The Week Ahead for Pisces
Monday, January 14 – Sunday, January 20
Don’t be fazed when other people take positions you did not expect or if someone comes down unnecessarily harshly on you. This is a response to the current Pluto-Uranus influence. It’s not personal. This does not mean you can ignore a major error or, when you examine your actions, dismiss other people’s reasons for taking exception to them, but it should enable you to handle your opponents with skill. It is the time of year when almost everyone is feeling the pinch and realizing the error of their ways, and even you may not be your best self. Remind yourself that all things can and must change.
Tis the season to be grumpy!
The Month Ahead for Pisces
You may be hoping for a nice quiet entry into 2019, but the stars are having none of it. It’s action-stations from the get-go, and by Twelfth Night your prospects in one regard could look very different. The weekend of the 5th is epiphany time, whether you decide you can wait no longer to do what you want to do or because someone’s actions provide the impetus for you to get moving. This could be a year you make it big, and the sooner you take plans off the drawing board, the better. Do not get deterred by Saturn’s brand of reality on or near the 13th and 21st: weaknesses of any sort need to be strengthened if you are to fulfil your objectives. And if a relationship or a commitment has to go, so be it. It’s a new dawn, a new day and a new year.
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 Pisces
Ruthless ambition is to Pisces what chalk is to cheese. They have nothing in common. But with Jupiter perched at the top of your solar chart until December, if you have ambitions and desires, please get behind them. Be focussed, determined and tenacious. By pouring your energies into achieving a goal, you can make it. And the more you push, the luckier you’ll be. Some of you may find fame and at least an opportunity to celebrate a major landmark. In the pursuit of your success, however, a friendship or romance could hit the buffers and you are likely to meet with some envy, masked as constructive criticism. Going into production is another theme of the year, whether this applies to your creative talents or babies and business. And the ability to persist in your labours regardless of the obstacles is as important with your personal life as it is with your career and material aspirations. Make the most of your upwardly mobile stars.
Love and relationships
Marry where you want to go is the advice for 2019. You could be attracted to someone of power and influence or a person who has fierce ambitions. And a new relationship should add quality and substance to your life. You have a tendency to enter relationships with people who need you, which means you inevitably sacrifice your needs, feelings and desires in the process. And often such relationships peter out, leaving you feeling used and abused. It is time to set wrongs to rights. If you’re suffering in a relationship, don’t stay through a misguided sense of loyalty. You have been given a pair of wings in 2019 and you should use them to take you where you’re going to be happier and more loved and appreciated. Turning points for your love life are likely to appear on or near 19th February, 10th April and 14th September.
Work, life goals and finance
With Uranus’ departure from the area of self-worth, from March onwards your finances should be more stable, and with Jupiter’s prominent position you should be earning more or at least in a situation which has the potential to provide you with a good income in the future. While there are plenty of Pisceans in the financial industry or who do well from investments, 2019 is not a good year to take major risks, particularly in the currency markets. Promotion, recognition and greater opportunities are on offer this year, but the casualty of your success could be lost alliances, even a broken relationship. Try not to be so trusting with individuals or companies: they must pass the litmus test of integrity and solvency. The world may not be your oyster exactly, but you’re likely to travel more and work with individuals in distant places. You may need some new luggage.
Trust yourself. If something feels good to you and you want to go there, don’t canvas opinion among friends and colleagues.
There is a slight danger of your 2019’s forecast being too good to be true. Clearly, the year will have its challenges and disappointments, but on balance it is a good year. You do not need other people’s approval to do what you know to be right for you. Nor should you let others remind you of past failures or your weaknesses. Find out what it’s like to be the envy of everyone else.
High points: 22 January; 6 March; 19 October; 8 November; 31 December
Low points: 19 February; 26 April; 21 June; 13 September; 26 November