You cross a significant threshold this year when structuring Saturn leaves your 12th House of Shadows and enters your sign on Oct. 5. This marks a new stage in your life when discipline, self-respect, and a deep sense of purpose can empower you with greater authority and more control over your environment. Saturn's almost three-year occupation of your 1st House of Personality gives you plenty of opportunities to transform your image by updating your appearance and upgrading your lifestyle. You might want to immediately follow these changes by redefining your relationships -- but there is plenty of unfinished business to attend to before this happens, because Saturn moves through your 12th House of Endings until Oct. 5. Coming to terms with old partnerships by letting go of any remaining anger and resentment can clear the way to smoother sailing ahead. Identifying yourself as a victim may seem justified based on your prior experiences, yet this view of yourself is dead weight that will only hold you back. If you haven't forgiven those who have wounded or disappointed you by Oct. 5, Saturn's harmonious trines with compassionate Neptune on Oct. 10, and June 11 and July 19, 2013 provide additional chances to let bygones be bygones.
Even if you spend much of 2012 rattling around in the closet of your psyche, unlocking the secrets of your past and preparing the runway for your October takeoff, you still have plenty of opportunities to build alliances that make your life less stressful and more comfortable. For the first half of the year, generous Jupiter is in your 7th House of Partnerships where its presence in earthy Taurus attracts reliable individuals and shows you that simplicity and directness can work wonders in relationships. If you've grown bored with the predictability of others, then you are going to enjoy the change in scenery when Jupiter flips into inconsistent Gemini and your 8th House of Deep Sharing on June 11 for a year-long stay. The variety of people, ideas, and experiences you encounter can reinvigorate your interest in a current alliance or excite curiosity about a new person or venture, while simultaneously driving you crazy with distraction. Optimistic Jupiter's squishy square with dreamy Neptune on June 25, though, elevates hopes beyond reason, so temper inspiration with cool analysis to determine if you can actually turn your promises into reality.
Energetic Mars, the traditional ruler of your sign, is retrograde from Jan. 23 until April 13, serving as another reminder to tie up loose ends before you take on any major new challenges. The backward motion of this planet in your 11th House of Groups can stir up enmity among friends or colleagues. But this isn't about settling old scores; Mars is in Virgo, a sign more concerned with productivity than stewing in unresolved emotional juices. The gift of Mars' extended stay in your 11th house until July 3 is to provide you with additional chances to smooth things out with comrades and co-workers so that you're able to work together more harmoniously. Still, the process of untangling knots of mistrust and confusion requires patience and a willingness to focus on specific tasks instead of personality differences. Your flexibility goes a long way toward solving complex problems, especially since the dynamic Scorpio Solar Eclipse on Nov. 13 is anxiously semisquare unyielding Pluto. If anger erupts, use it to change the system rather than the individual.
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