Saturday, August 18, 2012
FOR EVERYONE ~ Fork in the road. People are adapting to changing financial realities. Psychological and spiritual issues are sparking big personal decisions. Important relationships are in flux. Nothing decisive seems to happen, though. The narratives don’t change. However, in September, even seemingly small decisions can have big consequences. Paths will diverge sharply. Trend lines will bend dramatically. Comeuppances will arrive for those who haven’t taken the hint. Ironies will come home to roost. Long-term financial well-being and deep family ties should take precedence over other considerations.
♍ VIRGO ~ (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21) Presto chango. Things will change in September. Some the hard way, some the easy way, but things will change. The rules for the big money issues - taxes, insurance, pensions, mortgages - are different, now. “They” just decided to do things differently. Higher ups are probably as surprised and as annoyed as you are. You will have some promising options. The most promising will be close to home. But pursuit of these opportunities will likely destabilize your relations with family, friends and professional associates.
♎ LIBRA ~ (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21) Keep it simple. A wave of economic changes is rippling willy-nilly through our lives. Financial issues are imposing awkward strains and inconvenient changes in Libra’s most important personal and professional relationships. Some important relationships could simply end. Involving yourself or others in more debt, or searching far afield for complicated workarounds will not help anyone. The planets prefer that you resolve issues by working close to home and managing day-to-day expenses. You will be surprised at how well a simple, down-to-earth approach will work.
♏ SCORPIO ~ (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20) Speak softly. Your influence is greater than you realize, now; the things you say affect people more than you know. You are insulated from changes affecting others. You have more power over how these changes will affect your life than others do, too. So you might not realize how upset people are. Having said that, people do need to hear your views. You have special insight into ongoing events. In some cases, your ideas will prove indispensable to those dealing with sudden, unexpected changes.
♐ SAGITTARIUS ~ (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20) Reimagine. Waves of change are rapidly transforming financial arrangements in your life, sending ripples of change through the rest of your life. Disaster is not imminent; you will surely land on your feet; but you can’t stand pat. You’ll need to wrangle accommodations from partners, family and friends. It’s natural to want to work your way out of any resulting financial pinches - put in more hours, say. However, the planets advise that you adjust attitudes and expectations rather than extend your work schedule.
♑ CAPRICORN ~ (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) Serious business. Changes are numerous; they are emerging rapidly in key areas - at home, at work, in key partnerships. They are creating insurmountable obstacles to achieving what you really want. Workable alternatives are possible, although they will not be as permanent or stable as you would like. It would be tempting to take an improvisational, casual approach to the task of creating alternatives, making compromise easier. However, the planets want idealism and sound thinking to guide the creation of even temporary, makeshift solutions.
♒ AQUARIUS ~ (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) Rosetta Stone. The challenges many face are sending them in search of answers. The solution many are looking for is an Aquarian one. After all, the problems they face were caused by your ruling planet, Uranus. You probably have a good idea of how Aquarian ideals apply to their situations. Many need to have it explained, a service for which some might be willing to reward you. Translating Aquarian ideals into terms others understand can help others meet their challenges and expand your resources.
♓ PISCES ~ (Feb. 18 - Mar. 19) Explore. New financial realities are squeezing an already tight budget. There are promising ways forward, but available options won’t lead directly to economic stability or security. Circumstances will require continuing efforts to broaden and solidify your economic base. The planets suggest that you not confine your search locally. You will need to reach beyond the familiar and the comfortable. It is not so much a question of leaving home, though, as using home as a base from which you can extend your economic reach.
♈ ARIES ~ (Mar. 20 - Apr. 18) Due date. A non-stop barrage of changes, many arising out of nowhere, is affecting your long-term finances. You need to free up resources to address emerging financial short-falls. It’s partly a question of aligning personal expectations with changing economic realities. However, current arrangements with family, friends, and professional and business associates need to change. These changes might seem abrupt and, well, harsh to some who have counted on you so long for so much. But those who have been paying attention shouldn’t be surprised.
♉ TAURUS ~ (Apr. 19 - May 19) Bend in the road. Your mind is flooding with new ideas and feelings about who you are and what you really want in life. Many of these will collide with existing ideas about yourself. Let the new stuff percolate to the surface; allow conscious attitudes to evolve. You should maybe avoid focusing on yourself, too much. Pay more attention to the needs and expectations of others, but always leave yourself some wiggle room. Continuing improvement in your financial affairs should make everything else easier.
♊ GEMINI ~ (May 20 - June 19) Stay out of it. The already challenging financial picture is being further complicated. People are making significant and irreversible changes in how they handle financial stuff, without warning or appeal. These changes will spark battles in some cases. Chaos is a possibility. Gemini can sidestep the conflict, confusion and most of the inconvenience. You have opportunities to pursue and your time would be best spent pursuing them. Avoid obsessive focus on psychological and spiritual issues. Focus on work and health issues for best results.
♋ CANCER ~ (June 20 - July 21) Exit stage left. For a long while, work has been unusually burdensome and stressful, complicated by on-the-job intrigue, personality conflicts and, well, underhanded behavior. You had little choice but to take it all seriously and set the best example you could. Life in general is about to get even more complex. However, for Cancerians, a more playful, lighthearted cycle is beginning. The planets will forbid you to take anything seriously. Give the part of your brain that does the heavy lifting a well-deserved rest.
♌ LEO ~ (July 22 - Aug. 21) Retreat. For many months, Leo’s instincts have aligned with the trends. It was easy to go with the flow. But a lengthy new cycle has begun. It will be easier to make a wrong move, at home, at work . . . in every area of your life. More so because of the many rapid changes taking place. The cost of putting a foot wrong could be high. Power issues could be especially dicey. The planets advise favoring home and family and quietly working through personal issues.