By Penny Thornton (www.astrolutely.com)
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
The first six months of 2014 have what it takes to turn your life around. They could turn it upside down, too, but either way you’re moving into a new and important phase of your existence. Some Capricorns will know precisely what this means by the middle of January, others by late April, but at some point before the end of July a major shift will have occurred.
In many cases the really big moves will have been inspired by you, but another major theme for 2014 is the role other people have to play in re-shaping your life. Nonetheless, get moving on your hopes and plans before this cosmic wave loses its power: book that holiday, make that proposal, acquire that skill – take steps to complete at least one item on your wish list.
Both home and career are in the sights of this year’s eclipses (April 15 and 29 and October 8 and 23) and it is around these dates that the more significant professional and familial developments occur. Endings and beginnings, indeed.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
There are many factors that will go into making 2014 a better year than last, and Jupiter is one of them. In mid-July, this planet will enter your opposite sign, boosting your confidence and generating opportunities to expand your life.
2014 is the time to pull out all the stops to do that thing you’ve been longing to do. For some Aquarians this goal will involve travel and distant places; for others it may be necessary to re-train or begin a study course; and in general, by being prepared to go a long, long way for who and what you want, you’ll finally make it.
There will be strange coincidences and lucky breaks, too, which will add to the sense that you are being guided and supported.
Not that you can expect 365 days of pure bliss. Saturn remains in its dominant position, so if something or someone is not right for you, success will not be yours. Be philosophical about your gains and losses, especially in early February, mid-May, mid-August and late November.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Most Pisceans saw improvements last year, and even if the results of efforts, especially those made in mid-to-late 2013, have not yet yielded fruit, they will. With Saturn’s backing throughout 2014, you can build your future, brick by brick. This could manifest quite literally for some Fishy folk, since property in general and additions to your home in particular are a feature of your stars.
It is those of you with birthdays on or near February 23 or with planets between 4 and 7 degrees of the mutable signs, that have the most to win and lose in 2014. Neptune could produce miracles or make mincemeat of your plans. Continue to believe in your dreams, but get those plans in black and white, and don’t trust verbal promises.
A happy development could be on the cards in late February and/or mid-March, and these are times to put ideas into action or to celebrate a special event. Late August and mid-September, on the other hand, are volatile.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
2014 is a watershed year. You are leaving behind an established pattern of existence and moving into a new world. This may be quite literal in that you will be leaving home territory and living and working in a foreign location. But it is also a metaphor in that you yourself are fundamentally changing so that certain aspects of life, certain people, are fading into the distance. And it’s a positive thing, not something to be feared.
The eclipses of April 15 and October 8 are the year’s power points, and it is around these dates that the most impressive developments take place. Do not overreach yourself in 2014. This does not mean you cannot aspire to better things – more that you don’t punch above your weight and live beyond your means.
Good things will come toward you and you want to be ready to seize them, not rushing around trying to find funds and complete unfinished business. From mid-July, creativity in all its many guises is a major theme – parenthood for some, a life-style makeover for others.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Every year has its aspects of growth, and in 2014 there are two areas of potential expansion – home and family on the one hand, and travel and the acquisition of knowledge on the other. In a nutshell: you could go far in the coming 12 months, and you can add to your lot whether in the sense of property or new members of the family.
Gaining independence is another important theme, which you may find emerging in your close relationships and career, and in general through finding your voice and daring to challenge the prevailing wisdom.
The solar eclipse of April 29 makes this period of the year the most exciting and the most destabilizing: be prepared to make a departure of some description, even if this simply means not doing what other people expect.
However, should something be lost in the spring, the vacuum will be filled, and faster than you think. The year should also be significant because of new friends who will make you see the world and your future in a new light.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
This is not the year to cut corners. Dot every “i” and cross each “t”. The theme of 2014 is putting in strong infrastructures, whether in career and material endeavors or personal and relationship life. This is especially important for May Gemini’s, who are under the influence of dreamy and directionless Neptune!
Yes, you will have time for holidays and pleasurable occasions, and there will be achievements to celebrate, but the main focus should be on getting your house in order – quite literally, in some cases.
Travel is a big feature of the second half of the year, and some Gemini’s could be making many foreign trips or one major long-haul journey. You could find yourself acting as a spokesperson for a group or company, and if you haven’t yet begun a blog or started a website, you could do so in 2014.
The eclipse patterns of the year – always indicative of fateful events – fall in the areas of creativity and collaborations, which may translate as becoming a parent or grandparent, or starting a business venture.
Cancer (June 21 – July 21)
If you haven’t yet put your heart, mind and energy into achieving a major life goal, use the powerful forces available to you in January to launch your offensive. Then again, fate could simply force your hand. The coming months represent a period of superb opportunity: there will never be a better time to make it – whatever that means to you.
Nonetheless, don’t be surprised if life becomes weird and wacky from time to time, to the point that you start to question your sanity! It’s just that old Uranus-Pluto thing. April is another premium month: whether you make sweeping changes or circumstances send you in a whole new direction, know it is all good.
With Saturn’s influence on the creative side of life, be patient with your efforts to start or add to your family, and don’t be afraid to use tough love with older offspring. Indeed, being tough and uncompromising is the way to overcome many of the obstacles you encounter from now on. It’s your life, Cancer; don’t allow other people to tell you how to live it.
Leo (July 22 – 22 August 22)
Which would you like first, the good news or the bad? Well, the bad – or rather, the trying – is that Saturn continues to add to your responsibilities, first and foremost in the way of family members who require time and care, and second, causing frustrations with domestic and property matters.
But the good comes in the form of Jupiter’s arrival in your sign (July 16). It has been 12 years since this planet graced Leo, so looking back at the period of August 2002-July 2003 will give you a rough idea of what to expect. Jupiter will boost your confidence and hope for the future; it will generate success and an overall sense of well being.
You can make big journeys under Jupiter, whether you fly to distant parts of the world, expand your life by adding to the family, purchasing a larger home, or taking a lead role of some description. Put a ring around the period of July 20 – August 28, which promises to deliver the best that 2014 can offer.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Virgo is a self-effacing sign, industrious and wise. But if you yearn to make it to the top, find a partner who will not let you down, and in general lead a life you know you are entirely capable of, you have to put yourself forward and take a risk. You won’t fail, and you most certainly won’t fail under your 2014 stars.
This is a year to find your creative spirit, whether this translates as starting a business endeavor, focusing on artistic projects, or bringing babies into the world. Collaborations of all kinds represent the major growth area of your horoscope, and you can expect to be meeting with some powerful people and sharing experiences that are transformative, to say the least.
While you may indeed opt to release your creative power by holistic and spiritual practices, love is going to be the route that brings out a new and very different you. Late January, late April, and early July are peak periods in a year that could take you from the humdrum to Hallelujah!
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
For many Librans, 2014 is a landmark year. You’ll make moves that will open a new and long life chapter, and there will be events that leave an indelible mark on your memory. Those most likely to resonate with this forecast are the October 7-16 birthdays, but when destiny strikes, so to speak, or you experience a desire to make a huge life change, you can be sure the eclipses of April 15 and October 8 will be implicated.
April and October are both standout months, and although a certain amount of upheaval is likely then, any major life-change cannot be accomplished without a little pain! There is a strong accent on teamwork and partnerships. In some cases this will translate as work projects that will add to your prestige and income, and in other cases working with your life partner will prove highly successful.
2014 is a sociable year – lots of happy gatherings and pleasurable breaks – however, you’re going to have to keep your eyes on the money.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Two down; one to go! Yes, Saturn is on its way out of your sign, and he’s been keeping the best ‘til last. Over the past two years, you have had no choice but to learn patience and gain strength, and it is these qualities that now provide the platform for success. You should also add courage to that list of virtues, because with Jupiter in the zone of life-goals from July onwards, opportunities will arise that could take you to the top, and certainly into new territory.
So plan to travel in 2014, because people and places far away could be the passport to a new and better future. The eclipses of April 29 and October 23 should produce some of the year’s highlights, and if you want the earth to move, you should aim to get going around those dates.
You won’t be taking into 2015 everything and everyone who is with you at the start of this year: Saturn and his scythe will be making cuts, but like a butterfly, the only way you can use those wings is to break out of the chrysalis.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
In December of 2014, Saturn will arrive in your sign for the first time in 29 years, so the coming 12 months are all about preparation. There is a parallel between 2014 and the autumn season when nature goes underground: it’s a time to stock up resources and cut down on the non-essentials of life. Now, this may not sound like much fun, but if you’d like Saturn’s rewards as opposed to his life-lessons, you’ll want to follow the advice.
2014 is a good year on the whole. You’ll travel, and make strong new connections with foreign organizations and people from different cultures. Children are going to be a big focus for many Sagittarians, whether you’re a new parent or grandparent or attending an offspring’s wedding.
April’s powerful but unpredictable influences could rock your boat, but any unexpected developments can be absorbed and will ultimately prove to be beneficial in the long term. Final tip: don’t take the easy option.