The Week Ahead for Cancer
Monday, January 14 – Sunday, January 20
Half-way through January and it could be already time for a review. When a situation has changed it requires a rethink, which doesn’t mean you’re destined to become a flip-flopper. Being stubborn is not the same as being strong; being strong is recognizing when you need to revise your opinion. And you may not be the only person to have reached this conclusion. If a situation is to go forward, it must be made of the right stuff, and if its limitations cannot be overcome, it is better to let it go before further time, money or emotion is spent on it. A relationship could be in the frame here, and although some Cancerians will be making plans for the future with their significant other, others could be considering the opposite.
The deciding factor.
The Month Ahead for Cancer
What a stellar opening to 2019. Bells, whistles and, it must be said, a couple of raspberries! On the 6th a solar eclipse lights up the area of relating, setting the seal on a relationship. Especially if you have a mid-July birthday the year-ahead is likely to produce seminal events linked to your love life, and January could be the first occasion upon which you encounter an ending and a beginning. You come to change like a tortoise, slowly and reluctantly, but once you’ve got your mind around it you deal with it like a champion. And so it should be in January. Whether you are thrilled by developments or fazed by them, they are ultimately conducive to your happiness.
There is a misconception that astrologers can see the future as if we were watching scenes playing out on a cinema screen. But it’s not like that. We open our ephemerides (planetary timetable) and take endless notes on when the alignments are at their strongest and what they might mean for this person, that country or this event. Often it can seem as if fate has the upper hand, but although we cannot prevent every event that happens to us we can choose what we do in the wake of it. We have free will.
Not everything is set in stone. Actions have consequences. We make choices.
So, 2019. The last year of the Teenies and the bridge to the Twenties – a decade that will change the world map, whether in terms of the land itself or in geo-political terms. And with a degree of harmony between Saturn, Uranus, Pluto and Neptune in 2019, this has the potential to be a great year. A year in which solutions can be found, or at least worked toward, in some of the most pressing global problems, including those inspired by climate change.
Uranus entered Taurus in mid-May 2018, but then moved back into Aries and will remain there until March of 2019. Uranus is the revolutionary of the planets, the innovator and the iconoclast, so its transit of this Venus-ruled earth sign for the next seven years is going to produce some exciting developments in architecture, technology, engineering, food, the beauty business, farming and agriculture. But we can also expect financial collapses and the destruction of places and buildings of historical significance.
Already in 2018 we witnessed the loss of two iconic museums in Glasgow and Brazil due to fires; and unprecedented hurricanes and typhoons devastated parts of the world from Indonesia to Hawaii. Volcanic eruptions, extreme heat and bush and forest fires look to be on the increase in 2019, a reflection of Jupiter’s transit of the fire sign, Sagittarius.
Jupiter’s passage through Sagittarius, however, will have many positive effects, most notably on the aviation industry, global travel, publishing, education and communication systems. In a Jupiter-in-Sagittarius year, there’s an emphasis on fun and sport. We spend more money, enjoy taking holidays and getting out of our comfort zones. Then again, the last time Jupiter transited Sagittarius was in 2007, and we can all remember what happened when the sub-prime mortgage market collapsed: it was the precipitator to the global recession. And 2020 is looking distinctly troublesome.
Jupiter’s move through Sagittarius chimes with a Three year in numerology and the year of the Earth Pig in Chinese astrology. The number Three is an harmonious number: it promotes optimism and stimulates communications. We stretch our boundaries in a Three year and reach out to people in different countries and embrace different cultures. The year of the Earth Pig is similarly positive. Good luck and good times are to be expected. Then again, like a Jupiter transit, you can have too much of a good thing, and excess can lead to loss of control and ultimately collapse.
Trade is going to be an important issue for 2019. Technically, Jupiter should preside over some monster trade deals, however, this same influence can inspire trade wars, and we can already see this potential developing between the US and China. And regardless how Great Britain and Europe end their relationship, trade will suffer in the wake of it.
Since August 2016 a series of eclipses has occurred in Leo or Aquarius, which is why, if you belong to these two signs you have had such an up and down time of it. This eclipse series has a distinctly royal aura to it, especially regarding the British Crown, being in play during the toppling of the English monarchy in 1669. This time round we have seen the Duke of Edinburgh’s retirement from public life, the birth of a royal prince and the wedding of Harry and Meghan. But with one eclipse yet to come (21 January) there could be much, much more to the royal story before the end of 2019.
In a nutshell, 2019 is a year to make the most of everything we have and everything that comes to us. It is also a year that we should liken to autumn: a beautiful season but one that precedes winter; and in keeping with nature, we should store our resources in preparation for a lean and mean period. It’s not exactly make-hay-while-the-sun-shines; more treasuring those things that are precious to us, including planet Earth, and ensuring they will still be there decades hence. It’s something Saturn in Capricorn would applaud us for.
The Year Ahead for Cancer
This is the second year in which Saturn will play an important role in stabilizing your life and enabling you to prioritize. However, the way this planet operates is to show you where your energies are no longer needed, so certain aspects of your existence will come to an end. But a leaner, meaner you is a good thing; as is a pioneering, self-sufficient you. Four out of five eclipses focus on your sign producing landmark events, some you yourself will have set in place, others will come out of thin air. Decisions you have been unable to make for many moons will either be made for you or you will act with determination and speed on your own impetus – and the 11th January, 9th July and 14th October could be significant in this regard. You may feel these past ten years have been something of a trial by endurance, but 2019 is turn-around year. Get ready to flap those wings.
Love and relationships
The area of relationships is where Saturn is going to do his best work. You’ll find out who is worthy of your love and loyalty and who very definitely is not. And many Cancerians will marry or divorce. The eclipses of January, July and December fall on the relationship axis so there will be an element of fate to your meeting a new love and separating from an old one! That theme of decisions being made for you is at its strongest in your love life. 2019 is a year of revelations: you’ll discover things about other people you never knew and you’ll find new reserves of love and strength in yourself. July and December are important months for your love life, and for many Cancerians it will be people you have known in the past or who have shared similar powerful experiences who will have the greatest effect on your future.
Work, life goals and finance
The year begins with Uranus in its dominant position in the area of career and life-goals, so especially if you were born toward the end of your sign there could still be some surprises and sudden changes to take on board. Uranus inspires the entrepreneur-within so if a job comes to an end, starting your own business or becoming a consultant could be the best way forward. Until December Jupiter will transit the zone of work, stimulating your work-ethic, adding to your prestige and encouraging progress. And with more work finances should improve. January and October are the best times to buy or sell property and to invest in your future, but as 2019 goes on you should aim to conserve funds and, if you have stocks or investments, rationalize them.
Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Aspects of your life need tying up. The longer you leave a difficult decision, the worse it will be.
As you know Cancerians get attached to things – people, places, habits and activities – but if you know something or someone is not good for you, you have to say no. The bonus being that you’ll discover how empowering it is to know when you’re done and you are the one to say so. There is always a reason why things happen the way they do, but your job is to take affirmative action in the wake of them.
High points: 10 March; 3 June; 19 October; 12 November; 26 December
Low points: 12 January; 30 April; 20 June;16 July;7 October