Tuesday, January 01, 2008

A Look Ahead For 2008

Overview for Pisces

It's a good thing you're so adaptable, sweet Pisces, because the universe will continue throwing curveballs your way in 2008. Uranus, the planet of unexpected changes, will remain in your sign until 2011, opening the door to a whole new worldview. On a positive note, of all the signs, yours may be the most prepared to tear through the illusion of the current reality and see what lies beyond.

The only problem is, not everything will be immediately apparent to you. Several influences this year bring up issues surrounding secrets and hidden truths. Mercury's retrograde cycle from January 28 through February 18 will be a good time to go on a retreat or take a break from your usual routine. A solar eclipse on February 6 and a lunar eclipse on August 16 will both emphasize this theme of the unknown. Visiting someone in a hospital or other institution is a good way to discharge this energy -- and besides, you always feel good when you perform an act of service.

All these changes are affecting your relationships, but the good news is, you're feeling more centered and self-assured than ever before. That self-effacing pushover is nowhere to be found; instead, you're demanding what you deserve -- and it's getting harder for certain people in your life to meet your expectations. In the next couple of years, expect to do some major housecleaning in the realm of your friendships and other personal connections. Rest assured that any changes you make in these areas will be quickly rewarded.

Mercury's retrograde period from May 26 through June 18 urges you to contact your loved ones and family members. You could also use this energy to make some needed repairs in your home or bedroom. In August, pay particular attention to your health and your work environment, as the August 1 solar eclipse makes self-care crucial.

Love and Romance

There's no doubt about it, Pisces: In one way or another, you'll put a lot of energy into your relationships in 2008. The lunar eclipse on February 20 highlights your partnerships, focusing your attention on what you really want. This issue will come up again in May, when your love life will start moving forward after a period of doubt.

Mid-March launches a roller coaster ride of romantic action. Affectionate Venus and communicative Mercury move together into your sign, which usually signals a fun, flirtatious time -- but almost immediately, they encounter severe Saturn. Expect some sort of limitation to cool things down between you and your partner. At the very end of March, a highly exciting and disruptive influence enters the picture. You may be tempted to take a romantic risk or try something totally new and different in love.

Single Pisceans will see the most action from March 4 through May 19, when passionate Mars brings serious sizzle to your love connections. You'll see another spike a month later when Venus, the love planet, follows in Mars's ardent footsteps. These two periods offer your best opportunities to get out there and connect with someone new and special.

Coupled Pisceans are sure to enjoy themselves, too. Mars, the passion planet, spices things up starting July 2, but a week later, Saturn limits your ardor. But don't worry: You'll break through whatever has been holding you back on August 6. Just take care not to burn any bridges with your newfound assertiveness.

Mid-August brings limitations in love, Pisces, but you'll cast off this burden toward the end of the month. A New Moon on August 30 gives you the chance to redefine your relationship ideals. Early November could bring a conflict to a head between your personal growth and the status quo of a treasured relationship. This might occur on a very private level, but it's just as possible that it will happen in a broader, less personal way. Whatever happens, remember that it's just one step in a very important process.