Taurus (20 April – 20 May)
Your ruler Venus begins the year in your fellow earth sign of Capricorn where it remains until the 18th. This is a good time to work on your long-term goals and line up some new adventures for the rest of the year.
Venus in Capricorn is about the bigger picture in life and travelling far and wide to seek fulfilment or knowledge. It’s about discovering your purpose or what gives your life meaning. This is a major theme for you as 2018 begins, because there’s also a Full Moon cutting across the Cancer/Capricorn axis of the zodiac on the 2nd.
This would be an excellent time to draw up a wish list, or consider your qualifications and what you want to learn or know more about. It’s a period of inner growth when you want to better yourself in some way and make the most of all that life has to offer.
This theme continues mid-month when there’s a New Moon in Capricorn on the 17th, a symbol of new beginnings and an excellent time to set new intentions. If you’re travelling this month, you’re in sync with your stars and it’s one of the best months of the year to invest in a course or learning programme.
There is a note of caution, however, during the weekend of the 13th/14th when both the Sun and Venus clash with unpredictable Uranus. You might make the wrong turn or find yourself heading up a blind alley, so proceed cautiously.
The period from the 7th to the 10th looks particularly lively, when you look out for new opportunities that come your way and notice who pops up in your life. A new direction may come about because of something you read or hear and it’s via other people, new blood so to speak, that you get a chance to widen your life experience.
In fact, other people play an integral part in your journey of self-discovery as your opposite sign of Scorpio is bursting with positive planetary activity. Action planet Mars is here until the 26th and Mars is your partner planet. You may be ready to expand your horizons because of the person you’re with or perhaps your partner lands a job abroad, or encourages you to take a sabbatical to do what you love.
That’s the ideal situation at least, but certainly your life feels fired up because of what’s happening around you, in the lives of other people. This is especially true when Mars teams up with lucky Jupiter on the 7th and the next few days are packed full of powerful, potent astrology.
There’s a feeling of fate or destiny about what may transpire, as if someone else opens the door for you and leads you down a new and adventurous path. This is not a time to stay stuck in a rut or hang on too tightly to your comfort zone. Allow yourself to be open to inspiration and all that’s new.
It might be that a last-minute change of plan works out for the best, whether this is a holiday or study course that’s cancelled or doesn’t happen for some reason. Go wherever life leads you now and welcome the diversions that appear in front of you.
This month’s major planetary aspect continues this theme because big planet Jupiter teams up with the planet of transformation, Pluto, on the 16th and these two major planets are working together.
Jupiter in Scorpio highlights your partnership sector and Pluto in Capricorn your travel and study sector. This might prove to be good news for someone close to you as they head off on an adventure, or perhaps you meet someone who takes on a guiding or teaching role in your life. This is about educating you and inspiring you, so look out for role models or other people you admire.
It could also be an exciting month for love and relationships and it’s a good idea to line up something new if you’re in a long-term union or marriage. Don’t keep life small now but instead be bold. Know that when you’re with someone who encourages you to live life to the full, you’re with the right person.
Money matters require clear thinking in order to make progress in January. Communication planet Mercury retraces its steps through Sagittarius and your joint finance sector up until the 11th. As task-master Saturn is no longer in this sector of your horoscope, you may feel as if a burden’s been lifted. Certainly it’s time to consider once again how to make the most of your money and experiment with new ideas.
This is worth doing, because action planet Mars enters this same sector of your horoscope on the 26th where it remains until March 17th. This feels like a green light, a good time to take action, especially if you’ve felt held back or debt has weighed you down. Wherever you can break free and invest wisely, make it happen.
Career matters too are on the rise once your ruler Venus enters Aquarius and your career and vocation sector on the 18th, followed closely by the Sun on the 20th. If you’ve planned well throughout the first half of January, you’ll be ready to fly with your ideas and to get things moving.
It’s potentially an exciting time for this area of your life and you’re wise to embrace new technology and do whatever you can to network and get ahead. This is particularly important because on the 31st, there’s a second Full Moon in January and this time, it’s a Lunar Eclipse.
This eclipse falls across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac and your career and vocation sector, continuing the eclipse cycle which began in August 2016 and completes in January 2019. Don’t rest on your laurels when it comes to your work and career but, instead, anticipate where change may come and get one step ahead of the pack.
Eclipses notoriously coincide with sudden change so remain open-minded and be ready to take advantage of any changing situation with regard to your work and career. Traditionally, you’re wise to wait a few days after an eclipse before making any major decision. February flags up a potential turning point for your work, your career or business.