From my *first* and one of my very favorite
on-line Astrologers, Jonathan Cainer -
Last year's big celestial story involved a cosmic cross - a tug-of-war between Jupiter and Saturn, with Pluto playing the role of biased referee. At some point, Uranus came to Jupiter's aid, lending its weight to the positive side of the battle. We're still in the season of cosmic conflicts. This year, Uranus squares up to Pluto and begins an argument that will carry on until 2012. Once more, the theme is hope versus fear;
transparency versus secrecy; innovation versus limitation. Which will win? That depends on which of these impulses you choose to back in your own world.
NOTE: Dates for horoscope signs change every year, so if your birthday is on the "cusp," a natal (or birth) chart will identify your sign as it was on the date of your birth.
ARIES (March 21 - April 20)
Welcome to a year that moves you on. It's going to take you back to a point you reached in 2010 where you were beginning to think, yes, this is it. I know where I'm going! For a while, you felt better about your prospects. Then, just as you started seeing opportunities to make a dream a reality, along came a diversion. Suddenly, you were obliged to honour other commitments. Early in the New Year, you'll wonder, was that a dream? It seems so long ago; I don't even remember why it mattered to me. It may take a while before you regain your motivation, but once you do, nothing need stand in the way of it. There's no point wondering why that delay had to happen. Just accept that, having served your time, you're being set free to make 2011 the year you truly want it to be.
TAURUS (April 21 - May 21)
After all you've been through, it's no wonder you've started to suspect your life is not your own. But it won't be long before you begin to feel less as though everything you do needs to meet someone else's approval. Instead, you're going to be asked to accept the support of the cosmos. What you don't have in your life any more will be compensated for by what you begin to receive. Largely, that's a greater feeling that the things you need to happen are starting to happen. At every level where there's something you want to protect, attain or alter, you'll begin to see that you're blessed; that you deserve success and that, if you work for the best possible outcome to a tricky situation, you can achieve it in the year ahead.
GEMINI (May 22 - June 22)
Some years, the planets insist that a certain story must be told for each sign. Other years, they don't so much say, 'This is what will happen', as, 'There's no reason this can't happen.' It's up to you to recognize what can happen and set out to make it happen. You'll face problems in 2011, if you focus on the negative, enter into a conflict or indulge resentments. You'll also slow yourself down if you decide you're not entitled to progress. But why should you think that way? Instead, focus on what dreams you might bring to fruition, what talents you might develop, what relationships you might build, what contributions you might make to a world that's ready to listen to you. It's up to you to decide what kind of year you want.
CANCER (June 23 - July 23)
Some people are lucky. In theory, they end up in the right place at the right time because they have the right attitude. But sometimes it happens even when they're grumpy. What use, though, is good fortune if you can't appreciate it? In 2011, you'll encounter circumstances where it's just as well you turned up when you did, because someone is needed to play a crucial role in a vital process. This may sound more like a burden than a blessing, but wonderful things will happen as a result of your hard work. You'll gravitate to a powerful position. Just like those who are lucky even when they don't know it, there are people who are successful even if they feel like failures. Don't fall into that trap. Relish your chance to help others while finally freeing yourself from many old worries, doubts and insecurities.
LEO (July 24 - August 23)
It's one thing to be in a stressful situation with no end in sight, and another thing to say, "I just have to hang on for a bit longer and then it's going to be all right." You may be entering 2011 in a state of tension, but it won't last longer than a few months and it will be followed by a time of resolution. You've been dealing with a lot of uncertainty lately. That's why you're so determined about a particular issue. But soon a mist will lift and you'll see a clear horizon. That will allow you the luxury of being less sure of what you think and feel, which will be good for your relationships and plans; many of which are currently too fixed or rigid. You don't need to hang on tightly to anything. It will be a fine year.
VIRGO (August 24 - September 23)
We all want health, wealth and happiness. But often when we have them, we take them for granted. Your challenge, in 2011, is to be grateful for everything and to squeeze magic out of every moment. To do that, you may have to walk towards the unknown. Nothing else is going to bring out your creativity and challenge you to find a new side to yourself. Don't be afraid of pushing the boundaries or allowing yourself to want more. Don't just solve your problems the easy way. Be proud of the unanswered questions in your life. This year, you won't find definitive answers, butyou will find meaningful insights that touch every level of your life and, ultimately, make you healthier, wealthier and happier.
LIBRA (September 24 - October 23)
In your life this year, old ideas and traditions are the greatest potential sources of support and strength. People and situations aren't merely shifting; they're rolling rapidly towards unprecedented change. While many are finding this hard to adjust to, your role is to provide reassurance and leadership. You may not see yourself as stable because your mind moves so quickly, allowing you to see so many sides of each story. But, as the instability around you becomes greater than your own, you'll be a source of dependability. In 2011, you'll have a chance to provide help to those who need it. And, in return, you'll be looked after, too. Emotionally and materially, it's going to be better than 2010, regardless of your current fears.
SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22)
Recent events have boxed you in. Somehow, your inner light isn't shining as brightly as it should. You need to free yourself from a restriction that's been holding you back for too long. This may involve removing various 'structural elements' of your daily life, which may cause you to suspect things are falling apart. But, aren't you lucky? You're about to fulfil dreams you've long secretly entertained. In 2011, you'll use talents that have often gone to waste. You'll start making the whole world, not just your own, a better place. This is the year when you'll overcome your fears. Wherever you go, you'll be followed and supported.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21)
Your destiny is strong. Look at what's happening now and, in particular, in the areas of your life where you seemingly have no choice. The cosmos is giving you amazing direction. There's a challenge ahead. You're not going to have a hard time, but you are going to feel as if you're being carried forward by an angel who wants to lead you towards the fulfilment of a great fate. Life will soon push you into a position you've long needed to be in - a position of power from which you can make your own life more comfortable and happier, and also help others physically, materially and spiritually. That's why this will be a wonderful year.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20)
As you enter 2011, are you trying to hang on to an arrangement that you suspect is disappearing before your very eyes? Might it be wiser to let it go? Haven't you been trying hard, for some while, to unravel the fabric you suddenly feel inclined to preserve? It may take until the end of the year before you find the certainty to move on. Meanwhile, don't let the pressure become painful. If something is going to fall apart, no effort can stop it. And if it isn't going to, why pretend you're responsible for it? The changes unfolding are doing so in the right way, for the right reason. You don't have to do much more than allow them to. Hang on to your faith in someone or something that's always been right for you. It's going to see you safely through a fantastic year.
AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19)
There's been a pattern in your life lately. Just when it seems as if you might make progress or seize an opportunity, along comes a wave of negativity. Yet the cosmos insists that something big and good can come into your world in 2011. All you have to do is ignore the voice of negativity. It knows how to make you curl up in a ball and say, "I give up." It simply has to tempt you into seeing the downside. You don't have to be caught in that this year, regardless of what you think is wrong with your life. Hang on to your most inspiring vision and your willingness to be guided by your highest hopes. The more open you are to something very natural occurring, the more it will, and that will lead to more magic.
PISCES (February 20 - March 20)
In 2011 you begin to see results for recent efforts, but you won't necessarily be able to relax and say, "Yes, I've done it!" 2012 will be your year for that. Meanwhile, this year, a lot of your energy will go into doing something fulfilling that involves creativity. It will be easier to do this as you finally shake free from a restriction that hangs over you from the past. There may be a period, mid-year, when it feels as if you've been taken up by a helicopter and shown how glorious your life could be, if only you'd break a habit. Then, suddenly, you're back on the ground with a mountain to climb. But climb it you will, and the change you're going through this year will benefit you for the rest of your life.