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The Week Ahead for Gemini
Monday, 19 August – Sunday, 25 August
You may think of your birthday as the beginning of a new solar year, or January 1st, but the Sun’s arrival at the base of your solar chart marks the start of another important year’s cycle. Over the next few weeks, you should aim to put in the building blocks of new projects, and to ensure that the roots of your life are healthy and strong. With good foundations, you can reach for the stars! Maybe already you have made arrangements for special family occasions or perhaps you are planning some home renovation – even a move – but if you’ve been delaying such things, delay no more. It is time, era ora.
The Month Ahead for Gemini
Jupiter has been on a retreat in the zone of relating for the past few months, but on the 11th it turns direct with the result that delays and uncertainties regarding a working or romantic relationship begin to resolve themselves. A job offer could be confirmed in the coming weeks and decisions can be made regarding a love affair that has been in the weeds. And marriage could be on the cards for some Geminis. Indeed, there are many things about August that make it a month of turn-arounds and positive developments. This is also a month of change on the home front: new arrivals for some, and new look for others.
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 Gemini
Two areas of your solar chart stand out in 2019: finance and relationships. This does not mean there is nothing else happening in your life; more that you will remember the year for who you met, what you did with other people and the events that impacted your life, for better or worse. Indeed, these four words are well chosen since many Geminis will marry or form long-term partnerships. Mid-January may be the first occasion upon which you feel compelled to revaluate priorities and eliminate those things that are simply not working; mid- July is another. You have one of the sharpest minds in the zodiac, but you may be unable to see where your loyalties and efforts have been misplaced. By contrast, there is an element of divine providence operating in your life and those things you feel are missteps are in reality taking you where you need to go.
Love and relationships
Not since 2007 have there been such opportunities to set partnership wrongs to rights. Indeed, there is a flavour of that year to your love life in 2019. Jupiter brings joy to the zone of relationships inspiring engagements, weddings and meeting your significant other. Clearly the entire Gemini clan isn’t destined to experience wall to wall happiness, but even the upsets and endings bring happiness in their wake. June puts Venus in your sign and if you’re hunting for a day to say “I do” the weekend of the 22nd is magical and the 23rd November is electric. You may want to protect your heart, Gemini, but all this does is keep love at bay. Be fearless in 2019 and you’ll discover what you’ve been missing for far too long.
Work, life goals and finance
Neptune and Saturn play leading roles in your professional and financial life this year; the former producing a dream job for some Geminis and the latter solid financial growth. The downside to these two planets is, however, loss and rejection on the one hand and shortages and conflict on the other, so this is not a time to speculate to accumulate or assume people in positions of power mean what they say. Start as you mean to go on and follow the policy: less is more. Place the potential of a job over and above the salary and do not compromise your standards. The eclipses of 6th January and 16th July could prove key to your financial future, although these are not times to risk capital. One of Gemini’s biggest problems is having too much choice and scattering your interests and allegiances: not so in 2019. Integrity and focus are what count.
Honesty is the best policy. You may think you’re saving someone from hurt or improving a situation by not telling the whole truth but it may well backfire on you.
Truth is your buzzword now. No matter how badly other people behave, show them the higher path! Follow through on your promises and commitments and don’t complain when others don’t. It’s that kind of year: other people get away with proverbial murder while you make one mistake and you’re in the doghouse. On the plus side, those people who are genuine friends and fans will prove their absolute worth.
High point: 22 January;5 May; 3 and 23 June; 23November
Low points: 19 February; 5 March; 27 April; 14 September; 12 December