by Lilly Roddy
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Career, family, and internal emotional issues top the list for you this year. You are being pulled in two directions at the same time. One part wants to feel genuinely connected to the work that you call your career. You must feel that your life has meaning and that you are doing something that makes a difference in the world. As you can tell, this is a lot to ask of a career choice. Down in your core, you are being pushed to find something that provides safety and security. Some of your insecurities from childhood are showing up. You have the chance either to break those unconscious ties or to fall back into a life of doing what is dependable. You will really feel the draw of these opposite poles at the end of February and the end of June. The best plan is to find a way to incorporate both and learn to trust that doing what’s best for you is always the correct choice. This whole trend lightens up by September, when you will be more relaxed and much less guarded. Ideas and energy begin to flow more easily.
You also want a deeper bond in your romantic relationships. You are more open and communicative than before, and you are sharing more of the guarded side of your personality. Of course, you are expecting this from any and all of your partnerships. Those who don’t live up to your expectations will be tested from mid-July through the beginning of November. This will hold true for business partnerships as well.
During the end of July through the beginning of September, your ruling planet, Venus, goes retrograde. Venus goes retrograde about every two years. When it does, it makes the Bulls and Cows more introspective than usual. The area that will be affected by this will be the home and family section of the horoscope. You have already been examining your past and throwing out a lot of real things and emotional baggage. This period of extreme self-examination could make you feel very insecure and question parts of yourself that you count on. Try to see this period as a way to improve the areas that need work rather than looking at yourself as incompetent. This is just the universe turning on the light, so you can see better.
This is a time of change in your friendships and group associations. You really need some new blood and people with like-minded points of view. Be careful that you don’t try to isolate and cut yourself off from friends altogether. This tendency is especially strong in January, May, and October.
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GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
Personal relationships are highlighted this year. For the most part, they all should be good relationships.
There is a need to have your relationships grow beyond what they have been in the past. You will want to challenge any routines that you and your partner have established. Make sure that you get away and explore some new, fun places with your partner. Travel is especially recommended. Relationships that have outlived their purpose will be headed for the trash bin near the end of the year. So if you want yours to continue to work, you had better put some energy into it.
For those of you who are single, this energy will motivate you to get out there and find someone to connect with. It will literally assure that you are meeting new people. This can be a good social year, even if you don’t take the opportunity to create a relationship for yourself.
Your career had better be exciting, thought-provoking, and invigorating; otherwise, you will be really, really bored this year. This attitude could engender all sorts of unconscious self-sabotage in your career. It would be better that you would take this oomph and start looking for something that re-ignites your passion. You simply need a new project at work, or you need to re-invent yourself and start looking elsewhere. If you wait until September, the universe will be pounding you with a stick to move forward as the motivation for change increases. At that time, self-doubt could become an enemy and slow your progress even more.
In September you will want to start putting down roots and create a nest for yourself. This can be seen as a time of stabilization, during which you will be much more conservative with your time, money, and personal energy. Family issues will rise to the surface as you are called upon to lead the fact-finding tour and fix whatever is wrong. Please make sure that you really want to do this and don’t take it on just because your family expects you to. This will be a big time of testing your boundaries with your family and yourself. You are exerting your own sense of your authority, and they will have to recognize it. On this point, you will not be at all flexible. The eclipses reinforce this pattern during March, August, and September. At the core of this is your need to express your borders so that you have more personal expression and freedom in your life.
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CANCER (June 22-July 22)
Your focus for this year is on financial responsibility. You will be working on getting your money, tax issues, i nvestments, salary, and per sonal self-worth into a well-established order. Around the area of self-worth, you are going to make sure that you are appreciated where you are, with your friends, with your partners, and with anybody who you come across. You will not do well with those who don’t attach importance to you. There, you are setting strict boundaries. Don’t be surprised if you meet with some opposition, because people don’t really want you to change.
At work or with clients, you are setting tighter boundaries as well. You will want to be appreciated by those you work for. If you are not getting that recognition, you will find that you are either looking for another place to work or seeking other clients.
You will want to get off your back any financial problems that have dogged you in the past. You may seem extremely focused to some of your friends, because you are not as cheery as usual. You simply don’t want to have to carry the financial problems that you have been avoiding.
In relationships, you are setting new boundaries and goals. Part of this effort is intended to make the relationship more inclusive of each person. You will not be as understanding if more equitability doesn’t exist between you and your partner. Some of the problems that you have had in the past derive from the fact that you may not express how you feel until you are already over the limit. You will find that in February and June, you seem to arrive at a new level of truth in your relationships.
Work and health routines need to be revised this year. This is a great time to familiarize yourself with new skills or high-tech devices that will help you with your work. Exercise is a big key. You will be very busy with work, and you may forget about your health. Don’t neglect this area, because after September you may be working even longer and harder than normal.
Your birthday time really puts you in an introspective mood. Be sure to take some time for yourself to look at where you are. Communications and travel could be a real problem during this time. Relationships could also be more difficult than usual as both of you will be having a hard time being understood.
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LEO (July 23-August 22)
This continues to be one of the most important years of self-examination that you will go through.
This particular time normally occurs in 14- to 15-year cycles and 27- to 28-year cycles. What does this mean to you? You are clearly looking at the future and where you are headed. This is a real no-nonsense time in your life. You are very focused on what you want to be doing over the next couple of years.
The career area of your life is in total review. If you are not being promoted and appreciated more where you are working, you will be looking for somewhere else to work. You are expecting those around you to act in a more adult-like manner. Your tolerance for drama is at an all-time low. Whereas in the past you may have needed certain people to help generate craziness, you now want them out of your life.
Relationships seem to be very tricky for you this year. In the past, you tried to do too much for your partner and often felt unappreciated. You felt your partner didn’t even seem to notice how much work and effort you put into the relationship. This year, you will be heard or you will choose to be alone and be okay with that. You really want your partner to open up and be honest, because you are being very honest. Not everyone will want to hear the truth just because it is the truth. You will have to come to terms with that fact, even if you don’t like it. Venus is retrograde from the end of July through September, and this may bring up some relationship problems if you haven’t already addressed them. That could certainly be a deal-breaker time for you and your partner.
If you are single, you are essentially learning how to have a better relationship with yourself. Others must want to be a part of this rather than you being an extension of them. Don’t be surprised if you come to the conclusion that you just want to be alone.
It would be very helpful if you could connect to the playful part of your personality and do some activity that is not too focused on goals or accomplishments. A class in an adult-education program would do wonders for you and could help open up some new contacts.
By September, it is time for you to shift your focus onto your financial future. So start getting ready for that prospect by about July. The eclipses fall into your money sectors this year, which will constantly bring up financial issues if you are not preparing ahead of time.