2012 Horoscope Forecast
Libra the Scales in 2012
responsibility and remuneration
Dear Libra, the first thing you need to know about this year is that Mars will be in Virgo and your 12th house of secret enemies and self-undoing until July 3rd. In a best-case scenario, this means that you are likely to work behind the scenes as much as possible to avoid confrontation and will hopefully come to understand your own subconscious motives. There will be those who are working against you to contend with, but at least if you have read this forecast, it will come as no surprise.
What you must guard against is being your own worst enemy. The temptation will be to act blindly on unconscious motivations, which could lead to self-destruction. If you have any particularly bad habits that need to be broken, this is actually a good time to go deep and unravel all the reasons why you do things that aren't in your own best interests. The good news is that this is part of a longer cycle that doesn't happen very often, so if you make the best of this influence, you will be able to make a lot of progress in the evolution of your soul.
During the first half of the year, Jupiter's expansive energy will be felt in your 8th house of sex and other people's resources. Gifts from others will help keep your spirits up and your endeavors moving forward. These gifts may not all be of the tangible sort, as opportunities and support you are given can be considered gifts of a spiritual nature. Both Mars and Pluto add to this energy by strengthening your family ties and helping you to work through any deep-seated issues you may still have. Hardships that your family must endure now will also bring you closer, providing the proverbial silver lining. Intimate relationships can also benefit greatly as you are better able to connect emotionally.
By the time Jupiter enters versatile Gemini and your 9th house of long distance travel and publication on June 11th, you will be ready to make big changes in your world. In fact, by the time of your birthday you should have everything in place to get your new life started. If you have longed to travel, this year may bring your best opportunity yet. If a higher education is what you seek, plan to sign up for a class or two during the second half of the year.
Saturn remains in Libra and your 1st house of appearance and personality for most of 2012, demanding that you continue to carry a heavy load of responsibilities. The good news is, you are more than halfway through this cycle and won't have to deal with this again for another 29½ years. Hopefully you have been able to shoulder the load successfully and have found ways to remain steady. If it feels like you have been tested to your limits lately, it is because you have been! Saturn is the Great Task Master and will make you a stronger person if you work with his energy.
The focus shifts to money and how you make it on October 5th, when Saturn enters your 2nd house of personal finances and values. For the next 2½ years, you will need to dial down to basics in how you handle your budget. By really examining what you value, you can determine what you can spend and what you need to save. Many of you may also decide to become self-employed during this time. Saturn can force you to tighten your money belt, but he can also give you an excellent structure on which to plan and save for bigger things.
Relationships: the Journey to the Heart
The year begins on a joyful, romantic note as Venus delights in your 5th house of love and creativity. You may be visited by the Muses (or the Fertility Gods) during the weekend of the 13th, when spiritual, watery Neptune joins forces with Venus. Love and compassion are your guiding forces, especially when working with children. After January 14th, the planet of love lights up your 6th house of health (or lack of health), creating conflict with testy Mars in your 12th house of hidden matters. You could find yourself suffering from a stress-induced illness or even being the target of underhanded hostility at work…
Mars turns retrograde on Jan. 24th, so what happens now will continue to be an issue for the next 6 months. Venus enters Aries and your 7th house of marriage and partnership on Feb. 9th, adding a much appreciated note of cooperation to your closest relationships. With Saturn still in your sign, you can use all the support from your partner as you can get.
After March 5th, sensual Venus in Taurus enters your 8th house of sex and other people's money, combining with expansive Jupiter. Ask for what you want and you are very likely to get it, as people want to reward and support you.
On April 3rd, Venus moves into your 9th house of travel and higher education, where she will be for some time to come due to her retrograde cycle. Venus retrograde here may cause some discomfort with Mars itching away in your 12th house of subconscious matters. You may find yourself questioning your beliefs, while others will be dealing with legal issues from the past. Jupiter will join Venus in June, which favors you in legal outcomes and can help you to make progress in educational pursuits. An Eclipse on June 4th may bring everything to a head, and what happens around that time will impact you through November. After Venus turns direct on June 27th, you'll be able to steady your course and expand your world.
Your career comes into focus when Venus enters nurturing but driven Cancer and your 10th house of public standing on August 7th. It may be time to take on more of a dominant role in your career, or perhaps even ask for a raise. The Powers That Be will smile upon your effort, so don't be afraid to go for what you want. Popular Venus enters charismatic Leo and your 11th house of friends and associates on Sept. 6th, giving you a chance to network and increase your business contacts exponentially. You will be busy, busy, busy with invitations and events… be careful not to overbook yourself! Single Librans may find that romance blossoms with someone within your circle of friends, and this could lead to an unusual and satisfying partnership.
After all that activity, you'll be ready to rest and recharge your spiritual batteries after Oct. 3rd, when Venus slips behind the scenes in your 12th house of hidden matters. This is traditionally a time of clandestine affairs and unrequited love, but nowadays it's more of an opportunity to reflect upon your relationships throughout the past year or so. Be compassionate to yourself and to others to make the most of this transit.
You'll have a chance to take center stage on Oct. 28th, when Venus shines through your 1st house of appearance and personality, making you irresistible. And since Old Man Saturn has finally left your sign, you'll have something to cheer about! Many of you will feel refreshed and renewed as your personal new year gets off to a great start.
During the last week of November, warm and loving Venus meets with stern and burdensome Saturn in your 2nd house of money and finances, reminding you that you can't spend what you don't have. You'll need to get used to Saturn's energy dictating what you can and cannot spend on, especially as you restructure what it is you truly value. As the year ends, Venus sparkles in your 3rd house of communication, helping you to put your point across in a way that everyone will agree with.
Home and Family
With Pluto in Capricorn and your 4th house since November 2008, you've probably figured out by now that your roots are very much in the process of transformation. Whether you have literally had to pull up your roots and move to another town or you are changing the role you play in your family (from being a child to being a parent, or to caring for an elderly parent), this is a long, slow process that will continue for some time.
Pay close attention to the lunations in on March 22nd, April 6th, July 3rd and 19th, Sept. 30th, and Oct. 15th as they will be triggers for events that will shape how you make your home and relate to those in your family during this transformation.
Work and Health
Neptune enters your 6th house of health and service to others on Feb. 3rd, which may inspire you to improve your health using more alternative techniques. Yoga, aromatherapy, and acupuncture are all things you might want to give a try this year, as many of you will have hard-to-diagnose issues that are related to stress and your auto-immune system. The more you can relax and release stress, the better you will feel.
Creativity will also be good for your soul, as going into fields that involve art, entertainment, photography, hospitals, and the occult are all favored over the next several years. Do be conscious of a stronger than usual tendency to give into daydreaming and hypersensitivity, so make sure you find ways to stay sane and balanced each day.
Career and Finances
This year, Neptune enters your 6th house of work and Saturn enters your 2nd house of finances, and lucky for you, they will harmonize well together. The key will be in making sure you are working in a capacity that is meaningful to you and that is in line with your personal and spiritual values. With Pluto adding support, you may even find you can work from home if that suits you. It may be the year you finally run off and join the circus, so to speak…
if you have been slaving away at something that no longer fills you with a sense of pride and accomplishment, it may be time to move on. Keep in mind Joseph Campbell's advice to follow your bliss. You'll get what you need and perhaps much more when you are working at something you love and authentically reflects who you are.
Ah, Mercury retrogrades! You can expect the Winged Messenger to go retrograde three times a year for about three weeks each time. During retrogrades, you can expect miscommunication, delays in travel, and breakdowns in machinery and appliances. Usually these breakdowns are due to neglect or lack of attention to detail and the retrograde period simply brings this to the surface. It's often a good idea to hold off on making any important decisions, purchases, or signing contracts when Mercury is retrograde. Brides planning weddings should certainly consult an astrologer to avoid scheduling the Big Day during a retrograde! On the positive side, Mercury retrograde is excellent for research and investigation. It is a time to go over everything carefully, looking for loopholes, mistakes, and weaknesses. Here are this year's Mercury retrogrades and how they are likely to impact you:
March 12th – April 4th Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, 6th House
Progress may seem to be going backwards once Mercury turns direct in your 6th house of health and service. On the positive side, if a health issue has been mystifying you, you may be able to solve the problem by April 23rd. However, keep in mind this will require sleuthing on your part… the doctor's office is more likely to misplace your files during this period than anything else. In other areas, miscommunication between coworkers could add to your stress levels. This is definitely not a time to delegate your responsibilities as they are not likely to be taken care of properly. After April 4th, Mercury moves forward again, giving you the opportunity to get your health back on track and clear up an misunderstandings you may have had.
July 15th – August 8th Mercury Retrograde in Leo, 11th House
Your friends and associates may confuse or mislead you during this retrograde period. It may not be consciously or on purpose, but you'll be bamboozled all the same. It will help if you try to hear what they are actually saying and not what you want to think they mean. If you are working towards a group goal, you can expect delays, missed deadlines, and the need to repeatedly reschedule. After Aug. 8th, the lines of communication clear up and everyone is on the same page again. Whew!
November 6th – 26th Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio, 2nd House
Mercury retrograde in your 2nd house of finances combined with restrictive Saturn could be exceptionally frustrating. Things you buy are likely to be defective, so check the warranty and keep all of your receipts. You may have a serious cash flow problem due to delays in payments, loans, or inheritances. Be sure to read the fine line on every contract you sign… or better yet, wait until after Nov. 26thto commit to any financial agreements.
Lunar Life with Lady Moon
Your Full Moon happens on April 6th, and will represent the culmination of what began back in late September 2011. Saturn lends a serious note but this should only highlight how strong you have become over the past 2 years. Now, more than ever, you will be able to hold your ground in a graceful, diplomatic way, even if everyone around you seems to have gone mad. You are entering a whole new way of thinking and being, and your time has come to be noticed.
Your personal New Moon occurs on October 15th, signaling new beginnings for you. Jupiter lends an expansive note so you may as well wish for the Moon… you could very well get it! This is a great time for a makeover or new hairstyle, or just about anything that will give you a chance to creatively express who you are becoming. Go ahead and put yourself out there, as most people will receive you warmly.
Eclipses indicate change in the area of life they impact, and are often felt for much longer than regular lunations. In cases where the eclipse makes a close aspect to planets or angles in your chart, they can be felt for up to a year. Here is what to look for during the eclipse cycle of 2012:
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Gemini on May 20th signifies changes that may be occurring within your belief system or related to educational issues. Any old beliefs that are no longer serving a good purpose will be put to rest so that you can adjust your world-view accordingly. In laws may also come into focus, even if you have not had to worry about them for a long time. There isn't much you can do to change these events… all you can do is control how you respond to them.
A Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius on June 4th only solidifies changes that began with the New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Gemini two weeks earlier. Things could get quite uncomfortable, especially involving siblings, neighbors, and in-laws. With Mars still in your 12th house of subconscious matters, you could find yourself doing a slow boil. Find ways to release tension or you may end up in a traffic accident or incur some type of injury. Breathe out stress, breathe in peace!
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on Nov. 13th may signal the beginning of a big change in how you handle your finances. Of course, with Saturn now firmly in your 2nd house of money and values, you will need to make a lot of adjustments! Forewarned is forearmed, so hopefully you have already been making changes that will make this transition smooth for you. In the end, you could be very well off financially, but you will have to take it one step at a time. No shortcuts here.
A New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius on Nov. 28th echoes what was begun during the New Moon and Solar Eclipse on May 20th, when perhaps you had to completely change your perspective. Hopefully you have been able to adjust and adapt nicely, so that this time around you can be strong and give advice to those who haven't quite mastered the art of going with the flow and riding the tide. A sense of humor will take you far now.
That's it for 2012 dear Libra; remember to follow our monthly forecasts throughout the year.