Now that Saturn has moved away from his adverse aspect (and this move began at the end of ) health and energy are vastly improved. With more energy, more can be accomplished. More on this later.
Saturn, your love planet, has been in your 8th house since December and he will remain there for the year ahead. This would tend to limit (though not eliminate) the sexual urges. You are urged to focus on quality rather than quantity. In love, sexual magnetism seems the most important thing, but there’s no need to overdo things. More on this later.
Neptune has been in your 9th house of religion, philosophy and theology for many years now and will be there for a few more years yet. Thus your religious beliefs are becoming spiritualized and more refined. This transit would also impact on your travel preferences. You would prefer travelling by water – cruises – rather than by air or land. With Jupiter also in your 9th house until May 11, and from October 29 to December 21, there is more travel in the year ahead in general. You will travel in various ways, but sea travel seems the most alluring. This is a year to take that cruise.
The year ahead is very successful, as will next year. On May 11 Jupiter will move into your 10th house of career and this is a classic signal of success. You have a good work ethic and superiors make a note of this.
Uranus has been in your 11th house of friends for some years now. So the social circle is changing. You meet new friends suddenly and unexpectedly, and you are drawn to unconventional types of people. Existing friends are making many, many personal changes.
Mars will spend an unusual amount of time in your spiritual 12th house. Normally he spends about a month and a half in any house, but this year he will spend over four months here. So the spiritual life will become more active, from August 20 onwards. These activities help the career. More details later.
Your areas of greatest interest this year are love and romance; sex, personal transformation and occult studies; higher education, religion, philosophy, theology and foreign travel; career (from May 11 to October 29 and from December 21st onwards); and spirituality (from August 20 onwards).
Your paths of greatest fulfilment this year are religion, philosophy, theology and foreign travel (until May 11 and from October 29 to December 21); career (from May 11 to October 29 and from December 21 onwards); and friends, groups, groups activities and science.
(Please note that this is an astrological perspective on health and not a medical one. In days of yore there was no difference, both these perspectives were identical. But these days there could be quite a difference. For a medical perspective, please consult your doctor or health practitioner.)
Health is very much improved since , as we mentioned. Pluto is still in a stressful alignment, but only those of you born late in the sign of Cancer (July 18 to 22) are feeling it. Most of you are not. Jupiter, your health planet, will make stressful aspects from May 11 to October 29 and from December 21 onwards. But his stresses are mild, and can still bring good and expansiveness with them. Whenever health dramatically improves, the tendency is to credit a doctor, a therapist, or a new drug or treatment – and these could very well have been the means for the improvements – but the reality is that the planetary power shifted in your favour.
Good though your health is you can make it even better. Give more attention to the following – the vulnerable areas of your Horoscope this year (the reflex points are shown in the chart below):
Important foot reflexology points for the year ahead
Try to massage your feet on a regular basis – the top of the feet as well as the bottom – but pay extra attention to the points highlighted on the chart. When you massage, be aware of ‘sore spots’ as these need special attention. It’s also a good idea to massage the ankles and below them.
- The heart has been important for you for the last twenty or so years, ever since Pluto moved into Capricorn. Over the coming years, as Pluto moves out of Capricorn, it will become less important. The reflex to the heart is shown above. In addition, chest massage – especially of the breastbone and upper rib cage – will energize the heart and restore balance. The important thing with the heart is to avoid worry and anxiety, the two emotions that stress it out. Replace worry with faith.
- The stomach and breasts are always important for the Cancerian. Diet is very important to you – more so than for most signs. (Perhaps this is why Cancerians are such great cooks.) What you eat is important and should be checked with a professional. But how you eat is perhaps just as important. The act of eating should be elevated above mere satisfaction of appetite to an act of worship. The energy vibrations of the act should be elevated. Meals should be taken in a calm and relaxed way. Food should be blessed (in your own words) and thanks for it (in your own words) should be said before and after meals. This will not only elevate the vibrations of the food – you will only get the highest and best from it – but also the vibrations of the digestive system. Food will digest better. It will be more nutritious. For women regular breast examinations would be a good idea.
- The liver and thighs are areas that are also always important for you, Cancer. Regular thigh massage will not only strengthen the thighs, but the liver and lower back as well.
- The feet are important this year until May 11, and from October 29 to December 21. Regular foot massage (see the chart above) will be wonderful.
- The head and face. These areas become important from May 11 to October 29 and from December 21 onwards – and well into next year, when your health planet Jupiter moves into Aries. Regular scalp and face massage will be beneficial. You will not only strengthen the scalp and face but the entire body as well. Craniosacral therapy is excellent for the scalp.
- The adrenals. Like the head and face these become important from May 11 to October 29 and from December 21 onwards, into 2023. The reflex point are shown above. The important thing with the adrenals is to avoid anger and fear, the two emotions that stress them out. Meditation will be a big help here.
- The musculature also gains in importance from May 11 to October 29 and from December 21 onwards. You don’t need to be a body builder. You only need good muscle tone. Vigorous physical exercise is important – according to your age and stage in life. Weak or flabby muscles can knock the spine and skeleton out of alignment and this can cause all kinds of other problems.
Your health planet, Jupiter, will spend approximately half the year in the sign of Pisces. Not only that, he will travelling with Neptune, the most spiritual of all the planets. So this is a year where you will benefit from – and respond to – spiritual-healing techniques. If you feel under the weather, see a spiritual healer.
Home and Family
Home and family are always important to you, Cancer, but everything in life is relative. This year – and we have seen this for the past few years – the home and family are less important than usual. Your 4th house is basically empty, while your 10th house of career becomes very powerful after May 11. Only short-term planets will move through your 4th house this year, and their impact is temporary. Not only that but the day side of your Horoscope – the area of outer achievement – will always dominate the night side. All the long-term planets will be in the upper half of your Horoscope. The night side, which emphasizes home, family and emotional wellness, will get stronger as the year progresses, but will never be dominant.
I read this as you making choices to serve your family by being successful in your outer affairs and career. Making that new deal or sale, or getting that promotion, might be better long term than attending school plays or soccer games. You won’t ignore your family, only serve them in a different way.
This lack of focus can be read as a good thing. It shows contentment – acceptance – there is no need to make dramatic changes at home as all is basically well. It tends to the status quo. Moves are not likely.
Venus is your family planet and, as regular readers know, she is a fast-moving planet. During the course of a year she will move through your entire Horoscope. Thus there are many short-term home and family trends that depend on where she is and the kinds of aspects she receives. These are best dealt with in the monthly reports.
Venus as your family planet shows that you work for a loving and harmonious family and family life. You like a beautiful home. There will be objects of beauty in the home and constant redecorating.
If you’re planning major renovations or construction work in the home, it’s probably better to wait until next year, as this year Mars will never move through your 4th house. (There will be periods this year where Mars and Venus are travelling together or making nice aspects to each other, which would be good times if you have to undertake renovations: March 1–9 and October 1–20 are two such periods.) Still, if such work is not urgent it would be better to wait till next year.
If you’re planning to repaint or to redecorate in a cosmetic kind of way, September 29 to October 23 would be a good time. This period would also be good for buying objects of beauty for the home.
A parent or parent figure is making home renovations this year. He or she is also having a very strong love and social year. If he or she is single, serious romance and even marriage can happen. The other parent or parent figure is having a strong financial year. He or she is living the high life – travelling and enjoying all the pleasures of the senses. But moves are not likely.
Siblings and sibling figures in your life are also having strong romantic years. Marriage, or relationships that are ‘like’ marriage, can happen. A move can happen after May 11 and even next year.
Children and children figures probably shouldn’t move this year. They should use the space they have more efficiently. A little reorganizing would do the trick.
Grandchildren, if you have them, are having a good year – there is prosperity – but things at home tend to the status quo.
Finance and Career
Your money house is not strong this year; it is not a house of power. Only short-term planets will move through there and their effects are short term. So money doesn’t seem a big issue this year. Career is much more important. You have the kind of chart where a job with more status but less money would be preferable to a lower-status job that paid better.
This lack of focus on money can be read as a good thing. You seem content with finances as they are and have no need to make major changes (these will happen anyway). Earnings should be on a par with last year.
We have two solar eclipses this year, which will impact on finances (the Sun is your financial planet). There is a solar eclipse on April 30 and another one on October 25. These create financial shake-ups and force you to make course corrections in your financial life. Usually the events brought on by these eclipses show where your financial assumptions and strategies are unrealistic. This is not a big deal. You go through this twice a year and by now you know how to handle them.
The Sun is a fast-moving planet, travelling through every sign and house of your Horoscope in the course of a year. Thus there are many short-term financial trends that depend on where the Sun is and the kinds of aspects he receives. We will cover these short-term trends in the monthly reports.
Career is the main headline this year. You are going to be very successful. Jupiter, as we mentioned earlier, will move through your 10th house of career from May 11 to October 29 and from December 21 onwards. This transit brings prestigious job opportunities and a general expansion of your career horizons. Jupiter is also your health and work planet. So, one way to read this is that staying healthy is your real mission. It can also indicate career opportunities in the health field. Also, as was mentioned, you have a good work ethic and this brings success.
Your career planet, Mars, will spend an unusual amount of time this year in your 12th house of spirituality. This will be from August 20 onwards. This signals a desire for a more spiritual type of career – something more meaningful to the soul. But it also tends to show that involvement in charities or altruistic activities would foster the career. These things are good in themselves, but they would also boost the career as a side effect (perhaps by allowing you to make important connections or by burnishing your professional profile).
Love and Social Life
Your 7th house of love has been strong for many years, and especially so from 2018 to . This year it is a bit less prominent, but it is still an important focus.
With Saturn as your love planet you tend to be conservative in love. Traditional. But since last year, when Saturn moved into Aquarius, you seem more experimental in love. You like the good provider and the ambitious person, but you also like them to be more unconventional – more exciting. You would find scientists, astronomers, astrologers, programmers and inventors alluring. You like romantic partners who are a bit off the beaten path.
Your love planet rules from your 8th house of regeneration. This would signal an attraction to wealth. Those of you already in a relationship are seeing the current love prospering – they are very money focused. This is perhaps good, because it offsets your own lack of financial focus this year.
Your love planet in the 8th house indicates the importance of sexual magnetism. The person can be a genius, rich and successful, but if the sexual magnetism is not there it is unlikely to work between you. On the other hand, a good sexual magnetism alone cannot hold a relationship together. Yes, good sex will cover many sins in a relationship, but only for so long. Other things are needed.
Pluto, the generic ruler of sex, has been in your 7th house for around twenty years now. This reinforces the importance of sexual magnetism.
Singles are unlikely to marry this year. They are better off with serial relationships – where they can explore and experiment with love. The ruler of your 5th house of fun and creativity in your house of love also works against marriage. You want fun in love these days (and perhaps are meeting these kinds of people). You’re not interested in dealing with the rough spots and tough times.
There are romantic opportunities through online dating sites and social media. Also, by getting involved in groups and organizations. Romantic opportunities can arise at funerals, wakes, or as you comfort a bereaved person.
The area of friendships is also very active this year. There is much ferment happening. Many friendships are being tested. Often this is not because of the relationship itself, but because of the personal dramas and changes happening in the lives of friends. Many of them are having life-changing experiences – in some cases surgery or near-death kinds of experiences. Friendships can end this year, but new ones will come into the picture as well. New friends can manifest at any time in any place. Often when you least expect it.
By the time Uranus is finished with you – in the next few years – you will be in a new social circle.
The year ahead will be a strong spiritual period – especially from August 20 onwards. Mars, your career planet, will spend many months in your 12th house.
There are many messages here. If you are in a worldly career, you can enhance it with your spiritual practice and understanding. Also, as we mentioned, your involvement with charities, spiritual organizations and altruistic causes will enhance the career.
But another way to read this is that your spiritual practice, your spiritual growth, is the actual career at this time. Your true mission.
Mars in your 12th house favours an active kind of spirituality. There is a desire to express your spiritual ideals and understanding through constructive actions. It’s not just about meditating and contemplating. It’s not just about ‘contacting the silence’. It’s about bringing spiritual values into activity. Thus, it favours paths such as Hatha yoga (the yoga of the physical body) and Karma yoga (the yoga of action). You should read up on these things as much as possible.
Mars in the 12th house is a picture of the spiritual warrior. There is a wonderful book called The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. War is waged but in a peaceful kind of way. Many of the problems happening in the world today (perhaps all the problems we see) are not flesh-and-blood conflicts. This is only where things play out. They are spiritual conflicts – conflicts between invisible spiritual forces. The way to overcome these problems is by spiritual means. Many of you will be called to join the conflict.
Mercury is your spiritual planet. This shows that though you are a natural ‘Bhakti’ person – naturally drawn to the path of love and devotion – you need some logic and rationality to back it up. You need a more rational approach to the spirit. Relying on feelings alone is highly unstable. In a good mood you see God and the heavenly choirs. But in a bad mood you can become atheistic. Rationality will keep you stable. You will maintain your faith regardless of the mood.
Mercury is a fast-moving planet, moving through all the signs and houses of your Horoscope in any given year. So there are many short-term spiritual trends that are best dealt with in the monthly reports.
Mercury normally goes retrograde three times a year. This year this will happen from January 14 to February 3, May 10 to June 2, and from September 10 to October 1. These are times to carefully verify your intuition and dreams. You might be misinterpreting them. Take time to resolve your doubts.