These astrological predictions for each zodiac sign for 2012 were written by my good friend Laurie Baum, MSW, a psychological astrologer and psychotherapist in practice in Encinitas, California. As you can see from her article, Laurie integrates the wisdom of natural patterns in the heavens with spirituality and psychological insights.
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WINTER SOLSTICE 2011
The Winter Solstice on Wednesday, December 21 is a time of celebration of the return of the light in many cultures. In Celtic tradition, the Winter Solstice is celebrated as the moment when the world emerges into the light from the womb of the Cosmic Mother. Saturnalia was the ancient Roman feast celebrating the return of the light with gift-giving, bonfires, feasting and drinking. The Winter Solstice marked the birth of Mithra, the Persian angel of light and truth, in the Zoroastrian religion. Sankranti is celebrated in Hindu tradition as the transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn. And candle-lighting accompanies the Hebrew tradition of Hanukkah at this time of year.
The Winter Solstice both marks the longest night of the year and a turning point for the sun, when it begins its northward journey—from our perspective. The changing angle of the sun at the Winter Solstice presents a powerful opportunity for us all. It is a law of physics that light is stronger when it bends. The power of the bending light of the sun strengthens our thoughts, prayers and affirmations—and fortifies our spiritual, mental, emotional and physical energies at this pivotal time of year. So use the powerful energy at this time of year to make positive progress in your life. Sit quietly in the days and hours leading up to the Winter Solstice—the last season change before 2012—and focus on your intentions for the coming season. Your power to manifest is infinitely greater at this special time of year!
YOUR PERSONAL ASTROLOGICAL PREDICTIONS
ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
With fortunate Jupiter in Taurus until June 12, 2012, you will build energy and financial resources in the first half of 2012, and then expend those energetic and financial resources in the second half of the year. It is likely you will need the funds you accumulated either for travel, classes, gadgets, or other learning tools while Jupiter transits the mentally curious sign of Gemini until mid-2013. It is time to develop your mind so you can apply your skills to an important project. Your impulse to take on a complex task will intensify while Mars, your planetary ruler, travels through the industrious sign of Virgo until July 2012. Use this enterprising energy to refine details, learn skills that you will use in the future, and complete an important—as yet unfinished—undertaking. A potent line-up of change-oriented Uranus in Aries and deeply transformative Pluto in Capricorn will help you develop a latent talent that will enrich yourself and others. Fasten your seat-belt—and position yourself for a new direction. Team up with other Aries natives, Cancers, Librans or Capricorns when you seek excitement and change. Partner with the other eight signs of the zodiac when you want to relax, catch your breath and maintain the status quo. An influential relationship will transform the direction of your career. You are a natural leader, but make sure not to be over-bearing if you are in command.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
Lucky Jupiter in Taurus until June 12, 2012 will aid financial acquisitions and personal relationships. It is a good time for investments in precious metals, gems or real estate. You will grow in important ways from classes, group meetings or spiritually-oriented travel. You will be open to higher states of awareness during the second half of the year. Explore mind-expanding possibilities beginning in June 2012 through contemplation, meditation, prayer and quiet time in nature. By opening your consciousness, you will release rigid patterns held in your body and mind. These liberating experiences will improve your health—physically and financially—as energy and “currency” more easily flow though your body, mind, and soul. Financial abundance will result from spiritually-motivated actions initiated during the second half of the year. Plant the seeds in the first six months of 2012 and reap the harvest in the latter half of the year. Venus, your planetary ruler, turns retrograde in Gemini in May and June 2012. If you have over-spent in the past, re-pay your debts during this two-month period. If someone owes you, this is a good time to collect. A powerful line-up of change-oriented Uranus in Aries and deeply transformative Pluto in Capricorn begins on June 24, 2012. Prepare to do soul-searching about the deeper motivations for your actions and life direction. Make sure your motives are aligned with your highest good and the needs of your soul and Spirit. Otherwise, circumstances will alter what you thought was a promising path.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 21)
<span style="font-weight: normal;"You will have a year of unexpected meetings with new people who will influence your life direction. This trend will be most obvious in the days leading up to a lunar eclipse in Gemini on December 10, 2011, followed by a solar eclipse in Gemini on May 20, 2012, a lunar eclipse in Gemini on June 4, 2012, a solar eclipse on November 13, 2012, and yet another lunar eclipse in Gemini on November 28, 2012. The eclipses of the sun and moon alter the normal pattern of solar and lunar light, which causes people who wouldn’t normally connect to serendipitously bump into each other. Stay open to chance meetings and try to find an opportunity in unexpected encounters. “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” You will get “there”—to a good place—by not knowing in advance where “there” is. Lucky Jupiter in Gemini from June 11, 2012 to June 25, 2013, will provide spiritual protection for your positive thoughts. By staying open to opportunities you previously had not contemplated, you will receive richness from unanticipated encounters and experience undreamed-of possibilities. Nonetheless, remember to stay prepared for all outcomes by stocking up on important supplies and having extra cash available for unforeseen adventures in 2012. Even though this is a good year to be spontaneous, keep your personal goals in the back of your mind—so that social and societal influences do not take you away from your overall vision for your life. Continue to pay attention to your inner voices and premonitions. Pray for the highest outcome.
CANCER (June 22 – July 22)
A series of solar and lunar eclipses from December 2011 to December 2012 will give you time to tune into your sensitive soul. Make sure to do extra meditation, yoga, quiet contemplation and writing in the days leading up to the eclipses—December 10, 2011 (lunar eclipse), May 20, 2012 (solar eclipse), June 4, 2012 (lunar eclipse), November 13, 2012 (solar eclipse), and November 28, 2012 (lunar eclipse). A celestial line-up between change-oriented Uranus and depth-seeking Pluto in Capricorn just after the Summer Solstice will stimulate your creativity and help you disentangle from a restrictive domestic or professional burden. Choose at least one area of your life that you would like to change—because energies will conspire to bring positive transformation to you even if you try to hold on. So it is best to prepare for and choose your change—because it is likely to come to you—one way or the other. The status quo is evolving for many people, and the reverberations of these changes will affect you. If you point yourself in the direction you would like to go, you will be easily catapulted to the next step. If you don’t choose a direction, the universe will likely choose for you. Remove resistance to ease your journey. Empower yourself and take command. You will arrive at a destination that is proper and appropriate for you. Cancers, Librans, Capricorns and Aries will understand the feelings you are experiencing.
LEO (July 23 – August 22)
Relationships will be anything but predictable in 2012 with illusory Neptune crossing through a sensitive area of your solar chart. You may see what you want to see in others, only later to find out that the other person had a completely different agenda from your own. Make sure to ask questions and gather details before making relationship commitments in the coming year. There is a chance that there will be hidden information, particularly of a financial nature. Travel will benefit you in the coming year, but be prepared for sudden changes in your own mood and the moods of the people with whom you may be traveling or in contact with on your voyage. Trip insurance is a good idea! Also, please pay attention to your health. Conditions lurking under the surface will have a tendency to manifest, particularly if they involve digestion and elimination. Additionally, read carefully contracts that cross your desk. And be very clear about any agreements you enter into. Again, you may want to skim the details, but the difference between your success and failure will hinge upon details that may seem insignificant at the outset but will prove pivotal as time goes by.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
Energetic Mars in Virgo for an unusually long eight-month period—from November 10, 2011 to July 3, 2012—will heighten your energy level and endurance in 2012. Mars typically spends two months in each zodiac sign, but will spend four times longer in Virgo, due to the retrograde motion of the fiery planet. Consequently, you will experience greater heat and blood flow in your body. Greater circulation than you are accustomed to will strengthen your health but may also make you feel over-charged at times. This could lead to irritability or nervous exhaustion. Try to pace yourself during the first six months of 2012 so you don’t expend all of your energy at once or absorb too much of other people’s nervous energy. Get out into nature, take long walks, breathe deeply, or sit quietly in meditation or contemplation. You will benefit from writing your thoughts and feelings. Mars can make one feel headstrong or dogmatic, so if you feel yourself becoming intolerant—or too fixated on details —try to step back, see the big picture, and look at the situation from another person’s point of view. Consider alternatives. You will accomplish quite a lot under the influence of Mars in Virgo if you focus your mind and intentions and avoid overindulgence in small points. On a global level, you and many others will have abundant energy for introspection, self-improvement and healing. During the second half of 2012, you will most enjoy and benefit from the passage of the Sun through Virgo in late August and September, Mercury in Virgo in early September, and Venus in Virgo in October.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 23)
You are setting the stage for the next seven years of your life as karmic Saturn completes its once-every-28-year journey through Libra on November 5, 2012. (Saturn was last in Libra in 1982. Saturn will next be in Libra in 2039.) It is time to put the finishing touches on your plans for the future. Think strategically about what you will need to move forward until 2039. Are you in the correct location? Are the people you are with mutually supportive? Is your living environment good for your health? Are you doing the work you enjoy? What changes are necessary to bring YOU (not everyone else) happiness? This is the time to contemplate changes you would like to make, because chances are good that not only will the changes be correct for you, they will be correct for the people around you—and their impact will be long-lasting and practical. Given that actions you take in the coming year are likely to have enduring consequences, think carefully about what you would like to create. Change-oriented Uranus in your opposing sign of Aries in 2012 will challenge you to move forward in and possibly away from relationships that restrict your growth. You will grow closer to people who are able to understand you at a deep level under the influence of Pluto in Capricorn. You will bring deep resources within yourself to bear in complex circumstances—and this will help you transform your self-image. You will be positively influenced by travel to a new location. These circumstances will catalyze growth and will contribute an expanded perspective to the next chapter of your life.
SCORPIO (October 24 – November 21)
On November 5, 2012, karmic Saturn enters Scorpio for the first time since 1985. This will open a two-and-a-half year karmic window that will enable you to resolve issues that may have been outstanding since the late 1980s, or at least the past seven years. Much of your self-transformation will come as a result of and in relationship to—relationships. You have a need for a high degree of intimacy and have a high tolerance level for the exigencies (at times!) of human relationships. Do a searching inventory of your partnerships and your own nature to discover where situations might have become overly complex—and where you may simplify. This could include accepting people or situations the way they are, or allowing a person to relate to you on a superficial level—difficult as this is for you—without provoking greater depth of reaction or feeling. You have enormous resources of intuition, energy, and endurance. Try to use these gifts to advance an important goal such as starting an altruistic business, furthering your spiritual growth and progress, or contributing to a community activity. You still may enjoy deep relationships, but this is a time to seek balance and create harmony so you can keep your eye on the ball and do your real work, which involves a deeper relationship with yourself and your soul.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
Your planetary ruler, lucky Jupiter, in Taurus during the first half of 2012 will help you focus on financial abundance and material security. Pay attention to reducing your expenses and adhering to a budget while trying to develop a savings plan. This ability will come in handy during the second half of 2012, when you will be more focused upon relationships—many of them—and expenses related to these new contacts. New people bearing useful information will come into your life beginning in June 2012. You will benefit from classes, travel, and learning opportunities under the influence of Jupiter in Gemini. You also will find many subconscious desires and impulses rising to the surface beginning in February 2012, under the influence of Neptune in Pisces. Neptune in Pisces will create much spiritual affluence while it simultaneously erodes material wealth—until spiritual practice helps re-open and build channels for material abundance. You stand to gain much from spiritual practice in 2012, and this will ultimately contribute to your financial health. Take periodic breaks from your material responsibilities to fulfill spiritual longings—and this will bring you greater ease and balance. You are ready to embark upon a journey to higher consciousness. Follow your intuition. Depth-seeking Pluto in Capricorn will help you profit from in-depth study of a complex, spiritual or philosophical subject. You may give good financial advice to others during the coming year, so make sure to follow your own counsel. Pursue a conservative path in your business and financial endeavors for the greatest success.
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
You are ready to change a persistent pattern that has kept you from manifesting your true self and the creative power within you. Make an inventory of your life to determine a habit that no longer serves you. A potent alignment between change-oriented Uranus in Aries and deeply transformative Pluto in Capricorn begins on June 24, 2012, just after the Summer Solstice. This celestial line-up occurs an astounding seven times between 2012 and 2015, giving you ample time to let go of the past and create new foundations for the future. Consider where you would like to go in the coming decade. Decisions made in 2012 will be instrumental in creating the pattern for the next seven to 14 years of your life. Consider options, think strategically, and make bold decisions when you have the necessary information and have thoroughly thought about the path that lies ahead of you. Many exciting opportunities are bound to come your way. Prepare to meet these opportunities by being open-minded and available to possibilities you previously had not considered.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
The passage of spiritual Neptune from Aquarius into Pisces on February 3, 2012 will mark the end of an era for you. The illusory planet Neptune has been in Aquarius since January 1998, except for a brief sojourn into Pisces from April to August 2011. The passage of Neptune through Aquarius has likely had numerous effects upon you—it alternately made you tired or spacey, while simultaneously opening your mind to new possibilities or even levels of reality, such as dreams, your soul, a spiritual teacher, the fourth dimension or the astral world. Neptune dissolves material abundance while simultaneously producing spiritual riches. Neptune can open your eyes to wondrous mystical realities and expose the dark side of mundane reality. You probably have experienced both sides of Neptune’s illuminating and disillusioning influence during the past 14 years. Neptune can illuminate that which has been hidden while dissolving that which you can see and think is real. So, under its influence you may have felt deluded about a situation or aspect of life. But you also discovered a more fruitful avenue for your energy during the same period of time. As Neptune passes through Pisces for the next 14 years, until 2026, you will make more discoveries about the nature of physical reality and your material possessions. You may become less attached to those things that you thought were essential and you may become more passionate about various ideas about which you were ambivalent before. With Uranus, your planetary ruler, in Aries, forming a potent angle to depth-seeking and transformative Pluto in Capricorn, deep transformation is coming your way. Pay attention to your dreams and write down premonitions. Set aside time for prayer, meditation, and positive affirmations.
PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
Your planetary ruler, Neptune, re-enters Pisces on February 3, 2012 for the first time since the 1840s (except for a brief sojourn in Pisces from April to August 2011). Neptune will remain in Pisces until 2026. This planetary transit will give you enhanced energy and appreciation for art, music, the importance of water, and your evolving connection to your soul and Spirit. Your receptivity to spiritual discovery and evolution through prayer, meditation and affirmations will be heightened. A potent line-up of change-oriented Uranus in Aries and depth-seeking Pluto in Capricorn will bring people into your life who are deeply seeking answers. Your spiritual example will do more to help them transform their lives than any words you may utter or physical action you may take on their behalf. So, strengthen your own spiritual center and encourage others to follow your example. You are ahead of your time and possess insight beyond that of your contemporaries. (Steve Jobs of Apple was a Pisces!) Listen to your intuition, follow your insights, stay in tune with your ideas and remain true to your vision. You were made for the coming times. You are emerging into an important period of your life.
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