If there is a key lesson to learn in 2019, it’s to not to be too rigid in your expectations – of others, but critically of yourself too. There are several surprises in store across different aspects of your life, so it’s important that you are open to change and willing to embrace new ways of being. The first quarter of the year may feel a little bit unsettling, especially once rebel planet Uranus hunkers down into your objectives zone in early March – don’t be surprised if you suddenly feel that you’ve been heading in the wrong direction. There’s nothing wrong with changing your path. It’s never too late.
Mercury turns retrograde in your psychology zone in March, which again is an influence which prompts you to question and second guess yourself. The key here is to use this as a positive opportunity for therapy and acceptance, rather than to punish yourself for what you see as your past mistakes. The Northern Hemisphere’s Spring is the ideal time to pay attention to your dreams, your higher consciousness and your gut instincts.
This first half of the year is a period of rediscovery and adjustment, as you shift from where you thought you were headed onto a new trajectory. Once Mars arrives in your sign in mid-May, you’ll start to feel more in control of the situation and ready to move ahead with confidence. A Solar Eclipse in your sign in early July is the icing on the cake: from this point on, you will feel like a new person altogether.
2019 brings an intense start for your love life. A Solar Eclipse in your love zone right at the beginning of the year highlights a potential make or break situation. You’ve known this was coming for some time. How you deal with it depends on what you want from your current relationship, but a beautiful Venus-Jupiter conjunction later in January suggests that reconciliation and healing are yours for the taking. Indeed, this rocky blip could serve to make your relationship stronger and better, especially once gentle Venus slips into your love zone in early February.
Having spent the northern spring consolidating what you have together, you’ll appreciate an injection of magic in mid-May, when a Full Moon in your passion zone sets your partnership alight. If you’re single, July seems a significant month. Venus shifts into your own sign at the beginning of the month, and a potent Lunar Eclipse in your romance zone in mid-July could mark the beginning of something very interesting indeed.
However long you’ve been together, November may bring some tricky moments for you and your sweetheart. Argumentative Mars stirs up your passion zone and with Mercury retrograde in this zone throughout the month, it’s not so easy to talk your way through a crisis. However: hang on in there. Warm-hearted, generous Jupiter moves into your romance zone in early December, bringing new love if you are single or a huge upswing in love and optimism in an existing relationship.
It’s clear that you mean business from the get-go: ambitious Mars shows up in your career zone on New Year’s Eve. However, a Lunar Eclipse in your money zone in late January suggests that your income may take a hit. A series of difficult squares between Jupiter and Neptune, in January, June and September highlight disillusionment at work and an emotional over-reaction to events in your career. Couple this with an explosive Mars-Uranus conjunction in your career zone in mid-February and it’s clear that the first few months of 2019 will bring unexpected developments in how you earn your living.
Keep breathing. Although these events may be a shock, you are not powerless. A hugely positive New Moon in your career zone in early April helps you to make plans. Once sociable Venus moves into your career zone in April, you will be well placed to make an excellent impression at job interviews or with promotion opportunities – things will start to look up quickly at this point.
The Northern Hemisphere’s Summer is a high point in your recovery, both Venus and Mars transiting your money zone, getting your income back on track. Mercury turns retrograde in your income zone during July, but this is just a warning not to overlook the details in your financial dealings. An optimistic New Moon in your money zone at the beginning of August is the perfect time to launch a new venture. When the Full Moon shines from your career zone, in October, you’ll not only have weathered a storm but created something brand new and impressive.
2020 may be a year of profound and transformative change in your love life or in your closest personal relationships. The year’s major astrological event, the rare Saturn-Pluto conjunction, takes place on January 12 in your love zone, Cancer, and its effects will be felt there for most of the rest of the year. This conjunction is all about protest, force and propaganda – on a personal level, this energy could be tumultuous indeed, and it speaks of uneven power dynamics within a relationship which you’ll need to address.
Although that may sound grim, it’s important to note that Saturn and Pluto are both celestial karmic teachers in astrology; whenever these planets end or tear down something, it’s only so that something better can grow in its place. Relationships that survive this process will be strengthened immeasurably; those that don’t will leave you feeling a sense of freedom and renewal.
Two days before the Saturn-Pluto conjunction, there’s a Lunar Eclipse in Cancer, setting the scene very early in 2020 for dramatic change. Given that argumentative Mars moves into your love zone in February, and taskmaster Saturn shifts into your intimacy zone in March – where he is later joined by Mars – it seems clear that the first three months of 2020 will be a testing time for love and there could be a lot of anger and bitterness on the scene.
During April, May and June, a more reflective period gives you time to catch your breath. Pluto, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus all Retrograde at some point during this period, urging you to collect your thoughts and to plan your strategy for the rest of the year. If the first three months have been tough, this second quarter is a time to lick your wounds, apply some healing balm and get your head back in order. A Solar Eclipse in your sign in June will help you to understand what’s truly important to you, Cancer, and how you want to assert your identity moving forwards.
July may be an astrological crunch point in relationship issues, as the Sun opposes the loose Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto line-up, forcing you to choose between what’s best for you versus what’s best for your relationship. However, once Venus arrives in Cancer in August, you’ll feel more at peace and more confident in the choices you’re making.
Toward the end of 2020, the focus shifts to your working life. Mars turns Retrograde in your career zone in September, so this is a good time to re-assess your professional progress and to think about where you want to head next. A tricky Mercury Retrograde in October warns you not to make promises you can’t keep nor take uncalculated risks in love or money. December’s astrology, however, sees a very fortunate Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in the area of your birth chart that deals with passion and intimacy as well as resources and finances – with bountiful Jupiter set to remain there for some time, 2021 looks set to be a much less stressful year with good promise for your finances and your love life.
As mentioned, there are challenges throughout 2020 in your romantic life, most of which come courtesy of the powerful Saturn-Pluto conjunction in early January. If you’re in an established relationship, it is likely to be heavily tested this year. If you’re single, you may enter a new relationship, but one which is very unevenly balanced, perhaps with one partner much more powerful than the other – physically, emotionally, financially or socially. Alternatively, a new relationship may be more of a convenience match than a love match. Either way, don’t expect dating to be plain sailing this year – and whatever you do, Cancer, don’t settle for less than you deserve.
Things get off to a rocky start straight away with the Saturn-Pluto conjunction becoming exact on January 12. Venus squares up to this alliance in late February, so your attempts to smooth things over may be unsuccessful then, especially since warrior planet Mars is also transiting your love zone, stirring things up and raising tempers.
Saturn shifts into your intimacy zone in March, bringing a certain aloofness or coldness into play, and in late April, manipulative Pluto turns Retrograde in your love zone. During this period, astrology suggests that relationships may be characterized by power plays, jealousy and the giving or withholding of intimacy as some kind of reward or punishment. Not a very healthy vibe! If you’re single, early March brings the chance of a surprise encounter which could lead to who-knows-what, as Venus conjuncts Uranus in your social zone.
Late March brings signs of relief from the relationship pressure, as Venus is in trine aspect to the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. This suggests that friends may step in to help or support you, or that romantic interest may come from someone who is ‘just a friend’. Don’t rush into anything; allow any new feelings time to grow and develop during April. In May, when Jupiter and Saturn turn Retrograde in your love and intimacy zones respectively, Venus also turns Retrograde, but in your spiritual zone. Someone you feel a karmic connection with could turn out to be very important in this mix.
It’s in July when the clearest indications of relationship trouble arise, as the Sun opposes the Saturn-Jupiter-Pluto mix, urging you to put your own interests first, ahead of your joint relationship interests. Something has to give, so your relationship, by the end of July is unlikely to look the same as it did at the beginning of the year, especially following July’s Lunar Eclipse in your love zone.
You can catch your breath from August onwards, Cancer. Venus shifts into Cancer and in late October, Venus once again trines the difficult Saturn-Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, this time helping to ease communication and understanding. Venus arrives in your playful zone in November, lightening the atmosphere still further –there is light at the end of this long, long tunnel. The feel-good Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in late December occurs in your intimacy zone, so this should finally allow you to start to move forward more positively.
Although your year is likely to be dominated by relationship issues, there are some very positive signs that your financial situation and your career can make good progress throughout 2020.
You start the year with ambitious Mars shifting into your everyday work zone. This will help you get a lot done, regardless of your emotional state. In fact, focusing on work will be helpful to you if other areas of your life are in a state of flux, so throw yourself into getting the job done and doing it to the best of your ability. Venus moves into your career zone in February, which suggests that you’ll make a good professional impression when and where it counts. This also hints at an increase in income, or at least an ability to spend more on life’s luxuries. Don’t hesitate to spoil yourself, Cancer!
Once Mars moves into your resources zone in March, you’ll be driven to pay off debts or reduce credit card balances. Watch out for trouble in a business partnership or financial relationship in April, though, when Pluto turns Retrograde in your investment zone. Negotiate carefully and be aware of someone else’s power over your business or your career.
Venus goes Retrograde in your secrets zone in May; this astrological energy can suggest a lot of emotionally based comfort spending, so if other areas of your life are stressful at this time, try not to let that lead you to blowing your budget.
June is a definite high point in your professional life this year, Cancer, with energetic, driven Mars arriving in your career zone, and staying put for the rest of the year. There could be a bit of a false start during the middle or late part of the year, however, especially if you’re starting a new job or a new business. Mars turns Retrograde in your career zone in September, so you may need to do a bit of a rethink, but your overall direction is good and positive. Venus also arrives in your money zone in September, promising an increase in your income.
Work may become entangled with your private life at some point in late September when a difficult square aspect between Mars and the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium suggests that your career and your relationship are antagonizing each other. Getting the balance right will be difficult, but it can be done.
Heading into December, we find a Solar Eclipse in your everyday work zone. This could be a wakeup call for you, Cancer, if you’ve been putting in too many hours – your stress levels could be through the roof. Take a look at how you can work toward your ambitions without compromising your health.
Jupiter shifts into your resources zone in late December, which is good news indeed. This bountiful planet makes a very helpful conjunction to Saturn too, which suggests a combination of stability and growth in your income during 2021 – so after a good year in which you’ve made progress, you can expect to grow further in the following twelve months.