For All Signs The economic downturn of the past year was predictable. It is simply in the natural order of cycles to flatten the economic spiral. Saturn and Pluto began their approach to an opposition in the sky last May. This is a long transit which continues through the second quarter of this year. Even beyond that, the economic pullout will be slow and many will not feel recovered until the second half of 2003. The cosmic message calls for economizing, stretching resources to do more, and making wise choices concerning our values. It is imperative we establish peace and structures within which to join together for the greatest possible cause: to save the earth's resources and thus, animal and humankind.
Aries Between January 18 and March 1, your self-confidence will be high and it is a good time to take initiatives. Relationships are touchy in mid-February, early May and December. March and early April are challenging, particularly in the arenas of finances and friendships. Control your temper and use caution with driving, tools, and people in this period, and again during the first two weeks of May. During June and July your attention is focused on home, family and property. From mid-July through August the focus is on children, play, and love life. It is a good time for a vacation. In September through mid-October you will be be giving attention to work, diet, and exercise. December brings focus to financial planning. Overall the fourth quarter is the best of the year.
Taurus Situations beyond your control are exerting pressure on your resources during the first two quarters of this year. You will find improved ways to manage your resources. During the first quarter it is best if you allow circumstances to bring ideas and opportunities to you, rather than taking the lead. From April 1-13, both Venus and Mars are in your sign and this is a good period to take action. In May, the financial and emotional pressure arrives at a significant turning point with an echo of repetition in late July, early August. There are signs of relief during the first half of June. You can resolve these challenges and will move on the better for it. From early August to the end of the year, you are likely to travel more frequently. During the last quarter it will be important to take time for solitude and restoration of energy.
Gemini This is an overstatement, but you may feel as though you are fighting for your life right now. The point is that to continue to be creative, you must stop and deal with certain realities that have been interfering with your forward motion. For some, the challenge is in the area of personal health, and for others it is career or relationships. You are pressured to resolve problems that have been long in the making. Periods in which this is emphasized are: the first six weeks of the year, mid-March, May-June, mid to late August, early October, and early December. Mercury, your ruling planet, will be retrograding at the following times: January 18-February 8, May 15-June 8, and September 14-October 6. Expect to slow your pace, retrace old territory, and maintain an attitude of flexibility about your schedule during these periods.
Cancer This year is one of deep thought and reflection upon your direction of life. The work in the world as you have known it in recent years is slowly moving toward a transformation. Boredom with the routine may be growing, or you may feel yourself drifting sideways, out of the loop. You are preparing for nothing less than total renewal of focus, but it won't happen overnight. Physical or emotional health issues may require treatment in order to facilitate forward progress. Eclipse periods are significant for Moon Children and often represent times of decision and/or turning points. The eclipse seasons of 2002 occur from late May through late June, and again from mid November through early December. May through September is the most challenging as you let go of the old and take steps to begin the new. The financial picture improves from September forward.
Leo Your career life should be in good condition. Areas of primary attention this year are focused around personal relationships and home/family life. Leos with children are challenged to be strong and hold steady through multiple trials and tests of patience. You cannot "save" them, but you can love them through it. Be flexible with other creative projects. Romantic relationships may try your patience. Aging property requires repair and elderly family members may have need of your attention. Times of special challenge are as follows: February 27-March 13, May 28-June 10, September and December. Jupiter, a benevolent influence, will be in your sign from August forward. It brightens your attitude and improves the spirits, and suggests increased travel, education, or other types of expansion into fresh life territories.