adjust or adapt to new conditions so put the effort in. If some of this sounds tough, remember that Jupiter is in your sign, bringing fortune, opportunity and plain good luck to balance the scales while Saturn in Virgo will steady your efforts and make you wiser and well practiced. It's also good to remember that solving small problems will lead to a big breakthrough.

    Career Matters Career Matters  Go to Top

    Saturn, the measurer of effort is in discerning Virgo and your solar ninth house. You're called to the paths of wisdom and, with Jupiter in your sign, the impulse and opportunity to step forward will be right there with you. There may be overseas travel, higher learning, important litigations or dealings with people of status or foreign background. Events or links overseas will feature. Study the big picture and make abiding decisions about where your life is going. If you're called to stand by your principles, do so.

    Saturn starts in reverse motion then moves forward again on May 3rd, staying that way till the end of the year. With Saturn in Virgo, you're in a formative period with your career. Find a broader horizon to bring new prospects, new frontiers or a sea change. Decisions or prospects related to work, health or career concerns could well involve overseas links or contacts, as well as study and personal development. You may wish to make a religious commitment, or adopt practices or learning that will enhance the philosophical side of life. Be prepared to learn new skills or methods that advance your knowledge and practices. Some of you will study to advance your beliefs and knowledge. You long to break the shackles of routine existence. In one way or another you'll want to take a pilgrimage to find a more meaningful and fulfilling existence. While Jupiter in your sign encourages you to seek the broad sweep of many of these issues, Saturn in Virgo will focus on the measure and the method.

    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 motion cycle begins in Aquarius on Jan 28th. Communications or confusion hit personal spending or fiscal matters. There will be unexpected expenses, cash flow problems or fluctuations with income or outgoings. Payment schedules will go awry, or create problems. Misunderstandings or changes in dealings arise with those involved in your financial life. You may disagree over fiscal management. Wage or contract payments are likely to be unreliable or subject to delay. Revise your budget or financial strategy, as money management comes into focus. Review what you do and find out what doesn't work. Use that as a foundation for a new approach. Mercury moves forward again on Feb 19th.

    Mercury's second reverse cycle starts in Gemini on May 26th, awakening difficulty at work or in daily routine due to unexpected change, communication difficulties or problems with equipment, vehicles or travel. If something's due for service, don't leave it until there's a breakdown. Relations with the public or co-workers will bring tension or confusion. Misunderstanding will create difficulties with tasks at work or upset usual routines. Delay will catch you out, leaving you unable to keep schedules. Unexpected change with conditions or co-workers is likely to disrupt your routines. You will not be able to focus on work as you need to, as you suffer frustration with difficult problems. It feels right to go over old ground or begin something again. Health matters will affect you or your work. As Mercury turns retrograde in square to Uranus, things will occur suddenly, unexpectedly or with dramatic speed and maximum excitement or disruption. Mercury moves forward on Jun 19th.

    Mercury's final retrograde phase starts in Libra on Sep 24th, when career matters or dealings with authority bring confusion, obstruction or misunderstanding. People create obstacles or are simply unavailable. You will return to past duties or obligations or will have to fill a gap in order to cover for an absence. You may contemplate a career change, especially if you are dissatisfied with professional colleagues or situations. Are you out of your depth with someone else's responsibilities? Confusing or uncertain people and situations keep popping up. A professional contact will frustrate you or drop out of contact. A boss or authority you have to negotiate with will oppose your efforts or show another side of their nature. It's hard to win an argument or resolve a dispute, but keep on trying. Mercury moves forward again on Oct 15th.

    Lady Moon Lady Moon  Go to Top

    There are two New Moons in your sign this year. The first one comes on Jan 8th. There will be new schemes or deals involving communications, business or travel. Take the initiative and be ready to begin a new program or venture. You'll be full of ideas and will show originality or be ingenious in setting something new in motion. One way or another, you will have a new vehicle. You may begin a new style or communication or you may take up a course of learning or light on new information. This year brings new contacts or associates. You will have to watch for health concerns and assess the risks with any new activities. Be ready to overcome difficulty or tension with a co-worker.

    Your Full Moon comes on Jul 18th, featuring avid discussion or even a wrangle in your involvements. An issue or grievance will need to be aired to see how things stand. It could be that you've taken things too far without sorting out your obligations to others. The ideas or feelings of someone close will be disclosed. Plans for the future involve study, travel or legal concerns. You may have set a course, but have unrealistic expectations. You wish to include others in plans or activities, but need to talk about how. Changes in money management or budgeting could be a matter of contention. New or unusual ideas with income or spending need explanation or debate. Clashes over values may feature.

    Your second New Moon comes on Dec 27th, when you'll show a fiery determination to march into the following year and make your mark. New financial strategies or practices will be the thrust. Opportunities or deals will have their origins in prior efforts or endeavours. The support, advice or assistance of experts will play a part in new ventures or projects. There is a massive push to get something off the ground but you may be blinkered or over-concentrated. It's a good time to launch a new scheme or practice with money management. Unusual items are on your shopping list. Communications will feature and overseas links will be a concern or consideration. Remember to balance the inspiration of a venture against the details and demands of the bigger picture.

    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 affect work, direction and relations with people in authority. Eclipses of the Moon 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, marking a change or a cyclical end with income, spending or money management. Fiscal contacts will alter as someone you're accustomed to deal with departs, either for a time or for good. Wages or income alter, as a line of employment or a contract ends. Delays or problems arise with payment schedules. You'll have to wait. There may be delay with a project, causing a payment problem. An authority will be absent, making payment arrangements late. There may be a difficulty meeting obligations. You may be charged more and have less to pay a bill. Surprise expenses may occur. You may simply have to make temporary adjustments to your financial arrangements. Review the budget.

    A Lunar Eclipse comes at the Full Moon in Virgo on Feb 21st. Delays or endings will affect study, travel, legal matters or overseas connections. Wait for things to review or renew. You may alter travel plans or arrangements. A course of study may be delayed or you may question your interest or its usefulness. The outcome of a legal matter is a concern, or you may assess the value of taking legal action. You may lose contact with someone overseas, either personal or business. An important change develops in your ideas or beliefs. Someone of status or accomplishment that you rely on will depart, or be unavailable for consultation or contact. You may put aside cultural interests or practices. It's time to alter your view of the wider world, or your plans for the future.

    A Solar Eclipse comes at the New Moon in Leo on Aug 1st, stimulating changes with financial arrangements or joint holdings. You will come to the end of a payment cycle, or there will be delays or disruption with payments or obligations. You will be inclined to buy out of a fiscal deal or partnership. A financial associate may depart the scene; this may be temporary or permanent. A clash of wills or interests will be involved. Be prepared for some difficulty in meeting obligations. You may pull out of a venture, as your interests or concerns may change. You may alter your profile of financial interests. There may be a change in financial strategies. A project may fall over and you'll have to start again or look for new possibilities.

    A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Virgo on Aug 16th. Delay, disruption or an end will affect legal matters, study or travel, especially overseas. You may lose a contact. Health or work concerns will affect your activities. There will be changes in the big picture that will affect your plans or interests and an association or link overseas may end. Expect some disruption with communication. Someone experienced or qualified will depart the scene, perhaps an expert adviser or companion. This may be temporary or it may signal a permanent change. Health conditions may prevent you carrying out your plans. Don't be frightened to discontinue a line of study that is too specialized or detailed. You may have a primary shift in beliefs. Remember, do not lose sight of the bigger picture due to a plethora of information or detail. News or distant events may end a cycle of your interests.


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