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The Week Ahead for Scorpio
Monday, 19 August – Sunday, 25 August
You may not be the zodiac’s loner but you do trust yourself first and everyone else second, and you like to be in control. However, you are at the beginning of a period in which team-work is king. You’ll learn a lot from other people’s input and you’ll discover that you get a whole lot further with many hands pulling on the oars. It may also benefit you to put a little more effort into a friendship. Maybe you are sensing a little distance or not quite the same enthusiasm for your company; if you want the relationship to continue, now would be the moment to make sure all is well.
The Month Ahead for Scorpio
Comfort zones serve a purpose but they mostly prevent us from stretching our talents, knowledge and experience. And one way or another it seems you will be jolted out of that comfortable little rut. Information reaching you could alter your thinking on someone or something and situations that have been in limbo spring back to life and head in a different direction. You can never truly control other people, which may well be another of August’s lessons. The second half of the month looks to be more to your taste – some happy events on their way and a little more romance and relaxation. And on reflection, you may be able to see the true purpose of one or more recent events.
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 Scorpio
If last year’s Jupiterian promise failed to be fulfilled, hold the phone: in 2019 this planet can do much to raise your profile and add to your bank of happiness – and your bank account. People may not always say and do the right things, but in most cases they are there for you and prepared to back you. All it takes on your part is the preparedness to try something completely different and not to get bent out of shape when someone steps on your pincers! Education, travel, and acquiring a bigger platform for your ideas and talents could all be on the menu, and some Scorpios will be taking a claim to court or seeking legal advice. Uranus re-enters your opposite sign in March, sparking changes and possibly some controversy, especially for the October birthdays. The periods on or near 18 May and 28th October are packed with potential, if a little bumpy.
Love and relationships
Talk about U-turns, the unexpected and the unusual! Uranus (your new U-word) is lighting up the area of relating, and you may have little control over what happens in your love life. All in a good cause it must be said, but given your need to be in charge it may be hard to let a new relationship simply be or to accept that you do not choose whom you fall in love with: love chooses you. It is time for some Scorpios to admit a relationship is over, and even if it is a little scary to be single, you will survive and eventually meet someone who will be a match for you. There is a trend for love affairs to spring up out of nowhere and die down just as quickly, but this does not mean they have no value. Let your inner wild-child out, please. The second half of May and most of October is a stellar time for love, but with that caveat – albeit a tad bumpy.
Work, life goals and finance
The more things change, the more you will be able to develop your talents and find new resources to enrich your existence, literally and metaphorically. If you are 44-45 years old you will be experiencing the Uranus opposition, which will be liberating to say the least. And whenever your birthday, you should be the one to leave an unfulfilling job and look for a position more suited to your abilities and needs. However, in many cases it will be other people and circumstances that force you onto a new path. Jupiter’s job this year is to increase your income and provide you with opportunities to build a solid future; it is not this planet’s job to get you into financial hot water through spending money you do not yet have or investing in projects that promise more than they can deliver. 2020 could see many companies in difficulties, and putting all your financial eggs in one basket could be risky.
Practice the law of prosperity. Fear blocks the flow, whether of money or love. Give, and it will come back to you.
With Jupiter’s powers of increase at work, it is important to keep money flowing and to share good fortune any which way it comes to you. And if something you had banked on does not come through or someone lets you down, put on a good face. You will gain far more than you lose in 2019 and in the process of spreading the love, you will be increasing your own supplies.
High points: 7 March; 3 May; 14 June; 25 August; 14 December
Low points: 20 January; 17 May; 30 July; 28 October; 20 November