2011 Horoscope Forecast
Aries the Ram in 2011
a year of tough decisions
Happy New Year, Aries! 2011 is the year when Ariens (symbolized by the Ram) have to lower their horns of aggression. Like all Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), you will be on the centre-stage of events, where you will play a key role in deciding how things will go. If 2010 was a hard year for you but you managed to learn a few lessons, then 2011 will be easier.
Yes, the Zodiac is focusing on you, Aries. No worries; just follow us through the year and we will let you in on the whens and hows—that is, of course, if you care to be aided!
Saturn is facing your sign now. Let me introduce you to Saturn. This planet is a teacher who does not like neglect or disobedience. Saturn's journey through your house of partnerships since early 2010 means that you have let yourself into a relationship (marital or business) that will prove to be a bit problematic or difficult. Some of you may have entered a legal dispute.
If married (and willing to stay that way), listen to your partner's requests. Be diplomatic enough to find the middle line and considerate enough to compromise—although we all know patience is not one of your virtues! Someone older and wiser may try to bend you to their will, or a person you love may suddenly become overbearing. Abruptness is not favoured and must be avoided; there should be more listening and less talking on your part, dear Aries.
Pluto, Mars and the Sun prance in Capricorn as the year begins; take a deep breath while the storm is passing through your workplace. If your boss is flexing his (or her) muscle and saddling you with unrealistic tasks, or you're hearing oh-so-painful comments about your job performance, rest assured things will improve, starting the 20th of January. On that day, fortunate Jupiter will finally visit your sign for six consecutive months, boosting your morale and giving you the good fortune you need to face any difficulties.
You may feel stressed from the 20th of February, facing the need to withdraw from society, to be alone and think calmly and rationally. It's all thanks to the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Chiron perambulating in Pisces, your solar twelfth house of secrets, sorrows and subconscious motivations. Seek consolation in the company of a female friend, who will be able to re-assure you. Consult your friends and ask their advice—you're going to need it.
Things improve from March 10th onwards as the planets, one by one, enter your sign. From here on in, the Zodiac will be favouring you, so if you're taking back what is rightfully yours, be sure not to say something that people will hold against you or that you might regret later on. Finances improve along with your self-esteem after a long period of uneasiness in these areas.
On June 6th Jupiter will enter Taurus and remain there for some time, which should see a definite financial improvement over the rest of the year. Happy times will follow in August. In September, there will be a trio of blessings from Jupiter, Venus and Pluto, seeing you reap the rewards of hard work. Investments should start to come to fruition now too.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
2011 is not the best year for love, although some of you will find your right mates and start preparing for long term commitments. Others will break up or file for divorce, willing to end a bitter relationship. Hard work and compliance are expected from you, but now that Uranus is in your sign, you will get the urge to explode with flaming anger and refuse any kind of compromise. This is not to be recommended, Rams; instead you really must gain some measure of self-control. Easier said than done, but it's the only way to get out of trouble with the minimum amount of harm to all concerned.
August is a splendid time to go on a vacation and kick away from the routine of life, but that doesn't mean that there won't be other times for fun during the rest of the year. We will keep you abreast of things as the year progresses in our monthly forecast.
From September 15th until the 9th of October, Venus, supported by the Sun and Mercury, will enter your house of partnerships to grease the wheels of that sector, so if you are thinking of getting married in 2011, then this is the perfect time to do it.
2011 is a very good year for investments, especially in its second half. They will prove to be successful and also emotionally rewarding. If you're not in business, you can still expect a raise or a promotion, or additional earnings coming from any moonlighting you do. If you don't squander your money carelessly, Jupiter's retrograde period between September and the end of the year will barely affect you at all.
Home and Family
Home and family are not directly affected this year, but that doesn't mean that they can't be indirectly affected. In fact, they will be if you let the problems of one sector influence another, which is why we urge you to practice more self-discipline. But don't let anything ruin your good mood, Aries. Whatever it takes, stay calm and poised.
Cancer (your home sector) will be invaded by mighty Mars, your life-ruler, on the 3rd of August and the Warrior Planet will stay there until the 19th of September. This period of time could prove to be irritating, so watch it. Plan a vacation or if this isn't possible, take a short trip. Have fun and try to release any tension that way. Whatever you do, don't scare off people around you by being too demanding. It's time to make a new beginning, Aries.
Work and Health
The devastating impact of Saturn in Virgo really overloaded you in the past year, but now Saturn has moved on into Libra, your house of partnership, so the stresses tend to be more legal, or presenting restrictions in your marriage or partnerships, rather than on your work and health. This said, your New Moon on April 3 and your Full Moon on October 12 mark stages when Saturn is rubbing your nose in it. Ugh.
This opposition has a detrimental effect on the flow of vital energy, for the immune resistance is low and recuperation is slow. However, Saturn opposing the Sun to one degree or another all year gives an abundance of experience in life's lessons from the standpoint of the soul. Typical symptoms include kidney and lower back problems; immune deficiency; disease from anguish; skin problems; insomnia and heart or circulation related issues.
Mars generally invigorates the Ram, but Mars will be in Virgo, your house of work and health from November 11 until July 3, 2012, thanks to an extended retrograde phase that begins on Jan 24. This will be discussed in our forthcoming Mars Retrograde article in due course, but for now, be warned that, although you will be very energised during this phase, anger, aggression and loss, especially with workmates, will be a problem. It brings liability to fevers and inflammatory diseases, danger of burns, scalds and gun-shots, and accidents sustained in the course of employment. You must guard against high blood pressure, fever, headaches and stress. Long, unresolved emotional problems need to be set free, or you may develop hypertension.
Career and Finances
Pluto is the main tenant in your house of career this year; the other planets will be visiting only for a short period of time. Pluto brings good fortune if you are willing to co-operate and share authority, but if you abuse your power of command it just might bring your downfall, stimulating endless (and useless) struggles this year.
2011 begins with Mars, Pluto and the Sun in Capricorn, which tells us that you are submitting to a higher authority. It also means greater responsibilities and important boosts to your status at work and in society.
March and April shine a spotlight on you and will put you in the front row or at the top of the list. You will have to make important decisions regarding your position at work.
With so much adversity in the sky in the first half of the year, it is preferable to put aside some time to resolve any misunderstandings at work. Don't be volatile and stubborn, Aries! Don't make any hasty decisions, instead consult the experts and make collective decisions, or else you will be held responsible for any future slip-ups. Take the time to assure yourself that you are making the right choices.
Mercury moves into retrograde 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 turns retrograde in your own sign first up, between the 30th of March and the 23rd of April. This comes at a crucial stage, urging you to think things through very carefully in April. Keep your plans to yourself and don't rush into anything before careful consideration.
The second period where Mercury turns retrograde, between the 3rd and the 26th of August, is somewhat trivial for you. It will occur in your fifth house of romance, children and speculation. Nothing to be worried about, except be more careful than usual about the well-being of your children as they will be inclined to take risks. Whatever will happen there, Venus and the Sun's transit of this house will make up for things, and the outcome will be in your favour.
When Mercury turns retrograde for the third time, it's in Sagittarius, between the 24th of November and the 14th of December. This will affect students willing to commit to higher studies, particularly a degree or advanced training. Think carefully about going into a particular field. Travelling Rams will probably encounter delays over this period. Be sure to check all travel details and accommodation arrangements.
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your New Moon comes on April 3, signalling a new start with your appearance, image, family relationships or your personal style and connections. You have reached the culmination of something you began or gained approximately twelve years ago. Whether a marriage, business venture, or other endeavour, it must move on to a higher level of personal growth and happiness, or now is the beginning of the end. Expansion of your ego-needs may be what forces the issue. Pleasure can become a source of ego-satisfaction, as can the pursuit of knowledge and greater spiritual awareness. A tendency towards self-indulgence, but also generosity to others increases—not necessarily a bad thing, unless you take it too far. Don't get carried away with your own importance. Self-inflating tactics are not necessary, for recognition and honour will come your way without your having to demand them.
This is a strangely intense lunation, as it is opposed by stern Saturn, yet conjunct mighty Jupiter. Responsibilities, restrictions, rules and regulations are in direct conflict with freedom for you, a key factor in blocking your progress, happiness, success, or whatever else you are after. Bad timing is a problem. A promising situation may tempt you to circumvent the rules, or get around restrictions, but don't count on it. Resist the promise of something new and hang on to what you have, at least for the time being. You will probably not be able to remove the forces that oppose you, which only leaves you the option of finding a constructive way to work around them or with them.
Your Full Moon comes on October 12. Saturn is again floating around the opposition to your Sun and the opposition to the Full Moon in the figure. Despite your personal magnetism increasing, home is not the happiest place to be during this period. Family responsibilities and burdens may be overwhelming. Your general health may also suffer, especially if you have not preserved physical fitness in the past. Complaints include digestive ailments—and chronic conditions that flare up, or new ones that appear. Desires are thwarted. Any gains come at a very high price; a price you may come to regret. However, even though you have little control over things that go wrong, you can control how you react to them.
Irresponsible actions in the past may come back to haunt you. Expect discouragement at the hands of authority, rules and regulations, endless delays, and other frustrations. Your leadership and integrity are apt to be challenged by those who are older or in positions of seniority. Even with regard to what you may think of as fairly fortunate conditions, it is wise to remember that you will gain nothing at this time without the loss, either now or in the future, of something more valuable. Overwork and stress may pose a serious health problem to your heart or spine.
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 partial solar eclipse will occur on January the 4th in Capricorn, your house of career, reaffirming change in that area. Again, someone at work or an authority figure might defy you—or even punish you for a past misdemeanour! If you've been on your best behaviour in 2010, this eclipse will bring a promotion, a reward, or new responsibility.
The next eclipse of the Sun will be on the 1st of June, again a partial eclipse, but this time in Gemini, so drive carefully and watch for accidents on that day. You may hear some news that will be confusing, so don't make immediate decisions in the next few days, especially if you're buying a new car, computer, or phone, as you could fall for a dishonest salesperson. This is likely to be around the total lunar eclipse occurring in Sagittarius on the 15th of June, when you may reach a decision, or some confusion will be cleared up. Again, drive carefully.
The third partial solar eclipse is at the New Moon in Cancer on July 1st. This one is critical for Rams, as it will concern your home. Once more, a decision will need to be made. The tricky part is that the whole Zodiac will be awaiting your decision: Saturn from your partnerships sector, Pluto from your career sector, Uranus from your own sign and the Sun from your home sector are all at each other's throats. It is a historical moment in your life, making this year a remarkable one. Don't worry, you'll be fine.
The fourth partial solar eclipse on the 25th November at the New Moon in Sagittarius and second total lunar eclipses in Gemini on the 10th of December affect your house of foreign travel, religion and law. If you're thinking about travelling or leaving the country postpone any major decisions between these two dates, after that, you'll have some choices. Tough times are not expected—to the contrary—but decisions could be.
That's it for the annual forecast of 2011, dear Aries. Don't forget to follow up the monthly forecasts for more detailed predictions.