The confusion of 2011 is about to lift as clarity returns in 2012. You’ve no doubt been through a series of powerful metamorphoses since 2008, when Pluto took possession of your stars for the long haul. You’re not even a quarter of the way through the 18-year shedding process that Pluto requires … and yet you’re not the same person you were just a few years ago by any stretch of the imagination. In some ways, you can expect this year to be a long, dramatic pause. You’ll be questioning many aspects of your existence, especially your professional life. Mars, the planet of work and action, will be retrograde for the first quarter of the year in your house of higher learning and travel, putting you in a deeply introspective and philosophical mode. During this time, you’ll be less inclined to hit the road than you will be to hit the books.
When the eclipse patterns stir up the winds of change for you again in spring and summer, you’ll experience some major epiphanies about the new direction you need to take. The new Moon solar eclipse in your work sector brings a fresh approach to the way you go about your daily routine. And then, the full Moon lunar eclipse of June in your dream sector will bring the muse and vision to inspire you to go beyond the known. The total solar eclipse and new Moon in your goal sector in November is the final push to plant radically new seeds. There’s no question that you’re leaving your old life behind; it’s now just a matter of faithfully emerging into the new.
Love is in the air with generous Jupiter in sister Earth sign Taurus, showering your romantic sector until June. The planet of fortune will provide ample opportunities for you to fall in love with someone new - or simply love the one you’re with. Pleasure becomes a key theme for the first half of the year, providing a nice balance to your normal dutiful life.
Your planetary ruler will give its final teachings and tests in your career sector this year during its final transit through Libra. Have you learned your lessons these past two years in balance, beauty and harmony? Apply this wisdom and take your professional status to the next level in 2012 - especially in the first 10 months. You’ve learned how essential creativity and beauty are to your process, and from now on, these qualities must be an integral part of your work and your larger career aspirations. In October, Saturn will move on to your sector of goals, wishes and group associations. At that point you’ll want to focus on how to rally a fabulous crew to back your vision!
Venus will spend an extended period in your work sector between April and August. During the retrograde phase in May and June, some projects may get stalled. But if you use this as a creative and introspective time, it could be incredibly rewarding. When Venus turns direct in June, you can turn all your creative visions into reality. Neptune, the planet of inspiration and glamour, will transit back into your mental sector in February to bring back a deluge of creative visions. You’re beginning to think more like a poet and a mystic, and with just a little practical application, this can easily translate into wondrous creations in the world. Jupiter will join Venus in June, doubling pleasure and luck in your daily work.
June’s new Moon solar eclipse in your house of work will speed up the ongoing changes you’ve seen over the past 18 months. You’ve been on an accelerated course chock full of unexpected twists and turns. As usual, you’ve navigated all the unexpected shifts with perfect grace. The confluences of powerful forces all seem to pointing you toward a spectacular future. Just follow the signs - they’re everywhere now!
Love is in great abundance during the first half of 2012, while Jupiter showers big fortune on your romantic sector. If anything, you’ll be bombarded with so much affection, you’ll feel guilty having to break so many hearts. You could easily fall in love overseas or with someone from another country under Jupiter’s influence; at the same time, love could take you on such a fabulous adventure that your entire world will open up! In any case, this is a year when you’ll fall in love a little bit with everything and everyone. Life itself becomes a daily romantic experience!
Mars, the planet of drive and mojo, will be in positive aspect to your stars for the entire first half of the year. This also bodes exceptionally well for your love life. Your ability to magnetize intense encounters is remarkable under this aspect. The chemistry you have with your partner is what makes life so alive and on fire, so enjoy it. It also makes it necessary for you to have more physical outlets for your surplus of libidinal energy. You’re usually more apt to direct this energy toward your work, but during the first half of the year, you’re more likely to put it into your love life.
With Pluto continuing to excavate nearly every area of your life through its ongoing 18-year renovation project in your constellation, your relationships are no exception. One-to-one encounters are like being in constant psychoanalysis - you learn so much about yourself through the mirror of your relationship, and that isn’t always easy or pretty. Still, you’ll perpetually unearth some very deep insights about yourself through this process. If you’ve endured lost love over the past few years, trust that every death in your love life will be followed with a powerful rebirth.