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    Scorpio, the Scorpion, by Johfra Bosschart. Click for more on Scorpio
    Scorpio Image by Johfra Bosschart
    bullet Relationships: the journey to the heart
    bullet Career & Finances: Stake Your Claim
    bullet Health: Balancing Your Energies
    bullet Home & Away: Family and Children
    bullet Mercury: Periods of Confusion
    bullet Eclipses: Turning Points

    2008 Horoscope Forecast
    Scorpio, the Scorpion in 2008 
    Bursting with Ideas!

    The power of earth will sustain you this year, Scorpio. Jupiter, lord of fortune, rides the heavenly range in Capricorn, sign of the Goat. Pluto, lord of the underworld soon joins him there. In the meantime, Saturn continues a journey in Virgo begun in Sep 2007.

    With Jupiter in Capricorn, you'll be bursting with ideas, forming associations, dreaming up schemes and learning what you need to know for advancement. Communications and travel will feature. You will move in new directions or get your point across in a better way. Presentations, seminars or public-speaking will be involved and communication skills will be important. Relevant or improved equipment will be the purchases to make. Promotions, publishing, public relations or creative writing will feature. There will be new opinions, interests or ideas. You'll either learn or teach, but you will need to keep up with events, news or information. Academics, legal people or those from overseas are there in an expanded circle of associates. People of status or achievement will feature, especially professionals. You will need to upgrade your vehicle or take a new means of travel. Though Jupiter is optimistic and humorous, the influence of the sign of the Goat will bring serious and business like attitudes or demeanour. You will embark on vigorous interaction and seek to rise high in your endeavours. Relations with siblings or neighbours are on the rise or take on an important flavour or context. Jupiter moves forward as the year begins, turns retrograde on May 9th then moves forward again on Sep 8th.

    The action in your house of communication intensifies as Pluto exits fiery Sagittarius and moves to Capricorn, arriving on Jan 25th for the first time since the eighteenth century. Your curiosity or range of interests will grow as you shed superficial connections or ideas and explore subjects or people in greater depth. You will ask the disturbing questions and even challenge the fundamentals of the knowledge you acquire. Your need for information or knowledge will go up a notch. There will be a tendency to clash with others over ideas or opinions. Watch for the eruption or 'high impact' encounter. This applies to travel and transport as well. Relations with siblings or neighbours will undergo transformative change, evolving or experiencing a touch of nuclear fission over important issues or ideas. There will be primary breaks with customary associates or familiar lines of thinking. The role played in your life by travel, learning or communication is set for evolutionary change. Investigative exploration will feature, intensifying a natural tendency to keep secrets. On Jun 14th, the dark lord of the underworld returns to Sagittarius til Nov 26th when he enters Capricorn again, closing the door behind him. The above changes will unfold slowly and inexorably in the coming years.

    Saturn is in Virgo, urging you to redefine your friendships, interests and goals. You will discriminate about who is in your company and will go through a spring clean with friends. You'll withdraw from a group or an activity if it no longer holds your interest or perhaps lacks the seriousness of intent that you seek. It's time to learn new skills and methods that will make you more scrupulous or particular about what you do. You may develop new interests or involvements that require learning or an upgrade with your skills. You will form associations with people where there are interests or practices in common. Some of you will devote time and effort to committees, communities or real commitment. If you want to do something, be prepared to do it as well as you can. Physical, mental or spiritual health will be part of the process by which you achieve or advance. Healthcare of one kind or another will become a driving concern for some. Saturn begins the year in retrograde, moves forward on May 3rd and remains that way for the balance of the year. Nov will offer opportunity for advancement, success or the achievement of goals.

    Love and Money Love and Money  Go to Top

    With Venus in fiery Sagittarius as the year begins, the practical and economical side of your personal relations will be in focus. If you're with a partner then the simple business of working on sound economic lines and keeping life organized and ticking over will be the themes to follow. There will be concern over money, business and financial prospects. As there is tension from Saturn in Virgo to Venus, a lack of funds or support could prevent you from going ahead with a designated project or interest. Prepare for a separation or a falling out with friends. For the singles, don't choose romantic prospects from among friends. There may be a relationship prospect you just can't have. Be wary of the secret liaison! It will start explosively but end unfavourably. Play it straight this year. If you just go about the simple business of life, you'll make the right connection in the end. Some of you may simply prefer the solitude of home and personal life. Others will take up the pursuit of important interests or group-oriented activity.

    Dealings with money begin with a hiss and a roar. Warrior Mars moves in reverse in Gemini, clashing with Pluto in the last degree of Sagittarius right at the turn of the year. There will be intense negotiations or dealings involving finance, seeing you taking a risk or pushing matters to the limit. Unexpected pressures may push you or miscalculation will trouble you. Make sure you're clear with estimates of what you need and what you're capable of doing. There may be a serious wrangle or stoush over money. There may be a testing proposition you just have to take on. Professional contacts or career matters will be wound up in this somehow. This may also involve investment in lands or property. Past concerns or connections will feature. Make sure you understand all the communications and the paperwork with anything you're putting money into or involved in. Don't overreach and watch for the people or forces opposing you. The great god 'Gazump' could descend to obstruct you. You will do well if things are handled correctly. Money will be made. It all depends on the astuteness of instinct and the ability to negotiate. Play it tough, Scorpio. That's the way you like it! Mars moves forward from Jan 30th so the immediate pressures will begin to ease. Remain wary of risks. Test the waters and find out what you're getting into first. Don't get out of your depth just because you failed to learn the requirements.

    Warning: this year could also bring erotic encounters that may be hot but may also turn testing or even torturous. Whether above board or secret, some of you will arrive on the doorstep of a relationship of intensity. The energy is strong in the course of work or business. A separation from someone may be a feature. Money or fiscal dealings may somehow be involved. Don't let things get out of hand until you know you're on safe ground. Others will renew the erotic side an existing relationship. Someone from the past may return to your life and heat up those fires once more.

    Home and Family Home and Family  Go to Top

    It'll be an eventful time at home this year. There'll be changes with people and shifts of mood or feeling. With the Lunar North Node in Aquarius, new contacts or associations will develop as home life or family becomes a strong focus. You will shift the balance of your attention away from the professional towards the domestic and the family. You will look to your inner or personal life to find what you're seeking. Creative and domestic activities will feature. You will spend more time at home or operate from the home in a new or different way. New or unusual people will feature in family or domestic life. Look to new ideas or beliefs to sustain you and those you love. You are drawn to taking up a passionate interest. You may hold group activities at home or embrace the importance of a cause or of the community in which you live. Some of you even leave behind your professional accomplishments or duties. You'll feel like retreating to the home, moving away from the outside world. Family concerns may bring this shift about. A change from within you may also be the driving force. Some of you will alter habits or routines at home in accord with radical or eccentric ideas. Late Apr through to mid Jun is a time of unsettlement or new influences.

    Confusion or change will touch your home life as retrograde Mercury in Aquarius and two Eclipses hit your solar fourth house this year. Jan will bring communication problems, minor breakdowns or reversals of plans or expectations. Watch the DIY imperative and don't overreach. Surprise events or developments will catch you out. In Feb and Aug, there will be marker points for changes or endings in the cycle of home or family life.

    Work and Health Work and Health  Go to Top

    With Saturn in Virgo, learning new skills or work methods will be important. Develop new contacts, interests or associations related to work or social involvement. You may also shed past connections. Choice or necessity will make you more discerning about who your friends and companions are. You will become more concerned with health and wellbeing in order to pursue important goals. New ideas, thinking or friends may bring you to a change of direction about what's important in your life. Watch for the stresses of overdoing things or getting in too deep.

    As Oct turns to Nov, you will be pushed and pulled between a desire for romance, lifestyle or recreation and the demands of groups, special interests and action in the wider community. You will face important decisions or you will need to resolve concerns about just where to put your efforts and your energy. There will be key differences that you have with friends or associates over the way to proceed. Take time and patience to resolve them.

    Career Matters Career Matters  Go to Top

    Jupiter in Capricorn will set your ideas in motion through education, communications and new business schemes or deals. The chance to learn or move in different circles will add spice to the pot of your career. Use associations with others to grow through informed discussion and 'hands on' experience. It's a year to upgrade your effort and aim higher. It's a year to grasp the opportunities that come. And, if they don't, set something in motion yourself. Float it and see if it's seaworthy! Run the flag up and see who salutes!

    With Saturn in your solar eleventh house, you will come free of the burden of recent responsibilities or obligations to pursue personal goals or common interests. You will have a chance to gauge how successful your efforts in any direction have been by the level of acceptance or acknowledgement you gain. Seek a place among others and learn to play a part. Groups or teamwork may be a theme in the fulfillment of your dreams. However, you will need to be selective about those with whom you involve yourself. A leadership role may fall to you. You may win approval or acceptance from superiors, those in authority or the public. Remember that success will come to you as a measure of effort and skilful application. Jupiter and Saturn harmonize to favour your efforts in Nov.

    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'll be change or confusion at home. Watch communications. Take extra care if you're undertaking any work in the domicile. Equipment may give problems. There will be changes of the pattern in family life as unexpected arrivals or departures make their mark. You may disagree with a member of the household or family. Someone close will undergo an unexpected change or reversal of ideas or circumstance. There may be a sudden shift of mood or feeling in the home. There may be confusion or discussion over friends or group activity connected with home or family life. Mercury moves forward on Feb 19th.

    Mercury's second reverse motion cycle starts in Gemini on May 26th. Confusion or poor communications will trouble your financial affairs, especially joint finances. Due dates or scheduled payments may go awry. You may not be able to meet one commitment due to the pressing nature of another. Talk your way through any difficulties but make sure that you double-check the agreements and the paperwork. Problems are in the wind when dealing with financial people. Changes with staff or providers might throw you off. As Mercury hits reverse while squaring revolutionary Uranus in Pisces, sudden or unpredictable fiscal fluctuations arise. Technology will wobble up a problem or two. Money may be late, lost or misdirected. Make sure you haven't overspent on lifestyle, romance or children prior to this period. The bill will come! Mercury moves forward on Jun 19th.

    Mercury's final reverse motion cycle begins in Libra on Sep 24th. With the messenger in retrograde in your solar twelfth house, you will be preoccupied or self-absorbed. Events or communications will come out of the blue to surprise or shock you. There will be confusion or misunderstandings that will come about through inattention or distraction. Focus on creative or spiritual pursuits. You feel 'out of time' or 'out of step' with what's going on around you. Someone near may surprise or shock you with an outburst that reveals a different side of their nature, character or feelings. You may simply be distracted or spend time in daydreams or reflections, pondering over people from the past. The busy messenger moves forward on Oct 15th.

    Lady Moon Lady Moon  Go to Top

    You hit the bullseye twice this year as there are two Full Moons in your sign, making a Blue Moon for you, a rare event. Your first Full Moon comes on Apr 20th, bringing partners and close associates into the frame. With Mercury in Taurus, there'll be discussions and a lot of listening required. There may be differences over values, money or the process of a close relationship. Do you need to polish up your skills with cooperation? The cracks will show so do something to fill them with concerted and sensitive effort. There'll certainly be some interest with people close. A new contender may emerge. There are big ideas loose in the cosmos but don't get carried away. Inventiveness and inspiration will serve. Take the opportunity.

    The second Full Moon comes on May 20th, crucially placed in the ultimate degree of your sign. There's tension with Neptune and the Lunar Nodes so take care with judgement and decisions. Don't be seduced by the appearance. Ask questions about the nature and intent. You may be unsettled. There will be preoccupation with domestic, family or romantic matters but things will be cloudy or uncertain. Someone's behaviour may be odd or unsettling. It could be yours. Watch for deception or misunderstandings. You may have over-romanticized a situation or you may have made a foolish move. Go back and sort it out. Someone close is either dishonest or really in pain. Do what you can. Don't be led up the garden path romantically. You may realize that you don't really know what you want. It's once in a Blue Moon, Scorpio!

    Your New Moon comes on Oct 28th as Mars in your sign brings tension with the Lunar Nodes and Neptune. It's time for a new image, a new start or some new presentation. Romantic life or personal relations will feature. You will be ready for a break or a split from someone or something. You may break with a connection or lose one. You may alter your focus or set new directions at a personal level. This will involve your home or family life. Professional matters or responsibilities will also be affected. Inspiration or strong feelings will bring this change. You are disillusioned with the 'old' and looking for a new start.

    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 affect your health.

    A Solar Eclipse at the New Moon in Aquarius on Feb 7th will bring change or a cyclical end in home or family life. There is either a departure from the usual configuration or a strong change in character with home or with domestic life. Prepare for a shift of authority or a primary change of direction due to changes with occupation or life direction with someone at home. There may be a change of status with the working nature of the household.

    A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Virgo on Feb 21st. There will be a change in relations with friends. Someone you know or associate with may be gone for a time or for good. This will affect group activity or community involvement. Take a break from a community connection. You will end a cycle or associations at group or community level, or there will simply be disruption or delay in such activities. Health or work matters affect interaction with friends or groups. You may lose faith with ideas or practices you're involved with.

    A Solar Eclipse comes with the New Moon in Leo on Aug 1st. There will be changes in career concerns or responsibilities. You will come to the end a cycle of duties or there will be an unexpected change or reorganization. An authority or professional figure will depart the scene. This may be for a time or for good. There will be changes with the authority you've been carrying for some time. You may return to an earlier position you've occupied. You may hit a ceiling in your efforts to rise or advance in your career. You will consider a change of career direction, either chosen or enforced.

    A Lunar Eclipse comes with the Full Moon in Aquarius on Aug 16th. There'll be a rise in the temperature at home. There will be excitement or an upset with a family or household member. This will mark the end of a cycle in domestic or family matters. Someone close will depart for a time or for good. There'll be a change in the patterns or routines in the household. This may be only temporary or it may be a 'long term' change. The business of the house may go through a delay or disruption as an unusual event takes place. There may be a reversal of expected activity. A female features strongly in proceedings.


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