"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does."

Margaret Mead (Dec. 16, 1901 - Nov. 15, 1978)

A Look at 2012

What can Canada expect in 2012?

Experts in different fields will make their predictions but an astrologer will look at the chart of Canada. "Chart of Canada?" you ask.

Yes, indeed. This is an astrological chart based on the birthday of Canada, July 1, 1867, which, according to an eye witness was completed at 12:05 p.m. (This was 91 years after the US Declaration of Independence in 1776, and two years after Lincoln was assassinated.)

One can look at the chart of a country in the same way one can look at the chart of a person. Canada's chart reveals a compassionate, caring country, eager to please and loath to offend. (Yup, Mr. Nice Guy: the reputation we have traditionally held in the world.) But as each year goes by -- tick-tock, tick-tock -- our charts change by one degree per year. This is why even though our essential character remains the same, with the passage of time, our style changes.

Canada will always have a nice-guy image, but these progressed charts (changing one degree per year) will occur. The last one took place in 1981, after the Trudeau era ended. Since 1981, we have slowly assumed a tougher, more aggressive image, or at least we are perceived that way in the world.

This is about to change.

Now, in 2012, for the first time since 1981, Canada's progressed chart will change again. We will lose our tough image and be viewed by other countries as the land of plenty. (Whaat?) We will appear richer and more affluent to others. We will also be a country that seems to be optimistic about our future.

We will look like a haven for big business and a place where the outdoors (our parks and wild animals) is valued. Please note: What we appear to be and what we are might not be the same thing, but generally they're not too far apart. ("Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.")

This is encouraging news, especially because the entire world began a new cycle in 2011, which last occurred from 1927 to 1935. (Drum roll here.) The Great Depression.

But Glory Hallelujah! Here is an encouraging distinction: Yes, the world, including Canada, will experience the repeating cycle of 1927-1935, which portends grim financial times for everyone. But starting in 2012, Canada will assume the appearance of affluence and optimism. Go figure.

Perhaps we can't say, "I'm all right, Jack," but it appears Canada will weather tough times better than other countries.

Sagittarius, Come Fly With Me!

Boarding Pass and Seat Number

You adore travel, seeing other cultures, meeting new people and being stimulated by the world. And if you can't travel a long distance, you travel in your own backyard: hiking, biking, canoeing, rowing or climbing. You want to be free to enjoy the outdoors and feel blue sky overhead! You are a seeker of answers, a philosopher/teacher. Animals play an important role in your life, especially large animals (if you're fortunate). You abhor cruelty to animals and often work with them as a hobby or in your job. Physical activity and a sense of optimism are definitely survival issues for you. It's important for you to believe in a better tomorrow and it takes courage to do this. But all Sagittarians face their future courageously! In part because they know that if they invent an airplane, a pessimist will invent a parachute. And even their expectation of this is optimistic!

Hours Logged

You like to be on the move but in the early '90s it was almost silly. Your home and job became like musical chairs. By the mid 90s, some of you settled down to repair or renovate where you lived. In fact, 1995-96 was a fortunate stretch! Something expanded your world then and boosted your confidence and inner sense of well-being. (It's important for Sagittarians to feel good about themselves.) This also helped you work vigorously as the new millennium approached. Around 2001-04, partnerships were tested and not all of them passed the test. This was a loss for some. Fortunately, your professional success helped to smooth things over. The year 2005 was popular! And by 2007-08, some of you achieved your cherished dreams. ("I did it!") Recently, your major challenge has been learning to balance your desire to please others and work with them with your own need to protect your privacy, integrity and independence. In other words, you can't be all things to all people all the time. Recently, vacations, romance and pleasure with children have enriched your life. But do remember that your honest quality can make you sound blunt. (Don't ask people what sex they are.)

In-flight Introductions

(Relationships and Romance)

Glory hallelujah! You're in party mode! This is one of the best times in your life for love affairs, romance and flirtatious escapes. Grab every opportunity to travel for pleasure, participate in sports, socialize with others and enjoy playful activities with children. Some years, work is what is emphasized; other years, we have a chance to play. This year is your turn to play, flirt and enjoy the company of others. (Do indulge yourself in these pleasures because the clock is ticking. You will soon be working hard to take advantage of job opportunities.) In particular, be open to relationships with people who are from a radically different background. These relationships will broaden your experience of life and teach you more about it. You will especially love travelling. Your sense of humour shines this year. (Someday in the future you'll look back on all this and plow into a parked car.)

Holding Pattern

(Job and Career)

This is a fortunate year with travel, vacations and the promise of sweet romance, whether in new relationships or existing partnerships. But as the year progresses, your chances to improve your job will become better than they've been in 12 years! (You're the big winner this year.) By fall, be on the lookout for ways to get a better job, or improve your existing job, or say goodbye to your horrible boss or work under better conditions. All these improvements await you. And one reason you'll make this a reality is you're more ambitious this year than you have ever been before in your life. You're not openly ruthless. (That's not your style.) But with Mars high in your chart for most of this year you're determined to achieve something and willing to work hard to make it so. And yes, you want the credit!

Useful Load

(Home, Family, and Galley Slaves)

Playful times with children will definitely delight you this year. In fact, some of you will expand your family through marriage, birth or adoption. Many of you will explore renting or buying vacation property because, indeed, this is a good year for financial speculation as well as travel for pleasure. (Despite the grim prospect for some signs.) By design or whimsy, you will discover you can strengthen many areas of your life, especially your health, your home and your family relationships. You see that you have survived the test of something you started about five years ago and indeed, now you can secure your life against adversities in the future. Parents, in particular, are impressed with you and, in turn, you have the patience and perseverance to please them. "The family that plays together, stays together" has always been your motto. (Sagittarians born in November might have surprise pregnancies.) Whaat?

How to Get the most Air Miles Out of 2012

Because you are so future-oriented, you are particularly skilled at capitalizing on opportunities. So here it is in a nutshell: Make time for fun and pleasure with your family and, similarly, make time to enjoy romantic partnerships this year. Your strong sense of ambition (aroused as never before in your life) will push you later in the year to improve your job or get a better job. Grab every opportunity to improve relationships with parents, bosses and older relatives because you will be able to fortify and secure your life in a way so that it can nicely survive future challenges down the road. Because your health is vigorous, you will easily do this. Financial speculation, especially in vacation property, the entertainment world, show business and the hospitality industry, will be promising. By the end of the year, a partnership with someone older, richer and more experienced will benefit you!

Your Sagittarius Mantra for 2012

"I am expanding and strengthening my world this year - plus having fun!"

More Porridge, Sir?

The reason it's important to secure and strengthen your world, and at the same time, explore enjoyment with family and loved ones is -- you will soon be heading into a three-year window where you will want to dismantle much of what you have created since 2001. This will happen even if you don't think it will at this time. Therefore, play your long shot now. By 2015-16, your life will change considerably! Wonderful opportunities to promote your good name will exist then and, by 2019, lucky Jupiter will be back in your sign attracting important people and opportunities to you.

Mercury Retrograde in 2012

Mercury retrograde times are frustrating. They generally occur three times a year for about six-to-eight weeks causing delays, transportation breakdowns, mixed-up communications, missed appointments, lost paper work, misplaced items, computer crashes and server problems. Oy! Newspapers, courier services, the Post Office, accounting firms and service industries get hurt the worst. Furthermore, each Mercury retrograde has its own flavour because it occurs in a different sign.

But they can also be used properly if you're smart. In a nutshell, just avoid some things and try to do others.

What to avoid: Avoid shopping for ground transportation like cars, trucks or bikes. Avoid shopping for items related to communications like phones, answering machines, computers and printers. I get mail asking if it's OK to buy a sofa or a washer or dryer... yes, it is.

What to do: Charge your cell phone. Pay your phone bill. Keep gas in the car and a working flashlight. Smile a lot. You will suffer from delays! Try to anticipate these and do some damage control ahead of time. Tackle repairs. (These will go surprisingly smoothly.) 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 again! Organize old photographs. Finish that "to do" list. It is easier to deal with the past than go forward into the future.

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 Dates Still Dicey for Big Purchases
(I use this one)
March 11 - April 4 March 6 - April 23
July 14 - August 8 July 4 - August 22
November 5 - November 26 October 29 - December 14

Famous People Who Share Your Birthday


22 Scarlett Johansson 1984
23 Bruce Hornsby 1954
24 Spider Robinson 1948
25 Holly Cole 1963
26 Tina Turner 1939
27 Caroline Kennedy 1957
28 Jon Stewart 1962
29 Howie Mandel 1955
30 Ben Stiller 1965


1 Bette Midler 1945
2 Nelly Furtado 1978
3 Julianne Moore 1960
4 Jay-Z 1969
5 Walt Disney 1901
6 Dave Brubeck 1920
7 Ellen Burstyn 1932
8 Teri Hatcher 1964
9 Felicity Huffman 1962
10 Emily Dickenson 1830
11 Terri Garr 1947
12 Dionne Warwick 1941
13 Christopher Plummer 1929
14 KaDee Strickland 1975
15 Tim Conway 1933
16 Jane Austen 1775
17 Manny Pacquiao 1978
18 Brad Pitt 1963
19 Jake Gyllenhaal 1980
20 Lara Stone 1983
21 Samuel L. Jackson 1948

Lucky Days for Sagittarius in 2012

  • January 18, 19
  • February 14, 15
  • March 12, 13, 14
  • April 9, 10
  • May 6, 7
  • June 3, 4, 30
  • July 1, 27, 28, 29
  • August 24, 25
  • September 20, 21
  • October 17, 18
  • November 14, 15
  • December 11, 12