"Gluttony is not a secret vice."Orson Welles May 6, 1915 - October 10, 1985
Pluto is in Capricorn. It has been in Capricorn since November of 2008. Before that, the last time Pluto was in Capricorn was in the mid 1700s. Hey - that was when we had the Industrial Revolution, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution. Verrrrry interesting. In astrology, Pluto has rulership over countries, and Capricorn rules the government. That's why when Pluto returned to Capricorn in November of 2008, it was easy to predict President Obama would be elected because that was a revolutionary event! The first Afro-American President of the United States.
This year, in 2011, the next two outer planets will change signs. Neptune moves into Pisces (the very sign it rules) and Uranus moves into Aries.
Do we care?
Well, the last time Neptune was in Pisces was between 1848 - 1862. And the last time Uranus was in Aries was 1927-1935. (Tough times for many people!) However, the last time that both planets shared the signs they are moving into this year was from 1848 to 1851. Holy French fries! Those dates coincide with the great potato famine in Ireland. Does this mean we're heading into a famine? Sadly, in some places, I fear the answer is yes. Fortunately, in June this year, Jupiter the planet of wealth is moving into Taurus, the sign of tangible wealth and banks. This will bring some positive juice to financial institutions.
We are definitely entering a decade where fire hazards will be more harsh than usual. Uranus rules explosions and unpredictable events, and Aries is a feisty Fire Sign! Do yourself a favour and buy a fire extinguisher. (I did. It cost $30.) Install smoke detectors. Keep cooking areas and stoves clean. Make sure your microwave vents can "breathe." Be smart with heaters, and don't use ordinary extension cords for them. Check electrical cords and get rid of old frayed stuff. And never smoke in bed. In just one year, when Uranus was in Aries during 1845, 1000 buildings burned in a Pittsburgh fire; 1500 houses burned in Quebec fire; 1000 homes burned in New York city fire, 1600 were killed in a theatre fire in Canton, China.
Not only are fire hazards on the increase, but fiery revolutions are more likely to take place as well. Yes, the natives are getting restless. "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
We will start to see new patents for new inventions, especially related to drugs, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, gas, oil, and the film industry. The explosive quality of Uranus in Aries is very creative and exploratory!
The last time that both Neptune in Pisces and Uranus in Aries occurred, we had gold rushes. "Go West, young man, go West!" Indeed, with Jupiter, the planet of expansion and wealth moving into Taurus, the sign associated with tangible wealth and banks, we can expect the economy to look richer in some way after the summer. About time!
I'm not going to call you a ripe, juicy peach this year. (Now, it's a cliche.) We know you're sensuous and tactile. Your highly developed sense of taste and touch is why you love your creature comforts (good food, good wine and sex). You're the gourmand of the zodiac, but you also hunger for acres of mortgage-free land. You don't like debt. (Horrors!) Money in the bank means security to you. Basically, you're mellow and gentle. (You don't often lose your temper because it's too nasty a scene.)
Your mellifluous voice is so distinctive, you can make a living through singing or just speaking in dulcet tones. People love to hear you read aloud -- even the phone book.
You had a sense of accomplishment in the early '90s. It felt good. But the mid-90s brought huge change, even loss, which ultimately led to a whole new beginning for you around 1999. If you think back, that was when you began to redefine who you were in terms of values, where you would live, and what you would do. As a result, from 2003 to 2006, life was a roller coaster with residential moves and job changes! (Enuff awreddy!) You're never comfortable with this kind of turmoil. You like a predictable outcome. You like solidity. You want to know where your bed is at night. (Hopefully, with Egyptian cotton sheets, and hey, an antique armoire on an Aubusson rug encourages sweet dreams.)
From 2006-09, you worked to solidify your home base for yourself and family to feel secure. Many of you tackled renovations and repairs. (Taurus knows how to swing a hammer.)
Increased responsibilities with children came along as well. You will teach them the names of the trees and how to save.
So here you are working hard, busting your buns! Last year, many of you enjoyed a lovely boost to your popularity rating. Everyone wanted to see your face! Even though you were working hard (and will continue to do so into 2012) your interaction with friends, groups, clubs, and organizations has been meaningful and rewarding. In fact, some of you have been exploring inner dimensions and your spiritual world through yoga, meditation, reading or contemplation.
It's important to accept the fact that this is a year of hard work. At times, you might feel overwhelmed. Don't let this get you down because you will survive! By around 2013, your rewards will be apparent. (No pain, no gain.)
The really good news is that for the first time since the year 2000, lucky moneybags Jupiter returns to your sign in June of this year. Most excellent! This attracts favourable circumstances and important people to you. It boosts your inner sense of confidence. It increases your sense of poise and style. In fact, it makes you look successful and affluent to others. This is something that happens about five times in your adult life, and this year is one of them! Wunderbar!
In terms of your career cycle and how you can get the recognition of your peers and your social circle or your community, you're starting to reap the rewards of what you began in 1999. That was when you started to redefine who you were in the world. By 2005-06, you changed your course somewhat, and ever since then you have been pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. Now is the time of hard work because you are being tested as a person. Whatever you do this year and next will affect the recognition that will follow in a few years. It's like you're preparing for your debut. Therefore, you have to have everything in order! Try to be as efficient and effective as you can. Don't waste or scatter your energy. Take care of your body and your health. This isn't boot camp. You're beyond that. But the recognition you seek is still about two years away.
This is the year to take advantage of people and resources that lucky Jupiter will attract to you, especially after June. Whatever you get involved with from June of this year until June of 2012 will grow into something that benefits and profits you! Major bonus!
All your activities right now are setting the stage for 2013, which will be your Ta-da! moment.
This is a wonderful year for casual friendships, new romance, or committed partnerships. This is because for the first time since 2000, lucky Jupiter is in your sign making life fortunate for you. When Lady Luck smiles on you, it also attracts people! Everyone flocks to success and optimism! (You'll be like a flower to honey bees.) Your increased self-confidence definitely impresses others; furthermore, they're entertained by your exuberant enthusiasm. Needless to say, all of these wonderful qualities will seduce your admirers.
Some of you will meet romantic partners through travel or going back to school. Others will meet people from other countries or different cultures, or discover new romance in publishing, the media, medicine, and the law. Sometimes you have to fake it till you make it -- but not this year. So many positive things will be attracted to you, the only downside is you might gain weight. (A moment on the lips is a decade on the hips.)
Have you ever noticed how winning situations attract winning situations? It's a curious truth of life: Them that has gets, and them that hasn't don't. Because lucky moneybags Jupiter is going to be in your sign this year, you'll definitely attract opportunities, and some of these opportunities will be chances to generate more money. In truth, the boost to your earnings will probably not become dramatically apparent until 2012-13. Nevertheless, this is an extremely fortunate year for you! In fact, it's the most fortunate year you've had since the year 2000. If the money is not in the palm of your hand this year, it is certainly on the way.
Trust your money-making ideas and instincts. Continue to work hard because your moment of recognition is about two years away, although the money will arrive before then. (Whew!)
This is an auspicious time because you are more in touch with your inner world and your spiritual values. Therefore, this is an excellent year to study any subject that raises your consciousness or opens your heart or helps you to get a better understanding of who you are.
You are an Earth Sign and, since 2008, Pluto has been in your fellow Earth Sign for the first time in your life. You couldn't pick a better influence for personal advancement. This will bring about positive changes in your life. You will grow and evolve. Your insights will become deeper and more penetrating. Not only will you become more personally powerful, you'll attract powerful people to you as well. The next decade is a wonderful time to improve your body and heal it. This once-in-a-lifetime influence lasts from 2008 to 2024. You're on such a roll!
"I appreciate who I am and what I have."
You can use Mercury retrograde times or be abused by them. What's it gonna be?
(Of course, Mercury never really goes backwards. This is just "relative" to planet Earth.)
The bad news: The dates below are poor times to buy cars, trucks, bikes, computers, printers and phones. Expect delays, lost items and confused communications! Best to finish things, not begin them. Charge your cell phone. Pay your phone bill. Keep gas in the car and a working flashlight. Smile a lot. Buy fresh flowers and dark chocolate.
The good news: The dates below are good times to tackle repairs. Clean out closets, drawers, desks and cupboards. Finish projects. Do research into the past. Study anything. Contact people from your past. Re-apply for a job. Try to get something you wanted before that fell through. Try once again! Organize old photographs. Finish that "To Do" list. These things will go surprisingly smooth!
There are two sets of dates below: The actual time of Mercury retrograde is on the left. But Mercury slows down ahead of time, and then takes a long time to "catch up" to where it was when it first went retrograde. These longer-time periods are on the right. When buying pricey transportation or a computer, I recommend respecting the dates on the right.
|Actual Mercury Retrograde||
Still Dicey for Big Purchases
(I use this one)
|March 30 - April 23||March 25 - May 11|
|August 2 - August 26||July 21 - Sept. 10|
|November 23 - December 13||November 16 - January 1, 2012|
|20||Shemar Moore 1970|
|21||Queen Elizabeth II 1926|
|22||Jack Nicholson 1937|
|23||Michael Moore 1954|
|24||Barbra Streisand 1942|
|25||Renee Zellweger 1969|
|26||Kevin James 1965|
|27||August Wilson 1945|
|29||Daniel Day-Lewis 1957|
|30||Willie Nelson 1933|
|1||Julie Benz 1972|
|2||Christine Baranski 1952|
|3||Pete Seeger 1919|
|4||Audrey Hepburn 1929|
|5||Michael Palin 1943|
|6||George Clooney 1961|
|7||Amy Heckerling 1954|
|8||Enrique Iglesias 1975|
|9||Steve Yzerman 1965|
|10||Paul "Bono" Hewson 1960|
|11||Mort Sahl 1911|
|12||Tony Hawk 1968|
|13||Robert Pattinson 1986|
|14||Cate Blanchett 1969|
|15||Janet Jackson 1966|
|16||Pierce Brosnan 1953|
|17||Tessa Virtue 1989|
|18||Tina Fey 1970|
|19||Jodi Picoult 1966|