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    Sagittarius Info: Sagittarius the Archer | Relationships | Sexuality | Rising

    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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    2008 Horoscope Forecast
    Sagittarius, the Archer in 2008 
    career, responsibility & financial expansion

    Earth, mutable and cardinal, sets the focus for the year. Saturn, the measurer of effort is established in Virgo and moving through your solar tenth house, so career, responsibility and the organized life are in the frame. Your standing or authority will be a key issue.

    It's time to get things done and to take yourself somewhere professionally or vocationally. Authority figures will loom large and may be demanding or hard to please. You will learn new skills or methods to acquit yourself or take care of duties. Jupiter, the lord of fortune has moved from the fires of your sign and settled in Capricorn. It's time to expand your financial horizons. There will be the opportunity for increase somehow. There may be a pay rise, a turn of fortune or an 'in' with business or financial dealings. Management is the key. Set goals. Work towards them determinedly. Be organized and practical. Don't let your inner spendthrift take the stage.

    Some of you will look to expand your holdings with possessions or resources. You will put money into practical items or possessions of value to increase your worth or anchor schemes or investments. You will take expert financial advice or deal with financial people. It's important to control your spending and focus on accumulation. The goal is to finish in a better position than you started, at pocket level. If you do that well then Nov will be the month for self-congratulation. Creature comforts will have a magnetism for you this year.

    Saturn begins in retrograde, moves forward on May 3rd and remains that way until the end. Giant Jupiter opens his bid for glory moving forward, turns retrograde on May 9th then moves forward again on Sep 8th. The Lord of Fortune does not change sign this year.

    Dark Pluto, the lord of the underworld forms a triumvirate of movers in the earth signs, partnering Jupiter and Saturn. On Jan 25th, he enters Capricorn for the first time since the Eighteenth Century. Here, considerations on money and financial dealings will somehow become more serious or intense. There may be a complete change or transformation in circumstances or prospects. You will focus intensely on holdings or accumulation. Some will have to deal with powerful or dramatic events with money or resources. Other will make an end of one situation and begin anew. Along with changes with money, there will also be changes affecting your values and value system. You will think or feel differently about security, financial holdings or what you want in life. All these things will unfold slowly and over time, as that's how Pluto travels. They will also be connected to the primary structures in the social or economic system of which you're a member. Pluto moves back to Sagittarius on Jun 14th then returns to ensconce himself for the foreseeable future in Capricorn on Nov 26th.

    Love and Money Love and Money Go to Top

    The year starts on a fiery note with Mars in reverse in Gemini, clashing with dark Pluto, lord of the underworld. It's tense! It's electric! It's fully charged and ready to blow. There will be a face up or face-off with partners, close associates, rivals, opponents or suitors and who knows where it will lead. You'll be in for some testing tussles and tumultuous attractions and it may be that others will initiate the interaction or move in close to press a point. There'll be obstacles, opposition or objects of desire in the form of other people. If there's an argument or a struggle, work your way through the process of negotiation and try to see the other side of things. If you're being pushed, stand your ground but leave a little room to manoeuvre. If someone lusts after your body or your mind, give thought to the risks or demands involved before you get swept away. Take whatever you encounter and work through it step by step. You may have to deal with someone's anger or soothe their frustrations. Males will feature under these auspices. Make sure you don't tread on anyone's toes. For some of you, past dealings or connections will return for another round.

    Singles will find the opportunity for new romance. Just make sure it doesn't get out of hand or push you further or faster than you want to go. Don't opt for the whirlwind or the volcano that leaves only devastation in its wake. Those in a relationship will have tension or a conflict to sort out. Be ready to head in a new direction, singly or together. A dispute will need resolution. Take care with safety in location and companionship on New Year's Eve.

    Venus the goddess blazes in your sign as the year begins. Personal relations, social activities, romance and image or personal presentation are in focus. However, as there's just a whiff of tension from Saturn in Virgo, the demands of responsibility or duty will put lighter or more frivolous concerns on hold. It's hard to find the freedom to enjoy life as much as you'd like because of your obligations. You will be limited by time in personal relations. You will be limited by financial requirements in personal spending. You will have to husband your energies for the priority tasks. It's a year to gather and to build foundations. Don't splash it around until you've definitely got it to spend.

    The Lunar North Node is in Aquarius and the South Node is in Leo as the year begins. There will be emphasis on travel, communications and new contacts. You will find yourself in the midst of new schemes or dreams, involving new or unusual people or associates. There may be something eccentric or radical about the ideas or companions you meet. Artistic, spiritual or committed people will feature, especially from late Apr to mid Jun when there may be encounters that will change your thinking or direction. Group activity will come for some. A radical shift in interests will be in the frame for others. New modes of travel will feature, physically or metaphysically. Relations with siblings or neighbours will undergo rapid shifts. People move in or out with suddenness. Prepare for a crisis in personal values. You will forge new friendships or associations. You may merge your interests with those of others, as you find yourself looking for an ideal or idealised connection. Don't lose yourself completely in other people's thinking, goals or hopes.

    Home and Family Home and Family Go to Top

    Uranus continues his mystic journey in Pisces and your solar fourth house. There will still be unexpected events affecting home life. People may come or go. Ideas or concerns will alter. 'Out of the blue' happenings will reshape the pattern of life or routines. There will be reversals of familiar trends. You may be restless or frustrated in some way with family or domestic circumstances. Follow that urge to escape the confines, or there will be upset, disruption or constant change at home. Plans to improve or renovate will not be easy to carry out. Changes come in their own way and in their own time.

    Late Oct into Nov will bring clashes or problems. You will have to negotiate with a difficult authority figure. Seek permission to make changes or alterations, though it will be hard to get. You are pulled between the demands of career and home life, as responsibilities take you away from home or family. Negotiate where necessary with forces that somehow try to regulate domestic matters. You may idealize your domestic or family situation but find it does not fulfil the ideas as you'd hoped, especially if you are already dealing with a failed ideal. Advice or instruction from different sources conflict, inclining you to waver over important decisions that will shift focus from career to home or back the other way. Problems with water may trouble. Don't trust everyone that gives advice. Enjoy a little looseness, wickedness and creativity at home to balance the more stringent demands of life outside.

    Work and Health Work and Health Go to Top

    With Saturn in Virgo, responsibility and management are the key issues with work or health. Do the little things right! Be organized. Look after yourself. The impetus is to create a program you can integrate with your regular routines. Resist the temptation of 'free and easy' that is your natural inclination. The Centaur likes to enjoy, indulge and occasionally go OTT. However, obligation or duty will demand a strategic approach to living the healthy life. Diet and exercise will be important. Join a gym, take up a sport or yoga and dispense with junk food or eating on the run. Make clear decisions about what you have the time and energy to do and what you must put aside. That way you will flourish.

    Bear in mind though that health concerns for you or others will alter the conduct of your professional operations. Be ready to adapt. Also, at times it will be a test to find the right balance between home life and responsibilities or career demands. Late Oct will begin a cycle of difficulties, wrangles or obstacles that will challenge you on this issue. There will be 'push and pull' over what tops the list of priorities. This will come to a head in the first week of Nov. Throughout the year, anchor yourself with good routines, bring your skill level up to meet new requirements and work your way through the demands. Operate with care and caution, especially when assessing your own stress or tiredness. Saturn in Virgo will hit hard or ask a lot. You will have to rest, even when it seems you don't have time to.

    Career Matters Career Matters Go to Top

    Saturn, the measurer of effort, is in Virgo, focusing on an increase in responsibility or advancement with career. Turn what you have into a foundation then build on it by taking on extra duties or obligations. Learning new skills or methods will play a crucial part in the process. For some, there will be promotion or improvement while for others there may be a separation or necessary end that sees you choose a new career path. For those whose primary obligations are in the family arena, there will be an equivalent process. You may find you have more to do or more people to care for. On both sides of the coin, if want an easy life, you will have to wait until you've done the job. Nonetheless, you gain greatly by walking the path that calls you.

    Take on what has to be done. Take authority where you have to and learn to deal with authority where you have to. Tension is in the air with authorities that want to stick to the rules or do it by the book. Prepare for clashes over methods or correct application. Learn the art of negotiation and the skill of patient effort. For some, social dealings will be important. For others, devices, machinery, systems or methods may feature. The care of animals or people will be a chosen path for some. Healthcare matters will be the arena for others. Analytical or methodical practice will underpin your efforts. Study, discernment and fastidious application will serve. This is a new era of career direction and authority. You'll have an opportunity to test your powers to the full. For those who have been studying or preparing for a new venture, career move or phase of life, it's time to put faith in yourself and your preparation and forge ahead. Some will be determined to rise through the ranks and succeed. Others will focus on service to the wider community.

    Nov brings Saturn into harmony with Jupiter in Capricorn. The financial benefits of hard work are set for reaping. Take advantage of your own efforts. You can reap the reward of dollars in the pocket or the bank. Promotion, a pay rise or a bonus will be in the offing. If you've followed sound advice and made a determined endeavour, you can succeed. The advice or assistance of experts, authorities or experienced people will bring benefit at this time. Stick to the simple and traditional methods of money handling.

    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. There will be some confusion with communications through misunderstanding or equipment problems. You may have difficulty being heard or getting through. Business, interaction with the public or travel patterns will be hit by disruption or change. You'll have to go back over old ground or soothe ruffled feathers. Your current thinking or plans will alter due to new contacts or unexpected events. News will change the picture. Dealings with siblings or neighbours will be testy or confusing. As there is a Solar Eclipse in Aquarius in this cycle, there will be an ending with an association or involvement, which is likely to alter travel patterns. Problems with vehicles or traffic are on the horizon. Service anything that needs it before this period begins, especially communication devices. You will have problems getting through to people or getting to places on time. Mercury moves forward on Feb 19th.

    Mercury's second reverse motion cycle starts in Gemini on May 26th. Communications with partners or close associates will be testing or testy. Confusion is all around, especially creating difficulties with arrangements or schedules. Differences of opinion arise as to which is the better way to proceed. You will have a break from one another or will have to clear up a disagreement. You may choose different directions. Uncharacteristic behaviour by someone close will upset the applecart. Mercury moving into reverse in square to revolutionary Uranus sparks tension with home or family matters. An unexpected event will throw a spanner in the works. Problems loom with domestic matters or equipment. If things need service or repair, get them seen to. Problems will come suddenly. Watch safety at home. Mercury moves forward again on Jun 19th.

    Mercury's third reverse motion phase starts in Libra on Sep 24th. There will be difficulty or separation in dealings with friends or groups, feauturing disagreements, confusion or simple misunderstandings. You'll need to reschedule meetings or require alterations to arrangements at short notice. Maintain the peace with a friend, as the energy indicates losing contact with an associate. The stars show a loss of interest in a project or group. Dealings with one group may take your attention from another. Don't be caught up in a dispute between others. You may return to the company of past contacts or resume a past activity. Prepare for some delay or changes of direction with a project or an interest you're pursuing. It's time to revise your approach to an involvement. Someone else will influence your thinking, or cause you to see another side of a situation or an individual. Mercury moves forward on Oct 15th.

    Lady Moon Lady Moon Go to Top

    Your Full Moon comes on Jun 18th with fierce Intensity. There will be confusion or a disagreement with someone close, as Mercury is retrograde. Strong emotions will rise to the surface and you'll have issues that need sorting with a partner or close associate. Past matters will be ready to erupt. It will be all too easy to misdirect your efforts. Arrangements or plans may go awry. There will be contact with unusual or off-putting people. A drama will unfold and there could be a breakdown in relations or a separation. The tension will be over love or money. Joint finances may be involved. Endeavour to see things in a new or different way, especially if you're dealing with the same old problem. Revelations will come. Be careful of new deals or new associates. Someone near will lack for honesty or finally tell the truth.

    Your New Moon comes on Nov 27th. You'll be fired up and voluble with warrior Mars and busy Mercury in your sign, hovering there or thereabouts with Sun and Lady Moon. But, that doesn't mean your judgement or inclinations will be categorically reliable. Take time to decide on a new course of action. The balance of home, family and career is in focus at this time. It's time to take the initiative in order to shift it around. A sudden change or a 'long term' problem finally demands a remedy. There's an overload of concentration on you and your situation. You need to open the shutters wider before you carve a new path. Romantic decisions will be a strong and immediate concern.

    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 or an ending in a cycle of communications. Disruption will affect your contacts or you will reach a natural conclusion in a round of dealings. An associate may bid farewell or depart for fresh fields. There will be an end or an interruption with education or business dealings as you put something to bed or abandon it for a time. Travel patterns or routines will alter. A vehicle or a bit of geography will pass from the map of your life. A scheme you're involved in may come to an end or go into abeyance. There will be a change in the cycle of contact with siblings or neighbours. There will be a departure.

    A Lunar Eclipse comes at the Full Moon in Virgo on Feb 21st. You will end a cycle of duty or responsibility. This will affect career or professional involvements. There will be a disruption in relations with authority. Dealings with someone higher in the food chain will end. You or someone in authority figure will depart a situation, causing a hiatus. If you deal with the public, there will be an alteration in duties or position. If you're in negotiation, you may have to wait as the process is delayed or suspended. There may be an alteration in routines to make adjustments with career or professional demands. A health matter may affect professional concerns. A change of work methods or skills will bring a change in your status or position.

    A Solar Eclipse comes at the New Moon in Leo on Aug 1st. There will be a break or an end in links overseas or foreign connections. Travel plans or arrangements will be subject to disruption or change. Communications may be erratic or disrupted. You will reach the end of a cycle of exchanges or a contact will fail. Delay or disruption will affect study or legal dealings. Your activities in these areas may simply come to a cyclical end. You will lose contact or break with an expert or authority. Someone of academic status or foreign background may depart the scene or move out of reach. You will have a change in ideas or beliefs. Your view of the wider world will alter due to change or loss of familiar contacts, ending a cycle of study or exotic interests. You are likely to turn away from a horizon that's been calling you from afar.

    A Lunar Eclipse comes at the Full Moon in Aquarius on Aug 16th. There will be an end or a cyclical change with equipment or practices affecting communications. This may be a change in usage patterns or simple routines. Delay or disruption will hit vehicles or travel patterns. You will come to the end of a cycle with habitual daily movement and its means. A business deal will end, get stuck in the pipeline or fall through. You will lose contact with an associate. This may be for a time or it may be the stone cold end of things. If you're involved in work with the public, there will be an end or a change with duties. There may also be a temporary change of operations. Relations or communications with siblings or neighbours will be affected by change or interruption. Courses or classes will end or be subject to interruption or alteration.


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