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    Neil Giles

    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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    bullet Relationships: the journey to the heart
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    2008 Horoscope Forecast
    Libra the Scales in 2008 
    shedding the old & nurturing the new

    The power of earth is written in the pattern of Heaven this year, urging you airy Librans to find yourselves through material comfort, success or achievement. Giant Jupiter, lord of fortune is in Capricorn, bringing expansion and burgeoning influences to home and family matters. You'll be on the trail of growth and improvement as you put down new roots or foundations while also inviting new influences to share your domestic bliss. As Pluto, lord of the underworld follows in his footsteps, profound alterations in personal life and wealth will come over time as you uproot the old, clear the ground and plant anew. Daring moves and dramatic changes will contribute powerfully to a new life in the years to come.

    While these two elder gods move through the sign of the Goat, Saturn, the measurer of effort, continues his journey in Virgo and your solar twelfth house. Here you must pay attention to the inner world as you review yourself and your life, shedding the old and nurturing the new. You will have to deal with the past and pay attention to health and wellbeing in the routines of daily life. You will also need to form plans and learn skills for the future. Much of this will develop in secret or in the background. The present structure of life and relations with authority will be stripped back to the bare essentials so you can build a new pattern of existence and a new sense of identity over time. Commit yourself to the cauldron of outer growth and inner change and you'll pass into a new era.

    Love and Money Love and Money  Go to Top

    Venus the goddess blazes in Sagittarius as the year begins. Communications, dealings with the public, a diversity of contacts and a vigorous cycle of interactions or exchanges will be part and parcel of your life in the coming year. For the singles, romantic links may come through chance encounters or through the connections of business or your dealings with 'day to day' associates, members of the public or people that are part of your routines of travel or communication. Someone well-travelled, qualified or with overseas links may feature. Food, laughter or social activity may be a meeting ground. Those in a relationship will be busy with business or the rich variety of dealings or interaction with people at large. In fact, work or the demand of your interests or involvements may take you away from your loved one at times.

    Saturn in Virgo is in tension with Venus as the year begins. There may be delays or separations that affect close personal relations. Some will focus on work or interaction, having little time for romance. Others will carry a secret sorrow or show a different kind of face in private and in public. For some, circumstances you cannot prevent or overcome may separate you from a loved one. Others may decide on a separation and a new beginning. Partnership will not be an easy arena this year so give a deal of thought to your levels of commitment or interest. While Venus and Saturn struggle in this manner, remember Jupiter will be in Capricorn, bringing optimism and expansive feelings to the domicile. 'Hang on to what you have and build on it' is the lesson.

    Be careful with your money this year. If you have to recover from past problems, make sure you do so before you put anything else at risk. This is not a year for the wild foray or the sudden impulse. They're likely to lead you up the garden path. A simple savings plan will turn out to be better than the best 'high return' investment you can find. The hopes of dreams of finance will be all too easily broken on the wheel of contraction that will touch the markets and the marker points of the larger fiscal picture. Be safe and you won't be sorry. There may be secret or hidden demands or problems through others that will cost you financially. Don't entrust your capital without the fullest investigation of credentials and integrity. Put money into what's safe and solid. For some, the housing market will hold the key. For others, you may step back and revise your financial strategies wholesale, looking for new avenues to work through.

    As the year begins, you will have to watch for difficulty with communications or travel, especially with overseas links. Mars is retrograde in Gemini, clashing with Pluto, the lord of the underworld. There will be tough negotiations and testing communications or news. Arguments or ill feeling will flare up all too quickly. For some, there will be clashes over travel schedules or plans. For others, legal matters will test you. This is not a favourable time for litigation. There may be problems in contacts with in-laws. You may find yourself at odds with someone of foreign extraction. There may be problems with study or dealing with academics or academia. Clashes with males especially will feature. If you're travelling overseas, take care with vehicles, communications equipment and language difficulties. You may catch the rough edge someone of someone's anger or frustration. There will be delays for yourself or others in travelling or returning from overseas. Someone from your past may reappear 'out of the blue'. You should strenuously avoid antics involving iron, sharp edges, blunt objects, firearms, machinery or verbal exchanges. If you're travelling on New Year's Eve or News Year's Day, put safety first. Mars moves forward on Jan 30th.

    Home and Family Home and Family  Go to Top

    Jupiter, lord of fortune, is in Capricorn, bringing changes with domestic and family life. For some, there will be improvement or renovation as the house expands or creeps up the ladder of achievement. This will bring a lift of spirit or quality to the domestic environment. Others will relocate to an improved or altered situation, perhaps connected with business, commerce or status. Housing conditions may improve or change significantly. There may be links with overseas contacts or travel tied in with the domestic of family matters. People of status, foreign visitors, academics or professionals may be part of domestic life, either short or long term. With Mercury also in Capricorn as the year begins, communications and activity will feature in a busy domestic environment.

    A quest for knowledge, status or achievement in business will feature as part of family life or the doings at home. Hard work or ambition will touch the home base. You will be driven to broaden your horizons with study, travel or contact with a range of interesting, exotic or qualified people. Home may be a venue for talks or meetings that have an ‘educational’ or 'business' theme. There will be strong feelings or a highly emotional state at home. There may be light-hearted optimism or deeper feelings. Though Capricorn is known for sobriety and realism, Jupiter will bring expansive, humorous or philosophical themes. There will be a ‘larger than life’ feel in the domicile or ‘larger than life’ characters there. Good fortune will come from attention to domestic concerns. Take a chance or a risk and expand the parameters of home life. The atmosphere may be buoyant. There may be strong words or high emotion. There will be hustle and bustle, with many comings and goings. Business dealings or important social or political concerns may feature.

    Jupiter turns retrograde on May 9th then moves forward on Sep 8th, remaining that way for the balance of the year. Nov is much favoured for plans or schemes to come to light, especially if you've worked on something in secret. There will be assistance from older people or those in authority. It's just the right time to enter new or opportune relations. Something you have worked for behind the scenes will come to the forefront.

    Pluto, lord of the underworld is on the move as he enters Capricorn on Jan 25th for the first time since the eighteenth century. This signals the commencement of a new era in home or family life that will unfold over the coming years. There will be deep and abiding effects on domestic affairs or family configurations. The atmosphere and events in the home or amongst loved ones will grow increasingly intense. Drama and dramatic changes will bring about important shifts of feeling and situation. Departures and endings will begin deep-rooted change and regeneration. There will be endings and new beginnings that see you move from the known into unknown realms to start anew. New connections will form and grow in this process, as old ones will end. Dramatic changes in external circumstance or powerful events will be triggers to bring this about. Some of you will simply respond to something that it's beyond your capacity to control and set out to begin again. Some of you will experience potent changes with status or wealth, either with money directly or in the value of assets or resources, such as the home. Others will find that older members of the family, grandparents especially may feature in proceedings or changes. In time, your status, wealth and position through home and family will undergo transforming change. Trusts, inheritance or estate monies will alter the things at home for some of you. Jun 14th sees Pluto return to Sagittarius. Nov 26th sees the lord of the underworld at home in the sign of the Goat for many years to come.

    2005 Leo Work and Health Work and Health  Go to Top

    With Saturn, the measurer of effort in Virgo, you'll need to be mindful of diet and daily health requirements. Be scrupulous and discerning. A balanced lifestyle is essential. If you burn the candle at both ends, you’ll pay. Watch for signs of stress or exhaustion and don’t mistake being active for being exercised or toned. They’re not the same thing! Even if you’re tired from the daily demands, you still need to work the body and tone the muscles. Don’t be so busy that you can’t take care of yourself. If you have persistent problems or find you’re fatigued, take steps to put things right and change your routines. It may be a matter of simply adding something to the pot for some while others may opt to change lifestyle, activity or employment. You may seek a new kind of environment for yourself and your work. Be prepared for changes that you're not quite ready or able to undertake.

    Career Matters Career Matters  Go to Top

    Saturn is in Virgo and your solar twelfth house on a ‘two year’ journey. This will bring a deepening of your inner life and an expansion of inner horizons that will, in time, fit you for a new journey in the outer world. The twelfth house rules creative and spiritual urges and the highest wisdom and understanding, but it also holds our deep fears, our self-undoing mechanisms and musters the hidden forces that work against us. To move through the twelfth house is to understand there is a greater plan than the one we have.

    With Saturn in the twelfth house, there will be change or withdrawal from current work or activity, allowing you to develop on an inner level. Some of you will step back from your current situation a little while others will withdraw completely. This is the time to take new directions so that you can prove yourself by doing something of interest or value to the community and to yourselves. In doing so, you will have to overcome fears or a natural reluctance. These things will be rooted in the past and in the blocks that you have about your creative or spiritual expression. Over time, if you work at change, you'll come to know yourself in a new and different way. It will be worth the effort for those who make the journey. You may study or withdraw from familiar landmarks or reference points to make a life transition.

    Health may be an issue, in you or those near you. For some, the necessary responses with a health matter will bring change in the pattern of life. Others will immerse themselves in new pursuits. You may work in a larger organization and lose yourself in its confines. You step back from old activities or contacts, moving into solitary pursuits or new spheres of engagement. Career change brings new contacts. People that are gifted, artistic or involved in spiritual or care work enter your sphere. They will have unusual interests or pursuits. The journey of Saturn in your solar twelfth house does not lend itself to the gung-ho ‘win at all costs’ approach. On the contrary, make the slow and measured voyage into your inner reaches and you will fit yourself for a more fulfilling life over time. For those who have been studying or preparing for such a change already, Saturn in Virgo could see you deepen your involvement with the creative or spiritual work that calls you.

    Late Oct to mid Nov sees Saturn in Virgo opposing revolutionary Uranus in Pisces. Wrangles, difficulties or changes with work or health will come to light. A hidden problem or influence will be revealed or suddenly affect you or your situation. Delay or difficulty will dog your efforts at change. A co-worker or work associate will be difficult or excitable. You clash over systems, methods or approaches. May be you have to learn new methods or skills and struggle to do so. If you are bored or disinterested in what you're doing, you'll find yourself drifting, dreaming or distracted. Don't let this be a source of problems but make sure it becomes the stimulus to seek new skills and new occupation. You wish for change but are stuck halfway, caught between desire and obligation. You may wish for the new but be uncertain of when or how to make it happen. A health interest or concern will have a singular effect on what you do or how you do it.

    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 phase comes in Aquarius on Jan 28th. Communication in a romantic situation may be problematic. There may be misunderstandings or difficulty with arrangements. You experience a reversal or feelings or someone from the past may return to your life. There may be simply be an unavoidable break or separation. Take care with recreational activity, especially if it's highly physical. Safety concerns should be foremost. There may be interruptions to your normal run of activity. There may be a block or a delay with a creative project or a speculative venture. Be ready to go back to the start and begin again or at least go over old ground. Communications with children may be testy or testing. Try another perspective on anything that troubles you. Mercury moves forward again on Feb 19th.

    Travel plans, overseas links, study or legal matters will come under pressure because of confusion or misunderstanding as Mercury moves into reverse in Gemini on May 26th. There will be problems with arrangements. It will be difficult to communicate overseas. There will be unexpected alterations with travel schedules. A legal decision may not have the outcome you anticipated. You may have to wait for a result. There is difficulty communicating with academia. There will be problems with in-laws or changes with arrangements affecting them. You will revise plans or adapt to changes in the big picture. People's ideas or views may change around you. The communications device or the spoken word may fail at the crucial moment. There may be sudden or dramatic shifts as the messenger reverses squaring revolutionary Uranus in Pisces. Work, health or daily routines may be disrupted or bring the unexpected. Mercury moves forward on Jun 19th.

    Mercury's final reverse motion phase begins in your sign on Sep 24th. There will be confusion or uncertainty with communication in personal relationships. You need to review or revise your approach or connection with someone. There will be difficulty getting through to a partner or close associate for one reason or another. Don't be surprised if you get tongue-tied or clumsy at this time. Try not to trip over the furniture or the back steps. Be willing to go back over past events or dealings in order to put them right. You may have to change your personal schedules or arrangements to adjust to changed conditions or demands. There may be important matters to discuss with a loved one to deal with an unexpected event or change. You simply feel confused or uncertain about the correct decisions. Give it all time. You'll be inspired soon. Mercury moves forward on Oct 15th.

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    Your Full Moon comes on Mar 21st, bringing a surge of cosmic energy as Sun and Moon square off to Pluto, newly moved into Capricorn. There will be a confrontation or a clash, affecting home life and career or responsibilities. You will need to negotiate be an explosive situation. A family member may feature in a struggle or you may have dealings over home or family life involving control, money or the course of a natural event. Resist the temptation to clash with someone in authority. You may struggle to find the balance for domestic and professional demands or need to make a decision about one of these areas that will dramatically affect the other. You'll be emotional or under constraint and will need to let off steam. You will need to take powerful or transforming action at a personal level.

    Your New Moon comes on Sep 29th. A new start will be essential but you'll need to review things without exaggerated ideas as to what will happen next. Your image and personal relations are in for change. You're on the verge of a big decision with life or your direction. As Mercury is reverse in your sign at this point, you will need discussion to clear up misunderstandings or differences. You will need to wait for current situations to play out or come clear. Don't be hasty if you don't want to spend the next weeks unmaking everything you make now. It may be you will undertake something you've been putting off for ages. There may be a break or a reunion in personal relations. Someone may depart or someone from the past return. You may feel less confident about the options you've been considering. Let things take their own time before you move on them.

    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 with the New Moon in Aquarius on Feb 7th. There'll be a break or change in romance. This may be a separation or it may be an interruption or delay in relations with someone close. There may be stresses due to time apart from a partner. There may be an end with romantic activity for some. There may be a break or a cyclical end with recreation, creative projects or speculative ventures. There is a change or an end in relations with a child. You make changes in lifestyle, ending involvements, habits, patterns or friendships. An alteration in thinking or ideas will alter the way you live.

    A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Virgo on Feb 21st. You will be tired, under par or suffering minor health concerns. You will be unable to keep a routine. There may be problems with diet. Health will bring a break or change in work or daily routine. A plan or secret activity will fall by the wayside. You may lose interest in practices or methods you've been following, feeling disillusioned or disinterested with usual activities or interests. Worries or concerns affect work or daily activity. A block or an obstacle may fall away, allowing you to see someone for who they are. A situation with hidden elements or deception will come clear. A surprise emotional outburst from someone around you may alter your relations.

    A Solar Eclipse comes with the New Moon in Leo on Aug 1st. There may be a break or an end in connection with friends or groups. This may be a mere interruption or there may be something more permanent. There may be changing interests with ideas or projects that sees you withdraw from a contact or a group. You may go through a change with concerns about social or community matters. You may be unable or unwilling to pursue group or social activity. Delays or interruptions disturb your usual interactions. A clash of wills with an associate may bring a break or cessation in group activity.

    A Lunar Eclipse comes at the Full Moon in Aquarius on Aug 16th. Romance or lifestyle will be set for changes or an ending. There may be a sudden end in a connection or there may be a break that sees you separate from someone close. Unexpected circumstances will contribute or there will be a difference with ideas or interests. There will be a change in relations or dealings with a child or children. A creative project or a recreational activity may be interrupted due to changing interests or a surprise development. You may simply take a time out from people or activities connected with your lifestyle. Prepare for a delay or an ending with a speculative venture.


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