LIBRA AT A GLANCE

Element – Air

Ruling Planet – Venus

Career Planet – Moon

Love Planet – Mars

Money Planet – Pluto

Planet of Communications – Jupiter

Planet of Health and Work – Neptune

Planet of Home and Family Life – Saturn

Planet of Spirituality and Good Fortune – Mercury

Colours – blue, jade green

Colours that promote love, romance and social harmony – carmine, red, scarlet

Colours that promote earning power – burgundy, red-violet, violet

Gems – carnelian, chrysolite, coral, emerald, jade, opal, quartz, white marble

Metal – copper

Scents – almond, rose, vanilla, violet

Quality – cardinal (= activity)

Qualities most needed for balance – a sense of self, self-reliance, independence

Strongest virtues – social grace, charm, tact, diplomacy

Deepest needs – love, romance, social harmony

Characteristic to avoid – violating what is right in order to be socially accepted

Signs of greatest overall compatibility – Gemini, Aquarius

Signs of greatest overall incompatibility – Aries, Cancer, Capricorn

Sign most helpful to career – Cancer

Sign most helpful for emotional support – Capricorn

Sign most helpful financially – Scorpio

Sign best for marriage and/or partnerships – Aries

Sign most helpful for creative projects – Aquarius

Best Sign to have fun with – Aquarius

Signs most helpful in spiritual matters – Gemini, Virgo

Best day of the week – Friday

Understanding a Libra

In the sign of Libra the universal mind – the soul – expresses its genius for relationships, that is, its power to harmonize diverse elements in a unified, organic way. Libra is the soul’s power to express beauty in all of its forms. And where is beauty if not within relationships? Beauty does not exist in isolation. Beauty arises out of comparison – out of the just relationship between different parts. Without a fair and harmonious relationship there is no beauty, whether it in art, manners, ideas or the social or political forum.

There are two faculties humans have that exalt them above the animal kingdom: their rational faculty (expressed in the signs of Gemini and Aquarius) and their aesthetic faculty, exemplified by Libra. Without an aesthetic sense we would be little more than intelligent barbarians. Libra is the civilizing instinct or urge of the soul.

Beauty is the essence of what Librans are all about. They are here to beautify the world. One could discuss Librans’ social grace, their sense of balance and fair play, their ability to see and love another person’s point of view – but this would be to miss their central asset: their desire for beauty.

No one – no matter how alone he or she seems to be – exists in isolation. The universe is one vast collaboration of beings. Librans, more than most, understand this and understand the spiritual laws that make relationships bearable and enjoyable.

A Libra is always the unconscious (and in some cases conscious) civilizer, harmonizer and artist. This is a Libra’s deepest urge and greatest genius. Librans love instinctively to bring people together, and they are uniquely qualified to do so. They have a knack for seeing what unites people – the things that attract and bind rather than separate individuals.

Finance

In financial matters Librans can seem frivolous and illogical to others. This is because Librans appear to be more concerned with earning money for others than for themselves. But there is a logic to this financial attitude. Librans know that everything and everyone is connected and that it is impossible to help another to prosper without also prospering yourself. Since enhancing their partner’s income and position tends to strengthen their relationship, Librans choose to do so. What could be more fun than building a relationship? You will rarely find a Libra enriching him- or herself at someone else’s expense.

Scorpio is the ruler of Libra’s solar 2nd house of money, giving Libra unusual insight into financial matters – and the power to focus on these matters in a way that disguises a seeming indifference. In fact, many other signs come to Librans for financial advice and guidance.

Given their social grace, Librans often spend great sums of money on entertaining and organizing social events. They also like to help others when they are in need. Librans would go out of their way to help a friend in dire straits, even if they have to borrow from others to do so. However, Librans are also very careful to pay back any debts they owe, and like to make sure they never have to be reminded to do so.

Career and Public Image

Publicly, Librans like to appear as nurturers. Their friends and acquaintances are their family and they wield political power in parental ways. They also like bosses who are paternal or maternal.

The sign of Cancer is on Libra’s 10th career house cusp; the Moon is Libra’s career planet. The Moon is by far the speediest, most changeable planet in the horoscope. It alone among all the planets travels through the entire zodiac – all twelve signs and houses – every month. This is an important key to the way in which Librans approach their careers, and also to what they need to do to maximize their career potential. The Moon is the planet of moods and feelings – Librans need a career in which their emotions can have free expression. This is why so many Librans are involved in the creative arts. Libra’s ambitions wax and wane with the Moon. They tend to wield power according to their mood.

The Moon ‘rules’ the masses – and that is why Libra’s highest goal is to achieve a mass kind of acclaim and popularity. Librans who achieve fame cultivate the public as other people cultivate a lover or friend. Librans can be very flexible – and often fickle – in their career and ambitions. On the other hand, they can achieve their ends in a great variety of ways. They are not stuck in one attitude or with one way of doing things.

Love and Relationships

Librans express their true genius in love. In love you could not find a partner more romantic, more seductive or more fair. If there is one thing that is sure to destroy a relationship – sure to block your love from flowing – it is injustice or imbalance between lover and beloved. If one party is giving too much or taking too much, resentment is sure to surface at some time or other. Librans are careful about this. If anything, Librans might err on the side of giving more, but never giving less.

If you are in love with a Libra, make sure you keep the aura of romance alive. Do all the little things – candle-lit dinners, travel to exotic locales, flowers and small gifts. Give things that are beautiful, not necessarily expensive. Send cards. Ring regularly even if you have nothing in particular to say. The niceties are very important to a Libra. Your relationship is a work of art: make it beautiful and your Libran lover will appreciate it. If you are creative about it, he or she will appreciate it even more; for this is how your Libra will behave towards you.

Librans like their partners to be aggressive and even a bit self-willed. They know that these are qualities they sometimes lack and so they like their partners to have them. In relationships, however, Librans can be very aggressive – but always in a subtle and charming way! Librans are determined in their efforts to charm the object of their desire – and this determination can be very pleasant if you are on the receiving end.

Home and Domestic Life

Since Librans are such social creatures, they do not particularly like mundane domestic duties. They like a well-organized home – clean and neat with everything needful present – but housework is a chore and a burden, one of the unpleasant tasks in life that must be done, the quicker the better. If a Libra has enough money – and sometimes even if not – he or she will prefer to pay someone else to take care of the daily household chores. However, Librans like gardening; they love to have flowers and plants in the home.

A Libra’s home is modern, and furnished in excellent taste. You will find many paintings and sculptures there. Since Librans like to be with friends and family, they enjoy entertaining at home and they make great hosts.

Capricorn is on the cusp of Libra’s 4th solar house of home and family. Saturn, the planet of law, order, limits and discipline, rules Libra’s domestic affairs. If Librans want their home life to be supportive and happy they need to develop some of the virtues of Saturn – order, organization and discipline. Librans, being so creative and so intensely in need of harmony, can tend to be too lax in the home and too permissive with their children. Too much of this is not always good; children need freedom but they also need limits.

Libra 2017 Horoscope

Major Trends

This is your year, Libra – enjoy! Jupiter has been in your sign since September of last year and will be there until October 10. This brings optimism, good fortune (what the world calls good luck) and an abundance of sensual delights. No matter how much money you have (it’s really not an issue) you will live on a higher standard – as if you were rich. The wherewithal for this will come naturally. On October 11 Jupiter will move into your money house, bringing financial expansion – real money. More on this later.

Saturn has been in your 3rd house for the past two years and is there almost to the year’s end. For students, below college level, there is a need to work harder in school. Learning needs more discipline. If you apply self-discipline you will see success (Jupiter is helping you here). Even non students are going to become deeper, more serious thinkers this year. There will be more organization in the thought process. It might take you longer to learn but what you learn will be learned well.

Pluto in your 4th house (and he’s been there for many years now) shows more spending on the home and family and perhaps renovations going on in the home. More details later.

Neptune has been in your 6th house of health and work since 2012 and will be there for many more years. This indicates someone who is going deeper (and getting good results) into spiritual healing. More on this later.

Uranus has been in your 7th house of love for many years (since 2011) and is there for the year ahead. This has tested many marriages and love relationships. Divorces (or near divorces) have been happening. The whole social life is highly unstable. By now you have learned to handle this, but it’s been a challenge. Next year Uranus will start to move out of your 7th house and by 2019 he will be completely out of there. The love life is starting to become more stable. More on this later.

Your most important areas of interest this year are the body and image (until October 10); finance (from October 11 onwards); communication and intellectual interests (until December 21); home and family; health and work; love and romance.

Your paths of greatest fulfilment this year are the body and image (until October 10); finance (from October 11 onwards); spirituality (until April 29); friends, groups, group activities and online activities (from April 29 onwards).

Health

(Please note that this is an astrological perspective on health and not a medical one. In days of yore there was no difference, both of these perspectives were identical. Now there could be quite a difference. For a medical perspective, please consult your doctor or health practitioner.)

While health is much improved over the 2011 to 2014 period, it still needs watching. Two long-term planets – Uranus and Pluto – are in stressful alignment with you. At the end of the year – on December 21 – Saturn will also move into stressful alignment. This doesn’t necessarily mean sickness, only that you have to pay more attention here. Your normal energy levels are not up to the usual standards. Thus, you can become more vulnerable to things. The good news here is that your house of health is prominent and you are paying attention.

There is much you can do to enhance the health and prevent problems from developing. The first and most important thing is to maintain high energy levels. Don’t allow yourself to get over-tired. Don’t waste energy on trivial, non-essential things. Keep your mind on the real priorities in your life and let lesser things go. This sounds easy but it’s difficult in practice; often tough choices have to be made.

The second thing is to give more attention to the following areas – the vulnerable areas of your chart. These are where problems (if they happened) would most likely begin. Keeping them healthy and fit is sound preventive medicine.

  • The heart. This is not normally a vulnerable area for you, but in recent years – since 2011 – it has become so. Avoid worry and anxiety. Cultivate a relaxed approach to life. One can be more effective without being tense. Develop more faith.
  • The kidneys and hips. These are always important for you. Regular hip massage (and the buttocks too) should be incorporated into your health regime. Herbal kidney cleanses are good too.
  • The feet. These too are always important for you. Neptune, your health planet, rules the feet. But ever since 2012 when Neptune moved into Pisces, they have become even more important. Regular foot massage – see our chart above – should be part of your health regime. There are gadgets on the market that massage the feet and some even give foot whirlpool treatments. These would be great (over time they pay for themselves). Wear shoes that fit right and that you can balance well in. It’s better to sacrifice fashion for comfort – although this is a difficult thing for Libra to do. If you can have both – fashion and comfort – all the better.

Neptune, the most spiritual of all the planets, as the health planet shows that you respond well to spiritual therapies, as we have mentioned. This was always the case for you but more so since 2012. If you feel under the weather, see a spiritual healer.

Your health planet rules from a Water sign. Thus you have a special connection to the healing powers of the Water element. Water is weak in the horoscope this year (until October 11), so make sure you’re drinking enough water. Dehydration could be an issue for you. Water aerobics and water sports are healthy kinds of exercises. It will be good to spend more time on the water – especially if you feel under the weather. Get on a boat or go to the beach, river or lake. Hang out near water. Soaking in a natural spring, lake, river or ocean will be healing. At a pinch, soaking in the tub will also be beneficial.

If you pay attention and take these precautions you should sail through the year with few problems.

Home and Family

Home and family has been an important focus in your life for many years now – since 2008. It been tumultuous to say the least. There have been death and near-death experiences in the family circle. There have been major repairs and renovations in the home. Perhaps even break-ups in the family unit. None of this should be considered punishment. A cosmic detox is happening in the family (and in your emotional life). The cosmic construction crews are hard at work creating the dream home and the ideal family relationship. A Pluto transit is not an ‘event’ but a long-term process; a series of events that go on and on until the job is done. This is what is happening now. The job is far from finished. Pluto will be in your 4th house for many more years.

Anyone who has ever had major renovations done knows the chaos of the experience. Furniture is all over the place. You can’t walk in certain areas. It’s noisy and often smelly. Sometimes you have to leave the house and sleep elsewhere. You’re forced out of your comfort zone for a while. But the end result! Ah! That’s when you see that it was worth it. Pluto is a master craftsman. He knows exactly what he’s doing. It will all work out well in the end.

There’s another upside to all of this. Family support seems good. You’re spending on the home but can earn from it as well. Family connections are important financially.

Pluto, your financial planet, in your 4th house shows good fortune with mortgages and lines of credit based on your home equity. Money can come from insurance claims related to the home. It’s wise to have a good homeowner’s insurance policy these days. Repairs can be needed at any time.

This transit also shows someone who earns money from home. Many of you are setting up home offices or home-based businesses. The home is as much an office as a home. All these things seem worthwhile this year.

Repairs and renovations can happen at any time, as we mentioned. But if you have some free will in the matter, January 28 to March 20 and July 20 to September 5 are good times for this. The work will go better and quicker. If you’re planning to redecorate or otherwise beautify the home (a never-ending process for Libra), November 22 to the end of the year is good.

With Jupiter in your own sign, Libras of childbearing age are much more fertile than usual.

A parent or parent figure seem stressed out but financially supportive. He or she is also involved in endless renovations – and perhaps even moves. The home base seems very unstable. He or she seems emotionally temperamental too, and subject to swift changes of mood. Therapy would be helpful here. Siblings and sibling figures will feel better by the end of the year. A move is likely from October 21 onwards. Children or children figures are having a stable family year.

Finance and Career

This is a prosperous year. Since September 2016 you have been in a multi-year cycle of prosperity. Sure there will be work involved. Sure there will be some challenges. But the end result will be increased earnings.

Jupiter, as we have said, spends most of the year in your 1st house. So, you’re dressing more expensively. You’re taking on the ‘image’ of wealth. Others see you as wealthy, and this brings financial opportunity to you. You spend on yourself too.

We mentioned earlier that Jupiter in your 1st house shows the ‘good life’ – the high life. You spend more on – or have access to – personal indulgences. The year ahead is about personal pleasure, personal pampering, fine clothes, good food, good wine and personal luxuries. (The weight will need watching this year – this is the price of excessive good living.)

There is a temptation to overspend on these things so be careful about this. However, you will have the wherewithal to enjoy these good things. If you keep things within budget, there will be less financial stress. If you overspend, you will be able to cover it, but with more stress.

You’re spending more on the home and family this year, as we have mentioned. You might be overspending in this area too. (Jupiter’s influence tends to excess.) But these kinds of investments are basically good – and in your Horoscope.

These aspects favour earnings from residential real estate, restaurants, the food business, the lodging industry and industries that cater to the home. Being a Libra, interior designers, furniture makers and makers of luxury items for the home are also good investments.

Your financial planet Pluto has been in the sign of Capricorn since 2008. This is a good financial position. It show sound financial judgement – a conservative, long-term approach to wealth. Wealth is built up in a methodical, step-by-step fashion over time. This aspect is excellent for budgeting and financial planning. Libras are not known for their financial skills – their strengths are elsewhere – but since 2008 your financial management skills are much improved. When the money starts to roll in after October 11, you’ll know what to do with it.

Jupiter in the sign of Scorpio after October 11 shows that those of an appropriate age are doing estate planning. Tax issues and estates are determining the financial decision making.

The year ahead – but especially after October 11 – is good for paying down debt. But much depends on your personal needs. You will find it easier to borrow money too. Your line of credit will increase. You have good access to outside capital. Learning to manage debt properly is one of the important lessons in this life. If you use it properly it can make you rich. If misused, it becomes (as the financial savants say) a weapon of mass destruction.

Career doesn’t seem a big issue this year. Some years are like that. The focus is more on finance and the home. Nevertheless there will be many short-term trends in the career which are best dealt with in the monthly reports.

Love and Social Life

Love is always important to Libra – the reason for their existence (as many will say if you talk to them). But since 2011 when Uranus entered your 7th house, it has become more important and more challenging (not to mention more fun and exciting).

Uranus is the planet of freedom and sudden change – lightning-like change. This makes the love life very exciting. Lightning can strike at any moment, in any place. Love can happen at any time. There is always this feeling of anticipation – today it can happen. But this also creates instability. Lightning generally doesn’t last very long. The feelings of love that were so intense last week are over this week. But no matter, something new can happen today.

Uranus in the 7th house is not good for committed relationships. Marriages have been in serious trouble for some years now. Many a divorce has happened. And though divorce doesn’t have to happen, keeping an existing relationship together will take a lot of work and effort. If the work is put in – and the relationship is basically sound – I’ve seen marriages survive this kind of aspect. (Not many though.)

Singles are not advised to marry this year. Enjoy the love life for what it is. There’s no need to project anything onto it. The instability in love is in effect all year, but next year it will start to fade. By 2019 some normality enters the love life. You, and the people you attract, will be more settled. The rebellion will be out of the system.

There are many short-term trends in love. Your love planet, Mars, is relatively fast moving. He won’t move through every area of your chart, but through many of them in a given year. Thus the love life will be affected by where Mars is at any given time and the kinds of aspects he receives. These are best covered in the monthly reports.

Those working on your second marriage are having a stable year: if you are already married, you’ll likely stay married; if single, you’ll likely stay single. The same is true for those working on or in the third marriage. Those working on the fourth marriage have wonderful romantic aspects, but marriage is better delayed for a later time.

Children and children figures are having a good social year. If anything they can be socializing to excess (especially from April 29 onwards). Grandchildren of the appropriate age (if you have them) are struggling socially.

Love might be unstable, but friendships seem happy this year – especially after April 29 as the North Node of the Moon enters your 11th house. The problem could be too many, rather than too few friends.

Self-Improvement

Both 2015 and 2016 were strong spiritual years. Much growth happened. There were many spiritual breakthroughs. Your ESP abilities were enhanced and you had many supernatural experiences. The spiritual life is still happy this year but less active. The Moon’s North Node will be in your 12th house until April 29.

Uranus in your 7th house of love has been difficult to deal with, but this aspect has brought some important personal growth. You’ve been learning to deal with love and social insecurity – to be comfortable about it and to be at ease with the sudden changes that happen. After six years of this you’ve lost much of your anxiety.

Spiritual healing, as we’ve mentioned, is a big issue these days and you’re going deeper into it. This is a long-term trend and we’ve written about it in previous years. Spiritual healing is a huge, huge subject. This is not something you learn in a year or two or three. It takes many years and this is the message of your chart. Neptune is going to be in your health house for many more years.

As you go deeper into spiritual healing, you will see, for yourself, that the current scientific understanding of the body is not adequate. It is true up to a point. The body does have a mechanical and a chemical aspect to it. But above these purely physical levels – the levels that can be measured by instruments – are many other finer levels. There is an energy body (sometimes called the etheric body). There is a feeling body and above that a mental body and upper mental body. Above these are other spiritual bodies, which are given different labels by different systems. In astrology we understand that each of the planets has its own body in each person. The higher bodies are ‘causitive’ relative to the lower ones. A change in a higher body (higher in energy vibration) will produce a change in the body beneath it, which will create a change in the body beneath that, and so forth until the chemical–physical level gets affected.

Mind–body medicine is more or less mainstream these days. But there are limits to it. Problems in the mind, where the seeds of pathology lie, can’t be dealt with by the human mind. (The human mind is in itself the problem.) What is needed is the intervention of a power which is above the human mind to clear these issues. And here we have the spiritual approach to healing. It is about the invocation of a power that is above the mind, to come in and do its perfect work.

As the power descends, it will heal the mind – the problems there that were causing the physical condition. Then, by a beautiful natural process, the feelings will get healed, and then, the physical body. Sometimes the effect is speeded up and we don’t notice the stages. But generally healing happens by a gradual kind of process.

The important thing is to be persistent in your practice and allow for the gradual dissipation of the health problem. It is seldom instantaneous.

Weekly Horoscope

January

Best Days Overall: 1, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, 27, 28

Most Stressful Days Overall: 5, 6, 11, 12, 25, 26

Best Days For Love: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 20, 21, 31

Best Days For Money: 1, 7, 8, 10, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29

Best Days For Career: 7, 8, 11, 12, 16, 27, 28

You begin your year with the Western, social sector of your chart overwhelmingly dominant. All this month between 70 and 80 per cent of the planets are in the social West. You are other-oriented by your nature and now even more so. This situation is comfortable for you – much more so than for other signs such as Aries or Leo. You enjoy being dependent. You enjoy exercising your social gifts. You know how to manoeuvre here. You are already adept at getting cooperation from others, so the month ahead should be happy and successful.

Health needs some attention – especially until the 19th – but it won’t hurt to rest and relax more afterwards too. The good news is that Venus moves into your 6th house of health on the 3rd and spends the rest of the month here. You’re on the case in health matters. You’re focused here. Health is enhanced in the ways mentioned in the yearly report. Spiritual-healing techniques are especially powerful from the 3rd onwards – and particularly on the 11th and 12th. If you feel under the weather, see a spiritual healer, or apply the techniques on your own.

Your focus on health has other side benefits too. Your love planet, Mars, spends most of the month – until the 28th – in your 6th house. Thus your focus on health can also lead to romance and social opportunity. You could be attracted to health professionals or people involved in your health. Love could be more idealistic during this period and spiritual compatibility would be important. Health problems could have love issues as their root causes. If this happens restore harmony as quickly as possible. A visit to a health professional or a health seminar could lead to social and romantic opportunities.

Pluto, your financial planet, is receiving positive aspects this month until the 19th. So prosperity is happening. Friends and family seem especially supportive. High tech and online activities also bring profits. The 7th seems an especially good financial day.

Your 4th house of home and family is powerful until the 19th. The planetary power is mostly below the horizon of your chart, signalling that career is not a big issue this month. Focus on the home, family and your emotional wellness. This will set the stage for this year’s career push, which will begin in March and April. This is the time to build the psychological infrastructure for future career success.

February

Best Days Overall: 5, 6, 14, 15, 24, 25

Most Stressful Days Overall: 1, 2, 7, 8, 21, 22, 28

Best Days for Love: 1, 2, 9, 10, 19, 20, 28

Best Days for Money: 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25

Best Days for Career: 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 26, 27

Towards the end of last month both Venus and Mars had their solstices. In the case of Venus it happened from January 29–31. In the case of Mars it happened from the 27th to the 31st. This brought a temporary pause in your love life and personal affairs. And now you’re going in a different direction. Taking a new tack.

We have two eclipses this month. These always bring change and disturbance. In your case, these will be mild. You don’t seem too personally affected. It won’t hurt though to take it a little easier over the eclipse periods.

The Lunar Eclipse of the 11th (in America it’s on the 10th) occurs in your 11th house. Not only that, but it impacts on the ruler of your 11th house – the Sun – as well. The eclipse brings dramas in the lives of friends. Friendships get tested and friends can be more temperamental this period, so be patient. Computers, mobile devices and other high-tech gadgetry could malfunction – they tend to be sensitive to cosmic energy. In many cases the malfunction will clear up after the eclipse passes, but sometimes equipment or software needs replacement. It would be a good idea to have your important files backed up. Hacking and viruses could be a problem too. Every Lunar Eclipse affects the career and this one is no different. Often it indicates dramatic changes in your company or industry. The rules of the game change. Often it shows life-changing events in the lives of bosses, parents or parent figures.

The Solar Eclipse of the 26th occurs in your 6th house of health and work, and it also impacts on Neptune, the ruler of this house. So there can be health scares or job changes. There are disruptions in the workplace. If you hire others there is employee turnover and unrest. There are dramatic changes in your health regime over the next six months. The health regime needs a change of course now and the eclipse will force the issue. Since the eclipsed planet, the Sun, is the ruler of your 11th house there is more testing of your high-tech equipment and gadgetry happening. There are more dramas in the lives of friends.

March

Best Days Overall: 4, 5, 13, 14, 23, 24

Most Stressful Days Overall: 1, 6, 7, 21, 22, 28

Best Days for Love: 1, 9, 10, 18, 20, 21, 27, 28, 30

Best Days for Money: 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 31

Best Days for Career: 6, 7, 16, 27, 28

The planetary power starts to shift after the 20th. The upper half of the Horoscope begins to become stronger. It is time to focus on your career and outer goals. Now, because of the way the long-term planets are aligned, the bottom half of your chart is still pretty strong, with four long-term planets there. So home, family and emotional wellness continue to be important – you can’t ignore these things – but you can start giving more focus to your outer life and ambitions. You’re basically balancing a successful career with a happy and harmonious family life. You’re juggling the two.

Your good career days are shown above. In general you have more enthusiasm and drive from the 1st to the 12th and from the 28th onwards, as the Moon (your career planet) waxes. There is more success during those periods. The 3rd and 30th are also very good – though the aspects are a bit lacklustre. This is when the Moon is at her perigee, her closest point to Earth.

The focus is on health and work until the 20th. Your 6th house is very strong. This is a good thing. You need to build up strength for when the health becomes more problematic. Make sure to get enough rest from the 20th onwards.

Power in the 6th house is excellent for job seekers. The 1st and the 2nd seem exceptionally good days. Children and children figures in your life are prospering during this period. There is romance in store for them later in the month too.

On the 20th you enter one of your yearly love and social peaks. Your 7th house of love is chock-full of planets – 60 per cent of the planets are either there or moving through there this month. It is a socially active month and there are many romantic opportunities for singles. The problem is that with Venus retrograde from the 4th onwards, you’re not sure of what you want. Personal confidence is not what it should be. (The Western sector is very powerful and the ruler of your Horoscope, Venus, is far, far from home. In the sign of Aries she is much weaker than usual.) In a way this is good. You’re not about to be overly assertive with others. You’ll tend to go with the flow. You’ll be more popular than usual. There is a love relationship here but you seem to be backing away from it.

Finances are good until the 20th but get more stressful afterwards. This does not affect your overall prosperity – which is excellent this year – but there are more challenges to deal with. More work than usual is needed to attain your goals.

April

Best Days Overall: 1, 10, 11, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29

Most Stressful Days Overall: 3, 4, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30

Best Days for Love: 4, 7, 8, 12, 13, 18, 23, 24, 25, 28

Best Days for Money: 1, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29

Best Days for Career: 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 26, 27, 30

In March you seemed very impulsive in love – more than usual. Most likely you paid the price for it. This month you seem more cautious. Venus, the ruler of your Horoscope, will spend most of the month in Pisces. (Last month she was in impulsive Aries.) The love life is still very active and you’re still in a yearly love and social peak. But this seems more about friendship and group activities than romance. Venus is still retrograde until the 15th, so use the time to get clear about your personal goals. It seems you need to decide what kind of ‘look’ you want to project – how you want others to see you.

On the 28th Venus moves back into Aries and into your 7th house – this time in a healthier kind of way. She is moving forwards instead of backwards. You still need to be careful about jumping into relationships too quickly, but the judgement is better now. Personal popularity is much stronger than usual and you have no problem putting other people first. You seem proactive in love – more so than usual.

If you talk to a Libra – or someone with many planets there – they will tell you that ‘life is all about relationship. Relationship is everything. You only learn about yourself through relationships.’ Not everyone thinks this way. But you do – and these days more than usual.

Your love planet, Mars, spends most of the month in your 8th house of regeneration. This shows the importance of sexual magnetism in love. If you’re not feeling this way, you’re attracting people who do. While this magnetism is important, it won’t hold a relationship together for the long haul. On the 21st, Mars moves into intellectual Gemini and into your 9th house. This introduces more depth to the romantic life. Sex is still important, but now you also want good communication and philosophical compatibility. The person with the gift of the gab (and who has something to say) is the one that attracts you. The college or educational function is the venue for love. As is your place of worship.

Health still needs watching until the 19th, but improves greatly afterwards. As always, make sure to get enough rest until the 19th. High energy is better than hosts of pills and potions.

You’re still in a prosperity period overall, but until the 19th you have to work harder for earnings. Finances improve after the date – although be aware that on the 20th your financial planet, Pluto, starts to go backwards (this will go on for many months). Earnings will happen, but perhaps a bit slower than usual.

May

Best Days Overall: 7, 8, 17, 18, 25, 26

Most Stressful Days Overall: 1, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28

Best Days for Love: 2, 3, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26

Best Days for Money: 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26

Best Days for Career: 1, 4, 5, 14, 15, 25, 26, 27, 28

Health and energy are getting better and better day by day. If you feel under the weather, you can enhance things in the ways discussed in the yearly report.

Your 8th house became powerful on April 19 and is still strong until the 20th. The spouse, partner or current love is prospering; he or she is in a period of peak earnings. Your finances are also good until the 20th. But Pluto, your financial planet is still retrograde. There will be delays, glitches and perhaps misunderstandings. Try not to make matters worse through financial carelessness. Study the fine print of all guarantees or extended warranties. Make sure you’re not slipshod in writing or addressing cheques. Make sure account numbers are correct. Little mistakes can cause big problems later on.

Power in the 8th house tends towards more sexual activity and a stronger libido. But it also indicates more than that. It shows an interest in death and life after death. It shows an interest in occult studies. Many of you are involved in projects of self-transformation and this is a good month for these things. In-depth psychology and the exploration of past incarnations are also more interesting.

The 8th house is related to death. But in astrology death has many more meanings than just the death of the physical body. Death involves dying to the old and useless in our lives – to old patterns, habits and conditions. On a deeper level, the 8th house is about ‘renewal’ or, to use the old-fashioned term, ‘resurrection’. Renewal and resurrection always follows death. If you observe life, you will see this for yourself. Something old dies – perhaps a relationship, a business venture, a beloved pet, or some object. Very soon after, something new is born to take its place. This is the nature of life and this is the message of the Horoscope. There is no death without resurrection. So this is a month to resurrect things in your life that need it. But first you must die to the old.

It is wonderful for weight loss regimes (if you need them) and for detox regimes. In the 8th house we get rid of whatever is no longer useful or needed. (The things might not necessarily be evil, they might be harmless in fact, but if something is just taking up space, get rid of it.)

Your love planet will be in your 9th house all month. Thus there are love opportunities in foreign countries or with foreigners. Foreign travel is very much in the chart after the 20th and singles might want to take the opportunity. Students will have love opportunities at school or school functions. If a current relationship is stressed a foreign trip together could bring healing.

June

Best Days Overall: 3, 4, 13, 14, 22, 23, 30

Most Stressful Days Overall: 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25

Best Days for Love: 4, 5, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 28, 29

Best Days for Money: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30

Best Days for Career: 3, 4, 13, 14, 24, 25

Career is the main headline of the month. Mars, the love planet, enters the 10th house on the 4th. The Sun and Mercury will enter on the 21st. The New Moon of the 24th will also occur in your 10th house. So this is a powerful career period coming up. Much progress will be made here.

Mars in the career house gives many meanings. The spouse, partner or current love is successful and active in your career – perhaps opening doors for you. Social contacts in general are helpful. The right social events are helpful career-wise – attending or hosting the right kind of parties or gatherings. Mars in your 10th house also shows that you are active and aggressive in the career. Bold actions are necessary now.

This New Moon of the 24th will be an exceptionally powerful career day and will bring much success. (Every New and Full Moon boosts the career, but this one is a ‘super New Moon’ – it occurs near the Moon’s perigee or closest point to Earth.)

The Sun’s entry into the 10th house also shows the importance of your social connections in your career. But in addition it highlights that your high-tech prowess and skills play important roles too. (Online social networking, especially, helps the career.) Mercury’s entry into the 10th house shows that being involved in charities or altruistic activities helps the career. You have a good intuition when it comes to career matters.

Those of you who are job seekers have excellent opportunities all month, but especially after the 21st.

Finance becomes more stressful after the 21st. You just have to work harder than usual. Things happen for you but not smoothly.

Your love planet spends most of the month ‘out of bounds’. This shows that in your love and social life you’re outside your normal sphere. Your normal circle doesn’t have what you want, so you go outside it into unknown territory.

In love, your attitudes change after the 4th. You’re attracted to the ‘power people’ – the high and mighty. Social and professional status are romantic turn-ons. Often this shows romantic opportunities with bosses or superiors – clandestine kinds of things. Sometime it merely indicates dating high-powered people – people above you in status.

Health needs more attention after the 21st. As always make sure to get enough rest.

July

Best Days Overall: 1, 10, 11, 19, 20, 28, 29

Most Stressful Days Overall: 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22

Best Days for Love: 3, 4, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 23, 28, 29, 30, 31

Best Days for Money: 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31

Best Days for Career: 3, 4, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 24

Career is still the main headline this month. Your yearly career peak continues until the 22nd. Much progress and much success is happening. Your good career days are shown above, but keep in mind that your career energy will tend to be strongest from the 1st to the 9th and from the 23rd onwards, as the Moon, your career planet, waxes. The 21st will also be successful as the Moon will be at her perigee.

The career trends that we wrote of last month are still in effect now. Review our discussion of this.

Health still needs watching until the 22nd. So it is still important to get enough rest. Continue to enhance the health in the ways mentioned in the yearly report. Health and energy will get much better after that date as the short-term planets move away from their stressful aspect to you.

Love is always important to a Libra, but especially now. Your love planet, Mars, occupies your 10th house. Thus he is more prominent than usual. In many cases this would show that your love life – your social life – is the career, your spiritual mission this month. You need to be there for the spouse, partner or current love – for friends too. In many cases people are following a worldly career but the social life is the real calling – the highest priority. This tends to success.

Many of the love trends that we wrote about last month are still in effect now (until the 20th). You are attracted to people of power and prestige. The love life is not just romantic, but it aids the career. You are attracted to people who can help you career-wise. Power is the most alluring thing right now.

On the 20th, Mars enters Leo, your 11th house. This too gives many messages. Love opportunities happen online or as you get involved with groups, group activities and professional organizations. Power and status are no longer so alluring; you want to have fun with the beloved. Now you gravitate to those you can have fun with, to people who are enjoying their lives. Mere ambition is less attractive. You like a more egalitarian relationship.

Finances are still a bit stressful until the 22nd, but they will improve afterwards. The 18th and 19th bring an especially nice cosmic payday. But Pluto is still retrograde this month, so be cautious contemplating large purchases or investments.

August

Best Days Overall: 6, 7, 8, 16, 24, 25

Most Stressful Days Overall: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 31

Best Days for Love: 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30

Best Days for Money: 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 16, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31

Best Days for Career: 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 18, 20, 21, 31

Your 11th house of friends and group activities became very powerful on July 22, and is even stronger this month. So the month ahead is very social – a happy month. This house is more about platonic kinds of relationships rather than romantic ones, yet because your love planet Mars will be here all month, romance is likely to happen from these kinds of activities. Something nice happens romantically on the 1st.

Health is good this month. Not perfect, but good. With more energy available to you, pre-existing conditions either fade away or lessen considerably.

Though your yearly career peak is over, we still see you successful this month. Venus crosses the Mid-heaven on the 1st and enters your career house. Venus, the ruler of your Horoscope, is the most elevated planet in your chart this month. (The Moon will briefly be more elevated on the 17th and 18th – but this is a short-term condition.) This shows that you are above everyone in your world. You are elevated. People look up to you and aspire to be like you. It shows authority and power. Honours and recognition are likely this month. In general you’ll have more enthusiasm and zest for the career from the 1st to the 7th and from the 21st onwards – as the Moon waxes. A Lunar Eclipse on the 7th impacts on the career and brings dramatic changes – I feel they will be good ones. Doors open for you (shakeups in your company or industry – and perhaps with bosses – achieve this). There can be dramas in the lives of parents and parent figures too.

This Lunar Eclipse impacts on your love planet, Mars. So a current relationship will get some testing. Sometimes this kind of eclipse signals a change of the marital status. (Singles often marry or get engaged under this kind of eclipse.)

There is also a Solar Eclipse on the 21st. This occurs in your 11th house and impacts on the ruler of that house, the Sun. You have been through this in February (twice). Once again friendships get tested. Your high-tech equipment and gadgetry get tested. Some will need replacement. Computers and online activity can be erratic this period. Make sure important files are backed up and do your best to protect yourself against hackers and viruses. Children and children figures in your life have social dramas. If they are of an appropriate age, marriages get tested. Younger ones have friendships tested.

September

Best Days Overall: 3, 4, 12, 13, 20, 21, 30

Most Stressful Days Overall: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 28, 29

Best Days for Love: 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 28, 29

Best Days for Money: 1, 3, 4, 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30

Best Days for Career: 1, 10, 14, 15, 19, 30

The planetary power is now mostly in the East – not your favourite sector. This has been the case since July, but now the power is getting stronger. You are entering a period of maximum personal power and independence. One of the problems with too much ‘other consciousness’ is that one can lose one’s centre – one’s own sense of self. One can be too vulnerable to peer pressure – to people pleasing – and of the wrong kind. Now is the time to assert yourself more. To get in touch with what you like and what you feel. To get in touch with yourself and follow your personal path of happiness. Fear not, you will not lose friends. Most likely they will support this. The fact is one cannot be a real friend or lover if one is not oneself. So if there are changes to be made in your conditions or circumstances, now is the time to make them. (Next month is also good for this.) If you wait too long, changes can still be made, but with much more difficulty.

Career is winding down this month. There is a rhythm to life – a rhythm to things. You’ve had much success these past few months and the career urges are less imposing now. You can devote yourself to other things – and especially to your spiritual life. Your 12th house of spirituality is easily the most dominant house this month – half the planets (and important ones too) are either there or moving through there. This is a month for spiritual – interior – progress. For getting in touch with the Divinity within. For spiritual studies such as meditation, the study of sacred literature and for ‘good works’. One need not be involved in an official charity to practise charity. Every day brings opportunity.

Mars, your love planet, moves into your 12th house on the 5th and stays there the rest of the month. This gives many messages. You feel closest to the Divine when you are in love. It favours the Shakti path – love, love, love and everything will be all right. Venus moves into your spiritual house on the 20th and just reinforces this message. The presence of Mercury and the Sun in the 12th house shows that the path of knowledge and rationality is also important, however. You benefit from the combination of love and reason.

Mars in this house indicates that the spiritual connection and compatibility is important in love these days. You and the beloved need to share the same spiritual ideals and support each other’s growth. It shows that love and romantic opportunities happen as you follow your spiritual path and with people involved in this. This is not a month to look for love in bars and clubs. Attend a spiritual workshop or a prayer meeting. Attend a charity event. Here is where you will find it.

On the 22nd the Sun enters your own sign and you begin another one of your personal pleasure periods. A happy time. Health is good and it shows in your physical appearance.

October

Best Days Overall: 1, 9, 10, 18, 19, 27, 28, 29

Most Stressful Days Overall: 5, 6, 11, 12, 25, 26

Best Days for Love: 5, 6, 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 27, 28

Best Days for Money: 1, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16, 20, 21, 25, 26, 30

Best Days for Career: 1, 9, 10, 11, 12, 19, 30

This month the congregation of planets in your own sign is the main headline – 60 per cent of them are either in your sign or moving through there this month. (No other sign or house comes even close to this.) Each brings its gifts and abilities. This month your personal independence and power is even stronger than last month. It is time to be yourself. It is wonderful to be you – unapologetically. Review our discussion of this from last month.

Health is super this month. If anything, it might be too good. You have so much energy and drive that unless it is directed properly, it can be misused and lead to problems. Use it well; don’t abuse it.

Everything you could want or need is coming to you – yearning for you, searching ardently for you. Love and friendship seek you. Mars moves into your sign on the 22nd. There is nothing special you need to do to find love – just show up. Just go about your daily business. If you are in a relationship, this aspect shows that the beloved is totally devoted to you. He or she puts you first – ahead of him or herself. You’re being pampered this month. The Sun, the planet of friends, has been in your 1st house since September 22. And the same is true with your friends.

You’ve been living the ‘high life’ all year, and this month perhaps even more so. This is not only good for indulging in the sensual pleasures, but also for getting the body and image in right shape – the way that you want it to be.

Jupiter makes a major move this month, from your 1st house to your 2nd money house. Thus there is prosperity happening well into next year. The Sun moves into the money house a bit later on – on the 23rd – and you enter a yearly financial peak. The 26th and 27th seem especially good financial days. Friends are prospering and providing financial opportunity. Children or children figures in your life have romantic opportunities those days.

You have love, money, health and good looks these days. Is there anything more that you need?

November

Best Days Overall: 5, 6, 14, 15, 24, 25

Most Stressful Days Overall: 1, 2, 7, 8, 21, 22, 29, 30

Best Days for Love: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30

Best Days for Money: 3, 4, 7, 8, 12, 13, 16, 17, 21, 22, 26, 27

Best Days for Career: 7, 8, 17, 18, 28, 29

Another happy and very prosperous month ahead, Libra. Enjoy!

Love and money are the main headlines this month. Your money house is even stronger than it was last month (and that’s saying something). It is not only chock-full of planets, but chock-full of the most important ones (especially on the 16th and 17th). Not only that, but Pluto, your financial planet, is moving forward again (indeed, he has been since late September). All the financial systems are go. Everything you touch turns to gold. Venus moves into your money house on the 7th and spends the rest of the month there. On the 12th and 13th she travels with Jupiter bringing a very nice financial bonanza. But the whole month is filled with financial bonanzas!

Venus’s move into the money house shows personal involvement with finance. You’re not delegating things to others. You’re taking personal charge. It shows someone who spends on him or herself. You look rich. You’re a money person to those around you – people tend to see you that way. Since Venus also rules your 8th house of regeneration, this is a great period to use spare cash to pay off debt. You have a real opportunity to get out of debt right now and you should take it.

Last month the planetary power began to shift from the upper to the lower half of your chart. Now, from the 15th to the 27th, 90 per cent of the planets are in the lower half of the chart. (Before and after that it is 80 per cent.) This is huge dominance. It is time now to de-emphasize the career and focus on the home, family and your emotional well-being. It is time to gather the forces for the next career push that will happen next year.

This is a month where you value hard cash over prestige and status. A career opportunity that gives prestige but little cash is not likely to interest you. Nor will a career opportunity that disturbs your emotional equilibrium. In spite of its lack of importance, you won’t be able to ignore the career altogether. Your best career days are shown above. In general you will have more enthusiasm (and power) for your career from the 1st to the 4th and from the 18th onwards – as the Moon waxes. The Full Moon of the 4th is a particularly strong career day as the Moon is near perigee – her closest distance to Earth. But, as we mentioned above, the thrust now is towards home and family.

Health is still good this month. Mars in your sign all month shows drive and energy. You’re physically dynamic now. You excel in sports and exercise regimes. You have good muscle tone and self-confidence. Also, you have love – and devoted love to boot. The beloved doesn’t have wandering eyes these days. He or she is completely devoted and on your side.

December

Best Days Overall: 3, 4, 11, 12, 21, 22, 30, 31

Most Stressful Days Overall: 5, 6, 18, 19, 20, 26, 27

Best Days for Love: 3, 7, 8, 14, 16, 17, 24, 26, 27, 28

Best Days for Money: 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 19, 20, 24, 25, 28, 29

Best Days for Career: 5, 6, 7, 8, 16, 17

Home and family issues are even more important this month than last. Your 4th house becomes ultra-powerful from the 21st onwards. Your 10th house by contrast is basically empty – only the Moon will move through there on the 5th and 6th.

For many people, the holiday season is a party period. You will have some of this – the ruler of your 5th house of fun receives nice aspects until the 21st. But for you celebrating with the family seems the ticket. I wouldn’t be surprised if you spend New Year’s Eve at home in a quiet kind of way – with the family. It’s not that you can’t go out; you just seem to want to be there.

Saturn’s move into the 4th house (where he will be for the next two years) shows a sense of duty – a sense of family responsibility. You show your love through taking on more responsibility. Family life can be a burden these days, but you can’t avoid it. Pick up the burden and handle it. This will bring much personal growth and unexpected help.

Saturn in the 4th house initiates a period where you need to manage the emotional life. There is a tendency to repress emotions under this aspect. But this never works – not for long anyway. Managing the feelings is not repression. One takes charge of them and directs them in the proper way – in constructive kinds of ways. Meditation is a big help here.

Finances are still excellent. Jupiter has been in the money house since October 11, and on the 9th Mars moves in and spends the rest of the month there too. This tends to show the active financial support of the spouse, partner or current love. It brings partnership and joint venture opportunities. Your friends are prospering and providing financial opportunity.

Mars in the money house indicates a change in your love preferences. Now material wealth is a romantic turn-on. Singles gravitate to the ‘good providers’. Love is shown in material ways – financially or through material gifts. This is how you feel loved, this is how you show it. For the past couple of months, with Mars in your own sign, love was romantic. The romantic niceties were important. But now (after the 9th) with Mars in Scorpio, it is the sexual magnetism that attracts.

Health is good until the 21st, but after that date you need to pay it a lot more attention. It’s not just the short-term planets (the Sun and Venus) that stress you out. Now Saturn will be making stressful aspects to you too, and this is a long-term trend. Tough choices have to be made in the coming years. You can’t do everything and please everyone. You will have to focus on what’s really important.

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