Outlook for 2012

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Do you believe in astrology and horoscopes? I don't really, but I think it's fun to read anyway. One of the things I do every year, either at the end of the year or at the very beginning, is read my outlook for the year (and then compare my year to the predictions from the past year). Sometimes it's eerily accurate (though I tend to believe that horoscopes are written in a way that makes it easy for someone to read into it any way they please), and sometimes it's only marginally correct.

Every year since about 2008 or 2009, my yearly horoscope has been telling me that the past such-and-such years have not been that great and that the upcoming one will be the year to travel or change careers, that I'll find the person I've been waiting all my life for. Those are the two that seem to recur every single year. This year seems slightly more negative than the past couple of years have been, though.

According to my horoscope, this is basically a year to rest and catch up on all the projects I've been holding back on over the years (true, I meant to take this time to figure out what I want to do with my life and also work on the projects I've been wanting to work on). Other than that, learning and traveling, not much of note is really going to happen. But if I'm lucky in December (aka in the right place at the right time), I might meet The One. Yada yada. I'll return to this at the end of 2012 and report on its accuracy.

If you want to check your annual horoscope (I'm an Aries, so if you're also an Aries you can read beyond the cut), the sites I check (or the ones that look the most legitimate to me) are Astrology.com and Dailyhoroscope.com.

This is my 2012 horoscope, from the site iGoogle uses, dailyhoroscope.com ...

You have been swept up by the fast and unpredictable pace of your life since Uranus the Awakener entered independent Aries on March 11, 2011. This year reveals even more changes that will rattle your windows and shake the foundations of your life. And although you may have concerns about the unknown road ahead, your appetite for new experiences will ultimately overcome your worry. Fortunately, you pioneering Rams rise to the challenge when placed in unfamiliar situations, and eagerly look forward to exploring uncharted lands. Throughout the year, unpredictable Uranus continues to expose buried tensions -- physical, emotional and spiritual -- bringing opportunities for you to make the radical changes that align with your shifting perspectives.

Expanding your awareness isn't necessarily easy, especially around June 24 and Sept. 19, when revolutionary Uranus runs into the first two of seven harsh squares with ruthless Pluto that recur through 2015. Intense Pluto entered your 10th House of Career in 2008, beginning a long-term metamorphosis of your overall direction in life that will, until 2023, gradually transform how you relate to the world in general. Now, however, your professional ambitions are suddenly electrified by the squares from high-voltage Uranus. Unexpected developments require you to alter the course you thought would carry you into the future.

Be patient as you move steadily toward your goals, even if you are tempted to bolt ahead without any second thoughts. Opportunistic Jupiter in determined Taurus visits your 2nd House of Self-Worth through June 11, bolstering your confidence and rewarding pragmatism more than idealism. Meanwhile, your key planet, Mars, remains in efficient Virgo and your 6th House of Work until July 3. His retrograde period from Jan. 23 through April 13 can stall your progress on the job, but gives you another chance to focus on the details and sharpen your skills so you have everything in order once it's time to push ahead. Jupiter's entry into your 3rd House of Communication on June 11 opens the way for you to interact with others on a more positive basis. This can push you to take a significant project to the next level, as long as you don't scatter your energy by trying to accomplish too much too fast.

Relationships continue to teach you important lessons this year as taskmaster Saturn completes its two-year visit to your 7th House of Others. But old assumptions about partnerships come up for reconsideration, and you may be required to reaffirm a recent commitment or make a new one when Saturn enters your 8th House of Intimacy on Oct. 5. Fortunately, you are able to infuse common sense into your vision of the possibilities that lay ahead. Although the challenges you face now are likely to continue well into 2013, hard-earned stability begins to return by the end of this year if you can resist the temptation to aim higher than you can reach.

Rut roh.

A slightly more positive reading, from astrology.com:

Your quest for radical self-love and self-knowledge continues in 2012. Never has the impetus to know yourself, own your core values (even if it means going against the grain) and possess your truth been more essential. No longer can you deny all that is rare and sensational about you. This is truly your breakout year in which your myriad talents will shine!

And get ready to work your horns off this year, Ram. Although your ruling planet, Mars, will spend the first quarter retrograde in Virgo, it will also push you to focus and finish like never before. The devil is definitely in the details this year. Mars retrogrades less frequently than the other planets, but when it does, you surely feel like someone has slammed on the brakes! But don't panic. Rather, consider this a chance to finally catch up on every loose end and unfinished project that's piled up over the past few years.

With Uranus upping the ante in your stars for another round, the status quo of pre-2010 has been left in the dust forever. And by June, the planet of change, Uranus, makes its way towards an exact square with the planet of death and rebirth, Pluto. The changes you experienced in 2011 were simply the tip of the iceberg! With the onslaught of intense cardinal energies barreling toward a standoff this summer, the potential for one-way change this year is deep and unmistakable. Of course, change can be exhilarating if you release your grip on the past and the specific demands of ego. Getting your own way is practically your divine birthright, but this year you'll have to trust that life sometimes brings you what you need at the expense of what you want.

The eclipse patterns of 2012 continue to speed up change in the realms of teaching, education, publishing and travel. If you have any issues with siblings or other close relatives, this could also come into play during the next 12 months as a result of this year's eclipses. On the upside, however, Jupiter will continue to boost your finances until it moves into Gemini in June. November's total solar eclipse in Scorpio in your eighth house of life force, sex and resourcefulness promises to bring sexy back. This eclipse pattern will also reveal any latent interests in psychology or metaphysics, and could also bring money issues to the forefront.

Throughout Saturn's residence in your partnership house over the past few years, you have endured some of the most challenging and rewarding relationship lessons of your life. In October, after putting you through the karmic ringer, the cosmic taskmaster will finally leave this sector of your chart for another 30 years. You'll happily bid farewell to the trials, tests, tribulations and insecurities, despite all the wisdom they've imparted.

When Saturn enters Scorpio this fall, you'll discover deeper levels of your sexuality and resourcefulness than you have in 30 years - if ever. You're ready for the real thing, and that's because you've finally developed the most important relationship of all - the one with yourself. Now that you're crystal clear about what you will and won't put up with in your intimate relationships, there's no turning back! You've set your standards high and there's no need to compromise. You've also learned that you often get what you think you deserve ... or at least what you have the capacity to put up with (consciously or unconsciously). You're also learning not to drag things out - your time is too precious.

Although Mars, your ruler, will take up prolonged occupancy in your work sector for the first half of the year - leaving you little time to even think about dating, mating or relating - you'll more than make up for it during 2012's second half. September is potentially one of your most romantic months of the year, so put yourself out on the dating scene without excuses. And finally, December is your most auspicious time for meeting someone you could settle down with. This is your make-or-break year - so let it rip!

With Pluto still pulling rank in your career sector, your star continues to rise over the course of the year in your chosen field. Of course, with Capricorn involved, this is not without hard work. After all, your stamina is noble. When Pluto and Uranus reach their exact square in June, you'll be confronted with the culmination of a quest for radical change that began in summer 2011. Use the momentum of the first quarter of the year to launch your major projects, since Pluto will turn retrograde between April and September, causing a forced slowdown and re-evaluation of your priorities.

With Jupiter bringing good fortune to your money sector for the first half of the year, you'll experience fabulous ease in attracting opportunities to boost your income. You're learning how important it is to value yourself and not sell any of your talents for less than they're worth. The summer brings fabulous opportunities for writing and publishing, so if you've been sitting on a book (or two) that you know needs to be written, this is your year to put pen to paper and fingers to keyboard! The new Moon solar eclipse in mid-May is the perfect time to get started if you haven't already. Chances are, you felt the initial impetus during the new Moon eclipse in Sagittarius in December 2011; 2012 demands that you finalize your copy. June's full Moon lunar eclipse in your house of publishing will bring the final lucky push to get your work seen and put into print!

And for those who believe in Chinese astrology (I don't, really ... this is the year of the dragon, which means people who fall under the dragon sign will have especially bad luck. At least the way it usually works. I'm an Ox), from tarot.com ...

Did you ever see a flying Ox? Well, things could get a little wild for you this year! Your best bet may be to stay in the terminal, because you probably don't like the Dragon's style -- and you certainly don't enjoying Dragon-style crashing and burning. But you have three favorable months coming, with some lucky days ahead of you even in the unfavorable ones. The trick? For one thing, you'll have to dance to your own tune -- don't let the Dragon's recklessness draw you into something you'll regret. Also, be conservative, as the tried-and-true path is the right one for you this year. Above all, pick your spots. Begin new projects and do important things during the most favorable times, even if you have to wait a bit.

Adaptability is probably not one of your strongest traits, but it may be time to augment your flexibility skills. You might not be comfortable with the sudden changes that occur in a Dragon year. Circumstances at work could shift, whether that means a reorganization of the company, new colleagues or a set of unfamiliar responsibilities. All the upheaval could throw you for a loop. Can you manage your expectations and be a team player anyway? It's probably your best approach. Show a willingness to adjust and compromise. If you're finally ready to make a career leap, do it. You'll need to take action and be completely self-motivated, though. Remember that success usually follows a period of change and concentrated effort. You can do it. Just continue to be dependable and hard-working.

Your social life should provide enough highs this year to cancel out any lows. Water facilitates improved communication in relationships. Is it time to finally express your love? Maybe take the next step into marriage? Have kids? Family and domestic life should offer you a sense of comfort, and you may need it. People will lend support in unexpected ways, so take it! If you're single, this is a powerful year for socializing and mingling with new romantic prospects. You'll be feeling more outgoing than usual and will be able to forge strong bonds with new people, so join groups where you can meet others with whom you share common interests. The Dragon loves adventure, so step out of your shell.

Action is the name of the game in 2012. If life becomes overwhelming, your best bet is exercise. Were you a bit sedentary in the Year of the Rabbit? The Dragon loves power, passion and motion. Team sports might be a good option for you since they require you to be social and play with others. Make sure your diet is full of energy-sustaining foods, and try to avoid too much caffeine; if you do, you'll have all the energy you need. If you're a typical Ox, you probably approach fitness with the same consistency and fortitude with which you approach everything else in life. Keep it up -- you could reach an optimum level of health this year.

One area in which you'll enjoy an advantage this year is finance. You may not see a huge spike in your salary, but your fiscal conservatism should pay off. With more unfavorable than favorable months on the 2012 calendar, it's important that you strategize carefully. How much can you afford to save each month? Is there enough for vacation, gifts and the occasional big purchase? Luckily for you, you excel at planning ahead. The Dragon might encourage you to make impulsive purchases, but hold off unless you're sure you can afford it.

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