2018 YEARLY GUIDE

This sign-by-sign astrological report for 2018 is entirely based on birth signs which also are sometimes called "Sun Signs."  This is the popular form of astrology known by the general public--the only way in which many people come in contact with astrology at all. And by its nature popular astrology is very general.
The real thing--an astrological forecast in its rightful form--is based on the exact moment and location of individually set-up charts and it's important that people don't confuse the two. Still, popular astrology has its place and fills a role. "As above, so below,"  Hermes Trismegistus wrote in his emerald tablet and because people really do sense that there is some kind relationship between us and the heavens, they seek astrology out and find it enriching and intriguing.
This guide which represents astrology in its popular form still bases itself on specific planetary moments and their timing as well as the distinct characteristics of the zodiacal signs which always remain archetypal and true.

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Aries

Because, Mars, the doer of the zodiac, is your planetary ruler, your sign is charged with pure adrenaline. And as 2018 rolls in, you're at a turning point that ushers in a new era. The shake ups and changes you've experienced in recent times have forced you to adjust and adapt in ways you never could have anticipated. But while 2018 is not going to be a year of quick results and easy rewards, it can turn out to be a time of achievement, recognition and promising developments.
Once again, you're going to be challenged to rise to the occasion. And this year the stakes will be higher than ever. With Saturn--the planetary heavyweight--ascending to the zenith of your solar chart, your own strength is going to be put to the test. Mars is also going to be activating your ambitions during 2018, revving up your desire to win. Wild, wacky Uranus which has been breaking up old conditions and stirring up your longing for more freedom will be making its last stand and exiting your sign, and transformative Pluto will continue to teach you valuable lessons about power and its abuses.
As the archetypal hero of the zodiac, you're more than capable of coping. And 2018 also promises to hold plenty of laughter, validation and excitement. What's more, as the year unfolds, your planets are shifting in ways that will place you on a more even and established path.

YOUR CAREER AND PUBLIC IMAGE:

With difficult, demanding Saturn in your career angle, you're going to be under more pressure. But the question is will this be the kind of pressure that threatens your status and success or is it the kind that leads to great things? Saturn has been called "the teacher of the zodiac," because it won't accept a sloppy performance, throws challenges in your face and is deaf to your excuses. But while it can be relentless, the demands Saturn makes can drive you to new heights. And in the end you will find that every sacrifice and effort you've made will be so well rewarded that you'll look back at this period as a worthwhile rite of passage.
Aries born between March 21st and April 7th are more likely to be feeling the effects of Saturn in 2018 than those born later in the month. But Saturn's presence will impact all Aries to some extent. And whether you end up taking on more responsibilities or redefining your role, it's all about is making more effort even if immediate rewards don't seem to be in the offing. Bear in mind, too, that what may appear to be thankless tasks will not be thankless in the end.
New themes and challenges will start to emerge by April. At that time, you'll be in finding your feet in new places and situations. But because Saturn is going to make an about-face in your career angle that takes it into backwards motion from April 18th until September 6th, slowdowns, delays and real tests of your determination will be going on. And what you need to remember is that immediate results will not be on the agenda as long as Saturn is dragging its heels through your professional angle.
Nevertheless you won't simply be marking time. Follow-through and consistency will be what make all the difference in the outcome of the situations you're handling. The most challenging period of all will be when your planetary ruler Mars is out of phase from late June to late August and you're probably going to have to go back over the same ground and also cope with erratic responses and unreliable associates.
So what's the good news this year? While you're knocking yourself out and being an absolute paragon, what benefits will you receive for all this sterling behavior? Actually Saturn in Capricorn at the top of your chart has a peculiar kind of power for good because it is in its own sign and house, which gives it an irresistible dignity. And this dignity will be yours to emulate and live up to, drawing attention and---potentially--an upgrade of status your way.
By the Fall, possibilities that came up in June will finally come together and you will be able to pick up the pace and go after plans that really inspire you. Most important, if you're able to show that you're a team player, even if you're actually leading the pack, you will be able to win associates' loyalty and support in a way that makes all the difference.

LOVE

No nasty planets seem to be sailing through your relationship angle this year, but you really should and must be ready to make a genuine, heartfelt effort to focus on those who matter most rather than getting distracted by all that's going on in other parts of your life. Aries can be passionate and stimulating partners and companions, but if you're typical of those born under your Sun sign, you tend to think in terms of "I" rather than "We", which can drive a wedge between you and others that's hard to dislodge.
With Venus--the planet of love and desire--in your birth sign from March 7th until March 31st, more excitement and possibilities for connection will be in the air. But stay tuned in because some kind of issue or misunderstanding will crop up when Saturn forms a testy aspect near March 13th. If you don't run away from unpleasant encounters and make an effort to clear the air, though, you can strengthen your relationships and draw closer to those who matter most.
Venus in Leo will be in the most playful and heart-ruled part of your chart from mid-June through the first ten days of July and your personal and social life will be full of adventures and pleasures. But the most romantic period for you is likely to be when Venus passes through your relationship angle from August 7th to September 9th. Even then, there is going to be an emotional challenge to deal with when Saturn square Venus on August 10th. Just don't overreact or abruptly draw away because it will be all about misunderstandings and hurt feelings.
Most important, remember that every year, when the Sun voyages through your opposite sign of Libra (September 24 - October 23) it powerfully activates your relationship angle. And this is the time when your ability to be present and responsive towards partners and loved ones is truly in the spotlight. If you make an effort to listen and be amendable this will set a tone that will carry through into other periods. What's more, the new Moon in Libra (October 8th - 9th) can be a turning point moment when others truly open up and let you in.

MONEY

The Sun passes through the financial angle of your solar chart from April 21st to May 21st signaling that opportunities to get financial affairs on a better track will be in the air. With your ruling planet Mars strongly placed in 2018, you'll be even more motivated than usual, and more able to counter any undermining influences that could put you in the red. The new Moon of May 15th is an especially propitious time to initiate changes in financial arrangements or make bold moves.
Lucky Jupiter now in Scorpio can shift your fortune though collaborations. Partners' prosperity can also have a wonderful impact on your own affairs. In 2018, you should reach out, explore new associations and arrangements and also get advice from those who are in the know. Early November is especially promising for you and this is the time to engage in negotiations and look for those kinds of opportunities that can offer substantial rewards.

PEAKS

You tend to be at your best when your ruling planet Mars is strongly positioned in the heavens and/or well aspected by other planets. And 2018 is going to ride in on a wave of intensity and excitement for you because Mars is going to be both powerfully placed and brilliantly aspected in early January. A "go for it" kind of feeling will carry you into new arrangements and financial opportunities will hold genuine promise.
From mid-March to mid-May, your energetic planetary ruler will make an important voyage through your career angle. And because Mars will be in the sign of Capricorn where it is said to be "exalted" and at its best, you will be in a high-functioning mode, and also at your best. Mars in Capricorn also stimulates your ambitions intensely and stokes your competitive spirit.
With Mars in the individualistic sign of Aquarius, from Mid-May until Mid-August and again from mid-September through mid-November, remaining true to your unique ideas and aims while working closely with groups, associates and others with common interests will be something of a theme. You'll also be exploring new situations that intrigue you and connecting with people who are likely to have a powerful impact on your future. Following through on what you began when Mars started its sweep through you career angle in April will be vital to the realization of your plans, so be consistent, but also be ready to improvise.
Good aspects to Mars indicate moments that hold the kind of  uplift and positive energy that urge you to take a risk of make a bold move. On January 6th when Mars conjoins Jupiter, it's time to step into the spotlight; February 3rd will be the right time to reach out and work out favorable arrangements and aspects on April 24th promise smooth progress. November 28th stands out as a time to push for answers and results.
Take advantage, too, of the benefits of Venus--the planet of charm--in your sign from March 6th to March 30th when your magnetism will be at a high and you'll find it easier to draw others toward you and to achieve your ends.

VALLEYS

When Mercury--the mind planet--is out of sync from March 23rd to April 15th, patience is going to be required. Typically, matters will drag, especially when it comes to paperwork, details and others responding to your requests. When Saturn is in the picture on April 25th, be ready to face facts and this will not be a favorable moment to press anyone for answers or sign on the dotted line.
Whenever your planetary ruler, Mars, is accosted by other planets in an unfriendly fashion, you, in turn tend to experience resistance and frustration. Circle these dates on the calendar and make a vow not to overreact. On February 17th, when Mars is squared by Neptune, deception and confusion reign, so don't allow your imagination to get the better of you and stay centered. Then, when Mars is conjoined by Saturn on April 2nd, your efforts may meet with resistance which in the case is a cosmic message to simply try harder. Lastly, the weird conjunction of Mars and Neptune on December 7th warns that in some way, you will be under the weather or more susceptible to influences that could undermine your efforts.
Take note too, that once Mars enters the sensitive sign of Pisces from mid-November until the end of 2018, it will voyage into the most hidden angle of your solar chart. This means that you'll be withdrawing your forces and surveying the landscape. You'll also be moving from occupying a highly visible position into one where you're more prone to be in the role of the power behind the throne. Think of this as a preparation time frame for a new surge forward at the start of 2019 and give yourself a breather, while putting more focus on private and personal matters.

OVERVIEW

Obviously, 2018 is not going to be a drifty, dreamy year for Aries. You're going to be caught up in life and you're going to feel energized and put to the test. But if you're a true Aries, it's challenge and suspense that put real spring into your step. This year will be all about showing what you're made of, being out in the world and exhibiting your talents and smarts.

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Taurus

The earthy sensuality of your birth sign makes you more of a lover than a fighter. But you can be quite ambitious even if you're not likely to sink to cutthroat behavior to achieve your aims. And in 2018 you're going to be feeling more driven and inspired than usual. Though it's usually your consistency that empowers you to rise in the world, this year, during certain periods, you'll also be more inclined to flex your muscles and assert your will and anyone who's foolishly dismissed you as an underling is going to receive quite a wake-up call.
Not that you're going to suddenly shape shift into a brash and aggressive bully. Taureans are ruled by harmony-loving Venus, the charmer of the zodiac. When you're motivated enough, though, your arsenal includes a brand of stubborn determination and the ability to stand your ground that can't be matched. And in 2018 certain planets seem to be rushing in to aid and abet you. You may under pressure during various periods, but you'll also be feeling more supported than you have in the recent past.
What's most promising about 2018 is that you now have a chance to reach for more recognition and also to find greater happiness. You're also entering an era which is all about becoming a more authentic version of yourself. And the challenge you'll be facing is to dare to be true to what you want and what you believe.

YOUR CAREER AND PUBLIC IMAGE

Because expansive Jupiter was favorably placed in your work angle in 2017, you've been carving out a new niche for yourself and/or creating an aura of good will that has bolstered your connections with people who work with you and for you. And with Jupiter now in your relationship angle, you should have little difficulty receiving support or cooperation all around. But don't be afraid to ask. You're less likely to be a recipient of Jupiter's bounty if others are unaware of your hopes and aspirations.
The solar eclipse of February 15th will coincide with a flashpoint or watershed that stirs you ambitions. And with adrenaline driven Mars touching off the zenith of your solar chart in mid-May, you're going to enter a period of stepped-up activity fired by gripping aims and plans. What will make this time frame tryingly uneven and tricky is that Mars is not going to follow a steady course. It will reach a point on June 26th when it then turns tail, retreating into the sign of Capricorn and not returning to your career angle until September 11th.
To add to the drama, the lunar eclipse of July 27th in the most public angle of your chart is likely to coincide with shakeups that shift your perspective. Still, this can work to your advantage since your ability to be open minded and far-seeing enough to incorporate new information and refine your plans will be exactly what sets you on the right track. Also factor in that Mars in Aquarius conflicts with your Taurus Sun sign. So while Mars is stirring you to action it will also be stirring up more stress and anxiety. And at times, your need to be more aggressive and assertive is bound to take you out of your comfort zone.
But don't fixate on the obstacles you'll face. 2018 is going to be a significant year for you professionally. You won't be sitting passively on the side lines and all signs point to a new kind of success. Taureans are powerhouses once they set their sights on a goal. And remember, it will be your determination to stick with a plan and do whatever it takes to see it through that gets you to the finish line.
Most of all, remember, that the period when mighty Mars is moving retrograde from June 26th to August 27th will pose the most challenging tests. But even though it may appear that progress has completely halted, your patience--which you above all zodiacal signs are famous for--is what will see you through and ensure your success. By December Mars in Pisces signals that you've reached your goals and at that time you'll be following up on your accomplishments by branching out and widening your reach. Pursue new contacts. Open your arms to new people and experiences. Your horizons will expand as 2018 winds down and the more adventurous and open-minded you can be, the more you'll gain.

LOVE

Taureans are sometimes depicted as earthbound types who lack imagination and passion, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Beneath your practical and controlled exterior beats the heart of one of the Zodiac's true romantics. How could it be otherwise when you're ruled by Venus, the goddess of love? But because your romanticism makes you feel vulnerable, you tend to hide it beneath a neutral and sometimes cynical façade.
In 2018, though, you don't have to carefully protect your heart or wear a mask of indifference that disguises your true feelings. For one, the presence of Jupiter in the part of your chart that has everything to do with close, intimate relationships brings a joyous, open quality to your most important ties. Established relationships will enter a happier phase and grow. New relationships will take hold and develop rather than disappointingly fizzling out. Give and take--the real essence of a successful bond is Jupiter's promise in this position in your solar chart.
Jupiter entered your relationship angle in October 2017 and began to really pick up steam as 2018 rolled in. It's going to remain in this position until November 2018 but the period when it's out of phase--March 9th through August 10th--will pose a few tests by demanding more patience on your part. Venus--your ruler's--position also pinpoints the most romantic periods of 2018 and Venus will be in your birth sign from March 31st until April 23rd and in your relationship angle form September 9th until October 31st and from December 2nd until year's end.
When Venus goes out of phase, though, on October 5th, not moving forward until November 16th, uncertainty or some issue is going to hang in the air but you can and should remain calm and confidant. Once the planet of love turns direct and heads back into your birth sign at the end of October, you'll be able to leave all the waiting and wondering behind.

MONEY

This year should actually be an improvement over 2017 when contractive Saturn was exerting a negative influence on the part of your solar chart associated with finances. From May 21st until June 20th, the Sun's passage through the financial angle of your solar chart puts an emphasis on reorganization and new arrangements. You can potentially make moves at that time that stabilize your affairs and the Sun's voyage through Sagittarius--from November 22nd until December 22nd--may offer chances for gains and new associations.
The new Moon of June 5th also holds promise of the financial kind--especially if you embark on some new path or venture.  Speculation and entrepreneurial projects are in the planetary spotlight from August 23rd until September 22nd and you should pay particular attention to developments when Jupiter forms a beautiful aspect to the Sun in Virgo on September 11th. Now that the planet of fortune has moved into an important angle of your solar chart, you should be able to get your affairs on a more promising track.

PEAKS

You will always tend to shine when Venus--which is the queen of your birth sign--is happily placed in the astrological scheme of things and it will be the period when Venus is in Pisces, the sign of its glory, from February 10th until March 6th that your confidence will truly be magnified. Reach out, forge new alliances and collect new friends during this time frame. Dare, too, to dream a bit and let your emotions be your guide. The more clearly you can pinpoint what it is that you really hope for, the more possible it will become.
Next, during the time that Venus is traveling through the watery, harmonious sign of Cancer from May 20th until June 13th, it will, in turn, lend more harmony to your own undertakings and smooth the way. June 1st particularly shines and you'll be able to draw not just attention your way but the kind of support you crave. Venus in this part of your solar chart also accents your communications--so speak up and let others know what you want and feel. Air your plans and ideas and don't be too shy to solicit the kind of support you'll need to make them fly.
Because Venus will be passing through one of its home signs Libra (its other home is your birth sign) from August 6th until September 9th, its strength at this time can have an uplifting effect on your own well-being. In Libra, Venus accents the part of your solar chart concerned with work, health and in a broader sense, your daily life. So this period will be one that is especially positive for you when it comes to your ability to perform well. It will also be a wonderful time for general self-enhancement and for getting yourself on a track that is more forward moving.
Bear in mind that when Venus is out of phase in 2018---from October 5th until November 16th--plans may seem uncertain but once Venus bounces back on November 16th and remains in its home sign until December 2nd, you'll be able to make a brilliant impression all around and also to reach new heights. Taureans can combine great strength as well as a kind of effortless charm that engenders others' trust. You can make a great deal of progress during this particular time frame and much of it will be due to the ways in which others respond to you.
This will be the period when much of the activity and efforts of 2018 tend to reach a climax and you will be at your best. So circle these dates on your calendar and focus on going all out after your most cherished aims during this time frame.

VALLEYS

Certain periods, of course, will be more testy than others. Those brief but inharmonious moments when your ruler Venus is being accosted by hostile aspects will be those times when you're thrown off kilter and far more vulnerable than usual. Note them down and remember to step back. When Venus is squared by Saturn on March 13th, you may inadvertently hurt someone's feelings, or instead, feel as if you were being overlooked or even rejected. And with Saturn again squaring Venus in Libra on August 8th, the apparent unfairness of a personal situation may again set you off.
It's always important to pinpoint when Mercury--the detail planet--is out of sync with Planet Earth because during these times, it's generally more difficult to move forward since communications get skewed. And while Mercury will be in apparent backwards motion from March 23rd until April 15th this time frame is less important than when its position impacts your solar chart--July 26th until August 19th. Then be ready to practice real patience, especially around travel plans and issues involving domestic or lifestyle changes. Finally, its last backwards motion will be from November 11th until December 6th which could mildly impact new arrangements and remember too, this is also not a favorable period to sign on the dotted line.
Aggressive Mars on a collision course with Uranus in your sign on May 16th is going to be all about wake-up calls. Sudden jolts and unexpected developments that upset plans can shake up the status quo in ways that affect your own fortunes. You also may feel intensely rebellious and eager for change when this aspect crops up. And it is going to happen once more in 2018, but not as powerfully when Mars encounters Uranus while it's out of phase on September 19th.
Note too, that when Neptune--the dreamer of the zodiac--is also out of phase from June 18th until November 25th, your own vision of your future may be a bit more out of focus than usual. You may be feeling unclear about your priorities or external conditions may be temporarily a bit hazy, so that you can't quite pinpoint how to time long-term plans. Friends, too, may be going through shifts and changes in their lives that make contact just that bit more difficult.

OVERVIEW

2018 is going to be a year when you can coordinate many efforts and plans and achieve your desired ends. Harmony is indicated in many of the planetary aspects going on in your solar chart. And it's not going to be a time when you're passively sitting still but instead one that holds the promise of greater success. Best of all, though, is the way in which you seem to be finding new happiness.

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Gemini

Even when the going gets tough, Geminis make it look easy. Your adaptability and quick wits lend you a kind of grace under pressure that's admirable and enviable. Happily, though, 2018 isn't going to be one of those times when you're being wrestled to the ground by capricious fate. In fact, what's now coming your way should be a breeze compared to some of the planetary aspects you recently experienced. Having cleared some daunting hurdles during the last several years, you're now facing life with more wisdom and conviction. And you're also ready to move on to greater things.
This change in your planetary weather has come about because tough, testy Saturn has shifted out of the sign of Sagittarius where it formed a crushing opposition to your Sun sign. And in that position, Saturn wasn't only ego deflating, it played out as difficulties in close personal relationships and life in general. But now the page has turned. You've decisively handled issues that were unceremoniously forced on you and you're on much firmer ground--especially as far as emotional and personal matters are concerned.
With mind expanding Jupiter in a practical and down to earth part of your chart until the end of the year, you're going to be cleverly reorganizing your life and becoming a paragon of efficiency. And even though this may sound a bit dull, it won't be because you'll finally be able to actualize some of the brilliant schemes that have been dancing around in your head for far too long.

YOUR CAREER AND PUBLIC IMAGE

Geminis are comfortable wearing many hats and you can multi-task far more adroitly than most. Being so talented at fitting in and performing on cue, though, isn't necessarily the best use of your innate abilities. And if the last few years have been a bit bumpy professionally, the planets have not been very much in your favor--especially with some nasty configurations that occurred during 2016.
With Saturn pommeling your sign up until the end of last year, your confidence has also been under the gun. The good news, though, is that 2018 will be a year of breakthroughs and achievements. That gnawing feeling of not being acknowledged for who you really are will begin to lift away. And while you may not feel that you've totally redefined your direction or reached the pinnacle of success, you should be reassured that you're on the right path.
Whatever occurs near the middle of March urges you to turn over a new leaf and to trust in your talents and brains. Jupiter in Scorpio this year is very much in your favor and new opportunities coming your way should be carefully considered. And with a brilliant aspect peaking in late May, you should begin to discern the positive pattern that is developing--one that is leading you in a promising new direction.
Still, with Neptune out of phase from mid-June until late November, a slight, but nagging concern that you're not quite getting it right or being appreciated in the way you deserve may occasionally dampen your spirits. Still, developments around mid-August should reassure you that your star is on the rise. And the pace will pick up increasingly by the Fall when numerous planets will be in forward motion.
For you, the period beginning by mid-November appears to be a time of heightened activity and visibility. It's also likely to be a somewhat stressful period because adrenaline driven Mars--while at the top of your solar chart--is going to be out of harmony with your Sun sign. You may have to jockey for position or otherwise make it clear that you're not going to be thrust aside by those who are shamelessly self-promoting.
Don't get rattled or intimidated, though, because increasingly, you should be carving out a niche for yourself that distinguishes you from everyone else. And with Jupiter entering your opposite sign of Sagittarius in December, you'll be feeling more confident. For Geminis, the one great hurdle is not to be tempted to take on too much at once or veer off in myriad directions. And next year, you will have to make a concerted effort to stay focused and not overbook your schedule
2018 is the time to recognize opportunity when it arrives and then dare to pursue intriguing plans--even those that seem a bit improbable. Your talents will be coming to the fore in ways confirm your own hopes.

LOVE

You've at last come to the end of a notoriously tricky period which tested the soundness of your closest relationships and threw you back on your own resources. With Saturn holed up in your opposite sign of Sagittarius from the Fall of 2015 until the end of 2017, any flaws in ongoing partnerships were ingloriously revealed.  And whether you were coupled up or not you've had to confront your own expectations about relationships versus what's possible and realistic.
Whatever occurred, though, you've emerged with a changed agenda. Hopefully, you've mellowed, adjusted and smartened up and now finding and/or holding on to love is more possible for you than it was before. 2018 is an unwritten page that you'll be able to fill up with whatever you chose. Romance and closeness need not be lacking from your life and there's every chance that real happiness is on your horizon.
With Venus traveling through the sign of Libra--its home base--and accenting a particularly romantic part of your solar chart from August 6th until September 8th, your personal life will hold even more magic, but remember that because Venus will advance into Scorpio and then retreat back into Libra from October 31st until until December 1st, you may enter a period that is emotionally confusing. Remember too that this phase in not an indication that matters won't work out as you hope and that whatever occurs near the 16th will begin to lift those clouds away.
Joyful Jupiter is going to enter your relationship angle for a year-long stay beginning on the 8th of November and the presence of the most bounteous and spirit-lifting planet in this part of your solar chart is an augury of greater fulfillment and happiness. Close ties will be enhanced and partnerships will tend to prosper and grow, so be ready to open your heart and to enjoy life more fully.

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Born under an airy, intellectual sign, you don't tend to be obsessed about the state of your bank account, but you do have a healthy desire to feel secure. The Sun's yearly trip through the sign of Cancer, from June 22nd - July 22nd, whips up your concern and issues about all things financial and at this time you can make moves that give you a firmer grasp. Outside pressures involving partners and associates financial situations will also be impacting your affairs during 2018.
Although you're likely to be more focused on money and on making changes in your financial arrangements, there's no need to brood or fear the worst. Getting more information and not backing away from the amount of time and effort that more financial organization may entail, is exactly what's required, even if it's not your favorite pastime. You may also be coping with rather tedious issues involving others financial affairs as well as inheritance related matters that turn out to be more complex than you imagined. Still, your financial fortunes do not appear to be waning, but simply demanding more focus on your part

PEAKS

When your ruling planet, fleet-footed Mercury, the messenger of the gods is situated in a compatible sign, you tend to think more clearly and make a better impression. And when Mercury is in a zodiacal sign where its action is enhanced, you, in turn, are generally at a peak and speeding along towards your goals. This year, with Mercury zipping through harmonious Aquarius from February 1st until February 17th, you'll be able to get that kind of overview that allows you to intuitively make the right choices especially if you avoid the pitfall of becoming too rigid in your thinking.
The period when Mercury passes through your birth sign is always a propitious one for you and this year Mercury will swing through Gemini from May 29th until June 11th. The emphasis at this time will be on your ability to brainstorm and come up with plans that reflect your prescient and active mind. You'll be able to formulate your thoughts more clearly and communicate them with brilliant ease. Writing and speaking are Mercury's playing fields, so let Mercury's magic flow through you and move forward towards your dreams.
From September 6th through September 22nd, your ruling planet's voyage through its second home--the earthy sign of Virgo-- can get your focused on the nuts and bolts of crucial plans and ground your thinking so that you're more effective and convincing. You'll be able to make a great deal of progress during this time frame and with Jupiter in Scorpio backing you up, you won't be taking one step wrong. Lifestyle changes and property affairs may also be very much on your mind and you'll be able to launch plans that work out in a timely and successful fashion.
Mercury's last important stop for you in 2018 will be its passage through the airy sign of Libra from September 23rd to October 9th where it stirs up action in the most creative angle of your chart. This will be the time to dream up projects that really inspire you and to let your imagination fly. Your entrepreneurial skills will be accelerated and so will your ability to handle people with gracious ease. Think about entertaining during this period too and attending those kinds of events that set your mind dancing.
Mid-March, especially the time frame on and just after 17th is going to be all about positive changes, fresh starts and making a statement by taking action. You won't run into the kinds of blocks you encountered during the last few years and you're now in the process of fashioning a role for yourself that suits your own specifications. And mid-June, especially on and just following June 13th powerfully accents your ability to take the initiative, market your skills and draw the right kind of attention your way.

VALLEYS

Ups and downs are inevitable and if you let minor dips throw you off course, you'll more easily lose your way. Being an optimistic Gemini, though, and more than capable of making whatever adjustments are needed, you really have nothing to worry about. Still, Astrology can be an aid in doing the kind of route planning that helps you to avoid needless detours and for you, especially, the periods when your generally sparkling ruler, Mercury, is out of sorts will tend to be those times when the action drags and matters go awry.
March is going to be an active and exciting month when you're forging contacts and making a positive impression all around. But when Mercury is out of sync from March 23rd until April 15th, delays and crossed signal will instill doubts all around and you're going to have to summon the patience--not your strongest suit--to not only wait until various issues come untangled, but to make revisions if required. What's more, when Mercury runs into a harsh aspect involving obstructive Saturn near March 25th, be ready to keep the big picture in mind and not succumb to others' negativity.
When your ruling planet turns tail again from July 26th until August 19th, communications are likely to become snarled up in ways that really try your patience. The golden rule with Mercury retreating in the sign of Leo, is to not become offended if others don't immediately respond to your overtures and not to jump to conclusions. Any misunderstanding that happen at this time are most likely to be the result of oversights and inadvertent mistakes--even your own. To counter this, you're best off making sure that you're being clear in your communications and that you're not misinterpreting others either.
You generally aren't thinking as clearly when Mercury is moving more slowly or you're a bit out of sync with others. And when Mercury again goes AWOL in the sign of Sagittarius starting on November 17th--even retreating into the previous sign of Scorpio--the big challenge is to refrain from trying to force the action and demand answers when the timing is not in your favor. Partners and associates are likely to appear annoying clueless during this time frame, but once Mercury makes its about-face and begins moving forward on December 6th, you can count on the bits and pieces coming together in a way that couldn't have happened any sooner.
With both Saturn and Jupiter in receptive signs in 2018 (astrology contains its own Yin and Yang--the receptive signs being Yin) caution and good sense are strongly emphasized. This is not a time to rush madly forward or make wild leaps of imagination. Your challenge is to be as focused and unhurried as you can stand to be and resort to strategizing instead of taking impulsive action. Make a note, too, of the times these powerful planets are out of phase and be prepared to cool your heels during these periods and take stock.
Jupiter will enter retrograde motion (moving more slowly in relationship to planet Earth) from March 9th until July10th. And because it will be traveling through the work and health related part of your solar chart, be ready to slow down, wait and see and not become agitated when matters don't cohere during this time frame. Heavy-footed Saturn will also be out of phase starting on April 8th where situations surrounding financial arrangements will be on hold or demand review until it changes direction on September 6th.
You are on an upswing now and 2018 is a time of promise and possibility. Forget about the disappointments of the recent past and have faith in your won ability to create the reality you dream of. What else do you need to know? 2018 will present you with a level playing field and you'll be able to exercise more freedom of choice than you have for some time. So dare to go after those goals that really excite you and don't hold back.

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Cancer

The last several years may have been charged and sometimes turbulent, but because you're ruled by the constantly changing Moon, you instinctively known how to navigate the tides of change. And while astrological texts may ramble on about how sensitive and vulnerable Cancers actually are, the hard shell that protects the soft bodied crab--your strong outward façade-- gives you a durability  that can't be equaled.
The ways in which you've explored and gone off designated routes in recent times have helped you to throw off restrictive influences and have also reset your compass. And now, you're probably wondering what could possibly lie on the road  that stretches before you. Is 2018 going to be a time when your fortunes rise, or a time when you should retreat to the safety of the known and familiar? 
To tell it like it is: while no astrologer can promise that 2018 is going to be a year of pure bliss for you, you're going to find much to rejoice about.  And  because Cancers are always concerned with matters have to do with security be reassured that you won't be derailed or be thrown off course in 2018.  You will also be turning the page and embarking on a new chapter both emotionally and spiritually.

YOUR CAREER AND PUBLIC IMAGE

You certainly don't appear to be twiddling your thumbs in 2018 and as early as March work related developments should be both inspiring and doable. Whatever's on your agenda, though, be ready to do some problem solving to move forward as planned. With Mercury changing directions from March 23 until April 15th, delays and a need to revise and adapt are not a sign that you're on the wrong path.
April is going to be a time when your best course is to patiently persist and at the same time diplomatically field negative input from those who think they can call the shots. In fact, it seems as if battles of will are going to be something of a theme this year, which as a gentle Cancer, is definitely not what you want to hear. Still, you're more than capable of holding your own even if confrontations and harsh words tend to throw you into a spin.
Then again, Cancer's shrewd business sense and tenacity rarely fail to win the day. Stick to your plans and persist. You should be able to make more progress during late May, June and July but whatever occurs near the solar eclipse of July 13th is all about reassessing your position and being ready to make necessary shifts. When Jupiter changes directions in July, your creative and entrepreneurial talents will be guiding you down a more rewarding path. Jupiter's harmonious position also helps to pump up your confidence--and you're going to need all the self-certainty you can muster to achieve what you set out to do.
Mid-August to mid- September is again going to be a time when partners and associates will be inclined to try to throw their weight around and generally make life more difficult. Saturn's shift of direction in September, though, indicates that no matter what transpire, it's all about moving forward and getting on with it. And by October, you should be able to reach favorable agreements and also consolidate your position.
Remember, though, that with Mercury in your work angle going out of phase from November 17th until December 6th, you're bound to be coping with some aggravating issues that refuse to fall into place. Stay inspired and don't lose the plot. Brilliant aspects in the second half of December promise that you'll be able to untangle any knots and triumph over adversity. More than that you seem to be on a roll.
By January 2019 you're going to be entering a period when your ambition and energy will have a page turning effect on your position and public life. So this year keep reminding yourself not to let don't let doubts and misgivings erode your visions and confidence and to keep pushing forward towards your dreams.

LOVE

Saturn is going to be marching through your partnership angle this year but if you're an early born Cancer (between June 22 and July 6th) you'll be far more likely to be coping with relationship issues than those Cancers born after those dates. Still, no Cancer is going to be able to avoid coming to terms with any problems around close and personal connections before Saturn exits Capricorn in late 2019. Meanwhile, though, the shifting positions of the planets can still pinpoint emotional feasts or famines when romance sparkles or when it doesn't live up to your hopes.
The new Moon in your birth sign at the very beginning of January touches Venus and at the same time, triggers emotions magnetizing others your way. But it will be Venus' position in its home sign of Taurus from the start of March until the 24th of that month that ignites your social life, draws you closer to others and even warms up friendships that simultaneously warm your heart. It's been said that "friendship is the highest form of love," and in this position in your solar chart, Venus can bring this truth home to you in a magical way.
Venus' entrance into your birth sign on May 19th will be both a spirit-lifter and an enhancer of your charms. And until the planet of beauty and attraction sails into the sign of Leo on June 13th, you'll be more of a magnet than usual, drawing attention and affection into your personal orbit. You also may become more tuned into your own feelings and prone to express them in a way that sweetens your connections.
When Venus enters turbulent, passionate Scorpio until the end of October, it will in turn enter the part of your solar chart that is connected with affairs of the heart. Remember, though, that because Venus is going to move out of phase on October 5th and reenter the previous sign of Libra as October ends, that some kind of uncertainly about emotional attachments will linger if not until Venus changes direction on October 16th then until the planet of romance reenters Scorpio on December 2nd.

MONEY

Cancers are rarely reckless when it comes to financial matters but instead tend to be careful and diligent record keepers. Security takes high priority in your life scheme and this year the planets are not issuing any threats to you on this score but instead encouraging you to explore lucrative investments and new arrangements. Jupiter-now in Scorpio--is positioned in the part of your solar chart related to speculation and entrepreneurial pursuits bringing opportunities your way, especially when and after it begins moving forward in July.
Pay close attention to developments near the lunar eclipse of January 31st because finances will be in the spotlight in an eye-opening way. The solar eclipse of August 11th is another flashpoint for Cancers where your monetary fortunes are concerned and the Sun's voyage through your financial angle from July 23rd to August 23rd pinpoints the period when you can take steps to get a firmer grip over your affairs.

PEAKS

Because you are ruled by the ever-changing Moon, its swift passage through the zodiac has a more powerful effect on your emotions and fortunes than it does any other sign. When the Moon is strongly placed and in harmony with the planets as the new Moon will be on January 17th, you'll be especially adept when it comes to collaborating with others, reaching beneficial agreements and starting projects, especially ones that involve cooperative efforts.
Circle these dates when the Moon is favorably aspected on your calendar because they hold a charge that boosts your energy and promotes success: The full Moon of the January 31st which especially accents new arrangements; The new Moon of February 15th which again accents collaborations and shared resources; The new Moon of April 16th which is particularly important because it will be happening in the part of your solar chart that has to do with your public image and work and pinpoints a brilliant period for changes and start-ups of all kinds.
Next, the full Moon happening on April 30th highlights lucky ventures as well as adding dazzle to your social life, followed by the new Moon of May 15th which is important as far as new contacts and networking is concerned. The powerful eclipse of July 13th is going to issues some challenges but because the Moon will be new in your birth sign, it's a significant moment for you when you can renew your commitment to your dreams and aims and make your intentions to those who question your judgement.
The new Moon of September 9th urges you to reach out and to connect with those who can help to further your aims and the full Moon of October 24th --in Taurus, where the Moon is at its strongest--indicates that friends and associates will be more than willing to go along with your plans and that intriguing new directions will beckon. Finally, the Moon's placement will be very much in your favor in 2018 will be when it is new on November 23rd and well aspected in a hidden angle of your solar chart. And for you this will be a time of renewal and also acknowledgement around work-related ventures.
Note too, that with fortune-boosting Jupiter fleet of foot and rushing forward from the beginning of the year until March 9th, you will be in high-functioning mode and the wind will be at your back.  Next, when Jupiter resumes its forward march through Scorpio on July 10th, it will remain in harmony with your Sun sign until it enters the sign of Sagittarius on November 8th making this a period of increased luck and inspiration. You can also look forward to the positive influence of energizing Mars from November 19th continuing until year's end, whipping up your motivation and enabling you to sustain your efforts. What's more, there will be two periods when you're going to experience the uplifting influence of Neptune in Pisces: late May and early August which will be magical moments to embark on a dream trip, engage in culturally enriching activities or perhaps spend time in an ashram.

VALLEYS

As far as your worldly fortunes go, the first ten days of July when the Sun in your birth sign will be contacted by Jupiter, Neptune and transformative Pluto will be a pivotal period when events and your reaction to them will set you compass in a new and promising direction. During those periods when red-hot Mars is in Capricorn and stirring up discord in both business and personal relationships --March 17 - May 16th and August 13th - September 12th-- make supreme effort not to add fuel to the fire by over-reacting, stay focused and coolly refuse to engage.
What will be happening with partnerships and close relationships during 2018 (2019 too) will have as much to do with the ways in which you're redefining yourself as with what may be going on in others' situations and emotional lives. You'll be testing the strength of your ties and of your own sense of self and you should bear this in mind when issues come up at the time that Venus squares Saturn in mid-March stirring up conflicts between your public role and personal ties.  
The next curved ball that life throws your way will happen when Venus again contacts Saturn close to the end of May. Try to remember that Venus out of sync with Saturn always triggers hurt feelings and that you must be particularly careful not to overreact and read negative meanings into others behavior that really aren't there. In fact, if you can act instead of react when loaded issues crop up, you'll have a chance to break through to new understanding and rapport.
One more emotionally charged period that will put you to the test will happen when romantic Venus tangles with harsh Saturn for the last time in 2018 during the first half of August.  If you can avoid playing you the victim or feeling ill-used even if others appear to be callously unaware of your needs or expectations, being honest and forthcoming without losing your cool will work wonders to ameliorate problems that could otherwise cause serious rifts.

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If you're getting the impression that the bad is going to outweigh the good in 2018, though, relax, because with Jupiter on your side through most of the year, you'll also be enjoying life in ways that surprise you and feeling buoyed up by developments in your personal and social lives. Even if you're facing challenges in close or established relationships, Jupiter in the most playful and expressive angle of your solar chart indicates that you're also finding new happiness which won't be a contradiction since it will come about as a revelation and it also encourages you to tap in to your creative talents and to get involved in speculative projects that can deliver financial and personal rewards

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Leo

The Sun--your ruler--is the center of our solar system and it is your birthright to shine as brightly and brilliantly as a star. And in 2018 with most of the planets in complimentary positions to your sign, you should not only be able to live up to your potential but to move forward towards new triumphs and successes. You'll also be able to direct more of your radiant attention on matters close to home and pursue personal plans you've been hoping to finally see through.
Not that all will be picture perfect but the periods that do hold challenges will be relatively short-lived. Some contests of will with partners and associates will be inevitable but in the final analysis they may actually help you to refine plans and visions if you don't lose your cool and go on the warpath. Bringing your creative visions down to earth and into crystal clear focus will also be something of a theme in 2018. And for the most part, this should be more enjoyable than dreary or difficult and will take you on a brilliant learning curve.
Rather than being a year of dramatic highs and lows, 2018 seems to present you with an even playing field which invites you to test your skills and explore fresh options. You've paid your dues, and while it's not time to rest on your laurels, it is time to reap some rewards.

CAREER AND PUBLIC IMAGE

You can thank fickle fate that rather than testing or tripping you up, the planets are on your side this year.  Even demanding and difficult Saturn will be exerting what could only be described as a "helpful" influence, positioned in its home sign and in a sector of your solar chart that encourages you to refine your focus. And it will be as 2018 gets underway that you'll be ready and able to harness the ideas and visions that have been dancing around in your brain and bring them down to earth.
Most Leos are creative and/or entrepreneurial but you aren't merely dreamers because you possess the willpower to find out how to make your plans work and to stick to the program until your reach your goals. And this is exactly what you'll be doing this year. Not that there won't be periods of trial and error, or various problems to solve. First, while you'll be marching more or less briskly forward until mid-April, when Saturn goes out of phase at that time, you'll enter a more trying and tedious period which will put your plans to the test, and pressure you to rethink and revise. Mercury, out of sync from March 23rd to April 15th and then contacting Saturn in late April will also add its confusing influence to any snarled-up situations.
Remember, too, and circle on the calendar, that brief but significant time frame when Mercury will be in retrograde motion in your birth sign (July 26th - August 19th) because then your own hazy thinking and tendency to get signals crossed will work to your disadvantage. Stepping back can save the day, because when Mercury is out of phase in this way, what's called for is the ability to take the time to process and sort out conflicting information.
Still, even if you have to make some changes and wait certain problems out, once Saturn resumes its forward motion in early September, you're going to have one of those "Aha" moments when the bits and pieces fall quite brilliantly in to place. What is the biggest challenge that you're going to tackle? Not letting that famous Leo pride get in the way when it comes to learning from your mistakes and admitting that you really need to find out more.
And although you'll have to contend with partners' and associates neurosis and resistance between October and mid-November, you're likely to feel clearer, more focused and nicely on track. What's more with Saturn and Jupiter both speeding forward during the last six weeks of the year, you'll be moving in an increasingly promising direction, setting the stage for exciting developments in 2019. With the added bonus of Jupiter forming a fortune boosting trine to your Sun as the year winds down, you really do appear to be entertaining some options that can take you sky high.

LOVE

Leo is said to be the zodiacal sign that rules the heart and you are naturally passionate and emotional although you do not tend to wear your heart on your sleeve. But this year, Jupiter's presence in the highly charged sign of Scorpio is going to intensify your urge to express your feelings and to fulfill your own personal desires. Romance is not under a cloud for Leos in 2018. When Venus is in particularly favorable positions, relationships will tend to flourish and grow and when the planet of love is in any way blocked you in turn may experience temporary disappointments or difficulties that may whip up your anxieties.
Happily, when Venus travels through your opposite sign of Aquarius from January 18th through February 10th, it augurs love and affection flowing your way in all your close, personal connections. Venus passing through the most extraverted and social angle of your solar chart from April 24th until May 18th is all about getting out and connecting with special friends, widening your world and drawing admirers your way. And when the planet of romance enters your birth sign from June 14th until July 10th, you're bound to be the apple of someone's eye and your fiery charm will be at a zenith.
Venus' entrance into the sign of Libra on August 6th starts a chain of action in motion around communicating thoughts and feelings and building bridges that draw others closer. Putting emotions into words is going to be more of a focus than usual but once Venus changes direction on October 5th some unresolved issue will be hanging in the air until Venus enters forward motion again on November 16th.
In December with blissful Venus passing over a highly emotional and sensitive angle of your chart, you'll be strengthening those ties that matter most. In short, 2018 is going to be a year that's replete with many personal joys and the best advice any astrologer could give you would be to be true to yourself and to dare to follow your heart.

MONEY

Because jaunty Jupiter will be bouncing off your Sun and increasing your confidence, your greatest challenge as far as financial affairs go is to practice a bit of restraint. Saying "Yes" to temptation will be far too easy, so you really will have to force yourself to examine facts and figure before go on spending sprees or entering new arrangements.
That said, your aspects certainly don't indicate that you're slated for any sort of disaster. And when the Sun passes through the practical and precise sign of Virgo from August 24th until September 23rd, you'll be able to organize and getting a firmer grip over you affairs. Favorable agreements are in the spotlight in early September and any real estate transactions you're involved in should work out to your advantage.

PEAKS

When the Sun is high in the sky of your solar chart or passing through the signs that best support its energy you, in turn, tend to be more centered, more magnetic and more able to fulfill your aims. And it will be when the Sun contacts Pluto while receiving Jupiter's positive influence during the first ten days of 2018, that projects and plans you focus on will provide a springboard to future success. Your next stellar moment occurs when the Sun reconnects with Jupiter in a harmonious trine mid-March and at this time your judgement will be spot-on when it comes to entering and cementing new arrangements.
Because the Sun is "exalted" in the sign of Aries where it will be positioned from March 21st to April 20th, any opportunities to embark on a travel-related adventure or explore business opportunities at a distance should not be passed up at this time. But it will be when the Sun moves towards the zenith of your chart and contacts Jupiter in early May that your star will be on the ascendant and you can draw all the right kind of attention to your abilities and contributions.
The end of May when old Sol is briefly in harmony with Mars in Aquarius will be the right moment to set agreements and collaborations in place. And when the Sun is in your birth sign in August--where it belongs and reigns supreme, contacting Jupiter mid-month, opportunities that crop up will offer real and tangible promise that affirm your hopes.
Be ready, too, to zero in on details and secure the kind of support you need when the Sun enters into a brilliant connection with Jupiter in the middle of September.  But possibly, the most auspicious aspect involving your resplendent ruler will occur toward the end of the year in the most creative and entrepreneurial angle of your chart.
When Jupiter marches into Sagittarius in early November it will set in motion a year-long period that enables you to promote your talents, develop new artistry in your chosen field of endeavor and throw yourself head and heart into speculative ventures that will lead to new success. Jupiter is known as the "planet of fortune," and as it moves into harmony with your birth sign, your own fortunes will be taking a gradual, but perceptible turn for the better and you will know, without a doubt, that the wind is at your back.

VALLEYS

Clouds can pass over the Sun obscuring its brilliance, just as--from an astrological point of view--inharmonious aspects from other planets can inhibit the power of the Sun's rays. And the total lunar eclipse of January 31st is one of these moments when you're likely to feel disempowered and will need to adjust to what is happening both in close relationships and professionally in order to make the right decisions and moves. The partial solar eclipse of February 15th is also likely to prose similar challenges, and you will need to follow through on crucial choices in light of new information.
You'd do well to make a concerted effort to get the facts rather than take anything at face value when the Sun is engulfed by nebulous Neptune on March 4th and then to be ready to accept a challenge to your own judgement when the Sun is squared by Saturn near March 29th. Most of all, do whatever it takes to steer clear of power struggles when Pluto conflicts with the Sun on April 11th. If you can't resist the urge to rise to the bait, you're likely to find yourself entangled in a stand-off than leads to ill-will all around.
July is going to be quite an eventful month, full of ups and downs as well. And with a partial solar eclipse happening on July 13th, preceded by a nasty aspect involving that old tyrant Pluto, once again, steering clear of contests of will is what will enable you to stay on course. This will be equally true near the total lunar eclipse of July 27th, when Mars, Pluto's compatriot, is very much in the picture. Not losing your temper and storming off will, at this time, show you to be the grown-up in situations when others are not distinguishing themselves by exhibiting mature behavior.
Be alert during the last eclipse of the year on August 11th to make every possible effort to resolve issues that cropped up during the other eclipse periods in late January, mid-February and late July. And then, a nasty square between your radiant ruler and Saturn on September 25th warns you to tread carefully, scrutinize the facts and figure out how to break through communications barriers without being churlish or accusatory.
One more Pluto moment awaits you on October 12th, when who is in control is an issue and so is your ability to let go of what you think you know and move on. And maybe what's most important for you to realize is that for Leos, the kinds of tests and challenges you tend to be confronted with all in some way involve issues about your sense of self, or to put it succinctly your ego. Leo--the lion--is the king (queen) of the jungle and what it's all about is being a good king/queen rather than a despot.  

OVERVIEW

The challenges that you'll be facing in 2018 certainly don't appear harsh or unduly difficult and perhaps the biggest issue of all will pivot on how you cope with the upbeat but often over-the-top influence of mighty Jupiter. Not becoming overly optimistic or going overboard is what it's all about but on the bright side, Jupiter is a huge confidence booster and mood lifter as well.
In fact, in 2018, the planets rather than being against you are encouraging you to move forward, develop plans and realize long-held hopes. What's more, there's no question that you'll be enjoying life more fully.

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Virgo

Go ahead and do a little victory dance, Virgo, because you've triumphed over many odds during the last several years and you've shown the world the fine quality of your character. Yours is a zodiacal sign that is strong and sensitive in equal measure and while your nervous system is intensely reactive to stress, your ability to put in a brilliant performance and maintain your focus keeps you on track come what may.
As 2018 kicks off, trying--testy--Saturn has moved from a harsh square to your birth sign into a harmonious trine where it will remain well into 2020.  And what this means for you is that you'll feel increasingly supported and rewarded. All the efforts you've been making in recent times, and the way in which you've coped with personal strains will appear in a new light and you'll be able to see that all you've done has been worthwhile.
Not that everything will magically become perfect and wonderful as 2018 unfolds. Still, you won't doubt that your life is on the up and up. Saturn's departure from a sensitive angle of your chart means that you're being liberated from burdens that have been weighing you down and you'll not only be feeling lighter and more inspired  but with one exception, all the planets in the zodiac will now be cheering you on.

YOUR CAREER AND PUBLIC IMAGE

More recognition is what you deserve and with Saturn trining you Sun sign from the judgmental but discerning sign of Capricorn in 2018, your abilities and contributions will be seen for the outstanding qualities they possess instead of being overlooked. Virgos tend to unobtrusively tidy up messes and fill in gaps and what drives you is your unending attunement to detail and your precise and logical mind.
Increasing visibility and success is what Saturn's current position in the skies is all about for you. Like everything involving Saturn, though, your progress will be slow and sure rather than instantaneous and fleeting because Saturn is a one step at a time kind of planet. Your focus, though, is going to shift in a direction that will turn out to be both inspiring and stimulating because Saturn is now ensconced in the most creative angle of your solar chart.
Your down-to-earth sensibilities help you to make realistic choices that make sense--not the pie in the sky dreams that less discriminating zodiacal signs can be hooked on. And in 2018, entrepreneurial projects and/or creative endeavors will lead you in a rewarding new direction. Saturn is on the move as 2018 begins and you will be in a groundbreaking period, tuning into new options and exploring plans until mid-April, when the scene will shift.
What you should bear in mind, is that once Saturn changes direction on April 18th, it's all about follow-through and learning. The temptation to jump in and try to swim ahead when you're out of your depths will only throw you off course. Aspects involving Mercury--your ruling planet--also indicate that decisions you reach or responses you're getting mid-April are setting you on a successful new track that also puts new demands on you.
The summer is going to be a complex but encouraging time for you. As a Virgo, you actually flourish in situations when there's a lot to figure out and your brain leaps into action. With Jupiter occupying the most mentally acute angle of your solar chart throughout most of 2018, you're going to be getting insights that open up your world in wonderful ways. Jupiter is the planet of abundance. It's also the most optimistic and lighthearted of all the planets and its presence in Scorpio is bound to be a mood booster for Virgos. Best, it is in a position in your solar chart that encourages you to reach out and communicate in ways that others will find very engaging. And for this reason, you won't find it difficult to get others to go along with you plans.
You can expect more action once September rolls in and your ideas and projects will be taking hold. With Saturn moving forward after the 6th of September all signs point to go and by October you'll begin to feel as if the wind really is at your back. Mars in your work angle intensifies your focus and with Jupiter surging forward at the same time, you appear unstoppable.

LOVE

Nothing in 2018's planetary picture will be holding you back from finding or holding onto happiness, but Neptune's long voyage through your relationship angle (2011-2016) is something of a confusion-maker. What you need to know is that the dreamy, dissolving effect of Neptune can mean that at times your lover's behavior may strike you as distancing or ambiguous or that you yourself may feel unclear about what you want or where a relationship is heading.
Neptune's challenge really comes down to striking the balance between being understanding or being some kind of sacrificial lamb. It's also about fantasizing about the impossible and being content with the reality of your life. Whatever occurs when Venus conjuncts Neptune on February 21st, though, some kind of breakthrough or epiphany is in the air that points the way to greater happiness.
With Venus in your relationship angle, in fact, from February 10th through March 6th, love is in the air and aspects involving ebullient Jupiter on the March 1st, indicate that your ability to open up and really express what you're thinking will have an amazingly positive effect on your close ties. When Venus is opposing Saturn near May 26th, though, you'll need to make an effort to stay on the same page with friends and lovers, or risk a rift.
Venus will be traveling through your birth sign from July 10th thorough August 6th, which not only intensifies your magnetism, but draws more affection your way. And with Jupiter in the picture near the 22nd, you really shouldn't hesitate to follow your heart wherever it may lead. Remember, though, that when Venus goes out of sync on October 5th, an unresolved and emotionally charged issue is likely to be hanging in the air until Venus returns to the same position in the skies on December 18th.

MONEY

The good news is that with Jupiter having made a recent exit from your financial angle, expenditures should go down. What's more, you won't be as prone to yield to temptation, but being a practical, down-to-earth Virgo, you rarely go overboard or step over the line. What's more, Saturn has now moved into a part of your chart that promises more returns of the monetary kind as far as speculative ventures are concerned, although progress will tend to inch along in a slow but steady manner.
Every year, the Sun travels through your solar financial angle from September 24th to October 23rd, making this the time when you can get your affairs organized and honed. When the Sun is harshly aspected by Saturn on September 25th, though, be ready to do some fact facing and to act accordingly. Even though you might feel momentarily discouraged, though, Venus' direct motion in Libra on November 25th promises that wind is again blowing in a favorable direction for you.

PEAKS

Because your birth sign is ruled by fleet-footed Mercury, those times when it's moving swiftly forward--and especially when other planets lending support--are also prone to be those times when everything works for you. And with Mercury speeding along and contacting Jupiter near January 25th, you'll be in the right place at the right time for lucky breaks. June 19th is another favorable moment--especially involving new contacts and options--and the period around September 16th stands out as one when you can make the kinds of choices that take you in a particularly successful direction.
As for your visibility and your ability to win others over, Venus' passage through your career angle from April 24th until May 18th is a time frame when your charm and diplomacy are magnified, especially near May 17th. And the Sun's presence at your solar chart zenith from May 22nd until June 21st draws more attention your way each and every year, but is emphasized by the new Moon of  June 13th.
Bear in mind, too, that when powerful Mars is in harmony with your birth sign from mid-March until mid-May, you, in turn, will feel more empowered and you'll be able to move forward with plans and projects at a swift pace. What's more, Jupiter entering its home sign at the base of your solar chart on November 8th ushers in a period that promises an upswing in your fortunes and personal happiness. Additionally, an important standout moment will happen near December 21st when all signs point to go and personal and property affair related matters will work out even better than you hoped.

VALLEYS

While, 2018 isn't going to be a of time of dramatic ups and downs, there will be phases that are more frustrating and stressful when Mercury goes out of phase for three short periods during the year. Don't look at these periods as dead time, though, because when your ruling planet is not in sync with the earth plane, your cosmic challenge is to review, rethink and revise.
Mercury will first reverse itself between March 23rd and April 8th and because this will happen in the part of your solar chart that has everything to do with shared resources, collaborations and other peoples' money, be a detective and look beneath the surface for hidden issues that are snagging up your plans. Mercury in this instance can actually save you from making highly regrettable errors, so use your razor sharp mind to dissect and analyze rather than going into tooth gnashing fits of pique.
With Mercury out of sync in the most hidden angle of your chart from July 26th until August 19th, what you will require will be some private time to mull over unclear options. You won't be able to sort out complex issues without giving your over-taxed mind enough room to process an information overload and you're likely to find that if you stop obsessing, the details will almost magically fall into place and you'll be the problem solving genius of the hour.
Last, with Mercury regressing from the sign of Sagittarius into Scorpio from November 17th to December 6th, don't be tempted to sign any documents that don't satisfy your demands in enough intricate detail to protect your interests--especially any that concern property or domestic matters. You're going to find it very difficult to be patient at this time, but fortunately you're a born stickler and your insistence on getting everything right will work out in your favor in the end.
Those times when Mercury is under siege from other planets are also likely to be trying for Virgos as when Mercury is squared by harsh Saturn on April 5th. Dismaying developments or news may whip up concerns and similar issues may also occur on April 25th. Neither of these dates are favorable for pressing for answers or results. You'd also be wise to avoid power struggles near October 7th and make an effort to control your temper near October 20th.

OVERVIEW

Your own clarity and sense of purpose will grow stronger as 2018 unfolds and you will also become increasingly inspired about new plans. And as the year draws to a close, you'll have every reason to believe that your fortunes are on the up and up and you'll be right. With Saturn on your side your precision and practicality will be guiding your true and with Jupiter moving into a prominent position in your solar chart, the smart decisions you've recently made concerning your lifestyle and direction will be coming up roses.

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Libra

You're probably tired of hearing that balance is the keyword for Libra especially since there are times when you feel anything but poised and in control. But Libras really are born with a wonderful ability to see both sides of situations and to seek genuine reciprocity in all their relationships. And even when your emotions overwhelm you with their intensity, your instinct is to center yourself rather than going over the edge.
So what does this have to do with what the planets hold in store for you as this brand-new year stretches out before you? 2017 was a period when expansive Jupiter was a dominant influence in your astrological picture which doesn't necessary mean that everything in your life was upbeat and easy, but it does mean that you've been experiencing a time which has offered a kind of opening up, exploration and growth.
In 2018, though, instead of Jupiter, Saturn--the planet of contraction-- will become a dominant influence, shifting the balance from self-discovery to proving yourself and building a firmer foundation. And while Saturn is a demanding taskmaster and you're not looking at a year that's going to be about whooping it up and lolling about on the upside you are entering a time when your sense of purpose will drive you towards new success.

YOUR CAREER AND PUBLIC IMAGE

More security is what you'll be seeking in 2018 because Saturn has moved to the part of your chart that has everything to do with home, roots and stability. Libras can certainly be strivers who aim high, but this drive often takes a back seat to your urge to connect to people and live up to your ideals. But with Saturn now ensconced in ambitious Capricorn, you're going to be in a more practical mindset and you're going to feel motivated to work harder and to shoulder more responsibilities.
If this doesn't sound like fun, it actually will be because Libras have a unique relationship to Saturn. In fact, according to astrological lore, the notorious tyrant of the zodiac is at its best when it's in your sign. You're not only able to respond  brilliantly to the challenges Saturn brings your way but to come through with shining colors. Saturn's energy can help you feel stronger rather than diminished and brings out your most winning qualities.  
This is exactly why 2018 holds the potential to be a particularly successful year for you. You'll feel ready to take on whatever needs to be done. You'll push yourself and rise above the slackers and dreamers who remain hopelessly stuck on the bottom rung of the ladder. You'll rise to whatever occasion demands and draw all the right kind of attention your way.
2018 starts out with a full Moon (January 2nd) in your career angle at the top of your chart which tunes you in to the vital importance of cultivating your public image and stepping in to the spotlight. And with Mars voyaging through the most mentally acute angle of your chart throughout February bright ideas will be doing a happy tango in your head and you should do everything in your power to get in touch with those who can help to further your aims.
March emphasizes more brain storming and the cultivation of brilliant alliances but you're likely to run into some snags that won't be resolved before mid-April. You're also going to be feeling more pressured and overwhelmed with Mars out of sync with your sign from early April until mid-May. And around the same time, with Saturn out of phase form mid-April until early September, you're likely to feel that you're playing a continual game of catch-up and to be dealing with various personal issues that distract you from your goals.
Pay close attention to developments that take place around the time of the eclipse of July 13th because they will shine a new light on any challenges you're facing. A shift of focus and a different approach will be exactly what's required to get you back on the road to success. August and September--the late Summer and early Fall appear to be quite rewarding but certainly not fast moving periods for you professionally and you're likely to be polishing, revising and perfecting before moving full speed ahead.
Mars is going to be stirring up your creativity during the last few months of 2018 and with Saturn in forward motion you'll be completing one phase and at the same time receiving the beneficial influence of Jupiter which is going to enter its home sign of Sagittarius on November 8th. And as 2018 winds down, your ability to inspire and engage with others will be triggering the kinds of responses you've hoped for and you'll have no doubt that your star is on the rise.

LOVE

No matter how busy you might be this year, love is always of utmost importance to those born under romantic Venus' rays. And while your dream of perfect union is hard to fulfill, your winning ways always draw others towards you and help to keep make close relationships last. 2018 is going to be a time of changing emotions, but the balance will fall towards happiness before the year is through. And as ever, it's all about trusting your heart and daring to be true to your own ideals.
Venus will be stirring up passions as it travels through the relationship angle of your solar chart from March 7th through March 31st, but when it's confronted by Saturn on March 13th, disappointment or an urge to retreat may draw a wedge between you and someone you love. But even though Saturn can be harsh, whatever occurs is urging you to stop being so self-protective. Fear and love really don't make a happy mix, so the solution is to do, dare and surpass your own expectations.
Venus will be voyaging through the most outgoing part of your solar chart from June 13th until July 9th revving up your social life and warming up your personal connections. You really should accept the invitations that come your way during this time frame and get out and about. Those you draw into your world are likely to turn out to be important to you in the future.
What stands out most strongly in your romantic forecast for 2018 are events occurring during the period when heavenly Venus enters your birth sign on August 7th, where it will remain until September 9th heightening emotions and stirring your heart. But when Venus enters retrograde motion on October 5th, an emotionally charged issue is likely to be holding a close relationship in some kind of limbo. Not to worry, though because happy endings are indicated when Venus breaks free from the impasse in Mid-November.

MONEY

Jupiter is considered to be the planet of luck and with Jupiter holed up in the part of your solar chart that has everything to do with money, financial matters should generally be looking up for you in 2018. Because Jupiter is also the planet that rules optimism and largesse, though, you may also find it more difficult that it should be to say "no" to temptations to spend more than is wise. In short, what can so easily happen when Jupiter is in this position is that more cash may flow in, but more may also be flowing out.
Of course, being a balanced and thoughtful Libra, you can handle this and avoid going overboard--but it will require some effort. And bear in mind that the period when Jupiter is out of phase--from March 9th until August 10th--will not be a propitious one for entering into new arrangements. On the other hand, with Venus shooting forward in your financial angle all during December, fortune does appear to be smiling your way.

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Your planetary ruler, Venus' position and situation can provide something of a barometer of your own circumstances as the year goes by. And with Venus in what's described as its' "exaltation" in the sign of Pisces from February 10th through March 6th, you'll be in a kind of flow with events and people in your life that triggers good results all around. This is a very much a time to pursue your dreams and to demand what you deserve especially when Jupiter is in the frame on March 1st.
Venus' passage through the earthy sign of Taurus from March 31st until April 24th, is also a favorable period particularly around new collaborations and financial negotiations. You will be in the right frame of mind to make the kinds of decisions that can set you on a more secure path and your ability to graciously interface with partners and associates will be heightened.
When your ruler is in your own birth sign--its' second home in the zodiac--from August 7th until September 9th and again from November 1st until December 2nd, your enhanced charm and warmth will help to smooth your path, whatever you attempting at the time. This will very much be a period when you can win others over and when your popularity will give you an edge.
With Venus brilliantly aspected, the following dates also hold a bit of extra magic for you, whatever your undertake: January 31st when the full Moon contacts Venus is both personally and emotionally uplifting; March 1st with Venus in harmony with Jupiter is a luck booster; April 17th is a date that accents high spirits and good fortune and June 1st is a time when the wind is at your back.
And because Venus will be forming stabilizing aspects at certain times during 2018, these dates will pinpoint moments that offer opportunities to sort out personal issues, communicate more honesty and heal rifts: April 7th when Venus forms a trine to Saturn; July 14th when Venus' placement and aspects accent getting to the route of tangled issues and setting matters to rights and September 13th as well as December 16th which are times that favor financial stabilization and all matters pertaining to home and hearth.

VALLEYS

Whenever your sensitive ruling planet isn't in a congenial sign--a place where it is described as in "detriment" or "fall"-- you, in turn, are prone to be feeling less buoyant and to encounter more challenging situations. Venus in Aries from March 6th to March 31st does enliven your relationship angle, but because it is at a disadvantage during that time frame, you yourself may tend to be feeling defensive and overprotective. And when Venus enters the sign of Virgo where it is subject to a kind of debasement (from July 10th until August 6th), you yourself will be more prone to feel awkward and to feel an urge to withdraw. You may also find yourself being dragged down by others' woes and needs, but there will be an upside which will be that your own contributions really will make a difference.
Scorpio is not a friendly sign for Venus to voyage through either since again it is technically in "detriment" in this stormy place. And because Venus will be in and out of Scorpio from September 9th until October 31st and again from December 2nd through January 7th, 2019, you're going to be coping with some complex situations--especially where others' behavior is concerned.
Who to trust and what others' real motives are may be an issue during these time frames, but bear in mind that you may tend to harbor unwarranted suspicions on your own side. And when Venus is astrologically under the gun as it will be when it conjoins nebulous Neptune on February 21st, it will be all too easy to misread signs and lose your perspective. You will also face a challenge when Venus is harassed by Saturn on March 13th when you'll tend to misinterpret or overreact as will also be true on May 26th and August 10th. And bear in mind that none of these dates are favorable for pressing ahead on your own agenda.
One other planet that will not be well disposed towards your Sun sign during certain periods of 2018 will be feisty Mars which travels through the sign of Capricorn from March 17 until May 16th and again from July 13th through September 10th. And Mars--which is pure adrenaline--will tend to put you under undue pressure when it's in Capricorn which is a sign that is not in harmony with your own. But while these period will tend to be a bit more stressful for you but they will also tend to be quite productive.

OVERVIEW

No astrologer would honestly tell you that 2018 is going to be a time of entirely smooth sailing, but potentially--depending on how much effort you decide to make--it promises be a time when you will end up you standing on firmer ground. Contradictions and ups and downs are clearly in the mix, but as ever, your ability to maintain your perspective and your balance will ensure positive outcomes all around.

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Scorpio

Scorpios have the reputation of being stormily emotional because, in fact, you are. But you also have the reputation of being enigmatic and inscrutable because you are adept at keeping your feelings under wraps. Fortunately you don't have anything to get churned up about as far as your astrological picture for 2018 goes. To the contrary, you're now entering a time when your fortunes will be on up and up and so will your spirits with lucky Jupiter making its rare--once every twelve years--visit to your sign.
With Jupiter on your side you'll be feeling more confident and more open to the new and unexplored. Some of your barriers will come down and you'll be drawing new experiences and people your way. You'll feel burdens lifting off and a greater sense of ease will take hold. Jupiter is the most joyful and playful planet in the zodiac so you'll be in the mood for fun and jollity. Which is good news, of course, but there's also a caveat. It's all too easy to end up wasting opportunities when indulgent Jupiter's in the frame.
Letting go and kicking up your heels is a great release and one you deserve. But 2018 holds the potential to be a valuable time of inspiration and breakthrough as well as the gestation period for plans that will take you far. Doors open more easily when Jupiter's in your corner. And when Scorpios feel good their charm rockets--so take advantage of it, get out there. Your star is on the rise.

YOUR CAREER AND PUBLIC IMAGE

Various twists and turns lie ahead this year, but the road to success will be clear  as long as you heed the signals and the signs. With a powerful eclipse happening at the zenith of your chart on January 31st  you must be ready to reexamine your plans in the light of unexpected developments. And remember, what's most important for Scorpios to maintain in 2018 is focus and adaptability. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security when everything seems to tick along as it should because it will be all too easy to lose the plot.
Challenges arising in late March urge you to go on a learning curve to solve a problem that is holding you hostage. Don't be too proud to admit what you don't know because pride is one of Scorpio's greatest stumbling blocks. By mid-April you should be able to get a new and positive momentum going. But with difficult Saturn now holed up in part of your solar chart that is all about thinking and communicating you also shouldn't stop challenging yourself where it comes to acquiring new skills and savvy.
By now you're probably wondering if all these efforts and stresses will be worthwhile, especially while, with happy-go-lucky Jupiter in your sign, you're really not feeling all that driven or worried. But the answer is yes, yes and yes again. What you don't go for will slip away, leaving you with regrets. Situations will work out to your advantage as long as you're present, willing and engaged. And with Jupiter turning tail in your sign from March 9th - August 10th following through on plans and opportunities is what it's all about to keep you in the running.
Whatever occurs near the eclipse of August 11th will again shed a new light on career and work related matters. And as long as you remain alert you'll be able to make the most of any unexpected changes or developments while staying on track. Aspects happening in mid-September are also indicative of the arrival of the unexpected which urges you to stay on the cutting edge as well as to break free from restrictions that are holding up back.
You should be on something of a roll in the Fall, but you still seem to be encountering a kind of unevenness and you'll have to remain as adaptable as possible to reach your goals. Still, your ability to apply newly acquired knowledge at this time appears to be what is working in your favor. And by November you'll be getting some tangible rewards and seeing your stock go up.
Try not to jump on opportunities that come up towards the end of the year without subjecting them to real scrutiny, though, or you'll end up sabotaging your own progress. Details aren't likely to cohere before early December so be ready to be a stickler and take your time. With Mars surging forward in the most creative and entrepreneurial angle of your chart from late November through the end of the year, 2018 is going to wind down on a highly promising note.

LOVE

Being born under the most passionate sign of the zodiac, the intensity of your emotions can sweep you away. But even when you fall madly in love, few would ever guess since you're not inclined to wear your heart on your sleeve.  With Jupiter in your sign during most of 2018, though, you'll be more openly emotional than usual and your closest relationships are going to be filled with discovery and magic.
With Venus voyaging through the harmonious sign of Pisces and lighting up the most playful angle of your chart, the period from February 11th to March 6th holds a charge that draws you into close encounters of the romantic kind. This will also be a time when your social life sparkles and your magnetism is at a peak, especially when Jupiter trines Venus on March 1st.
Standoffs and tempestuous scenes are likely to be in the air when Venus is harshly aspected by Pluto around the 23rd of March but the emotional weather is going to shift dramatically once Venus ventures into Taurus energizing the part of your solar chart connected to close relationships from March 31st through April 24th. The period near April 17th, especially, stands out as a time when love is in the air.
Most intriguing is the planet of romance's entrance into your birth sign on September 9th where it will then lose its momentum on October 5th. Pay close attention to developments in your personal life at this time, because whatever occurs, you will be either puzzling something out or waiting for someone else to do the same until Venus changes direction on November 16th. Issues that hang in the air during this period demand a kind of finesse on your part so try to refrain from taking action of any kind.
Confusion and uncertainly will not be a sign that there won't be a happy ending and once Venus re-enters Scorpio on December 2nd, where it will remain until January 7, 2019, you'll be experiencing some kind of epiphany which sets your personal life on a more rewarding course.

MONEY

Contractive, challenging Saturn was on something of a rampage through your financial angle from 2015 through 2017 and in one way or another, you've been forced to do some fact facing and reorganizing that has given you a firmer grasp over your affairs. And now that Saturn has moved into a new position in your solar chart, the pressure is off and you can reap the benefits--a bit more seasoned and wiser than you previously were.
With Mars in your solar financial angle from January 26th through March 18th, you'll be taking some active steps to launch new plans or enter into promising arrangements, although you're going to run into some snags near February 28th that urge you to be a bit more cautious than you feel. Still you appear to be on a very positive track and you'll be timing your moves with a kind of cool prescience when Mars trines intuitive Uranus near March 11th. What's more, with Jupiter beautifully aspected in your second house of monetary affairs on December 21st, good news seems to be coming your way.

PEAKS

When Mars is strongly placed in your birth sign and/or getting beneficial treatment from other planets, you yourself tend to be more able to speed forward and accomplish your ends. And as the New Year rolls in Mars will be streaming along though Scorpio intensifying your energy and your will. What's more, with Mars contacting lucky Jupiter in your sign on January 7th and then harmonizing with Pluto, your powerful ruler on the January 8th, you will be a force to be reckoned with and ascending to new heights.
With Mars, Jupiter and Pluto again forming an alliance during the last week of April, your own drive will be fired up and you'll be able to break through barriers and make real progress. Don't hesitate to cover new ground literally and figuratively.  With a powerful stellar accent on your communication angle, it's all about reaching out and convincing others that you mean what you say.
Venus at the Zenith of your solar chart from June 13th until July 10th brings the kind of attention you way that encourages you to charm--rather than force--your way into the public eye. Being a diplomatic and smoothing ruffled feathers may not be your usual opus operandi but making an effort to harmonize with others will be setting the stage for new success and your increasingly visibility will give you a chance to really shine.
With Mars turning direct on August 27th, the importance of keeping your promises is going to be accented. At this time, you will be a turning point which is all about following through. And with lucky Jupiter making its last harmonious aspect to Pluto--your birth sign's powerful ruler--on the 12th of September, you'll have no doubt that the wind is at your back. The bits and pieces of plans will be falling into place and your own confidence will be on the rise.
Jupiter remains your champion in October especially when it conjoins Mercury in Scorpio on October 29th. Good news and positive responses in general will be in the air, and your self-assurance will be drawing all the right kind of attention your way. This period also accents decision making and because your mind will be on quite a brilliant track you'll be able to set new plans in place that promise to take you far--so don't hesitate to do and to dare.
Mars will be in harmony with your sign from mid-November until the end of the year which will be a steadying and supportive influence. In fact, December appears to be a time frame that is full of reassuring developments all around and your own charm will heightened ensuring that your popularity is on the rise. With your ruler, Pluto, also in forward motion at this time, you'll be able to make the smooth progress you've been hoping for as a new year stretches ahead, full of promise.

VALLEYS

The planets are going to be very much on your side in 2018 but, of course, there will be periods when pressures mount and you feel out of sorts. And with Venus harshly aspected by Pluto near April 23rd, power struggles and emotional upsets are likely to briefly test your ability to control your temper and not stress out. Mars' entrance into Aquarius from May 16th until August 13th, is another stress maker, especially in your personal life and around domestic affairs.
It will be the period when mighty Mars is out of phase (in apparent backward motion) from June 26th until July 27th, though, that will really test your ability to keep the momentum going and not get discouraged about delays and glitches. The sluggish pace--or total lack of movement--that's characteristic of a retrograde Mars, calls for a lot of patience and the will power to still remain on course. But will power is not an attribute that Scorpios lack.
Mars' return to Aquarius on September 11th where it remains until November 15th is likely to have an agitating influence even if you're doing well on most fronts. Feisty, adrenalizing Mars is out of harmony with your birth sign in this position, so various situations are likely to rub you the wrong way and whip up your nerves. Practice deep breathing and don't succumb. Because Mars will be at the nadir, or bottom of your solar chart, again matters that are particularly related to home and hearth may be difficult to handle.
You should know too that when Mercury--the mind planet--is out of sync, details can be dangling in the air in a way that slows you down, especially if this happens in a sign that impacts your birth sign. And while the first period of Mercury's retrograde motion in 2018 happens in the sign of Aries from March 23rd until April 15th, isn't one that falls in that category, you are likely to be waiting out work related snags that force you to slow down and practice patience.
Mercury again going out of sync at the top of your chart on July 26th, though, will have the annoying quality of forcing you to cool your heels and not finalize agreements or projects until it resumes moving forward on August 19th. And Mercury's last backwards period of the year happens from November 17th until December 6th, when the planet of communication does an about-face in your birth. And during this time frame, you'll be best off if you delay important decisions and scrutinize the details of all new projects and plans.

OVERVIEW

Actually, when you look back on 2018, you'll be able to appreciate how little there was to worry about and how much there was to savor and enjoy. And if you took advantage of the opportunities that came your way and cashed in on your strokes of luck, you'll also have much to celebrate. Don't forget that this is going to be your "Jupiter" year and Jupiter is all about hope, expansion and bounty but the rest is up to you.

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Sagittarius

The good news as 2018 rolls in is that severe, testy Saturn has completed its long voyage through your birth sign and you're on the brink of a promising new life chapter. You've proven that you can endure--even triumph over--daunting challenges. You've stood tall, you've waited out the hard times and you've shown the world what you're made of. And now you're ready to plot out your next stunning move.
Sagittarians aren't whiners. Your take on life is nourished by Jupiter--the most upbeat planet of the zodiac. You refuse to let doubt sink your ship and you know and trust that the winds of fortune are at you back.  Your innate optimism not only inspires you, it inspires everyone you encounter. And this is one of the reasons why you so often do succeed.
During the twenty eight months, Saturn has doubtless prompted you to reassess numerous situations and to tighten your grip. And for many of you this has led to breakthroughs and new successes, lending your beliefs and convictions more substance while forcing others to take you more seriously. In fact, Saturn can be a brilliant balance for Sagittarians, even when it tests you to your limits. You're now stronger and more focused than ever and in 2018 you're going to be able to move closer to a long-held dream.

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You will be looking at life with new eyes as 2018 unfolds and the emphasis is on analyzing and strategizing. With Jupiter--your ruling planet--now ensconced in the discerning sign of Scorpio, it's not about plunging into unknown waters, but testing their depth. Sagittarians can get into all kinds of scrapes when they become overly confident, but if the events of the last few years have taught you anything, it's to at least survey all conditions before you leap.
Jupiter's position in your solar chart this year--in the 12th and most hidden angle of your horoscope--means that your guardian angel is more frequently whispering in your ear. Taking the time to step back and ponder your moves is going to help you to direct your attention in exactly the right way--so make an effort to be receptive to the inner workings of your own mind. You may be mapping out your course, laying the groundwork for new plans or working behind the scenes in situations where your influence can have a powerful effect.
With down-to-earth Saturn now in its home sign, Capricorn, common sense and attention to detail are going to be your governing principles. And with Saturn in the part of your solar chart that has everything to do with finances, you will be bringing your ideas down to earth by figuring out how to make them realistic enough to really fly. But you're not likely to be feeling bored and trapped by what might sound like tedium because you'll be empowering yourself by making your visions doable and real.
Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio will be getting you moving down exactly the right road in January and the ideas and plans that seize your imagination promise to take you far. And with Mars streaking through your birth sign all during February and the first half of March, you really will be a force to be reckoned with and nothing will be capable of holding you back. Saturn's progress through the most practical angle of your solar chart will simultaneously keep you grounded in facts and details and steering true.
Developments in April appear to demand strategic problem solving and trying choices. Bear in mind, though, that what you learn and decide at this time will give you the clarity to get where you need to go. Mars' position emphasizes planning and practicality though mid-May when it transitions into the most mentally acute angle of your chart. And when Mars changes direction in this position in late June, you're going to enter a time frame that challenges you to make revisions which you'll be able to put into place by late August.
All of this action promises to lead to real and tangible results by November. And with Jupiter--your ruler--entering your birth sign at that time, you, in turn, will be entering a rare year-long cycle of good fortune and new success.

LOVE

Your joie de vivre encourages you to expect the best of life and love and as far as 2018 goes, you aren't likely to be disappointed. Nothing lurks on your personal horizons that is cause for alarm. You may need and demand more private time than usual, but as the year unfolds, you'll also be expanding your social horizons and connecting to people who promise to brighten your world.
The period from February 11th to March 6th, though, will be one that rivets your attention on home, family and those ties that bind. And Venus beautifully aspected in Pisces on March 1st brings the kind of magic that's creates harmony all around. Venus next advances into the most exuberantly social angle of your chart from March 7th until the end of the month urging you to get out and about, lighten up and follow your heart wherever it might lead.
One of the most romantic periods of the year is ushered in by Venus in Gemini which voyages through your relationship angle from April 24th until May 19th. Close connections will sweeten, others will be inclined to seek your company and more affection will be flowing your way. Whatever occurs near the 7th, though, will cast a cloud unless you stop making assumptions and dare to say what you think and feel.
Venus's entrance into Libra on August 6th is another enlivening influence both socially and emotionally, but it also sets a series of events in motion that raise questions about your romantic future. Venus will exit Libra on September 9th but will return from October 31st until December 2nd and unresolved issues about feelings and commitments are likely to hang in the air until Venus changes directions on November 16th. Not to worry, though, because all is more than likely to work out as you hoped.

MONEY

With reality tuned Saturn ensconced in your financial angle all year, you're going to be doing some serious stock-taking and reorganizing of your monetary affairs. No need to panic, though, because Saturn's influence is going to be just what the doctor ordered. Your ability to structure your affairs, make savvy choices and clear away financial deadwood will not only have a stabilizing effect, it will increase your chances of professional breakthrough and success.
Issues that crop up in early April will be wake-up calls. Sagittarians hate to set limits, but you'll now be having something of an epiphany about the importance of sticking to budgets and even cutting back in the interest of actually getting ahead. And by May, you'll sense that you're not only getting a firmer grip, but setting all the right wheels in motion. Consistency counts in 2018 and you will be amply repaid for your far-seeing restraint as 2018 winds down.

PEAKS

Jupiter--your ruler--will be in forward motion as 2018 begins and you'll be feeling motivated and inspired until it goes out of phase on March 9th. And with adrenalizing Mars in your birth sign all during February, you will be breaking through barriers and shooting towards your goals with amazing accuracy. No one can be more unabashedly direct that a Sagittarius and speaking frankly and demanding what you deserve will be setting your compass for a brighter future, especially near February 14th.
Jupiter's direct motion on July 10th is a thumbs up for you, enabling you, in turn, to move forwards towards your dreams. And with Venus at the zenith of your solar chart from July 10th until August 6th, your charm and magnetism will smooth your progress. Early September will also be a particularly favorable time frame for accomplishing your ends, especially when the Sun in your solar career angle is brilliantly aspected by Pluto on the September 11th.
The last five days of October also sparkle in a different fashion when your ruler, Jupiter, contacts Mercury in a hidden angle of your solar chart. Your ability to make the right moves and speak the right words will be opening doors and whatever you're planning appears to be uncannily on target. And with both Mercury and Jupiter connecting once again in your birth sign as November draws to a close, you are going to be on a roll which culminates when this aspect again reoccurs on the 21st of December.
Trust your judgement when aspects involving Jupiter underline your ability to make smart choices around January 9th and zero in on a personal matter that promises new happiness on March 1st. An opportunity that you begin to pursue near April 14th will reward your efforts near September 14th and whatever occurs near October 29th is a signal to follow your plans and dreams come what may.

VALLEYS

"Into each life some rain must fall," and in 2018 there will, of course, be periods which are more trying than others but they certainly don't appear to be anything you can't handle. Your astrological weather is far more agreeable now than it has been in the recent past but the occasional "heads up" can only help you out and  fleeting planetary events that impact your sign are simply inevitable.
First, you need to know that the time frame when your sign's planetary ruler, Jupiter, is out of phase is bound to be a period when you have a sense that you're  caught in a kind of limbo. Jupiter turns retrograde on March 9th and resumes its forward motion on July 10th and the most important thing to understand during this time is that you really can't force the pace. What your stars are telling you is that instead of expanding further afield, you need to focus on what you've started. So practice patience (not your strongest suit) while keeping your hand in and being consistent.
Meanwhile, when Mercury careens backwards in Aries during April and encounters nasty Saturn on April 5th and April 25th, concerning issues about finances or new projects are going to test your ability to think coolly and logically. Be prepared to make changes and not cling to plans that aren't feasible, even if it hurts. You really will be able to pinpoint errors and make valuable revisions at this time and this is exactly what will guarantee your long term success.
Mars' retrograde motion between June 26th and August 27th is also a period that will be frustrating in various ways. And even though your ruler, Jupiter, will jump back into sync with the earth plane in early July, it isn't likely that all the bits and pieces of projects and plans will really start to sparkle until the end of August. Mars' retreat into your financial angle during its retrograde period means that you will need to do a bit of fine tuning to get all the details right.
Last, even though the planets are very much in your favor as 2018 winds down, you need to know that with Mercury going out of sync in your birth sign from November 17th until December 6th, you will again need to be patient about finalizing plans and agreements. Mistakes and crossed signal are bound to cause confusion during this period--especially near November 17th when nebulous Neptune enters the scene. So don't rush ahead and don't make assumptions but whatever it takes, make absolutely sure that you understand what others intend.

OVERVIEW

The big picture, though, appears to be a bright one for Sagittarians in 2018. And what you need to remember is that you're paving the way for a signal new era. Your fortune boosting ruler will be entering your birth sign--its own home--in November setting in motion a period of increased luck and ease. Jupiter periods occur only once every twelve years--so this year, your goal is to lock your gaze on your most cherished dreams and start marching towards them.

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Capricorn

The very first thing to remember is that as 2018 unfolds you're coming under the influence of the stern and demanding taskmaster Saturn.  And for this reason, it would be dishonest of any astrologer to tell you that it's going to be a year of amazing highs and relatively few challenges. On the other hand, since Saturn is your planetary ruler and at home in your birth sign, you, more than any other zodiacal sign, instinctively understand how to take on whatever challenges Saturn may throw in your path and use them in a way that works out in your favor.
"Conscientious" is the word that best describes the innate character of a true Capricorn and you aren't inclined to do anything in a slipshod manner. And while 2018 may well be a time when you're facing more challenges and taking on more responsibilities, they in turn will give you a chance to prove how committed, consistent and capable you can be. And this year, as a result, your sterling qualities will come shining through for all the world to see.
Your sense of self-worth, where you're headed and what you ultimately need and want will be all burning issues as Saturn marches through your sign for the next two (plus) years. You're going to be clearing away a lot of deadwood and rearranging your priorities. You're also going to be narrowing and honing your focus and this is exactly what will set the stage for a whole new kind of success.

YOUR CAREER AND PUBLIC IMAGE

Exploring and reassessing your options is going to be of primary importance in 2018. Jupiter, now in Scorpio, will be bringing new situations to your attention and urging you to forge new associations, especially as January gets underway. Your first step this year will be to reach out and cultivate those individuals and groups who you sense can help you further your aims.
Jupiter's influence is the opposite of Saturn's, opening up new vistas so that in the end, you can redefine your own trajectory. First, you need to find out exactly what new venues and environments have to offer. And you also need to be prepared to present yourself in a fresh light rather relying too heavily on previous definitions of your talents and abilities.
Your ambitions will be increasingly stirred up by the time Mars enters your birth sign in the middle of March. And the time frame lasting from mid-March until mid-May is going to be quite a crucial time frame in terms of setting new trends in motion and taking charge of your affairs. Mighty Mars is said to be "exalted" in your birth sign and you will be a force to be reckoned with during this period. Your will to succeed will be directing you down a winning new path..
Details and financial considerations are going to gain greater importance from Mid-May onwards and you will be testing out the feasibility of new approaches. And what appears to be most important for the several months that follow is your ability to do some thoughtful problem solving as you search to hit on the exact  formula to achieve your aims. With Venus moving into a position that attracts the right kind of attention your way in August, though, your popularity will be on the rise.
Late August is going to be a turning point when you begin to receive some kind of signal to make the next step or commit yourself to a long considered role. And as the Fall gets underway, the direct motion of key planets also signifies that your plans are moving ahead. Bear in mind, though, that the period between October and mid-November will also accent the importance of diplomacy and of making efforts to sustain positive relationships with crucial associates and colleagues.
Mid-November is going to be another turning point for you and with Jupiter making an exit from Scorpio, the exploring and reaching out phase of 2018 will draw to an end. What you've discovered and decided will have led you in a new direction and with Saturn surging forward in your birth sign the ball will be in your court. What you need to bear in mind is that as the year draws to a close and 2019 looms, self-determination is the keyword and the only thing that could potentially hold you back would be your own anxieties and fears.

LOVE

Friendship and new connections promise to play an important role in 2018, but whether they detour into the realm of romance and passion depends entirely on you. In 2018 the accent is on your relationship to your own self. Others will come and go and Capricorns who are in committed relationships will experience periods of greater closeness and affection, but your interest in intense emotional engagement may not be at a powerful pitch.
In fact, Venus--the planet of love--will be issuing a wake-up call to you towards the middle of March which is all about being more present and responsive in your closest relationships. Showdowns are also in the air not long before March draws to a close and you must be ready to put pride and ego aside if you want to avoid disaster.
April, on the other hand, will be a social and playful period as Venus voyages through the most romantic angle of your solar chart. And during this time frame, you'll have a chance to repair rifts and make intriguing connections. If you lighten up and refuse to be a hermit, Venus in Taurus is bound to at least give your heart that odd tweak, if not to take you on a full-fledged adventure.
The most significant time of your year romantically will be ushered in when Venus enters your opposite sign of Libra in early August. Close bonds will sweeten and more affection will be flowing your way. And a kind of magic will remain in the air until Venus departs from your relationship angle on August 9th. Bear in mind, though, that with Venus going out of sync between October 5th and November 16th, some kind of uncertainty may hover over an emotionally charged connection during that time frame. And remember, too, once Venus resumes its forward motion in mid-November, doubts and fears will be cleared away.

MONEY

Capricorns are generally prudent when it comes to financial matters, and while you don't appear to have any real cause for alarm in 2018, you're likely to be tightening your grip. With Mars entering the angle of your solar chart connected to money in the middle of May and turning tail in that position in late June, you'll be in an advance/retreat pattern, moving forward with new projects and arrangements and then, going through a period of financial reorganization until Mars changes direction in late August.
New venues and involvements may demand more outlay of funds than usual in 2018, but with Saturn advancing forward in your sign in September, your innate conservatism will be accented and you will be exerting more control over your cash flow. Purposeful and forward movement is the theme during the Fall and by Mid-November you will be in a position to take stock and consolidate your position. Cycles are crucial keys in astrological prediction and the most important cycle for Capricorns has to do with your planetary ruler, the redoubtable Saturn. When Saturn is advancing forward in the sky, you are far more inclined to make progress and feel greater ease and fluidity, while those periods when Saturn is out of sync with the Earth and seems to be moving backwards tend to be time frames that hold more frustration and obstruction.

PEAKS

Saturn will be on the go from the start of the year until April 18th when the brakes will be applied and you, in turn, will somehow be forced to slow your pace and bide your time. Saturn won't start moving forward again until after September 6th, and when it does stalled plans, or unresolved issues will begin to untangle, and you will know that you've experience the cosmic all-clear.
Mars strongly positioned in the sign of Scorpio until late January makes the start of the year an especially opportune time for you and you will able to make a brilliant impression and set important plans in motion. And mid-March and most of April also hold a charge that is highly favorable for Capricorns as does the period lasting from early August through the first half of September. And even though Saturn will be out of sync during this time frame, you will be laying the groundwork for results and success.
Your will receive evidence that your star is on the rise near the time Venus turns direct in your career angle on November 16th  and you will be in peak form right through the end of 2018. Don't hesitate to engage in self-promotion and rub shoulders with those in a position to aid and abet you in December. Venus and Mars will be in your favor and your diplomatic skills will work in your favor.
You'll be powerful and on target when beneficial planets align in your favor near January 10th and with a full Moon at the zenith of your chart on March 31st, being visible and tooting your horn is what it's all about. Start-ups and new commitments are strongly accented near the new Moon in your birth sign on June 28th; and your start will be very much on the rise on August 14th and October 9th.

VALLEYS

Testy issues that you bump up against in this coming year won't be the kind that throw you in to a panic. And the kind of cool logic that they'll require is what you excel at. Still, when Mercury--the mind planet--is not only in retrograde motion but under attack by Mars and Saturn near April 5th in a sensitive angle of your chart, you're going to have to slow down and rethink plans you thought you'd already dealt with.
In fact, with Saturn changing directions at the same time, the period lasting from April 4th until April 25th is going to be something of an obstacle course and whatever occurs near May 16th, you must strike a balance between being true to yourself and also being practical and realistic. Events at this time will also  challenge you to make the kinds of decisions that set the stage for a new course of action.
The next curved ball fate will be tossing your way is indicated by the solar eclipse of July 13th which is also occurring in a powerful angle of your solar chart. And in this case, developments and changes involving partners and associates may shake you up and force you to make adjustments of some kind as well as to rethink your own agenda. What's more, because the planetary heavy-weight, Pluto, which is on a long voyage through your birth sign, is going to be part of this mix, battles of will at this time may be inevitable.
Still, in order to avoid getting caught in a paralyzing stand-off, your ability to let go of false pride, make reasonable concessions and leave the past behind will liberate you and get you moving forward in your life. And remember that with Mercury changing directions while encountering nebulous Neptune near November 17th unresolved issues that have been somehow neglected or swept under the rug will again crop up lingering like a dark cloud until Mars in Pisces completes a difficult aspect to Neptune on December 7th.
In fact, December is going to be a powerfully transitional period for you and while the positives will outweigh any negatives, the Sun's passage through the most hidden and private angle of your chart until December 22nd, urges you to do a bit of stepping back and artful strategizing. With Jupiter--the luck planet--also sequestered in the last house of your solar chart, cultivating a more inward turned approach will work very much in your favor in the year to come.

OVERVIEW

With Uranus--the planet of change--departing from the sign of Aries in 2018, you are on the brink of a more stable and settled era. And when you look back on this year which now looms before you, you will realize how your thoughtful analysis of your prospects began to lead you down a new and more rewarding path. You are known to be the most ambitious sign of the zodiac, but actually what your truly are is pragmatic and deliberate--a winning combination in an uncertain world.

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Aquarius

You have no need to feel apprehensive about what 2018 holds in store for Aquarians because you have already entered a new cycle that's all about gaining ground and achieving your aims. It's true that the last few years have not been easy ones--full of tumult, change and tests--and you've not only had to redefine your direction but to reassess your dreams.
But the world keeps turning and the stars keep moving and developments in 2018 are going to prove that all your self-questioning and struggles have not been in vain.  The truth is that what you do and who you are can never be run-of-the-mill or like everyone else because you were born under a sign that is all about individuality. Not quite fitting in and marching to the beat of your own drum sometimes sets you at odds with others, but it also makes you stand out in  wonderful ways.
Now the moment has arrived for you to put forth new shoots and to show anyone who's watching how capable and creative you can be. Your plans and visions will be coming to fruition and you'll be stepping in to the spotlight. Not that there won't be some challenges to meet in 2018, though because you will also dealing with some personal issues that demand a certain amount of self-sacrifice and patience.

YOUR CAREER AND PUBLIC IMAGE

You are at a point where new opportunities will lead to greater success and it's time to go all out after your goals. With expansive, fortune boosting Jupiter at the top of your chart during most of 2018, you, in turn, will be expanding on your own ideas and proving how savvy and prescient you can be. All those qualities that make you who you are--your unique views, your honesty and your powerful intuition--will enable you to be in the right place at the right time, making an impression on those who count.
With both Mars and Jupiter conjoined in your career angle as the year begins, your ambitions will be whipped up and you will be far less hesitant than usual to gallop into action and make your presence felt. And this is exactly what you should be doing because what occurs in January will get you started on the right track. Your first surge forward in 2018 will happen during the period of Jupiter's direct motion in the skies, from the year's start until early March. What you decide upon and what you take on during this time frame will be the theme that runs through the entire year.
Once Jupiter goes out of sync on March 9th, you're going to enter a phase that emphasizes organization, follow-through and consistency. And you'll need to be very aware of the importance of staying focused on what you've already started rather than being tempted to branch out in new directions and trying to expand your scope. Distractions and unexpected developments in Mid-May may have the effect of throwing you off-course, but you really should make an effort to keep your gaze riveted on the big picture or you're likely to lose your momentum and slow yourself down.
Once Jupiter starts moving directly ahead again on July 10th, you will slowly begin to see your plans cohering and taking shape. But because Mars, the energy planet will be out of phase until late August it won't be until shortly after that time, by mid-September that the bits and pieces will come together and you'll enter the most productive and rewarding period of the year which will last through early November.
October is an especially important month and while you may be under pressure, you'll also have the wind at your back. Aspects involving Jupiter and Mercury at the end of October indicate that what you say and how you say it will have a great deal of impact on others and that new opportunities will also be coming your way. November is going to be a time of heightened activity, achievement and recognition and in December, as the year winds down, Venus at your solar chart's zenith and Jupiter in Sagittarius indicate that your popularity will be on the rise and you'll be moving into a new and horizon expanding phase.

LOVE

Even when you're passionately stirred up, you tend to come across as cool and collected and it's easy for others to get the wrong messages about what you really feel. You are also so careful to respect others need for space and independence that you may try to maintain too great a distance even when closeness is what you crave, and this year, your ability to lower the drawbridge and let others know what you really want and feel can have a powerful impact on your love life.
Of the five eclipses occurring in 2018, four will be affecting your birth sign and making waves in the sign which rules your relationship angle. First, on January 26 the lunar eclipse in Leo indicates that any issues that burst to the surface in close connections aren't ones you should slough off or ignore and that your ability to be receptive to what others are feeling and thinking will set the stage for more reciprocity in the future.
Next, the solar eclipse of February 15th in your sign is a wake-up call that is all about getting more in touch with your own hopes and discontents and communicating more honestly with those who count. Then, the lunar eclipse happening in your birth sign on July 27th, indicates that you're going to be experiencing a shift of perspective that, again, has an impact on your closest connections and where they are heading. And with a solar eclipse following swiftly in your relationship angle on August 11th, be ready to really tune in and listen to what others need to say and to do what it takes to turn difficulties and misunderstandings around.
Don't panic, though, because whatever these eclipses bring on does not signify your love life is going to be a disaster this year. Instead, it's all about issues coming to the surface that demand more connection and communication which in turn can set your love life on a more rewarding path. What's more, the two periods when blissful Venus is strongly placed in your solar chart, from April 1st through May 18th, and again--and even more emphatically--from June 13th until July 9th--will stir up passions and bring more attention and love your way.

MONEY

Dreamy Neptune's fifteen year voyage through your monetary angle (2011-2026) sets up a continual challenge to keep track of what's going in your financial life rather than spacing out. But although the majority of Aquarians are not materialists, a vein of practicality runs through your nature that normally keeps you grounded. And while, you have no reason to obsess monetary matters in 2018, the Sun's passage through the sign of Pisces from February 20th through March 20th, is a time when, traditionally, you'll benefit by reviewing your financial affairs.
With Neptune out of sync with planet Earth from June 18th until November 25th, as well, you're wise to keep an eagle eye on your finances and resist the impulse to let others pick up the slack or not carefully review bills, documents and other related paperwork. Mid-September is a particularly confusing period--especially around joint finances--and so is early December. On the other hand, there are time frames that are quite promising for you, namely late May and early August, when financial breakthrough and gains are in your stars.

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You're going to be highly motivated and highly visible during the first week of January and with the Sun and Venus both in your favor during the last week of January and through mid-February you should have little difficulty getting others to go along with your plans. Mars is also in a helpful position in your chart throughout February and for the first half of March, which makes this time frame a brilliant one for networking and making your presence felt.
You will also be feeling empowered by Venus' presence at the top of your chart by mid-September and with Mars--the energizer--entering your birth sign at the same time and remaining there until mid-November, you will be in a particularly active phase. This really is the time when you can have the greatest impact and your ability to set the pace and induce others to follow is going to open up opportunities and set you on the road to new success. Don't hesitate to make demands--which generally is not comfortable or easy for those born under your self-deprecating sign--and amaze everyone by not taking "no" for an answer.
In December, with Jupiter surging forward in the part of your solar chart that is all about networking and expanding your options, you'll be entering phase which is all about conquering new worlds. And with Venus back at the top of your chart throughout December, your star will be very much on the rise. Don't shy away from the spotlight, because you really will be attracting all the right kind of attention your way. And bear in mind that the stage setting that you do at this time will be leading to another highly promising life chapter in 2019.
On January 7th when Mars and Jupiter conjoin at the zenith of your solar chart, your visibility will attract all the right kind of attention your way and with Venus contacting Jupiter on February 4th and 5th fortune will be smiling your way. Aspects occurring near April 18th will liberate you to move forward with your plans and offers and agreements happening near August 28th promise to work out very much in your favor. Lastly, with Mercury conjoining Jupiter on December 21st, it's time to say "yes" to new opportunities.

VALLEYS

You don't appear to be overburdened by challenges in 2018 and those times when you do run into snags and issues should be mercifully brief. With Saturn transiting the most private and hidden angle of your solar chart, though ,personal matters going on behind the scenes may demand more attention. And because Saturn is going to remain in this position until 2020, whatever's occurring is also likely to demand long-term planning and strategizing.
You may be taking on more responsibilities involving others' wellbeing or dealing with issues and loose ends from the past and you do appear to have some complex problems to solve once Mercury collides with Saturn in early March. And with Mercury also going out of phase in late March, be prepared to take your time, wait out delays and scrutinize details until Mercury regains its momentum in the middle of April. Mars' journey through Capricorn from March 17th until May 16th is also likely to be a time frame when you feel as if you're at a disadvantage or somehow being made less effective by circumstances beyond your control.
Mars' backwards motion in your birth sign will also put your patience to the test from late June until late August. You may feel as if you're stuck at the start line and waiting for a signal that's annoyingly slow in coming. And if you're a smart and savvy Aquarius--and being an air sign you're very capable of keeping the big picture in focus--instead of fretting and fuming, you'll divert your attention to matters that are more rewarding and wait it out.
Mercury--the mind planet's--out of sync periods aren't necessarily downers but they so depict time slots when signals get crossed and decisions tend to get put on hold. And while Mercury's first backwards phase from March 23rd until April 15th seems to be very much about you gathering facts and trying to make the right choices, Mercury's next retrograde period from July 26th until August 19th is all about others' inability to make up their minds or get back to you in a timely fashion.
The last period when Mercury is out of phase in 2018 happens between November 17th and December 6th and at this time, you're likely to be sorting out mixed messages that involve your options. Associates are likely to be bogged down or a bit unclear about their aims, but as usual with Mercury's retrograde periods, what you must do is keep your own mind focused, be ready to revise plans and let matters work themselves out within their own time frame.

OVERVIEW

What you need to remember in 2018 is that your unique talents and abilities make a real contribution, wherever you may be doing or attempting. Happily, Jupiter, the confidence booster is on your side during this time frame and the only caveat of Jupiter in its present position is that you must be careful not to take on too much or spread yourself too thin. Get out and make your presence felt and dare to cover new ground. You are in line for some breakthroughs now and for some unprecedented triumphs.

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Pisces

It's almost all good news in 2018, Pisces, and you deserve it! After two years of Saturn's crushing passage through a sensitive angle of your chart, you're probably feeling a bit battered and bruised. Whatever has occurred, many Pisces have had to shoulder unwanted responsibilities, take on less than fulfilling roles in demanding situations or simply wait out a seemingly endless series of delays and frustrations. Now you're at a cross roads that has everything to do with exploring new terrain and plotting out your course. What's more several powerful planets are going to be very much in your favor.
And while Saturn may be crushing and tyrannical, the great teacher of the zodiac also rewards the worthy. You've doubtless learned a lot about your own strengths and weakness in the last few years, and you've also proved how consistent and capable you can be. Just because Pisces tend to be sensitive and empathic, you are all too often written off as unworldly or ineffective, but most people totally underestimate not only your resilience, but your ability to unobtrusively mold situations and outcomes to your own design.
You're now in a time frame that is going to hold new pleasures and intriguing developments and nothing can prevent you from finding greater joy and more success.

YOUR CAREER AND PUBLIC IMAGE

Because Saturn will be passing through the part of your solar chart that is all  about defining your goals, you're going to be doing a lot of thinking and strategizing in 2018.Whether it's a matter of narrowing your focus or searching out more viable venues, you'll also be attracted to situations that offer more tangible rewards. Be ready to do some networking and reaching out, too, because you're not only going to be cultivating solid new contacts, former associates who recognize your worth and respect your abilities are also likely to be playing an important role in your affairs.  
Pisces are born with an uncanny ability to tune into trends and turn up at the right place at the right time, and with Jupiter in harmony with your sign during the most of the year, your prescience will be amplified. Be alert to developments occurring during the second week of January and don't delay in responding to intriguing overtures at that time. You're going to be entering a very active period from late January through mid-March and you will be scoring some important victories that will pay off further down the road.
April appears to be a turning point month when you will need to apply the brakes and to take stock. With Saturn changing directions, the message is that you've made some real and tangible progress, but the time's arrived when you need to focus on what you've started and follow through, instead of attempting to force the pace. Associates will be having some kind of moment of truth and redefining their own trajectory late in April as well and you may find yourself thrust back on your own resources and a bit in the dark.
With Jupiter turning direct in July, matters occurring at a distance are likely to have a positive effect on your affairs or travel may broaden your opportunities. And with Saturn getting back on track in September, you will sense increasingly that the wind is at your back. Being the power behind the throne or somehow staying in the background while remaining engaged and active may be something of a theme in October and during the first half of November, but don't lose faith in your own ability to achieve your aims.
From mid-November through December, you will be able to break though barriers and make your presence felt in ways that validate your importance and contributions. And the most heartening development at this time is the ascent of fortune boosting Jupiter to the top of your chart. Whatever you've been planning and working toward throughout 2018 appears to be effectively setting the stage for a time when, if anything, you're spoiled for choice. So don't let doubts gnaw away at you this year when the action occasionally slows. You're on the brink of new success.

LOVE

You truly are one of the great romantics of the zodiac, but you're capable of coming across as a cynic in an effort to protect your tender heart. And with Neptune--your ruler--now on a long journey through your birth sign, you are, in a sense, more vulnerable and open to what love has to offer but also more aware of the importance of separating your dreams from reality, which makes you more capable of experiencing the real thing.
Fortunately, you don't appear to be in line for romantic turbulence or heartbreak in 2018 and, in fact, your love life is likely to be on an upward spiral. Certain time frames stand out as being periods when affection and connection are heightened and with Venus entering your birth sign on February 10th and remaining in Pisces until March 6th, your most appealing qualities will be shining through, drawing others toward you and intensifying emotions all around.
Aside from a moment of crossed signals near May 26th, with Venus in the most social and romantic angle of your solar chart from May 19th until June 12th, you'll have more opportunities to get out and enjoy life more fully. If you're on your own, this is the time when new passions are likely to be kindled, and if you're part of a couple, shared pleasures will be bringing you closer. Be ready to accept all the invitations that will be coming your way and to dare to follow your own heart.
Venus' voyage through your relationship angle from July 10th until August 6th is another promising time frame as far as your love life is concerned, especially near July 21st when uplifting Jupiter harmonizes with Venus. Take note, though, that with Venus out of phase from October 5th until November 16th, you may find yourself in some sort of emotional limbo or uncertain of your or others' feelings. Whatever occurs, though, there's no need to fear the worst but instead to count on the happy endings that are bound to follow.

MONEY

With Saturn out of your picture this year, and, instead, lucky Jupiter on your side, you appear to be easing into a period of greater abundance. You will, though, be very focused on getting on a more certain and secure path and your aspects indicate that over the next few years, you will be doing exactly that. Despite your reputation for being a bit spacey, Pisces are more than capable of being shrewd money managers and in 2018 you'll be presented with opportunities to lay the groundwork for a more stable future.
With several planets in your financial angle in March, you'll be doing some problem solving that demands real finesse on your part. Mercury's retrograde motion from March 23rd to April 15th is all about sorting out crossed signals, scrutinizing the facts and taking the time to get details right. Whatever new arrangements you enter into will be setting you on a new path, but you won't feel as if you're really out of the woods until Mercury pulls free of tricky aspects after May 7th.

PEAKS

While February is going to be a somewhat contradictory period, the stimulating power of Mars--the energy planet--in your solar career angle will be propelling you into the spotlight. And once Venus enters you sign on February 10th you'll be empowered by your own interpersonal skills--which are quite dazzling--to achieve your aims. What's more, with Mars propelling your forward until the middle of March, you will be making a strong impression--despite cross-signals--that will triggers rewards later this year.
As April gets underway and right through mid-May, Mars beautifully placed in the sign of Capricorn blasts open doors you've been vainly knocking on and makes others powerfully aware of your strengths and talents. The contacts you make at this time are going to direct your attention towards situations that hold genuine promise and this is very much a time to cast your net far and wide and boldly embrace new possibilities.
Saturn's direct motion in early September will help to clarify the route you must take and with Jupiter surging forward in the harmonious sign of Scorpio, you will be gaining strength and momentum, although your confidence will be being tested in a way that seems to be keeping you in the dark. But it won't be until Mars enters your birth sign on November 15th that you will begin to feel more certain of your success. In fact, November is going to be your turning point month in 2018 and the time when your plans and efforts begin to gel.
Aspects involving Jupiter and Mars in late November are all about rising to the occasion and inspiring others to follow your lead. Whatever grips your imagination at this time will propel you forward into a more fulfilling period of your life. With Jupiter ascending to the zenith of your solar chart, your world will be expanding and others will begin to see you in a particularly flattering light. Take note of what develops, because a new theme is taking shape.
Mars will continue to speed through your sign in December, vamping up your energy. Going all out in pursuit of your goals will take you where you want to go. Pisces aren't known for their aggressive behavior, but you will be more inclined at this time to be more assertive and demanding that usual and your strong will to win will work very much in your favor.
With the Sun and Jupiter in your career angle in December, you will have little difficulty attracting the right kind of attention. And when Mercury changes direction on December 6th, reenters Sagittarius on December 12th and aligns with Jupiter on December 21st, you'll know without a doubt that you are on a major roll.
Dates that stand out as holding a certain kind of magic for you occur near January 8th which is a time that is especially propitious for your making in blazing new trails; March 1st which is favorable for forging contacts at a distance; May 29th which emphasizes your ability to successfully bring plans to fruition and September 14th and 15th which accents new and beneficial agreement. You should also be alert to developments near November 28th that set the stage for new success.

VALLEYS

While February will be a period when you're successfully forging ahead, it will also be a time when you feel particularly stressed. Mars in Sagittarius is a great energy booster but because it clashes with your birth sign, you'll also be more prone to clash with others who you'll sense are trying to call the shots. You'll also be inclined to come on too strong yourself or push your own self beyond your limits. Finding that delicate balance between maintaining your own position while not rising to the bait of others' power plays will keep you on track and ensure your own success.
Mars will remain in Sagittarius until Mid-March where it will continue to both bolster and test you. When it slips into Aquarius in mid-May, disappearing for a time into the most hidden angle of your chart, you, in turn, are likely to find yourself feeling at a slight disadvantage and out of the loop. And with Mars turning retrograde--where it appears to be moving backwards--from June 26th until August 27th, be prepared to go over old ground, wait out delays and practice the art of remaining neutral and calm while still keeping your hand in.
You may also be coping with some behind-the-scenes issues in your life during this time frame which demand your attention. And while your personal life will hold some real sparkle in the Fall, with Mars returning to the sign of Aquarius on September 11th and remaining there until mid-November, you won't be as visible as you might wish to be or getting the kind of attention you might hope for. On the other hand, you really will have opportunities to yield your influence and play a role that sets the stage for the future.
The period when Neptune--your planetary ruler--is out of sync--from June 18th until November 25th is also likely to be a bit less dynamic and advantageous for you and it will coincide with other testy periods which also demand more patience on your part. Be ready to do some soul searching and to give yourself more private time to regroup. The clarity you gain will help you to sharpen your focus so that you'll be more able to steer your ship true when the time arrives.
Mercury--the mind planet's--backwards motion on and off throughout the year also pinpoints time frames when details dangle and others are less than clear or responsive. For you Mercury's retrograde motion from March 23rd to April 15th indicates that you're grappling with loose ends around financial arrangements and plans and with Mercury again out of sync from November 17th until December 6th, be ready to review and revise and wait out delays involving work related plans.

OVERVIEW

The new visions that unfold before your inner eye are going to inspire you and plunge you into fresh adventures in 2018. And you will be experiencing a kind of renewal that charges you up. Travel if you can, too, because Jupiter in Scorpio is the best possible thumbs up you could receive for booking that flight and taking off for parts unknown. Some dips in the road this year are really very minor and this will be a time you'll look back on as the moment when your luck really turned for the better.

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