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The Week Ahead for Sagittarius
Monday, 19 August – Sunday, 25 August
At this time of the year, the Sun moves to the top of your solar chart in preparation for a period of upwardly mobile activity. From now until mid-October, is an optimum period to get behind your personal and professional goals, and you may find that great opportunities arise out of thin air. Not that you should trust to luck. The cosmos helps those who help themselves! Be sure to focus on the reality, though. Dreams may be the spur to success but unrealistic thinking never got anyone anywhere, and there is a slight chance that you are trusting that a certain outcome will occur even though your internal radar is informing you otherwise.
Gearing up for action.
The Month Ahead for Sagittarius
Travel and widening horizons are essential for the health and well-being of almost all Sagittarians, so if you’ve been down in the dumps and generally disenchanted with your lot it’s time to leave town! At least for a short break. When you return everything will look very different or you’ll have a much better idea how to fix it. On the 11th, ruler Jupiter turns direct indicating you’re on the home run as far as an important objective is concerned. From this point on plans that have been on hold could be back in motion and answers you have been awaiting appear. Indeed, the week of the 26th helps you right a number of wrongs.
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 Sagittarius
Jupiter’s powers of growth, joy and success are at their maximum while this planet of good fortune transits your sign. While you may still experience the occasional struggle and defeat, the overall mood is upbeat. It is your time to stand in the spotlight and receive the blessings you so deserve. Not that you can afford to sit back exactly and let the good times roll. Your success and happiness have been built on years of effort and hard knocks, and patience and forbearance must continue to be exercised. Plus, with Saturn and Pluto in the zone of self-worth money matters still require work. Expanding your view will translate in many ways – looking at new methods to increase your earning power and maximize your talents, travel, a change of residence and the acquisition of dependents! You want to look back on 2019 and see it as the year all manner of good things began. Don’t waste a second.
Love and relationships
It’s not a coincidence that when we feel good about ourselves people flock into our lives, or at least one person turns out to love us to bits. On the one hand, single Archers can expect to meet more prospective partners in 2019 and make long-term commitments, and those in established relationships should see improvements. Working as a team will make a huge difference to a relationship and putting companionship, loyalty and shared life-views before passion is also going to make a positive difference. (Sparks don’t always make for long-term success.) In order to find such happy togetherness some Sagittarians must face the demise of a relationship, but painful as it may be, keep reminding yourself that the best is yet to come. The weekends of 21st June and 10th August could be perfect for a wedding or a reconciliation.
Work, life goals and finance
The secret of success is focus. Scattering your energies and talents far and wide is to water them down and turn your opportunities into vapour. Look for the potential in a job to allow you to grow and prosper, even if the salary is small to begin with. Also, if you have to start at the bottom or retrain, so be it. Keep your eyes on the long-term. You may travel more through work, and if you’re job-hunting, positions in the travel industry, abroad or with international organizations could be just the ticket. The one problem with a great Jupiter transit is that you can feel so good, so upbeat, that you will spend too much money and invest unwisely. The global financial picture is going to become increasingly unstable in the next decade, and you’ll be in a great position if you have no credit card debt and some savings to dip into.
Stop thinking your swan is a goose! You have abilities other people want and admire, and if you trust yourself more you can have it all. Well, maybe not all, but all that you need.
Preparation meets opportunity. Ideally, you would have planted seeds last year, so that they will bear fruit in 2019. But even if you did not put a love relationship on a serious footing or prepared the ground in other ways, there is still time this year. But you have to be serious about your intentions and commitments: you can be light-hearted in your manner but steely in your determination to succeed.
High points: 25 January; 15 March; 3 May; 6 August; 28 November
Low points: 19 February; 10 April; 17 June; 14 September; 12 December